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Apple Announces Free iPhone X Display Repair Program For Ghost Touch Issue, Here’s What You Need To Know

By | November 11th, 2018

Over a year after its release, the iPhone X has a new display replacement program going live, with Apple announcing that it will replace iPhone X displays that exhibit the ghost touch issue.

This new replacement program is for something that has actually been a problem for the last year or so, with some iPhone X units experiencing issues with the responsiveness of their displays. Some users even reported that their displays were exhibiting phantom touches, with the screen registering a touch when one hadn’t been initiated. Now, Apple says that it will replace displays that are defective due to a faulty display module component.

Anyone who has been living with such issues can now get themselves a free repair by either an Apple retail store or one of the many Apple Authorized Service Providers. Perhaps tellingly, Apple has not said whether only certain serial number ranges are impacted, suggesting this problem can befall any iPhone X on existence, even those that have been sold recently. The iPhone X was available to buy prior to the arrival of the iPhone XS.

Anyone planning to take Apple up on its offer of a free repair should make sure that their devices are fully backed up before going to a repair center or Apple Store, and Apple also says that if a device has a cracked screen that may need to be repaired before the defective component can be replaced. That won’t be covered under the free repair process, of course.

If you have already paid for a repair that would fall under this new program, Apple says you can contact Apple Support in order to get a refund on any fees you paid.

For more on this, check out Apple’s page on the issue here.

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iOS 12 Jailbreak Status Update: Here’s What You Need To Know Before Upgrading

By | September 17th, 2018

Want to jailbreak iOS 12, iOS 12.0.1 or even iOS 12.1 final version? Here’s what iPhone and iPad users upgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 12 need to know.

Apple has officially released iOS 12 into the public domain. With that release comes a slew of device owners distributed all over the globe pondering about whether or not the move to iOS 12 is worth it. Apple’s latest iOS update really speaks for itself in terms of the features, functionality, and improvements that it offers but some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners also need to pass in the variable of jailbreaking when making their decision.

Unfortunately, unlike many generations of iOS ago, the current jailbreak landscape isn’t as smooth and plain sailing as many would like it to be. With that in mind, it means that device owners really need to take a long, hard, and informed look at the landscape and ascertain whether or not it’s worth upgrading to iOS 12 and losing access to a jailbreakable version of iOS 11 or whether it makes sense to stay jailbroken on iOS 11 and forego all of the new iOS 12 improvements.

It’s a tough decision which requires being informed. Thankfully, in order to try and help, we are going to look at where the community appears to be as far as an iOS 12 jailbreak goes.

The Current Jailbreak Situation

Currently, pre-iOS 12, jailbreaking is actually in a relatively positive position. In the last twelve months, we have seen a lot of jailbreak-based activity which initially resulted in Electra being released for early versions of iOS 11 and then subsequently expanded on the back of a new vulnerability release to support devices running all the way up to iOS 11.3.1. Those same vulnerabilities have been patched by Apple in iOS 11.4 and beyond, meaning that iOS 11.3.1 is the furthest that Electra support goes for production firmware, but even that is enough to class jailbreaking as far as iOS 11 goes as a success giving the circumstances.

Apple’s Cat and Mouse Game

Apple doesn’t want iOS 12 to be jailbroken. In fact, Apple doesn’t want iOS jailbroken full-stop but, according to recent tweets by developer @nullriver, it seems that the company is putting at least some effort into trying to make iOS 12 harder to liberate. With iOS 12, Apple has introduced an initiative in the form of the CoreTrust framework which is tasked with checking and verifying all signatures to ensure that they come directly from Apple. There has also been work carried out under-the-hood to make sure that iOS 12 works in conjunction with the new A12 Bionic chip to make things harder for jailbreakers. Not show-stopping changes to the platform but certainly enough of an effort on Apple’s part to signify the company’s intent and to at least have developers performing in-depth research.

iOS 12 Jailbreak Timeline

Well, friends, that’s a wonderful question and one that is entirely easy to answer! Since June, when the first developer preview of iOS 12 was released, developers and security researchers with an interest in jailbreaking and cracking security have been hard at work on iOS 12. And, much to the delight of the community, some of that work has resulted in positive progress being shared publicly. So, let’s have a recap:

Should Jailbreakers Update To iOS 12 Today?

