Senator says FBI spent $900,000 to hack San Bernardino iPhone

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We may finally know how much the FBI shelled out for answers.
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Ever since the FBI got inside the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino terrorist shooter, there has been speculation over how much the hacking exercise cost the Feds.

A year later, we finally have an answer — and it’s a whole lot of cash, but maybe less than you thought it would be.

OSX.Bella trojan discovered installing backdoors into Macs

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It might be time to update your passwords again.
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Security researchers have discovered a nasty bit of Mac malware similar to OSX.Dok trojan, which can bypass Apple’s GateKeeper feature.

The new bug, dubbed OSX.Bella, behaves and distributes itself in a completely different manner than OSX.Dok. But once installed, it executes a script that’s just as damaging.

Pokémon Yellow is reborn on Apple Watch

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Don't expect to see this on your own Apple Watch just yet.
Don't expect to see this on your own Apple Watch just yet.
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Pokémon fans, prepare yourself for the coolest Apple Watch hack to date.

One of the most popular titles from the original Pokémon series has been reborn on watchOS. This Game Boy Color emulator hack dismisses the idea that Apple’s wearable is no good for gaming by running fan-favorite Pokémon Yellow.

Old iPhone exploit opens Nintendo Switch to jailbreaking

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The Switch might be jailbroken soon.
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Nintendo Switch owners may soon be able to install third-party applications on the new gaming console thanks to an old Apple security flaw.

Although the Nintendo Switch doesn’t have a web browser, it uses Apple’s WebKit in order to render web pages. Noted iPhone jailbreaker qwertyoruiop recently discovered that the Switch could be easily hacked just by running the Pangu jailbreak tool for iOS on it.

Apple: We’ve patched ‘many’ iOS vulnerabilities exposed by WikiLeaks

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Keep your iPhone up to date to ensure it's as safe as can be.
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Apple insists it has already patched “many” of the iOS vulnerabilities that were exposed in WikiLeaks’ CIA document dump Tuesday.

Cupertino says it is working to address any identified holes that weren’t already patched, and the company reminds fans that the software built for iPhone boasts the best data security available to consumers.

Popular iOS apps vulnerable to spilling your sensitive data

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Be wary when using Wi-Fi.
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Expel water from your iPhone speaker grille using only sound

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A crafty Redditor discovers a simple and free way to clear trapped water from your iPhone 7's speaker grille.
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Apple touts the new iPhone 7 as being water-resistant enough to take into the shower. There’s really no good reason to bathe with your smartphone, but the point is that iPhone 7 owners don’t need to worry about a little rain or spilled tea.

Naturally, some people waltzed into their shower stalls with their expensive new phones in hand — just cuz — and some found a weakness in the iPhone 7’s water-resistance. Luckily for foolhardy iPhone owners everywhere, a Redditor discovered a simple hack for getting the water out.