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Mircosoft has announced that the support for Windows 10 Mobile device will stop on December 10, 2019, and the software giant is now recommending that current Windows 10 users choose either Android or iOS devices, Microsoft provides this advice in the Windows 10 Support document. At the same time, it will stop providing security updates and patches to Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft ended Windows Phone support in July 2017 and closed Windows 10 Mobile active development in October of the same year, which directly led to the death of the platform. Due to the lack of app developers, the number of Windows 10 Mobile apps is small and the basic user base cannot be established.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also announcing that its AI assistant Cortana will no longer be a competitor of Google Assistant and Amazon Alxea. Instead, CEO Satya Nadella says that he seeks Cortana could integrate with the popular platforms rather than fight against them, and it has already partnered with Amazon to bring the integration to Alexa users, while it continues to negotiate Google on the matter.

It's very clear that Microsoft began to focus on app development on other mobile platforms: it launched several apps for iOS and Android, such as Microsoft Edge, Translator, Azure, OneDrive, and so on.

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The iOS 12 installation rate has steadily increased and has surpassed its predecessor iOS 11 for several weeks. According to Mixpanel, on December 17 of last year, the iOS 11 installation rate was 75%, but, iOS 12 has already installed 75% of devices as of yesterday, which is 3 weeks faster than iOS 11.

Currently, the iOS 12 adoption rate is at 75.05%, whereas the iOS 11 is at 19.5%, and the older iOS versions shares rest of the 5.5%. Apple announced on October 10 that iOS 12 adoption rate exceeded 50% and reached 60% on October 29, and rather sooner than later, the company will tout out that its iOS 12 adoption is 70%.

Thanks to the significant speed improvements made on older devices like iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, iOS 12 is able to surpass iOS 11 in terms of adoption rate. Besides, it also brings popular features like the Group Facetime, Digital Health tool called Screen Time, animated emoji called Memoji, Siri Shortcuts for creating custom voice commands, etc. Apple is currently testing iOS 12.1.1.

Meanwhile, Google newest Android update, Android 9 (Pie), didn't even made into the Android adoption list, in which means that the share is under 0.1%, while last year's Android Oreo captured 21.5% share. Apple's iOS 12 has totally destroyed Android Pie when it compared to the adoption rate.

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If we say that Privacy is the fundamental human rights, then Apple is the guard of it, there are no such tech companies that are so strict on the Privacy concerns. On its own operating systems, Apple has set up many protections just for that reason, it will be our great loss if we do not take advantage of it, so today I will make sure to help you further protect your basic human rights with those appropriate steps.

1. Turn off your Location Acess:

Some apps like Facebook or Twitter requires you to turn on Location Acess to tag a place when you post, yet, if you don't want to be tracked, you should select either "While Using the app" or "Never" instead of "Always" by going to the Settings app, Privacy section, and then the Location Services.

2. Turn off access to the Microphone and Camera if needed: 

While there are apps that need the microphone and camera use permissions, like the Google Assistant, but most apps should not obtain the access to the microphone and camera, shall be switched off, considering that they may use the access to leak pieces of information to other people by quietly record voices or take photos in the background, it's better to them off.

3. Switch on "Block All Cookies" in Safari app:

Pretty much all websites use cookies to provide relevant services for you and show information that might be of interest to you. Google Adsense, for example, apply cookies that determine what kind of ads to display on a web page. Indeed, with iOS 12, you can block all cookies in Safari, a way to ensure your website doesn't track you, but also reduce ads as possible. To enable it, go to the Settings -> Safari, and then switch it off.

4. Manage Your Background App Refresh:

Background App Refresh, a feature that allows any app for iPhone or iPad to appear to be multitasking all the time, in which means apps will track your phone all the time, may be able to collect devices' info and analyze the user's behavior of using apps, that is how Facebook developing features, you definitely should turn it off, a way to save battery life as well.

More than a month has passed since the release of iOS 12, there's no news in the jailbreak community. However, It appears now someone is aiming to bring the dream of jailbreak back again, an iOS hacker called SemVoigtländer is developing a mobile browser-based jailbreak tool that allows users to jailbreak iOS 12.0.1 and will support iOS versions from iOS 4.0 to iOS 12.0.1.

Since it's in a JailbreakMe style, SemVoigtländer calls the tool as JailbreakMeUnified, if you interested in this tool, you need to make sure that your device is running iOS 12.0.1, due to the fact that Apple could soon stop signing iOS 12.0.1, as the company already released iOS 12.1 to public users plus they are in the works of iOS 12.1.1, which would be pushed in the near future.

