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5. Juni 2018

iOS 12 Beta Supports Easy Face ID Rescans With Swipe Up Gesture on iPhone X

As more users sign onto the first beta for Apple’s iOS 12, new discoveries are quickly being made, with the latest centering upon a simple but highly useful new gesture for iPhone X owners.

Currently, when you hold up the iPhone X and Face ID fails, you either have to lower it and raise it again, or press the side button to put the iPhone to sleep and wake it up through another side button press or tapping the display. Both of these methods will reactivate a Face ID scan.

Image via shakil-ali on Reddit As discovered by Redditor shakil-ali, Apple has provided a shortcut to rescanning your face in the iOS 12 beta: now when the biometric security feature fails, [...]

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19. Mai 2018

LocationSmart Bug Provided Easy Access to Real-Time Location Data of Millions of Phones

Robert Xiao, a computer science student at Carnegie Mellon, recently discovered a vulnerability in LocationSmart’s website that made the real-time location of millions of phones readily available to anyone with the knowhow.

For background, LocationSmart is a company that collects location data of mobile customers from major carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the United States, and then sells it to other companies for a range of purposes, including compliance, cybersecurity, and proximity marketing.

Up until the vulnerability was discovered, LocationSmart offered a trial webpage that allowed anyone to enter their phone number, [...]

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14. Oktober 2017

Western Digital’s My Cloud Home is Easy to Use, But Apps Need Improvement

Western Digital’s My Cloud Home is a network-attached personal cloud storage solution, designed to combine the convenience of cloud storage with the privacy and security of local storage.

It’s available in capacities ranging from 2TB to 16TB, to meet the needs of both families and small businesses, and with apps for the Mac, PC, iOS devices, and a cloud website, content can be accessed from anywhere.

On the surface, the My Cloud Home sounds great, but there are some definite problems with the device, mostly concerning the apps that are used to access and upload your content.

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Western Digital’s My Cloud Home has a simple [...]

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6. September 2017

Review: Emerson’s $200 Sensi Touch HomeKit Thermostat Offers a Large Color Display and Easy Setup

Fueled by the popularity of Nest, thermostats remain one of the more popular categories of smart home devices. I recently took at look at Honeywell’s Lyric Round thermostat with HomeKit support, and today I’m following up with Emerson’s latest HomeKit model, the Sensi Touch.

Announced back in May and launched in June, the Sensi Touch offers a horizontal design with a color touchscreen taking up much of the front of the device. Aside from onscreen controls, the Sensi Touch can also be managed via app or through HomeKit, offering a number of options for controls.

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I’ve had a bit of previous experience swapping out thermostats, so [...]

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