This ‘Magical Bug’ Exposed Any iPhone in a Hacker's Wi-Fi Range

This ‘Magical Bug’ Exposed Any iPhone in a Hacker's Wi-Fi Range

The genius of the attack, though, is that the bug was exploitable through an iPhone's Wi-Fi features, meaning that an attacker just needed some antennas and adapters to launch the assault whenever they chose, compromising any nearby iOS device.

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

There are times when you will want to hand your unlocked phone to the people around you—showing photos to friends, for instance, or giving it to your kids to play on—and you may want to consider putting some extra locks on the apps you want to be more secure.

18 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2020): Beats, Sonos, Sony

18 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2020): Beats, Sonos, Sony

Note: We strike through items that sell out or are no longer at their deal price as of publishing.Be sure to check out our lists of the best wireless headphones , best noise-canceling headphones , and best earbuds .Photograph: Apple.

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Thanksgiving has become synonymous with two things: overeating and buying cheap TVs. And like clockwork, all my friends ask me if it's possible to save more money by buying a TV without smart apps built in—after all, if you already have a Roku, why pay for extra features you don't need?

29 Early Black Friday Deals You’ll Want to Snag Now

29 Early Black Friday Deals You’ll Want to Snag Now

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 for $339 ($60 off): This is the smartwatch to buy if you have an Android phone.Amazon's standard Kindle is on sale this Black Friday, and it's our favorite ebook reader.

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

To put two Nest speakers together as a stereo pair, they need to be in the same room: Tap any speaker, then the cog icon, then Room to set this.David Nield via GoogleWith that done, tap on the first speaker, then the cog icon, then Speaker pair .

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for Rich Communication Service , the text-messaging standard the industry giant is pushing as an alternative to SMS.As Ars reviews editor Ron Amadeo noted last year, RCS interest from carriers has been tepid, so Google has been rolling it out with limited support.

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The US Military Buys Location Data From a Popular Muslim Prayer AppFor years, shadowy companies have been buying and selling your location data based on what apps you use.

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos has long offered one of the best deals in cloud storage, allowing you to upload unlimited photos for free—as long as you were willing to sacrifice a little image quality.Like Google, iCloud encompasses all your shared cloud storage for Apple services—including photos.

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer seeks FDA approval for its vaccine, the CDC urges Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel, and the federal pandemic response draws renewed concern.The news comes just days after the companies announced they had the data needed to seek emergency use and found the vaccine to be 95 percent effective and safe.

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Though Apple has not released specific numbers, it's likely that the vast majority of App Store developers are eligible for the program, but they together make up only a small portion of Apple's overall App Store revenue, which was $50 billion last year.

Telegram Still Hasn’t Removed an AI Bot That’s Abusing Women

Telegram Still Hasn’t Removed an AI Bot That’s Abusing Women

Data protection regulators in Italy have also opened an investigation into its use, and access to the bot has been restricted on Apple’s iOS.The scrutiny of Telegram comes as multiple investigations into the use of the messaging service have also discovered private groups sharing non-consensual “revenge porn” photos and videos of women that were not generated by AI.

Marissa Mayer’s Next Act Is Here

Marissa Mayer’s Next Act Is Here

She has chosen to make a better address book: an iPhone app for organizing your contacts, using AI.“It's crazy that we can have self-driving cars and global facial recognition, but still can't do simple things like remove duplicates in your contacts,” Mayer said, in an interview this week with WIRED.Word that Lumi Labs’ first product would focus on contacts was initially reported by The Information last July.

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

For several years, Apple has been naming its annual software releases after California locales, and this year we're treated to Big Sur. If you want to be technical, it's macOS 11.You get a fresh look, widgets, and a whole lot more.

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named but failing repeatedly.

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Right-wing luminaries who still have profiles on “lamestream” social media have made posts encouraging their followers to get off Facebook and Twitter and join them on Parler instead.

WhatsApp Using Up Your Phone Storage? Here’s How to Fix It

WhatsApp Using Up Your Phone Storage? Here’s How to Fix It

It has redesigned the Manage Storage page to show how much of your phone is being consumed by data stored in WhatsApp. it also highlights photos and videos that have been forwarded to you multiple times and the biggest files on your device.

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

Tuesday the company unveiled the first Macs built on a processor, the M1, designed by Apple’s own chip engineers, abandoning the industry’s dominant supplier, Intel.

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

On Tuesday, the company held its third media event of the fall, this time trotting out a newly designed PC processor, showing off three new Macs with the custom chip, and giving some more details about macOS 11 Big Sur, the next version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

How to Watch Tuesday’s Apple Event (It’s About Laptops)

How to Watch Tuesday’s Apple Event (It’s About Laptops)

Apple has already staged two hardware release events this fall: one for the Apple Watch and iPads and one for the four new iPhones .

How to Use Parental Controls in Your Google, Apple, and Microsoft

How to Use Parental Controls in Your Google, Apple, and Microsoft

You can also make sure that app, movie, music, and other purchases your kids try to make go through you first: After tapping your Apple ID in Settings on iOS or opening System Preferences on macOS, choose Family Sharing then Ask to Buy to set this up.

Yes, You Should Be Using Apple Pay or Google Pay

Yes, You Should Be Using Apple Pay or Google Pay

With Apple and Google Pay, you just pull out your phone, unlock the home screen, and hover it over the reader—it'll "swipe" your digital credit card instantaneously, faster than any chip-based card.

An Election Week Case Surge, Vaccine Progress, and More Coronavirus News

An Election Week Case Surge, Vaccine Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Cases rise as election results come in, vaccines and treatments advance, and the reach of screening and tracing technology grows.

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Not putting drug users in jail for possession, Seaman says, will reduce their likelihood of going through withdrawal and then overdosing when they get out.

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

Every chat will start with the feature off by default, and either party choosing to turn it on will trigger a set seven-day auto-delete window.

How Rock the Vote Became Tok the Vote

How Rock the Vote Became Tok the Vote

She takes us deep inside the world of political TikTok, the impressive creators who are making the videos, and how they’ve helped galvanize young voters who are likely to remain active long past this election season.

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

There are always going to be situations where you need to charge up your phone but you don't have the bundled charger on hand—and Apple isn't bundling a charging block at all with the new iPhone 12 (though you still get a Lightning cable in the box).So can you just plug any charger into your phone to juice it up, especially now that the vast majority of handsets support the same wireless charging and USB-C standards?

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

Music Beta was announced alongside the launch of Google Movies on the Android Market store, which was the precursor to Google Play.With Google Music, Google didn't need Amazon anymore.iTunes was the industry leader at the time, letting iPhone users shop for music and movies from their computers or phones.

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

The researchers behind Monday’s report, Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk, found that Facebook Messenger and Instagram were the worst offenders.As the chart below shows, both apps download and copy a linked file in its entirety—even if it’s gigabytes in size.

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

“Most of their mods were extensions or duplications of what the Moto Z was already capable of doing—think camera, battery pack or speaker,” he says.Apple already learned some lessons from Motorola by not making MagSafe the unique selling point of the iPhone 12.