New Cellebrite iOS 11 Exploit Can Now Unlock Almost Any iPhone

Law enforcement in the U.S. may no longer need to obtain Apple’s consent to unlock its iPhones, thanks to a new iOS exploit created by Israel-based software company Cellebrite.
It was reported that the company had a new crack to Apple’s current iOS 11, making it possible for anyone in possession of the crack to break into almost any Apple device.
“These new capabilities enable forensic practitioners to retrieve the full file system to recover downloaded emails, third-party application data, geolocation data and system logs, without needing to jailbreak or root the device,” Cellebrite explained. “This eliminates any risk in compromising data integrity and the forensic soundness of the process. This enables access to more and richer digital data for the investigative team.”

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the Cellebrite first came to light back two years ago when the U.S. FBI and Apple were locked in a battle of privacy rights and consent. Back then, the FBI wanted to access the iPhone 5c of the shooter involved in the San Bernadino shooting, which left 14 people dead and several others wounded (including two police officers).
To do that, the government agency first approached Apple, asking Cupertino if it would provide them with a backdoor that would allow them to access the shooter’s phone. In practice, Apple could’ve easily done this, but refused the law enforcement agency outright, for the simple fear that the FBI – or any government agency for that matter – could easily reverse engineer the backdoor for their own use.
(Source: Forbes via Hot Hardware)
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Apple Could Be Planning To Make The Biggest iPhone Yet

Apple is said to have plans to introduce three new iPhones this year, including a phablet sized iPhone X successor and a much smaller budget option. It would appear that the company is taking a broader approach to its marketing plan after sales of the 10th anniversary iPhone X failed to meet sales projections.
The larger iPhone is said to have a display close to 6.5-inches in size. However, it is expected to not be much larger than the existing iPhone 8 Plus. This design will allegedly work because of the edge-to-edge design being used. Bloomberg is also claiming that there will be a gold option to appeal to Asian consumers.

The smaller iPhone is said to also inherit many features of the iPhone X as well. Allowing apple to cater to markets with a demand for more budget devices. It’s said that this cheaper iPhone will not include a fingerprint scanner, and instead rely on the Apple FaceID instead. It will also be using a standard LCD display instead of the OLED panel that’s supposedly be used in the other two devices.
Apple is reportedly already running production tests with its partners, and is expected to announce the trio in the autumn. Which is not anything out of the ordinary for the company, as it likes to make the announcement at about the same time each year.
[Source: Bloomberg]
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Canon EOS 4000D Is A New Budget DSLR For The Masses

Canon has announced a new budget DSLR for those looking to start their journey in DSLR photography. The EOS 4000D appears to reuse parts from older Canon cameras, all packaged in a modern yet low-priced body.
The all-plastic construction (including the lens mount) shares the body design and viewfinder from the modern DSLRs, but the sensor is the 18MP unit from the EOS 7D released almost a decade ago. Image processing is done using the DIGIC 4+ chip, which was released in 2014.
There is a 2.7-inch LCD at the back, but it isn’t touchscreen. The 95% coverage optical viewfinder may lose out in clarity when compared to EVFs, but it is good enough for an entry-level DSLR like the 4000D. That said, it still manages to have 1080p video capture.

Canon did include some modern touches with the supposedly entry level camera. It has WiFi connectivity for wireless control and image transfer from the camera to a smartphone. The JPEG processing of the camera is also in-line with modern Canon DSLR so it should be a capable JPEG shooter, which is the main target audience for the model. This is assisted with the built-in easy-mode feature guide for novice shooters.
The Canon EOS 4000D will be available in either body-only or in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 III kit lens and is expected to retail in Europe for about €380 (RM 1,831) for the body only.
(Source: DPReview)
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Sony A7 III Is A Sub US$2,000 Full-Frame Camera With Improvements From The A7R III

Sony has announced its latest mirrorless camera, the Sony A7 III. This full-frame camera carries many improvements first introduced in the A7R III in a more affordable body.
Firstly, the 24.2MP sensor uses the same BSI sensor technology as the A7R III. Sony also chose to bring other features from previously released models to the new A7 III. This includes the new ‘Z’ large batteries, AF selection joystick and EyeAF from the A7R III. The AF system is derived from the system currently on the A9 and Sony claims the new system performs twice as fast as the A7 II. Plus, the 693 focus points cover 90% of the composition frame.

