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Apple iPhone X facial ID has problems…

I won’t but the phone for now ….

It simply isn’t secure and WTF is the home button, huh?

Since the iPhone X launched earlier this month, people have been attempting to fool Face ID, the new biometric facial recognition feature built into the device as a primary security feature. Face ID has thus far been tricked by twins, children, and even a mask.

Vietnamese security company Bkav made headlines in mid-November after uploading a video featuring Face ID accessed by a mask, but there were several questions about the unlocking methods used in the video, including whether “Require Attention” was turned on. Today, Bkav shared a second video with a new mask and a clearer look at how the mask was used to spoof Face ID.


As described in an accompanying blog post, Bkav used a 3D printed mask made of stone powder, which cost approximately $200 to produce. 2D infrared images of eyes were then taped over the mask to emulate real eyes.

Bkav reset Face ID on camera and then set it up anew with the demonstrator’s face. “Require Attention for Face ID” and “Attention Aware Features” were both shown to be enabled on the iPhone X. For those unaware, “Require Attention for Face ID” is meant to add an extra layer of security by requiring you to look at your iPhone to use Face ID, and it’s one of the features that’s supposed to prevent Face ID from unlocking with a mask, with a photograph, or when you’re looking away from your phone…..

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Flip Phones are on the rise in America…

He, he, he…..

Maybe THIS is the reason Apple iPhones are on the decline?

Here’s something the high-tech world doesn’t readily admit: It’s OK not to use a smartphone.

Americans are actually buying more flip phones, candybar phones and other 2000s throwbacks. Last year 24.2 million so-called feature phones shipped in the U.S., nearly 2 million more than the year before, according to research firm IDC…

The flip phone’s greatest appeal: It costs less. The most popular smartphones have a starting price of $650, plus service charges upward of $80 a month. You can get a flip phone for as little as $7.50. That’s the Best Buy price of ZTE’s Z222, which works with AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid service costing as little as $30 a month. I’ve paid more for movie tickets, Junior Mints and a pink lemonade Icee.

If you’re seeking a phone to just cover basics, there’s probably an LG in your future. The brand dominates the budget lineup at the biggest carriers. If I had to buy a dumbphone, I’d pick Verizon’s $50 LG Revere 3 because of its simple buttons and menus. AT&T sells the $50 LG B470, and its sister carrier, Cricket, sells the $30 LG True—similar phones with a “senior mode” to make audio clearer….

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10 things you can do to free up iPhone storage data space….

from Huffington Tech….

Your iPhone is full of junk you don’t need. And a 2014 class-action lawsuit against Apple brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can’t actually use all 16 GB of storage.

So let’s try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and clear space on your iPhone:

1. Find the culprit: check your usage

First thing: Find out what’s taking up the most space on your phone. You may have some unexpected storage hogs.

Open the Settings app, then go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.

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At the top, you’ll see how much space you’ve used and how much you have available. Below, there’s a list of your apps ranked by how much space they’re using. (It will take a minute to load.)….

For the 9 others things….Here….

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The FBI Director wants encryption access to smartphones….

Events in Paris and California have the Federal Bureau of Investigation Boss James B. Comey asking that law enforcement be able to have access to cell phone info that is now encrypted…..

While there was a push to keep cell phone traffic untouchable from the government on a local and national level…..

There has been a reversal by some on this….

Congress could make it the law for communications companies to allow access…

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and California, there is growing sentiment among security hawks on Capitol Hill for legislation to ensure that law enforcement has access to encrypted communication.

On Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) became the latest senior lawmaker to call for such legislation. “If there is a conspiracy going on” among terrorist suspects using encrypted devices, “that encryption ought to be able to be pierced,” said Feinstein, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Her remarks came at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which FBI Director James B. Comey asserted that it would be “useful” for Congress to “drive this conversation.”

They follow comments by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said after the Paris attacks that the status quo was “unacceptable.” He said that the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, would hold hearings and “have legislation.”

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New Apple iPhones, iPads and Apple TV coming first week of September…

…from macrumours…..

Apple’s annual fall iPhone event will likely be held on Wednesday, September 9, reports BuzzFeed‘s John Paczkowski, who has provided reliable information on event dates in the past. According to sources that spoke to BuzzFeed, the event will be held during the week of September 7, with September 9 targeted as the most likely date.

The event’s focus will be on the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, both of which will feature a Force Touch display, an A9 processor, an improved camera system, and a faster LTE chip, among other features. Apple may also unveil new iPads at the event, but the 12.9-inch iPad Pro “seems to be a wildcard,” says Paczkowski, meaning it could come at the event or at a later date.


In addition to the iPhone and iPad, Apple is also expected to unveil the next-generation Apple TV….

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Apple Computer starts production on new iPhone 6…

Probably a good thing…..The iPhone 6S

Cause they ain’t hitting home run’s with the new watch, their streaming service or their pay service….

