Apple fixes iOS screen bypass bug

Apple has fixed the iOS 9 screen bypass bug which allowed users to use Siri to launch the Twitter app which in turn bypassed the lock screen. Interestingly, the Cupertino based company hasn’t released an update for the operating system, but updated its servers which now require Siri to ask for passcode ‘when applicable’ while launching the Twitter app.

As Siri queries the Apple server when a user asks a question, so all Apple had to do was to fix the instruction set coming from its server to release an update for the issue.

With the bug, users could theoretically bypass the lock screen password and access things like the Photos and contacts apps. At the time, we recommended that users disable Siri access on the lock screen to avoid a security breach.

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Apple’s server update also fixes another minor issue. With iOS 9.3, Apple has released a new feature called ‘Night-Shift’ . Users could activate the feature via Siri even when the phone was in low-power mode with Siri promoting the user about disabling low-power mode. Now, it prompts the user.

Overall, 2016 has been a little troublesome for Apple in terms of iOS updates. It is not only battling the FBI with regard to encryption on iOS, but its OS had a problem called Error 53 which was bricking phones in working condition. Even when Apple pushed out iOS 9.3 to users a couple of weeks ago, the software update bricked a number of older iOS devices like the iPad 2 which didn’t come with the Touch ID scanner.

All this is happening as Apple prepares to launch the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7 in global markets like India later this week.

 

source- india today

How to bring Alexa into every room of your home.

It’s surprisingly easy to add multiple Alexa devices to a single Amazon account. The Amazon Alexa app for iOS and Android walks you through the process. If you sync control of any smart home devices to one Echo unit, any other Echo products tied to the same account will also recognize them.

Thanks to an audio line-in on the Tap and the magic of Bluetooth, you can link the Tap to the Dot either over a cable or wirelessly. This combination gets you the better speakers and the portability of the Tap with the always-listening Alexa feature via the Dot. Buying both the Dot and Tap will cost $220, $20 more than a single Echo, but it gives you a more flexible set up with portability when you need it — and always-on Alexa convenience when you don’t.

 

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 Another way to extend Alexa is a single Echo and a Voice Remote. That will cost $210 and it will give you the best speaker of the set, plus an Alexa contact point in one room. The Voice Remote uses Bluetooth, and the range proved extensive when we tried it out in the CNET Smart Home. I placed an Echo on the top floor, went two floors down into the basement, and the Echo still responded to my command