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Apple is developing a new “Lockdown Mode” for its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. It’s designed to fight industrial-strength hacking like the NSO Group’s Pegasus.
Why it matters
Though these attacks happen to a small group of people, the threat is growing. Pegasus was used by to spy on human rights activists, lawyers, politicians and journalists around the world. Apple says it’s identified similar attacks on people in 150 countries over the past eight months.
Apple will release Lockdown Mode for free later this year and says it’s planning regular updates and improvements. The company has also expanded its bug bounties and established a grant to encourage further research toward this issue.
Apple for years has marketed its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers as the most secure and privacy-focused devices on the market. Last week, it bolstered that effort with a new feature coming this fall called Lockdown Mode, designed to fight targeted hacking attempts such as the , which some governments around the world. Apple also announced a $10 million grant and up to $2 million bug bounty to encourage further research into this growing threat.
The tech giant said that Lockdown Mode is designed to activate “extreme” protections to its phones, such as blocking attachments and link previews in messages, potentially hackable web browsing technologies, and incoming FaceTime calls from unknown numbers. Apple devices will also not accept accessory connections unless the device is unlocked, and people can’t install new remote management software on the devices while they’re in Lockdown Mode as well. The new feature is already available in test software beingand will be released for free publicly in the fall as part of , and . Here’s .
“While the vast majority of users will never be the victims of highly targeted cyberattacks, we will work tirelessly to protect the small number of users who are,” said Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, in a statement. “Lockdown Mode is a groundbreaking capability that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from even the rarest, most sophisticated attacks.”
Along with the new Lockdown Mode, which Apple calls an “extreme” measure, the company announced a $10 million grant to the Dignity and Justice Fund, which was established by the Ford Foundation, to help support human rights and fight social repression.
The company’s efforts to enhance its device security comes at a time when the tech industry is increasingly confronting targeted cyberattacks from oppressive governments around the world. Unlike widespread ransomware or virus campaigns, which are often designed to indiscriminately spread furthest and quickest through homes and corporate networks, attacks like those using Pegasus are designed for quiet intelligence gathering.
Last September, Apple sent out a free software update that, and then it in an effort to stop the company from developing or selling any more hacking tools. It also began sending “Threat Notifications” to potential victims of these hacking tools, which Apple calls “mercenary spyware.” The company said that while the number of people targeted in these campaigns is very small, it’s notified people in about 150 countries since November.
Other tech companies have also expanded their approach to security in recent years. Google has an initiative called Advanced Account Protection, designed for “anyone who is at an elevated risk of targeted online attacks” by adding extra layers of safety to . Microsoft has been increasingly .
Apple said it plans to expand Lockdown Mode over time, and announced aof up to $2 million for people who find security holes in the new feature. For now, it’s designed primarily to disable computer features that may be helpful but that open people to potential attacks. That includes turning off some fonts, link previews and incoming FaceTime calls from unknown accounts.
Apple representatives said the company sought to find a balance between usability and extreme protections, adding that the company is publicly committing to strengthening and improving the feature. In the most recent iteration of Lockdown Mode, which is being sent to developers in an, apps that display webpages will follow the same restrictions that Apple’s apps follow, though people can preapprove some websites to circumvent Lockdown Mode if needed. People in Lockdown Mode will also have to unlock their device before it’ll connect with accessories.
Encouraging more research
In addition, Apple said it hopes a planned $10 million grant to the Dignity and Justice Fund will help encourage more research on these issues and expand training and security audits for people who might be targeted.
“Every day we see these threats broadening and deepening,” said Lori McGlinchey, director of the Ford Foundation’s Technology and Society program, who is working with technical advisers including Apple’s Krstić to help direct the fund. “In recent years, state and non-state actors have used spyware to track and intimidate human rights defenders, environmental activists and political dissidents in virtually every region of the world.”
Ron Deibert, a professor of political science and director of the Citizen Lab cybersecurity researchers at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, said he expects Apple’s Lockdown Mode will be a “major blow” to spyware companies and the governments who rely on their products.”
