☕ Happy Friday for the last time in August. Keep your eye out for the DGiT Monthly coming at your inbox as the month wraps...
(Friday's regular DGiT Intelligence spot will be back next week as we see what’s new and good at IFA Berlin!)
Google’s (elite) Project Zero team, which works on defeating software vulnerabilities, says malicious websites have been quietly hacking iPhones for years and years.
I’m struggling to grasp the enormity of it all. iPhone aren't meant to be hacked like this.
Putting the hack and security issues aside, if you can, Apple has sent out media invites to its semi-annual iPhone event, happening on September 10 in Silicon Valley.
Apple never gives away too much but the invites are fun to parse for clues, and this theory is either way off or completely right. I think I’m in the latter camp -- it’s clever.
What most expect are:
Bonus: Apple has finally caved on iPhone repairs, and will supply parts to independent shops for the first time (CNBC), after years of ‘Right To Repair’ pressure. In the U.S. only for now, rolling out further later. Cheaper iPhone repairs might be here, but you still can’t fix your own stuff yourself.
🆙 Report: Nokia leads way for Android updates, LG and Oppo not so much (Android Authority).
🚫 U.S. reportedly received 130 license requests to sell to Huawei. None were granted (Android Authority).
🔊 Samsung begins its Galaxy Home Mini beta testing program in South Korea, and not to be confused with the Google Home Mini. (Android Authority).
🚪 I don’t have a good handle on exactly what Ring is up to with its doorbell video recording network scheme but if it’s building a for-profit surveillance network, and controlling what police are saying online, as is suggested here, that seems ...problematic? (The Guardian).
🆚 Elon Musk and Jack Ma debated in China, covering AI, Mars, Earth, the human population, and much more. The headline: “The time jet-lagged Musk made Alibaba’s Jack Ma sound grounded” (Bloomberg).
⚽ Eric Cantona’s short speech at the UEFA Champions League is basically an unmissable moment of 2019 (YouTube).
🤔 “Logically, morally, humanely, what should be free but isn't?” (r/askreddit).
🧠 “Ask Slashdot: Who are the 'Steve Wozniaks' of the 21st century?” (slashdot.org)
(Image via Paul Schmit Photography)
This is a seriously great astrophotography photo, showing the International Space Station moving across the face of the sun, during sunrise. And it comes with a great story!
The tale behind it, posted to Facebook by photographer Paul Schmit, is a load of fun.
It involves weeks of planning for a photo of an event in space that lasted less than a second, and despite all care and attention, in the final moments things went wrong.
Have a great weekend ahead,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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