OnePlus 3T India Launch Date, 3D Photography in iPhone 8, and More: Your 360 Daily

OnePlus 3T India Launch Date, 3D Photography in iPhone 8, and More: Your 360 Daily
OnePlus 3T coming to India on December 2; price not known yet
Apple may introduce 3D photography feature with iPhone 8
Unlocked HTC 10 units start receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update
In the big technology news today, OnePlus 3T India launch date finally announced, iPhone 8 may have 3D photography feature, and HTC 10 starts getting Android 7.0 Nougat. For these and more of today’s top technology news, check out your 360 Daily.

OnePlus 3T smartphone launching in India on December 2
OnePlus 3T, the new flagship smartphone of the Chinese brand, will hit the Indian market on December 2, the company has announced. There is no official word on the smartphone’s price yet, which costs $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800) for the 64GB version and $479 (Rs. 32,500) for the 128GB model. The company had previously confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it will continue selling the OnePlus 3 (Rs. 27,999), which is just five months old, in the Indian market; on the other hand, the new OnePlus 3T has replaced its older sibling in the US and Europe.
As a consolation for OnePlus 3 buyers in India, the smartphone has received a new incremental update that has added the emergency calling feature. The smartphone also gets full-HD (1080p) recording at 60fps with the new OxygenOS 3.2.8 update.

Apple working on bringing 3D photography to iPhone 8
Apple is reportedly planning to bring 3D photography to iPhone 8. The company is said to have partnered with LG Innotek to add a dual-camera setup to the next iPhone to capture 3D imagery. The report says that the efforts are “likely to bear fruit within the next year.” iPhone 8 is also said to come with features like wireless charging and all-glass design.

You can now use old Rs. 500 notes to recharge prepaid mobiles
The government has announced that the old Rs. 500 notes, which were demonetised in a move to fight black money in India, can now be used to recharge prepaid mobile phones till December 15. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has applauded the move and said that the government’s decision to allow old Rs. 500 notes to be used for prepaid mobile recharges will help users to continue using mobile services without disruption.
Mobile industry to account for 8.2 percent of GDP by 2020
A government report has said that the contribution of the mobile industry to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will rise to 8.2 percent by 2020. The industry will also add 8,00,000 more jobs during the period, says the ‘The Mobile Economy, India 2016′ report. At present, the industry accounts for 6.5 percent ($140 billion or roughly Rs. 9,60,783 crores) of the country’s GDP, and employs approximately 4 million people. India is also expected to cross 1 billion unique mobile subscribers landmark in 2020.

Xiaomi says shrinking sales won’t hurt
Declining smartphone sales are not a cause of concern for Xiaomi, whose global vice president Hugo Barra said that sales of smart home devices and revenue of software ecosystem will drive its profit growth. He added that the company is targeting Chinese users travelling to the US, and is preparing to directly sell its products to consumers in the US. The company, which missed its smartphone sales target by 12 percent in 2015, will also unveil a device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

HTC 10 starts receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update
HTC 10 users will start receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the smartphone on Friday, according to the HTC’s Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi. The HTC 10 Nougat OS update is for unlocked smartphones only for now, and comes with Sense UI customisations. Considering that Versi didn’t mention any particular region for the rollout, it can be assumed that the company will be rolling out the Nougat update globally.

Google warning journalists about state-sponsored attacks on their accounts
Google has reportedly notified notable journalists and professors in the US that their accounts were under attack by government-backed attackers. The prominent personalities warned by Google include New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, New York Magazine reporter Jonathan Chait, former US diplomat and Stanford University professor Michael McFaul, GQ correspondent Keith Olbermann, and Atlantic magazine writer Jon Lovett. Speaking to Ars Technica, a Google spokesperson said that the recent warnings might be a result of the hacking attempts made on user accounts over the last month or so.

