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  • DriveSavers launches passcode-beating iPhone cracking service for the public

    mfryd said:

    If they have reverse-engineered Apple's private key from the public key, then their claims are quite believable.  If they've been using their corporate spare computer cycles over the past few years to look for this, perhaps they have gotten lucky?
    A few problems with this thesis:

    1. Apple's private encryption key is more valuable on the black market than having to solicit orders from random end users with questionable means to pay.
    2. The sale of a company's private encryption key on the black market is likely to attract law enforcement.
    3. The computing power necessary to derive Apple's private encryption key is unlikely to be found in a single, non-state actor.
    4. If a solution to #3 can be found, the solution is more valuable than the private key itself. Indeed, it would make the person who discovered it the richest person alive.

  • How Apple Pay beat the odds because of great design

    There was a video floating about that showed that these portable FlashPay (wireless) payment terminals could be tapped against a person's wallet without them knowing and the amount would be debited from their account. And this is where Apple Pay is simply superior; it wouldn't work unless you trigger the phone/watch to payment mode.
  • Study: iPhone 6 has highest failure rate among iPhones -- but Samsung's rate is higher

    Soli said:
    220 million iPhone 6 in the world. The 2nd most popular  phone in the world is bound to have problems .
    48.4 million of those failing seems reasonable to you? No idea how many iPhone 5S' Apple has sold, but it only has a failure rate of 5%.
    Not trying to be mean, but are you sure you know what you're commenting on? It doesn't say there are 48.4 million iPhones 6 that have failed. That is the wrong inference. It says that their "failure rate" for iPhone 6 in their sample is 22%, for their definition of "failure".

    Here's an analogy. Say you run a garage and you service all sorts of cars. Let's say you fix X number of Toyotas. Of these X quantity of Toyota cars, 22% are defined to have "failures". Does this mean 22% of *all* Toyotas of this particular model have this particular problem? Of course not, that would be silly. But that's what you're inferring. This is what is called a biased sample i.e. they are reported to be failures because… they have failed, and that's why there was a study in the first place. This is not a report about the total number of iPhone 6's still in use.
  • Apple responds to investor criticism over heavy smartphone use by children, says parental ...

    As a "tech-savvy" parent who tried to "do my job" of monitoring and configuring an iPad for the use of my child, I was very quickly scratching my head looking for the following. * Day/Time access schedules. * App blocking. * Internet filtering. --- Schedules were nonexistent, Total App blocking is restricted to "some" 1st party apps only - I could block face time but not messages or email. Other apps could only be restricted by content ratings that I don't control. Internet filtering was purely based aforementioned ratings... no provision for black or white lists. The only way to block you tube was to not install the app but even then they could access it via safari... unless I block safari but then they would have no internet browsing at all. Bare minimum doesn't even begin to describe what is offered. At least they restricted store and in app purchase options... eventually. And just to be clear, I'm purposely omitting any third-party solutions. I believe this should and in many cases needs to be provided by Apple due the level of system access required.
    Have you looked at Apple Configurator 2?

    Apple Configurator 2 on the Mac App Store - iTunes - Apple