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He Flipped a Switch and the Home Exploded. Siri Saved Him

Christopher Beaucher was checking on his mom's vacant NH cottage

(Newser) - A New Hampshire man who was injured in a house explosion is thanking Siri for saving his life. Christopher Beaucher says he was checking on his mother's vacant cottage in Wilmot on May 1 when he saw something suspicious and went inside, per the AP . He tells WMUR-TV when... More »

Feinstein Reveals How Much FBI Paid to Hack iPhone

Agency shelled out $900K to see San Bernardino shooter's info

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, says the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings . The FBI considers the figure classified, and also won't disclose the identity of the... More »

iPhone Thief Gets Creative Inside a Target Store

Cops: She dressed as employee, stole $40K worth of iPhones

(Newser) - She wasn't a Target employee, but a woman who sure seemed like one allegedly made off with around $40,000 worth of iPhones from a Virginia store. NBC Washington reports Fairfax County cops are looking for the retail impostor, who they say donned attire resembling a worker's getup,... More »

Fast-Thinking 4-Year-Old Saves Mom With Siri

He uses her thumb to unlock phone, then summons help

(Newser) - A tech-savvy 4-year-old boy saved his mother’s life by unlocking her iPhone with her thumbprint and using Siri to call an ambulance when she became unresponsive. The BBC reports that during the emergency call in south London, the boy identified as Roman thought his mother had already died, saying... More »

Hackers Threaten to Wipe 559M Apple Accounts

A video reportedly shows them accessing one

(Newser) - Hackers identifying themselves as "Turkish Crime Family" are threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of Apple users' devices, including files backed up on the iCloud, if Apple doesn't pay a ransom of at least $75,000, reports Motherboard . The hackers say they have access to as many as... More »

Apple Announces (Red) iPhone, Cheapest-Ever iPad

iPhone will benefit (Red) campaign against AIDS

(Newser) - Apple's first product launch of the year introduced a new iPad and a special edition iPhone, BuzzFeed and CNN report:
  • The appropriately colored red iPhone will benefit (Red) , the AIDS-fighting organization founded by Bono. The aluminum-bodied phones will be similar to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus,
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After Electrocution Death, Coroner Says iPhones Should Carry Warning

British man dropped his in the tub

(Newser) - Dropping a phone in the bath while it is charging can be as deadly as chucking a plugged-in hairdryer in there, a coroner warned during an inquest into the death of a British man last December. Richard Bull, 32, was apparently using his iPhone in the bath when it slipped... More »

Chaffetz: Poor May Have to Choose Health Care or iPhone

'Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone ... they should invest it in their health care'

(Newser) - House Republicans' replacement for ObamaCare is taking heat from the left and the right , and one of their own is now getting roasted over his attempt at defending the nascent plan, reports Politico . Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, appeared on CNN Tuesday morning. When... More »

Apple Snaps Out of Its iPhone Slump

But that doesn't mean its troubles are over

(Newser) - Apple has snapped out of the first sales slump in the iPhone's decade-long history, but the upturn doesn't mean that the company has broken out of its innovation funk, the AP reports. If anything, the numbers Apple released Tuesday served as the latest reminder of the company's... More »

10 Years Ago: 'We Predict the iPhone Will Bomb'

Apple's star celebrates an anniversary

(Newser) - Apple unveiled a new gadget exactly 10 years ago, and things have gone pretty well for it since then. Some anniversary coverage about the iPhone:
  • Re-watch the very first ad here .
  • "These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone." See
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Apple Blames iPhone 'Touch Disease' on Clumsy Users

But it'll fix the problem...for a price

(Newser) - While they aren't exploding like a certain other smartphone , Apple's iPhone 6s and 6 Pluses have come down with what iFixit calls Touch Disease . As PC World reports, Touch Disease manifests as a flickering gray bar and nonfunctional touchscreen. Phones get Touch Disease "after being dropped multiple... More »

Guy Changes His Name to 'iPhone 7'

He got a free phone

(Newser) - A Ukrainian man has officially changed his name to iPhone 7 after an electronics store offered the latest Apple product to the first five people who do that. The 20-year old iPhone Sim (Ukrainian for "Seven") got the coveted prize Friday. He says he might change it back... More »

Apple Breaks 15-Year Streak of Increasing Sales

The company made $18 billion less in 2016 than it did in 2015

(Newser) - The last time Apple saw its annual sales decline, Friends was still the most-watched show in America. CNN reports Apple's 15-year streak—dating back to the debut of iPod in 2001—officially ended Tuesday when the tech giant announced sales of $216 billion in 2016, an $18 billion drop... More »

Last Time SCOTUS Heard a Case Like This, It Was 1885

Apple, Samsung battle has lasted years

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a design patent case, it involved carpets—and there were only 38 states in the USA. The long-running Apple vs. Samsung battle over the latter company's alleged copying of iPhone design elements made it to the country's top court Tuesday, and... More »

Apple Faces Legal Fight Over iPhone 'Touch Disease'

Apparent manufacturing defect seems to affect iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

(Newser) - Apple is facing class-action lawsuits in the US and Canada over iPhones that owners say are freezing up, the CBC reports. At the heart of the suits is a big functionality problem: People say the touch screens on their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones occasionally stop working, and... More »

How a 'Boring' iPhone Led to Samsung's Big Mistake

Samsung rushed things to get flashier phone to market quickly

(Newser) - In the race to sell smartphones, it turns out that Apple was the tortoise and Samsung was an exploding hare. Sources tell Bloomberg that Samsung rushed the Galaxy Note 7 to market to take advantage of what the company had discovered would be an unexciting iPhone 7 from Apple. The... More »

Apple Dumped Headphone Jack Out of 'Greed,' 'Stupidity'

Mashable columnist laughs off company's claim that 'courage' led to getting rid of iPhone feature

(Newser) - Apple presented its new smartphone Wednesday, and nestled in with the iPhone 7's much-ballyhooed features was the disclosure that the company is getting rid of the phone's headphone jack—news that wasn't exactly met with universal acclaim , or much acclaim at all. Chris Taylor is one detractor... More »

Apple's New iPhone Is Just a Modest Upgrade

And you better not lose those expensive wireless headphones

(Newser) - This year's iPhone, revealed Wednesday, is seen as a more modest upgrade, as several analysts noted that it was increasingly difficult to make impressive changes in hardware, the AP reports. Among Apple's biggest changes are nixing the headphone jack and adding a "dual lens" camera to the... More »

New iPhone Tells Headphone Jack to Hit the Road

Apple will unveil its new iPhone 7 on Wednesday

(Newser) - Wednesday is new iPhone day, also known as tech-news Christmas. So here's what people are saying less than 24 hours before Apple unveils its new iPhone 7:
  • The biggest news circling around the new iPhone is its lack of a headphone jack, opting instead for wireless headphones or headphones
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Streisand: Siri Mispronounces My Name, but Tim Cook Is On It

She says Apple head is putting out a fix

(Newser) - If you own an iPhone, the next iOS update on Sept. 30 will include a strange fix for Siri. It seems the Apple virtual assistant does not currently pronounce Barbra Streisand's name correctly, the singer recently told NPR . "[It's] Streisand with a soft S, like sand on... More »

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