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iOS 10.3.3 Released For The iPhone And iPad

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you might be interested to learn that Apple has recently released a new update to the iOS 10 operating system. This latest update will bump your phone’s software up to iOS 10.3.3 and according to the changelog, it seems that this update will focus more on bug fixes and various improvements to your device.

The changelog reads, “iOS 10.3.3 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.” Given that this is a slight bump in version number, we don’t expect that there will be any major new features introduced. However despite the fact, it’s still probably a good idea to update your device anyway since getting new security updates is usually a good thing, especially with the spate of hackings that we’re seeing in recent times.

It is possible that iOS 10.3.3 will be latest update that we can expect from Apple as far as iOS 10 is concerned. iOS 11 was officially announced at WWDC 2017 earlier last month and will introduce some visual changes and a bunch of new features. iOS 11 is currently in beta and is expected to be launched this fall alongside the new iPhones, which is why like we said it seems more than likely that iOS 10.3.3 could be the last update to iOS 10 that users can expect before iOS 11.

iOS 10.3.3 Released For The iPhone And iPad , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Adobe Lightroom For iOS Gains Support For 3D Touch, Apple Pencil

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

The thing with the iPad Pro is that thanks to the Apple Pencil, it makes it the perfect tool to use if you want to draw on the go, or if you want to be able to edit photos in the field. Granted editing on a computer might be better thanks to a larger display, but if you had to edit in the field, the iPad Pro would come in handy, especially when paired with Adobe Lightroom.

The good news for photographers is that if the above describes your workflow, you might be pleased to learn that Adobe has recently issued an update for Lightroom for iOS, where support for the Apple Pencil is one of the new features that they’ll be introducing. To be more specific, users with the Apple Pencil will be able to make edits that might be pressure-sensitive. The changelog reads, “Supports Apple Pencil for pressure-sensitive application of enhancements”.

For those who don’t own the iPad Pro or Apple Pencil, not to worry as Adobe has not forgotten about you guys either. For iPhone owners, Adobe will be introducing a similar feature but instead of the Apple Pencil, it will rely on 3D Touch which is also pressure-sensitive. According to Adobe, “Supports 3D Touch for pressure-sensitive application of enhancements on devices that support 3D Touch”.

The update should already be live so if you haven’t done so already, you’ll be able to get your hands on it via the iTunes App Store.

Adobe Lightroom For iOS Gains Support For 3D Touch, Apple Pencil , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Wacom Announces New 24-inch, 32-inch 4K Cintiq Pro Tablets

Tyler Lee July 17, 2017

Long before the iPad Pro came along, Wacom was pretty much the default company that many artists and professionals turned to for their drawing tablet needs. In fact while the iPad Pro might be the more mainstream option, Wacom’s Cintiq tablets are actually still pretty popular, and it looks like the company has a couple more options for its users.

Wacom has recently announced that they will be adding two new Cintiq Pro models to its lineup come early 2018. These models are the Cintiq Pro 24 and the Cintiq Pro 32, both of which corresponds to their sizes, with the former offering a 24-inch display/drawing area, while the latter offers up a 32-inch display size.

This is a pretty massive step up from what Wacom is offering now where the Cintiq Pro comes in either a 13-inch or a 16-inch model. Clearly these are designed for users who might need the larger surface area, like maybe architects who want more space to draw on, or maybe just artists who might have use for it and would prefer it compared to scrolling around.

Details about the new models and their specs remain to be seen as Wacom states that details will be shared leading up to its release. However the company did say that they will feature 4K edge-to-edge displays, with the Pro 24 priced at $2,000, while the Pro 32 will be priced at $3,300.

Wacom Announces New 24-inch, 32-inch 4K Cintiq Pro Tablets , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s Bug Bounty Program Payout Is Apparently Too Low

Tyler Lee July 6, 2017

Many tech companies rely on outside help like white hat hackers and developers to report bugs to them, and they are usually encouraged by offering up a bounty for bugs that are discovered in the form of money. The amount will range depending on the severity of the bug, but basically there is money to be made.

