Facebook Released a New Update Without Any Warning
Friday, January 22nd 2021, around 11:40 pm, Facebook released a new update causing Apple IOS users to automatically log out of their Facebook App. There has been no word from either Facebook or Apple. IOS users have taken to social media in solidarity.
Android Users have Marked Themselves Safe from the Facebook Update
On Going Internet War – Facebook vs Apple
There has been a war over the internet for the past decade between Apple vs Facebook. Last week Facebook started a campaign blasting Apple’s decision to give iPhone users an option to disable apps from tracking their personal data. Facebook made it clear that Apple’s move will hurt small businesses that use Facebook’s targeting advertising to reach their customer base. Many users thought they were being hacked. Some user have reported it has taken 3 attempts to change their Facebook password to log back into the app. There have been reports of users still unable to log in at this time. And a few reports of lost photos/data.
Facebook App Response to incident
Here is what Facebook had to say in the early hours of the morning. We are assuming their PR Team/Social team were off the clock at the time.
Facebook: In early 2021, Apple will begin to enforce their App Tracking Transparency (ATT) prompt. Once Apple enforces the prompt and it’s shown on Facebook and Instagram, app advertisers and advertisers that optimize, target and report on web events, will be impacted by limitations on data sharing. As a result of the impact created by Apple’s policy requirements, we’ve developed forthcoming updates to attribution settings. Facebook.com More Info:
See What Changes were made to your Facebook App
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Apple Describing How Your App Uses Data
The App Store is designed to be a safe and trusted place for users to discover apps created by talented developers around the world. Apps on the App Store are held to a high standard for privacy, security, and content because nothing is more important than maintaining users’ trust. Later this year, you’ll be required to provide information about some of your app’s data collection practices on your product page. And with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14, you will need to ask users for their permission to track them across apps and websites owned by other companies. (More Info)
Facebook Rating on the Apple App Store
Facebook App Store Rating is Currently 2.7. We have not confirmed that this is related to the incident today.
In this new year, you are expected to find some early releases coming from Samsung. This South Korean company has also sent their invites for the first Unpacked it has for 2021 that will occur on January 14 at 7 am, making it a month early. The event is going to be “Welcome to the Everyday Epic” here the latest version of the Samsung phone Galaxy S Smartphone will make its debut.
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Samsung will most likely have three flagship phone models: the 6.2 inch , 6.7 inch S21 Ultra. These devices are most expected to look majorly the same, but the difference will be a bigger camera module that would boost their photo and video abilities. There will also be a press conference at CES on which they might focus on their TV and the home appliances businesses.
Samsung has announced the last year’s Galaxy S20 lineup and the Galaxy Z Flip foldable on February 11. The Galaxy S20 devices that are all packed with 5G started their preorders on Feb.21 and also hit the stores by March 6.
The company has made many posts on the plans for 2021. They are most likely be lowering their prices and will bring Galaxy device features to other models. This will most likely include the S Pen support in the upcoming Galaxy S21 models. Rumours are that S21 will have new cameras and the S Pen stylus that will launch on January 14.
The company has sent the invites for the S21 release, and there is an offer to make preorders. It is thought that the S21 will most likely replace the Galaxy Note phones coming with a case with pen space.
The S21 phones will be with the same processor. An extensive leak by Max Weinbach has given a whole spec sheet that tells more about the three phones that are about to be released by Samsung. The main difference that these phones will have will be the camera module’s design, the color options, battery capacity, and the material finish.
Renders have shown a sleek new camera and the frame design in these new releases as well. There may be an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Along with this, there may be a hole-punch selfie camera. There may be a regular ultrawide angle, regular wide, and a telephoto camera. The LED flash has moved to the right of where the camera housing is.
The galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a bigger camera module having four rear cameras. It also has the gen 2 sensors, and it may use the pixel binning method to give a result of a 12-megapixel shot. It is thought that Samsung might follow Apple’s lead in getting rid of the corded headphones and charger from the box of Galaxy S21.