All in all, if you want to jailbreak your device, make it's on iOS 12.0.1 or earlier version, those of you that are rocking iOS 12.1 on your iPhone or iPad is recommend to downgrade it to iOS 12.0.1 by downloading iOS 12.0.1 IPSW for your device and then installing it manually through iTunes. You sure can check the process by visit JailbreakMeUnified official GitHub page.

At the end of last month, the iPhone XR, although the price is relatively "cheap", the iPhone XR does not shrink in terms of core configurations, so there is naturally no problem in entering top performance rankings. Now, Antutu released the iOS performance rankings for October 2018 based on the statistics from the back-end database.

The iPhone XS Max was overtaken by the iPhone XS, the latter scored an average of 353,475, while the XS Max's average score was 352,076. In the meantime, the iPhone XR, which was just on sale, ranked third with an average score of 335,779, with a gap of nearly 20,000 points compared to the two other phones.

However, iPhone XR has the difference in memory, processor frequency and so on compared to iPhone XS series, there's no gap whatsoever. The two iPad Pros with A10X processors are ranked four & five, while last year's iPhone X with A11 is closely behind these two tablets: the first generation of 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad (2018).

It is probably the last time that the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR claims the top 3 spots since the new generation of iPad Pro equipped with A12X will be launched this Friday, its hardware specifications have a significant improvement over A12, so wait and see.

Privacy is truly the reason that majority people stick with Apple prodcuts, that's why the company worked so hard to protect it. With iOS 11 and above, they took the step further, the introduction of USB Accessories and New Notifications feature, it will be tough for people to steal information from your device, a feature called Show Previews also cool to enable it, which the Notification previews won't show up unless you unlocked the devices.

  1. To enable this feature, go to the Settings app on your Home screen
  2. Scroll down and tap on the Notifications section.
  3. Click on the Show Previews, which will show "Always", "When Unlocked", and "Never"
  4. Then choose the "When Unlocked" in the Show Previews section
  5. And that's it
Now, whenever you received notification from any apps, it will be only show number of notification a certain app has, however, when you unlock your device with Passcodes, Touch ID, and Face ID, then it will tell you what the Notifications about. Do this, will further protect your privacy, of course, it only needs to be unlocked to see more in detail.

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After the launch of JioPhone in the Indian market, the feature phone has grabbed roughly half of the market share, surpasses Samsung and Nokia. Although It is a feature phone, some commonly used app such as Facebook and Youtube are supported because of this phone is featured with KaiOS, an operating system that's used in the feature phones.

KaiOS, a powerful operating system is in its step to become the world's third-largest mobile operating system, and it's already crowded with the title of Indian's second most popular mobile OS, ahead of iOS but behind Android. It plans to bring smartphone-like functionalities to affordable phones, such as KaiStore for apps, video calls over 4G, NFC mobile payments, etc.

Speaking of KaiOS, we have to mention Mozilla's FirefoxOS, which is based on the Firefox kernel Gecko and Linux's new operating system; but Mozilla officially did not invest too many resources in the operating system, and did not insist on doing it.

So, Mozilla finally gave up FirefoxOS, but Dr. Gong Li, who left Mozilla, continued to build such a new operating system, and developed a new so-called H5OS operating system based on FirefoxOS, and also used this operating system on the featured phones.

Though, for a variety of reasons, the development of the H5OS operating system has been abandoned. However, some of the original H5OS team members developed the KaiOS based on this operating system, and successfully cooperated with the Indian phone manufacturers to create the current JioPhone.

JioPhone's configuration is still very backward in the eyes of many consumers. The phone uses a 512MB+4GB storage, which is far less than the current low-end Android smartphone can store; but the device supports GPS, 4G network. And NFC and other functions. JioPhone grows rapidly in the Indian and African market due to the lower selling price.

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Apple today released the iOS 11.4.1 software update, which is the fifteenth update for iOS 11 since its release in September last year. Today's iOS 11.4.1 may be the last release of iOS 11. To download iOS 11.4.1 on all eligible devices, go to the Settings app - General - Software Update.

This is a minor update that fixes various bugs that occurred to follow the release of iOS 11.4 as it did not include any new features. According to Apple's release note, it improves the reliability of syncing mail, contacts, and notes with Microsoft's Exchange accounts, and it introduced USB Restricted Mode to prevent hacking tools from unlocking iOS devices.

