Comey's "A Higher Loyalty" mentions his distaste for encryption; cites Apple, 'Silicon Valley types'

We’ve all seen the headlines and know that former FBI Director James Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is full of salacious tales about President Donald J. Trump. But putting aside subject matter like “golden showers” for a moment, Comey’s book tears into more than just the president. You might recall that Comey himself was in the middle of Apple’s little brouhaha with the Justice Department over the G-Men’s attempt to crack the San Bernardino shooter’s Apple iPhone 5c. As a result, the ex-FBI director discusses Apple, Silicon Valley and encryption in his tome.

The Justice Department won …


Facebook blames "a bug" for keeping users' discarded videos on its servers

Have you ever uploaded a video on Facebook, only to delete it a few hours later, thinking it’d be gone for good? Yeah, well, better think again – Facebook’s got a copy or two of that video safe and sound on its servers. Even worse, last week it was brought up that videos from the days that Facebook allowed users to record footage directly on the platform are also kept on the servers, even if they’ve never been published to begin with. The discovery was made after a user downloaded their Facebook archive and found multiple takes of a draft video they had thought had been discarded.

Zuckerberg’s …

Essential says "a new wave" is coming on February 15 – will we see a new phone?

Several months back, Essential confirmed that it was working on a next-generation handset, saying that this should be easier to repair than the original Essential Phone. Now, the company is getting ready to announce something on February 15 – that’s Thursday – and this might have something to do with a new smartphone. 
Essential took to Twitter to inform the world that “a new wave [of something] is coming” on February 15. The company also shared an image – seen above – showing what resembles the fingerprint scanner of the first Essential Phone. This could mean …

OnePlus responds to the latest backdoor debacle, doesn't see it as "a major security issue"

Just yesterday, it was discovered that OnePlus has included a rather powerful app that could easily serve as a backdoor for many of its latest devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3. Dubbed Engineer Mode, the app is normally intended for testing and maintenance of Qualcomm-powered Android devices but also allows anyone with average knowledge to pre-root the device and greatly mess up with the security of the device. Of course, such an app has no place inside an official user build for an Android device.

There were even concerns that apps could be engineered abuse these …

Jony Ive: The iPhone X marks "a new chapter" in design, but Apple has more big ideas in store

Even though it’s yet to be released to the public, the iPhone X is already a fairly controversial device. Sure, it has an interesting new design, but many fans have expressed their concerns about the drawbacks associated with it. The two biggest culprits are, of course, the display notch (which may prove to be a distraction when using the phone in landscape mode) and the removal of TouchID (which some people find less obtrusive than using facial recognition).

But whether you like the new iPhone design, it’s starting to become apparent that Apple will …