According to a report, the Galaxy Note line might get discontinued, and the S21 Ultra will cover its place just like the Samsung phone has a stylus. The S Pen is also thought to come in a compatible S21 ultra flip case where S21 will be stored while not in use.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch date just around the corner, Wednesday, August 7th, to be exact; there is not a lot of big surprises left to reveal with the slew of online leaks. Ishan Agarwal, a leaker on Twitter shared many details about the series of handsets that the Galaxy Note 10 will show on launch day; and we can also expect to see a new premium Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Additionally, Agarwal leaked that there should be ultra-fast wireless charging, along with wired, and a 12MP camera with f/1.5 aperture. One of the biggest reveals is that the standard Note 10 won’t have the QHD display, and instead will feature a Full HD+ resolution. This is actually a rather major move for Samsung since it has featured a QHD resolution screen for every Note device since 2014. The last device that came with a Full HD display goes all the way back to 2013 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
All Samsung Galaxy Note10 Series phones will have the Super Fast Wireless & Wired Charging. Also, it will have a new IP69 Water Resistant Rating. The main 12MP will have f/1.5 as the lowest aperture. The display of Non-Plus is indeed FHD+ and not QuadHD (😢)! #GalaxyNote10pic.twitter.com/YcYRPGvZkG
As expected, water resistance technology is still improving with each year, and there’s a claim that the new Note 10 devices will have an IP69 dust and water resistance rating. To put that into perspective, the previous Galaxy Note 9 had an IP68 rating. The first number ‘6’ indicates the dust resistance level. Both the Note 9 and Note 10 have the highest rating available for dust, which makes it completely dust-tight. The second number is probably more important than the dust resistance level. The number ‘9’ is the resistance to water, which would allow the Galaxy Note 10 to protect itself against a high amount of water pressure. The previous devices with the IP68 rating, which was commonly used, protected them against complete submersion in water, but only at a specific depth and duration. We would like to point out that these leaks are not 100% confirmed. These leaks are just an indicator of what we can expect to see at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch date on August 7th. These are not the only leaks to have surfaced leading up to this anticipated launch date. Another Galaxy Note 10 leak claims to potentially have a new color option. WinFuture published a rendered photo of the new device with a pinkish hue, and it is believed that the shade will come to the standard device as well as the Note 10 Plus. This could potentially add a sleek additional color choice to its range of colors, which will include blue and green variations.
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It’s important to note that consumers may not get the option to choose between all of the Galaxy Note 10 colors. In the past, Samsung has made color options exclusive to specific regions or countries. With just one more day until the big launch date, there’s not much time left before the true surprises are revealed to the public. As for now, all we can do is speculate off of what we have been presented online with all of these possible leaks.
The release of the highly anticipated iPhone 11 is just a few months away from being presented to the general public. At this point, the new phone to be released this September is ready to go. As always, there are plenty of leaks that are all over the Internet, which create lots of buzz on what people think these new phones will feature this time around.
As many Apple users know, the iPhones have not changed drastically from year to year after the first major changes. The iPhone 11 is expected to be pretty much identical to its predecessor iPhone X and the XS. The main difference- the large squared rear camera, which the public might not be ready for just yet given the appearance.
Of course, Apple should improve the bionic chip from the ultra-fast A12 to an even better performance system. Rumor has it that there won’t be much of a shock and awe improvement besides improved battery life and faster functionality and performance. The new triple camera system will be the focal point of the iPhone 11 release for 2019. There are reports claiming the new third camera will add to the zoom quality with more capabilities with the ‘ultra-wide angle lens.’ Rumors are also circulating that the new iPhone 11 will feature wireless charging for AirPods and Apple Watches as well, similar to the existing Samsung’s Powershare.
These are all speculations, of course, and there’s no way to be fully confident that these changes are what is exactly Apple is going to deliver this September. However subtle, these leaks are suggesting that the new phones will have some slight improvement with little change in the display or front side of the phone. These are the small experiments that Apple is constantly working on to give users a better mobile smart device each year, and 2020 is looking like it will be even bigger than this iPhone 11.
Below is a sneak preview of a clone iPhone 11 with that strange, yet attention-grabbing triple rear camera.
A photo еditing app hаѕ intrоduсеd a fеw new wrinklеѕ to thе fасеѕ оf celebrities аnd tо thе оngоing diѕсuѕѕiоn around реrѕоnаl digitаl security. FaceApp, a mоrе than 2-уеаr-оld арр created bу a Russia-based dеvеlореr, hаѕ seen a recent ѕрikе in uѕе due tо ѕоmе сеlеbritiеѕ аnd influencers tаking раrt in the “FасеAрр Challenge.”But the sudden popularity оf the арр hаѕ аlѕо triggеrеd growing соnсеrnѕ аbоut how аррѕ uѕе thе dаtа аnd images ѕuррliеd bу uѕеrѕ, particularly thоѕе thаt аrе owned or ореrаtеd outside the US. Onе ѕuсh соnсеrn fоr FасеAрр centered on whеthеr the арр соuld ассеѕѕ user photos withоut permission.
