The new video clip not only shows the new iPhone from all angles but also shows the phone in action.
Apple has been in the rumour mill for a considerable amount of time, for its upcoming 2018 iPhone line-up. The tech giant is believed to unveil three iPhones this year. A new leaked video has now revealed the design of the iPhone SE 2.
According to 9to5 Mac, a video first spotted by Weibo shows the upcoming iPhone SE 2 with an iPhone X-style display. The 30 seconds video clip not only shows the new iPhone from all angles but also shows the phone in action. The video suggests that the iPhone SE 2 could come with a notch and even sport the iPhone X's vertical dual cameras and its swipe-up-to-go-home gesture.
But rumours suggest that the possibility of this design is totally next to zero. Additionally, the cited source says "this is actually an Android phone cleverly crafted to look like an iPhone." Moreover, in terms of pricing, Apple moving to an iPhone X-like design would be irrelevant for the iPhone SE 2. But, some other rumours indicated its strong existence.
Besides, previous leaks and rumours claimed that the successor to the iPhone SE might be unveiled in the first half of 2018, similar to the original iPhone SE which was released in March 2016. If rumours are to be believed, the iPhone SE 2 could come with the A11 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The phone is said to come with 2GB of RAM/32GB of storage, expandable up to 128GB.
Apple IDs are extremely valuable on the black market.
Using an Apple product? Well, you should know that you are probably on the hit list for having one of the most valuable and expensive non-financial accounts. Cyber criminals are all eyes for your account and can fetch a good amount of money if sold on the dark web. However, for a casual hacker, your account will fetch as little as $15, a cyber criminal can use the data in the account to make more money than what the hacker can make, depending on what data is stored in it. Important emails, spicy photos, juicy chats and a complete load of important contacts and account information — a heaven for cyber criminals hunting for sensitive information.
According to a report by Top10VPN, a company that offers VPN services, Apple IDs cost around $15.39 in average on the dark web or online black market.
‘Our team reviewed all fraud-related listings on three of the largest dark web markets, Dream, Point and Wall Street Market over 5-11 February 2018. Relevant listings were collated and categorized in order to calculate average sale prices,’ said the report.
Now this is the price for accounts that may not have any financial benefits within. However, if your Apple ID is associated with wallets and financial accounts, the price can break the roof. For example, PayPal credentials can fetch $274 each, while Western Union accounts and debit cards can fetch as good as $101 and $67.50 respectively. Credit cards details are generally ‘affordable’ and can fetch as much as $50 each. Microsoft Skype accounts cost less than $50 — while hackers can’t gain much from these types of accounts, they usually use these accounts to spread malware or links to phishing websites that make more money.
“Dark web bidders can get hold of your passport details for as little as $60, while access to online shopping accounts such as Amazon and Walmart are rarely worth much more than $10 and often a lot less. Even eBay accounts with their broad scope for fraud fetch just $12 on the dark web. Vital communications services, like Skype and T-Mobile, are worth less than $10 each. With these details, fraudsters could send messages containing phishing links to trusted contacts or get around security features that rely on SMS verification. On the dark web, even logins to dating sites are valuable, and tend to earn bidders on average $3.11 – allowing criminals to ‘catfish’ potential matches, sparking up relationships to manipulate people for financial gain,’ reveals the report.
Most accounts sold on the dark web are via phishing scams and Apple IDs have been the major target every time. Take for example the infamous Fappening scandal where intimate pictures of celebrities were stolen after hackers compromised their iCloud accounts and stole Apple ID credentials to gain access to their photos stored in the cloud.
iPhones are configured by default to store/upload all photos from the camera roll straight on to iCloud as backups. Gaining access to these accounts are what hackers are keen on.
Premium iPhones are still available with considerable discounts on Amazon.
Earlier in the day, Apple announced an increase in the prices of various iPhone models, thanks to the new budget which proposed an increase of 5 per cent in customs duty for phone manufactured outside India. However, despite the revised prices implemented from 5th February 2018, e-commerce giant Amazon is still offering all the premium iPhone models at a discounted price.
The flagship iPhone X, which was launched at a starting price of Rs 89,000, is currently available for Rs 85,991 for the 64GB variant. The top-end 256GB variant is up for grabs for Rs 1,00,798, which is currently priced at Rs 1,08,930 with the revised post-budget prices. Apple’s revised prices might be implemented shortly on these portals, which is why you should book one immediately before the revised prices come into effect within a few hours.