Tags: OnePlus, OnePlus India, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3, Apple, iPhone 8, 3D camera, demonetisation, COAI, Telecom, Mobile Industry, Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, HTC 10, HTC, Android 7.0 Nougat, Google, hacking


Google Pixel Phone Users Report Screenshots From iPhone 7 Plus Devices Are Being Distorted

Google Pixel Phone Users Report Screenshots From iPhone 7 Plus Devices Are Being Distorted

Photo Credit: Android Police
Only screenshots received from iPhone 7 Plus are distorted
The issue does not crop up when screenshot is shared by Pixel with iPhone
Home screen screenshots are not distorted
After being plagued by Bluetooth pairing and LTE connectivity issues, Pixel phone users are now reporting another bug. According to user reports, screenshots sent from an iPhone 7 Plus to a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL phone are getting distorted automatically.

The distorted screenshot issue is being discussed on a Google Product forums page extensively, and users are reporting that only a screenshot received from an iPhone 7 Plus is affected. The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s latest most expensive iPhone offering in the market. The issue appears when a screenshot is sent via hangouts or any other SMS/MMS app. Furthermore, sending a screenshot of the home screen does not cause any distortion, but a screenshot from within any app – be it first-party or third-party – gets distorted.

(Also see:Google Pixel Phones Make Android’s Fragmentation Problem Worse)

The issue is said to only occur when a screenshot is shared by an iPhone 7 Plus user with a Pixel phone user, and not vice versa. This means screenshots sent through a Pixel phone to an iPhone 7 Plus user are received without any hiccups. Apart from Pixel phone users, some Nexus 6 users running on Android 7.1 Nougat have also taken to the forum to report the same issue. As Nexus 6 has not got the Android 7.1 Developer Preview yet, these phones might have presumably installed it via a custom ROM. However, this hints that there is some issue in how image processing is handled on Android 7.1 Nougat. There is no word on if Google intends to roll out a fix for this or not.

Just to recap, Pixel phones were earlier plagued with a connectivity issue particularly on the LTE band 4 frequency, which seems to have been fixed with the latest security patch rolled out last week. However, some users are still reporting that Bluetooth pairing issues with their cars through their Pixel phones.

Tags: iPhone 7 Plus Screenshot, Google Pixel Glitch, Google Pixel XL Screenshot, Mobiles, Android, Google


Cell Phone Comparison Review: Samsung, HTC, Nokia and iPhone


No-contract cell phone plans are common, but not widely talked about among business owners. Most of the time, you hear about the major carrier brands because they provide an “all you can eat” unlimited type plan and that appeals to the busy owner. However, those plans come with a hitch – you get a lower cost of entry, but overall higher cost.

In this cell phone comparison review, I take a fast look at six smartphones: Three from Boost Mobile, two from new kid on the block, Aio Wireless (owned by not-so-new-kid, AT&T) and one from Ting.

[From left to right: Samsung S4 from Ting; Samsung S3, HTC One, LG Optimus 7 from Boost Mobile; Nokia 720 Windows Phone and iPhone 5 from Aio Wireless.]

Four of the phones included in this cell phone comparison review are Android-based smartphones. Although they are running nearly the same operating system (OS), they are far from the same. Manufacturers decide to build their hardware for a specific version, let’s say Android 3.0, and then create an interface or skin that is unique to that particular device. The look and feel is mostly the same, but not entirely.

What May Not Be Obvious

In the no-contract cell phone world, you purchase your phone for cash. There is no subsidy from a major carrier here. There’s no long term contract (as the name implies) and usually no penalties if you decide to move to another plan or provider, depending on the phone. You pay on a month-to-month basis, and sometimes prepaying several months to a year ahead gets you a greater discount. Some of the no-contract providers have special offers, on a certain phone, that helps reduce the cost.

On the surface, all smartphones are relatively the same. Each of them is a powerful little computer that can do some or all of the tasks you might do on a laptop. In fact, I have used a Bluetooth keyboard with several of these to type out a document in Evernote as well as on the mobile version of Microsoft Word. I have built simple spreadsheets and recorded presentations.