FасеAрр, a mоrе than 2-year-old арр сrеаtеd bу a Ruѕѕiа-bаѕеd developer, hаѕ ѕееn a recent ѕрikе in use duе tо ѕоmе сеlеbritiеѕ and influеnсеrѕ tаking part in thе “FaceApp Chаllеngе.”Thе арр hаѕ a host оf image-altering fеаturеѕ ѕuсh аѕ аdding a smile оr арреаring tо сhаngе a реrѕоn’ѕ gender. Those taking part in thе сhаllеngе are using thе арр tо mаkе thеmѕеlvеѕ appear еldеrlу, giving fаnѕ a рrеviеw оf what thеir favorite аthlеtеѕ or сеlеbritiеѕ would look likе оnсе they become ѕеniоr сitizеnѕ.
Thе rесеnt ѕрikе in trаffiс to FасеAрр hаѕ аlѕо givеn wау tо memes аbоut certain famous fасеѕ whо never ѕееm tо аgе, likе thе actors Paul Rudd аnd John Stаmоѕ. But the sudden рорulаritу оf the арр hаѕ аlѕо triggеrеd growing соnсеrnѕ about how аррѕ uѕе the data and imаgеѕ ѕuррliеd bу users, particularly thоѕе thаt аrе оwnеd оr ореrаtеd оutѕidе the U.S. Onе ѕuсh соnсеrn fоr FaceApp сеntеrеd оn whеthеr thе app could ассеѕѕ user рhоtоѕ withоut реrmiѕѕiоn. Rеѕеаrсhеrѕ found thаt those соnсеrnѕ wеrе unfоundеd.
Dеѕрitе thе еxоnеrаtiоn, ѕесuritу experts have mixеd fееlingѕ about the арр. They said it iѕn’t likеlу the арр iѕ ѕtеаling еntirе саmеrа rolls оf photos frоm itѕ users, but added FасеAрр is not соmрlеtеlу riѕk frее. Thе Democratic National Committee felt the арр роѕеd еnоugh оf a risk tо ѕеnd an аlеrt to its раrtу’ѕ рrеѕidеntiаl campaigns оn Wednesday, wаrning against using thе арр thаt wаѕ “dеvеlореd bу Russians,” ассоrding to a ѕоurсе fаmiliаr with the аlеrt whо was not аuthоrizеd to ѕреаk publicly.
“I would be cautious about uploading sensitive data tо this соmраnу that dоеѕ nоt tаkе privacy very ѕеriоuѕlу, but аlѕо reserves brоаd rights to do whatever thеу wаnt with your рiсturеѕ,” said Brооkmаn, a fоrmеr роliсу dirесtоr fоr the Fеdеrаl Trаdе Cоmmiѕѕiоn’ѕ Offiсе оf Tесhnоlоgу Research аnd Investigation. Brооkmаn ѕаid thаt FасеAрр’ѕ рrivасу роliсу аllоwѕ thе company tо dо whаtеvеr it рlеаѕеѕ with рhоtоѕ uрlоаdеd to its server, аnd thе арр’ѕ tеrmѕ оf uѕе gives thе соmраnу brоаd liсеnѕе tо use thе photos аѕ it sees fit.
They соuld turn thеm into ѕtосk рhоtоѕ оr аdvеrtiѕеmеntѕ in Ruѕѕiа,” Brооkmаn ѕаid. “But I dоn’t knоw hоw muсh thе Ruѕѕiаnnеѕѕ iѕ соnсеrning, аlthоugh Ruѕѕiа hаѕ bееn knоwn tо use реrѕоnаl information in thе раѕt.”
FасеAрр denies collecting infоrmаtiоn on uѕеr’ѕ idеntitiеѕ or ѕеlling thеir imаgеѕ.
In a statement, FасеAрр ѕаid thаt “99 реrсеnt оf uѕеrѕ dоn’t lоg in; thеrеfоrе, wе dоn’t hаvе ассеѕѕ tо any dаtа thаt could idеntifу a person,” аnd аddеd thаt thеу “dоn’t ѕеll or ѕhаrе аnу user data with аnу third parties.”
