There’s a lot of publicity right now about the FBI’s request for Apple to help them unlock two iPhones owned by a murder suspect who opened fire at a Florida navy base.
However, what has gone underreported is the fact that the two iPhones in question are actually old models, an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 7.
As noted by the Wall Street Journal today, these devices are so old that their security has already been compromised. Plenty of security firms on the gray/black market are available to unlock older iPhone models, so why does the FBI need Apple?
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Instagram has kickstarted the launch of direct messaging on the web today. For now, it’s only a test with a “small percentage” of users but the feature is rolling out globally.
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Tuesday’s best deals include up to $300 off 16-inch MacBook Pro, refurb iPhones at Woot, and previous-generation iPads. Head below for all of our top picks and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.
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Today Apple made the rack-mountable Mac Pro available for purchase, starting at $6499. The unit, which features the same build to order components as the regular Mac Pro, features rack mounting rails that ship in a separate box. more…
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Apple has just released Xcode 11.3.1 for developers — the tool used to create iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps. This week’s update features overall improvements and bug fixes, including enhancements to compile Swift files.
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Update: iOS 13.3.1 beta 2, iPadOS 13.3.1 beta 2, macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta 2, watchOS 6.1.2 beta 2, and tvOS 13.3.1 beta 2 now available for developers.
Apple today is releasing the second developer beta of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1. This comes after a month without any new beta releases due to the holiday recesses. iOS 13.3.1 focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements.
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The Israeli forensics firm Cellebrite has announced a $33 million acquisition that it says will help it expand its forensics capabilities beyond smartphones. The company has acquired BlackBag Technologies, which is a separate forensics firm with a focus on computer forensics.
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YouTuber Joel Telling is crediting Apple Watch with alerting him to an elevated heart rate. Telling says that his Apple Watch notified him that his heart rate had been over 120 beats-per-minute for more than 10 minutes, prompting him to seek medical attention.
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Last year, Google announced that all Android 7+ devices can be used as two-factor authentication when signing into Gmail, Drive, and other first-party services. Most modern iPhones can now be used as a built-in phone security key for Google apps.
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