QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The only thing that can defeat power, is more power. That is the one constant in this universe. However, there is no point in power if it consumes itself.” ~ Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
APPLE ADMITS YET ANOTHER HARDWARE FLAW IN iPhone X
After Google’s Pixel screen burn-ins cases, Apple acknowledges there might be similar issues with their latest model as well.
WILL iPHONE X HAVE SCREEN ISSUES TOO?
Recently, Pixel 2 Xl phones suffered the screen burn-in issue which the screen has the traces of the previous image displayed. When the issue was highlighted, Google compensated by doubling the warranty on the phones.
Soon, after the issue, Apple also acknowledged the possible issues with the screen as OLED screen technology is still evolving. The difference between Google Pixel screen and iPhone X screen is that the former is based on LG’s POLED and the latter has Samsung’s AMOLED process. While every other smartphone is trying to outsmart the other, with brighter and bigger screen and many other features.
WHAT APPLE HAS TO SAY?
Apple commented and released a document on the potential issues with the screen just as screen burn-in, image persistence, wherein you can see the faint scrap of an image even after the new image appears.
Apple support document says “With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behavior and can include “image persistence” or “burn-in,” where the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image appears on the screen. This can occur in more extreme cases such as when the same high contrast image is continuously displayed for prolonged periods of time. We’ve engineered the Super Retina display to be the best in the industry in reducing the effects of OLED “burn-in.”
Apple also mentioned the remedy to this issue. You can adjust the Auto-Brightness setting and reduce the duration of the Auto-Lock timer to minimize the effect of the issue.
It is also mentioned in the support document that if you take a look at the iPhone X display from
Off-angle, you can see the variations in color and hue.
PLAY STORE CAN’T KEEP YOU SAFE FROM FAKE APPS
Last week, the fake version of Whatsapp Messenger app tricked many of the users to think of it as an actual update of the messaging application.
HOW WAS THE ATTACK PLANNED?
Recently, most of the users would have been tricked by the looking-like page of Whatsapp and the worst thing was that the page even depicts that it comes from the actual creators. It even titled Whatsapp Inc. The cybercriminal used some Unicode trickery which made it look genuine.
The screenshots from The Hacker News above show that if you check the app details, you will get to know that the hacker added an invisible character space in the actual name of the company: “WhatsApp+Inc%C2%A0.” When you install and download the app, it would run just like the actual app but with ads smothered around it.
The anomaly was first pointed out by a Redditor named ‘DexterGenius’, when he downloaded the code. “The app itself has minimal permissions (internet access) but it’s basically an ad-loaded wrapper which has some code to download a second apk, also called ‘whatsapp.apk.,’ Dexter Genius wrote.
This deceptive emulation of Whatsapp is now removed from Google Play Store. However, the thing that might make you wonder is how it ends up there in the first place.
WHAT HAS GOOGLE DONE TO AVOID THIS IN FUTURE?
It surely is very embarrassing for Play Store to get fooled by these zombie apps as all the Android users look upon it to download the genuine apps. Google Play Store is removing zombie apps to avoid such other incidents. Moreover, it has stationed AI algorithms to spot potential infections with the Play Protect system. The Register asked Google to comment on the recent incident and they said they were “looking into the matter”.
Till then, we as users should be more than attentive while updating or installing any app, even from the Play Store. Due to the increase in the number of such encounters, Google might introduce “Panic Button” feature soon which will help you to get out of the mess even if you downloaded the wrong thing unintentionally.