Laurene Powell Jobs, one of the world’s richest women and the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, reportedly has purchased a 20 percent stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the company that controls the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Capital One Arena.
As any nagging cybersecurity expert will tell you, keeping your software up to date is the brushing and flossing of digital security. But even the most meticulous practitioners of digital hygiene generally focus on maintaining the updates of their computer’s operating system and applications, not its firmware. That obscure, reptile-brain code controls everything from a PC’s webcam to its trackpad to how it finds the rest of its software as it boots up. Now one new study has found that the most critical elements of millions of Macs’ firmware aren’t getting updates. And that’s not because lazy users have neglected to install them, but because Apple’s firmware updates frequently fail without any notice to the user, or simply because Apple silently stopped offering those computers firmware updates—in some cases even against known hacking techniques.
Yesterday, a leak from one of the most reliable Apple rumor sleuths claimed that the iPhone 8 won’t feature a fingerprint scanner integrated into the display. That feature has been expected for some time. But if a new report is correct, it seems that fingerprints are going to be replaced with 3D facial recognition.
Would you be interested in a new, premium-model iPhone featuring a curved screen? If so, things are really starting to look up. The latest rumor surrounding Apple‘s next iPhone release is that Tim Cook and company have ordered millions of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels from Samsung, Mashable reported Tuesday. Given that Apple is also rumored to be announcing a trio of new phones later this year, this massive OLED order means at least one model may boast a curved screen.
Anticipation for the iPhone 8 has been steadily increasing since the beginning of the year. In great part this is due to the typical steady drip of rumors in addition to the upcoming March 9th mega-event, when Tim Cook and his execs are expected to trot out new iPads and Macs as well as—possibly—new iPhone features, at a minimum.