Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How–GIZMODO

Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has reportedly turned the GrayKey hacking device into an expensive doorstop. Law enforcement around the world has taken to using GrayKey to break into locked iPhones but it appears Apple has finally gotten ahead of the device’s crafty manufacturers. For now.

Forbes’ Thomas Brewster has been on top of the GrayKey saga from the beginning. On Wednesday, he cited sources from the forensic community who’ve told him that Apple’s efforts to keep bad actors and law enforcement from cracking into its users’ phones have paid off. According to the report, the $15,000 tool made by a shadowy company called Grayshift is now only capable of performing a “partial extraction” of data. It can pull a few unencrypted files and some metadata that’s virtually worthless.

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Facebook Warns Memphis Police: No More Fake “Bob Smith” Accounts | Electronic Frontier Foundation

BY DAVE MAASS

Facebook has a problem: an infestation of undercover cops. Despite the social platform’s explicit rules that the use of fake profiles by anyone–police included–is a violation of terms of service, the issue proliferates. While the scope is difficult to measure, EFF has identified scores of agencies who maintain policies that explicitly flaunt these rules.

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Review: iPhone XS — amazing screen, fantastic pictures, and more – iPhone J.D.

Jeff Richardson

Last year’s iPhone X was, in my opinion, the most significant year-to-year advance in iPhone technology…How do you follow up on an act like that?  Apple actually has some experience in this area.  It adds nice but incremental improvements to the prior year model, and then to indicate that it is a less significant upgrade, Apple adds an “s” to the name… An “s” year iPhone doesn’t mean that there are no big new features.  For example, the iPhone 4S added Siri and the iPhone 5S added a way to authenticate without typing a password (Touch ID), and both of those features remain critical parts of the iPhone.  But in an “s” year, hardware changes are typically less noticeable.

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Ultrasound patch goes deep to better-monitor blood pressure–New Atlas


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Earlier this year, we heard how scientists from the University of California San Diego had developed a flexible ultrasound patch that allows users to see the inner structure of irregular-shaped objects. Well, now they’ve made one that measures a patient’s blood pressure from deep within the body.

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UPDATE: Logitech Crayon Availability Is Expanding on September 12th – MacStories

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The Logitech Crayon stylus that was announced at Apple’s spring education event was available originally to education customers only. Logitech has announced however, that beginning on September 12th the Crayon will be available to anyone who wants one.
 
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Judge extends online ban on 3D gun blueprints; company begins selling flash-drive copies–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

Updated: A federal judge in Seattle has found that a former law student’s presumed First Amendment interests in publishing online blueprints for plastic 3D printed guns are “dwarfed by the irreparable harms” likely to be suffered by the states if federal restrictions on the blueprints are lifted.

The preliminary injunction issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik blocks the federal government from allowing publication of the blueprints until resolution of the multistate lawsuit seeking to keep the blueprints offline. Lasnik had issued a temporary restraining order in the case July 31. The Associated Press, the Hill, the New York Times and Ars Technica have stories. The New York Attorney General has a press release.

The former law student, Cody Wilson, announced Tuesday that he is selling the blueprints through his company, Defense Distributed, despite Lasnik’s order, report the Associated PressArs Technica, the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle.

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Logitech Crayon Review & Rating | PCMag.com

By Elisabeth Sullivan

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Students and teachers disappointed by the Apple Pencil‘s flaws–its easily losable cap, its tendency to roll away, and of course, its high $99 price (or $89 for schools)–finally have the perfect solution: The Logitech Crayon. Through an Apple Education representative, schools (and only schools) can purchase the kid-friendly Crayon stylus for $49.95, compatible with the current (sixth-generation) iPad, for taking notes and drawing in the classroom. It’s every bit as functional as the Apple Pencil, and in some cases even more so, earning it our Editors’ Choice.