The A7 III features 4K recording at 24p when taken from a 6K sensor region. For high dynamic footage, the A7 III offers both S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma curves; while there is the Hybrid Log Gamma curve profile for immediate playback on HDR displays.
With the new ‘Front End LSI’ pre-processor from the A7R III, the new A7 III shares many of the speedy capture modes. This includes the 10fps shooting with Continous AF on, as well as a large 177 JPEG buffer for uninterrupted shooting. Long shooting time is also enabled by the new NP-FZ100 battery that delivers 710 shots per charge, which is one of the longest in the mirrorless camera market.
Other important bits includes WiFi connectivity, USB 3.1 Type-C port and the XGA OLED Tru-Finder for high-speed and lag-free composition through the viewfinder.
Sony will be delivering the camera to retailers from April onwards with a cost of US$ 2,000 (RM 7,821) for the body or US$ 2200 (RM 8,603) in a kit with the FE 28‑70 mm F3.5‑5.6 kit lens.
(Source: DPReview)
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MWC 2018: Jolla Announces Sailfish 3 OS; Expands List of Supported Devices

Jolla is a name that doesn’t come up very often. Largely because there really isn’t much to say about the Sailfish OS since the accompanying devices failed. However, the company is still in the business of pushing mobile operating systems and has announced Sailfish 3 at Mobile World Congress.
Positioned as a DIY alternative operating system, Sailfish 3 remains as a paid option for those who want to root and replace the OS on their phones. It will also be shipping out of the box with a select number of new devices (which probably won’t be seen here in Malaysia).
Sailfish OS compatibility is being expanded to include the Sony Xperia XA2; along with the upcoming Gemini PDA and a Russian tablet brand known as INOI.

More importantly, Sailfish 3 will also be extended to feature phones. This requires a bit of reworking the interface, seeing that most of these budget devices don’t have a touch display. It sounds like Jolla is designing the OS to work with directional control pads or number pads for navigation.
Sailfish 3 is set to be released in autumn of this year.
[Source: Jolla]
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MWC 2018: Sony Announced A Dual Camera Module With A Crazy ISO 51200

While Sony briefly captured our attention with its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, the Japanese household name also had a new dual camera module to show off on the floor.
The new camera module was supposedly on display and demonstration at Sony’s booth right after the keynote ended. According to reports, the new module can supposedly capture images in low-light environments with up to ISO 51,200 and video at ISO 12,800.
As a baseline comparison; camera modules on the majority of flagship smartphones only have a maximum ISO level of 3,200, with the rare exceptions having double that number.

The new low-light capabilities lies in Sony’s new Image Signal Processor (ISP), known simply as the Sony Fusion ISP. According to the technical details, the Sony Fusion ISP simultaneously fires off two cameras, maximising light intake and thus processing the signal into a bright, clear image.
Sadly, there were no additional details about the new camera module or even when it would be deployed, but this breathes life into the possibility that Sony’s Xperia XZ Pro could still be a reality.

(Source: GSMArena, GizChina)
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Pictures Of The Huawei P20 Have Leaked; Shows Two Cameras Instead Of Three

Serial leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) is at it again. This time around, he has leaked an image of what is supposedly the Huawei P20.
In his tweet, the image shows the front and the back of the purported P20. Starting with the display side, the image shows a phone that is definitely sporting the 18:9 display-to-body ratio and the fact that the phone will be running Android 8.0 Oreo at launch.
Summarily, the screen looks rather pretty, but Huawei’s decision to mimic the iPhone X and put a notch at the top of the phone is rather odd, especially since that notch has been a sticking point with many iPhone and Android phone users, alike.

Huawei P20 (with two, not three, rear cameras)
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 26, 2018

Then there’s the back. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the phone’s main camera array is only sporting two and not three camera sensors as Huawei’s invitation hinted at earlier this month.
This fact alone suggests two possibilities; the first is that the phone is is not the flagship Huawei intended. The second possibility could be that Huawei is following a current trend in the market, where major smartphone brands relegate all its better cameras to a bigger variant of the same phone (case in point, the Samsung Galaxy S9+).
Lest we forget, there’s an eight-second teaser video that still hints at its triple-camera endeavour.

Huawei’s presence at MWC 2018 has been somewhat minimal; with the exception of its Matebook X Pro launch, the company has been gearing up for an independent launch in Paris later next month. It goes without saying that all will be revealed about its flagship phone then.
(Source: Twitter, The Verge, YouTube)
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Rumour: Nvidia To Debut Ampere GeForce Graphics Cards In March 2018

It looks like Nvidia will most likely unveil its newest lineup of GeForce GPUs at its upcoming Graphics Technology Conference (GTC 2018). These graphics cards will, as we’ve mentioned in our previous articles, be based on Nvidia’s Ampere GPUs. For those who may be wondering, GTC 2018 will be held from 25 to 29 March this year.
Many may have expected Nvidia to implement its Volta GPUs on its gaming-oriented products. Unfortunately, it seems like Volta GPUs may only be found on enterprise-grade products and high-end, pricey graphics cards like the recently launched Titan V. That said, some reports suggest that Ampere GPUs may likely share several features from the Volta GPU architecture.

