Siri flaw allows anyone to disable cellular data on your iPhone without a Passcode

The point of having a Passcode is to prevent other people from breaking into your iPhone and stealing your personal information, or changing the settings on your phone. One is a serious matter that could result in identity theft and the subsequent loss of money from your financial accounts. The second is like a practical joke that is more frustrating than anything else. The flaw we are writing about now is related to the less serious prank. A Reddit subscriber found a way to use Siri to disable the Cellular Data settings on an iPhone without knowing the Passcode of the device.

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Apple confirms that it purchased AI firm Lattice Data for $200 million; purchase might improve Siri


Apple has reportedly purchased AI firm Lattice Data. A report published Saturday suggests that Apple used $200 million of its massive cash holdings to make the purchase, which includes 20 engineers that will be moving to Cupertino. The company helps turn so-called dark data (like text and images) into structured data that is more usable. In other words, think of all the data out there as information that is unlabeled and has the potential to be used if it were simply put away and filed where it could be easy to find. That is what Lattice does.

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Verizon: no, Mr Legere, the new unlimited data plans aren't straining our network

Back in February, Verizon joined the unlimited data plans trend, and introduced a… gasp… reasonably priced plan for mobile Internet to infinity, or until you hit a throttling cap in congested downtown areas like with other carriers’ unlimited offers. T-Mobile’s ever-feisty CEO John Legere, however, commented a few weeks ago during an earnings call that Verizon’s network has slowed down 14% since the introduction of its unlimited plans, and, according to him, they are simply unprepared for the influx of bits and bytes through Big Red’s ether. “In the same time,” he said, “the …

Sprint rolled out a $40 month 2GB data plan for subscribers on a budget

Sprint launched a new plan after its Unlimited Freedom promo campaign ran out. The carrier lets you get on a $40 2GB plan ($45 without auto-pay) with unlimited talk and text, which is a good option if $60 for the limitless plan is a bit steep for you. There’s also a retail-only $40 Affordable Choice plan with 4GB of data.

Sprint reportedly introduced these after its lower-paying customers took a dislike to the Unlimited Freedom plans last month. Although the carrier isn’t advertising them, adamant that unlimited everything is “what customers really want”, it’s doing …

Opera Max 3.0 released with all new design, data savings for Facebook

Opera Max, the powerful data savings and data management tool for Android devices, has just received a major update that brings a lot of visual changes, as well as under the hood improvements.

The most obvious addition to the Android app is the new design, which was optimized to make Opera Max easier to use. The developers have added a step-by-step tutorial that triggers when you open the app for the first time.

It offers useful tips in the form of cards, which are contextual to one’s usage. The new design can show “app by app” mobile and Wi-Fi data usage. …

AT&T to throttle data speeds of tablet users with a grandfathered unlimited plan

AT&T informed its subscribers who have a grandfathered unlimited plan for their tablet, that they will be subject to having their data speeds throttled if they consume more than 22GB of data in a single billing period. The slow down in data speed will occur only when AT&T is experiencing heavy traffic leading to congestion on its network. The carrier sent out email to its grandfathered unlimited tablet customers warning them that the new rules take effect starting on May 24th.

Essentially, this means that AT&T’s tablet users with a grandfathered unlimited plan have the same restrictions …

Verizon now offers unlimited data plans for pre-paid subscribers

Verizon announced today that effective immediately, it will offer an unlimited data plan for its pre-paid customers. The price of the service is $80 a month and includes unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited text to over 200 international locations. The pre-paid unlimited plan streams video at up to 480p (DVD quality). Mobile hotspot and tethering usage is not included as part of the plan, and during times of heavy traffic your data could be prioritized behind other customers.

Verizon has now simplified its pre-paid offerings, and all of them include unlimited talk, text and …

Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it’s aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system to process agricultural waste products with a digester, which in turn generates …

Smart bandages will use 5G data and nano-sensors to help doctors track a wound


Imagine a bandage that will report to a Doctor via 5G wireless on how well a wound being covered is healing. Swansea University in the U.K. will begin trials inside of the next year on this so-called smart bandage. Besides using next-gen wireless service to send reports on the wound to health care professionals, the bandages employ nano-sensors to track any improvements in the injury..

With the information from the bandages, Doctors will be able to monitor a wound and recommend a treatment plan based on how well it is healing. Doctors will also be able to track how active the injured …

Sprint to position pre-paid service as an alternative for consumers who don't need unlimited data

Sprint has made things quite easy for consumers. $50 a month gets you a single line of unlimited talk, text and data. The plan also comes with 10GB per month of mobile hot spot data. Streaming video arrives at a resolution as high as 1080p, music is streamed at 1.5Mbps and games are streamed at 8Mbps. Sprint customers no longer have tiers to choose from with different data buckets, and the nation’s fourth largest carrier eliminated its plan that takes 50% off the rates charged by Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

While Sprint’s new pricing obviously appeals to those who need unlimited data, …