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Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

Should You Trust Apple with Your Data?

Forget about whether you should trust Apple's iCloud service with your nude photos (or anyone else's), given the recent reports about hackers getting their hands on racy pics of celebrities stored there.

The real question about Apple and cloud storage, says Slate contributor David Auerbach, is whether you should trust the company with any data at all. He lists five reasons why:

  1. Apple's Find My iPhone service, which lets users locate a phone by logging in to their Apple accounts, allows unlimited tries to guess the password, unlike other online services, which typically lock your account after a set number of attempts. Once a hacker has your Apple ID, access to iCloud becomes simple.
  2. This security weakness has been known about since May, and Apple reportedly did nothing to address it until September 1.
  3. Apple sends data from your phone -- like the camera roll, for instance -- to the cloud by default. So, that seemingly harmless selfie has been sitting in iCloud since before news of the celeb nude photo breach broke.
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Galaxy 5 users can also get around requests to tap into apps or enter web sites -- something that the Apple iPhone's Touch ID doesn't yet allow.

Samsung's new feature is part of an update to the Android app for LastPass, a password management service that stores a user's passwords in an online, secure vault to allow for automatic logins to web sites. Now, with a mere swipe of a fingerprint, LassPass customers can get access to all of their stored passwords. No need to manually enter a master LastPass password.

And that recent update automating password entry to Chrome browsers and Android apps? Like so much else in the tech world, those features now belong to the past -- if, of course, LastPass users opt to update. Which, as happens so often in the tech world, they'll probably be compelled to do at some point, should they continue to use the service.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00

iPhone 6 Concept Proposes Wraparound Screen

Several proposed iPhone 6 designs have made the rounds in recent weeks, including one that would replace wasted space on the sides of the device with more screen, wrapping the screen around to display tap-ready icons for volume, flashlight, alarm, calculator, and camera. The phone, which is expected to release in the last half of 2014, is expected to feature NFC, more storage, and possible gesture control. But one proposed concept has the phone going where no phone has gone before--with a screen that utilizes the side of the phone for more than volume controls.

Designer Martin Hajek proposed the concept on a French blog, then made the rounds on various tech sites. It is one of many concepts proposed by designers as the world awaits news on what Apple will do next with its popular smartphone. Consumers have expressed disappointment over the lack of a drastic change in form factor in recent years, leading many to speculate that Apple will do something dramatic with its next release.

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