Security

Apple’s iPhone sideloading argument has some big holes

Apple’s iPhone sideloading argument has some big holes

In recent years, Apple has painted itself as a staunch defender of people's security and privacy. It has taken that hardline stance, even in the face of public opinion often tied to the investigation of heinous crimes that involved the use of an iPhone. The company also likes to highlight its track record in keeping its App Store a safe place for users, even when that is built on what some have alleged to be anticompetitive and monopolistic business practices. On a technical level, a key element in its armor is the inability of iPhone and iPad owners to install apps outside the Apple App Store, ironically a feature that could actually reveal how weak iOS' security framework might be.

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Ring Alarm Pro with eero WiFi 6 router and backup Internet is finally shipping

Ring Alarm Pro with eero WiFi 6 router and backup Internet is finally shipping

During its fall event back in September, Amazon introduced a new Ring product called the Ring Alarm Pro. As its name suggests, this model is part of the Ring home security product line, though with a unique twist: it has a built-in eero WiFi 6 router and optional backup Internet service for those times the home network is offline.

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Roblox is now back online without any explanation for long outage [UPDATE]

Roblox is now back online without any explanation for long outage [UPDATE]

When Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went dark a few weeks ago, the Internet was unsurprisingly on fire with speculations and theories, especially considering the timing of the outage. The truth was stranger than fiction, though, and Facebook, now called Meta, attributed it to simple human error. Roblox's case, however, is still shrouded in mystery even after it has finally gone back online after almost three days of being inaccessible to all gamers.

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Why Google’s Tensor is a huge deal for Android’s future

Why Google’s Tensor is a huge deal for Android’s future

The Pixel 6, particularly the Pixel 6 Pro, has definitely piqued the interest of smartphone users on the Android side. More than just passing interest, too: Google has implied that high demand for the phones is causing shipment delays and supply problems. But, while Google is undoubtedly pleased by that turnout, its primary interest in the Pixel 6 is undoubtedly the shiny new processor that is the phone's beating heart.

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Google Fi calls now have end-to-end encryption

Google Fi calls now have end-to-end encryption

There are a lot of people around the world that are particularly concerned about their privacy. It's not just people who might be talking about confidential business information that want privacy. Individuals also want conversations amongst friends and family to be completely private. To facilitate that, many voice communication and chat apps have end-to-end encryption.

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Yubico Security C NFC is a cheap USB-C security key for phones and PCs

Yubico Security C NFC is a cheap USB-C security key for phones and PCs

Yubico's latest security key is the Security Key C NFC, a cheaper alternative to the company's existing YubiKey 5C NFC. The new product enables users to easily secure their Android smartphone, iPhone, or computer running Windows 10 using a physical key that makes it much harder for hackers to infiltrate an account.

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Android Work Profiles will expand in 2022, but questions remain

Android Work Profiles will expand in 2022, but questions remain

As part of a larger update on Android for enterprise users, Google revealed plans to expand Work Profile availability. The feature enables users to separate their work and personal lives on a single handset, but it is only available for managed devices at this time. That'll start to change next year when Google brings the feature to Workspace users with more to follow.

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Wyze Video Doorbell Pro arrives for preorder: Features, release date, price

Wyze Video Doorbell Pro arrives for preorder: Features, release date, price

Smart home company Wyze has launched its new Video Doorbell Pro for preorder. The device is exactly what it sounds like: a smart doorbell with a built-in camera, offering consumers an alternative to similar products from larger companies. Wyze promises a wide-angle view, rapid installation, long battery life, and more.

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Microsoft Autofill wants to be your all-in-one data entry solution

Microsoft Autofill wants to be your all-in-one data entry solution

Password managers are a dime a dozen these days, but some of them have fallen out of favor due to one business-related change or another. Some password managers are also limited to doing just what their name suggests, creating and storing passwords. These days, however, many users find themselves wanting to store and retrieve more than just passwords, and Microsoft's new Autofill service is aiming to fill that need across all platforms, both mobile and desktop.

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WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups

WhatsApp is now rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups, enabling users to keep a copy of their messaging history without compromising their privacy. The feature is rolling out to users gradually while the company monitors the experience, ensuring any potential issues can be addressed before everyone has access to the backup option.

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Windows 11 TPM 2.0 benefit against attacks demonstrated by Microsoft

Windows 11 TPM 2.0 benefit against attacks demonstrated by Microsoft

Unlike with Windows 10, Windows 11's upgrade woes started even before it landed on any hardware, including those of testers. The operating system's list of requirements left many users, both experts and novices, scratching their heads in confusion. While Microsoft finally did clarify the bare minimum it considers fit for Windows 11, there remain a few misgivings about some of those, particularly the ones related to security. Microsoft, however, is adamant about how critical TPM and its friends are to Windows 11 security and is only too happy to demonstrate why.

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Verizon’s Visible MVNO may have been hacked

Verizon’s Visible MVNO may have been hacked

Aside from the big three, previously four, US network operators, there are quite a number of smaller carriers catering to more specific segments of the phone market. The advent of MVNOs or Mobile Virtual Network Operators has only increased the number of players, but these often still call those bigger networks their home. Visible, for example, is Verizon's attempt at servicing more budget-conscious customers, and it may have been the latest victim of a security breach that has its subscribers up in arms.

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