Apple is starting production on its next-generation iPhones, reports Bloomberg, and the new models are equipped with Force Touch capabilities. Force Touch, first introduced with the Apple Watch, is a feature that’s able to distinguish between a light tap and a harder press, enabling a range of new gestures.

The two new iPhones will retain the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch display sizes, with an exterior design that’s largely unchanged. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested the addition of Force Touch could make the iPhone 0.2mm thicker, but it is unclear if that rumor is accurate.

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Apple Inc. has started early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a screen, people with knowledge of the matter said….

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About that iPhone 5S and 5C i aren’t radical enough?

The business pundits where carping that the Apple Computer iPhone 5 S isn’t radical enough in design and features?

Ok….

So whatt?

People ARE buying the phone in a computer with a camera added at record rates…

photo….eweek.com

Apple announced today that it sold 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C models over the weekend, which is a huge increase from the 5 million iPhone 5s they sold a year ago. One big difference, however, is that the iPhone 5 wasn’t available in China on launch day and the iPhone 5S and 5C are. But Horace Dediu has the charts that show that this isn’t the whole story—even if you add the iPhone 5’s China sales into the mix, Apple still blew the old launch out of the water.

I wonder if supply chain improvements aren’t the real hero here. I went to a friendly local Apple Store yesterday out of curiosity and was a bit shocked to see that they were not out of either model of phone. That prepared me for some kind of unprecedented iPhone sales disaster. But it’s clear from the nine million number that there was no sales disaster. Rather, the company seems to have done a much better job of ramping up production and shipping units to stores. Who knows how many people went to a store looking for an iPhone 5 a year ago only to be turned away because they were out of stock? This logistics side of the electronics game is not the sexiest or most written-about side of the industry, but it is Tim Cook’s specialty and perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to see Apple hitting it out of the park….

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….most Android phones are crap…..

That’s what this guy wrote in Slate….

I couldn’t tell ya if he’s right or wrong….

I never owed one….

I’m a Apple Guy……

iPhone…iMac…..

Android is now the world’s most popular mobile operating system. It’s unclear if Google makes much money from Android directly—by some estimates Google makes as much from ads on Apple’s iOS devices as it does on Android machines. But there’s no question that Android has helped lower the prices of smartphones across the globe, which can only help Google’s ad business. It’s hard to call Android anything other than a resounding success.

Well, except for one small thing: Most Android phones are crap. As part of a New Year’s resolution, I promised to trade in my beloved iPhone 5 for an Android phone sometime in 2013. I reasoned that, as a tech writer, I should spend more time with the world’s most popular operating system. Phone makers and carriers have regularly sent me Android phones to test out in the past, but I’d never given most of them more than a passing look—I’d open them up, turn them on, get aggravated by their bad keyboards or poor touchscreens or frustrating add-on software, and I immediately package them up and send them back.

This shouldn’t be surprising—most Android phones are very cheap, and you get what you pay for. Over the last few months, though, I’ve been testing two of the most expensive, most advanced Android phones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Actually, I’ve been doing more than that. I’ve been using two versions of each of these phones—the standard phone that you get for $199 when you sign a two-year cellular contract, and a second “Google Play edition,” which is a special, full-priced version that features only the essential software you need on a smartphone. (The Play edition HTC one is $599, and the S4 is $649.) I’ve been switching between these four devices, using one or the other as my primary phone at all times. Except for the brief period during which I tested out Apple’s new version of iOS, my iPhone hasn’t been charged in weeks, poor guy.

Altogether I experienced the best and worst of Android—and I saw, up close, Android’s basic problem. I’d sum it up as follows. Google makes a fine mobile operating system. Some phone manufacturers make attractive, powerful Android handsets. These phones have the potential to be really wonderful machines, even as great as Apple’s flagship phone. But then, at the last second, the phone makers and the world’s cellular carriers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They ruin the phones’ potential with unnecessary features and apps that lower the devices’ battery life, uglify their home screens, and make everything you want to do extra annoying.

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iPhones DO have their issues….

They tend to type what THEY want to….

Nobody I know uses Siri much at all…

And my wife’s phone seems to have mind of it’s own…..

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Small Tablet’s and Andriod’s gain market share….

People want smaller more mobile tablet’s in place of the larger model’s…..

In addition, the Android OS is trying hard to catch up to Apple….

The Android systems have moved Ahead of Apple is new technology…..

It seems like Apple is riding its market prowess…..

Smaller tablets are taking a bigger piece of the pie.

Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to increase to 190.9 million units this year — up from a previous estimate of 172.4 million — thanks to a predicted surge in smaller, lower-priced tablets, according to a report Tuesday by market research firm International Data Corp.