Similarly, the 64GB variant of the iPhone 8 is available for Rs 56,790, which is almost Rs 10,000 cheaper than the revised price of Rs 67,940. The iPhone 8 Plus is available for Rs 67,990 for the 64GB variant, which is pretty lower than the revised price of Rs 77,650.
The iPhone 7 32GB and the iPhone 7 Plus is available for Rs 42,999 and Rs 56,969 respectively, which is pretty low when compared to the revised price tag of Rs 52,370 and Rs 62,840. The iPhone 6S 32GB is available for Rs 36,889 instead of the actual price of Rs 42,900.
It isn’t yet known for how long these discounted prices will be offered on the iPhone models. If you are looking to buy an expensive new iPhone without spending a premium on them unnecessarily, booking one right now on Amazon is a sensible choice.
It is often safe to block all those contacts with whom you are not safe.
With WhatsApp, people are always connected online, eventually increasing the number of messages being sent to close aides.
Recently Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that WhatsApp recently crossed 1.5 billion monthly active users with people sending more than 60 billion messages every day. In such a scenario, no one knows how many photos put up as display pictures on WhatsApp will get saved by others. All people, who have your contact number, can see your WhatsApp status and pictures unless they are blocked. All contacts on your phone may not be your friends.
Cyber security expert Rakshit Tandon recently said that people often tend to save phone numbers of drivers, maids, watchmen and many other people who need not know what you are doing on WhatsApp. “It is often safe to block all those contacts with whom you are not safe. Especially, predators tend to observe children or women’s status and display pictures. Even if individuals are blocked on WhatsApp, they can always be contacted via phone or messages which are much safer,” he said.
Experts urge users to enable two-factor authentication, especially since the number of mobile robbery cases are high. Don’t be reactive in your security, always be proactive. While a Facebook account or an Instagram account can be recovered in three minutes, it takes up to 72 hours to recover a WhatsApp account. In such a scenario, enabling two-factor authentication becomes important.
According to WhatsApp, “When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp, must be accompanied by the six-digit PIN that you created using this feature. Upon enabling this feature, you can also optionally enter your e-mail address. If you receive an e-mail to disable two-step verification but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.”
This increase comes after the Union Budget 2018-19, in which the import duty on mobile phones increased to 15 per cent from 20 per cent.
If you haven’t bought an iPhone already this is bad news, as Apple iPhone prices are going to hiked in India. This comes after the Union Budget for 2018-2019 increased the import duty on mobile phones from 15 per cent to 20 per cent. All Apple products' prices including Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone and Apple Watch are going to be escalated.
Since all the Apple products are manufactured outside India (excluding iPhone SE), the customs duty in December had already hiked from 10 to 15 per cent which led to a price increase in iPhones. And, now that per cent rose from 15 to 20 due to the new Budget 2018, which is going to cost a load on the consumers.
By this time, we already know that Apple iPhone X is the costliest phone, which was priced at Rs 89,000 at the launch. The iPhone X was hiked to Rs 92,430 for the 64GB variant in December and now has been bumped up to Rs 95,390. The larger 256GB variant costs a hefty Rs 1,08,930 in India, which is an increase from the Rs 1,05,720 pricing, which is almost a 3.2 per cent hike from the original price.
Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus, which were launched in September, last year at Rs 66,120 and Rs 75,450 for 64GB variant are now been hiked up to Rs 67,940 and Rs 77,560 respectively. The 256GB variants of 8/8 Plus will now cost Rs 81,500 and Rs 91,110, which were priced at Rs 79,420 and Rs 88,750 during the launch.
Apple iPhone 7 hiked to Rs 52,370 from Rs 50,810 for the 32GB variant, which is a 3.1 per cent hike in price. The bigger 128GB variant will cost Rs 61,560 compared to the earlier official price of Rs 59,910. The bigger iPhone 7 Plus will now start at Rs 62,840, which is an increase from Rs 61,060.
Apple iPhone 6s will now start at Rs 42,900 in India for the 32GB variant, while the 128GB version will cost Rs 52,100. Apple iPhone 6s Plus will start at Rs 52,240 for the 32GB version. The three-year-old Apple iPhone 6 is now Rs 31,900 which is also an increase from Rs 30,780.
Apple Watch Series 3 price has also been to Rs 32,380 in India from the original price of Rs 29,900. Apple Watch Series 3 GPS 42 mm will cost Rs 34,410 compared to the earlier pricing of Rs 31,900.
As iPhone SE is being manufactured in India, the price remains same for all its variants. The 32GB variant starts at Rs 26,000 and 128GB version remains at Rs 35,000. However, the e-commerce sites offer huge discounts on this iPhone, which leads to a starting price of Rs 20,499.
