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A powerful surveillance app, which was first designed for Android is now targeting the iPhone users, says techcrunch. This spy app, dubbed ‘Exodus’ was discovered by the research team at mobile security firm Lookout. They said that its developer abused their Apple-issued enterprise certificates to bypass the tech giant’s app store to infect unsuspecting victims.

Once installed, this carrier assistance app will take the owner’s personal information, contacts, audio recordings, photos, videos and other device information. The real-time lactation data can also be hacked by this app. The calls may also be leaked. There was no data regarding who might have been targeted.

Zack Whittaker, the security editor at TechCrunch said “Security researchers have discovered a powerful surveillance app first designed for Android devices can now target victims with iPhones”.

“Although the Android version was downloadable directly from Google’s app store, the iOS version was not widely distributed. Instead, Connexxa signed the app with an enterprise certificate issued to the developer by Apple, said Bauer, allowing the surveillance app maker to bypass Apple’s strict app store checks”, said Whittaker.

Many victims were trapped by the Android app, dubbed Exodus, either by installing it or having it installed. According to ‘Security Without Borders’, this spy app has a larger feature set and expanded spying capabilities by downloading an additional exploit designed to gain root access to the device, giving the app near complete access to a device’s data, including emails, cellular data, Wi-Fi passwords and more. Exodus is reportedly made an in Italian company called eSurv.

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Apple Inc has united up with Ant Financial Services Group and several local banks to offer interest-free financing. Apple hopes to revitalize sales in China, by the collaboration with Ant Financial which is the world’s largest financial-technology company.

It is its first such move in the country as it looks to boost waning smartphone sales. With this China website, apple comes with a new scheme in which the customers can pay 271 yuan ($40.31) monthly, for buying an iPhone XR and 362 yuan monthly for purchasing iPhone XS. The customers trading in old models can avail cheaper installments.

Interest-free financing schemes are offered for the customers who buys an Apple product worth a minimum of 4,000 yuan. They can pay the money with three, six, nine, 12 or 24 months, as the website says.

Ant Financial Services Group, formerly known as Alipay, is an affiliate company of the Chinese Alibaba Group. Ant Financial is the highest valued fintech company in the world, and the world’s most valuable unicorn (start-up) company, with a valuation of US$150 billion.

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Apple Inc on Monday said that it will issue a software patch later this week for an error that allows iPhone users to hear the audio from users that have not yet accepted a video call. The bug, initially outlined by Apple product and review website 9to5Mac.com, was reported by several media outlets.

Apple announced the feature last summer, but then removed it from early test versions of its iOS 12 operating system. The bug appears to rely on Apple’s group video calling feature. Apple released the feature to the public in late October. An Apple statement quoted in US media said that the iPhone producer was aware of this issue and they have also found a fix that will be releasing later this week.

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Nike has launched the all new Adapt BB self lacing sneaker to amaze the world shoe market. This smart sneaker will be available at a cost of $350. The shoe is described smart as it can be controlled by your smart phone with the application installed in it. The ‘BB’ stands for Basket ball, as the company has came up with the Basket ball shoe this time.

This is the second generation of the Nike Adapt platform. What makes it special is the technology that is used inside it. On the side of the shoe, you are provided with two manual buttons. These buttons allows you to loosen, or tighten the shoe manually, by pressing and holding the buttons provided.

What makes it really astonishing is is the app that becomes a part of this. This is a ‘smart connected’ shoe. As like the buttons, the app also allows you to adjust the tightness. Also, you can change the color of the lights on the shoe with the app.

We can also personalize the shoe settings for various uses and save it in the app. Another interesting element about the sneaker is its power charging method. A power mat will be provided, on which the shoe can be put and will get fully charged with almost three hours. The power lasts till 10 to 14 days. you can view the power status on the mat as well as on your mobile app.

Nike says that this is their most tested shoe ever. They went through almost 55 innovations to finally get to the Nike Adapter BB Sneaker. The Nike Adapter comes with 3 processors on-board. It also has a 6 axis gyroscope and a sensor.It also has a high performance bluetooth low energy chip. The cost of this second generation smart sneaker is $350, which is quite better than the first one that costs $720.

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Apple is preparing to release new over-ear headphones in 2019, combining HomePod and AirPods technology in high-end cans. The new headphones are expected to offer ‘studio-quality’ sound and ‘Hey Siri’ support. The higher-priced premium AirPods is said to be offering better noise-cancellation, and water resistance.

It is said that Apple is trying to increase the range that AirPods can work away from an iPhone or iPad.

According to Kuo, these high-end over-ear headphones will make Apple’s acoustic accessory lineup more complete. The name of these ‘over-the-ear headphones’ is yet to be announced by Apple.

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Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola are reuniting for a new feature-length film named ‘On the Rocks’. The film leads with the story of a young mother who rejoins with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. “On the Rocks” is the first film to come out of the partnership between Apple and A24. The movie production will be starting in this Spring season at New York.

The details regarding the film’s debut and distribution is yet to be announced by Apple. Top Hollywood actors and filmmakers have been clustering to Apple to create content for Apple’s upcoming originals platform.


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