APPLE wants to make you fork out for a new overpriced charging cable when it releases its next iPhone. The cash hungry tech colossus plans to adopt a USB-C charging port for the 2019 iPhone, just like it did for the latest iPad Pro. The switch would make current iPhone charging cables useless, and force Apple fans to buy a new cable if they upgrade their phone. The fruity firm charges just shy of £20 for USB-C cables on its website – though you can get them for as little as £4 elsewhere. Rumours Apple plans to adopt the iPhone's third charging port in 12 years come from supply chain blog Macotakara. They suggest Apple is following bitter rivals Samsung with a switch to a new USB Type-C port, which is thicker than the lightning port used by iPhones since 2012. Citing "supply chain sources", the blog says Apple might make the change to a USB-C port for iPhones next year, following last March's successful Type-C switch for the 2018 iPad Pro. Those working on … [Read more...] about Your iPhone charging cable ‘about to change AGAIN’ – and users are furious
TECHNOLOGY companies have been pummelled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably Apple, have begun promoting the fact that they sell products and services that safeguard consumer privacy. Smartphone users are never asked explicitly if they want to be tracked every moment of each day. But cellular companies, smartphone makers, app developers and social media companies all claim they have users’ permission to conduct near-constant personal surveillance. The underlying problem is that most people don’t understand how tracking really works. The technology companies haven’t helped teach their customers about it, either. In fact, they’ve intentionally obscured important details to build a multi-billion-dollar data economy … [Read more...] about Change your phone settings NOW so Google and Apple can’t track you
GOLDEN APPLE You can bag some major savings on coveted Apple goodies JOHN LEWIS has launched a surprise sale on Apple gadgets – including the iPhone and iPad Pro. The powerful (and hugely popular) devices have been discounted by as much as £250, but it’s not clear how much longer the sale will last. Apple products are rarely discounted, but some retailers offer hefty savings on older models. That’s why you can now pick up very respectable deals on 2017 gadgets like the iPhone 7 and iPad Pro 12.9-inch. The iPads are listed as being “reduced to clear” and it’s likely the iPhone models are on offer for the same reason. That means you’ll have to act fast to snap up a bargain, as the deals may expire once stocks run dry. Best John Lewis deals on Apple gadgets 2019 You can currently get a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2017 for just £619. That’s a large £150 saving from the usual £769 price tag, marking a major price cut on … [Read more...] about iPhone and iPad prices slashed in surprise John Lewis sale – save up to £250 today
AN APPLE tool designed to help the hearing impaired unwittingly allows vulgar criminals to spy on people. The Live Listen feature loaded onto Apple's wireless AirPods makes it easy for tricksters to eavesdrop on a conversation – by giving them super hearing. The little known tool is included in Apple's latest version of iOS 12, and appears as an ear icon once you activate it. It helps the hearing impaired by allowing them to place their iPhone close to a person they're having trouble hearing. But people can commandeer Live Listen to snoop on their boss or partner by hiding their iPhone in the same room as their victim. Anyone using the tool can simply turn up the volume on their iPhone’s microphone to listen to through AirPods. The iPhone microphone will beam whatever is said to a trickster in a different room, up to 15 metres away. Eavesdroppers can also use an Apple Watch to spy on people, leaving the watch in a room with someone whom they want to … [Read more...] about Apple AirPods’ creepy feature lets you eavesdrop on strangers’ conversations
THE WORLD'S biggest technology show is back for 2019, where tech giants introduce their latest products and exhibit inventions and cool new gadgets. Here is everything you need to know about the exciting new releases announced so far. What is CES 2019 and when is it held? The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in January every year. The Las Vegas, US, event draws tech firms from around the world, and has been running on and off since 1967. It's website states it "has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years". It's typically attended by major names like Samsung and Sony, and this year runs from January 8 to January 11. But most of the news dropped during pre-show press conferences on Monday, January 7. So far we've seen products such as the world's first FOLDING smartphone, beating Apple and Samsung to the technology and a belt that helps you diet. Samsung also unveiled a 98-inch, 8k screen television. Plus, there's talking … [Read more...] about When is CES 2019, is the show open to the public, what does it stand for and where is it held?