In today's news, Apple announces the date for its next virtual event, Microsoft adds a new laptop to the Surface family and US health officials recommend a pause on the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In today's news, Apple announces the date for its next virtual event, Microsoft adds a new laptop to the Surface family and US health officials recommend a pause on the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Are you sick and tired of having to deal with all those different chargers for all your various Apple gadgets? We know we used to be until we nipped the issue in the bud with one simple purchase. We found something on Amazon that has been a game-changer for us, and we think you're going to love it just as much as we do. It's called the Hosaud 3 in 1 Fast Qi Wireless Charging Station and it's on sale right now for less than $20 thanks to a freshly lowered retail price at Amazon. This little gadget is an awesome accessory that features a great design. It can wirelessly charge your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch all at the same time, eliminating the need to plug in multiple chargers to refuel all your gadgets. Amazon shoppers are raving about it and once you check it out, we bet you'll be raving about it too! Apple's most recent iPhone models can be charged using a Lightning cable or with a wireless charger. If you have an Apple Watch, it has a special proprietary wireless charging disc of its own so there's nothing else in your gadget bag that uses the same cable. On top of that, you've probably got AirPods that can also use a Lightning cable, or you can use a wireless charger if you have AirPods Pro or AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case. (By the way, if you don't have AirPods there's a sale right now on Amazon that slashes AirPods Pro to the lowest price of the year so far!) That's already way too many chargers to deal with, and it doesn't even include your iPad and all the other gadgets you have around the house. Wouldn't it be nice if there was one wireless charging station that could handle all of your main devices? The popular Hosaud 3 in 1 Fast Qi Wireless Charging Station could be just what the doctor ordered. Apple fans love it and you can see why if you check out some of the many 5-star reviews on Amazon. Not only does this Hosaud charging station have great ratings on Amazon, but it also has a terrific design. You'll find a nice big area to wirelessly charge your iPhone plus a smaller spot next to that so you can charge your AirPods. Finally, there's a stand that lets you pop in your Apple Watch's wireless charging disc so you can kill all three birds with one stone. This gadget is a must-have for every Apple fan out there, and it costs less than $20 right now.
There are several reasons to update to the latest version of an operating system as soon as it rolls out, from big new features to bug fixes, but none are more pressing than patches for vulnerabilities that could put your personal data at risk. This Monday, Apple released iOS 14.5.1, and while the point of the update seemed to be fixing an App Tracking Transparency bug, Apple also patched two zero-days that might have been actively exploited. As Apple revealed on a support page, iOS 14.5.1 addresses two vulnerabilities affecting WebKit, which is the browser engine that powers Safari and renders web content in other first-party apps. CVE-2021-30665 and CVE-2021-30663 were both patched in the update, so download and install iOS 14.5.1 now if you haven't already. Here's how Apple described the two zero-day vulnerabilities and their potential impact on the iPhone: WebKit Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation) Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved state management. CVE-2021-30665: yangkang (@dnpushme)&zerokeeper&bianliang of 360 ATA WebKit Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation) Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. Description: An integer overflow was addressed with improved input validation. CVE-2021-30663: an anonymous researcher As noted by Ars Technica, Google's team of security analysts known as Project Zero has been tracking these exploits all year long, and of the 21 zero-days that have been uncovered in 2021 to date, a third of them have affected Apple's mobile operating system. Microsoft is the only company to appear on the list more often than Apple, while Google and Adobe combine for six appearances so far. Apple is certainly being kept on its toes. This should be reason enough to update to iOS 14.5.1 immediately, but the new version of iOS also promises to fix a bug that has been plaguing users over the last week after iOS 14.5 rolled out to the public: This update fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling it. Unfortunately, some users still see the toggle described above as grayed out on their phones, and it's not clear why. Apple has released a support document explaining what might cause the setting to be disabled, from being under age 18 to having an Apple ID that's less than three days old, but whatever the case, reports from around the internet make it clear that iOS 14.5.1 didn't solve the problem for everyone. Plus, some users are running into a brand new issue causing visual bugs on the Software Update section of the Settings app.
