Apple Launches DIY Repair Program in Europe

Dec 06, 2022 - 7:18 PM - by Reverend
Following a US launch earlier this year, Apple is rolling out its Self Service Repair program across Europe. Customers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK can now complete their own iDevice repairs using the same manuals, parts, and tools as Apple Store locations and authorized third-party providers.

While Apple supplies more than 200 parts and tools needed for common repairs on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, as well as Mac notebooks with Apple silicon, you'll need at least some experience with what the company called "the complexities of repairing electronic devices."

"We believe the best technology for our customers and for the planet is technology that lasts, which is why we design our products to be durable and rarely require maintenance or repair," Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said in a statement. "But when a repair is needed, we want customers to have many options for safe, reliable, and secure repair."

Return replaced parts to Apple for refurbishment or recycling, and you may receive credit off the purchase of tools like torque drivers, repair trays, display and battery presses. Weeklong rental kits, meanwhile, are available for $49 and ship for free.

Apple's first virtual Self Service Repair Shop opened earlier this year in the US, offering more than 200 parts and tools for at-home servicing of an iPhone 12, 13, or third-gen SE. Not everyone is interested in (or capable of) DIY; those folks are encouraged to visit a professional, including Apple's own certified online repair service.

PC Magazine
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Google switching to continuous scrolling for desktop Search results

Dec 06, 2022 - 7:13 PM - by Reverend
Google is adopting continuous scrolling for desktop Search results as it did for the mobile website in October 2021.

Search has famously shown 10 blue links, though you’ve long been able to go up to 100 results per page from google.com/preferences.

Google says “you’ll now be able to see up to six pages of results” after reaching the bottom of a search results page, which is marked by a loading indicator and presumably faster than finding and clicking “Next.”

This is meant to make things easier, and it reflects the feed nature of countless modern services, though this is more common on mobile apps than desktop platforms.

For mobile, the company previously said that “most people who want additional information tend to browse up to four pages of search results.”

Google is also planning to add more Search box suggestions on mobile and richer layouts for key results. The desktop equivalent has yet to be detailed. It’s also slowly testing a new design for Search filters.

Continuous scrolling is coming first to desktop Google Search for English in the United States.

9to5Google
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Samsung devices vulnerable to malware apps due to security leak

Dec 03, 2022 - 8:44 PM - by Reverend
Millions of Android devices, including Samsung, appear to have been left vulnerable by a major security leak. This isn’t as much a vulnerability as it is an actual leak of a critical component used by device manufacturers who rely on Android OS.

More specifically, Android OEMs, including LG, Samsung, and others, have had their platform signing keys leaked. A signing key ensures that the version of Android on a device is legitimate. In addition, the signing key can be used by individual apps, meaning that Android will trust any app that shares the same signing key as the operating system.

In theory, this can allow a malicious party to attach malware to a trusted app and go unnoticed. It wouldn’t matter if a new app version contains malware. As long as the app is signed using the same key as the OS, it would be considered a trusted update, regardless of whether it came from the Galaxy Store, the Play Store, or other sources. That is, in theory. Google claims that no such vulnerable apps have made it onto the Play Store, which is good news.

Aside from Samsung, other mobile brands affected by this security leak are LG, MediaTek, szroco, Revoview, and there may be others.

The issue was originally reported in May 2022, and thankfully, Google says that Samsung (and other manufacturers) have “taken remediation measures to minimize the user impact.” The statement is a bit fuzzy, and it’s unclear which apps are still vulnerable to this security issue or to what extent. But measures were set in place to minimize the risk of getting malware. And thankfully, Google also said that the exploit hasn’t been found in any apps available through the Play Store, and ensured that Play Protect offers a layer of security against these vulnerabilities.

In any case, it seems like the best way to avoid problems caused by this security leak is to not sideload apps from third-party websites for a while.

SamMobile
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LastPass Hacked for Second Time This Year

Dec 02, 2022 - 2:37 PM - by Reverend
Password management app LastPass says it is investigating a security incident after an "unauthorized party" compromised its systems on Wednesday and gained access to some customer information.

The information was stored in a third-party cloud service shared by LastPass and parent company GoTo, said LastPass CEO Karim Toubba in a blog post. Toubba said the hackers used information stolen from LastPass' systems in a separate previously disclosed incident that occurred in August of this year. Toubba added in the blog post that "customers' passwords remain safely encrypted."

We recently detected unusual activity within a third-party cloud storage service, which is currently shared by both LastPass and its affiliate, GoTo. We immediately launched an investigation, engaged Mandiant, a leading security firm, and alerted law enforcement.

We have determined that an unauthorized party, using information obtained in the August 2022 incident, was able to gain access to certain elements of our customers' information. Our customers' passwords remain safely encrypted due to LastPass’s Zero Knowledge architecture.
According to a blog post dated August 22, the previous incident saw a threat actor gain access to the LastPass Development environment using a developer's compromised endpoint to steal source code and some proprietary LastPass technical information. LastPass said at the time that its systems "prevented the threat actor from accessing any customer data or encrypted password vaults."

LastPass is currently working to understand the scope of Wednesday's incident and identify what specific information has been accessed. GoTo, formerly LogMeIn, said it was also investigating the incident, although it did not explain whether GoTo users were also impacted by the hack. In the meantime, LastPass products and services remain "fully functional," said Toubba.

MacRumors
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Apple Releases iOS 16.1.2 With Carrier Improvements and Crash Detection Optimizations

Dec 01, 2022 - 10:18 PM - by Reverend
Apple today released iOS 16.1.2, another minor bug fix update that comes one week after the release of iOS 16.1.1 and three weeks after the launch of iOS 16.1, an update that added support for iCloud Shared Photo Library, Matter, Live Activities, and more.

The iOS 16.1.2 update can be downloaded on eligible iPhones over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, the iOS 16.1.2 update introduces improved compatibility with wireless carriers along with Crash Detection optimization on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models. Apple's full release notes are below:

This update provides important security updates and the following enhancements for your iPhone:

- Improved compatibility with wireless carriers
- Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Crash Detection optimization could perhaps involve improvements to prevent the *iPhone 14* models from calling emergency services when users are enjoying rollercoasters and other intense rides. There have been multiple reports of accidental Crash Detection activations at amusement parks.

iOS 16.1.2 will be followed by iOS 16.2, an update that is being beta tested and is expected to see a launch in December. iOS 16.2 introduces the Freeform app, new Home app architecture, and other features.

MacRumors
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WhatsApp starts rolling out Message Yourself feature

Nov 29, 2022 - 11:21 AM - by Reverend
WhatsApp is now rolling out its Message Yourself feature for users on iOS and Android. The feature was initially part of a beta trial that is now being made available to everyone.

Message Yourself is a feature that lets you, in a sense, message yourself. It's a chat that is only visible and accessible to you and you can post there as you would in any other chat. This can be used to write important notes to yourself, saving web links, or uploading documents and voice notes.

This feature has been available on other platforms, notably Telegram, which has had it since launch. WhatsApp only publicly started testing this feature back in October. Some users have managed to work around its absence in the past by creating a group and then removing other members to essentially create a private chat for yourself.

GSMArena
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