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U.S. Teenagers Seeking Plastic Surgery For Better Selfies, Using Snapchat Filters As Reference

By | August 4th, 2018

And in today’s news that will make you question society as a whole, we bring you a report by The American Academy of Facial Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, which says that the majority of its clinicians have now seen patients who want to undergo plastic surgery in order to look better in selfies.

In fact, some even want to be able to look like their Snapchat-filtered selves, too.

The news comes as the current generation apparently want to be able to look like the images they share with their friends, asking clinicians to make them look like they would as if a real life filter had been placed on them.

Ten years ago, a teenager might have come into a plastic surgery clinic clutching a photo of their favorite celebrity, professionally Photoshopped to centerfold-level perfection. These days, teens don’t want to look like celebrities anymore. They want to look the way they look with a Snapchat filter, and they’re willing to undergo plastic surgery to make it happen […]

“There has been some work suggesting that with social media-induced plastic surgery people come to value, and relate to, the idealized images they create on social media over their actual felt body, and strive to attain ‘ideal’ standards through body modification,” says Kaylee Kruzan, a Ph.D. candidate who works in at Cornell’s Social Media Lab.

The whole situation is being dubbed “Snapchat dysmorphia” and the fact it has been given a name should perhaps highlight just how prevalent it is. The definition is a specific version of body dysmorphia where the sufferer over-fixates on what they deem to be flaws in their appearance, which in turn has them wanting to make themselves look like they would as if photo filters, specifically Snapchat ones, in this case, had been applied to them.

Grim news indeed.

Grim news indeed.

(Source: Inverse)

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How To Unlock Any Locked iPhone On iOS 11.4.1 Using This R-SIM And ICCID Changing Trick

By | July 29th, 2018

A new discovery has been made in Apple’s iOS platform which allows any device to be factory unlocked to any network by using an R-SIM and directly modifying the ICCID. The device will then continue to work, without the R-SIM, using any network’s SIM card.

iPhone and iPad owners are used to hearing about iOS vulnerabilities but are also used to them being discovered by security researchers and used for the purposes of trying to find a route into the device for jailbreak purposes.

It’s rare – at least in the modern world of iOS – to have something like this discovered that is uniquely related to unlocking the device and ensuring that a factory locked iPhone can be used on any network without having to request Apple or the locked carrier to interject. However, with the right tool, and with the right process, it can be done and that’s exactly what we appear to have here. Best of all, it doesn’t require jailbreak to work.

The process appears to be as follows. There’s a chance that Apple might patch this in future but as of right now, it’s working as intended:

Note: You will of course need R-SIM for this to work. You can get it from here.

  1. Insert a unsupported SIM with the R-SIM into a locked iPhone
  2. Launch Phone app and type *5005*7672*99# and then tap edit ICCID
  3. Type 8901-4104-2778-0604-3133
  4. Restart the device and follow the setup
  5. Once back at Home screen, remove the R-SIM and just use the previously unsupported SIM card

And voila! There you have it. By changing the ICCID, it leverages a vulnerability that unlocks the device for use with any SIM card. It is being pointed out that this isn’t entirely permanent and will be put back to being a factory locked device if a hard reboot or reset is performed on the device.

However, you can go through the process of an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update without the unlock being taken aware. However, if you do a full restore through iTunes, then the unlock is removed and the hard work is undone, so to speak.

If you have a device that needs unlocking, then this is definitely worth giving a try.

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Turn Any Power Outlet In Your Home Smart With This Alexa And Google Assistant WiFi Plug And By Using This Buy 2 Get 1 Free Offer

By | July 22nd, 2018

The world of home automation continues to expand, especially thanks to the arrival of affordable pieces of the puzzle such as Echo Dot, Google Home Mini, and inexpensive smart plugs such as this one that can turn just about anything into a smart appliance.

While there are other smart plugs out there, we think this offer is just too good to ignore. What if we told you that you could buy two smart plugs and get another for free? What if we told you that you could buy three and get two free?!

That’s exactly the case right now. You can use offer code WSOA335 to buy two smart plugs and get one free or if you need more, use code WSOA545 to buy three and get two absolutely gratis from here. That’s five smart plugs for the price of three!

