This AI Could Be Robocallers’ Kryptonite

Last year, the U.S. government got serious about snuffing out robocalls. Effective 30 June 2021, the FCC mandated that phone providers verify all callers’ IDs with a cryptography-based protocol called STIR/SHAKEN. Anyone expecting robocalls to vanish in a puff of regulation will be disappointed. But relief may be coming, gradually. The technology to block robocalls is improving, and … Read more

The Evolution of Social Media: How Did It Begin, and Where Could It Go Next?

The evolution of social media has been fueled by the human impulse to communicate and by advances in digital technology. It is a story about establishing and nurturing personal connections at scale. According to Merriam-Webster, social media is defined as “forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create … Read more

Apple iPhone 12: How This Could Be Apple’s Most Secure Device Ever

Set to launch later this year, the iPhone 12 could be Apple’s most secure device ever. Anticipation is building around Apple’s iPhone 12, with a number of leaks already revealing a host of exciting new features. Most interesting for security enthusiasts is the news that Apple’s next iPhone will probably include both face scanning technology … Read more

iPhone sales continue to fall in India, but Apple could benefit from upcoming regulatory change

A pair of reports this week detail Apple’s ongoing struggles in India, but also note a point of hope for the company. The Economic Times reports that iPhone sales continue to fall in India, but that India regulators are looking to ease local sourcing rules – which could help Apple’s efforts to open retail stores in the country. … Read more

Apple recalls older 15-inch MacBook Pros because the batteries could catch fire

Overheating batteries are no laughing matter, so this may be urgent: Apple has just issued a recall for the 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display, saying its batteries “may pose a fire safety risk.” The company says there are a “limited number” of affected units, sold between September 2015 and February 2017. That could easily be quite … Read more

An Everyday Household Gadget Could Hold The Key To NASA’s Next Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life

For long considered an “anti-biosignature,” the presence of carbon monoxide may now be compatible with a photosynthetic biosphere around a rocky planet, like this one orbiting Proxima Centauri (artist’s depiction).NASA, ESA, G. BACON (STSC) How do astronomers look for signs of life away from Earth? They study the chemical composition of the atmospheres of planets outside … Read more

Apple could be considering a folding iPhone, new patent reveals

It’s no secret that handset manufacturers are looking to foldable phones as the next big evolution in smartphone design, with upcoming devices like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X doing a great job of showing consumers what the future has in store for them. Now, it appears that Apple is getting ready to join the folding phone revolution, with … Read more

iPhone 8 Could Let You Activate Siri via the Sleep/ Wake Button

As Apple is expected to do away with the physical Home button in its upcoming iPhone flagship, a developer has suggested that the Sleep/ Wake button in the soon-to-be-released device might activate Apple’s digital assistant Siri. In its iPhone models released till now, users could long press the iconic Home button to activate Siri. However, with … Read more

Apple Ditching The iPhone’s Touch ID For 3D Facial Recognition Technology Could Be A Bad Idea

According to recent reports, Apple is going to replace Touch ID with facial-recognition technology on the iPhone, and it might start things off with the iPhone 8. The thing is, it’s not exactly as reliable as fingerprint security, which is evidenced by the workarounds to the Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris scanner. For what it’s worth, Apple’s technology won’t … Read more