iPhone Security Touch ID

Police want to use 3D fingerprint replicas to access murder victim’s iPhone

By on July 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Police want to use 3D fingerprint replicas to access murder victim’s iPhone

A few months ago, Apple was embroiled in a high-publicized legal battle with the FBI over mobile security. If you recall, the controversy began after Apple refused to create a custom version of iOS that would have enabled authorities to bypass the lockscreen on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. In defending Apple’s position, Tim Cook boldly said that the FBI wanted Apple to create the “software equivalent of cancer.”

Ultimately, the legal dispute fizzled out after the FBI managed to purchase software from a third-party that enabled it to bypass the lockscreen without Apple’s assistance. With that as a backdrop, we recently stumbled upon a report detailing a novel way that law enforcement authorities in Michigan managed to access a locked iPhone of a murder victim, without any help from Apple or even having to lay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to a third-party.

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Best Buy Apple Watch

Save $200 on iPhones (and a bunch of other stuff) in Best Buy’s 2-day sale

By on July 22, 2016 at 3:44 PM.

Save $200 on iPhones (and a bunch of other stuff) in Best Buy’s 2-day sale

It’s rare to see iPhones go on any kind of sale, let alone $200 off. But to draw attention to its “Black Friday in July” sale (because one Black Friday wasn’t enough!), Best Buy is cutting prices on iPhones, 4K TVs, and basically anything else you can think of.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on July 22, 2016 at 3:13 PM.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Congratulations on making it to the end of another week! There are plenty of ways you can celebrate, but most of them involve going out and spending a bunch of the money you just spent all week earning. Here’s another option: snag these 12 paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale right now for free. We’ve got an app that’ll hide your private photos, a cool proximity chat app, an app that turns your iPhone into a mouse for your computer, a great language translator and plenty more. More →

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iOS 10 Beta 3 Changes

You can now disable iOS 10’s most annoying new feature… but I don’t want to

By on July 21, 2016 at 4:21 PM.

You can now disable iOS 10’s most annoying new feature… but I don’t want to

Apple’s new iOS 10 software is anything but an Earth-shattering update. Instead, it’s a release that’s packed full of refinements and new features that enhance Apple’s existing apps. That said, there are a few changes that impact fundamental iPhone and iPad functionality, and some of those changes have been received better than others by iPhone users with access to the public and private iOS 10 betas. For example, everyone seems to love the new lock screen in Apple’s latest iOS software, but the new gesture used to actually unlock the phone had been widely criticized.

As it often does, Apple listened to users and made a change earlier this month in iOS 10 beta 2 to address the “issue.” But after switching back and forth, I actually think that Apple got it right the first time. More →

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Gold Black iPhone Mod

Someone built a black and gold iPhone 6 and it’s everything you dreamed it would be

By on July 21, 2016 at 2:34 PM.

Someone built a black and gold iPhone 6 and it’s everything you dreamed it would be

Love it or hate it, no one can argue that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are unattractive phones. Apple has always had an incredible collective sense of style and design, and that extended to the iPhone right out of the gate in 2007. Perhaps that’s why so many of Apple’s rivals have copied the company’s designs so shameless time and time again. As great as Apple’s designs are though, there are always people who wish something was a little different — no antenna lines, or a flat back instead of a camera bump.

One wish in particular has made the rounds quite frequently over the past two years: people want a gold iPhone with a black face. The bad news is that there’s no sign Apple has plans to offer this sought-after color combo anytime soon. And the worse news for people who want a black and gold iPhone is that it looks even better than you thought it would. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on July 21, 2016 at 12:42 PM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We’ve gotten plenty of emails over the weeks and months asking us to include more games in our daily posts on paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free. Well, if you’re on the hunt for new games but you don’t want to pay big bucks, today is your lucky day. We’ve got several games on our list of freebies including Angry Birds and a bunch of great games you’ve never heard of, and there are also several non-game apps you’ll want to check out. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

By on July 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

The Apple vs. FBI legal battle over the San Bernardino case in early 2016 was one of the most important events of the year so far, as user privacy, device security and terrorism converged in a single case. On one hand, we have Apple, keen on protecting everyone’s privacy. On the other hand, there’s the FBI, a law enforcement agency that demands access to any communication device that may have been used during the plotting of a heinous crime. Apple won that battle, and while many from the tech sector sided with the iPhone company in its fight against the FBI, there was one notable company that argued that encryption has to be broken when the government needs it: BlackBerry.

The irony did not escape us then, and it doesn’t escape us now — BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple is wrong. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on July 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Welcome to today’s installment of our ongoing series on paid iPhone and iPad apps that are made available for free for a limited time. Wednesday’s post includes 10 apps you definitely won’t want to miss. they span several different categories from productivity and photography to games. There’s even an app that lets you turn back the clock and capture videos of moments that you missed.

What kind of magic!? How is that even possible?! You’ll have to download it to find out. More →

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Netflix Offline Viewing iPhone

Movie and TV show downloads could be coming soon to Netflix

By on July 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Movie and TV show downloads could be coming soon to Netflix

Netflix has long maintained a strict policy against offline viewing, even as competitors introduced the feature in their products. But the company started to change its tune earlier this year, and now it looks like Netflix offline viewing is closer than ever — at least when it comes to the technical features that would make it possible. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on July 19, 2016 at 1:44 PM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

We put together a terrific list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free on Monday. In case you missed it, some of those apps are still free downloads today. Of course Tuesday brings an entirely new list of iOS apps on sale, and you’ll find 11 great options below. More →

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iOS 10 Beta 3 Download

Video: The 15 best new features in iOS 10 beta 3

By on July 19, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

Video: The 15 best new features in iOS 10 beta 3

Apple released iOS 10 beta 3 for developers on Monday, but we all know that there are plenty of non-developers out there who are using the software. In fact, you don’t even need a developer account anymore to gain access to Apple’s iOS 10 developer betas — here’s how to install iOS 10 beta 3 on your iPhone or iPad without a developer account. Sure there’s a public beta out there, but that’ll never suffice for Apple fans who want the latest and greatest iOS features as soon as humanly possible.

And speaking of latest and greatest iOS features, let’s take a look at the best new features Apple added in iOS 10 beta 3. More →

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Special Forces Switch to iPhone

US Army Special Forces are trading their Samsungs for iPhones

By on July 19, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

US Army Special Forces are trading their Samsungs for iPhones

Good news for Android fans: the US Army Special Forces, all elite units like Delta Force and Army Rangers, currently use a system powered by Samsung handsets for battlefield applications.

Bad news for Android fans: those handsets have been crashing so much that Special Forces Command is switching to iPhones instead.

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