Apple’s iOS update to rectify ‘Spectre’ bug causing performance, battery drain issues
A few early adopters have also complained of issues with installation and download, problems with first and third-party apps, and issues connecting to Bluetooth
The release of latest update by Apple to its iOS 11, iOS 11.2.2 was expected to solve an issue on the iPhones and reported by customers. While the update didn’t bring any new features, the update brought security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of the bug ‘Spectre’ that affected nearly all iOS devices.
However, it appears to have ended up creating more issues. The way Apple’s latest OS has had to be rectified with updates and patches in a short span of 2 months from release is also something unprecedented. Apple generally gets it right the first time.
Now it is being reported that those who installed the upgrade iOS 11.2.2 on their iPhones are facing up to 50% drop in the performance of the device. This is causing quite a stir and the Cupertino tech giant has to do something very quickly before the situation gets out of control. Many users of iPhones and iPads have actually posted the results of the benchmark tests they did with their respective devices, before and after they installed the new upgrade.
It is reported that iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 owners appear to be facing a more acute crisis than possible the ones owning iPhone X or iPhone 8. One of them using an iPhone 6 has posted the results of the benchmark core tests done and the range of performance drop noticed varied from 39% to 41%.
A few early adopters have complained of issues with installation and download, problems with first and third-party apps, severe battery drain, and issues connecting to Bluetooth. Some issues with the iPhone X’s Face ID have also been reported.
Interestingly, Apple had indeed warned the phone users that the particular upgrade meant to mitigate the Spectre vulnerability would have an impact on the device’s performance, but the range indicated by Apple was in the 2-2.5% range. Experts are now not sure if there is some error in the upgrade itself or the issue the upgrade was meant to take care of, has precipitated this performance crisis for the users.
And to the surprise of many, there are a few users who have posted their reviews stating they are seeing an improvement in the performance. Even this is a difficult to swallow, since Apple had itself mentioned there will be a drop.
Sources believe that the reduced price cannot labelled ‘discounted’ as compared to thr other phone batteries in the market.
Apple recently came up with a battery replacement program, which reduces the price of iPhone battery repairs from around $79 to $29 after it was accused of deliberately slowing down its older devices.
According to a report of The Investor, an official battery manufacturer has reportedly revealed that Apple charges twice as much as Samsung for battery repairs. The source also claims that the former overcharges its customers even though the technology and the complexity of the process is almost the same.
The battery manufacturer was quoted saying, “All flagship phones from Samsung, LG and Apple have the most advanced batteries in the market. There is no reason for the price difference. Battery replacement for an iPhone may be trickier considering its use of unique parts like black pouch and tape. Still, it is difficult to understand why the cost is so high.”
The report also quoted an official of a smartphone manufacturer who said, “Apple is saying they are reducing the price for consumers but the price is never a discount considering parts and labor costs.”
The iPhone batteries are known to have a smaller capacity than those used in the flagship phones which Samsung has. iPhone 7, which is the latest model under the replacement program, features a 1,960 mAh battery unit, while in contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery.
While Apple hasn’t commented on the cost of a battery replacement, and with the program being underway, the customers are allowed to request the repairs at the discounted price in any Apple Store.
THE NEW PHOTOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS ARE STORYBOARD, SELFISSIMO! AND SCRUBBIES.
Google has introduced three photography apps which are part of a new series that it has dubbed as photography "appsperiments".
"We're launching the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: Usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology. Our 'appsperimental' approach was inspired in part by 'Motion Stills'," the company wrote in a research blog late on Monday.
These apps use several technologies, which are now in development at Google, including those focused on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.
"'Motion Stills' is an app developed by researchers that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilisation and rendering technologies," Google added.
The new photography applications are "Storyboard" (available on Android only), "Selfissimo!" (available on iOS and Android) and "Scrubbies" (available on iOS only).
The "Storyboard" app takes video clips and automatically pulls out six frames that it lays out in a comic book-style template. To get new layouts and frames, a user has to refresh the app. Google claims that there are over 1.6 trillion combinations.
"Selfissimo!" is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photograph each time the user poses. Once a user taps the screen to start a shoot, Selfissimo! will snap a picture every time you pose. The idea is to move around into different poses, with the app taking a picture every time you stop moving.
"Scrubbies" lets the user easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces and replay moments. It lets you remix videos by quickly scrubbing back and forth through a clip to create video loops.
The tech giant has also urged users to try out the new apps and provide feedback via the in-app feedback links. The three apps are currently available on iOS and Android.