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    Apple details new iPhone features like door detection, live captions

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 3 days ago - 21:24

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is Thursday, so Apple took to its newsroom blog this week to announce several major new accessibility features headed to the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac.

One of the most widely used will likely be Live Captions, which is coming to iPhone, Mac, and iPad. The feature shows AI-driven, live-updating subtitles for speech coming from any audio source on the phone, whether the user is "on a phone or FaceTime call, using a video conferencing or social media app, streaming media content, or having a conversation with someone next to them."

The text (which users can resize at will) appears at the top of the screen and ticks along as the subject speaks. Additionally, Mac users will be able to type responses and have them read aloud to others on the call. Live Captions will enter public beta on supported devices ("iPhone 11 and later, iPad models with A12 Bionic and later, and Macs with Apple silicon") later this year.

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    iPhone Malware that Operates Even When the Phone Is Turned Off

    news.movim.eu / Schneier · 4 days ago - 20:59

Researchers have demonstrated iPhone malware that works even when the phone is fully shut down.

t turns out that the iPhone’s Bluetooth chip­ — which is key to making features like Find My work­ — has no mechanism for digitally signing or even encrypting the firmware it runs. Academics at Germany’s Technical University of Darmstadt figured out how to exploit this lack of hardening to run malicious firmware that allows the attacker to track the phone’s location or run new features when the device is turned off.

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The research is the first — or at least among the first — to study the risk posed by chips running in low-power mode. Not to be confused with iOS’s low-power mode for conserving battery life, the low-power mode (LPM) in this research allows chips responsible for near-field communication, ultra wideband, and Bluetooth to run in a special mode that can remain on for 24 hours after a device is turned off.

The research is fascinating, but the attack isn’t really feasible. It requires a jailbroken phone, which is hard to pull off in an adversarial setting.

Slashdot thread .

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    iOS 15.5 : une maj qui permet (entre autres) de faire le tri dans ses photos

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · 4 days ago - 11:30

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Apple vient de lancer une toute nouvelle mise à jour pour iPhone (iOS 15.5), iPad (iPadOS 15.5) et Apple Watch (WatchOS 8.6).

iOS 15.5 : une maj qui permet (entre autres) de faire le tri dans ses photos

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    Researchers devise iPhone malware that runs even when device is turned off

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 20:20

Researchers devise iPhone malware that runs even when device is turned off

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When you turn off an iPhone, it doesn’t fully power down. Chips inside the device continue to run in a low-power mode that makes it possible to locate lost or stolen devices using the Find My feature or use credit cards and car keys after the battery dies. Now researchers have devised a way to abuse this always-on mechanism to run malware that remains active even when an iPhone appears to be powered down.

It turns out that the iPhone’s Bluetooth chip—which is key to making features like Find My work—has no mechanism for digitally signing or even encrypting the firmware it runs. Academics at Germany’s Technical University of Darmstadt figured out how to exploit this lack of hardening to run malicious firmware that allows the attacker to track the phone’s location or run new features when the device is turned off.

This video provides a high overview of some of the ways an attack can work.

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    iOS 16 : des grands changements à venir mais rien de très visible

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · 5 days ago - 14:00

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Le 6 juin prochain Apple devrait selon toute attente lancer une nouvelle version de son système d'exploitation pour iPhone: iOS 16.

iOS 16 : des grands changements à venir mais rien de très visible

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    Report: Apple is testing USB-C iPhone models for 2023

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 13 May - 18:24

2021's iPhone 13 still uses Apple's proprietary Lightning port.

Enlarge / 2021's iPhone 13 still uses Apple's proprietary Lightning port. (credit: Samuel Axon )

Apple is testing iPhones that use the industry-standard USB-C port, according to a report in Bloomberg citing people with knowledge of the situation.

Since 2012, Apple's smartphones have used the company's proprietary Lightning connector. But more recently, the slightly larger USB-C port has come to dominate consumer electronics, including most of Apple's other products. Consumers, reviewers, and even government regulators have called for Apple to drop Lightning in favor of USB-C in recent years.

This has led Apple to a tough spot, with three possible paths forward, each with some significant downsides.

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    KDE Connect is Now Available for iPhone and iPad but...

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 10 May - 10:58

An official KDE Connect mobile client is now available on the Apple App Store. The addition of this official iOS app means folks with an iPhone and/or iPad can benefit from a deeper set of integration between their mobile devices and their Linux desktop. So things like seeing battery level, notifications, shared clipboard, sending files, etc are what should work.

But, this iPhone so.... the app will not work in the background, which is a bit of a pain for things like notifications. The app is trying to address that, and as of now, the clipboard pushes from the phone to the Linux desktop, but not the other way. So consider it work in progress, but at least the app has made it from TestFlight to the main app store.

Yes, I know, I used to use the app on Android, and it did do everything. If you're a Linux user with an Android phone, you certainly want to use this app.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/05/kde-connect-iphone-app-available

#technology #linux #iOS #KDEconnect #iphone

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    Despite the Epic v. Apple battle, Fortnite is officially back on the iPhone

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 5 May - 20:40

Fortnite on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

In an about-face, Epic Games has made Fortnite available on Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming service. Among other things, that means the massively popular game is officially available to play on the iPhone again for the first time since it was pulled in the midst of the recent legal battle between Epic and Apple.

A post on Microsoft's Xbox blog specifies that all you need to play Fortnite on just about any device with a screen is a Microsoft account, Internet access, and the device.

Fortnite is a free-to-play game, and for the first time ever, Xbox Cloud Gaming is also free-to-play, so long as the game you want to play is Fortnite . The company's cloud-gaming service is normally restricted to paying Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, but Fortnite is currently receiving an exception and works in any web browser with nothing more than a free Xbox login. Microsoft writes that it plans to introduce more free-to-play cloud games that don't require paid Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions in the future.

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