Apple today also released the watchOS 4.3.2 and tvOS 11.4.1 update. watchOS 4.3.1 can be updated via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Whilst tvOS 11.4.1 can be updated through Apple TV's Settings app - Software Update. watchOS 4.3.2 mainly fixes bugs and improves performance, same goes for tvOS 11.4.1.

Apple delivered a big pile of software updates this morning, with the company later today finally came up with macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, which brought "AirPlay 2" feature to iTunes, likewise it improved the stability and security of the Mac. Apple recommends that all users install this update in the Update page of the App Store app.

Following the release of iOS 11.4 last week, Apple has just stopped signing iOS 11.3.1, which means you can’t downgrade to iOS 11.3.1 anymore. This appears in response to the recent jailbreak news regarding iOS 11.3.1.

Apple usually stops signing old versions following the release of a new update. This is Apple’s way of ensuring that users can experience the most recent version of iOS and thus have the latest security as well as performance improvements.

During the WWDC 2018 keynote, Apple mentioned that the installation rate for iOS 11 has surpassed 81%. It is believed that maintaining such a high installation rate should have something to do with the frequent closure of the signing channel for the older versions.

As far as jailbreak concerned, apparently, Electra Jailbreak would soon support iOS 11.3.1, according to the official website of the jailbreak tool. Thanks to the Ian Beer, who have released tfp0 exploit that enables iOS 11.3.1 to be jailbreakable.

Apple pushes iOS beta updates constantly, just when you were still celebrating and experiencing new features of iOS 11.4, Apple went live with a beta version of iOS 11.4.1. You can download it with a beta profile as always.

Enough is said, We did not find any new feature and changes in the update. However, it’s not hard to guess that it’ll definitely be going to fix some hidden bugs, bring speed improvements, and patch security issues.

Well, at least we now know that iOS 11.4 is not the last version of iOS 11. Although next week Apple will usher the new iOS 12. Indeed, the company also released watchOS 4.3.2 and tvOS 11.4.1. But wait...

The Funnier thing is that the beta version of macOS 10.13.6 came before the macOS 10.13.5, which is still in beta testing. So the question is whether you should upgrade to 11.13.5 or just jump to 11.13.6?

According to a 9to5mac report, Apple is currently developing a brand-new device with the codename "Star" and the model number of N84. This will be the first Mac with an ARM processor, or the first iOS notebook.

Macs have been using Intel’s processors since 2006. However, Apple’s mobile devices have been using Apple’s own custom chips since 2010. But then the recent news did report that Apple plans to use its custom chips for the Mac in 2020.

For months, the site has been tracking the "Star" project. Currently, the project is in the prototype design stage, and product prototypes have been handed over to OEMs. A small number of prototypes have been sent to the Apple headquarters for testing, and the prototype has been in production since January of this year.

The report suggests that this will be a device with a touchscreen, SIM card slot, supports GPS, compass, waterproof, and EFI interface. EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) is used by the Mac to boot systems. It’s believed that the "Star" project may become the first ARM-based Mac product.

This new device is currently classified as a new product lineup that will run the iOS operating system. The device can be used to distinguish between different iOS devices. Since ARM processors already support LTE and GPS, which means that the hybrid device may differ significantly from existing Intel-based Macs.

Pangu Research Lab has discovered a common type of security exploit during iOS app security audits targeting different customers. After creating the exploit signature, they conducted traceability analysis and similar exploit index on the Janus platform and found that about 10% of iOS apps may be affected by the security flaw.

While auditing iOS Apps from various customers, Pangu Lab noticed a common programming error, which leads to severe consequences such as data overwritten and even code execution in the context of affected Apps. We created a signature for the issue and performed a large-scale search on our App analysis platform Janus. Surprisingly, we found thata round 10% iOS Apps might be affected by the same or similar issue

Once a user downloaded and use these apps in an insecure WiFi environment; an attacker would able to arbitrary code execution in the app. After manual analysis, the research lab confirmed that apps like Weibo, Facebook Moments, Google for iOS, Google Translate, and so on are affected!

The so-called ZipperDown exploit is somewhat related to the affected app features and permissions. In some apps, attackers can only use it to corrupt or overwrite the app's data; however, in some apps, an attacker may able to acquire arbitrary code execution capability in the context of the app. Furthermore, the iOS system's sandbox will also limit the scope of the security flaw.

