News – iDrop News https://www.idropnews.com Apple News, How Tos and Culture. Fri, 17 May 2019 20:01:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 https://cdn.idropnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/27140754/cropped-iDrop-fav1-80x80.png News – iDrop News https://www.idropnews.com 32 32 007aff Why Apple Wants to Put Tiny Holes in Your iPhone’s Display https://www.idropnews.com/news/why-apple-wants-to-put-tiny-holes-in-your-iphones-display/106560/ Fri, 17 May 2019 20:01:32 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106560 For a company that has supposedly been all-in on Face ID from the beginning, Apple has certainly spent a lot of time figuring out how to implement an under-display fingerprint reader. This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another Apple patent application detailing a way to have fingerprint-based authentication on a device […]
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Broken Promises? Your Cell Provider May Still Be Selling Your Location Data https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/broken-promises-your-cell-provider-may-still-be-selling-your-location-data/106536/ Fri, 17 May 2019 19:32:13 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106536 If you live in the United States, your carrier likely tracked and sold your location data to third parties. Your carrier probably also promised to stop — but did it? Earlier this year, a Motherboard investigation revealed the extent of location data selling practices by U.S. telecom firms. Most major U.S. carriers sold that data […]
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Does Your iPhone’s Camera Move on Its Own? Here’s Why https://www.idropnews.com/news/does-your-iphones-camera-move-on-its-own-heres-why/106524/ Fri, 17 May 2019 18:33:30 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106524 Does your iPhone’s camera move on its own? While it may be kind of startling, the cause is likely a problem with a normal smartphone camera feature. This week, a Redditor posted a short clip (shown below) showing the lens on an iPhone 7 seemingly moving of its own accord. The iPhone in question probably […]
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‘Well-Worn’ Apple Products Star in Interesting New Creative Photo Project https://www.idropnews.com/news/check-out-these-well-worn-apple-products-from-a-creative-photo-project/106531/ Fri, 17 May 2019 18:12:28 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106531 There’s little doubt in our minds that one of the appeals of Apple’s hardware is its very attractive and shiny aesthetic design. Apple knows this too, since it spends a great deal of time and effort on industrial design, even to the point of being one of the few companies that boats a Chief Design […]
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Use These 7 Discreet Devices to Safeguard Your Digital Security https://www.idropnews.com/news/use-these-7-discreet-devices-to-safeguard-your-digital-security/106413/ Fri, 17 May 2019 16:49:16 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106413 When it comes to cybersecurity and digital privacy, the most common solutions are software-based. Between a password manager, a VPN and two-factor authentication, there’s a lot you can do to lock down your data using digital methods. Hardware-based privacy and security products are less common, but they’re no less useful in protecting your data and […]
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Apple’s First 5G Modem for iPhone Won’t Be Ready Until 2025 https://www.idropnews.com/news/apples-first-5g-modem-for-iphone-wont-be-ready-until-2025/106397/ Thu, 16 May 2019 18:18:50 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106397 A new report reveals some fresh details about just how strained Apple’s relationship with Intel is, as well as Apple’s own 5G modem development. Basically, Apple’s frustration with Intel’s modem business began long before any specific problems with Intel’s slow development of 5G modems, sources told The Information. In fact, one particular anecdote concerned modem […]
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If You Own One of These Older Macs, Your Security May Be in Trouble https://www.idropnews.com/news/if-you-own-one-of-these-older-macs-your-security-may-be-in-trouble/106380/ Thu, 16 May 2019 17:30:55 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106380 First, it was Meltdown and Spectre. Now, it’s ZombieLoad. Suffice to say, there are a lot of scary-sounding vulnerabilities that bad actors would leverage to attack our Macs. Luckily, Apple is already on top of it. Even before news broke about ZombieLoad, Apple issued a handful of software updates that mitigate the vulnerability. (Which, by […]
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You Probably Had No Idea Your iPhone Was This Disgusting https://www.idropnews.com/news/you-probably-had-no-idea-your-iphone-was-this-disgusting/106364/ Thu, 16 May 2019 16:16:31 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106364 Did you know your iPhone may actually be up to 18 times dirtier than a public toilet? This is the specific claim made by PhoneSoap, and while it may be shocking — and likely at least a little bit self-serving, considering that the company sells a UV sanitizer aimed at smartphone users — if you actually sit […]