With the iPhone almost 14 years old at this point, it's only natural to wonder what type of innovations Apple will bring to its iconic smartphone in the future. And while faster processors and improved camera technologies are all but guaranteed -- and exciting in their own right -- there's a good chance we might also see Apple try and take the iPhone display to the next level. According to a patent filing noticed earlier this year by Patently Apple, Apple has been working on display technology that would enable future iPhone models to dynamically switch between 60Hz, 120Hz, 180hz, and 240hz refresh rates. The end result would be markedly improved scrolling, better responsiveness, and "smoother motion content." Notably, Apple has at least two patents that center on 240hz display technology. The most recent one is titled "Systems and methods for in-frame sensing and adaptive sensing control" and reads in part: In addition to enabling user inputs, the electronic display may include a display panel with one or more display pixels. As described above, the electronic display may control light emission from the display pixels to present visual representations of information, such as a graphical user interface (GUI) of an operating system, an application interface, a still image, or video content, by display image frames based at least in part on corresponding image data. In some embodiments, the electronic display may be a display using light-emitting diodes (LED display), a self-emissive display, such as an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, or the like. Additionally, in some embodiments, the electronic display may refresh display of an image and/or an image frame, for example, at 60 Hz (corresponding to refreshing 60 frames per second), 120 Hz (corresponding to refreshing 120 frames per second), and/or 240 Hz (corresponding to refreshing 240 frames per second). The patents shouldn't come as much of a surprise given reports that Apple's iPhone 13 Pro models will feature a 120Hz ProMotion display capable of dynamically switching between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates depending on the use-case scenario to maintain battery life. While reports of an iPhone with a 120Hz ProMotion display have persisted for quite some time, there's a strong chance we'll finally see it happen once Apple rolls out its iPhone 13 lineup this coming September. As to when we might see an iPhone model with a 240Hz display, well, that remains unclear. Given how long it's taken Apple to roll out its 120Hz ProMotion display on the iPhone, it stands to reason that the company is in no rush to up the ante so quickly. We'll know for sure what type of display improvements the iPhone 13 introduces this coming September when Apple unveils its 2021 iPhone lineup. According to reports, some non-display features we can look forward to include an always-on display, improved camera performance, and support for Portrait mode while filming video.
We have been harping on keeping your devices up to date a lot lately, but with good reason. Zero-day vulnerabilities have been discovered with increasing regularity in recent years -- Google's Project Zero security research team has already collected 21 in its spreadsheet for 2021. We covered the latest issue earlier this week when Apple rolled out iOS 14.5.1 to address two WebKit flaws that it says might have been actively exploited. Now there's an even bigger problem, and anyone who owns a Dell computer should download the security patch immediately. On Tuesday, security research firm SentinelLabs reported on a vulnerability in Dell's firmware update driver impacting hundreds of the brand's devices, from desktops to laptops to tablets. As the firm explains, the flaw can be exploited to allow anyone using the computer to escalate their privileges and run code in kernel mode. Dell has since issued a security advisory on its website for the vulnerability with a list of nearly 400 devices that have been impacted. The list includes dozens of Inspiron and Latitude laptops, as well as recent XPS 13, XPS 15, and XPS 17 models. There is a separate list of older devices that no longer receive service but are also impacted. If you spot a device that you own on the list, here are the steps that you need to take. First and foremost, you need to remove the vulnerable dbutil_2_3.sys driver from your system. There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest (and the one Dell recommends) is to download and run the Dell Security Advisory Update – DSA-2021-088 utility. You can also manually remove the driver by checking these two locations: C:\Users\ \AppData\Local\Temp C:\Windows\Temp Once you find dbutil_2_3.sys, select the file, hold down the Shift key and press Delete to permanently remove it from your system. There's also a third option, but it won't be available until May 10th. The next step is to ensure that the vulnerable driver is never reintroduced on your system. You can learn more about this on Dell's website, but basically, you need to run the firmware update utility package on the relevant devices: Dell Command Update, Dell Update, Alienware Update, Dell System Inventory Agent, or Dell Platform Tags. Somehow, despite the fact that this vulnerability has been around since 2009, Dell and SentinelLabs both say that they have not found any evidence that it has been exploited by malicious actors. It's also worth noting that the driver doesn't come preloaded on your PC -- you have to install a firmware update to get it -- but regardless of whether or not you can find the driver on your system, it's probably time to load up that firmware update software you definitely forgot was even on your computer and install whatever it offers you.
Dell has been releasing a firmware update driver since 2009 that contains "five high severity flaws."
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A U.S. judge on Tuesday pressed the chief executive of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games on how the fundamental changes the game maker is asking her to force on Apple Inc's App Store would affect the livelihoods of millions of developers who make software for Apple devices. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is presiding over a three-week trial that kicked off Monday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Epic has alleged that Apple has abused the power it holds over the software developers who want to reach its 1 billion iPhone users by charging commissions of up to 30% on in-app purchases and conducting App Store reviews that Epic alleges hold back companies Apple views as competitors.
"Only limitation is high density of users in urban areas," Musk tweeted, responding to a post from a CNBC reporter that said the $99 deposits SpaceX took for the service were fully refundable and did not guarantee service. "More of a challenge when we get into the several million user range," Musk said. SpaceX has not set a date for Starlink's service launch, but commercial service would not likely be offered in 2020 as it had previously planned.
