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Apple Won't Unlock Devices for Police— Because It Can't

New encryption code keeps everyone—even Apple—out of private user info

(Newser) - Even cops with a warrant to pull private user data off of someone's fancy new iPhone or iPad might be out of luck—Apple says that with the release of iOS 8, it's now not physically possible for even the company itself to access that info, reports the... More »

Apple Unveils Its First Watch

Tim Cook also announces bigger iPhones

(Newser) - Apple unveiled its latest gadgets today, and a long-rumored Apple Watch is indeed among them. (It's not an "iWatch," though, just Apple Watch.) The device will start at $349 and be available early next year. (That's about $100 higher than the competition, notes the Wall ... More »

iPhone 6 Pics, Videos Leak From China

New smartphone said to include Touch ID and 4.7" screen

(Newser) - Photos and videos purporting to show the new iPhone 6 are flowing out of China and look pretty darn real. Geek.com has a video translated from Chinese of a new iPhone that's described as lighter than the 5s, with a slightly curved 4.7" screen, speedy processor, protruding... More »

Hackers Used Police Tool to Steal Celeb Photos

'Wired' reports on software that's easy to obtain

(Newser) - Hackers who stole nude photos of female celebs used software intended for police and spies to parse data from iPhones, reports Wired . "What this demonstrates is that even without explicit backdoors, law enforcement has powerful tools that might not always stay in law enforcement," a forensic tech expert... More »

Apple Issues Recall for iPhone 5 Batteries

Early iPhone 5s 'may suddenly experience shorter battery life'

(Newser) - Buy an early iPhone 5 with a crappy battery? Apple has launched a battery recall on any 5's bought between September 2012 and January 2013, Forbes reports. How you know it's bad: The device "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently,... More »

Guy Asked Siri for Help Hiding a Body: Cops

Pedro Bravo accused of poisoning, strangling roommate over ex

(Newser) - You know how people like to ask Siri jokey questions, like how to hide a body ? Apparently Pedro Bravo, now on trial in Florida for the strangulation death of 18-year-old roommate Christian Aguilar, didn't get the memo, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Police say that on Sept. 20, 2012,... More »

China: iPhone Is Threat to National Security

Beijing worried about state secrets being stolen

(Newser) - China is lashing out at Apple, claiming that the iPhone is a danger to national security because of its ability to track and record user's whereabouts, reports Reuters . A researcher who appeared on today’s CCTV state media broadcast lambasted the tech giant, saying that if China’s “... More »

Teen Dies Trying to Get iPhone Back From Mugger

Ruby Rubio had promised her mom she'd take care of new phone

(Newser) - Just a week after 15-year-old Ruby Rubio got an iPhone and promised her mother she'd treat the prized possession with care, a mugger snatched it from the girl while she was walking her 7-year-old sister home from school. The teen from Santa Ana, Calif., gave chase and managed to... More »

Phone Lost in Oklahoma Is Found in Japan

Farmer's iPhone traveled to Hokkaido and back

(Newser) - When Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney's phone slipped out of his pocket into a silo containing 290,000 bushels of grain, he figured it was gone for good—but it was just beginning a journey around the world. Some eight months later, he was reunited with the iPhone, and some... More »

Apple Unveils New Operating Systems

HealthKit, HomeKit, and Family Sharing among the changes

(Newser) - Apple fans, dig in: Company CEO Tim Cook today unveiled the new iOS 8 and OS X operating systems at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The software won't be out until fall, but behold a few highlights, beginning with iOS 8:
  • A HealthKit app is
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iPhone 6 Due in September, in 2 Sizes

Get ready for 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens: report

(Newser) - The iPhone 6 is coming in September, and it'll be available in two screen sizes—both bigger than the current four inches. At least, that's what a report from Nikkei Asian Review is suggesting, via Business Insider . The story is based on insider accounts regarding the production of... More »

Boy, 2, Uses FaceTime to Get Help for Mom

She was bleeding badly after dog bite

(Newser) - Bentley Toone, 2, had used FaceTime on his mother's iPhone to call her friend Connie Guerrero so often, Guerrero sometimes ignored the calls. But last week, "something inside of me just told me that I needed to answer this," Guerrero says. When she picked up, she saw... More »

iPhone App Wakes You With Smell of Bacon

But you have to win an Oscar Mayer device to make it possible

(Newser) - The sizzle. The smell. The promise of bacon is enough to get most of us out of bed. And Oscar Mayer knows that. So it's created an iPhone dongle that plugs into your phone's headphone jack, and with the help of a companion iPhone app, releases the sound... More »

Apple Launches 'CarPlay'

New system looks to challenge Microsoft and Google for dashboard dominance

(Newser) - Apple isn't satisfied with owning your pocket; it's coming for your dashboard, too. The company today launched "CarPlay," a new product linking up your iPhone, either via your car's dashboard or with voice control. Apple unveiled the system at the Geneva International Motor Show, with... More »

Girl's iPhone Catches Fire in Pants

Teen suffers minor burns in Maine classroom

(Newser) - A weird one from Maine, where school officials say a 13-year-old girl suffered first- and second-degree burns when her iPhone caught fire in her pants, reports WMTW . The trouble began when the girl sat down, heard a popping sound from the back pocket where her phone was located, and noticed... More »

How Celebs End Up Using Samsung Phones

The company's "White Glove" program aims to sway Hollywood elites

(Newser) - Find yourself glancing at the cellphones celebrities carry? Well if it's Jay Z or Martha Stewart carrying a Samsung device, that may be the result of the company's elite "White Glove" program, writes Shane Snow at Fast Company . Here's how it works: A celeb or high-powered... More »

Cops: Teen Who Didn't Get iPhone Pulls Knife on Dad

Massachusetts youth faces assault charges

(Newser) - Siri, what's the penalty for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon? An 18-year-old in Brockton, Massachusetts, might find out after police say he pulled a knife on his father when the iPhone he wanted didn't show up under the Christmas tree, reports the Enterprise . Cops charged Alexander... More »

Apple Cuts Deal to Offer iPhone on China Mobile

World's biggest carrier could revive iPhone sales in China

(Newser) - Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier. The deal could boost sales of the iPhone in China. Demand for iPhones, once hugely popular in China, have slumped there as lower-priced rival smartphones from Samsung and Chinese companies... More »

12 Key Tech Products of the Past 2 Decades

Walt Mossberg lists most important devices, software

(Newser) - Walt Mossberg has been reviewing consumer technology for the Wall Street Journal for 22 years, and now he's signing off—but not before reflecting on the most important gadgets and software in his time with the paper. And a very fruitful period it has been. A timeline of the... More »

Apple Maps: Less of a Disaster Than You Think

Has taken 23 million users from Google, despite problems

(Newser) - Remember when Apple launched its own maps app on the iPhone and iPad, a program so error-ridden the CEO apologized , the project leader was fired , it became the butt of jokes for months, and everyone celebrated when Google finally relaunched its much-loved maps app? Turns out, it hasn't been... More »

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