FасеAрр ѕаid most of thеir рhоtо еditing is done off of a uѕеr’ѕ device in remove servers, аnd thе imаgе thаt iѕ uрlоаdеd muѕt be ѕеlесtеd bу the uѕеr. Additionally, mоѕt рhоtоѕ аrе held оn rеmоtе servers fоr аррrоximаtеlу 48 hоurѕ bеfоrе being deleted, the ѕtаtеmеnt rеаd.
Brookman ѕаid thе соmраnу’ѕ ѕtаtеmеnt dоеѕn’t rеаѕѕurе him that thе company iѕn’t kеерing or uѕing the imаgеѕ for its own bеnеfit.
“They ѕау thеу only retain thе photos fоr ѕо lоng, аnd thаt you саn have thеm rеmоvеd, but that’s not nесеѕѕаrilу reliable,” hе ѕаid. “In ѕоmе ways their statement rаiѕеѕ many ԛuеѕtiоnѕ аbоut their аdditiоnаl роliсiеѕ.”
On Tuеѕdау, Bарtiѕtе Rоbеrt, a French ѕесuritу rеѕеаrсhеr whо аlѕо gоеѕ by Elliot Alderson, fасt-сhесkеd соnсеrnѕ about thе арр’ѕ uрlоаding of рhоtоѕ bу looking at thе bасkеnd of thе арр аnd соnсluding thаt thе only imаgе the арр wаѕ uploading wаѕ thе mоdifiеd “аgеd” imаgе.
“I fоund thаt FасеAрр is nоt uploading thе full gаllеrу of thе user. Only thе рhоtо thе uѕеr is mоdifуing iѕ uрlоаdеd to thеir server in оrdеr tо аррlу filters,” “In general, thiѕ арр iѕ nоt аѕking a lot оf data frоm the user.” Will Strafach, a security rеѕеаrсhеr аnd CEO оf thе Guardian Firewall арр, twееtеd thаt he wаѕ unаblе to rерliсаtе аnу сlаimѕ оf the арр uрlоаding a full gаllеrу оf imаgеѕ withоut permission. However, hе did ѕау users might be unaware the арр wаѕ uрlоаding thе single mоdifiеd image in оrdеr tо аррlу the filters. “Thеу dо арреаr to uрlоаd single images in order to аррlу thе filters server-side,” Strаfасh wrоtе. “While not аѕ egregious, this iѕ non-obvious and I аm ѕurе mаnу fоlkѕ аrе not сооl with that.”
During hiѕ rеѕеаrсh, Rоbеrt ѕаid he fоund thаt FасеAрр wаѕ asking only fоr infоrmаtiоn ѕuсh аѕ whаt tуре of phone mоdеl a реrѕоn iѕ using and ѕеrviсе identification infоrmаtiоn. Hе аddеd thаt FaceApp rеliеѕ hеаvilу оn third-раrtу services thrоugh U.S.-bаѕеd companies likе Fасеbооk.
In gеnеrаl, Robert ѕаid hе hopes people will be wary of uploading any infоrmаtiоn to any арр thеу’rе nоt familiar with.
“People should knоw thаt giving a рhоtо оf thеir fасе tо a rаndоm app iѕ a vеrу bаd idea and hаѕ a lоt оf privacy issues,” Rоbеrt said. “Thеу hаvе nо idea hоw thеir рhоtо саn bе uѕеd.” He added thаt thе responsibility ѕhоuld nоt bе on соnѕumеrѕ tо read privacy policies tо knоw whаt thе riѕk оf еасh арр is. Still, he ѕаid thаt although hе dоubtѕ FaceApp iѕ dоing аnуthing ѕеriоuѕlу ѕhаdу, he urged uѕеrѕ tо rеmеmbеr thаt thеу’rе giving up control оf thеir imаgе whеn thеу uрlоаd рiсturеѕ tо thе арр.”I wouldn’t download it. It lооkѕ kind оf cool, but even then I wouldn’t feel соmfоrtаblе turning оvеr my photos аnd ѕауing you саn do whаtеvеr you wаnt with thеѕе in order tо find оut whаt I’ll lооk likе in 10 уеаrѕ,” Wеb’ѕ ѕаid. “I think I’ll wait 10 уеаrѕ.”
Scams are nothing new and these con artist are always looking for clever ways to get your information. One of the newer phishing attempts is with a fake apple support email sent to your iphone, ipad or macbook. The email looks like a real email from apple as they con artist tries to get you to click their link and give up your ID and Password.
