“Black Dot” crashes iOS messaging app

“Black Dot” crashes iOS messaging app

An emoji encrypted with a series of hidden codes has been reported to disable and crash the messaging apps of Apple Macs, iPads, and iPhones. Read on to discover how you can address this problem before it does severe damage to your device.

What is going on?
A bug, known as “Black Dot,” is locking the messaging app on Apple devices running iOS 11.3 and 11.4 beta with Apple TVs and Apple Watches also at risk.

Apple and your privacy: What do they know

Apple and your privacy: What do they know

With the recent U.S. Senate inquiry into Facebook’s perceived violations, concerns about online privacy are once again thrust into the spotlight. Apple, Google, Amazon, and other tech companies also gather data on their users, so if you’re using Mac or iPhone, you may wonder: How much information does Apple have about you?

What Facebook & Google Know

Let’s first look at what Facebook knows about you.

How to beef up your iPhone passcode

How to beef up your iPhone passcode

Now that at least two companies are selling devices that unlock protected iPhones, it’s time for you to update your passcode to a stronger one and avoid the risk of unwanted access. Here’s how.

The problem

According to reports, at least two companies, Israel-based technology vendor Cellebrite and Atlanta-based Grayshift, have both developed relatively inexpensive technology for unlocking iPhones.

iPhone security impenetrable no more

iPhone security impenetrable no more

Cellebrite claims that they have devised “undisclosed techniques” to unlock Apple devices running on any iOS operating system. The U.S. government contractor based in Israel recently notified clients of their ability to circumnavigate iOS protections that’s part of their new service for forensic specialists and law enforcement.

Apple introduces new features in iOS 11.3

Apple introduces new features in iOS 11.3

When you updated your Apple devices to iOS 11, you may have noticed the significant decrease in battery life. To solve that issue, Apple is releasing iOS 11.3, which comes with battery performance fixes and more features. Here’s everything we know so far about the new OS.

Battery management features

You might recall the infamous iOS software update in 2016 that deliberately slowed down iPhones.

How to stay safe from Spectre & Meltdown

How to stay safe from Spectre & Meltdown

Like many security flaws, the Spectre and Meltdown bugs can leak critical data from computers and mobile devices for hackers to exploit. What makes them unique is the vast number of PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones they affect. But if you use an Apple device, there are fixes that can help you temporarily protect against them.

Top Apple predictions in 2018

Top Apple predictions in 2018

From new Apple Watches and Apple TVs to Mac and iPhone upgrades, Apple released a slew of products in 2017. But what’s in store for Apple fans in 2018? We’ll likely see iterative updates to existing product lines, but there’s a good chance we’ll get some totally unexpected announcements.