Apple has released iOS 16.3 much earlier than many iPhone fans were expecting. Apple’s iOS 16.3 update is a big one, because it comes with important security fixes and a couple of brilliant new features.
One of the best features released in iOS 16.3 is the ability to use security keys such as the Yubico YubiKey to protect your Apple ID. In case you aren’t familiar, security keys are physical hardware keys that you insert into your iPhone. They are much better than passwords alone, as from iOS 16.3 onwards, you’ll need to have the key on your person to authenticate to a new device.
The move by Apple towards wider use of security keys in iOS 16.3 is part of the iPhone maker’s strategy. Apple is a member of the FIDO Alliance, which wants to reduce reliance on passwords in favor of biometrics such as Face ID and Touch ID, as well as security keys.
Apple’s support of FIDO security keys in iOS 16.3 is a “great move,” says independent security researcher Sean Wright. “These keys are currently the strongest form of multi-factor authentication that we have today,” he says.
Among their strengths, cryptography used in the standards used by security keys makes them incredibly resistant to attacks such as phishing—which sees cyber-attackers send emails or SMSs to try and convince you to reveal your details. “The other great advantage is, they can be simple to use,” Wright adds.
If you are keen to try out a security key in iOS 16.3, Wright recommends the YubiKey. “They may cost a little more, but their support is generally better, saving you a lot of frustrations,” he says.
I am also a big fan of the YubiKey, which is an easy starting point for those wishing to try out the new iOS 16.3 feature.
To add a security key in iOS 16.3, go to Settings > Apple ID > Password and Security and Scroll Down to Add Security Keys.
Other iOS 16.3 updates and features
Security keys aren’t the only major change in iOS 16.3—Apple’s latest iPhone upgrade also fixes 13 security issues, including three in the Kernel and a further three in the WebKit engine that underpins the Safari browser. These issues can be chained together to potentially gain control of your iPhone, so it’s worth updating as soon as you can.
Another great feature in iOS 16.3 is Advanced Data Protection, which sees Apple widen out end-to-end encryption to more services in iCloud. Previously, the new feature was only available to people based in the US.
The iOS 16.3 update also fixes several bugs, including an issue where the wallpaper appears black on the Lock Screen; and a problem with the iPhone Pro Max which saw horizontal lines appearing on the screen.
Apple’s iOS 16.3 is a jam-packed update for people who care about security and privacy, and it’s a great start to the year. To try out iOS 16.3 including the cool new security keys feature go to Settings > General > Software Update and download and install the iPhone upgrade now.
Life and style with Brandon Knorr, Owner / Operator, AEC Contracting Ltd – Kimberley Daily Bulletin – Kimberley Bulletin
– Words and photography by Lia Crowe
I’m a little old-fashioned, and I believe a handshake is still a powerful thing,” Brandon tells me when I ask him to tell me his best life lesson.
Born and raised in Kelowna, Brandon is a third-generation homebuilder/contractor in the Okanagan, but it took him a while to come around to it.
“While working in construction was rewarding in my teen years, I felt the need to continue my education and so I completed a computer engineering diploma, and shortly thereafter a commercial helicopter pilot license. However, the grounding and rewarding nature of construction always called me back.”
And what gets Brandon fired up about his work?
“Progress. One of the biggest things that keeps me going is looking at my progress at the end of every day, and being proud of what I’ve accomplished.”
Outside of work Brandon is passionate about aviation and the outdoors.
“I’ve always had a love for nature, whether it’s hunting, fishing or camping. I was fortunate enough to spend three years flying commercial helicopters in northern BC and Alaska, and got to see untouched nature in its glory.”
When it comes to style, Brandon describes his as “classic.”
“I’ve always been comfortable in a classic, simple style. To me, anything that makes you confident and comfortable is good style. If a person has the confidence, they exude style.”
Style Inspirations & Life
Favourite musician:Eric Church or Garth Brooks.
Era of time that inspires your style: 1960s or 2000s.
Favourite local restaurant: Bouchons Bistro.
Favourite cocktail or wine: Crown Royal and cola.
Album on current rotation: Sam Cooke, Greatest Hits.
Favourite city to visit: Las Vegas.