However it seems that Apple isn’t paying bug hunters enough to keep them properly motivated. In a report from Motherboard, it seems that Apple’s bug bounty program payout is too low where developers/hackers who discover iOS bugs would much rather keep the information to themselves and sell them to the gray market.

Speaking to Motherboard, Nikias Bassen who is a security researcher at Zimperium said, “People can get more cash if they sell their bugs to others. If you’re just doing it for the money, you’re not going to give [bugs] to Apple directly.” Patrick Wardle who was a former NSA hacker agreed with Bassen’s statement and said that iOS bugs are “too valuable” to report to Apple.

Apple’s bug bounty program was announced last August at the Black Hat security conference. This marked the first time that Apple has decided to officially reward hackers who report bugs to the company, but given these statements it seems that maybe the program isn’t really as cracked up as one might think, but hopefully Apple will work on improving it.

Apple’s Bug Bounty Program Payout Is Apparently Too Low , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s Bug Bounty Program Payout Is Apparently Too Low

Tyler Lee July 6, 2017

Many tech companies rely on outside help like white hat hackers and developers to report bugs to them, and they are usually encouraged by offering up a bounty for bugs that are discovered in the form of money. The amount will range depending on the severity of the bug, but basically there is money to be made.

However it seems that Apple isn’t paying bug hunters enough to keep them properly motivated. In a report from Motherboard, it seems that Apple’s bug bounty program payout is too low where developers/hackers who discover iOS bugs would much rather keep the information to themselves and sell them to the gray market.

Speaking to Motherboard, Nikias Bassen who is a security researcher at Zimperium said, “People can get more cash if they sell their bugs to others. If you’re just doing it for the money, you’re not going to give [bugs] to Apple directly.” Patrick Wardle who was a former NSA hacker agreed with Bassen’s statement and said that iOS bugs are “too valuable” to report to Apple.

Apple’s bug bounty program was announced last August at the Black Hat security conference. This marked the first time that Apple has decided to officially reward hackers who report bugs to the company, but given these statements it seems that maybe the program isn’t really as cracked up as one might think, but hopefully Apple will work on improving it.

Apple’s Bug Bounty Program Payout Is Apparently Too Low , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Photos Of Alleged Microsoft Surface Mini Surfaces

Tyler Lee June 30, 2017

Image credit – Windows Central

Several years ago, there were rumors that Microsoft could have a smaller Surface tablet in the works called the Surface Mini. This was roughly around the time that smaller sized tablets like the iPad mini were gaining quite a bit of traction, so it wasn’t surprising that Microsoft wanted in on the action too.

However a year later ahead of the Surface Pro 3’s launch, the tablet was reportedly cancelled at the very last minute. At that time it was reported that Microsoft’s newly-appointed CEO Satya Nadella did not believe that the tablet was different enough to compete with the competition, and now thanks to a report from Windows Central, we now know what the tablet looks like.

The publication has managed to get their hands on what is allegedly the Surface Mini. From what we can tell from its design, it seems that the tablet looks more like a larger Windows Phone handset rather than a Surface tablet. The report claims that the tablet has a soft and felt-like texture covering it, and it also features a built-in kickstand, along with support for microSD cards, a micro-USB port for charging, as well as a USB-OTG port.

As for specs, the tablet is said to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with 1GB of RAM, an 8-inch 1440×1080 display, and 32GB of storage. Note that the specs do sound outdated by today’s standards, but back then it was considered to be pretty good. We’re not sure if Microsoft ever plans on revisiting the mini tablet market, but for now this is what things could have been.

Photos Of Alleged Microsoft Surface Mini Surfaces , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Refurbished Apple Pencils Are Now Available For Purchase

Tyler Lee June 27, 2017

One of the key features of the iPad Pros is ironically enough the Apple Pencil, which at its core is essentially a stylus and an accessory that Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs once derided. However it has proved to be an incredibly useful and almost invaluable tool for those who use the iPad Pro for graphic design work.

At the same time the accessory does not come cheap at a price tag of $99, but the good news is that you can now save yourself some money if you don’t mind refurbished products. It has been spotted that Apple is now selling refurbished Apple Pencils, which basically means that these have been bought and returned by customers.