As of now, Pangu told us that they have tested 168,951 apps, and about 10% of the apps are vulnerable to it. The team also found a similar exploit on the Android platform and have confirmed it has already found on a large number of Android apps! Hopefully, Apple will soon issue a software update to fix the security flaw.

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One week after released the fourth beta for latest version of its four platforms, Apple has released the fifth beta of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, watchOS 4.3.1, and tvOS 11.4. Developers are able to download these betas in the Apple Developers Center and receive the profiles in order to update your devices.

iOS 11.4, the fourth major update in iOS 11, has included several features such as a new ClassKit framework for education, HomePod calendar support, (Product)RED wallpaper for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users, and USB Restricted Mode for better security. Both the AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the beta after was being removed from iOS 11.

macOS 10.13.5, assuming the last update for Macs before WWDC, introduced the Message on iCloud support as it did on iOS 11.4. Asides from that, the update just brings speed improvements and security enhancements. If you found anything, comment down below.

watchOS 4.3.1 for Apple Watches includes a new warnings that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS. Coding references in the update also hinting that the wearables soon will support third-party watch faces. tvOS 11.4 gains AirPlay 2 capacities.

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According to well-known Youtuber EverythingApplePro, who discovered yet another Unicode bug that is capable of crashing apps and operating systems. The bug, which is called ‘black dot’ bug as its origins on Android due to a bug relating to WhatsApp: it was being spread with the following emoji: <⚫👈🏻, and now is appeared on iOS.

Essentially, because the strings contain thousands of hidden invisible Unicode characters, which churns through CPU cycles as the system attempts to process them. Once this specially crafted text sent within Messages, it will result in repeated crashes when the recipient tries to read it - whether reads from left-to-right or right-to-left.

Luckily, the issue can be resolved by simply use 3D Touch on the Messages icon on the Home screen, then choose the option "New Message". For those users who don't use 3D Touch, go to another iCloud synced device and delete the message remotely, or even delete it with Messages on iCloud.

As of now, the bug affects devices that are running iOS 11.4 beta and iOS 11.3, as well as many other software versions, Android devices. Since the bug has been caught by several Youtubers, it's expected that Apple will likely to issue a fix rather sooner than later.

As we getting close to the public release of iOS 11.4, more and more reports have discovered some hidden features. And now, according to security blog Elcomsoft, the update introduces a USB Restricted Mode which contains a security protocol on access to the Lightning port on your iOS devices.

Specifically, once you update the devices to iOS 11.4, there will be a week-long expiration date on access to the Lightning port on your iOS devices if your phone hasn't been unlocked, in other words, if it hasn't been unlocked or connected to a paired Mac or PCs in the last 7 days using a passcode, the Lightning port is useless for data access and limited to charging. Apple's description of the change:

To improve security, for a locked iOS device to communicate with USB accessories you must connect an accessory via Lightning connector to the device while unlocked - or enter your device passcode while connected - at least once a week." 

Apple's intention to introduce the feature clearly towards to digital forensics specialists like Grayshift, who can break into a device, at least using any simple techniques. However, it's important to note that such method won't prevent tools like the GrayKey box from being used on an iPhone, but it sure helps when they face long passcodes.

Originally, Apple plans to include the security change in iOS 11.3, later on, the company decided to change mind, so it's possible they may still work after iOS 11.4 is released, or may not. Anyway, setting up an alphanumeric passcode and mixed with numbers, uppercase/lower letters should be able to largely improve the privacy.

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According to iOS developer Guilherme Rambo that although Personal Requests on HomePod currently only work for Messages, Reminders and Notes, it appears that in iOS 11.4 beta 3, the Automatic setup interface now shows Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Notes, meaning the HomePod will gaining Calendar support.

Once iOS 11.4 release to all users, HomePod owners should able to use Siri on their wireless speaker to send and read messages, add reminders, create notes, as well as schedule calendar events. Smart speakers like Amazon Alexa already supported iCloud Calendar interintegration way before HomePod was launched.

Yet, the description below the icons does not indicate Calendar support, still, this can be seen as a pretty interesting indication that Siri on HomePod will support Calendar soon, it also suggests that Apple has listened to customers.

