Apple apologizes for phishing scam that stole Chinese user IDs

Apple apologized today over stolen Apple IDs that were used to make unauthorized App Store purchases in China. The Wall Street Journal reports that the IDs were obtained through phishing scams. Users had connected their Apple accounts to mobile payment systems Alipay and WeChat Pay; these IDs were then used to purchases through the App Store. “We are deeply apologetic about the inconvenience caused to our customers by these phishing scams,” Apple said in a statement to its Chinese users.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Apple is using backpacks to collect map data in San Francisco

Apple’s quest to improve Maps’ accuracy appears to include some on-foot action. Former Engadget writer Dante Cesa has posted photos of an Apple Maps worker carrying a backpack loaded with cameras, LiDAR sensors and other equipment as he walked through San Francisco. It’s not certain what the exact goal was, but MacRumors speculated that he was collecting details for pedestrian directions.

Via: MacRumors

Source: Dante Cesa (Twitter)

Police told to avoid looking at recent iPhones to avoid lockouts

Police have yet to completely wrap their heads around modern iPhones like the X and XS, and that’s clearer than ever thanks to a leak. Motherboard has obtained a presentation slide from forensics company Elcomsoft telling law enforcement to avoid looking at iPhones with Face ID. If they gaze at it too many times (five), the company said, they risk being locked out much like Apple’s Craig Federighi was during the iPhone X launch event. They’d then have to enter a passcode that they likely can’t obtain under the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which protects suspects from having to provide self-incriminating testimony.

Source: Motherboard

Stolen Apple IDs reportedly used for mobile payment theft in China

Users of two major mobile payment services in China — Alipay and WeChat Pay — have reported unauthorized Apple App Store spending in recent days, with some losing nearly $300 through fraudulent transactions. The companies say that stolen Apple IDs are to blame, the Wall Street Journal reports, and Alipay has asked Apple to investigate. In the meantime, Alipay is telling its customers to minimize potential losses by reducing how much money can be used from their accounts without a password.

Via: 9to5Mac

iPhones may soon be able to automatically detect spam calls

Apple feels your spam call pain. The company apparently filed a patent called “Detection of spoofed call information” that would enable an iPhone to check whether a call is legitimate. If it’s not, the phone would automatically either display a warning to the user or prevent call alerts, such as ringing and vibration. The patent was first spotted by Apple Insider.

Via: Apple Insider, The Verge

Source: US Patent Office

Apple boosts in-house chip program with $600 million acquisition

Apple has signed a licensing deal with its long-time supplier Dialog and acquired assets including 300 employees, the two companies announced. Apple will pay the UK-based firm $300 million now plus another $300 million in the future for delivery of products. It also awarded Dialog a number of new contracts for power management, charging and audio subsystem chips.

Source: Dialog

Chrome OS may be the 2-in-1 solution we’ve been waiting for

Tech’s biggest companies are all about the 2-in-1. Google’s latest effort is the Pixel Slate — a tablet that becomes a sort-of laptop when you snap on its keyboard folio. This is a formula we’ve seen rise in popularity since the first Surface tablet. Think: the iPad Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4, HP’s Envy x2 detachables and more. These devices are doing so well they’re apparently all people want to buy anymore. According to IDC data, 2-in-1 shipments will grow by almost 10 percent this year, while traditional PCs are expected to decline.

Wireless charging: Are we doing this or not?

The world is going increasingly wireless, with hardware manufacturers left and right eschewing physical ports and cables for digital handshakes and gigahertz connections. Just look at Apple’s infamous headphone jack-eliminating AirPods, for example. However, one plug that device makers have continually struggled to remove is the one that supplies the gadget with power. The era of wireless mobile device charging has been “right around the corner” for the better part of a decade but will Google’s latest foray into Qi-enabled charging technology finally be the popular push that brings wireless power transfers into the mainstream?

Chinese fraudsters scammed Apple out of free iPhone parts

Apple’s warranty policy was badly abused by fraudsters in China back in 2013, according to a report from The Information. In an elaborate scheme, rings of thieves would purchase iPhones and immediately return them to Apple’s Store in Shenzhen, claiming they were broken. In reality, they had removed valuable components and replaced them with fake parts and even gum wrappers. After receiving the replacement phones, the teams would sell them off, while using the stolen components in refurbished iPhones. Those would then be sold off in smaller cities.

