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WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

Back in February, it was discovered that you could brick your iPhone just by changing the date. Of course, you'd have to go very far out of your way to do this, as you needed to send it back in time to the very beginning of 1970 to do the trick. Well, it turns out that this strange event could lead to someone using a malicious WiFi network to brick your phone.

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Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Today at Facebook's F8 conference, there was a lot of talk about the Messenger app. Lots of praise for it, and its future were given by the presenters. One went so far as to say that thanks to the advancements in Messenger, that this may now be the beginning of a new era.

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Foodida crowdsources fast food delivery

Foodida crowdsources fast food delivery

We've all had those days where you're hungry, and nothing in the house sounds good, and you really don't feel like going out to pick up something. It usually ends with hunger motivating you to finally make or get something, but one of the obvious answers is to just get something delivered. But what happens when the food you want comes from a place that doesn't deliver?

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Facebook’s Messenger Platform bots want to be your middle-man

Facebook’s Messenger Platform bots want to be your middle-man

At Facebook's F8 conference today, Mark Zuckerberg talked a lot about bringing people together, and giving everyone access to share virtually anything. He then went on to talk about how widely-used their Messenger app is, going so far as to point out that the company is delivering a higher volume of messages every day, than phone companies transmit SMS messages. And now the company wants you to use those same messages for everything.

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BlackBerry’s prepping two mid-tier Android phones

BlackBerry’s prepping two mid-tier Android phones

BlackBerry’s Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, was a flop. The company points toward too high of a price tag as the reason, and so this year it will introduce a pair of lower-priced mid-range smartphones that, it hopes, will be more inline with its customers’ budgets. The news was shared by BlackBerry CEO John Chen in an interview recently; when exactly we’ll see the phones launch wasn’t detailed, though.

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New bill will force companies to unlock phones in ‘timely’ manner

New bill will force companies to unlock phones in ‘timely’ manner

Earlier today, a new bill proposed by Senators Richard Burr and Diane Feinstein was published that seeks to force companies to unlock phones for law enforcement when ordered to do so. The bill has already been criticized as excessively vague (and therefore broad) in scope, and the Obama administration has reportedly stated it will not support the bill. While the legislation doesn't propose penalties against companies that can't provide the requested data or assistance, it will require them to hand over or unlock data and devices if they have the technical means to do so.

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iPhone SE gets dropped, smashed, and dunked in durability test

iPhone SE gets dropped, smashed, and dunked in durability test

They say that it's what's on the inside that counts. With the iPhone SE, that's definitely the case. After all, the phone looks nearly identical to the 5s, which came out more than two years ago. The specs are far closer to those of the 6s, but how does it fare in a battery of tests designed to cause physical harm to the phone?

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Verizon to add $20 phone upgrade fee next week

Verizon to add $20 phone upgrade fee next week

The cost to upgrade your Verizon phone will soon be $20 more expensive, according to a document that has leaked. The internal Verizon memo details a $20/fee for phone upgrades that starts April 4, and applies even if you’ve completely paid off your old device. The memo goes on to detail some FAQ about the new fee, saying it is necessary to “cover our increasing support costs associated with customers switching their devices.”

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New wireless chargers are 3x faster, and compatible with existing phones

New wireless chargers are 3x faster, and compatible with existing phones

For the last several years, it seems like everything in our lives has a cable attached to it. Sure, our phones, laptops, watches, and other devices are wireless for most of the day. But eventually you have to plug them in, and that means getting all of your cables out, and plugging them into their respective ports. Well LG Innotek is working on a new wireless charging system that hopes to cut down on the amount of cords in your house.

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Google’s been hit with All Writs Act phone unlocking orders, too

Google’s been hit with All Writs Act phone unlocking orders, too

The government has been seeking All Writs Act court orders against both Apple and Google for several years, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which discovered 63 legal cases that involved the law. The ACLU doesn’t know the outcome of these cases — whether the companies unlocked the phones or even if the court orders were granted — but present legal actions and past statements from prosecutors hint that such court orders were often granted, and sought to unlock smartphones’ passcodes.

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Waze will soon warn you when you’re speeding

Waze will soon warn you when you’re speeding

When you're driving around town, and on familiar roads, you probably don't pay too much attention to the speed limit. That's because you've driven on the road so many times that you already know how fast you should be going. But when you're heading somewhere for the first time, you might not always glance at the speed limit signs when you should, and that can easily lead to you getting a speeding ticket. And now Waze wants to help prevent that.

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New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

Burner phones are still as easily accessible as ever — you just head to your nearest convenience or big-box store, pick up a cheap prepaid phone and a phone card, and like magic you have a completely useable phone sans any identification records. It's a great thing if you're in a bind and in need of a last-minute phone, but not so great if you're law enforcement trying to hunt down potential criminals.

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