We’ve had very public acknowledgments that jailbreak developers are actively working on the platform. We’ve had the discovery of multiple 0day bugs within iOS 12. And we’ve had developers with jailbreak pedigree actively working on iOS 12 liberation. No-one has yet managed to demonstrate and showcase an end-to-end iOS 12 jailbreak that could be released to the public but we think it’s only a matter of time. Still, if you are some who is jailbroken on iOS 11 and relies a lot on jailbreaking, we will suggest staying away from iOS 12 update for now until there’s confirmation of one coming for public really soon. We will of course keep you updated on this situation as it develops. Stay tuned for more.

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Here’s When Windows 10’s Next Major Update Will Be Landing

By | September 2nd, 2018

Microsoft is continuing its ongoing path of updates for Windows 10 and has today announced the official name for the next one.

Having previously been codenamed Redstone 5, the new update will now be called the “Windows 10 October 2018 Update” and will, as you might have guessed, arrive in October 2018.

While Windows Updates are commonplace, this particular one will bring with it some new features that might be worth keeping an eye peeled for. Those include a new cloud-based clipboard that will allow data to be synced across machines for easier pasting as well as a new dark File Explorer. Anyone who finds themselves using the Snipping Tool will be pleased to learn that a refreshed version is on the horizon, with Microsoft Edge also receiving some much-needed love.

While only just announced, the naming convention for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update does follow on with those used throughout the year. Windows Insider members should expect to see the update arrive at their feet in early October with the general public receiving it not too far after, assuming Microsoft can wrap development up within the next four weeks.

With this update now named and scheduled, Microsoft will be turning its attention to the next Windows 10 update, currently codenamed 19H1. Microsoft is yet to tell us what will go into that release, although reports do suggest that testing inside Microsoft began towards the end of July. We don’t yet know when the next release will be upon us, either.

Microsoft continues to update Windows 10 a handful of times a year, adding new features that may previously have been held back for a big new Windows release, and long may that continue.

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This Is Apple’s Next: iPhone XS And Apple Watch Series 4 Leaked In Full, Here’s What They Look Like

By | August 31st, 2018

Earlier today Apple invited the press to the much-awaited 2018 iPhone keynote event set to take place on September 12th, and while we have a pretty decent idea of what will be announced during that event, the folks over at 9to5Mac have been able to get their hands on new images that show three of the pieces of hardware we can expect.

The images appear to be press renders of the iPhone XS (pronounced iPhone 10 S) in both 5.8-inch and 6.5 -inch sizes as well as what we expect to be called the Apple Watch Series 4.

Starting off with the new iPhones, Apple’s new 2018 lineup looks set to consist of 6.1-inch LCD-equipped iPhone 9 (not pictured here) alongside two iPhone XS-branded OLED handsets.

Those two OLED iPhones can be seen in the image shared by 9to5Mac and highlight the size differences between them. It’s also looking increasingly likely that we will see a new gold color option, just as can be seen in the images here with black front, shiny stainless steel gold frame, and golden back.

Moving on to the Apple Watch, rumors of a new rounded watch face appear to have been wide of the mark if the leaked image is anything to go by. A new, larger but still square profile will be used this time around with the reduction in bezels allowing for a roughly 15% larger display.

The overall look of the watch appears very similar, however, although the Side button and Digital Crown do appear slightly redesigned. What is notable however is the new watch face that can be seen in the image, one which shows much more information on a single screen with complications galore likely due to more screen space thanks to the edge-to-edge display. This is the only watch face that has been leaked, but we would imagine that others have also received a facelift to accommodate the new, larger screen.

Apple’s big event kicks off in a couple of weeks and will answer any remaining questions we have, although at this rate we do wonder how many unknowns will remain come September 12th.

(Source: 9to5Mac)

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Turkish President Erdogan Just Called For An Apple Boycott, Here’s Why

By | August 15th, 2018

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has instructed citizens of his country to stop buying American electronics, telling them to switch from Apple devices to those offered by Samsung. Apparently keen to push his people away from the iPhone, Erdogan also suggested that the Venus phone by Vestel might be a good option, especially considering it is a local smartphone maker.

Apple’s iPhone currently makes up around 15% of the smartphone market in Turkey and with Erdogan claiming that his country is the target of an economic war, has asked Turks to go so far as to sell all foreign currency while purchasing local items in an attempt to make the country more economically independent.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Turkish president vowed that the nation of 81m would no longer buy from Apple or other American technology producers. “If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung on the other side,” he told ruling party members. “In our own country there is the Venus.”

All of this comes with the local currency, the Lira, crashing thanks to economic uncertainty and with some wondering whether Erdogan will impose tariffs or outright bans on American products These are particularly trying times in the country, with the U.S. administration also increasing tariffs on Turkish metal exports while also sanctioning two Turkish ministers in relation to the handling of a U.S. pastor’s terrorism trial.