As you can see in the image below, I have put the HTC One SV on a tablet stand along with a Kensington Bluetooth keyboard. The tablet stand is called the iSlider from Rain Design. I use it with a variety of mobile devices and find it works well and travels well. Some days, this is all I have in my bag. Sure, the screen is small, but it backs up to the cloud and I pull it up on my laptop when I’m back on my main machine.

cell phone comparison review

Now, to the cell phone and service reviews.

Cell Phone Comparison Review

Samsung S4

I wrote a review of Ting with the S3 and the company also sent me the S4 to review. Hands-down, this is the fastest, most powerful smartphone I have used and you can even hook your S4 and view it on a television.  I love their “Savings Calculator” to help consumers and business owners pick the options that work best.

I currently pay about $15/month for my base plan which includes 100 minutes, 100 Mb of data, and 100 texts ($3 for each option, then $6 for phone/line cost). Hard to beat. Loads of phones to choose from, including used ones and the ability to bring your own, if your existing phone works on Sprint.

Boost Mobile sent me test devices for the next three phones (pictured: white, red and black, in order). While the devices are awesome, it is the plan that really stands out. They offer what they call “shrinking payments” which allows you to reduce your bill by paying on time. You can get your bill down to $40/month for a pretty good unlimited plan.

Samsung S3

While this loaner is not mine, I have and use the S3 daily. I use the voice recorder constantly for dictating posts, but also love the powerful speaker capability on this phone. There’s a little sound “boost” option while in speakerphone mode that helps in noisy situations.

The S3 is not much different than the S4. Since I use both nearly every day (my wife owns an S4 that I mess with regularly), I only see small differences. As above, the S4 is faster. If I were purchasing another today, I would opt for the S3 because you get most of the goodness in a lower cost phone.


A sweet, little phone that fits really nice in your hand. It has a slight velvet feel that gives it some grip. It is an Android-powered phone, but HTC has its own skin or theme that makes using it vary a bit from other Android phones and takes only a few minutes to get used to.

LG Optimus F7

Elegant and fast, I found this phone to offer the strongest and fastest data connection with better than average performance downloading files. That could be Sprint, but my Ting phone is on Sprint as well and the F7 was much faster.

Without getting too technical, I think LG has some advantages under the hood that Samsung hasn’t cracked yet on the data access part.

Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone

Okay, full disclaimer: You have to love Windows 8 to love this phone. If you have been using another operating system, it will take a bit of learning to adapt to this interface. However, it did have some neat features that neither Android nor Apple had.

You can point your phone at a nearby street or neighborhood and it will display all the area businesses at a glance. You can then click through to see more about that business. The overall interface is slick, but it just takes a bit of getting used to. Other than that, it works like any other smartphone.

Apple iPhone 5

One of the downsides to some of the no-contract cell phone plan providers is they don’t get the newest phones first – those go to the major carriers with more subsidy dollars to spend. However, hats off to Aio for coming out of the gate with great new phones.

At the time they sent me the media loaner, the iPhone 5 was the newest phone from Apple. Of course, this is a powerful iPhone and you’re either a fan or you’re not. But you really cannot go wrong with an Apple product.

Aio Wireless phones are very affordable and the smartphone plans start at $55/month. They have a ‘bring your own phone’ option too, if you have an eligible existing phone that will work with one of their SIM cards.

No contract plans are not for everyone, but for those who don’t mind paying upfront for their phone, it is a great option. You can save a bundle on the monthly costs and justify moving from most major carrier contract plans.

What provider/plan are you currently using?


Apple Sees Drop in Profit, Revenue as iPhone Sales Slump

Apple Sees Drop in Profit, Revenue as iPhone Sales Slump

Apple’s quarterly profit slumped on a widely expected drop in iPhone sales, but gains in services offered some optimism on the company’s efforts to curb dependence on its smartphone.

