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Latest iOS security patch is more important than you think

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As much as we love brand new features in our smartphone updates, security patches are top priority. This is the case with the latest update for Apple smart devices labelled iOS 9.3.5, which covers up the most dreadful exploit iOS has ever faced.

First documented in a comprehensive story by Citizen Lab, a hacking service group called NSO Group created malware to target journalists and government officials, specifically Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist based in the United Arab Emirates. A suspicious SMS message was sent to him, and had he followed the instructions on it instead of checking first with Citizen Lab researchers, hackers would have had complete control over his iPhone 6. As soon as Apple got word, the security team worked feverishly to deliver a patch that would save all other iOS users around the world.

The hack begins when you click a link from an unknown SMS sender that then leads to a trio of gaps in the software. When three of the security holes are combined, hackers gain enough access to plant malware in your device. Once in, the exploit can read messages, passwords, and call logs, as well as follow your location and record whatever you’re doing. Yes, it’s that powerful.

The good news is that Apple acted on the weakness right away, and thanks to the less fragmented state of iOS (as compared to Android), anyone using an iPhone 4s and up, iPad 2 and up, and fifth-generation iPod touch and up have access to the fix right now.

If you’re a seasoned iOS user, you know the downloading drill. For the newbies, you can begin by going through Settings > General > Software Update. Wait for the servers to detect your current firmware, and then let the update trickle in. Don’t worry about the file size; it’s not that large.

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Source: Citizen Lab, via The New York Times

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Huawei Mate 20 X is company’s ultimate gaming smartphone

It’s absolutely huge!

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Out of nowhere, Huawei introduced yet another member to the Mate 20 family: the Mate 20 X.

It joins the regular Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 20 Pro. While each of those have their own specialties, the Mate 20 X is simply Huawei’s ultimate gaming smartphone.

If you recall, this was the gaming phone Huawei teased earlier this year, alongside the foldable smartphone that everyone is so excited to see.

Even though it has the same Kirin 980 chipset and camera setup as its siblings, the Mate 20 X sets itself apart with a much larger 7.2-inch OLED display and massive 5000mAh battery.

And since this is a gamer-centric device, an optimized cooling system is in place to prevent overheating while pushing pixels at fast frame rates. However, what’s more interesting is the compatibility with Huawei’s new M-Pen, which is a direct answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series.

The Mate 20 X will retail for EUR 899 for the 6GB+128GB variant beginning on October 26. Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver are the two available colors.

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Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS has all the tech plus luxury

Design meets technology

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Like before, the Mate series from Huawei will not be complete without a Porsche Design variant. Along with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Chinese company also announced the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. The name is a mouthful and so are all of its features.

The Porsche Design Mate 20 RS is based on the Mate 20 Pro and they share a number of features. It also sports a curved OLED display, 3D face unlock, and in-screen fingerprint sensor.

It’s powered by the new Kirin 980 processor and has all the AI capabilities that the chipset can offer. It features Dual-NPU and the latest 7nm process. The phone is paired with 8GB of memory to ensure smooth multitasking and runs Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0 out of the box.

Camera-wise, it sports the all-new Leica triple-camera system with a 40-megapixel main camera, 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam. It can also do macro shots with ultra-sharp focus.

There’s a large 4200mAh battery inside as well and it’s fully capable of the 40W SuperCharge technology from Huawei. Fast wireless charging is also available, including the nifty reverse wireless charging.

What sets the Porsche Design variant apart from the regular Mate 20 phones is the design. Instead of a glass back, it has leather trimming. Of course, it comes preloaded with Porsche Design exclusives including icons, wallpapers, and matching user interface.

Being a luxury phone, the Porsche Design variant of the Mate 20 will not be cheap. The phone is priced at EUR 1,695 for the 256GB storage model, while the 512GB model will be available for EUR 2,095. It’s coming in Black in select markets and in a limited edition Red in China.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 series launches with Kirin 980, new Leica cameras, wireless charging

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Huawei announces new wearables: Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro

More wearables for everyone!

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Alongside the highly anticipated Huawei Mate 20 launch in London, Huawei also announced two wearables.

The first announcement came in the form of a classic-looking watch, and a good-looking one at that. The Huawei Watch GT features a stainless steel case with a ceramic bezel and a diamond-like coating. It’s fitted with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display which will show you your notifications with a bright and crisp screen.

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To make sure the wearable is optimized, it has a dual-chip setup which uses AI to intelligently manage whether it should use the low-speed chipset or high-speed chipset (for more intensive use) vis-a-vis the actual scenario. The Huawei Watch GT also boasts of more accurate heart rate tracking with TruSeen 3.0 Heart Rate Monitoring Technology and more accurate GPS.

Of course, it will also track activities like running, swimming, or cycling with its Multiple Sport Modes. There’s even a built-in health assistant which tracks sleep and offers relaxation features. Depending on use, the Huawei Watch GT has a battery life that will last from 22 hours with intensive use, to two weeks with normal use, to an amazing 30 days with light use. Did I mention they’re also waterproof?

There are two versions available, the Huawei Watch GT Sport which retails for EUR 199, and the Huawei GT Classic which is priced at EUR 249.

The Huawei Band 3 Pro was also unveiled. The update to the Chinese company’s simpler health tracker has a 0.95-inch HD AMOLED color display with touchscreen capabilities.

It has GPS tracking, Multiple Sport Modes which include swimming, personalized exercise tracking, and sleep tracking. This wearable will retail for EUR 99.

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