Apple has predictably not commented on the recent outburst by the Turkish president, nor do we expect it too. This isn’t the first time Apple has come under fire by a head of state, with U.S. President Donald Trump also calling for an Apple ban during his campaign for office.

(Source: Financial Times)

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Cydia Impactor CPP 160 Error Fix: Here’s What We Know So Far

By | August 10th, 2018

A growing number of users are starting to report that they are experiencing a fairly troubling issue with the use and reliability of Cydia Impactor. When trying to sideload an app onto an iOS device (also required when jailbreaking with tools like Electra), users are being greeted with error “CPP 160”, which essentially stops them dead in their tracks.

The majority of the jailbreak community has generally been well aware that Cydia Impactor isn’t perfect. During its lifetime, the Jay Freeman Saurik-created software has continuously thrown up a number of random error messages, all of which affect a user in one way or another.

Typically speaking, there has been a fairly reliable method of actually getting around those problems and device owners have been able to move on and install whatever app they were trying to sideload. However, this time around, that doesn’t appear to be entirely possible.

The “CPP 160” error is presenting itself when iPhone and iPad owners are trying to sideload an app – such as the Electra IPA – onto their devices. It had initially been thought that this problem was present on not just Windows, but macOS as well. However, that has now shown to not be the case with macOS currently not throwing up this error.

Some people have had some success with virtualized versions of macOS running on a Windows machine but that definitely doesn’t appear to be a “one-size-fits-all” approach to rectifying the problem. Based on forums and posted information, it seems to have failed as much as it has succeeded.

So, just what is the solution here? Well, as painful as it is to admit, there doesn’t actually appear to be one at this moment in time unless you have access to a Mac, or can try out a virtualized macOS environment.

The speculation and general feeling seem to suggest that Saurik himself is going to need to come out of hiding and attempt to fix this problem, either via a server-side update, or as an actual update to Cydia Impactor itself. We all know that the creator of Cydia and other tools under the Cydia brand has been away from the scene for quite some time. So, with that in mind, it’s unlikely that he is going to step out of the shadows now to fix a problem with Cydia Impactor. However, only time will tell and stranger things have definitely happened on this crazy ride that we call jailbreaking.

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Electra 1131 1.0.2 Jailbreak Update Released, Here’s What Is New

By | July 8th, 2018

After pushing out version 1.0.1 update shortly after initial 1.0 version was released, team Electra has now updated Electra 1131 jailbreak for iOS 11.2 to 11.3.1 devices up to version 1.0.2.

This new version uses “different bundle identifier for mptcp version”, increments “bundle id properly”, and fixes “success rate regression with multipath 1.0.1”.

The official changelog of Electra version 1.0.2 as given by the team themselves are as follows:

1.0.2:
Use different bundle identifier for mptcp version
Increment bundle id properly
Hopefully fix success rate regression with multipath 1.0.1

As can be seen from the official changelog above, the last bit is an important one given how many people have not been able to successfully jailbreak their devices with Electra 1131. This version supposedly increases the “success rate regression” with “Dev Account” version of Electra which makes use of multipath tcp exploit.

So, if you were previously having issues jailbreaking your device on iOS 11.2-11.3.1 using Electra, you should give this latest version a shot to see if it helps fix the problem.

You can download the latest Electra 1131 version 1.0.2 for jailbreaking iOS 11.3.1 from official Electra website over at coolstar.org/electra.

Once you have downloaded the required IPA file of Electra, you can then follow the instructions in our step by step guide here on how to go about jailbreaking your device the right way: Jailbreak iOS 11.3.1 Using Electra On Any iPhone, iPad Or iPod touch [Tutorial].

If this version of Electra is successfully able to jailbreak your device, do let us know in the comments section below.

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Getting Grayed Out Speaker Buttons On iPhone 7 Call Screen? Here’s What’s Going On

By | June 15th, 2018

If you own an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus and notice that some of your audio-related buttons are grayed out, you might want to look at getting your device to Apple or an Apple authorized repair center, following reports that there is an inherent problems impacting those particular devices.

Reports coming out of multiple sources, including Motherboard, suggest that owners of Apple’s 2016 iPhones may noticed that buttons such as the speaker button or Voice Memos icon have become grayed out, preventing them from being tapped during a call.

In more serious cases, an iPhone could also find itself stuck at the Apple logo during startup, often after users also noticed the grayed out icons as well. This apparently happens to aging iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 handsets and as time ticks on, more and more devices are falling foul of what one repair shop owner calls “loop disease.”