No matter how many you pick up you will be getting a smart plug that can work in the US, EU, UK and more as well as being compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa. These attributes make this particular smart plug one of the most versatile around and at a price that will not break the bank.

Just pick which country you want to use the plug in when ordering and away you go.

  • Rated to work at: 100-240V 50/60HZ (UK/UK/EU/Asia – depending on the model you pick)
  • Max power: 2000W
  • Available in white color only.

If you’d rather not use a digital assistant to control your smart plugs then you can also download the iOS or Android app and activate/deactivate the plug from your smartphone remotely from anywhere, too.

We think we’re going to buy one for everything in the house!

Buy: WiFi Smart Plug With Alexa & Assistant Support: $ 34.95 for 1, $ 69.95 for 3 using promo code WSOA335, $ 99.95 for 5 using promo code WSOA545 | Original price: $ 49.95 for 1

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How To Jailbreak iOS 11.4 Beta On iPhone X, 8, 7 Using Electra

By | July 10th, 2018

Here’s a step by step guide on how to jailbreak iOS 11.4 beta 3 on your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus using Electra 1131.

As you may already know, Electra was recently updated to add support for iOS 11.4 beta 1-3 firmware on aforementioned devices.

Since Apple is still signing iOS 11.4 beta 1-3, at least as of this writing, this is significant and could be important for a lot of you who missed the boat with iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak. Here we take a look at how you can go about jailbreaking your supported device on iOS 11.4 beta.

Step 1: Download iOS 11.4 beta 3 for your iPhone X, iPhone 8/Plus or iPhone 7/Plus from here.

Step 2: Launch iTunes and restore to this firmware. You should of course make sure that all of your important data is backed up somewhere cause iTunes restore will remove all of the data from your device.

Step 3: Download latest version of Electra 1131 from coolstar.org/electra and Cydia Impactor from cydiaimpactor.com. Also make sure latest version of iTunes is installed on your Windows PC or Mac.

Step 4: Before jailbreaking, make sure Find My iPhone is turned off on your device, Airplane Mode is enabled, WiFi is turned off, and Siri is disabled. Also reboot your device before running Electra jailbreak on it.

Step 5: Connect your device to your computer. Launch Cydia Impactor and sideload Electra IPA on your device. As you may already know, there are two versions of Electra 1131 available, one which requires paid developer account while the other one doesn’t and can be used with free Apple ID account. The difference between the two is the exploit being used. For most users, we recommend going with non-dev version. So, depending on the type of Electra version you are sideloading, Cydia Impactor will ask for Apple ID and password. Make sure you provide the correct paid Apple Developer account ID or non-paid ID credentials depending on the Electra version you are using. If you need help with using Cydia Impactor, make sure you check out our separate guide on it here: Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor Without Jailbreak, Here’s How.

Step 6: Once sideloaded, launch Electra app from your device’s Home screen and tap on “Jailbreak” button. After a short while, device will respring/reboot.

Step 7: Once the device comes back from respring/reboot, unlock the Lock screen, launch Electra app again, and then tap on “Jailbreak” button again.

Step 8: Let the Electra jailbreak do its thing to complete the jailbreak process, after which you will have Cydia icon on the Home screen.

Step 9: Launch Cydia and start installing tweaks!

Since Electra 1131 is a semi-untethered jailbreak, you will have to put your device into jailbreak mode after every reboot by simply re-running Electra app. Also, after every 7 days, you will be required to re-sideload Electra and and then re-jailbreak. Your tweaks, data and settings will remain intact during this re-sideloading and re-jailbreaking and won’t have any affect.

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What If Bak Zhang Is Made Using BROWN RICE?

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The annual Dragon Boat Festival approaches, and it’s time to chiak sio bak zhang! My family makes our own glutinous rice dumplings every year. I love it but just eating one is enough to make me bloated and full for the entire day. BURPPPP…

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This year, Gov.sg gave us a challenge! That is, to do a blind taste test between the usual Nyonya Rice Dumpling, Hokkien Rice Dumpling and a special Brown Jasmine Rice Hokkien Dumpling.

Dong Yuan’s Brown Jasmine Rice Hokkien Dumpling has tender pork cubes marinated with five spices, plus chestnuts and mushrooms. Now, this is interesting because I have never tried a brown rice dumpling before!

