Apple raises screenshot limit for App Store listings to 10 images

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Apple has made it easier for developers to show off their app in App Store listings for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, by increasing the maximum number of screenshots that can be included in a product page to 10 images per device.
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More Nokia 7 Plus images leak, showing the Black and White colors side by side

The Nokia 7 Plus is no stranger to the rumor mill – we’ve seen renders in black and white, even a stealthy live photo. It’s back for more, this time around both color options stand side by side. Nokia 7 Plus in Black and White (leaked images) The Nokia 7 Plus is likely to be unveiled at the MWC in a few days (along with a couple of other handsets). It will be HMD’s first 18:9 phone and will use Snapdragon 660 chipset, so it won’t quite challenge the Nokia 8 for dominance. Interestingly, it might use Android One, making it even closer to AOSP than HMD’s already pretty stock…

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Latest Samsung Galaxy S9 leak offers spec details and device images

With less than one week to go before the Samsung Galaxy S9 is officially revealed, we’ve gotten the biggest leak of the upcoming Android flagship so far.

First up, what looks to be the complete spec list for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have been leaked by Winfuture.de. This leak backs up the rumors that the S9 will have a single 12-megapixel rear camera with dual apertures, f/1.5 and f/2.4, while the S9+ will add a second 12-megapixel rear camera.

Both Galaxy S9 models are also expected to offer optical image stabilization on their rear cameras as well as a slow motion video capture that’ll record at 960 frames per second. Around front, the S9 and S9+ will offer an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are said to include stereo speakers tuned by AKG. When it comes to screens, the two phones will be similar to last year’s S8 and S8+, with the S9 packing a 5.8-inch 2960×1440 Super AMOLED display and the S9+ offering a larger 6.2-inch 2960×1440 screen. Both panels will offer a tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Today’s report does say that the S9 and S9+ displays will have less edge at the bottom of their screens, so they may not be identical to the S8 and S8+.

Also rumored to be included with the S9 and S9+ include an Exynos 9810 processor (likely a Snapdragon 845 in the US), 4GB of RAM on the S9 and 6GB of RAM on the S9+, 64GB of storage, iris scanning, facial recognition, USB-C, and a microSD card. The Galaxy S9 is said to have a 3,000mAh battery while the S9+ reportedly packs a 3,500mAh battery. Both phones are said to offer IP68 water and dust resistance, too. On the software side, both phones will run Android 8.0 below the Samsung Experience 9.0 user interface.

In addition to all of these spec leaks, several new images have that show the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been shared by Evan Blass. They give us a look at the color options for Samsung’s upcoming flagship, which include Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Titanium Gray.

Samsung will officially unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on February 25. While many of the features of these phones have already leaked, it’s still worth paying attention to Samsung’s event next week for launch date and pricing info, and also to see if Samsung’s got any features that it managed to keep a secret.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks continue with more specs and images

If you’re hungry for one more major Galaxy S9 leak before Samsung officially introduces its new flagship on Sunday, the rumor mill is happy to oblige. What looks to be complete spec lists for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been leaked by Winfuture.de. The report confirms that both phones will have a 12MP rear camera with variable aperture that you can switch between f/2.4 and f/1.5. The Galaxy S9+ will reportedly have … [read full article]

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APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss When Writing to Disk Images

Apple’s APFS file system included in macOS High Sierra suffers from a disk image vulnerability that in certain circumstances can lead to data loss, according to the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner.

In a blog post last Thursday, software developer Mike Bombich explained that he had uncovered the data writing flaw in the Apple File System, or APFS, through his regular work with “sparse” disk images.


For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a sparse disk image is basically a file that macOS mounts on the desktop and treats as if it was a physically attached drive with a classic disk volume structure. The flexibility of sparse disk images means they are commonly used in the course of performing backup and disk cloning operations, hence Bombich’s extensive experience with them.

Earlier this week I noticed that an APFS-formatted sparsebundle disk image volume showed ample free space, despite that the underlying disk was completely full. Curious, I copied a video file to the disk image volume to see what would happen. The whole file copied without error! I opened the file, verified that the video played back start to finish, checksummed the file – as far as I could tell, the file was intact and whole on the disk image. When I unmounted and remounted the disk image, however, the video was corrupted. If you’ve ever lost data, you know the kick-in-the-gut feeling that would have ensued. Thankfully, I was just running some tests and the file that disappeared was just test data.

Two related problems are identified by Bombich, above. The first is that the free space on the APFS-formatted sparse disk image doesn’t update as it should when the free space on the underlying physical host disk is reduced. The second problem is the lack of error reports when write requests fail to dynamically grow the disk image, resulting in data being “written” into a void. Bombich tracks both bugs back to macOS’s background “diskimages-helper” application service, which he has since reported to Apple.

Bombich’s video demonstrating the APFS bug

Every installation of High Sierra converts the existing file system to APFS, which is optimized for modern storage systems like solid-state drives. However, as Bombich notes, ordinary APFS volumes like SSD startup disks are not affected by the problem described above, so the vast majority of users won’t be affected by it – the flaw is most applicable when making backups to network volumes. Bombich says Carbon Copy Cloner will not support AFPS-formatted sparse disk images until Apple resolves the issue.

The APFS flaw follows the discovery of another bug in Apple’s operating systems that received extensive coverage last week. That bug is induced by sending a specific character in the Indian language Telugu, which causes certain apps on iPhones, iPads, and Macs to freeze up and become unresponsive. The Telugu character bug has already been fixed in Apple’s upcoming iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 software updates.

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