‘Life is Strange’ comes to iPhone and iPad December 14th

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Google Security Researcher Shares Details on ‘tfp0’ iOS 11.1.2 Exploit That Could Lead to Future Jailbreak

Google security researcher Ian Beer, who works for the Project Zero team, last week highlighted an iOS 11.1.2 exploit called “tfp0,” which he believes could be the basis for a future iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak.

Today, Beer released the exploit to the public. He says it should work on all iOS devices running iOS 11.1.2 or below, though he only personally tested iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and a sixth-generation iPod touch.

What Beer released is not a full iOS 11 jailbreak as some had hoped, but what he’s shared could potentially be used to create a jailbreak in the future.



iOS 11.1.2 is no longer the current version of iOS as Apple released iOS 11.2 on December 2, but Apple is still signing iOS 11.1.2 at this time. Apple will likely stop signing the older update in the near future, and its end could come sooner now that further information on the tfp0 exploit has been released.

Jailbreaking iOS devices has dwindled in popularity in recent years, which has led two major Cydia repositories to close. Both ModMy and ZodTTD/MacCiti, which provided apps, themes, tweaks, and more for jailbroken iOS devices, shut down in November. For the time being, iOS 11 continues to be the only major version of iOS that has not been jailbroken.
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Google app experiments push the limits of phone photography

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Apple’s Phil Schiller: Facial Recognition Techniques in Competing Smartphones ‘All Stink’

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller recently sat down with Dutch website Bright.nl, where he covered topics like Face ID and augmented reality, which he’s discussed several times in interviews over the past few months.

According to Schiller, one of Apple’s goals with Face ID is to make security easy enough “that we all want to do it.” Apple believes its implementation of Face ID is superior to the facial recognition techniques available in Android phones, which Schiller says “all stink.”

“They don’t work in all the ways we need Face ID to work. We’re very aware that through the years the simple thing, this Home button, that started as the way you click to get to the Home screen, grew into doing so many things for us. We added Touch ID, it took you to the multitasking screen, paged Siri, activated Apple Pay. All through this one mechanical button.

So for Face ID we needed the best way we know of to enable us to easily unlock our device with our face, in a protected way with the Secure Enclave, and support all these other things. We had to solve all of that. Other things that people have tried with face haven’t been anything like that. Face ID is a very unique implementation.”

Schiller reiterated Apple’s Face ID privacy policies, pointing out that developers have no third-party access to Face ID data. As with Touch ID, the facial scan and data points used to unlock your iPhone are stored in the Secure Enclave on the iPhone X. Developers do have access to facial map data through the TrueDepth camera for AR effects, but Schiller says “that’s different than Face ID.”

According to Schiller, Apple spent a lot of time studying augmented and virtual reality and the ultimate benefit to users. Schiller, like Apple CEO Tim Cook, says VR is a “great solution for specific use cases” while AR has “incredible broad mainstream applications.”

Schiller also had a little bit to say about the HomePod delay. HomePod was originally set to launch in December, but in November, Apple said it would be delayed until 2018. “We feel bad we aren’t able to deliver HomePod for the holidays,” said Schiller. “We’re going to take the time to do it right and make sure it’s great when it comes out.”

Bright.nl asked Schiller if Apple’s “Think Different” motto still applies to Apple today, and Schiller took the opportunity to highlight the AirPods, which are a product that have been lauded as one of Apple’s best.

They’re really two separate computers that you put in your ear. That’s quintessential Apple. We tapped into an eternal truth for Apple. It’s about as core to the DNA of Apple as you can get. Think Different should stay very close to true for a long time.”

Phil Schiller’s interview, which goes into more detail on Face ID and HomePod and delves deeper into Apple’s core philosophies, can be read in its entirety over at Bright.nl.
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Hilton Debuting ‘Connected Rooms’ Controlled via Smartphone Next Year

Hilton today announced the upcoming debut of the “Connected Room,” a high-tech guest room that will enable hotel guests to control the temperature, lighting, TV, window coverings, and more from their smartphones using the Hilton Honors app.

Guests will also be able to personalize their rooms using technology that loads popular streaming media and other accounts to their in-room TVs. Eventually, guests will also be able to use voice commands to access content and upload artwork and photos to display in their rooms.



Hilton already allows guests to use the Hilton Honors app to check into their rooms and open their room doors using their smartphones, but with the Connected Room expansion, additional in-room controls will be available.

“At Hilton, almost all digital products are born out of necessity and shortcomings in the marketplace – and Connected Room is no exception,” said Joshua Sloser, senior vice president of Digital Product, Hilton. “The technology we put in hotel rooms has to be intuitive, simple and quick to pick up because guests typically spend a limited amount of time in their rooms and we want them to spend that time enjoying the experience instead of adapting to new technology.”

The Connected Room is live in one Hilton hotel and will deploy “in the coming weeks” to several more before rolling out on a wider scale in 2018.
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iPhone models dominate Flickr’s list of most popular cameras in 2017 with 54% of top 100 devices

 Apple’s iPhone remains the most popular camera used by the Flickr community, the photo-sharing site revealed today in its annual review of camera rankings and top photos. This year, the iPhone beat out other camera makers – like Canon and Nikon, the number two and three respectively – by accounting for 54 percent of the top 100 devices used on the site, the company found.… Read More

Apple Shares Top Movies, TV Shows, Music, Podcasts and Books of 2017

Apple today published its annual lists featuring the most popular media content in the iTunes Store and iBooks Store in 2017, highlighting the best music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books.

“The Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran was the top song of the year, while the top album was Drake’s “More Life.” Other hit albums included Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN,” Taylor Swift’s “Reputation,” Ed Sheeran’s “Divide,” and “Starboy” from The Weeknd.



Top movies in 2017 included “Moana,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Wonder Woman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” and “Sing.”

The Top TV shows were “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Americans,” and “Rick and Morty.”

NPR’s “Fresh Air” was the most downloaded podcast, followed by “The Joe Rogan EXperience” and “Stuff You Should Know.”

The best selling fiction book of the year was “Camino Island: by John Grisham, followed by “The Handmade’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “Origin” by Dan Brown. “Hillbilly Elegy” was the number one nonfiction book, followed by “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson and “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Full top lists for movies, TV shows, books, music, and podcasts can be found in Apple Music, the iTunes Store and the iBooks Store.
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