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iOS 12.4 Beta Shows You’ll Be Able to Set up Your Apple Card on an iPad https://www.idropnews.com/news/first-ios-12-4-beta-shows-that-youll-be-able-to-setup-your-apple-card-on-an-ipad/106360/ Thu, 16 May 2019 14:52:16 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106360 It’s only been a couple of days since iOS 12.3 was released to the public, and Apple has already pushed out the first developer beta of the next point update, iOS 12.4, with a public beta likely to follow soon. While the iOS 12.3 update was significant for its debut of Apple’s new overhauled TV […]
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Former Apple Engineer Creates New UI Trick the iPhone Needs Right Now https://www.idropnews.com/news/former-apple-engineer-creates-new-ui-trick-the-iphone-needs-right-now/106315/ Wed, 15 May 2019 21:31:36 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106315 Mimicking reality in a user interface isn’t exactly a new idea (skeuomorphism is kind of dated, after all). But a former Apple engineer has created a refreshing new take on a familiar system. Bob Burrough, who worked under both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook at Apple, has come up with a new platform called Project […]
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Trump Expected to Sign Executive Order Banning Huawei Tech in the U.S. https://www.idropnews.com/news/trump-expected-to-sign-executive-order-banning-huawei-tech-in-the-u-s/106267/ Wed, 15 May 2019 19:37:43 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106267 [Update 5/15/19: President Trump has signed the order authorizing the commerce secretary to block U.S. transactions for communication technology built and controlled by foreign adversaries.] President Donald Trump this week is expected to sign an executive order that would bar U.S. firms from using telecommunications equipment made by Huawei and other companies that pose a […]
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Uber’s New Feature Lets Your Driver Know It’s Time to Stop Talking https://www.idropnews.com/news/ubers-new-feature-lets-your-driver-know-its-time-to-stop-talking/106263/ Wed, 15 May 2019 19:24:46 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106263 Don’t want to talk to your Uber driver? There’s now a option for that within the Uber app — although there’s a catch. Uber this week began rolling out a new “Quiet Mode” to its premium ride services, such as Uber Black and Uber Black SUV. Unfortunately, that means you’ll need to pay a little […]
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FCC Reveals Plan to Block Annoying Robocalls Automatically (for Free) https://www.idropnews.com/news/fcc-reveals-plan-to-block-annoying-robocalls-automatically-for-free/106252/ Wed, 15 May 2019 18:19:10 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106252 The Federal Communications Commission this week announced a new plan that would allow carriers to block spam and robocalls by default. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai put forth the proposal on Wednesday. Basically, the plan would give U.S. telecom firms and carriers much more leeway when it comes to implementing anti-robocall blocking systems automatically. That’s important […]
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The Games on Your iPhone Could Be Sharing More Personal Data Than Even Their Developers Realize https://www.idropnews.com/news/the-games-on-your-iphone-could-be-sharing-more-personal-data-than-even-their-developers-realize/106212/ Wed, 15 May 2019 17:38:03 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106212 This year has seen more than its fair share of privacy scandals stemming from app developers caught either deliberately or inadvertently collecting a lot more data on their users than they should have been. First there were the egregious violations of Apple’s Enterprise Developer program, with Facebook caught publishing an invasive market research app and […]
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You Can Now Use Apple Pay for iTunes and the App Store (Here’s How to Set It Up) https://www.idropnews.com/news/you-can-now-use-apple-pay-for-itunes-and-the-app-store-heres-how-to-set-it-up/106205/ Wed, 15 May 2019 16:21:38 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106205 Following this week’s release of iOS 12.3, Apple has quietly been rolling out the ability to use Apple Pay as a payment method for its own set of virtual stores: iTunes, the App Store, the Apple Bookstore, and even Apple Music, News+, and iCloud storage subscriptions. The new feature is undoubtedly related to the initial […]
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5 Things You Should Know about ‘ZombieLoad’, the Latest Major Mac Security Vulnerability https://www.idropnews.com/news/5-things-you-should-know-about-zombieload-the-latest-major-security-vulnerability-on-the-block/106191/ Wed, 15 May 2019 15:41:33 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106191 A serious new vulnerability has been discovered in Intel chips dating back to 2011 — the same chips used by all of Apple’s Macs over the past 7–8 years. While the significance of this latest flaw will undoubtedly give rise to a lot of media coverage, which might get confusing, there are really only a […]