“We’re doing all we can, alongside a number of investigative journalists working this beat, but that’s been it, and that’s a huge asymmetry,” he said, adding that Apple’s $10 million grant will help attract more work toward this issue. “You have an enormous industry that’s very lucrative and almost entirely unregulated, profiting from huge contracts from governments that have an appetite to engage in this type of espionage.”
Google is suing Sonos over patent infringement once again – Yahoo Movies Canada
Google is suing Sonos (again) over patent infringement in what seems to be an unending legal fight series between two tech companies. The two new lawsuits filed Monday center around various patents involving keyword detection, charging using “technologies invented by Google” and determining what speaker from a group should respond to the keyword.
A post from Bloomberg Law noted that both these lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The report said that Google accused Sonos products — like the Sonos One, Arc, Beam, Move and Roam — of violating seven patents.
“Rather than compete on the basis of innovation and product quality, Sonos has decided to compete in the courtroom, and started an aggressive and misleading campaign against our products, at the expense of our shared customers. We prefer innovation to litigation but their actions leave us no choice but to defend our technology and challenge Sonos’s clear, continued infringement of our patents,” José Castañeda, Google spokesperson, told TechCrunch in a statement.
The search giant also plans to take these complaints to the U.S. International Trade Commission in the coming days, Castañeda added. The company will ask the commission to impose a ban on the import of any products that are found infringing the above-mentioned patents.
The search giant’s lawsuit document, seen by TechCrunch, targeted the recently introduced Sonos voice assistant, saying that Google has patents for “enabling voice assistant technology and providing improvements to the efficiency, reliability, and durability of voice-controlled and battery-powered devices,” and Sonos is using them without its permission.
“For example, Sonos has recently introduced its Sonos Voice Control feature to control its products in a power-efficient manner through the use of “hotwords,” and to manage battery charging of its products, using technologies invented by Google,” it said.
Google and Sonos have been at loggerheads about wireless speaker tech patents for a while now. The latter got a big win earlier this year when the U.S. Trade Commission said Google had infringed on patents related to casting and group speaker controls. The Mountain View-based company had to remove from its offerings some functionality, like a single group volume control for a set of speakers.
Last week, a California judge sided with Google by canceling a Sonos patent related to transferring the playback queue of tracks from one speaker to another.
We’ve reached out to Sonos and will update the story with a comment when we hear back.
OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6 – PhoneArena
The OnePlus 10T is priced on par with the Pixel 6, skips the zoom camera just like Google’s phone, and sports a snappy and barebones Android interface, again like, you guessed it, the Pixel 6.
That is why we are pitching the new OnePlus 10T versus the “old” Google Pixel 6 to help you choose which one to get on the runup to the September release date here in the US, based on their camera, display, and processor performance benchmarks.
OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6, the main differences:
- Record fast 150W wired charging on the OnePlus 10T, but no wireless charging
- The smaller Pixel 6 display has better color presentation but lower refresh rate
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset is faster than Google’s Tensor 1 and offers better 5G connectivity
- The OnePlus 10 comes with twice the RAM and base storage of the Pixel 6
- Two color options vs three
- 50 MP cameras, but Google is still the mobile photography boss
Design and Display Quality
The OnePlus 10T is undoubtedly the more elegant phone at the front, what with the thinner display bezels and the boxy Pixel 6 appearance. At the back, however, it’s a toss-up between the OnePlus camera island fused with the side frame and the unorthodox camera “strip” of the Pixel 6.
The Pixel’s design is a bit more comfortable to hold and use with one hand, not only because it is more compact, but also because the elevated camera strip serves as a great place to press your index finger against. The OnePlus 10T’s elevated camera area holds three cameras and a flash, while Google’s strip has two and a flash, making for a rather baren appearance in comparison.
The 10T has two color options – Moonstone Black and Jade Green – which, despite the drastic difference in texture and looks, are achieved by using a glass back. The Pixel 6, in comparison, offers three colorways – Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam, and Stormy Black – and is again offering a glass back which has a wireless charging coil on the inside, unlike the OnePlus 8T which only charges with the monstrous 150W brick.
