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GrayKey: The little box that unlocks iPhones

Thomas Reed, for MalwareBytes:

Two iPhones can be connected at one time, and are connected for about two minutes. After that, they are disconnected from the device, but are not yet cracked. Some time later, the phones will display a black screen with the passcode, among other information. The exact length of time varies, taking about two hours in the observations of our source. It can take up to three days or longer for six-digit passcodes, according to Grayshift documents, and the time needed for longer passphrases is not mentioned. Even disabled phones can be unlocked, according to Grayshift.

Nothing is safe. Encrypt and delete constantly.

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iOS 11 has a ‘cop button’ to temporarily disable Touch ID

Now that’s what I call usability.

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HP Says To Bye Bye TouchPad, Pre

Almost hidden in this press release about HP’s plans to buy Autonomy Corporation:

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

A real shame. webOS and the devices built around it were the only real competition to iOS and the iPad/iPhone line.

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Original iPod vs iPhone 4

Steven Frank compares the granddaddy of them all to the new kid. Aside from the fact that the original iPod is about 2.5 times thicker than the iPhone 4, what stands out to me is that the faces are exactly the same size. Very Apple.

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Jawbone THOUGHTS

Thoughts is an iPhone application for sending audio messages to individuals or groups. It isn’t so much a replacement for voicemail or phone calls as a non-blocking way to talk to people without butting into whatever they’re already doing.

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Fighting The Wrong Fight

Excellent piece by Elia Freedman:

We have been distracted by ridiculous arguments and fabricated “wars” for too long. We have been distracted by thinking that Google is Microsoft and Apple is Apple in a doomed fight already fought 20 years ago.

But that is not the fight we should be caring about at all. The fight we should be talking about, but aren’t, is the fight between mobile device makers and the carriers. This is the only real fight that matters.

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THE INCIDENT

Now available for iPhone and iPad. One of the most utterly delightful games I’ve ever played, for any console. A little bit of Katamari Damacy, a little bit of Tetris, a whole lot of beautiful faux-16-bit graphics and sound. Every byte of this game was crafted with care.

You will not find a better way to spend $2 today. It even works on my original launch iPhone.

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“EPIC WIN”, a New iPhone Todo App

Similar to a project I was working on (now cancelled. they so win.), a todo list app with an RPG system tacked on. Feel better about your real-life accomplishments with phony rewards!

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The App Store: Revenge Reviews

Garret Murray, developer of the Ego app for iPhone, on what he calls “revenge reviews”: Reviews posted to the App Store by users who accidentally purchased an app, misread it’s description, or otherwise made a mistake. I hadn’t thought of this:

People brought up a great point the last time I complained about App Store customers—they’re all children. Not metaphorically, but literally. Most of these customers are kids with iPod Touches. So of course they act like children.

But it rings true. I’d go further and say that the ones that are not literally children, are probably emotionally stunted in some way.

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Google Voice for iPhone and Palm WebOS

Written in HTML5, no need to interact with the App Store at all, it’s available immediately. Funny how that works out.

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Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash

An actual post by Steve Jobs on why the iPhone doesn’t support Flash, and why it’s not likely to in the future. Well-written, and covers pretty much every logical base.

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CNet: Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe

Silicon Valley police are investigating what appears to be a lost Apple iPhone prototype purchased by a gadget blog, a transaction that may have violated criminal laws, a law enforcement official told CNET on Friday.

I believe the whole thing was a case of common theft and the sale of stolen goods. Looks like Apple is treating it just like that, at least externally.

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iPhone Native GUI Hall of Shame

It’s worth noting that the iPhone/iPad is capable of some truly atrocious user interfaces.

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Opera Mini “Countup”

Opera submitted Opera Mini to the App Store 6 hours ago, and this page is tracking how long it takes Apple to approve it. The closest guess wins a new iPhone. This is pretty clever. Everyone knows the App Store approval process is bunk, why not have some fun with it?

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“Made, Is Making, or Will Make?”

David Barnard on the sales fluctuations in the App Store, and how hard is it to gauge future success/sales on same.

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Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents

Engadget has the documentation. I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of people decrying the use of “user interface” patents. This kind of thing can be pretty vile. For example, one of the patents is for:

“Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,”

Which is absurd.

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Plants vs. Zombies for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

One of my favorite games of 2009, released for one of my favorite devices for the slim price of $2.99. Worth every penny.

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“A conversation I have every month or so”

and me. It really shouldn’t have to be said, here in 2010, but shit. Restaurants: Have your hours, at least, in a plain HTML document. I don’t even need your menu.

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David Crane’s “2600 Magic” iPhone Application

Describing the technical workings of the Atari 2600, it is not an emulator, or even really a “how to,” but more like a… Documentary App. I love this kind of thing.

It is Volume One in what will become a series, and if you don’t buy this you are an asshole.

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Toronto-based iPhone Developers endloop Are Hiring A Junior Developer

Friends of Extra Future and all-around good guys. I’d take the job myself if I had the Obj-C skills.