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I'm just about finished reading New York Times writer Nicole Perlroth's fantastic new book, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends, in which she lifts up and turns over the rock of the global cyberwar arms race to show us all the nasty, wormy hackers and spies underneath who play around in that muck. It's a gripping read, like some kind of cyber-focused John le Carre thriller -- only, you know, real -- and I can't recommend it enough. However, it's also important to remember that hackers can cause all sorts of mischief without even needing to resort to the zero-days and the myriad other digital tools that they pay top dollar for, and which nation-states have used to amass frighteningly expansive hacking war chests. Sometimes, all a hacker needs is your number to pull off something like a nasty yet highly effective phone scam. What we're specifically referring to is the practice of mobile carriers to recycle your old phone number whenever you opt for a new number. Carriers will give that old number to a new customer in an effort to postpone the eventual date when we run out of new phone numbers to assign. As you might surmise, however, a new study from Princeton University researchers has detailed many of the security and privacy risks associated with this practice, which is due in part to the fact that phone numbers are so often tied to Two-Factor Authentication protection. In their paper, the researchers say they sampled 259 phone numbers available to new subscribers at two major carriers, and found that "171 of them were tied to existing accounts at popular websites, potentially allowing those accounts to be hijacked. "Additionally, a majority of available numbers led to hits on people search services, which provide personally identifiable information on previous owners. Furthermore, a significant fraction (100 of 259) of the numbers were linked to leaked login credentials on the web, which could enable account hijackings that defeat SMS-based multi-factor authentication. We also found design weaknesses in carriers’ online interfaces and number recycling policies that could facilitate attacks involving number recycling." https://twitter.com/random_walker/status/1389282906883899394 Some of the recycled phone numbers, the researchers note, were still getting security- and privacy-related calls and messages, covering things like authentication passcodes and prescription reminders. "New owners who are unknowingly assigned a recycled number may realize the incentives to exploit upon receiving unsolicited sensitive communication, and become opportunistic adversaries.” So, the big question, what can ordinary people do, in light of this practice? One thing the researchers recommend that people do is "park" their current phone number when disconnecting their line. Subscribers can actually park their number at a dedicated parking service like NumberBarn, a mobile virtual network operator, or at a VoIP provider like Google Voice. "This includes subscribers looking to change their number, and those who need to temporarily disconnect their lines beyond the 90-day suspension offered by some carriers (e.g., a worker contracted overseas)," the researchers add. And among the benefits is that subscribers would, at that point, have more time to update their SMS Two-Factor Authentication settings.
Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen sent a note to more than a dozen senators on Monday expressing his concerns with T-Mobile's plans to shut down an older CDMA phone network still used by millions of Dish customers.Why it matters: Dish has said it expected to have until at least 2023 to move customers over to newer networks, while T-Mobile now plans to shut down the network at the beginning of next year.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free. The big picture: T-Mobile's acquisition was controversial and its approval was conditioned upon selling Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid business to Dish. As part of that, Dish is using T-Mobile's network while it builds out its own 5G network from scratch. In its new letter, Ergen notes that 4 million Boost customers rely on the former Sprint CDMA network for service.The letter to Congress is just the latest move from Dish, which also complained to the FCC and has asked California regulators to re-open their T-Mobile/Sprint merger case and force the carrier to extend the CDMA shutdown timing.What they're saying: "T-Mobile’s decision to shut down the CDMA network significantly earlier than the company promised regulators raises serious competitive and consumer protection issues thatare worthy of your review," Ergen said in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Axios.Dish also notes in his letter that Dish's efforts to migrate customers are being hampered by both the global chip shortage and the exit of LG from the mobile phone market, as LG had been Boost Mobile's largest phone provider.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
If you want the fastest and most responsive experience possible on a laptop computer, you don't need to spend a fortune on a custom gaming machine with a gazillion GB of RAM. Nope, all you need is a new Apple notebook powered by Apple's incredible M-series chip — and prices actually start much lower than you might think! The new M1 MacBook Air is Apple's most affordable laptop you can get with the new M1 chipset. You know, the SoC that's making tons of waves in the industry right now. This entry-level Apple laptop is still powerful enough to computer crush rival Windows laptops that cost twice as much — especially while Amazon is discounting the MacBook Air by up to $70. This laptop is lightning-fast indeed, but there's another M1-powered Apple notebook that's even more powerful. As incredible as the new Air is, it's not the fastest Apple laptop in town. If you want the best of the best, you're likely eying a brand new Apple M1 MacBook Pro instead of the Air. If that's the case, we have some fantastic news: Now is the time to pull the trigger because Amazon is offering all-time low prices on both the 256GB model and the 512GB version, with discounts up to a whopping $200! If you're in search of the fastest and most powerful