We have to give it to Google and its Pixel line when it comes to display colors. While phones from the BBK holding, like those of Oppo or OnePlus, offer rare per-unit factory calibration on the high-end models for the utmost in wide gamut coverage, Google’s Pixels have perfect display calibration even towards the midrange which is currently occupied by the Pixel 6.
The Pixel 6, on the other hand, has one of the lowest Deltas we’ve measured, near-perfect white balance, and brightness on par with the OnePlus 10T, as if counterweights to the higher refresh rate of the OnePlus phone.
Performance and Software
The Pixel 6 runs on Google’s own Tensor processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB of base storage. While both phones run their light Android interfaces well, the OnePlus 10T runs the most powerful Android chipset at the moment, so Google’s Tensor has a hard time catching up, especially when it comes to gaming or 5G connectivity where Qualcomm has no equal in terms of bands and filters supported.
But let’s look at the raw specs from our performance benchmarks and let them speak for themselves, especially in the 3D graphics rendering section which is important if you play a lot of games on your phone, here the 10T easily surpasses the Pixel 6:
The OnePlus 10T has a big but aesthetically pleasing camera island on the back, hosting three sensor and lense combos only one of which makes sense, the 50MP main camera with the Sony sensor. The 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro camera are compromises and seem to be there for the count.
Can Google compete with the 50MP sensor of the Pixel 6’s main camera and the 12MP of the ultrawide against the newer OnePlus 10T? It can, and then some, as you can see from the samples below.
The crowd-pleasing OnePlus camera algorithms churn out overly warm, yellowish images with unnatural contrast boost. The photos lose some details in the process, while the Pixel 6 not only manages to snap very realistic, true-to-life colors both indoors and outdoors, but also captures more detail and the images have less blur without oversharpening, and the same goes for the 4K sample videos from the two phones below.
Both the OnePlus 10T and the Pixel 6 list “dual stereo speakers” among their virtues, but it’s a single speaker augmented by using the earpiece as the other one to keep the stereo sound off-balance. The sound from both phones won’t rock your socks, especially in the lows and mids, but they are both sufficiently loud to annoy people on your morning commute still.
It’s also worth noting that the phones lack a headphone jack, so you’d have to pick your poison of USB-C headphones, or wireless ones if you don’t want to use the “stereo speakers.”
Battery Life and Charging
The OnePlus 10T’s added value is its 150W charging system that pumps its 4800 mAh dual-cell battery full of electrons for less than 20 minutes. We measured 23 minutes, to be exact, but that was from a completely depleted state, not the 1% that OnePlus measures from.
There’s no wireless charging like on the Pixel 6, but the ultrafast wired and the inclusion of its 150W brick in the box more than compensates In short, both the battery life and the charging rounds go to the OnePlus 10T here.
Conclusion: OnePlus 10T or Pixel 6, which one to buy?
While the specs of the OnePlus 10T and Google Pixel 6 are quite similar, as can be expected given their respective price category, the newer phone is definitely the faster one with its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the 20-minute charging speed. When it comes to photography, the Pixel 6 has the upper hand, though, despite both having 50MP main cameras.
In other words, if performance while gaming, record charging speeds, and a larger display with smoother refresh rate are more important to you than better dynamic range or night colors in your photos and wireless charging, go for the OnePlus 10T which can now be ordered with a free storage upgrade to boot.
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Mobile ERP Software – Features and Its Benefits
It is a fact that real-time communication and mobility are essential factors in the software space. Mobility can affect how businesses operate their processes. Among the tools, you can use today for your business is mobile ERP software.
Mobile ERP Software Defined
Mobile ERP software allows you to use ERP systems through your mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones. With a mobile ERP, you can improve mobility within the framework of an organization, which can boost business productivity.
Using mobile ERP software, you can access, share and create business information via handheld mobile devices. Integrating the software into your business can provide you with real-time data access without setup or significant infrastructure.
Through mobile ERP apps, you can make better decisions for your business. Meanwhile, you should remember that not all mobile ERP software is created similarly. You should choose one which can streamline communication for enhanced productivity and work collaboration.
