This week, in the hours before daylight, a hacker sent an unsettling alert to iPhone users in Australia. The husband of a received the message at 4 a.m.; a was awakened at 2 a.m.
Their phones had been hacked and locked by “Oleg Pliss” and were being , unless the users sent money to a PayPal account. The incidents seemed isolated to Australia, but in a troubling development iPhone users in the U.S., writing on , are starting to report the same strange alert.
“I’m in the US. Never been to Australia,” wrote on the forum. “Hacked last night [by] the Oleg Pliss nonsense. Currently restoring to try and get it back online.”
You probably know that a lot of iPhone apps log your locations so they can offer directions or geographic-based recommendations. But did you know the iPhone keeps a separate, locally stored history of everywhere you’ve been?
Now you do! It’s called Frequent Locations, and as BuzzFeed recently found out, this cache of location info “contains a perfect record of where you’ve been in the last month or so. That includes the exact time you arrived at and left anywhere: your office, a bar, that person’s house.”
The much-rumored large-screen phone, aka phablet, may not launch until 2015, according to the latest scuttlebutt from a Taiwanese news site.
Apple could unveil two new iPhones this year — one with a 4.7- or 4.8-inch screen, the other with a 5.5-inch display, according to recent rumors. Assuming those rumors are true, the larger edition is reportedly facing production delays over its battery, claims Taiwanese news site Commercial Times.