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Top Apple News Today:

Apple Officially Purchased "Are You Sleeping" Drama Series: According to Variety, Apple has now officially ordered 10 episodes of "Are You Sleeping," a drama series that will star Octavia Spencer. It will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content.
The novel, “Are You Sleeping,” written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman, is a psychological thriller, focuses on a podcast that reopens a murder case. Sarah Koenig, who created and produced similar podcast "Serial," will consult on "Are You Sleeping." (Via MacRumors)

Apple Stopped Signing iOS 11.3, KeenLab Demos iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak: Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.3, meaning it is no longer possible to downgrade an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to software versions older than latest iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple usually stops signing older versions of software updates when new came out.

Nevertheless, KeenLab security researcher Liang Chen has successfully demonstrated a fully-jailbroken iPhone X running iOS 11.3.1 at InfiltrateCon 2018. However, bear in mind that the team unlikely to release jailbreak publicly based on their track record.

Apple And Other Tech Companies Condemning Backdoor Access: This week, Reform Government Surveillance, which includes several major technology companies, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook jointly launched a statement condemning the recent proposal for backdoor access to electronic devices and reaffirming its commitment to strong encryption.
Reform Government Surveillance recently announced a new core principle on encryption that will guide our advocacy efforts, and we continue to believe that strong encryption helps protect the security and privacy of individuals and companies around the world. We have consistently raised concerns about proposals that would undermine encryption of devices and services by requiring so-called "exceptional access" for law enforcement. Recent reports have described new proposals to engineer vulnerabilities into devices and services - but they appear to suffer from the same technical and design concerns that security researchers have identified for years. Weakening the security and privacy that encryption helps provide is not the answer.
Other news including Spotify hits 75 million paid subscribers, up from 71 million paying subscribers that it reported at the end of February, Apple's AirPods are 'incredibly popular', but the supplies remain limited.

Apple has released third beta of iOS 11.4 to the developers for beta testing, couple weeks after seeding the first beta. Beta testers needed to sign up from Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile. In order to update your device to iOS 11.4, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

Apple introduces a new ClassKit framework for iOS 11.4 at its Educational event at March 27th. Both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the iOS 11.4 beta after was being removed from iOS 11. For the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, there is a new (PRODUCT)RED wallpaper available, but doesn't seems to be available on iPhone X users.

Apple has also rolled out third beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 that can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed. Besides to bring Messages on iCloud support, there is no major features discovered in the update, it may just some small tweaks.
Like always, third beta of watchOS 4.3.1 and tvOS 11 is also available for download. To download the new watchOS beta, go to the General - Software update. The new update includes a warning that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS.

As for tvOS 11.4, it can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that is installed using Xcode. Similar to iOS 11.4, the forthcoming tvOS update will support AirPlay 2, as Apple TV icon returns in Home app with room assignment.

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Jamf's newly released "The Impact of Device Choice on the Employee Experience" survey result reveals that Apple is the most popular choice when enterprise organizations allowing employees to choose their own equipment. In this poll, 52% of enterprise organizations allow them to choose desktop, while the rest let them choose mobile devices.

Of those responses from 580 executives, managers, and IT professionals, 72 percent of respondents prefer using Mac over PC, When it comes to mobile devices, 75 percent of them chose an iPhone or an iPad, while just 25 percent picks on an Android device.

It is worth noting that the survey also tells us the ability to choose its own operating system and equipment makes the employees more productive. In which 68 percent said choice improves productivity, and 77% said they prefer to stay in companies that offer equipment options.

Yet only 25% of respondents want bring their own devices, and rather a company-issued device of their own choosing. The reason is simple enough: they want to separate their business and personal life." In the end, the choice is beneficial to employee morale and motivation. 

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According to latest statistics shared by Apple today on its App Store support page, iOS 11 is now installed on 76% of devices, up 11 percentage points since January 18, when iOS 11 was installed on 65 percent of devices, compared to iOS 10 was installed on nearly 80 percent of active devices in February of 2017.

Meanwhile, 19% of users continue to run iOS 10, and a smaller 5% of users are running older versions prior to that. Many of these devices are likely because it unable to be updated to the newest version of iOS, there are also users that wants to keeping jailbreak their devices, as the iOS 11.0-11.2.1 are the versions that's jailbreakable. 

Not doubt, iOS 11 has been plagued by high-profile bugs and issues since its launch back in September of last year. Other factors including the poor battery life. no longer supports 32-bit apps, limited Cellular over-the-air App download limit - 150 MB, and as always users fell new update causes old model slow.

But when we compare this number to the Android install base, the result is far beyond impressive, it totally blow away the 4.6 percent of Android Oreo adoption. Majority users continue to running old versions like Android Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat.
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