Apple Investigating Reports Of ‘Serious Battery Failure’ On iPhone 8 Plus

Apple has admitted it’s looking into multiple reports of  swelling batteries in its new flagship iPhone 8 Plus smartphones.

Pictures on social media and growing reports from tech websites and mainstream news media have shown a number of the high end iPhone 8 Plus handsets that appeared to have split alongside the side, forcing the screen to come away from the main body of the phone.

The issue seems to appear during charging. The issue also appears to be global, with several similar faults being reported in Europe, Asia, and North America, suggesting that the fault may be more than just a single bad batch, although how many are original reports are authentic is still unknown.

An Apple spokesperson said the company was currently looking into the issue, but the company has not elaborated further at the time of writing. Several devices have however, allegedly been collected by Apple partners and returned for investigation by the tech giant.

Fire in the disco?
While reports of swelling batteries is a serious concern, there have been no reports of any of them catching fire. The chemical makeup of lithium-ion batteries and the energy they store can however make them a potential hazard with any kind of fault.

Didn’t this happen last year?
Yes. Except the fault last year was with the Samsung GaIaxy Note 7, which Samsung were forced to recall after several incidents of the battery catching fire while charging. There were only around 100 confirmed incidents of the Note 7 actually catching fire.
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Google Cloud acquires Bitium

Google Cloud announced today that it has acquired Bitium, a company that focused on offering enterprise-grade identity management and access tools, such as single-sign on, for cloud-based applications. This will basically help Google better manage enterprise cloud customer implementation across an organization, including doing things like setting security levels and access policies for applications working across their Cloud and G Suite offerings.

Bitium was founded in 2012, and targets both mid market and larger enterprise customers,. It’s been offering a single-stop solution for managing Google Apps, Office 365, social network, CRM, collaboration and marketing tools, while ensuring organizations remain compliant with security standards.

The goal of Bitium is to simplify the process of administrating and using popular cloud-based applications so that users aren’t tempted to enter the nefarious realm of “shadow IT,” where they fall back to their own personal accounts across these services because the enterprise alternative is sub-standard or difficult to access.

It sounds like Google wants to continue the work that Bitium was doing on its own, and extend it to additional application partners, while also keeping the platform open to other third-party identity management providers that integrate with enterprise customers on the one side, and Google Cloud and G Suite on the other.
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WPS Office 2016 Personal Edition – The MS Office Alternative

Previously known as Kingsoft Office, WPS is a lightweight yet very practical and powerful office suite, which includes full word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation functionality.

There are ads that can become annoying, but it’s a small price to pay when you consider the fact you’re not paying anything for the product.

And don’t let that fool you into thinking that WPS Office 2016 isn’t fully formed or that it’s some half functional basic suite. There’s some real depth behind the interface and it works.

It comes bundled with three applications:

WPS Writer (more than capable word processor)
WPS Spreadsheets (a very good spreadsheet feature)
WPS Presentations (which is pretty much PowerPoint)
All three work very well, and if you’ve used any recent version of MS Office, or indeed any other Office suite, you should find yourself instantly at home. All three of the above also use the same style of interface as MS Office and all the usual tools and options are placed in a similar fashion and have intuitive positioning.

Works with MS Office files
Compatibility with MS Office document formats comes as standard, and WPS does a good job opening and converting them without formatting errors such as suddenly finding paragraphs with five lines between them or spreadsheet calculations with formulas that have stopped working.

Each program opens and saves all Microsoft Office document formats (doc, docx, xls, xlsx etc), as well as HTML, RTF, XML, even PDF.

Language support
WPS Office 2016 Personal Edition currently supports English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Polish, and has all the standard features you could hope and want for from your office suite, including spell check and word-count feature.

Fuel efficient
WPS is also incredibly easy on systems and its low requirements mean it can be installed on even old PCs running Windows.

WPS also comes with 1 GB of free cloud storage. It isn’t huge admittedly, but it’s there, it’s free, and it’s designed to store your documents and spreadsheets rather than 10 years’ worth of photos and videos.

There are also iOS and Android versions of the software available which is a really nice touch. As well as this, there’s also a Linux version available.

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This Bluetooth Vulnerability A Open Door to Hacking!

 This time, it’s a Bluetooth flaw that lets outsiders access your phone and any other connected devices.

New BlueBorne attack can access computers, phones, and IoT devices, in seconds.

Armis researchers discovered the potential attack portal that can affect everything from a phone to an IoT connected device – hacking them in as little as 10 seconds. Using BlueBorne, a hacker can not only conduct remote functions, but can also use the affected device to launch a variety of other forms of attacks.

No download required
Even though it doesn’t require any effort on the part of the victim – meaning there’s no need to get you to download the malicious software or grab an infected app for this to work to a hacker’s benefit – it does let the user know when someone is utilizing the device. Unfortunately, once again, Android phones seem to be the hardest hit. Apple phones and tablets won’t work this way, nor will Windows phones. Google is reportedly issuing a patch very soon to remedy the situation, so be on the lookout for this important update and install it.

The crisis behind BlueBorne isn’t the creativity of the cybercriminals, but rather the complete lack of foresight on the part of developers to figure out how someone might try to work around the security and use it for their gain. The industry continues to be shocked by the latest threats, as though no one in the room had ever analyzed a new software, network, or piece of technology and wondered how someone might break in. As the internet of things has taught us all too well, as a whole we have to start looking for the problems before releasing the innovation to consumers.
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