Most of us know that eating brown rice is good for our health. It reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and certain coronary heart diseases. But, how will it taste when wrapped into a dumpling?

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Time to let our taste buds decide in the ULTIMATE TASTE TEST!

Our team of 6 tried the dumplings together and judged them based on taste, texture, and fragrance.

Safe to say, all three ba zhangs did not disappoint! In terms of fragrance and taste, the Nonya Rice Dumplings and Hokkien Rice Dumplings came out tops . Especially the Hokkien Rice Dumplings, which carried a distinct five-spice aroma that which many of us loved.

However, when it came to texture, we preferred the brown rice dumpling which was delightfully chewy. The rice adds more bite to the savoury dumpling and it is neither too mushy nor too sticky. In addition, the dark brownish-red colour is so appetising!

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Like any new food, brown rice dumplings just need some getting used to BUT it is a great option to satisfy your cravings because it is less gluey and gelat compared to regular rice dumplings.

Now, I must get my Ah Gong to try using brown rice in his dumpling recipe too instead of the usual glutinous rice, as it is healthier and keeps us full longer.

In fact, don’t just stop at rice dumplings; incorporate brown rice into your daily diet and make healthy living a part of your lifestyle! I have already switched to brown rice since last year but if you can’t get used to the taste at first, try replacing a quarter of your normal rice intake with brown rice. Together with regular exercise, you will be on your way to healthy eating and living in no time!

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P.S. Are you a fellow bak zhang lover? There will be a free sampling of rice dumplings from Dong Yuan Bak Zhang (300 Balestier Road, Singapore 329737) on 15 June, from 9am to 9pm. Redeem by mentioning the code “Miss Tam Chiak I love Brown Rice”. While stocks last! Remember to sample the brown rice dumpling!

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Apple Confirms Using Google Servers To Store Some iCloud Data But There’s No Need To Panic

By | February 28th, 2018

Apple has made amendments to its living iOS Security Guide document to confirm that it now uses Google servers to store user’s iCloud data.

Under the iCloud heading in the document, Apple now references Google Cloud Platform alongside Amazon S3 as one of its utilized third-party storage services.

Previous versions of the iOS Security Guide had confirmed that Apple used Amazon S3 and Microsoft’s Azure platform to securely hold iCloud data. It was suggested as far back as 2016 that Apple would make some changes to how that data is stored and that it would likely use Google’s mature and efficient Cloud Platform as part of those changes.

Over twelve months later, the iOS Security Guide has been revised to confirm that Google is now part of Apple’s iCloud solution.

As far as data is concerned, it’s possible that Apple is storing photos, contacts, calendar information, documents, and videos – basically, anything that can potentially be uploaded to iCloud through first or third-party apps – on Google’s servers, but the company is keen to stress in the Security Guide that the data is meaningless to Google and that the company cannot access anything meaningful or access a user’s private files – which for endusers mean there’s no need to panic:

Each file is broken into chunks and encrypted by iCloud using AES-128 and a key derived from each chunk’s contents that utilizes SHA-256. The keys and the file’s metadata are stored by Apple in the user’s iCloud account. The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform.

Apple uses the iOS Security Guide to give additional insight into the steps and actions that it takes to ensure that iOS is as secure as it possibly can be. Having references to Google’s Cloud Platform within this document could immediately be a red flag for some users who knowingly choose to boycott any Google services or products through privacy concerns.

However, given how intricate a feature and service iCloud is, and given that Apple uses multiple third-party storage providers to make iCloud work, it’s likely that a user’s data is spread out across multiple services rather than having a single-point of failure. You can read more about iCloud and iOS security in general in the iOS Security Guide.

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Jailbreak iOS 11 / 11.1.2 On iPhone X, 8, 7, iPad Using LiberiOS [Updated]

By | January 27th, 2018

You can now jailbreak iOS 11 / iOS 11.1.2 using LiberiOS on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, other 64-bit iPhones, iPad and iPod touches. Here’s how this jailbreak came into being.

