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Apple faces backlash for using the DMCA to take down tweet containing iPhone encryption key

Apple faces backlash for using the DMCA to take down tweet containing iPhone encryption key

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Apple is facing backlash for using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to remove a tweet that contained an iPhone encryption key. Motherboard reports that Apple filed the DMCA request yesterday, but then retracted it today. A security researcher under the Twitter handle Siguza posted a tweet on Sunday with an encryption key that Motherboard says “could be used to reverse engineer the Secure Enclave Processor” in the iPhone. In turn, this would grant access to sensitive data that is stored in that processor. After the tweet started to gain traction, a law firm with ties to Apple submitted the takedown request. Twitter complied with that request, and took the tweet down. Almost immediately, however, Apple started facing pushback from security researchers – som
Oppo’s next flagship will use a custom Sony sensor with faster autofocus

Oppo’s next flagship will use a custom Sony sensor with faster autofocus

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An Oppo prototype smartphone. Richard Lai/Engadget Despite its absence in the US, Oppo is still known for its occasional fun attempts in the smartphone photography space, namely its 10x hybrid zoom and its experimental under-screen camera. As Engadget learned from a discussion with Oppo earlier today, its next flagship phone, the Find X2, will focus on something more fundamental: a faster and more accurate autofocus (AF), courtesy of a custom-made Sony sensor. Conventional phase detection autofocus (PDAF), as featured on most modern smartphone cameras, works by detecting pattern changes in the vertical direction only. In other words, PDAF wouldn't work as well on horizontal pattern changes. This is where "All Pixe

Apple Mac Pro’s Price In Malaysia Revealed To Start From RM25,999

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Calling it expensive would be an understatement Who knew a giant cheese grater would cost a quarter of 100k ringgit and more? We jest! It should likely come to no surprise at all at the price reveal of Apple's Mac Pro in Malaysia is one of the highest we've seen as even American tech news has revealed that it is Apple's most expensive Mac Pro. In Malaysia, it comes with a starting price of RM25,999 which is even before configuration and for the tower option alone. If you're looking at the rack variant, the starting price is at RM27,999. The high pricing is due to the fact the Mac Pro is meant for professionals that require some powerful tech to get their work done. As such, the Mac Pro can be configure
Apple is now selling Brydge’s laptop-style iPad keyboards

Apple is now selling Brydge’s laptop-style iPad keyboards

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  Photo: Sam Byford / The Verge Apple’s online and retail stores in North America have started carrying products from Brydge, a company that’s known for producing MacBook-style Bluetooth keyboards for iPads. Models for the 10.2-inch iPad and 10.5-inch iPad Air are available. Apple brought support for its Smart Keyboard to both of these iPad lines this year, suggesting it wants to encourage typing on lower-end iPads and not just the Pro series. Brydge does make a keyboard for the current iPad Pro (pictured above), which we tested and found to be the best laptop-style option available, but Apple doesn’t appear to be selling it right now. If you have a 2019 iPad or iPad Air, though, these keyboards could be a good option. (The iPad Air version also works with

Cyber Monday Deal Zone: Save up to $500 on 13-inch MacBook Pros today only

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For 24 hours only, B&H has launched an aggressive Cyber Monday Deal Zone promotion, knocking up to $500 off Apple 13-inch MacBook Pros. Quantities are limited, so don't delay in scooping up the flash discounts. Cyber Monday Deal Zone today only Killer Deals AppleInsider proudly offers readers some of the best deals on Apple products year round from top retailers like Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Best Buy, and others. Quiller Media maintains affiliate partnerships with several of these retailers. Although these partnerships do not influence our editorial content, Quiller Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. Cyber Monday deals The Cyber Monday Deal Zones at B&H offer savings of up to $500 off 2018 and 2019 13-inch MacBook Pros, many of w...

Must-have tech gadgets to start 2020

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Start your year right with these superb, super-useful tech gadgets that will boost your productivity and reduce your day-to-day tech stress levels. It's easy for technology to turn into digital shackles that keep us tied to work by throwing at us a blizzard of popups, chimes, dings and other annoyances. But, with a little bit of thought and planning, it's possible to get technology to work for us, and allow us to get more done, have more downtime, and feel less stressed. Here is a small list of my top tech items to kick-off 2020. I have tested everything on this list under real-world conditions, and nothing has found its way ion this list based on a snazzy press release. Everything featured here is tech that I use and rely on daily. ...
Samsung Black Friday 2019: Here Are The First Deals

Samsung Black Friday 2019: Here Are The First Deals

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This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. Samsung Black Friday sales are some of the best holiday season deals around. Now with major sales already live from Walmart, from Best Buy, from Amazon and with Apple deals flooding in, Samsung offers are fighting back. Here are the hottest early Black Friday deals you can buy on Galaxy S10 and Note 10 Smartphones, Galaxy tablets, Galaxy smartwatches and 4K UHD TVs right now. Note: you can find my Black Friday 2019 guides for Walmart (here), Target (here), Best Buy (here), Costco (here), Amazon (here), Ap
Apple Insider Reveals Shock New iPhone Price Increases

Apple Insider Reveals Shock New iPhone Price Increases

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Apple’s common sense approach (unlike some rivals) to upgrading the iPhone 11 (guide) has resulted in a class-leading phone at a bargain price. But this looks set to change. In a new report seen by AppleInsider, acclaimed Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that Apple’s desire to equip every 2020 iPhone with 5G will result in some dramatic price rises. Today In: Innovation “Kuo believes that the main logic-board on the 2020 iPhone 5G will have to grow by about 10% in area to accommodate the new technologies,” explains AppleInsider. “That increase in area will come with a cost - the [mother]board fabrication and some new antenna technology will force a 35% increase in cost to build that component.” Kuo reveals that the motherboard is one of the most expensive components in an
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is another in a long line of confusing tech names

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is another in a long line of confusing tech names

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Hey tech industry, we need to sit down and have a talk. There are dozens of tech products that come out that can do genuinely amazing things, but the name is so obfuscated that a lot of everyday users have no idea what's going on. Whether its the iPhone 11 Pro Max or Intel's confusing simultaneous launch of Ice Lake and Comet Lake Ultrabook processors, keeping up with the latest in tech is getting harder by the minute. Hell, it's literally my job to keep up with the latest in this industry, and I still get migraines whenever Intel puts out a processor with a name like "Intel Core i7-1068G7". Product names in the tech industry are so messed up these days, in so many different ways, that I felt like it was time I got some complaints out of my system. Surface Pro 2017 So what's the ...
Huawei Says Hongmeng OS Is Not For Smartphones, Plans To Continue Using Android

Huawei Says Hongmeng OS Is Not For Smartphones, Plans To Continue Using Android

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Even with the US-China trade tensions easing somewhat over the past weeks, Huawei continues to work on its in-house operating system, HongMeng OS, which is also expected to be marketed as Ark OS in some markets. Lately, media reports over the past few weeks have consistently claimed that that the new software is being prepared as an alternative to Android. But according to China’s state-owned Xinhua news agency, the company’s board member and senior Vice President, Catherine Chen, said that Hongmeng OS is not for smartphones. Instead, Hongmeng is for industrial use and has been in development long before the current discussions around finding an alternative to Android. She also confirmed that the company intends to continue using Android on its phones and tablets for the foreseeable futur
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