Sources mentioned that Ampere GPUs will be based on the 12nm process technology from TSMC. In addition, Ampere-equipped graphics cards may not come with HBM memory controllers; instead, Nvidia may go for either GDDR5X or possibly the newer GDDR6 memory controller.
As always, we do encourage our dear readers to take this rumour with a grain of salt, for now. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see just how powerful Ampere GPUs are. Guess we’ll just have to wait them to be unveiled at GTC 2018 to know for sure.
(Source: Expreview, TechPowerUp)
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Motorola Moto E5 Plus Renders Leaked

Motorola may not really be doing much at Mobile World Congress this year, but it still managed to get some attention anyway. A render of the Moto E5 Plus has been leaked by the ever reliable @evleaks.
There’s really no information about the E5 Plus available at this time. It looks like an upsized Moto E5, although the camera cutouts are somewhat different. Some publications have reported that there is a rear dual camera setup; but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
That said, it would seem that the rear mounted fingerprint scanner has survived on the E5 Plus.

Moto E5 Plus cc: @JustHerrick
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 26, 2018

Motorola is not likely to announce anything about the E5 Plus in the near future, seeing that MWC is happening right now. However, it shouldn’t be too long before the phone is released to the public. Mostly because leaked renders usually mean that the product is ready to ship.
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Huawei MateBook X Pro Hands On: Caught Off-Guard

Huawei surprised everyone last year when it launched a laptop. Nobody expected it then, and Huawei pulled a similar stunt again yesterday when it announced another new laptop. And just like the MateBook X last year, nobody was prepared for just how impressive the new MateBook X Pro is.
The MateBook X takes inspiration from the 12-inch MacBook, and similarly the MateBook X Pro takes large design cues from another Apple laptop, the MacBook Pro. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Huawei logo, it might just pass off as a MacBook Pro – even the Mystic Silver and Space Grey colours are a dead ringer. The lid even fully opens with just one finger.

Thankfully, Huawei went beyond being inspired and got innovative with the MateBook X Pro. It packs a stunning 3:2 13.9-inch FullView display, with an incredible 91% screen-to-body ratio that’s arguably the highest so far on any laptop. The 100% sRGB coverage, 3000 x 2000 resolution, and 178% viewing angles just means this is an incredible-looking laptop all around.
If that’s not enough, Huawei did some clever engineering for the webcam, too. The Chinese company removed the webcam from the top half of the laptop, enabling the stunning FullView display, and placed it under a dedicated key between the F6 and F7 keys. It pops up with a simple press of the key, and locks back in place with another press. It is ingeniously simple, practical, and secure – one of those moments where you just go “huh, why didn’t anybody think of that before?”.

And then there’s the keyboard. Again it’s similar to the butterfly switches on the MacBook Pro, and it is surprisingly pretty great to type on. The keys aren’t “pillowy” or mushy when typed, and while the key travel is basically non-existent, the keystrokes are firm with a reassuring tactile feel that lets you breeze through typing on the keys. Honestly, few laptop keyboards are better.
While the 12-inch MateBook X focused on being as thin as possible, the MateBook X Pro looks to be a productivity focused machine. That’s not to say it isn’t thin or light – it’s 14.6mm thin and weighs 1.33kg – especially when you consider it packs a discrete (albeit) low-end GPU inside. The Nvidia GeForce MX150 should be useful in most light editing or gaming tasks, and complements the rest of the premium Ultrabook-level hardware.

Given that this is a 13.9-inch display fitted into a 13-inch chassis, it is surprising that Huawei even manages to fit four Dolby Atmos speakers onto the MateBook X Pro. Two speakers lie on the left and right sides of the keyboard, while another two fire downwards on either side of the laptop. Heat dissipation is similar to the MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13, where hot air is channeled out beneath the display.
If there is one downside, it is the touchpad. It is generously large, but it doesn’t quite track as accurately as it should. There’s a tiny bit of lag between the input from my finger to what appears on screen.

First impressions generally carry a lot of weight when it comes to laptop, and Huawei’s two laptops it’s ever made just catches everyone off guard at how impressive they are. The MateBook X Pro is most definitely more than just some MacBook clone, and the innovative feats of engineering here cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, the MateBook laptops have very limited releases around the world, and Malaysia is not in the list.
That’s quite a pity, because both the MateBook X and the MateBook X Pro are two of the most impressive laptops I’ve come across. There aren’t many great premium Ultrabooks in the market – Dell’s XPS 13 and HP’s Spectre 13 come to mind – but from my brief time with the MateBook X Pro, it certainly ticked a lot of the right boxes to be right up there among the best Ultrabooks around.

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