Source: The Information

Pixel Slate vs. the competition: Get some work done

We weren’t too thrilled with the first attempt at putting Chrome OS on a tablet, with Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 getting slammed for its bad cameras and poor performance — and the fact that Chrome OS hadn’t really been optimized for the form factor yet. Maybe things will be a bit better when Google takes the helm with its new Pixel Slate. We have fond memories of tablets like the Nexus 9 from 2014, as well as last year’s Pixelbook laptop. We don’t quite know yet how this new device will fare until we formally review it, but we certainly know what it’s competing against, and can compare specs in this handy chart.

Pixel 3 XL vs. the competition: Beyond the notch

With all the leaks over the past few weeks it may have seemed there wasn’t a lot more to reveal about the Pixel 3 XL. But, after today’s announcement, we finally have some official confirmation of its internals, including a whopper of a front camera in that notch. While you’ll have to wait a few weeks for our official review of Google’s newest large handset, we can at least stack up the XL against its closest competition. Check out the table below to see how the specs fare against behemoths like the Galaxy Note 9, the budget-priced OnePlus 6 (the 6T is still a few weeks away) and of course, Apple’s mega-sized iPhone XS Max.

Pixel 3 vs. the competition: Under the surface

It’s October, which means we finally get an official look at Google’s big phone release for 2018. The Pixel 3 may look plain on the outside, but it’s packed with improved front and back cameras with souped-up software that we hope will make the shooters better than their predecessors. Of course, to find out we’ll have to wait for the full review in a few weeks. For now, we can take a look at the handset’s specs and see how it stands up to this year’s crop of flagship phones. Check out the table below:

Pixel Slate hands-on: Google’s 2-in-1 takes on the Surface

Google is cooking up a new formula for detachables, and it has an intriguing recipe with the new Pixel Slate. Though Microsoft has a solid desktop environment in Windows that makes its Surfaces excellent productivity tablets, it doesn’t have the same library of touch-friendly apps that Android and iOS offer. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, is swimming in apps but just doesn’t have the multitasking chops of a full desktop OS. Chrome OS seems like a potential opportunity to marry the best of Android, with its plethora of apps, with an established, functional desktop interface.

Apple issues update to fix iPhone XS charging and WiFi problems

It didn’t take long for Apple to tackle some of the iPhone XS’ teething troubles. The company has released an iOS 12.0.1 update that, most notably, fixes a glitch that prevented the XS and XS Max from charging over a wired connection until you woke the screen. This didn’t affect everyone (yours truly was fine), but this could prove a relief to anyone worried they’d wake up to a low battery. It also fixes a WiFi reception problem where the device would rejoin a network on the slower 2.4GHz band instead of 5GHz.

Apple Watch daylight saving bug leaves Series 4 devices in a loop

Apple is still grappling with daylight saving time issues after all these years. Some Australian Apple Watch Series 4 owners have reported that their devices are stuck in reboot loops after the country switched to DST this weekend. Apparently, the Activity complication on the Series 4’s Infograph Modular face doesn’t know how to handle a day that’s an hour short — so long as that complication is active, the smartwatch crashes and restarts until it runs out of power.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Reddit

Philips Hue now supports iOS 12’s Siri Shortcuts

With the launch of iOS 12, iPhone owners were introduced to Siri’s new Shortcuts feature that makes suggestions based on a user’s routines. Numerous third-party apps — such as Pandora, Evernote and even Google News — already offer such integration, but one of the most eagerly anticipated platforms, Philips Hue, has been missing. Now, that wait is over — Philips Hue users with the latest version of the app received Shortcuts support today.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Philips Hue on the App Store

Surface Pro 6 vs. the competition: More than just portability

Last year’s Surface Pro was a satisfying, if unambitious entry to Microsoft’s brand of hybrid laptops. With its sixth iteration the line is offering a load of refinements like a higher contrast ratio for the screen. However, in a crowded marketplace full of lightweight hybrids and convertibles, what helps the Surface Pro stand apart? We’ve taken leading machines from Dell, HP and even last year’s MacBook Air and laid their key specs out to see exactly what each offers under the hood.

Apple will add more than 70 new emojis to iOS 12.1

Apple announced that it will release more than 70 new emojis with iOS 12.1, including characters with additional hair options, more animals and a handful of new sports-related items. The company previewed some of what was to come back in July, sharing that a kangaroo, a lobster, a cupcake and a mango were on the docket as well as a moon cake, a nazar amulet and superheroes.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Apple