However they have also been looked over and fixed (if anything needs fixing) to ensure that it is in tip-top working condition before being sold. If you don’t mind something that was pre-owned, you’ll get to save yourself about $14 as the refurbished Apple Pencil is priced at $85. It’s not a whole sight cheaper compared to brand new, but if you’re on a budget, then why not?

Note that since this is a refurbished product, supply will be limited so you might want to hurry before it is sold out, so head on over to Apple’s website for the details and to make your purchase.

Refurbished Apple Pencils Are Now Available For Purchase , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iOS 11 Public Beta Now Available

Tyler Lee June 26, 2017

At WWDC 2017 earlier this month, Apple announced iOS 11, the company’s latest iteration of its iOS mobile operating system. As expected the latest update to iOS contains a bunch of design changes as well as introduction of new features, although a release date has yet to be confirmed.

However the good news is that if you don’t mind trying out unfinished software, Apple has launched the public beta for iOS 11 which allows non-developers to take the software for a spin. Now iOS 11’s beta has been released to developers for a while now, at least ever since Apple announced it at WWDC, but now the public beta means that even if you’re not a developer, you will be able to test drive the latest software on your iOS device.

It was back in 2015 that Apple introduced a public beta program, whereas before this users were required to have a verified developer account in order to gain access to the beta programs. However whether or not you should participate in this beta is entirely up to you since betas usually mean that the software isn’t quite 100% done and that your experience might not necessarily be ideal.

It could also “break” apps and cause them to lose their functionality, especially if there are major changes in iOS 11 that affects the way these apps are run. In any case the beta is open to those who are interested so head on over to Apple’s website and sign up if you want to check it out.

iOS 11 Public Beta Now Available , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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The Reason Why Apple Made The iPad

Tyler Lee June 26, 2017

When Apple first launched the iPad, many made fun of its name, but safe to say that Apple has had the last laugh as not only did the iPad help made regular folks want a tablet (whereas before it was seen as mostly an enterprise tool), but for many years Apple continued to dominate the tablet market and make tons of money off it.

However for those interested in a little history, did you know why Apple made the iPad? During an event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, former Apple exec Scott Forstall revealed the reason behind the creation of the iPad, which on hindsight sounds a bit petty, but we’re sure Apple probably isn’t too fussed about the whys.

According to Forstall, “iPhone had a very circuitous route by itself. We’d been working on a tablet project, which has a really odd beginning. It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft.” This is in line with Walter Isaacson’s biography on Jobs in which he wrote,  “This dinner was like the tenth time he talked to me about it, and I was so sick of it that I came home and said, ‘F**k this, let’s show him what a tablet can really be’.”

It also turns out that the iPad was actually in the process of being made even before the iPhone was conceived, and it was only after Jobs and other Apple execs realized that phones could end up making iPods redundant (which they have) that they decided to work on a phone instead, where is where some of you guys might be familiar with the story of how Jobs had asked Forstall and Tony Fadell to each come up with an operating system that would work on a smaller device.

The Reason Why Apple Made The iPad , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Microsoft Exec Claims Apple Is Following In Their Footsteps

Tyler Lee June 19, 2017

While tablets existed before the iPad, it is safe to say that it was only with the iPad that tablets truly became a popular choice amongst the consumer market, whereas in the past tablets were mostly seen as devices used by industry professionals for specific tasks. Many companies have since followed suit with their own tablets, such as Microsoft.

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Microsoft’s GM for Surface Ryan Gavin has suggested that Apple could actually be following in Microsoft’s footsteps this time, such as with the iPad Pro. According to Gavin, “Think about it, if we had been looking at [Apple] we wouldn’t have made a product like Surface Pro or Surface Book.”

He adds, “We have been learning and perfecting our products in the 2-in-1 category for years now, [but] when Surface initially launched everyone was skeptical, including them. And then they followed, and the iPad Pro is a clear example of that.” It is an interesting statement and one not hard to deny, especially given how resistant Apple was to launching devices with a stylus in the past, although all that changed with the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil.

In any case what do you guys think? Does the iPad Pro make a clear indication that Apple is indeed now more of a “follower” than an innovator?

Microsoft Exec Claims Apple Is Following In Their Footsteps , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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