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Signal messaging app will now blur people’s faces during protests

June 4th, 2020

Signal app downloads have increased significantly in the United States, as protesters have been looking for end-to-end encrypted chat apps to secure their communications. Signal also announced a brand new security feature, a tool that can detect and blur faces in photos automatically in support of the current protests against racism in the US and …

WikiLeaks CIA hacking tools

These messaging apps are safe from all of the CIA’s known hacking tools

March 10th, 2017

News organization have been abuzz this week following the release of a new WikiLeaks document dump detailing the hacking tools used by the CIA to spy on Americans. Of the countless worrisome discoveries made possible by the leaked documents, one of the most frightening was the assertion that the CIA is capable of “bypassing” encrypted messaging apps …

iLounge sounds attenuation alarm on Verizon iPhone [video]

February 8th, 2011

The iPhone 4’s antenna situation truly is the story that just will not die. Now that the antenna gripes of the GSM iPhone has been exhausted, why not move on to the heir apparent… the CDMA iPhone. iLounge has published a seven minute YouTube video showcasing a karma sutra of death grips that can affect the …

Apple takes on the DROID X in its latest antenna death-grip video

July 26th, 2010

Apple took aim at the Motorola DROID X in the latest video to hit Apple’s smartphone antenna performance webpage. In the video, Apple demonstrates that the DROID X, like the iPhone 4, will drop 3 bars when held death-grip style by someone with presumably gigantic hands. Though these videos are designed to show that the …

AT&T had 1.44% dropped call rate for May of 2010

July 21st, 2010

Responding to an online poll conducted by website Tech-Ex, AT&T gave the world some indication of what their dropped-call rate actually is. Tech-Ex conducted a reader poll that indicated AT&T’s dropped-call — for its readers — was around 4.5% for March of 2010; conversely, Verizon Wireless’ rate came in at 1.5% for the same period. …

The Apple press conference round up…

July 16th, 2010

The much anticipated Apple press conference has just concluded. Here is — in bullet form — what we just learned: The iPhone 4 death grip signal degradation thingy happens to a lot of smartphones. Apple demonstrated it on a BlackBerry 9700, Samsung Omnia 2, and HTC DROID Eris. The software update (4.0.1) released yesterday will take care of …

Apple holding press conference this Friday

July 14th, 2010

It appears as though Apple will be holding a press conference this Friday, July 16th, at 10AM Pacific Time to finally — officially — address the iPhone 4 antenna circus issue. Invites were sent out this evening to media outlets around the country. What do you think Apple is going to say?

Consumer Reports: iPhone 4 antenna issues are hardware related

July 12th, 2010

Consumer Reports has just published a report on the iPhone 4 that refutes Apple, Inc.’s claim that the iPhone 4 signal issues are a “shocking” software error. Consumer Reports says: Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4’s signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that …

Apple nixes 10% restocking fee on iPhone 4 returns

July 2nd, 2010

Computerworld is reporting that Apple has temporarily suspend their standard 10% restocking fee for returns of the iPhone 4. Computerworld writes: An AppleCare support representative who gave her name as “Erica” confirmed that the restocking fee had been ditched. The restocking fee is also central to at least one of several lawsuits that consumers have filed …