The company said Tuesday that profit fell 19 percent to $9 billion (roughly Rs. 60,134 crores) in the fiscal quarter ending September 24. Revenue fell nine percent to $46.9 billion (roughly Rs. 3,13,655 crores) from $51.5 billion (roughly Rs. 3,44,403 crores) a year earlier.

The results were largely in line with market forecasts and showed sales of the iPhone – Apple’s biggest revenue and profit driver – down five percent from a year ago to 45.5 million units.

The quarterly update only provided limited information on the reception of the newest iPhone models, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which were released in early September, and was likely to benefit from the woes of rival Samsung, suffering from a massive recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phone.

Analysts were expecting declines in iPhone sales with many smartphone markets saturated, a situation that has led Apple to focus on new products like the Apple Watch and services like mobile payments, Apple TV and streaming music.Chief executive Tim Cook welcomed what he called “our strong September quarter results,” saying they “cap a very successful fiscal 2016 for Apple.”

“We’re thrilled with the customer response to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the incredible momentum of our Services business, where revenue grew 24 percent to set another all-time record,” he said in a statement.

The world’s largest company by market value closed out its fiscal year ending September 24 with a net profit of $45.7 billion on revenues of $215.6 billion, both figures lower than the prior year.

Apple shares fell 2.7 percent in after-hours trade following the release.

“Previously, Apple was able to rely on strong sales of phones, tablets and computers to drive up revenue and profit across all geographies. This is no longer the case,” said Neil Saunders of the research firm Conlumino.

Still, Saunders noted that “Apple is being judged by its own incredibly high standards,” and that “even with the dips in growth it remains a phenomenally successful business that is far from running out of steam.”

More than device maker
Frank Gillett, a Forrester Research analyst, said the results show Apple is making progress in diversifying its mix of products and services as smartphone sales stagnate.

“The rise of services shows they’re more than a device maker,” Gillett said.

“It’s indicative of the depth of engagement of their customers.”

The more consumers use Apple applications and services, “the less likely they will switch to a rival,” Gillett said.

Apple’s results showed a six percent drop in iPad unit sales and a 14 percent decline in the number of Mac computers sold.

While iPhone sales accounted for more than half of revenues, services revenue grew to $6.3 billion as the company expanded services such as Apple Pay and its enterprise offerings.

In the key “Greater China” market, Apple said revenues were down 30 percent from a year to $8.8 billion. But the company noted a 10 percent rise in revenue from Japan and cited gains in other global markets.

Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said Apple “met most expectations but didn’t have a great quarter” with sales of its main products lower.

“I’m suspecting there may have been availability issues on the iPhone 7 and Watch,” Moorhead said.

Still, Apple “had a banner quarter in services” which is a positive sign, according to the analyst.

“It’s important the investment community take a long view versus looking at short-term growth estimates as a knee-jerk Apple response would only work against the company and the stock price,” Moorhead said.

On a call with analysts, Cook declined to comment on what Apple has in the pipeline but did indicate the company was investing in “products in the development phase which have not yet reached the market.”

Asked to explain the sharp rise in research and development spending, Cook said, “We’re confidently investing in the future.”

Tags: Apple, Home Entertainment, Wearables, PC, Laptops, Internet, Apps, Tablets, Mobiles

Apple Announces Unified ‘TV’ App for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone

Apple Announces Unified 'TV' App for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone


  • The new app will be available for free by the end of 2016
  • Siri can be used to jump to a show or channel immediately
  • Human-curated lists will show recommended new shows

Apple’s new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar controllersmight have stolen the show at its Cupertino event today, but there was also a significant update to the company’s TV ecosystem. A new app, simply called TV, will be coming to Apple TV, iPad and iPhone for free later this year, and will unify the content that users buy and subscribe to across multiple services.

The interface might hold clues to what Apple was often rumoured to be working on, though the company was earlier expect to launch its own TVs. With the new app, shows, movies and even live events are sorted and organised within the TV app’s interface. You can use Siri to launch into a video just by its name, or by the name of a channel or service, or even by the name of a sports team. A queue called Up Next will show what you’ve been watching recently, and will automatically sync across devices. Recommendations curated by human agents will also be visible.