“One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size. And in terms of shipments, we expect smaller tablets to continue growing in 2013 and beyond,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research analyst for IDC’s Tablet Tracker. “Vendors are moving quickly to compete in this space as consumers realize that these small devices are often more ideal than larger tablets for their daily consumption habits.”

Android-based tablets expanded their share of the market significantly in 2012, and IDC said it expects that trend to continue in 2013.

Android’s share of the market is forecast to reach a peak of 48.8% in 2013, compared with 41.5% in IDC’s previous forecast. Android’s gains come at the expense of Apple’s iOS, which is expected to slip from 51% of the market in 2012 to 46% in 2013…..

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Comparing Smartphones January 2013

from the WSJ…..

Re-Entering the Phone Fray

Research In Motion, which is changing its name to BlackBerry, released its touch-screen Z10 on Jan. 30 in the hopes that the phone will help re-establish its place as the go-to business device amid stiff competition.

BlackBerry Z10

iPhone 5

Galaxy S III

Key Facts

WSJ review >> WSJ review >> WSJ review >>    
U.S. carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon
U.S. release date March 2013 September 2012 July 2012
Starting price (with contract) $199 $199 $199
Staring price (without contract) $599 $649 $549 to $599
Operating system BlackBerry 10 IOS 6 Android (versions vary according to carrier)
Wireless LTE/HSPA+ LTE LTE

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Blackberry 10 due out shortly….

BlackBerry Z10 renders make the case against iPhone 5

, Jan 28th 2013

The fellow who brought you quite a few ultra-realistic renderings of smartphones and tablets over the past year Martin Hajek has struck again with the BlackBerry Z10. This time he’s making the case for a white version of the machine as it sits right next to the iPhone 5, also rendered by this amazingly talented fellow. What’s interesting about this device beyond its obvious inclusion in the same generation of smartphone aesthetics as the iPhone 5 is that it is, here, appearing to be a real iPhone competitor – could it be?

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The iPhone is 5 years old…..

As one of the  owners of the computer with a phone in it….

I can attest to the fact that the sucker works and grows on ya…..

I had to get one with this place calling for my attention and me not having ready access to a computer at work…..

But the REAL reason is…..

I was the only one in my family that had a flip phone and texting on that thing was a no go…..

The circle is now complete…

This place comes to ya via a iMac….

So Apple has me….

And after fighting it….

The WHOLE Dog family has iPhones also…..

What can I say?

macworld….

It was five years ago today that the very first iPhone owners felt the addictive iGot-it rush of the hottest gadget on the planet at that time, Apple’s revolutionary device.

More than just an iPod that makes calls, the iPhone’s debut and success shifted the already co-dependent relationship between people and their phones to more of a symbiotic synergy, encouraging and ushering in what has becoming a radical shift in digital lifestyle.

The iPhone: 5 years running

Though, when it was announced in early 2007, not everyone was sold. The folks at Research in Motion, which was having much better days back then, didn’t believe what Apple was showing in the iPhone was even possible, according to reports.

Others just didn’t believe it would resonate. Among them, David Platt wrote on his Suckbusters blog: “The forthcoming (June 29) release of the Apple iPhone is going to be a bigger marketing flop thanIshtar and Waterworld (dating myself again, aren’t I) combined.”

Bloomberg News columnist Matthew Lynn made a pronouncement declaring the iPhone “nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks.” “Apple will sell a few to its fans, but the iPhone won’t make a long-term mark on the industry,” he wrote in 2007.

Well, the iPhone has more than made its mark, reaching beyond gadget freaks to resonate with the generational bookends from tiny tots to grandparents.

Five years, five iterations and many millions of iPhone units later, the mere mention of speculative details for the next iPhone — however wildly improbable or ridiculous — still whips the Web into a frenzy, a reaction that hasn’t really found its equal among competitors…..

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Small Company planning to sell discounted iPhones….

Let’s see how long this lasts…

If the company is buying the phone from Apple at the regular wholesale price, well?

But if I know Apple….

They ain’t gonna be too happy with this…

I see the company as trying to general sales…

But Apple is VERY protective of its product…

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A small Virginia-based cellphone company said Wednesday that it will start selling the iPhone at prices that undercut the big carriers.

Ntelos Holdings Corp. will sell the basic model of the latest iPhone, the 4S, for $150 on April 20. That’s $49 less than what AT&T, Verizon and Sprint charge. Versions with more storage sell for $250 and $350, also $49 cheaper than the rivals. A two-year contract is required, with monthly service fees of $80 or $100, comparable to fees charged by others.

(MORE: Top 50 iPhone Apps)

Ntelos is based in Waynesboro and has about 421,000 subscribers in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky under the nTelos Wireless brand.

It’s the fifth U.S. phone company to get the iPhone, after the big three and Mississippi-based regional carrier C Spire Wireless, which started selling it late last year.

