Apple disables Walkie-Talkie due to exploit that could allow someone to secretly listen in without consent

Apple has disabled the Walkie-Talkie service on Apple Watch this morning, due to an unknown exploit that could have allowed a stranger to eavesdrop the Apple Watch microphone without consent. Apple told TechCrunch it just became aware of the issue. The company says they do not believe any unscrupulous actor took advantage of the vulnerability. […]

Apps to help quit smoking or cope with depression share data without full disclosure, finds AMA

The American Medical Association (AMA) has found that most free apps designed to help people quit smoking, or cope with depression, are sharing data with Facebook or Google – and only a third of them properly disclosed that fact in privacy policies … more… The post Apps to help quit smoking or cope with depression […]

Apple patents screen tech capable of reading fingerprints without dedicated sensor

An Apple patent grant on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to leverage its LuxVue acquisition to integrate display technology capable of reading a user’s fingerprint without a dedicated sensor, a design feature rumored to see release with "iPhone 8." AppleInsider – Frontpage News

LG’s UltraFine 5K Display Is a Worthy Companion to the New MacBook Pro, Even Without Apple’s Looks

At Apple’s MacBook Pro media event back in October, the company unveiled a pair of LG-branded high-resolution displays it co-developed with the display manufacturer. The UltraFine 5K and 4K displays are optimized for the Mac with tight software integration, and the 5K model in particular with single-cable connection over Thunderbolt 3 has been highly anticipated. […]

Watch: Apple’s 2016 13″ MacBook Pro without Touch Bar vs. 2015 13″ MacBook Air

With the launch of its new 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and subsequent 11-inch MacBook Air discontinuation, Apple appears to be drawing down the thin-and-light series in favor of more affordable pro laptops. To see how this plays out in real life, AppleInsider pit the new entry-level MacBook Pro against last year’s 13-inch MacBook […]

iPhone 7’s new Home button is rendered useless without skin contact, spelling trouble for winter

One of the changes with the iPhone 7 that has earned mixed reactions thus far is the new Home button. No longer is the iPhone’s Home button an actual moving button. Instead, a Taptic Engine beneath the display provides the illusion that you’re pressing the button, even though there is no physical part being moved. Adding fuel to […]

U.S. Drops New York Case Against Apple After Unlocking iPhone Without Assistance

The U.S. Justice Department dropped its fight to get Apple to help it unlock an iPhone in a New York drug case after someone provided the device’s passcode to authorities. In a letter to the judge, obtained by BuzzFeed News, prosecutors explained they no longer needed Apple’s assistance. The government respectfully submits this letter to update […]