Apple also showed off interactive content in a demonstration by Twitter which merged real-time conversations and reactions with content playing live. Twitter will be bringing sports matches, general news and special election coverage to users for free, in partnership with BuzzFeed and Bloomberg, among others. Users can jump into conversations, vote in polls, and experience TV in a whole new way.Services in the US include Hulu, Starz, HBO Go, DirecTV, Dish network, and of course iTunes. Users will be able to rent or buy content within the interface.

In another announcement, Minecraft will be coming to Apple TV. In total there are now over 8,000 apps currently available in the Apple TV app store, including 2,000 games and 1,600 content apps.

Apple also showed off improved iOS functions for Japan, such as detailed transit information in Maps including fares comparison and local signs. CEO Tim Cook pointed out that iOS 10 is now running on 60 percent of compatible Apple devices, whereas the latest version of Android has barely 1 percent penetration and won’t even be available on the majority of Android devices.

Finally, it was reiterated the Apple Watch Nike+ will go on sale tomorrow, with India in the first wave of launch countries. It will be priced at at Rs. 32,900 and Rs. 34,900 for the 38mm and 42mm versions respectively. This variant of the Apple Watch Series 2 integrates the Nike+ Run Club app which features workout guidance, and also has unique Sport Bands and watch faces.

Disclosure: Gadgets 360’s travel and hotel for the event in Cupertino were sponsored by Apple.


Facebook Launches Events App for iPhone; Android Version Is ‘Coming Soon’

Facebook Launches Events App for iPhone; Android Version Is 'Coming Soon'


  • The app lets you browse for happenings based location or interest
  • Events is a stand-alone spin on a section at Facebook
  • More than 100 million people daily use Facebook’s events section

Facebook on Friday released a mobile app for finding local happenings to enjoy with friends.

The Events app tailored for iPhones (not available in India yet) hit Apple’s App Store, with a version “coming soon” for smartphones powered by Google-backed Androidsoftware, Facebook product manager Aditya Koolwal said in an online post.

Events is a stand-alone spin on a section at the leading online social network that lets people share plans for concerts, poetry slams, plays or other types of events they are interested in attending.

“When you open Events, you can quickly catch up on new events your friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the Pages you like, and updates from events you’re already connected to,” Koolwal said.

More than 100 million people daily use Facebook’s events section to discover activities they can take part in with friends, according to Koolwal.The Events app lets people browse for happenings based on factors such as location or interest, and to explore potential outing options with the help of interactive maps.

Plans made in Events are organised on a calendar and shared back to Facebook friends.

California-based Facebook has been building a family of mobile applications to stay tuned into modern lifestyles in which smartphones are used to quickly connect and share with friends or colleagues.

Facebook has a mobile app for the social network, as well as Messenger and WhatsApp messaging programs that each claim more than a billion users.

Facebook also owns photo and video sharing app Instagram, which reported earlier this year that it topped 500 million users.

Tags: Facebook, Events from Facebook, Facebook Events, Apps

MacBook Pro Can’t Connect to Your iPhone, iPad Without Additional Adapters

MacBook Pro Can't Connect to Your iPhone, iPad Without Additional Adapters


  • The MacBook Pro has four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • There is Lightning port on both the 13-inch and 15-inch variants
  • The MacBook Pro starts at Rs. 1,29,900 in India

At its ‘Hello Again’ event in California, Apple finally made the new Macbook Pro official. The laptop comes in 13-inch and 15-inch variants, and sports a Touch Bar and Touch ID on the keyboard. The laptop is touted to be lighter and thinner than the predecessor, not to mention much faster (up to 130 percent faster graphics). Furthermore, the Force Touch trackpad is significantly larger, and two speakers on the edges enable 58 percent more volume. While all of this sounds great, the MacBook Pro has no ports that enable seamless connectivity with its own products.