Favourite hotel: Golden Nugget, Las Vegas.
Favourite app: Spotify.
Favourite place in the whole world: Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Uniform:Best uniform I’ve been fortunate enough to wear was a pilot flight suit. Nomex fire-safe flight suit in green.
Favourite denim, brand and cut: Levi’s 502.
Current go-to clothing item: True Classic shirts, Levi’s 502 dark denim.
Favourite pair of shoes: Danner leather boots in brown.
Favourite work tool: Stiletto TB3 Titanium Hammer.
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators.
Favourite hair product:Reuzel Clay Matte Pomade.
Fave print magazine: Boulevard Magazine!
Coffee table book/photography book: The Art of Robert Bateman.
Last great read: Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey.
Book currently reading:The New Kingdom, by Wilbur Smith.
Favourite Author: Wilbur Smith.
Story courtesy of Boulevard Magazine, a Black Press Media publication
128GB Samsung Galaxy S23 to use slower UFS 3.1 storage
As the future Galaxy S23 series approaches, the vanilla Galaxy S23 is set to keep one foot in the past – it will launch with 128GB base storage. Leakster Ice Universe brings some more bad news for would-be S23 buyers, apparently the 128GB version will use the older UFS 3.1 storage format.
The higher 256GB version will utilize the new, faster, more efficient UFS 4.0 and at least at launch it will be available at the same price as the 128GB model. According to Ice, Samsung has not manufactured 128GB UFS 4.0 packages, only 256GB and above. Right now it seems that only Japanese rival Kioxia has UFS 4.0 in 128GB capacity, but Samsung Electronics is reluctant to use those.
UFS 4.0 can achieve sequential speeds of up to 4,200 MB/s for reads and up to 2,800 MB/s for writes
There might be a good reason for that. Flash storage connects chips in parallel to increase data transfer speeds – the more chips there are, the faster the storage is. This means that it is often the case that the smallest storage configurations are slower than larger ones. This means that the 128GB UFS 4.0 packages might not perform on levels worthy of the “UFS 4.0” label.
Another leakster, @chunvn8888, claims that Samsung has cut down the vanilla Galaxy S23 even further. You can read our What to expect post for more details on the specs. For starters, the small S23 will be the only one stuck on 25W charging, not much of a surprise.
But chun’s tweet paints a bleaker picture of the S23 – Wi-Fi 6E instead of Wi-Fi 7, slightly thicker bezels around the display and a less advanced vibration motor. Not mentioned in the tweet, but it looks like the small S23 still won’t get UWB.
That last one is important if you want to use the more advanced SmartTag+ trackers with direction finding. As for Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 7 hasn’t been finalized yet, so current devices that claim to support it really only support a draft version of the standard. But something similar happened with 802.11n (now dubbed Wi-Fi 4) and it worked out okay.
Samsung Galaxy S23
Even with all these cost-cutting measures, the base Samsung Galaxy S23 is expected to go up in price in Europe and India, though not in the US. All of this is based on unconfirmed info, the official unveiling is coming this Wednesday.
Cat Suit Mario, Donkey Kong Make An Appearance In New Super Mario Bros. Movie Teaser – Game Informer
Nintendo and Illumination have released a new teaser that reveals Mario’s famous cat suit as well as more of Seth Rogen’s Donkey Kong.
Released during one of yesterday’s big NFL games, this teaser is short and sweet, but it features 10 or so seconds of new footage from The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which hits theaters on April 7. In it, we see Donkey Kong begin to pummel Mario, which is a clip we’ve seen before, before Mario hits a yellow “?” block. This gives him the cat suit powerup and while it’s useful in the game, that doesn’t appear to be the case here as Rogen’s Donkey Kong begins to make fun of the suit and Mario’s reliance on it.
Check it out for yourself in The Super Mario Bros. Movie clip below:
As you can see, this is the most Donkey Kong dialogue we have heard in a teaser for The Super Mario Bros. Movie yet, and it reveals that Rogen’s character is basically just him, complete with his signature laugh, too. This clip is yet another that looks great and we can’t wait for this movie to hit theaters in a few months on April 7.
What do you think of this new clip? Let us know in the comments below!
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