iOS 11.3 Enables FaceTime On iPhones Sold In Saudi Arabia

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With iOS 11.3, you can now enable FaceTime for use on iPhone and iPad sold in Saudi Arabia. Here are the details on it.

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Siri bug in iOS 11 enables access to hidden notifications

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iOS 11 Bug

One of the more clever security features of the iPhone X is that messages and other notifications on the lock screen can only be viewed in their entirety when a person’s face is authorized via Face ID. The feature is turned on by default and prevents individuals in your vicinity from taking a quick peek at potentially sensitive information.

Now comes word that a pesky Siri bug provides people with an avenue to look at the content of lock screen notifications without authorization. Originally spotted by Mac Magazine, all someone has to do is ask Siri to read a notification out loud whereupon Siri will read it aloud.

According to the report, the bug only seems to work when applied to third-party notifications, which is to say that your private text messages via Apple’s Messages app are still secure.Still, given the plethora of messaging apps used today — such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp — it’s definitely an issue worth highlighting and one that could be problematic for a large number of users.

The bug works on the most recent iteration of iOS (iOS 11.2.6) and is said to work on the iOS 11.3 beta as well.

Hopefully Apple will fix the bug ASAP, because the illusion of security is arguably more dangerous than no security at all. In the latter case, users will at the very least take steps to keep their phone away from prying eyes.

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This Chrome extension enables two-factor authentication logins by watching you type

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Two-factor authentication is a great way to protect your online accounts, but it can be a tad cumbersome: you need to have your phone handy so you can either receive a one-time password via SMS (which frequently fails me), or set up an app like Google Authenticator to generate codes offline. The folks at New York-based startup TypingDNA have come up with a way to make that a lot easier, and it’s one of the most interesting ideas in biometrics I’ve heard of in a while – and it now works as a two-factor authentication tool right in your browser.…

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Alexa gets Follow-up Mode to listen to consecutive requests, and enables calling and messaging on tablets

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Every few weeks, Amazon adds a couple of features to its Echo line-up or Alexa app, and today is no different. Rolling out now are two changes: a Follow-Up Mode for Echo speakers and the option to make calls, send messages, and drop in from tablets.

Starting with Follow-Up Mode, this can be activated on a device basis only for US English, and lets you ask other questions to your Echo without repeating the wake word “Alexa.” The way this works is after Alexa answers your first request, the blue indicator light on the Echo remains active for a few seconds, waiting to see if you have any more questions, then turns off.

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Amazon Alexa’s ‘Follow-Up Mode’ enables successive requests without trigger word

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In an attempt to stay one step ahead of the virtual assistant competition, like Apple and Google, Amazon recently released a new feature that allows users to ask multiple questions in succession without repeating the "Alexa" wake word.
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Wearable ring Token raises $5M Series A: Enables contactless access to things and services

Token, a wearable ring that lets users make contactless transactions at millions of merchant locations raised a $ 5M Series A investment, bringing Token’s total funding to $ 7M. Investors include New York Ventures, Blockchange Ventures led by Ken Seiff and the VC fund Neo. The startup will use the funding proceeds to fine-tune its go-to-market efforts, hiring in in Rochester and New York City and forge partnerships.

The ring essentially uses a fingerprint sensor on the inside of the ring that scans users’ finger as they put it on to unlock things. Some of Token’s popular use cases are using the ring to log into Windows 10, or using it to access things across digital and physical touchpoints. The device combines 2FA (two-factor authentication) since it proves possession of the device along with the biometric second factor. Customers can expect using it instead of passwords, house key, credit card, car key, access badge and transit card.

“As a team, we are focused on making smart, elevated lifestyle accessories that give you complete control over your identity in a world where that is becoming harder (yet more critical) to do every day.” wrote Melanie Shapiro, CEO, and co-founder of Token

Key features of Token ring are internet connectivity via Bluetooth and NFC, waterproof body, and a two week battery life. It is currently being sold at $ 249 and comes with a USB inductive charger.


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Saurik enables Cydia purchases on jailbroken iOS 10.3.x devices

On Saturday, Saurik flipped the switch for making purchases through Cydia on jailbroken iOS 10.3.x devices.

The change lets anyone jailbroken by way of sticktron’s G0blin tool to purchase paid jailbreak tweaks and themes from the Cydia Store. Before today, this was only possible on jailbroken devices running iOS 10.2 and earlier with Yalu…. Read the rest of this post here


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Google Pay Send v22 rolls out with branding changes and enables payment reminders [APK Download]

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If you were around for yesterday’s activities, you’ve already seen that Android Pay has been switched over to the new Google Pay branding, along with some upgrades to both the look and function. As part of the announcement, we were told that the Google Wallet app would be undergoing a short term rebranding of its own, taking on the name Google Pay Send. That version is now here, and unsurprisingly, it has been given some minor visual touch-ups.

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Google enables Pixel Visual Core in Pixel 2 to improve image quality in Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp

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We’ve been hearing quite a bit about the Pixel Visual Core that Google put inside its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but now the feature is finally ready for use.

Google has announced that it’s turning on the Pixel Visual Core for Pixel 2 users with the February update. That update is now live on Google’s factory image and OTA image sites, which means that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners should begin seeing it hit their devices soon.

The Pixel Visual Core is improves image quality in third-party apps that utilize it. It does so by using the computational photography and machine learning that powers the Pixel’s HDR+ technology. Now this HDR+ technology can be used in photography apps other than Google’s own.

In the example images below, the photo on the left was taken without the Pixel’s HDR+ technology and the photo on the right uses HDR+ tech.

Google Pixel 2 Pixel Visual Core HDR+ comparison photos

So which apps can use the Pixel Visual Core? Google has confirmed that Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and “many other apps” support the feature.

Google also confirmed that it’s rolling out new Augmented Reality (AR) Stickers to Pixel phones this week. These stickers will be themed around winter sports to celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympics. The stickers include freestyle skiers, twirling ice skaters, hockey players, and more.

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Google Maps v9.70 beta enables adding and removing visited places, prepares to display showtimes and sell tickets, continues work on shortcuts, and much more [APK Teardown]

Google Maps has a new beta peeking out on devices. After a great deal of poking around, the list of changes for the interface is pretty sparse, but as always, there’s a ton to discuss from the teardown. There’s more from the home screen shortcuts, showtimes with ticket sales, detail fields for food photos, and way more.

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Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Add / Remove places visited

Manually add or remove visited places

If you’re looking back through places you’ve been, the most convenient route is through the ‘Your places’ screen with the ‘Visited’ tab.

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