AP reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said in an online press conference today that WikiLeaks will work with tech companies to help them deal with the CIA’s hacking tools.

Assange said that some tech companies had requested more information from WikiLeaks about the CIA hacking toolkit, details of which WikiLeaks claimed to have revealed in its Vault7 leak on Tuesday.

“We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have, so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” said Assange, who added that the digital blueprints for what he called “cyberweapons” would be revealed publicly “once this material is effectively disarmed by us.”

Commenting on Assange’s statement, CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak said “As we’ve said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity.” She added that the CIA would continue its work “despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk.”

Source: WikiLeaks offers to shield tech firms from CIA hacking tools

AppleInsider reports that comments from Foxconn chairman Terry Gou have cast doubt on the prospect of Apple and Foxconn partnering to build a factory in the US.

Talking at an event to open a new display panel production factory in southern China, Gou said that he had recently returned from Washington, D.C, but he did not confirm whether or not he had spoken to anyone in President Trump’s administration.

Gou’s concerns about the proposed $7 billion joint venture between Foxconn and Apple included whether or not government officials would be able to attract foreign investors quickly.

“I am concerned as to whether the U.S. can resolve all the investment issues in only a few months’ time,” said Gou. “Does the U.S. offer incentive programs for foreign investors? They’ll need to pass bills first, and we’ll need to wait for American authorities to make a decision first.”

Gou also said that the US did not have the supply chains and labour needed to mass-produce display panels, whereas China already has everything in place.

Source: Foxconn chairman raises uncertainties over building displays for Apple in USA

Recode reports that Facebook Messenger has today launched its own version of Snapchat’s Stories feature. Called “Days,” the new feature will enable Messenger users to share photo and video collections with friends for up to 24 hours before they disappear.

Messenger has been testing the feature since last fall, and it finally becomes available worldwide from today in the Messenger app. To use it you simply have to take photos and videos via Messenger’s in-app camera and then post them as a “Day” for your friends to watch over the next 24 hours before they vanish forever from the app.

It’s pretty much exactly the same as all the other “Story-like” features that are all copying the idea of the Snapchat original, including Instagram and WhatsApp’s versions. Stories is one of Snapchat’s most popular features, and latterly, Instagram has found success with its own version. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told Recode last December that since Instagram introduced its Stories feature, users have been sharing much more content on the app than previously.

Source: Messenger just became the latest Facebook app to launch a Stories feature

The announcement by Imagination Technologies of its new next-generation GPU architecture, PowerVR Furian, could be good news for iPhone and iPad gamers, as according to MacRumors it could lead to greatly improved graphics performance and power efficiency.

PowerVR Furian architecture can provide up to 70% to 90% improvement in real-world gaming performance by density, with 38% improved shader performance and 80% improved fill rate when compared with a corresponding Series7XT Plus GPU based on the current PowerVR Rogue architecture.

Aside from such improvements to iOS gaming, an iPhone or iPad with PowerVR Furian architecture would also have the bonus of a longer battery life when it comes to graphics tasks.

Imagination Technologies told MacRumors that PowerVR Furian architecture does indeed support 4K graphics, paving the way for higher-resolution gaming on iOS, as well as improvements for other graphically intensive tasks such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and machine learning.

The graphics chip used by Apple in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a custom-made version of the Series7XT Plus, and other previous iPhones have been based on PowerVR Rogue architecture, so it’s not too much of a stretch to predict that future iPhones and iPads will also use the PowerVR Furian architecture in some way or other. However, this won’t happen before at least the end of 2018, according to Imagination.

Source: Future iPhones Could Support 4K Graphics and...

Recode reports today on WikiLeaks’ new Vault 7 series that has released more than 8,000 pages of documentation about various CIA programs, including those designed to break encryption of iPhones, Android phones, Samsung Smart TVs, among other devices.

WikiLeaks says that this has enabled the CIA to hack the various operating systems via various private messaging apps such as Signal, WhatsApp, Telegram, Weibo, and Confide.

“These are not hacks against those apps, but hacks against the underlying operating systems,” security technologist Bruce Schneier told Recode.

Also reporting on the story, MacRumors writes that WikiLeaks says that the CIA has placed a “disproportionate focus” on iOS devices, probably because of the popularity of Apple products. In fact, WikiLeaks says that the agency even has a special unit within its Mobile Development Branch to create and execute malware to infiltrate, control, and exfiltrate information from iOS devices. WikiLeaks also says that the CIA has “lost control” of this vast arsenal of hacking exploits.

Sources: WikiLeaks reveals the CIA hacked into Apple iPhones, Google Android phones and Samsung TVs

New Wikileaks Series Details CIA's 'Specialized Unit' Dedicated to Creating iOS Exploits

9to5 Mac reports today on the new Annual Jamf Trends Survey that was published today by Jamf, a company that makes Apple device management software for businesses, and which shows that both iOS and Mac adoption rose in the enterprise over the past year.

Jamf collected data from 300 IT professionals, managers and executives from commercial organizations around the world that had from 50 to 10,000 employees.

Jamf’s data reveals that 91% of enterprise organizations now use Mac, and 99% say that they use iPhone or iPad. Both Mac and iOS device adoption rates have increased in the past year.

Forty-four of the organizations surveyed by Jamf said that they give their employees the chance to choose between Mac and PC, and 71% said that they offer their employees a choice between Apple, Android, and other mobile devices.

Jamf says that the reasons given by companies for opting for Macs and iOS devices include ease of use, security, device configuration, support, software and app development, and integration.

Source: Report highlights growth for Apple devices in enterprise: 91% now using Mac, 99% iPhone & iPad


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