watchOS 8.5 may have broken fast charging

watchOS 8.5 may have broken fast charging on the Apple Watch Series 7

The Apple Watch Series 7 didn’t have a longer battery life, but it did have quicker charging until last week. According to 9to5Mac, some users say the function no longer works after upgrading to watchOS 8.5.

watchOS 8.5 may have broken fast charging

Only the Series 7 has fast charging. Apple claims it can charge the Watch’s battery from 0 to 80% in 45 minutes. Owners of the Series 7 on Reddit, Apple’s support forums, and MacRumors claim their watches are now charging slowly. Some Reddit users said the Watch barely charged 5% in 15–20 minutes. A forum member said the Watch barely charged 5% in an hour. Apple claims that Apple Watch SE can reach 80% in 1.5 hours.

Initially, the problem seemed to be limited to Belkin’s 3-in-1 BoostCharge Pro users. Apple’s own fast-charging puck may also be affected, some say. Apple and Belkin did not respond to requests for comment from The Verge. While 9to5Mac claims to have confirmed the issue, The Verge was unable to reproduce it using a 41mm Series 7 and a 20W Apple charging brick.

The Apple Watch’s battery life is still a source of contention. Apple has long said that the Watch will have an 18-hour battery life on a single charge. (In reality, it may take longer, but you must continue to charge your phone every day). In order to make it simpler to schedule when to charge your Watch, fast charging was introduced. This is especially true if you use it to track your sleep.

The fast charging feature on the Series 7 is convenient, although it requires some work. The Series 7 does not, however, come with a USB-C charging cable. And that brick must also meet Apple’s requirements (which you can see here). Even the prior Apple Watch chargers will continue to work, charging rates may be somewhat slower. In addition, a third-party charger may not be capable of providing quick charging. At the moment, only two third-party Apple Watch chargers are compatible with the feature, both from Apple.

Lapsus$ gang claims new hack with data from Apple

Lapsus$ gang claims new hack with data from Apple Health partner

This time, the Lapsus$ hacking group is back. Lapsus$ claimed to have stolen 70GB of data from Globant, a Luxembourg-based worldwide software development business with customers including some of the world’s major corporations.

The compromised data included files named DHL, C-Span, and BNP Paribas, according to screenshots released by Lapsus$ and shared on Twitter by security expert Dominic Alvieri.

Lapsus$ gang claims new hack with data from Apple

The list included Facebook and Apple, the latter in a folder labelled “apple-health-app.” The data seems to be for Globant’s BeHealthy app, touted as software built in conjunction with Apple to monitor employee health practises using Apple Watch capabilities. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Globant admitted the attack later that day. A small number of customers’ source code and project documents were viewed, according to the company’s current research. “We have discovered no indication that other parts of our infrastructure or our customers’ systems were affected.”

We are officially back from vacation,” Lapsus$ said on Telegram, including a torrent link to the allegedly stolen material A week after seven alleged Lapsus$ members were detained by British authorities, the leak would indicate a rapid resumption to action.

The arrests came following a year-long investigation into the gang’s accused ringleader, a youngster living with his parents in Oxford. The FBI is also looking for information on Lapsus$ in connection with US firms.

The Lapsus$ gang has already infiltrated well-known technological businesses including Nvidia, Samsung, Microsoft, and Vodafone.

Recently, Lapsus$ was in the news for a cyberattack on the authentication platform Okta, which left thousands of organisations on edge. Because of Okta’s late revelation of the latter breach, it’s been deemed an embarrassment for the corporation.

Apple finally lets ‘reader’ apps like Kindle,

Apple finally lets ‘reader’ apps like Kindle, Netflix, and Spotify link to their own sites

Apple has delivered on its promise to allow certain developers to connect to their own websites from inside their applications. The new guidelines allow “reader applications” (apps that enable access to digital material, like Netflix, Kindle, or Spotify) to connect to their sites for account maintenance or creation.

Apple finally lets ‘reader’ apps like Kindle,
FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. logo is seen in the lobby of New York City’s flagship Apple store January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo/File Photo

This should help improve the user experience caused by Apple’s prior policies. Previously, if you downloaded the Netflix app but didn’t have an account, Netflix couldn’t provide you a link to establish one. Those without accounts found applications annoying, and developers who didn’t want to utilise Apple’s in-app payment mechanism (and lose 30% of their income) had to make it worse for prospective consumers. Now developers should be able to create a link to their website.

But developers can’t simply add a sign-up link to their app’s home screen and call it a day. To add an external link, you must first seek a “entitlement” from Apple’s developer support website. When referring a user to a developer’s site, Apple requires them to display a screen stating that any transactions will not be handled by Apple. They must also link to an Apple website explaining the dangers of sharing your data to a third-party developer.

Apple also has criteria for the connection itself. as in Opens in a browser, not in an app. Nothing else may be sent to the website. Your app can’t state “touch this button to join up for Netflix, beginning at $9.99 a month.” Apple will, of course, approve app updates before they go live. Likely there will be some teething pains when creators believe their product meets Apple’s criteria, but App Review disagrees.

Apple said that this modification will assist resolve a Japanese antimonopoly inquiry when it announced it in September 2021. The implementation specifics were vague at the time — Apple indicated developers could exchange “a single link.” According to Apple’s standards, you may only link consumers to one URL (no redirects or landing pages). You may utilise that link “once per app page” as long as it presents the same message.

Apple and Meta shared data with hackers

Apple and Meta shared data with hackers pretending to be law enforcement officials

According to Bloomberg, Apple and Meta gave user data to hackers who posed as law police. In mid-2021, both firms fell for the bogus requests and gave over consumers’ IP addresses, phone numbers, and addresses.

Apple and Meta shared data with hackers

Criminal investigators often seek data from social media companies to learn more about the owner of a certain online account. Emergency data demands, on the other hand, do not need a subpoena or search warrant issued by a court.

Fake emergency data requests are on the rise, according to a new Krebs on Security analysis. First, hackers must get into a police department’s email system. The hackers may then create an emergency data request that explains the risks of not receiving the desired data immediately, all while posing as a cop. According to Krebs, some hackers are selling government email access online in order to spam social media with phoney emergency data demands.

But last year’s assaults may have been carried out by Recursion Team, a cybercriminal outfit. Despite disbanding, several members have joined Lapsus$ under new identities. Officials engaged in the probe told Bloomberg that hackers hacked into the accounts of law enforcement organisations throughout the world beginning in January 2021.

“We confirm law enforcement requests and identify abuse,” said Andy Stone, Meta’s policy and communications director, in an email to The Verge. As in this situation, we assist with law enforcement to prohibit known hacked accounts from making requests.

According to Apple’s law enforcement guidelines, “if a government or police agency seeks customer data in response to an Emergency Government and Law Enforcement Information Request, a supervisor for the government or law enforcement agent who submitted the Emergency Government and Law Enforcement Information Request may be contacted.”

Fake emergency data demands have hit other firms than Meta and Apple. It’s unclear whether or not the corporation responded to the falsified request, according to Bloomberg. In response to one of these bogus requests, Discord confirmed to Krebs on Security that it had given over information.