Phone companies subsidize the iPhone, which costs about $600 wholesale. Selling it means shouldering a big upfront cost. Ntelos Chief Financial Officer Stebbins Chandor said the phone would start paying off in 2014.

A bigger regional phone company, U.S. Cellular, has said it turned down the iPhone because it was too expensive.

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(I STILL DON’T believe they pay $600 for the phone’s wholesale)

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Apple Computer spends Million’s in court fighting the companies that make it’s products….

Yes you read that right…..

Samsung …..

Which makes the iPhone has been in court with Apple ….

The company that pays it 79% of it’s revenue continuously ……

Apple has patent infringement suits against a multitude of companies….

That they will probably win…

But it simply WILL NOT stop the iPhone vs Android wars in the market….

techpp.com

An unrelenting recidivist, in Apple’s portrayal, Samsung has “continued to flood the market with copycat products, including at least 18 new infringing products released over the last eight months.”

The clash reflects life in the tech big leagues: Apple sharply reminding a formidable rival who’s boss. At the same time, Apple v. Samsung is remarkable for its scale. The combatants barely notice the millions of dollars in legal expenses they’re each spending annually to flog the other in an epic struggle that will surely test their multibillion-dollar symbiotic relationship. The battle also signals a broader conflict pitting Apple against multiple mobile-device manufacturers in some three dozen legal and regulatory actions pending in 10 countries. Beyond Samsung, Apple’s notable antagonists include Motorola Mobility (MMI) and HTC (2498). As Silicon Valley sophisticates underscore, however, the phone and tablet makers are mere proxies for another foe—Android, the operating system Google (GOOG)gives away to manufacturers. Google employs a come-one, come-all business model radically at odds with Apple’s and, in the late Steve Jobs’s view, existentially threatening to his company.

In the last 18 months of his life, Jobs, who died on Oct. 5 at age 56, was obsessed with crushing Android. He explained to his authorized biographer, Walter Isaacson, that the litigation against device manufacturers was meant to communicate an unmistakable message: “Google, you f–king ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off. Grand theft.” Jobs swore he would “spend my last dying breath” and “every penny” in Apple’s coffers “to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.”

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Apple’s iPhone the best seller is costing AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Money…

There’s only one problem …..

When I asked my middle son about the piece in the LA Times he didn’t even look up from tapping on his Apple 4 iPhone (I’ll be getting one soon,also)

‘It doesn’t matter……’

He continues….

‘The guy I go to ONLY sells iPhones…….’

‘I was in the store a couple of weeks ago when the Droid rep walked in……He told her forget about it……They ain’t selling….’

“And dad I KNOW the Droid’s faster, bigger and thinner……They ain’t a Apple….’

And with Steve Jobs gone….

You can buy Apple products just about EVERYWHERE now…..

Those three companies are gonna have to figure something ELSE  out….

From the LA Times…

The iPhone has been a huge hit for Apple Inc., helping send the company’s stock to all-time highs and producing record-breaking profits.

But for AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., it’s breaking the bank.

The three wireless carriers all found themselves answering to Wall Street in recent weeks for posting depressed quarterly earnings, and analysts pointed to the heavy cost of offering the iPhone as a culprit.

The iPhone has become the single most popular smartphone in the U.S., and that has left the carriers trapped in a kind of Faustian deal: The more iPhones they sell, the more money they lose.

That’s because they have to buy the phone from Apple before they can sell it to their customers for hundreds of dollars less. The carriers are betting that they’ll make back the difference and more by signing up customers for two-year plans and collecting monthly fees.

But so far, the carriers are finding that the math isn’t adding up.

AT&T was the first carrier to offer the iPhone and has been struggling to make it profitable for years. During the last quarter, the iPhone accounted for 82% of the smartphones AT&T sold to its customers, meaning the company had to pay the hefty subsidy on each of the 7.6 million iPhones. All that money paid to Apple tugged down the company’s profits. AT&T’s operating margins — a common measure of how much a firm makes — dropped to 15.2% from 22.9% a year earlier.

“The AT&T wireless model is broken,” said Kevin Smithen, a wireless analyst at Macquarie Securities. “AT&T is basically subsidizing Apple’s revenues and profit growth.”

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I don’t care what the guy above has in the piece….

I KNOW the phone companies ain’t paying the the retail $600 price to Apple…..

Photo of iPhone (Right ) and Droid phone…..gizmowatch.com

Here for a review of the challange of the phone systems/hardware…..

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Blackberry Torch 9810 T-Mobile Bound In November….

by Julian @Dfraggd

Blackberry has another phone coming your way to T-Mobile’s shelves on November 9th, 2011. Its the Blackberry Torch 9810. This is an early heads up for those of you that want a slide up touchscreen Blackberry with a full Qwerty keyboard on T-Mobile’s network. Read More »

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