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True or False? Some of These iPhone Battery Myths Are Factual https://www.idropnews.com/news/true-or-false-some-iphone-battery-myths-are-factual/105592/ Tue, 14 May 2019 22:20:13 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=105592 In late 2017, Apple came clean and announced that it was slowing down iPhones with older batteries. The company explained why it made that decision and, to me, it made sense. It seemed better to have a device run a bit slower than to shut off unexpectedly. The situation could have been handled better, but […]
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Why Russia Is Spreading State-Funded 5G Fake News in the U.S. https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/why-russia-is-spreading-state-funded-5g-fake-news-in-the-u-s/106112/ Tue, 14 May 2019 20:30:23 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106112 The 5G revolution is coming — and it’s going to change everything. But a new disinformation campaign is sowing doubt about the next-generation wireless technology. An investigative piece by The New York Times has found that a Russian government-funded news network, RT, is sounding the alarm about 5G networks. The network’s U.S. arm, RT America, […]
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4+ New Features and Updates in watchOS 5.2.1 https://www.idropnews.com/news/4-new-features-and-updates-in-watchos-5-2-1/106086/ Tue, 14 May 2019 20:02:29 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106086 Apple on Monday released watchOS 5.2.1 to the general public, alongside routine software updates to its iOS, macOS and tvOS platforms. While watchOS 5.2.1 is a relatively minor update with few forward-facing changes, there are still some notable additions and features. Continue reading to browse 4+ new features and updates in watchOS 5.2.1.
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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Apple $1M in Empty-Box Scam https://www.idropnews.com/news/michigan-man-pleads-guilty-to-defrauding-apple-1m-in-empty-box-scam/106067/ Tue, 14 May 2019 19:32:40 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106067 A Michigan man has admitted to running a fraudulent online return scheme that cost Apple nearly $1 million in refunds. Van-Seyla Mork, 25, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering in a San Jose federal court Monday as part of a plea deal, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office […]
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Want to Try out Photoshop for iPad? Adobe Is Now Taking Beta Applications https://www.idropnews.com/news/want-to-try-out-photoshop-for-ipad-adobe-is-now-taking-beta-applications/106036/ Tue, 14 May 2019 15:57:14 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106036 Last year Adobe announced that it would be bringing a full version of its venerable Photoshop application to the iPad, and following a debut of the app last week at Adobe’s 99U Conference in New York City, it looks like the company is finally ready to at least make a preliminary version available to iPad […]
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‘The App Store Is Not a Monopoly by Any Metric’ Says Apple in Response to Supreme Court Decision https://www.idropnews.com/news/the-app-store-is-not-a-monopoly-by-any-metric-says-apple-in-response-to-supreme-court-decision/106034/ Tue, 14 May 2019 15:24:05 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106034 Following yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that a class-action antitrust lawsuit will be able to proceed against Apple for alleged anti-competitive behaviour in running the App Store, Apple has fired back in a statement to CNBC, saying that it is confident that it will prevail once the facts of the case are presented […]
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Apple’s Chargers and Cables Being Hit by Trump’s 25% Tariffs, iPhone Could Soon Follow https://www.idropnews.com/news/apples-chargers-and-cables-being-hit-by-trumps-25-tariffs-iphone-could-soon-follow/106028/ Tue, 14 May 2019 14:26:05 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=106028 Although the new tariffs being increasingly imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump in the ongoing U.S. trade war with China haven’t impacted most of Apple’s flagship products like the iPhone and iPad, there’s one category that hasn’t escaped the levies: Apple’s adapters, chargers, cables, and cords. Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly lobbied President Trump […]
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New Apple NFC Tags Will Allow You to Pay for Parking, Scooters and More with Just a Tap https://www.idropnews.com/news/new-apple-nfc-tags-will-allow-you-to-pay-for-parking-scooters-and-more-with-just-a-tap/105905/ Mon, 13 May 2019 21:48:08 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=105905 Apple on Monday announced a new type of NFC-based feature that will allow users to make quicker and easier Apple Pay payments in new places. The new type of NFC tag (which can be embedded in stickers) automatically triggers the Apple Pay Wallet interface to open when an iPhone or Apple Watch is held near […]
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