Low-level Apple intern stole the iOS 9 source code that ended up on GitHub

Just a couple of days ago, we told you about the leak that has been called the biggest in Apple history. The source code for Apple’s iBoot  program was posted on GitHub for all the world to see. And even though this particular version was from iOS 9, it still might provide hackers with some useful information that can be used to decrypt an iPhone and create more havoc for the iOS faithful.

So who was behind the leak? Was it a recently fired executive looking for payback? A computer genius who hacked through layers of security to get the old code? Or was it a shrewd Wall Street short …


Published iBoot source code said to be the biggest leak in Apple history

Remember last July when Apple pushed out firmware for its HomePod smart speaker to developers, and it revealed leaks about the iPhone X? Only back then, we were calling the device the Apple iPhone 8, as were all media outlets at the time. That leak gave us our first look at the infamous “notch” and showed us that without Touch ID on front, a facial recognition system seemed likely (which was something that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had amazingly told us five months earlier).

That leak might have been surpassed by what some are calling “The biggest leak in Apple history.” Apparently, …

Save money on a refurbished Pixel or Pixel XL with prices starting at $320 with coupon code

If you’re looking for a deal on a smartphone, one of the most overlooked places to find the model you want is among lists of refurbished handsets for sale. Sure, these devices were once another person’s problem; but these units are usually fixed up, tested, and given a limited warranty before they end up in your hands. And of course, the appeal is that you can save some cash when buying a refurbished model.

Daily Steals is currently offering refurbished Google Pixel and Pixel XL units. The 32GB version of the refurbed Pixel is usually $339.99 and the 128GB model lists at $399.99. However, …

Pi or Pie: New code commit reveals Android 9.0 in-house codename

While it’s too early to speculate on Android 9.0’s name, which will be revealed at the software’s official announcement sometime in August 2018 if Google sticks up to its schedule, an early developer preview will most likely arrive in a month or so. Thus, the flood gates of speculation pertaining to the next major version of Android are now wide open. Of course as it usually happens, the very first people to track down traces of code referring to upcoming software features are developers and tinkerers that disseminate any code Google has released, and especially the Android Open Source Project. 

Pie, …

Latest version of YouTube for Android app features code for a dark theme and more

A report published this weekend discusses a teardown of the latest version of the YouTube for Android app (v. 13). Code found inside this new version of the app indicates that the next update could give Android users the choice to activate a dark theme for YouTube. This really wouldn’t be shocking considering that on the web, the streaming video site already offers this capability.

Also discovered in the teardown was code related to an incognito mode. Currently, Android users of the YouTube app can go into the History & privacy menu of YouTube and toggle to pause watch history and search …

Friends and family code drops the price of the Essential Phone to $299

About a week ago, we told you that the Essential Phone had received a $200 price cut, dropping the cost of the phone to $499. That 29% drop certainly made the device more affordable. But suppose we told you that there is a way for you to pick up the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin’s pride and joy, for only $299. While our math skills aren’t what they used to be, that is less than half the original $699 price for the handset.

To score an Essential Phone for $299, you are going to need the friends & family discount code. To receive that code you will have had to pay full price, or know someone …

Google Home smart speaker just $86 with coupon code

Normally priced at $129 when purchased from the Google Store, the Google Home smart speaker is available for only $86 from online retailer Rakuten with the use of a coupon code. The device can answer your inquiries related to the weather, news, sports scores and more. Google Home can set timers and alarms, confirm your flight information and stream your favorite songs. It also can control your smart appliances inside your home including the thermostat, lighting, entertainment systems, and more.

To take advantage of this deal, click on the sourcelink and you’ll end up at Rakuten’s online …

Apple iPhone 8 invitation secret code decoded (totally not a hoax)

So… Apple will hold an event on September 12th and it has sent out official invitations to select members of the media.
And people have already started looking for those secret clues contained in the invitation because SURELY a secretive company like Apple has dropped a hint or two.
Of course, those who seek shall find, and we only humbly share their findings.
So here is how it went: WSJ’s Joanna Stern started it all in a rather innocent way…
If you look really …

Huawei Mate 10's code name is Marcel?

It was just two days ago when Huawei introduced us to Marcel when it released a Rogue’s Gallery of sorts. This was a promotion/teaser that showed all of the manufacturer’s handsets that featured a dual camera setup. This list starts with the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus in April 2016, continuing with the Huawei Mate 9 in November 2016 and the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus in April 2017.

One other phone follows. It is unnamed but carries a date of October 16, 2017, and features a social media address of #beyondthegalaxy. This is no doubt the Huawei Mate 10 which is reportedly going to be unveiled on October …