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Report: Vulnerability in WPA2 protocol could affect Apple devices

A published exploit reportedly discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef has found a weakness in the WPA2 protocol powering all modern protected Wi-Fi networks, claiming “Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys, and others, are all affected by some variant of the attacks.” Despite that claim, Apple is listed as “Unknown” rather than “Affected” or “Not Affected” on the attached list of affected companies, so it’s still unclear if the technique demonstrated on an Android device would be effective against Apple devices. Software and firmware updates are the recommended fix, but Apple hasn’t acknowledged the issue publicly.

Review: RHA Dacamp L1 Portable DAC/Amp

One of the perks of writing headphone reviews is the chance we get to introduce readers to companies that make great audio gear they might otherwise never encounter. London-based RHA is one of those companies — already a favorite in the audiophile community, but small enough that you're not likely to see their stuff being used by your fellow commuters on a crowded train. Today we make the introduction with one of RHA's most interesting products — the Dacamp L1. Though it may strain the definition of "portable," it's one of the most versatile and feature-packed portable DAC/amps we've yet seen.

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Apple hit with nearly $440M judgment in VirnetX patent suit

After losing in its patent dispute trial with VirnetX, Apple has been hit with a $439.7 million judgment after a U.S. district court denied all of the company’s motions, TechCrunch reports. That figure is higher than the original $368.2 million ruling against Apple from the 2012 trial, but less than the $625 million figure in last year’s decision. On a separate track, all four of the patents in question — which have ties to Apple’s FaceTime technology among other applications — have already been invalidated by the Patent and Trademark Office, but that case is still ongoing as well, and is non-binding until all appeals have been exhausted. As for this current court loss, Apple confirmed it is once again appealing the outcome.

Cue talks Apple plans to bring more Indian content to Apple Music

During a tour of India that included meeting with Bollywood stars and the announcement of new Mac labs at KM Music Conservatories, Apple SVP Eddy Cue said the company has a big interest in bringing more Indian music to Apple Music and introducing it to the outside world, The Economic Times of India reports. Apple has been pushing to enter India’s market on multiple fronts, and Cue said Apple is working with new and existing artists to make sure customers of Indian descent both within India and around the world see their culture reflected in Apple’s content offerings. Cue was mum about rumors of Bollywood collaborations with the company’s fledgling video content division, but said, “Bollywood is as good at creating content as anybody else around the world. And I am sure we will do things here because it’s a great film and entertainment market.”

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Qualcomm sues to stop Apple’s iPhone sales, production in China

In its latest attack on Apple in their ongoing legal back and forth, Qualcomm has asked China to ban the sale and production of iPhones, Bloomberg reports. Qualcomm filed the new suit in Beijing’s intellectual property court, once again claiming patent infringement on technology that controls the iPhone’s 3D Touch and power management capabilities, according to Christine Trimble, a company spokeswoman. “Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them,” Trimble said. While it’s very unlikely that China would take such a drastic step against such a large employer, analysts see the move as another push to get Apple back to the negotiating table since it has thus far stood firm against Qualcomm’s threats — even going so far as to pay the legal bills of its partners who have also been sued by Qualcomm.

Apple expands Apple Pay Cash testing to retail employees

After encouraging some of its corporate employees in the U.S. to test Apple Pay Cash on iOS 11.1, Apple has expanded trial use of the person-to-person money transfer system to retail employees, MacRumors reports. The feature is still absent from the iOS 11.1 developer betas, but Apple’s retail retail employees have been given access to both the beta and “an additional internal-only beta profile to unlock the Apple Pay Cash feature.” Employees said they also have to have their iCloud accounts whitelisted to access the feature and can only send money to those who have been similarly cleared.

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Report: Apple considering offering stylus-compatible iPhone as early as 2019

After debuting the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro two years ago, the company is reportedly considering making its iPhones compatible with some form of stylus as early as 2019, The Investor reports. While Steve Jobs was famously against introducing a stylus with his touchscreen devices, Apple released the Apple Pencil aimed at artists and designers to mostly warm reviews. Apple also added handwriting and markup functions in iOS 11, making the Apple Pencil more useful across a wider variety of apps. The source claims Apple engineers are currently working on an iPhone that would work with a digital pen and is “also in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership,” which could mean the stylus that comes with a future iPhone could be different from the Apple Pencil — possibly more compact.

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Apple reportedly moving to Face ID for all 2018 iPhones, getting rid of Touch ID

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will abandon Touch ID entirely in its 2018 iPhones, opting to use Face ID instead for all models, 9to5Mac reports. Kuo previously said Face ID’s fate was dependent on how users reacted to the feature in the iPhone X, but he now believes the device’s 3D sensing capabilities will be a “key selling point” for Apple, allowing the company to “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.”

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Mac: Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard

Logitech’s new Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard might possibly be the sexiest Bluetooth keyboard we’ve ever laid our hands on. Designed with creative types in mind, not only does Craft provide a very slick design, but it’s extremely solidly built and brings a whole new workflow with the new Crown — an aluminum dial that can be used to access context-specific tools, ranging from more obvious features like volume and brightness control right through to adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation in Photoshop or adjusting charts in Excel. Smart backlighting not only adjusts automatically based on room conditions, but also remains off until Craft detects your hands approaching the keyboard — a cool and almost magical feature.

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