Apple Fixes Error 53
Earlier this month, reports of Error 53 flooded news papers and the internet. The error, which caused phones to be ‘bricked’ upon detection of unofficial repairs, has thankfully been addressed and fixed by Apple.
An updated version of iOS 9.2.1 is available for users who update their devices using iTunes only. This is because users that updated their iPhones via iCloud would not have gotten the error anyways. It should be noted this is not a brand new iOS, just a fixed version of iOS 9.2.1.
Apple also issued a new document on their website which lays out the possible causes and fixes for Error 53.
Unfortunately, the update will not be able to re-enable Touch ID. Apple claims that allowing a third-party sensor to function without official Apple verification will seriously compromise security. A corrupted Touch ID could allow access to the phone and data.
An Indian company, Ringing Bells, has recently launched the world’s cheapest smartphone. Priced at a measly £2.50, this phone seems unreal. As cheap as it maybe the phone boasts some pretty decent specs: Android Lollipop 5.1, 1.3 GHz quadcore processor, 4-inch screen, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB internal memory and a 3.2 megapixel front camera.
Users will be able to access all Google Apps and the phone comes with some pre-installed farming and fishing apps which are aimed towards the phone’s target market.
It is still unclear how the company managed to manufacture such a cheap smartphone and many are even calling it a ponzi scheme.
One user discovered that whitener had been used to cover up the real logo. It seems that the phone is a product of Adcom, which is known for selling re-branded Chinese phones.
As it turns out, there’s an option to buy half a phone. HALF. A. PHONE.
Furthermore, the site was offline after a minute! The website had booked full page ads but didn’t have the capacity to handle a second of traffic.
Additionally, the phones seems to be a copy of Apple with many of the icons lifted from the iPhone. If Apple sues, which it most likely will, India can wave goodbye to this budget phone!
The phone seems to be selling at a loss and the only way Ashok Chadha, president of Ringing Bells, can explain how they intend on making money is “economies of scale”. The company does not seem to be subsidized or registered by any Government Agency.
Twitter Integrates GIPHY and RIFFS
Twitter has made the decision to integrate GIPHY and RIFFS in order to make it easier for users to use GIFS in tweets. A new library will allow users to browse for the perfect GIF, short for graphics interchange format, to add to their tweet.
GIPHY users create GIFs to be used for entertainment purposes. After Twitter’s announcement, “Introducing GIF” was trending on Twitter and some users even tweeted their own reaction images in response.
The rollout for the GIF search began on Wednesday and will become available to all users soon.
4Chan at it again
A rumour, originated from 4Chan, has managed to trick users into killing their iPhones. The rumor sent users looking for an Easter Egg that did not exist. Users tried to get their phones to display Apple’s classic and other retro logo designs by setting their iPhone’s date back to 1970. This led to the 64-bit iOS devices being ‘bricked’.
Apple has addressed the issue and reassured users that it will send out an update to fix affected devices.
HSBC kills off passwords.
Customers of HSBC will not have to use passwords to access their bank accounts via phones or the iPhone app. Great news for those of us who always forget our passwords! The bank has started to roll out fingerprint verification recently while the bank hopes to roll out the voice recognition system before the summer.
These systems will be much safer than passwords and users will be less vulnerable to cyber attacks.
An estimated 15 million customers will be able to use this system which is intended to make banking safer and quicker. Customers will provide the bank with a voice print which will analyze the users talking speed, cadence and pronunciation. Customers will be able to then access their accounts by reading set phrases. The system will allegedly work even when the customer had a cold.