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iOS 10.3, released earlier this week, fixes a major vulnerability that could cause iPhones to repeatedly dial 911, reports The Wall Street Journal. In the United States, 911 is an emergency telephone number that summons police, fire, and EMS services.

The 911 security flaw surfaced in October after an 18-year-old iOS developer in Arizona discovered and published code that would cause an iPhone to dial 911 over and over again. The teenager was arrested after the 911 system in Surprise, Arizona was overwhelmed with more than 100 hang-up calls in just minutes.

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There are two personalities on display in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. One Trump generally spells things correctly, tweets flattering news stories, and politely thanks visitors for meeting with him. The other Trump is easily provoked, capitalizes random words, and lashes out in real time at things that annoy him.

These two genres of tweets generally come from two different devices—an Android phone and an iPhone—and thus presumably from different people.

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Based on supply chain analysis following a trip to Asia, Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Rolland (via Barron’s) believes Apple’s third-generation Apple Watch may introduce cellular connectivity, a feature that’s been long rumored for the device.

Specifically, Rolland suggests the 2017 Apple Watch will include a SIM card for LTE connectivity and that the next-generation device will be promoted alongside the AirPods.

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Excuse me, is now a good time? Smartphones that learn when you’re most likely to respond to notifications could stop apps from interrupting at inconvenient moments.

Janne Lindqvist and his team at Rutgers University in New Jersey are using machine learning to better manage the deluge of smartphone notifications. The group has created an app that uses information about a person’s location, current activity and personality to predict the best time to deliver notifications.

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In response to a series of CIA documents leaked this morning that outline exploits the government used to gain access to Macs and iOS devices, Apple gave a statement to TechCrunch claiming that the documents are old and that the vulnerabilities outlined in the leak have long since been patched.

Apple says the iPhone vulnerability only affected the iPhone 3G and was fixed in 2009, while all Mac vulnerabilities were fixed in Macs launched after 2013.

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Diesel is finally entering the smartwatch field. The fashion label has dabbled in hybrid, connected watches and trackers in recent times but will now release its own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch in collaboration with the Fossil Group.

Its first watch will be the Diesel On, a touchscreen device with a round AMOLED display and Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor running the show.

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It looks like the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play aren’t the only smartphones HTC plans to announce this year.

The company has posted an interesting teaser to its Taiwanese Facebook page. In the post, first spotted by TechRadar, we can see a photo with the caption “spring is coming”, while a comment above the post hinted HTC will give us an (translated) “unexpected surprise” on 20 March. So, what can we expect from the Taiwan-based phone manufacturer? HTC’s 2017 flagship, of course.

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Malware has been discovered preinstalled on 36 Android phones belonging to two companies, security software maker Check Point reported on Friday.

Malware Found Preinstalled on Dozens of Android Phones
“In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users’ use — it arrived with it,” noted Oren Koriat, a member of Check Point’s Mobile Research Team.

The malicious apps on the phones of a telecommunications company and a multinational technology business were not part of the official ROM supplied by the vendor, he explained. They were added somewhere along the supply chain.

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Qualcomm on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate next-generation cloud services on the 10nm Qualcomm Centriq 2400 ARM-based platform.

The collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems.

The companies have been working for several years on ARM-based server enablement. They have been optimizing a version of Windows Server for ARM running on the Centriq 2400, which Microsoft will use in its data center.

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