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  • Samsung admits a screen protector defeats Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor

    gatorguy said:
    At launch there's going to be a Pixel 4 Face Unlock omission that will attract a lot of hand wringing too.

     For at least a short period it will not have the additional biometrics setting that iPhone's do requiring eyes open. (Eyes closed is an option)
    While I don't think it's a serious flaw, and Google does have a page showing the additional "eyes open" option thus indicating it is on the way, it really should be there and active at launch IMO.

    At least the lock-down feature will be active so anyone truly concerned about being knocked unconscious or being locked up by the police and their phone being raped can in a matter of seconds disable biometrics and requiring a pass-code to unlock.  Very similar to Apple's power button emergency screen lock and apparently just as quick to activate. 

    But yup, for now the iPhones FaceID will have the option of an additional security requirement that Pixels will not. 

    EDIT: I'm now seeing mentions of an "eye blink" requirement on shipping devices before proceeding with payment authorization and opening certain apps dealing in sensitive information? Will be curious to see what that's about. 
    Getting the Google defence in early.

    Good job!
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max hardware points to latent bilateral charging functionality [u]

    netrox said:
    Not buying it. This is simply a case of someone seeing something new and assuming it’s for a rumored feature.
    No, he actually got iphone to recharge.
    Say what? He got it to charge another iPhone through reverse charging?

    While that lower cable is disconnected, the phone will charge via the Lightning port, but not the wireless charging coil.

    is what they said.

    Later on, the article (which to be fair, pointed out that there are a number of reasons why this cable might exist) says it might be something to do with new monitoring hardware Apple is using.

  • Apple buys two Cupertino city center office buildings for $290M

    zoetmb said:
    As I've asked so many times before, WTF do all these people at Apple do?   It's not like we've seen major software upgrades or a new major line of products.   Most enhancements have been largely incremental and IMO QA isn't what it once was.   Siri is still largely crap and they've had years to improve it.   

    When we read specifics about particular teams, it seems like the tech teams are far smaller than one would expect especially consider the huge increases in staff.

    So Apple has Apple Park, they still have the original Infinite Loop location, they haven't seemed to have moved out of all the random office space around those buildings when they originally said they would consolidate (correct)? and they've got Campus 3, north of Apple Park and that's aside from all the other server farms and offices in other parts of the country and now they need even more office space in Cupertino?

    So unless Apple has a ton of people working on some very secret project, I'm puzzled as to why they need all this staff and all these facilities.  

    And this is why it’s important to stay in school. 🙄
  • Apple launches early access program for Apple Arcade

    Apple’s charging employees because it’s the only way to truly test the SUBSCRIPTION service. You need to run the test with a paid (nominal) test. It’s not a requirements for employees to test, but if they want early access then they are getting to play for very little, while helping to find and report any bugs. This isn’t the QA team doing testing.... 
    I’ve worked for several companies that have done the same thing. What this usually means is that they’re testing a connection to a third-party resource required for the subscription process. 
  • Apple sued for storing iCloud data on third-party servers

    ElCapitan said:
    Perhaps the biggest issue here is that Timmy is standing there in conferences and in front of politicians such as the EU parliament bragging over how serious Apple takes privacy, while at the same time knowing his company store their customers data with the same companies he gives flack for NOT taking privacy serious. It is, at best, hypocrisy, at worst, complete contempt of his customers. 
    Learn to read.  It’ll serve you well in your future endeavours. 


    If we use third-party vendors to store your information, we encrypt it and never give them the keys. Apple retains the encryption keys in our own data centers, so you can back up, sync, and share your iCloud data. iCloud Keychain stores your passwords and credit card information in such a way that Apple cannot read or access them.

    Oh, and before GoogleGuy jumps in with his usual “WaddaboutChina” trope, Apple has said, on more than one occasion, that Apple retains the keys for the Chinese data centres. 


    Which means the Chinese government still has to make a request to Apple for the data. The difference is that they no longer have to go through the US courts (or any court for that matter) to get it. Because they have to make a request then Apple can keep track of them.  

    Between 2013 and 2017, the Chinese made 176 information requests. During the same period, the US government made 8475 requests, which is odd given the relative size of the countries’ populations. 

    What is really interesting is that Apple said ‘no’ to all the Chinese requests and ‘okay’ to over 2000 of the US requests, presumably because it was harder for the Chinese to get a court order for Chinese user data stored in the US. Now they don’t have that problem anymore, then it’ll be interesting to see how the numbers change, or if Apple continues to report them. 

    Fact is, the US spies on its citizens (and non-citizens), same as the Chinese, and neither country cares who knows it.