Apple computers ever made, you now have three models to choose from: the new Mac mini, the new MacBook Air, and the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Soon, there will be a fourth when the new M1 iMac is released. And despite how insanely powerful these computers are and despite the fact that they're still pretty much brand new, Amazon has been offering various discounts on all three models ever since late last year. Apple's new Mac mini is the only M1-powered desktop, and you'll be shocked at how affordable it is considering the fact that it crushes Windows PCs that cost twice as much. The same can be said of the MacBook Air, which is also on sale with discounts up to $70. But it should go without saying that the most exciting new M1-powered computer is the M1 MacBook Pro — and Amazon just slashed this incredible laptop to its lowest price ever. The M1 MacBook Pro was between $50 and $60 off ahead of the holidays last year. Procrastination doesn't often off, but this time around you'll be very glad that you missed those deals. Head over to Amazon today and you'll find that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB of SSD storage is $150 off. And if you want to bump your storage space up to 512GB you'll still save a whopping $199.01 thanks to a $150 discount and an extra $49.01 that's chopped off at checkout! Both of those deals are new all-time low prices for Apple's new M1 MacBook Pro models, but we have no idea how much longer Amazon's awesome sale will last. In other words... it's now or never! M1 MacBook Pro Apple's M1 chip is a revolution in the personal computing space, offering unrivaled CPU and GPU performance Instant wake means no more waiting for your laptop to load The 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance, while the 8-core GPU brings up to 5x faster graphics The M1 is also Apple's most efficient chipset ever, enabling up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge The dedicated 16-core Neural Engine enables advanced machine learning capabilities that have never been seen before on comparable notebook computers M1 MacBook Air Powered by Apple's M1 chip, the first M series chip designed entirely by Apple to optimize performance and efficiency Apple's 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance and the 8-core GPU powers up to 5x faster graphics Up to 18 hours of battery life on a single charge — leave your bulky power supply at home Instant wake enabled by the M1 means your MacBook is ready to go as soon as you open it
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There is a ductless air conditioner unit in the back of my house and it used to be a constant source of frustration. Ever since I first moved in, I have been annoyed that the ductless unit doesn't have even the most basic smart features like time and temperature-based scheduling. Can you imagine if your central AC didn't have a thermostat and only worked when you turned it on manually? How crazy would that be?! The mere thought is absolutely ridiculous, and that's how frustrating it is to have a ductless unit like the one in my home. Thankfully, a few quick Google searches revealed that there are plenty of smart air conditioner controllers out there to add key missing features to ductless and window AC units. I've tried a few different smart air conditioner controllers over the years and some worked better than others. I finally landed on one that was pretty good from a no-name brand on Amazon, but it still didn't work 100% of the time. I found that I had to reset it at least once every few weeks, and it also didn't easily integrate with my smart home setup. That meant there are tons of great automations that I was missing out on. Then, as luck would have it, a company called Sensibo contacted me and asked if I wanted to test one of its smart air conditioner controllers. This wonderfully simple gadget is the missing link that will drag your window-mounted AC or your ductless AC into the modern age. It's very easy to set up and install, and it lets you control your AC unit with your smartphone instead of with manual controls on the unit or with a clunky old remote. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. In my humble opinion, the best part is the fact that the Sensibo Air smart air conditioner controller is compatible with HomeKit and other smart home platforms. That means the possibilities are truly endless! For example, I use SmartThings as my smart home hub, and I was able to configure some great little automations with the Sensibo Air. I have it set so that when a motion detector in my upstairs hallway senses motion between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM, which is when I typically wake up, it automatically turns on the AC on my ductless unit. And of course, once winter weather comes back next season, I'll switch things up so it turns on my heat instead. It's so cool! The Sensibo app also has plenty of smart rules you can set based on things like temperature, humidity, and even your geolocation, plus you can of course configure time-based schedules as well. It's truly an awesome gadget that is a must-have for anyone who uses a ductless air conditioner or window AC units. There are also two different versions — the main one and a second option that comes with its own motion detector in case you want those smart features but don't use a smart home system. Then there's also the Sensibo Sky, a lighter-weight option that costs even less. Definitely check them out! Sensibo Sky Smart Air Conditioner Controller Sensibo Sky Smart Air Conditioner Controller with Room Sensor
Silicon Valley venture capitalists, long focused on software and internet companies, are again pouring money into the semiconductor industry, lured by the promise of a new generation of artificial-intelligence chips that could challenge incumbents like Intel Corp and Nvidia Corp. The new wave of semiconductor innovation will do little to address the shortage of chips based on older technology that is currently plaguing the auto industry and others. The shortage stems from a confluence of factors as carmakers, which shut plants during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, compete against the sprawling consumer electronics industry for chip supplies.