It all started when Apple dropped initial iOS 11 beta to developers back in June this year. KeenLab was the first one, demoing a jailbreak at MOSEC 2017 for both iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11, but there was very limited information known at the time about the progress, and there was no real word on whether or not the China-based team would eventually package it together and release it for public consumption.

After that there was a big gap and no progress was heard or seen about an iOS 11 jailbreak. Apple released final version of iOS 11 in September. The initial version was so buggy that the company had to issue multiple minor point updates almost every week to fix issues here and there. By end of September, Luca Todesco claimed to have had root access on iOS 11 via a Safari exploit. After Apple released iOS 11.1 in late October, and then iOS 11.1.1 in November alongside iPhone X launch, KeenLab was at it again, successfully demoing first iPhone X jailbreak running on the latest iOS 11.1.1 firmware.

In late November, we learned that both ZodTTD/MacCiti and ModMyi repos were shut down due to lack of new public jailbreak releases.

As soon as Apple released iOS 11.2 (and subsequently 11.2.1) to public with many new features and security fixes, Google’s Ian Beer made it known that he will drop a tfp0 exploit for iOS 11.0-11.1.2 after he reported it to Apple previously, and Apple having already patched it in iOS 11.2. Staying true to his promise, Ian released the exploit to everyone. Apple in the meantime of course stopped signing all firmwares up to iOS 11.1.2. Once Ian’s exploit was out though, it was only a matter of time for a public jailbreak to drop as many developers took over Ian’s work in order to try and convert it into a workable jailbreak.

Abraham Masri was first to release a developer-only jailbreak in the form of to.panga. Jonathan Levin of course updated LiberTV to jailbreak both Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K on tvOS 11.0-11.1.

On Christmas Day 2017, Jonathan Levin finally released LiberiOS jailbreak for all 64-bit devices, including iPhone X, running iOS 11.0-11.1.2.

We already have a tutorial up on it, which you can follow here: Jailbreak iOS 11 / 11.1.2 Using LiberiOS, Here’s How [Tutorial].

At the time of release, Cydia and Cydia Substrate are not working properly and that is mainly due to the fact that both haven’t been updated yet with full iOS 11 compatibility. Saurik has already confirmed that he is working on them both so it’s only a matter of time before Cydia is available and usable on LiberiOS iOS 11/11.1.2 jailbreak.

Update: In early January, Electra jailbreak for iOS 11.0-11.1.2 firmwares was released with Substitute support, the alternative to Cydia Substrate by Comex.

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How To Jailbreak iOS 10.3.3 Using h3lix [Tutorial]

By | December 25th, 2017

Here’s how to jailbreak iOS 10.3.3 using h3lix semi-untethered jailbreak on 32-bit iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.

As you may already know by now, the first public iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak h3lix is now available to download. It’s important to note that this 32-bit jailbreak is semi-untethered in nature, which means you will need to put your device into jailbreak mode after every reboot.

It also means that you will have to sideload the jailbreak IPA on your device and then resign and resideload after every 7 days or so if you are using free Apple ID developer account. Those with full developer account privilege though can run it without having to resideload and resign the jailbreak every 7 days as that account can run the jailbreak for up to a year before needing to be resigned. With that out of the way, here’s how to use it for jailbreaking your device.

Step 1: Download h3lix jailbreak for 32-bit iOS 10.3.3 devices from here: h3lix iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak IPA Download Released For 32-Bit iPhone And iPad, Here Are The Details.

Step 2: Download Cydia Impactor for Windows or Mac from cydiaimpactor.com.

Step 3: Restore your device to iOS 10.3.3 using iTunes if you haven’t already. We recommend doing this as it’s always great to start afresh when jailbreaking to avoid any issues. Make sure you backup your device’s data though before doing this. You can grab iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file from here: Download iOS 10.3.3 Final IPSW Links For iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Step 4: Connect your iOS device to your computer via USB and then launch Cydia Impactor.

Step 5: Sideload the jailbreak IPA using Cydia Impactor, you can follow steps on how to use Cydia Impactor here: Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor Without Jailbreak, Here’s How.

Step 6: Once sideloaded and the profile has been trusted, launch the h3lix jailbreak app.

Step 7: Press the “jailbreak” button in the center and wait for the jailbreak to do its thing.

Step 8. Once done, you should have Cydia on the Home screen of your device.