The MacBook Pro sports four Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports and one 3.5mm audio jack (phew), but no Lightning port to connect iPhone and iPad devices with the new MacBook Pro. This means that if iPhones and iPads need to be connected to the MacBook Pro, users will have to buy an additional adapter or cable for it. Same goes for SD cards as well.

This ‘adapter for connectivity’ school of thought that Apple has been adopting this year is quite strange, as one would think that Apple would at least consider the convenience factor for its own ecosystem of products and make it easy for them to interconnect. That clearly is not the case this time, and even the Lightning EarPods released with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have nowhere to connect on the MacBook Pro. Just to recall, Apple even bundled a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this year, to fill the standard audio void.So now, to connect your iPhone or iPad to your MacBook, whether for charging, transfers, or updates, you’ll need a new cable or a new adapter. The USB Type-C to Lightning Cable costs an additional $25 (roughly Rs. 1,700) for 1 metre and $35 (roughly Rs. 2,400) for 2 metre. A USB Type-C to USB adapter costs $19 (roughly Rs. 1,300), and if you buy a MacBook Pro, these cables are an inevitable buy for all iPhone users, at least.

The MacBook Pro availability is not known yet in India, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro is priced starting at Rs. 1,29,900, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID will be priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900 while the 15-inch model will start at Rs. 2,05,900.

Tags: Apple, MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Ports, Thunderbolt 3, Lightning Port, USB C Port

iPhone 7 Serves a Temporary Onscreen Button in Case Home Button Fails

iPhone 7 Serves a Temporary Onscreen Button in Case Home Button FailsiPhone 7 Serves a Temporary Onscreen Button in Case Home Button Fails
The iPhone 7 tells you when your Home button needs repair
It serves a temporary onscreen Home button when the ‘real’ one fails
The iPhone 8 is rumoured to ditch the Home button altogether
Apple let go of the physical press Home button in favour of a capacitive one receptive to haptic feedback. The new Home button on the iPhone 7 reacts to pressure and emits vibrating feedback to give the illusion of a physical press. The reaction to this change has been mixed, but Apple has been prepared for the glitches that may follow because of this change.

Apple has integrated a new feature in iOS 10 that warns users when their Home button fails to work and needs repair. Furthermore, till the time you take the device to an Apple repair centre, the iPhone 7 will provide you a temporary, on-screen button.

One of the members on MacRumors forum spotted this new feature, and even shared a photo of it. The user’s haptic feedback unexpectedly started malfunctioning while his iPhone 7 was on charge. The iPhone 7 automatically detected this mishap and served a pop-up stating that the ‘Home Button May Need Service’. Additionally, it served a temporary onscreen Home button to enable the user to at least use his phone till it got repaired.
This little process shows Apple anticipated such incident, and has taken efforts to make sure that a secondary Home button option is provided onscreen. Some of the haptic feedback related problems to the Home button can be fixed by doing a hard reset of the iPhone .

Next year, Apple celebrates the ten year anniversary for iPhone, and the iPhone 8 is expected to ditch the Home button altogether.

Tags: Apple, iPhone 7, Home Button, iOS 10, iPhone 7 Plus


4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad

4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta's iPhone, iPad

4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad
4chan hackers found John Podesta’s password in WikiLeaks email dump
WikiLeaks, however, says it had changed password before releasing emails
Podesta’s Twitter account had been hacked earlier as well
Hackers on a 4chan message board claim to have wiped the iPhone and iPad of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The hackers got access to Podesta’s Apple devices within 12 hours of WikiLeaks releasing private emails from his accounts on Wednesday, which apparently included his Apple ID credentials as well as his Social Security number.

