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Apple prefers to stop its Walkie-Talkie feature

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Apple has taken a new decision regarding the security of its Apple Watch: the walkie-talkie feature has been disabled due to a vulnerability allowing spying of the owner.

Following the discovery of a vulnerability, the Cupertino company was forced to make a radical decision, namely the temporary deactivation of the walkie-talkie mode on the Apple Watch. A security breach has indeed been discovered and allows spying of users. This Walkie-Talkie function exists on the Apple Watch since watchOS 5.

Walkie talkie disabled due to vulnerabilities

The Cupertino company said: “We have just been made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie Talkie application on the Apple Watch and we have disabled the function by quickly correcting the problem. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience and we are committed to restoring functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and that specific conditions and sequences of events are necessary to exploit it, we take the security and confidentiality of our customers extremely seriously.”

The company also said, “We concluded that disabling the app was the right thing to do, because this bug could allow someone to listen to another customer’s iPhone without their consent. We apologize again for this problem and for the inconvenience it causes you.”

For the moment, the application is disconnected, but Apple promises to restore it as soon as possible. Apple does not wish to reproduce its error, which was first discovered when a teenager had discovered a flaw on FaceTime.

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A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Older versions of macOS no longer have access to the Apple Store

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Apple sells most of its products through its Apple Store, including the online platform. Recently, however, the Apple Store is inaccessible from Safari on an old version of macOS.

Apple seems to have changed the prerequisites to access its Apple Online Store. Old versions of Safari and macOS can no longer access them. Users are now greeted by a nasty error message telling them they are using an “unsupported browser version.”

Apple claims a recent version of macOS and Safari is required to access its Apple Online Store

It is Mac Otakara who first evoked this discovery. Several users mentioned having to have OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite or later and Safari 10.1.2 or later. It also means that if for some reason you have an older version of Yosemite, you will not be able to access it.

And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to get around this restriction through a third-party browser, it seems like it’s impossible also because the compatible versions of Chrome and Firefox are also obsolete. It is therefore necessary to upgrade to a newer version of macOS, such as macOS 10.14 Mojave. It is hard to understand why Apple made these changes. According to AppleInsider, this could be to secure the purchase process as much as possible.

By forcing a newer browser, Apple limits the risk of security breaches and other theft of personal data. At least when browsing on its site. Still, all this is pretty ironic. Some customers with an old machine might just want to buy a new one on the Apple site, and discover that they can not.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Google engineers discover critical flaws in the iPhone

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Despite all the means deployed by the giants of tech to secure their devices, there are almost always flaws. Including on products like the iPhone.

Researchers Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß of the Google Project Zero have discovered six flaws in iOS. The researchers are members of Google’s bug-hunting program, which is often responsible for discovering flaws in various services and products. They then immediately inform the companies so that they can correct them before they are exploited.

Google researchers discover 6 flaws in the iPhone

Five of the six flaws discovered by these two researchers were corrected with iOS 12.4, deployed last week by Apple. This provided some security fixes for compatible devices, including fixes for the five vulnerabilities. Each of them can be used without any interaction on the part of the victim.

One of them is still not corrected

Originally there was a flaw in the iMessage client. Four of the flaws, including the one that has not been fixed yet, require the attacker to send a message with malicious code to an uncorrected device. It then executes as soon as the message is opened by the user. The other two vulnerabilities use a flaw in the memory.

Security experts have released details of the five flaws that have been fixed by Apple. The last will remain a secret until Apple has rolled out a fix.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Apple will sell Mophie’s multi-device wireless chargers

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Now that the fate of the Apple AirPower has finally been sealed and everyone knows it will not happen, the Cupertino company can go ahead with wireless chargers. It’s Mophie who wins out here.

One of the key features of the Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was being able to charge multiple devices at once, such as an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch. Unfortunately, there were many problems encountered by the development team. Apple had no choice but to finally abandon the project. That said, the Apple brand is well aware of the public interest in these kinds of accessories and seems to have made the decision to offer for sale third-party alternatives. It was necessary to choose a brand and it seems that it is Mophie who won.

Apple will sell a wireless charging pad developed by Mophie

Apple will start selling Mophie multi-device wireless charging mats. Mophie is a well-known manufacturer of smartphone accessories, especially for his battery cases. The brand has also been offering wireless charging products for some time, but the charging mat in question seems to have been designed specifically for Apple since it looks a lot like an AirPower clone. It would, however, be offered in black and be slightly thicker than what the Cupertino company had developed.

Comparisons with the AirPower

The Mophie version will not be as powerful as the original AirPower since it will only be able to charge two devices simultaneously at 7.5 W. But it will also offer a USB-A port. For now, there is no information about the price of this accessory, but if the information is proven, it should be on sale next week. We would then have all the technical details. Mophie is not the only manufacturer to offer such multi-device wireless chargers, but being sold directly from Apple is likely to help drive sales.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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860-612-8283
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