Step 9: Now rejailbreak to get your device back into jailbreak mode by running the h3lix app and then tapping on “jailbreak” button again.

Step 10: After respring, you should be back into jailbreak mode, able to run Cydia and install tweaks.

Enjoy!

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How To Change Resolution On Any iPhone Running iOS 11 Using Ian Beer’s Jailbreak Exploit

By | December 17th, 2017

Thanks to the release of the async_awake exploits by Ian Beer of Google Project Zero, which is applicable on iOS 11.1.2 and below, users now have the ability to change the resolution on any iPhone or iPad running a compatible and exploitable firmware.

We’re going to show you how to do it here. This exploit alone is capable of doing this. No full jailbreak is required for this to work.

Without wasting any additional time, let’s just dive right in and take a look at the process. But remember, with great power comes an enhanced level of responsibility, so please make sure that you are comfortable with what you are doing here before you proceed. This is meant for advanced users only. Also, there’s a bit of risk involved here as not every kind of resolution will be support or work on your device. Proceed with caution because if you mess it up, you will likely be required to restore using iTunes, and doing so will bring your device to iOS 11.2.1 as Apple is no longer signing iOS 11.1.2 – the firmware which is likely to get a jailbreak soon.

With that out of the way, lets see what exactly do you need for this to work. A Mac running Xcode is required. Xcode is a free IDE provided by Apple that can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. There’s of course also a requirement of any iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.0-11.1.2 firmware.

Step 1: First of all, you are going to need to head over to GitHub and download the async_wake project hosted by user benjibobs from here. This project has recently been updated to easily allow the changing of resolution.

Step 2: Once that project has been downloaded, open it in Xcode. Inside of the project file structure, you will be able to see a file called async_wake.c. Head into this file and look for the method/function which is called shouldChangeResolution. This will come with a boolean value which looks like this: bool shouldChangeResolution = false;

Step 3: You simply need to replace the word “false” with the word” true“.

Step 4: Once that boolean has been changed, locate the plist file called “com.apple.iokit.IOMobileGraphicsFamily.plist”. Inside of here, you will find a couple of properties which can be changed under the titles “canvas_height” and “canvas_width”. Change those values to suit your needs.

NOTE: You may need to jump into Google to find some good upscale resolutions which suit the device that you are using. Do not just blindly change these numbers without knowing what it is you are actually doing.

Step 5: Now, using Xcode, compile and run the resultant executable directly on your device. Make sure that you have the target set to a connected device and not the iOS Simulator. If successful, you should get a message which reads “Resolution changed, please reboot.”

Do as you’re told and reboot the device. Once rebooted, the resolution on the device should be changed to the values you specified in canvas_height and canvas_width.

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How To Improve AirPods Sound Quality And Bass Using DIY Hack [Video]

By | November 18th, 2017

Apple’s AirPods are amazing little earphones, mainly because they are completely wireless and require next to no work to pair to a device, especially those built by Apple. Where they do lack a little something, however, is in the sound quality department.

At $ 159 per pair, the idea of earphones being so well regarded but not being great sounding is an odd one, but thankfully, improving the sound itself is not too difficult. All you need is some foam, some time, and some patience.

The main complaint levelled at the AirPods, and indeed their wired alternatives EarPods, is that the base response is less than stellar. In fact, it’s sub-par if we are being brutally honest, but as with so many things in life, convenience makes this less important for some people. There are ways to improve how bass is produced, however, and a YouTube video by PoltergeistWorks has everything you need to get the work done.

You really do need to watch the video in order to get the full lowdown on what needs to be done, but the upshot is that by adding foam to the AirPods, you will be able to reduce or eliminate the space between them and your ears. As everyone knows, such spaces are the enemy of sound quality and in particular, bass. The foam should go some way to rectifying that issue, although we still think the best option would be for Apple to actually make the AirPods so they go in our ears properly. Just a thought.

In the meantime though, we suggest checking the video out. The work should take you less than 30 minutes and all you need is the foam, a small screwdriver and something to heat it – a lighter should do the trick just fine. Be careful, take your time and above all, enjoy the results when you’re finished. We think you’ll be pleased!

(Source: PoltergeistWorks [YouTube])

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