As it turns out, the whole issue appears to be caused by connectors failing. Specifically, connectors which are attached to the audio chip. These connectors fail, causing the audio-based issues people see with grayed out buttons and then ultimately preventing the iPhone from carrying out boot-up checks when powering on. This in turn causes the boot loop issues some users experience.

The fix? Unless you’re pretty keen to get the soldering iron out yourself, the only fix is to take your iPhone in for repair. The chances are that your warranty will have expired by the time this issue crops up, but we’re told that you can expect to hand over up to $ 150 to get the required work done.

While that’s less than ideal, it’s better than having to buy a new phone outright, so if you’re experiencing these issues get yourself into a repair shop and see if loop disease is your problem.

(Source: Motherboard)

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PUBG Mobile Mod For Android Now Available, Here’s What You Need To Know

By | March 22nd, 2018

You may or may not be aware but the smash-hit PUBG Mobile for Android is now available with built-in modifications, in an unofficial capacity, of course.

Like many other games or “++” defined apps on iOS, the modified versions of PUBG Mobile on Android are released into the wild by developers looking to enhance the game with their own features and functionality.

If you are an active PUBG Mobile player on Android, whether that be the Chinese or English version, it stands to reason that you might want to take a little peek into the world of game modification and see what’s actually available. Of course, the features and functionality offered really depends on the modified version that you download, but we’ve covered some of what you can expect below.

What does the modded version on Android actually do?

Like most modified versions of any game or title, the purpose behind it is to introduce additional functionality or capability which isn’t offered in the official version. Where modified versions of PUBG Mobile are concerned, the additions can be extremely plentiful, and include, but are not limited to, some of the features highlighted below:

  • Automatic aiming
  • The ability to aim and lock onto a target
  • Aim assist functionality
  • Rapid fire abilities
  • No recoil in place
  • Unlimited financial resources
  • License verification bypass
  • No fog within the game
  • No grass within the game
    and much, much more depending on the modified version that you install

How to get it?

First of all, you are going to need to download the necessary modified APK file as well as the accompanying OBB data file. We won’t be linking you directly to these for obvious reasons but a little search should sort you out.

Step 2: Once downloaded, extract the OBB file and all of its contents and move it to sdcard/android/obb

Step 3: Install the modified PUBG Mobile APK on your Android device. This is pretty much all that you need to do other than launch the game and enjoy the associated modifications.

Keep in mind that, like many other apps and modified titles, Tencent Mobile might actually start detecting users who are accessing the game from modified versions of the apps, meaning that do run the risk of having your account banned from its servers.

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WhatsApp Crashing On iOS 11 iPhone Due To Indian Telugu Bug? Here’s How To Fix It

By | February 17th, 2018

Is WhatsApp crashing for you on iOS 11 iPhone due to Indian Telugu language character bug? Here’s how you can fix it.

There has been a lot of talks recently about the rather annoying text crashing issue in iOS. You know, the one where the device crashes and hangs when a specific Indian Telugu character is received?

Until Apple issues its expected iOS 11.2.6 update to fix the problem with a public release, there are a couple of ways that users can attempt to resolve the rather annoying crashing issue in WhatsApp caused by the Telugu character. The first is of course something we have already told you about. Apple is currently dishing out iOS 11.3 in a pre-release state, which allows developers and registered public testers to put the platform through its paces and assists Apple in getting it ready for a public release.

Tests have already shown that iOS 11.3 has patched the Telugu crashing issue, which means that you can register yourself as a public tester in order to get the iOS 11.3 beta installed to eradicate the problem. Of course, this means running pre-release software, which isn’t the ideal route for a lot of device owners.

Another method that is confirmed to be working and much easier to fix on iOS 11.2.5 is this: Facebook-owned WhatsApp has recently introduced the ability for users to delete messages from the conversation. This means that it is now possible for you to simply ask the sender of the message with the Telugu character in to delete the offending message from the conversation. They can do this by pressing and holding on the speech bubble, tapping the right-facing arrow for more options, and then selecting Delete. Once the action sheet appears, tap “Delete for Everyone.

From the two options above, it is immediately evident that the second option of asking the sender to delete the message is the easiest and quickest. However, as per the WhatsApp, this will need to be done super quick as the sender only has the ability to delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after it was sent. After that period of time that individual will only be able to delete the message from his/her own view. It also requires every person in the chat to be on the latest version of WhatsApp.

Good luck and keep an eye out for Apple’s release of iOS 11.2.6 which will patch this issue once and for all.

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