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Report reveals law enforcement routinely unlocks iPhones with dead people’s fingers

A new report by Forbes has revealed that it’s a rather common practice for law enforcement agencies to use the fingers of deceased suspects to attempt to unlock their iPhones. In the report, FBI forensics specialist Bob Moledor outlined a 2016 case where an agent used the finger of a suspect who had been shot by police following a stabbing rampage to attempt to unlock an iPhone found on the deceased. While Moledor added that this particular attempt didn’t work — the report speculates it may have been an iPhone 5 rather than an iPhone 5s — it was the first known case of law enforcement officials attempting to use a deceased person’s finger to unlock an iPhone using Touch ID.


Apple Store app gains new ‘Sessions’ section

Apple has released a significant update to its Apple Store app, promising users “a more personal, relevant in-store experience” with recommendations for products and in-store training sessions. The highlight of the update is a new “Sessions” tab which allows users to more easily find daily sessions be held in local Apple Stores on creative subjects such as photography and music, and sessions can be filtered based on the products that a user already owns. Users can also now view stock levels for their favorite products, and scan accessories using their iPhone in-store to get more information on a product, including information such as device compatibility. New order management features also allow users to view invoices, edit shipping details and custom engraving messages, and cancel individual items in an order — all capabilities that previously required a visit to Apple’s website.

Daily Deal: ShutterGrip Smartphone Camera Controller

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the ShutterGrip Smartphone Camera Controller for only $29.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This simple attachment will help you take better pictures on your iPhone, ensuring that you can capture great moments anywhere without fear of dropping your iPhone as well as providing a more stable grip to eliminate camera shake. ShutterGrip uses a tensioned grip that allows it to attach securely to almost any smartphone, with or without a case, and adds a study, ergonomic handle and wireless shutter button. There’s also a tripod screw and lanyard hole so you can use it to mount your iPhone on a tripod or keep it securely around your wrist.

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Apple confirms fix is in the works for bug that allows Siri to access hidden notifications

In a statement provided to MacRumors, Apple has confirmed that it already has a fix underway for a bug reported earlier this week in which Siri could bypass privacy restrictions on third-party messaging apps, allowing for otherwise hidden messages to be read aloud, even when an iPhone is locked.


Mac: Satechi Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter

Let’s face it, as nice as it sounds in theory when we look at Apple’s newest MacBooks, most of us are just not quite ready yet for a USB-C-only world. Fortunately, Satechi has us covered; the company makes some of the nicest USB-C hubs we’ve seen for Mac users, matching the design aesthetic of modern MacBooks perfectly. Satech’s latest offering is its Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter, which provides two card slots and a total of seven ports — including USB-C Power Delivery output — that should give most MacBook users just about everything they need.


Review: Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp

Chord is, in many ways, the quintessential audiophile product company. They make fantastically expensive, great-sounding audio products with ostentatious designs and custom internal components. For years, their products have been popular among those with lots of disposable income — unfortunately for Chord and their peers, a tiny market. It was for this reason that Chord sought to make an "affordable" device that would bring its technology to a broader audience. Though $599 certainly strains the definition of "affordable," the Mojo is one of the best portable DAC/amps we've yet heard.


YouTube becomes Top Grossing iPhone app

YouTube has just become the top-grossing app in the App Store, according to a new report by TechCrunch. The milestone was first spotted by the App Store marketing intelligence firm Sensor Tower. While YouTube’s position has been rising on the Top Grossing charts for a few years now — ever since the launch of its paid YouTube Red subscription service — this is the first time it has risen above third place. The month after YouTube Red’s launch, the YouTube iPhone app jumped to sixth place, at which point it was estimated to be bringing in between $100,000 and $300,000 per day from the iPhone version alone. Sensor Tower notes that the U.S. is the only country where YouTube’s iPhone app has ever hit the top spot, the U.S. is one of only five countries where the YouTube Red service is available (the others being Australia, Korea, Mexico, and New Zealand).


Canada’s mandatory National Public Alerting System to go live April 6

Canada’s new National Public Alerting System is scheduled to go live on April 6, and according to a new report from CTV News, the service will be mandatory for all users with no opt-out options available. While a report suggested that most wireless providers were pushing for an opt-out option that would allow end users to disable the alerts, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has decided that consumers will not be able to turn off the warnings. CRTC spokesperson Patricia Valladao emphasized that “There is a high importance that people—want it or not—receive these alerts,” a decision supported by Public Safety Canada, with assistant deputy ministry Patrick Tanguy adding that “When you’re getting those alerts your life is at risk. So it’s not there’s potentially a danger, there is a danger.”


Daily Deal: Ztylus Revolver M Series iPhone Lens Kit

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the Ztylus Revolver M Series iPhone Lens Kit for only $49.99 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This all-in-one lens kit provides a durable case with the latest 6-in-1 Revolver Lens attachment, combining a protective case with six lenses that you can quickly switch between on the go. Two telephoto lenses, macro, super macro, wide-angle and fisheye lenses can be quickly changed up using smart-flip technology, which automatically locks them into place with a minimum of fuss. A quick magnetic attachment also lets you quickly add other accessories to your phone.

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Review: iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/amp

Weird company name, weird product names with weird feature names and weird form factors. To the uninitiated, researching one of iFi's portable headphone DAC/amps might be a bit overwhelming — the company doesn't shy away from the arcane, listing component part numbers in the place of advertising copy and bombarding the reader with branded features. iFi does things like nobody else, which might be why they're so popular in the audiophile community. Today we're trying out iFi's Micro iDSD Black Label. There's a lot to cover here — it's a DAC, it's a headphone amplifier, it's a preamp, it's powerful, and it's awesome.


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