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Pwn All The Things @pwnallthethings
Took about ~25 minutes from WL posting “part 5” emails before 4Chan had found Podesta’s Apple creds and logged in for first time fyi.
11:51 PM – 13 Oct 2016
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13 Oct
Pwn All The Things @pwnallthethings
Apparently some asshole from anonymous compromised Podesta’s Apple account using creds in WL dump and remotely wiped his phone. V cruel.
Pwn All The Things @pwnallthethings
4chan also apparently wiped Podesta’s iPad.
10:56 PM – 13 Oct 2016
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Before erasing the iPhone and iPad, 4chan users on a Reddit thread claim that they downloaded the data from Podesta’s email account. Talking to Gizmodo, a representative of the hackers said that information in the Podesta leaks was “helpful in conducting phishing attacks for the DNC members before the leaks emerged on Wikileaks.”

The hacker was able to get access the passwords of several dozen senators’ email IDs, credit card information, as well Social Security numbers. The list includes the likes of US Vice President Joe Biden, acting chair of Democratic National Party (DNC) Donna Brazile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

However, WikiLeaks on its Twitter handle said that it had changed the relevant credentials before releasing the email dump. Regardless of the veracity of the claim, it appears Podesta did not change his credentials including his Apple ID, despite his emails having been released to the public.

14 Oct
WikiLeaks ✔ @wikileaks
@mkarolian No they didn’t. We checked that the credentials had already been changed.
Basement Dweller Chi @CasaChichi
@wikileaks @mkarolian Ha! Masterful work and delivery. Long live WikiLeaks ♥
1:23 AM – 14 Oct 2016
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The screenshots show that Podesta had not enabled two-factor verification – an added layer of security – on his Apple ID.

Soon after the WikiLeaks dump, Podesta’s Twitter account was hacked and a tweet asking followers to vote for Clinton’s rival Donald Trump was sent out. The tweet was deleted later. The Clinton campaign has confirmed the hacked Twitter account, but has not said anything about the wiped iPhone and iPad.

Tags: Apple, Apple ID, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Hacking, iPhone, iPad, Cyber-security, Cyber-crime, Twitter, 4chan


Many iPhone 7 Users Reporting Bluetooth Connectivity Issues; iOS 10 May Be the Culprit

Many iPhone 7 Users Reporting Bluetooth Connectivity Issues; iOS 10 May Be the Culprit


  • Spotty Bluetooth connectivity common among iPhone 7 users
  • Apple has been releasing updates in quick succession to fix issues
  • Apple has not yet officially acknowledged the Bluetooth issue

Since sales for Apple’s latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus began, users around the world have experienced a number of issues, bugs, and glitches with their devices. Earlier reports pertained to issues like a weird hissing noise, loss in cellular service and Lightning EarPod issues. Recently, two separate polls revealed that spotty Bluetooth connectivity was among the most common issues being faced by users.

The polls, conducted by popular tech sites Gizmodo and 9to5Mac, reveal that many users are unable to connect their iPhones to in-car entertainment systems. The problem, however, is not limited to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. Those who have updated their iPhone units to the latest iOS 10 OS are also facing the issue.

(Also see: iOS 10: Ten Cool Things to Try in Apple’s Latest Mobile OS)

Gizmodo has received 12 different email tips related to Bluetooth connectivity on the iPhone. One of the readers told the site that automatic Bluetooth connectivity failed with the iPhone 7 but worked seamlessly with older units like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac has received complaints from BMW owners stating that their iPhone 7 device abruptly disconnects or stops working when connected to their car’s system.

Apple has been releasing updates in quick succession in its attempt to solve various bugs and issues. So far, none of the updates have resolved the Bluetooth connectivity issue and one can expect a third update to iOS 10 to roll out soon enough to address that. Notably however, Apple has not yet officially acknowledged the issue.

Spotty Bluetooth connectivity as an issue would not have garnered so much attention had Apple stayed with the headphone jack. However, with the Cupertino giant aiming for a wireless future, Bluetooth connectivity is now a major factor for Apple’s latest devices and the company needs to make sure that connectivity is seamless on this front.

(Also see: Dropping the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Was the Right Move by Apple)

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