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Police Hacked iPhone of Actor's Murdered Wife

Authorities say text messages show the couple were fighting

(Newser) - While the FBI was trying to figure out a way into the locked iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, the LAPD found a hacker to crack a phone belonging to the murdered wife of actor Michael Jace , the Los Angeles Times reports. Jace—best known for... More »

Woman Ordered to Unlock iPhone With Fingerprint

Some say move violates 5th Amendment

(Newser) - Apple's fight with the feds over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's phone has dominated the headlines, but a judge demanded a woman's fingerprint be used to unlock her iPhone—a first in a federal court case, reports the Los Angeles Times . Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan's phone was seized... More »

Easy Trick Turns iPhone Folders From Squares to Circles

Because who wants to be square?

(Newser) - Looking to gussy up your iPhone or iPad home screen? Lifehacker reports on a "fun little trick" that changes your lame, old square folders to awesome circle folders. All it takes its setting a very small image—like 3 pixels by 3 pixels small—as your home screen wallpaper... More »

Apple Revenue Down for First Time in 13 Years

...since 2003, when the iPod was hot and there was no iPhone

(Newser) - Apple sold more than 51 million iPhones in the first three months of this year—and that's the problem. That's 10 million fewer iPhones than the tech giant sold during the same quarter a year ago, its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales. As a result, Apple on... More »

How Did FBI Crack That Phone? They Paid Hackers

'Gray hats' discovered iPhone security hole

(Newser) - To get into the locked iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, the FBI apparently did something Apple never does : give money to hackers. Sources tell the Washington Post that the agency avoided a legal battle with Apple by paying a group of so-called "gray hat" hackers who... More »

FBI Trying to Hack iPhone in Murder Case

Apple devices belong to Arkansas murder suspects

(Newser) - The FBI will again put its mysterious phone-hacking skills to use: A prosecutor in Arkansas says the FBI's Little Rock field office has agreed to help hack an iPhone and iPod owned by two teenagers accused of killing a couple in July. Hunter Drexler, 18—whose iPhone 6 was... More »

FBI to Apple: No Worries, We Hacked Your iPhone

So ends the legal dispute over Syed Farook's device

(Newser) - The FBI said Monday it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.'s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world's leading technology companies.... More »

Latest Apple Update Is Causing Apps to Crash

Many users are reporting the issue with iOS 9.3

(Newser) - If you haven't updated to iOS 9.3, you may want to wait: According to AppleInsider , users are reporting a bug that causes apps to crash and freeze. The problem occurs when clicking hyperlinks in Apple apps including Mail, Messages, and Safari, as well as some third-party apps like... More »

Apple Doesn't Pay Hackers, So Hackers Help FBI: Experts

The black market is doing just fine, though

(Newser) - Hack into Google, Facebook, or Microsoft products and one can reap "bug bounties" that those companies pay to unearth their own flaws. But Apple doesn't pony up for such detective work, which is why security experts say they're not shocked an outside party— Reuters notes an Israeli... More »

Apple Reveals Smaller Phone

The SE will start at $399

(Newser) - Apple confirmed a badly kept secret of the tech world on Monday: It's rolling out a 4-inch phone called the iPhone SE. The Wall Street Journal reports that the $399 price for the 16GB version is the company's lowest ever for a new phone. The 64GB version will... More »

What's Coming at Monday's Apple Event

Smaller iPhone, new Apple Watch designs are rumored

(Newser) - Analysts say Apple will unveil a smaller, more affordable iPhone, probably dubbed the iPhone SE, with similar features to the iPhone 6 at its Silicon Valley headquarters on Monday. Rumors are also swirling about a smaller iPad Pro, an updated iPad Air 3, and new designs for the Apple Watch,... More »

Cops: Man Sells Infant Daughter to Buy iPhone

He's been jailed for 3 years

(Newser) - A Chinese man who apparently really wanted an iPhone sold his 18-day-old infant daughter on social media in order to get one, the Independent reports, citing local media. The man and the baby's mother were both 19 when they had the not-planned-for baby last year, and the man—identified... More »

DA: Shooter's iPhone May Contain 'Cyber Pathogen'

One expert calls it 'blatant fear mongering'

(Newser) - A local prosecutor has offered an unusual justification for forcing Apple to help hack an iPhone used by a San Bernardino mass killer: The phone might have been "used as a weapon" to introduce malicious software to county computer systems. San Bernardino County DA Michael Ramos tells the AP... More »

Judge: No Forcing Apple to Unlock (Another) iPhone

Decision gives Apple boost ahead of congressional hearing

(Newser) - A judge in New York has handed Apple a major victory in its encryption battle with the federal government. In a case involving the locked iPhone of a suspected drug trafficker , the judge ruled that the government can't use the 1789 All Writs Act to force Apple to weaken... More »

Apple Reportedly Working to Fix Its Vulnerability

Effort began before San Bernardino shooting, sources say

(Newser) - Engineers at Apple are developing a technical fix that would make it even harder for the government to break into a locked iPhone. Sources tell the New York Times the effort began before the San Bernardino attack, and therefore well before a federal judge's order that Apple unlock an... More »

Man Killed After Tracking Down Stolen Phone

Alabama man confronted thief, cops say

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man in Alabama has become the latest person to follow a phone-tracking app all the way to his grave. Police say the man was shot dead outside a Baptist church in the Birmingham suburb of Fairfield Sunday night after he used an app to trace an iPhone that... More »

Key to Apple Encryption Fight: a 1789 Law

Government trots out the 'All Writs Act'

(Newser) - A court has ordered Apple to help the FBI crack the security of an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardinio shooters, but CEO Tim Cook says that would be too dangerous of a precedent. Some related coverage:
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Defiant Apple Refusing Feds' Order to Unlock Shooter's iPhone

'Unprecedented' demand is too dangerous, says Tim Cook

(Newser) - It's what the Wall Street Journal describes as a "watershed moment" in the fight over smartphone encryption: A court has ordered Apple to obey the government's demand to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, and Tim Cook is refusing to do so. The... More »

Never, Ever Try to Send Your iPhone Back in Time

People are ruining their phones by setting the date to Jan. 1, 1970

(Newser) - Setting your iPhone's date and time to Jan. 1, 1970, will instantly make you experience what life in the '70s was like—because you'll no longer have a cellphone. "I changed the time to January 1st 1970," NBC News quotes one poor iPhone user's... More »

That Giant Drain on Your Phone Battery? Facebook App

Holds true for iPhone, Android

(Newser) - Users of the Facebook mobile app have long complained that it drains smartphone battery life, even when it's not being used, and now it's been revealed just how true that is. Guardian journalist Samuel Gibbs recently conducted his own experiment and found that after deleting the Facebook app... More »

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