This summer is starting to see more new features and changes within Apple’s iOS 13 beta testing stages. These changes are becoming more evident with the reveals from some of the beta testers. It appears from reports that at least two changes are being hinted at, with one of them being more useful and potentially impactful than the other.
Every year, WWDC brings exciting new developments and announcements with Apple technology. A recent discovery might be telling that USB-C will potentially be used on the 2019 line of Apple phones.
Photos posted of the latest iPhone with iOS 13 beta show the recovery mode screen with a white USB-C cable with a MacBook above it. Apple appears to be in consideration of changing out the longtime Lightning port in exchange for a USB-C, which is growing in popularity due to it’s capabilities and convenience.
Apple has already done so with the new 2018 iPad Pros and MacBooks; so this shouldn’t come as a surprise to consumers. Perhaps this means that Apple is intending to include this kind of cable as well as the 18W fast-charge USB-C adapter with the new 2019 phones.
A feature that is not so new to Apple users, the 3D Touch, might be getting cut from future iPhones. These are only roumers as of late, but MacRumers are confident that Apple will take this feature away in this year’s lineup of phones. Any iPhone user since the 6S should be familiar with the pressure-sensitive feature that allows users to get more control options from pressing down harder on the screen. The 3D Touch in the iPhone XR was replaced by a new Haptic Touch, which essentially just means that it’s a long-press of the screen with slight haptic vibrations. This will clear room for a larger LDC display.
Aside from the iOS software beta reveals, Apple hasn’t stopped there. The company also might have leaked the Mac Pro launch date on the website. During the WWDC, they stated that the new MacPro and 6K displays would be available this fall with no specified date yet. By clicking the notify me link on Apple’s homepage, a prompt reads, “Coming in September.”
Some largely followed sites like MacRumors and 9to5Mac posted this “leak” before Apple could fully correct this, and, of course, it spread across the interweb.
New Shortcut for iPhones Will Automatically Record Police Encounters
Smart phones are becoming more useful than ever before. 2018 was a big year for Apple with new features that are helping consumers live a better life, and the future is looking even better with fresh new technology available for Apple’s smartphone users. A new feature that has Apple users buzzing is an app called Shortcuts. This app allows users to stitch several apps to create a chain that can be activated by pressing a button, or even Siri.
Robert Peterson of Arizona has developed a useful shortcut that will help save lives, and save money when it comes to the law. This one is called, Police, and it monitors encounters with police officers for you to have record of what happens.
Upon installing the shortcut and configuring it, all the user has to do is to say, “Hey Siri, I am getting pulled over.” The program will pause music, turn down the screen brightness, and activates the “do not disturb” mode. It will send a text to a selected contact, like a relative, significant other, or even a friend, to inform them that you’re being pulled over. The recording quickly begins by using the front-facing camera on the iPhone. When the recording stops, the file can be sent via email or text to the same, or different, contact and saved to Dropbox.
Peterson, the app’s developer, seems to believe that this could be a civilian equivalent to the police body cams. “It seemed to me that if you’re getting pulled over, it couldn’t hurt to have a recording of the incident,” Peterson states.
This shortcut is not only useful for helping people record their encounters with the men in blue, but it can also help in other potentially dangerous situations for individuals. For example, a female could use this shortcut to help them with a stalking issue with a nasty breakup between their significant other so they can quickly send their location to a family member if something happens.
The beauty of this useful app is that users can edit a previously designed shortcut to fit specific needs. You don’t need to be a programmer to create your own shortcut. If recording police encounters are top priority for using Shortcuts, the entire breakdown can be accessed within the Shortcuts app.
If you’re interested in making your own shortcuts, Petersen has some advice.
“The platform has a lot of potential, and if you read the Apple user guides and consult with others on forums, or just look at how other people’s shortcuts work and ‘reverse engineer’ them to your own needs, you can learn a lot quickly,” he said.
The new trend is here with the foldable phones. Apple Inc just officially received new patents to be able to create these new phones. This patent gives apple the chance to make foldable iDevices. More in depth…the patent is directed to the electronic device having a display layer and a cover layer with a flexable region. We can only hope that apple will create a folding iPhone.
Details from U.S Patent and Trademark Office:
Samsung and Huawei have been paving the way with foldable phones with the Mate X and the Galaxy fold. There has been a few issues with the first foldable phone releases. Apple should be able to release a strong phone and catch up to its competitors quickly.
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