What are the advantages of mobile ERP software?
A mobile ERP software can simplify the daily operations of an organization by lowering the complexity related to recording information manually. The software is flexible for streamlining processes without affecting operational efficiency.
Mobile ERP platform can provide your organization with many benefits. These include the following:
Mobile ERP software can improve visibility within your business. You can track activities of over one business location conveniently. It allows you to monitor business operations across various locations and departments on your mobile device.
Through a mobile ERP platform, you can collect valuable information and data from various points and offer up-to-date information to stay informed about what’s happening in real-time.
Enhanced data quality
The data fed to the system is the foundation of the ERP platform. It is excellent, like the input data. You can also design the system to capture bad data and prevent it from entering your ERP software. Your mobile ERP system can be your one-stop location where quality data is recorded and input.
With mobile ERP software, you can simplify the procedure of long and tiring implementations. It can add another layer of flexibility to current ERP implementations. With this, you can have a more effective and faster process.
A mobile ERP software can access real-time on-the-stop information about business accounts allowing you to enhance your business’ competitive advantage. As you access the ERP system on your mobile devices, you can have better control over your business operations. It can enhance productivity and lower turnaround time.
Mobile ERP software is the future ahead
More companies today are using mobile platforms. The mobile ERP software drives innovation and was already considered an essential component of a company with a mobile workforce.
Mobile ERP systems can drive visibility across all departments of a business. It can speed up the automation process, delivering enhanced profitability and efficiency for organizations.
Features of mobile ERP software
Mobile ERP software is equipped with innovative features that can meet the specific needs of your business.
With mobile ERP, you can have cloud-based solutions that simplify your business operations. It allows you to experience easy collaboration with users, predictive business reporting, and 24/7 accessibility. Cloud-based ERP is more affordable and will not require you to build new infrastructure for your organization.
Multiple location tracking
Mobile ERP will give you a bird’s eye view of your business locations, so you can identify the most productive and low-performing locations. It allows you to improve decision-making, plan important projects, and detect issues as they occur.
High-performing data reporting
With the system, you can get essential business information to your dashboards. Since you can have valuable data, you can make informed decisions.
Promotes employee productivity
ERP mobile software helps employees in various departments to manage time on different projects with excellent flexibility. It can increase your business’s productivity and reduce turnaround time for essential documents.
Why should you choose mobile ERP software?
Mobile ERP software can offer many benefits to your business. The following are additional factors why you should invest in mobile ERP software.
Increased security, protected data
Your valuable data are encrypted using state-of-the-art security if you access the ERP system through your mobile devices. Managing your business operations in the cloud allows you to track all activities. The data are backed up automatically and have protection from malicious external attacks.
ERP system is specific, so it will need a well-trained specialist to visit your business onsite. As you integrate mobile ERP software into your business, you can access a dedicated service team. You can quickly get support from the experts whenever you experience some issue.
Easier updating and migration
Another unique feature of a mobile ERP system is that you don’t have to change to another software if your company’s demands and workforce grow. You can have easier updating and migration with mobile ERP, allowing you to reduce costs.
What are the industries that may need a mobile ERP?
ERP mobile technology can benefit the following industries:
- Manufacturing factories
- Retail businesses
- Industrial services
- Construction and development
- Professional contractors
- Professional firms ( accounting, legal firms)
- Service-based physical businesses
Mobile ERP system types
Mobile ERP system has various types.
Small business ERP
This mobile ERP platform has laser-targeted features relevant to the daily operations of a startup or small business.
General ERP systems
It features a generalist approach for mobile ERP systems. It can have systems that individuals and small businesses can use to manage basic transactions.
This type of mobile ERP is an industry-specific solution that can be ideal for a business niche. The software is designed and customized based on the focused demands of a business.
Generally, mobile ERP software can be an efficient tool to level up your business transactions by accessing the system through your mobile devices. With its advanced features, your business can increase productivity, leading to growth and development.
Mobile ERP platform can help you save time, effort, and money when it comes to your business projects and processes.
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