This Week in Tech News
Rumors abound on what the iPhone 7 will look like. According to sources, there will be two, like previous models. An iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. One will have a dual camera lens. One will image in color, while the other images in black and white for depth. It will create a faux depth of field.
Find out more about what to expect from iPhone 7 at 9to5mac.com
Due to exploding batteries in 35 different Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, the company has issued a mandatory recall of all phones for replacement or a full refund. The phone maker says it will cost them $1.5 Billion in losses. Leo says if you have a Note 7, to return it immediately. It's going to take a few weeks to get a replacement, so Leo says that Google's new Pixel phone is a worthy alternative, or the Samsung Galaxy S7.
This week, after reports that over 35 batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have exploded, Samsung has stopped sales of the Android phone and recalled them. Leo says that part of the problem may be the fast charge option. Leo recommends that if you have a Note 7, take no chances, and return it. T-Mobile is offering loaners until they have been replaced or refunded. Leo says that Samsung is doing the right thing, even though it will hurt the bottom line. Back it up, remove your SIM and bring it back to the place you got it.
Remember when Apple refused to unlock an iPhone because to do so would unlock all phones? Well the company NSO Group has found several flaws in the iPhone operating system and they've been selling exploits to governments to spy on dissidents. They've apparently had the exploit for three years and have been selling it. Apple has moved to patch the exploits that have been reported, but the question is, have they gotten them all? Leo says there's something wrong about selling the ability to spy on people.
Invitations are believed to be going out for Apple's Fall iPhone event on September 7th. Rumors point to the iPhone 7 removing the headphone jack in favor of either wireless airbuds or via a new lightning connected airbuds. There will also be a dual camera array which will take images in color and black and white to use it to make a more accurate image.
Remember the legal battle that Apple fought against the US Government to prevent unlocking of the iPhone's encryption? The US Gov't ended up going to a third party company who had created a hack to do it. Now that hack is being used to unlock and peer into the mobile phones of dissidents and other undesirable elements that the government wants to keep tabs on. Even reporters. Leo says that Apple has pushed out a fix to block it, and everyone should install iOS 9.5.3 to stop it. Otherwise, you're vulnerable.
Codenamed "Nougat," Android 7 will launch this week on all Google Nexus devices. It'll take awhile for it to seed down to other phones, however, since both carriers and manufacturers will have to have their say. But Nougat is here.
Leo has the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which he says Samsung rushed out before Android 7 launched this week in order to try and leach off the iPhone sales in the fall. It's got a nifty adapt sound feature that allows you to dial in the sound of the phone should you have hearing impairments. It supports microSD cards again. The TouchWiz interface is definitely lighter, so it's not as annoying as on previous models. You can't break the stylus in this one by putting in it wrong, either. All in all, Leo says it's an excellent phone and he likes it a lot.
A hacker group called "ShadowBrokers" may have gotten NSA exploits that could be used to target Cisco firewall systems. If these are real, did they hack the NSA to get them? The group is asking for 1 million Bitcoins in an auction for the best "cyber weapons" that the group hasn't released. It raises a lot of questions about the legitimacy of these exploits, how they got them, and how dangerous they are. It seems that they are real, though, because The Intercept released documents on Friday that effectively confirm that the ShadowBrokers preliminary data dump is real.