Author: Raj Deut

They did it, Apple has finally showed some teeth!

Facebook, developer of some of the most installed apps on all iOS devices, have had their iOS enterprise distribution certificates revoked after blatantly breaching their enterprise agreement with Apple.

Apple who’ve long campaigned as the champion of user privacy have taken action in the wake of the latest Facebook privacy scandal. Details emerged yesterday that that Facebook were installing a “research” app codenamed “Atlas” onto paid participants phones. Running since 2016 the app has the ability to collect data from any instant message app, media sent to anyone, ongoing location information and more.

Despite Facebook releasing a statement saying they would close the program after it went public yesterday Apple have taken steps to ensure they stay true to their word by revoking their method of distribution. The side effect of doing so is that all of the apps that made use of the same certificates and did not breach the agreement by being loaded onto internal staff’s devices only no longer launch.

Internally Facebook distribute apps for users to arrange travel as well, of course, early builds of Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. Whilst revoking the certificates doesn’t deny Facebook the ability to load apps via other methods it does make it exponentially harder for them to do it at scale.

Apple’s actions will certainly disrupt Facebook today but are far from the company’s apps being removed completely, which I fear other developers (had they done similar) would likely suffer.

A slap on the wrist it may be, it’s nice to Apple back themselves when it comes to privacy.

The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear [and see] the audio [and video] coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update “later this week”.

Settings > FaceTime > Disable.

Probably the worst bug (or the FBI’s favourite feature) for Apple to date.

Source: Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up – 9to5Mac

If The Division was a McDonalds Big Mac, the Dark Zone would be its Special Sauce. The hybrid Player versus Environment versus Player (PvEvP) mode was the original’s crowning “jewel” and for those that dared enter, offered a world of intense high risk action and reward. The same rings true of its sequel, however, as I found out, it does so in a far more fair and enjoyable manner than ever before.

Yours truly, sent on a mission to check out The Division 2’s Dark Zone ahead of its release this upcoming March.

You can read my full preview over at Press Start and check out the three modes of gameplay I was given hands on with in the video above.

Source: We Played The Division 2’s Dark Zone And It’s Still Damn Intense

CES has come and gone for another year and in its wake we have a bevy of the amazing, the obscure and the just down right ridiculous for us all to take in. With that in mind, because no one has the time to properly sift through the shit storm, we’ve done it for you and tried to find the best of the best, without the BS.


Computers & Gaming

Gadgets, Robots & other

Over the years, my relationship with Apple has soured. From fanboy to supporter, a workplace user and now a switcher, I think it’s fair to say the string may have finally broken on my Apple yo-yo.

That’s not to say how I feel is any reflection of how well they’re doing. Quite the opposite in fact. Last year they became the first US company worth a trillion dollars; they have hundreds of millions in cash tucked away for a rainy day and are largely considered the people to beat when it comes to smartphones, tablets and industrial design.

But something’s wrong. There’s been a turn. A shift in the tide, if you will, and now long time supporters like myself feel ostracised and ignored. It feels like they’ve lost their way. Their products no longer exhume excitement and as I’ve argued before, lack direction.

Apple need to win me back. And now, after downgrading their forecasted revenue for the first time since 2007, they might need to convince a lot of others too. So to help them out and be constructive, instead of merely criticising them, I thought I’d offer my thoughts on exactly how they might go about doing that. Continue reading

In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

In a bombshell announcement to kick off CES week Apple has partnered with what I’d consider to be one of the least likely I could imagine: Samsung.

The pair have cuddled up to develop a Tizen based version of iTunes for Samsung’s 2018 & 2019 lineup of Smart TVs.

The fully functional iTunes app brings Apple’s full range of movies, music & TV shows to the Samsung displays without the need for an Apple TV being plugged in.

In addition to the app being available, supported TVs will also be AirPlay2 compatible making the Samsung TV (and any attached audio devices) an output for your phone or Mac to stream to.

iTunes for Samsung TVs will be available this Autumn (US Spring).

Source: Samsung Smart TVs to Launch iTunes Movies & TV Shows and Support AirPlay 2 Beginning Spring 2019 – Samsung US Newsroom

If you’ve ever worked in software development you’ve likely had to do a “retro” before. The idea is to take a look back at the work you’ve done over the past few weeks and see how you and your team are performing based on what you set out to achieve.

A year after taking the reins, I wanted to do the same thing for Reckoner. I’d set goals to grow Reckoner’s audience, to bring on new writers (whom can be paid) and for the website to become financially self-sufficient. It was a lofty target but one I had hoped achievable. Continue reading

Christmas has come and gone but now’s the time for tech bargains! We’ve sifted through them all to compile a list of the best available for you.

Go forth and bargain!

TVs & Hardware

Panasonic 65″ TH65FZ950U 4K OLED TV – A$3112 (With code: PLUGIT20)

LG 55″ OLED55B8STB 4K OLED TV – A$1688 (With code: PLUGIT20)

Acer Predator X34P 34″ Curved UltraWide Monitor – A$1076 (With code: PLUGIT20)

Epson EH-TW5600 1080P Home Theatre Projector – A$848 (With code: PLUGIT20)

Dell XPS 15″ i5-8300H 8GB RAM 256GB PCIe SSD Laptop – A$1679.20 (With code: PLUGIT20)

NVIDIA Shield TV with Controller – A$246.40 (With code: PLUGIT20)

WD Caviar RED 3.5″ HDD
2TB A$107.20, 3TB A$134.40, 4TB A$156 & more (With code: PLUGIT20)

Phones & tablets

Apple iPhone XS MAX 512GB – A$1876 (With code: PLUGIT20)

Apple iPhone XS 512GB – A$1759.20 (With code: PLUGIT20)

Apple iPad 128GB LTE & WiFi (Gen 6) – A$638.40 (With code: PRANCER)


Sony PS4 Slim 500GB console – A$263.20 (With code: PLUGIT20)

HTC Vive VR headset – A$799.20 (With code: PLUGIT20)

Gigabyte RTX2070 8GB GPU – A$629 (With code: PRIZE)

Sony PS4 Pro 1TB console – A$479

Xbox One 500GB console – A$399

PlayStation VR headset – A$229

PS4 DualShock controller – A$58

Detroit Become Human – A$34

Ghost Recon Wildlands – A$19

Call of Duty 4 – A$45

Sonos Play:1 – A$188


GoPro Hero 7 – A$468 (With code: PLUGIT20)

GoPro Session 5 – A$179

Amazon Fire TV Stick – A$49

Netgear ArloQ security camera – A$219.99

Garmin Dash Cam – A$159.08 (With code: PLUGIT20)

MiBand 3 Sports Tracker – A$49.60 (With code: PLUGIT20)

DJI Mavic Air 4K – A$975.99 (With code: PLUGIT20)

DJI Spark Drone – A$535.20 (With code: PLUGIT20)


Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 – 4K HDMI, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, SD – A$150

Anker 26800mAh power bank – A$79.99

Joby GorillaPod – A$139.88 (With code: PLUGIT20)

Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway (USG) – A$164 (With code: PLUGIT20)

A few big elements of the Boring Company’s concept […] have changed since Musk last presented it in May.

Gone are the “electric skates,” […] Instead, users will now have to mount specialized wheels on their own electric, autonomous vehicles…

The Boring Company’s tunnels are rapidly turning into nothing more than South Australia’s now 32 year old O-Bahn bus network. The system which is comprised of a series of concrete rails that allow buses (with specialized wheels)to travel, unobstructed, at higher speeds.

Unlike Elon’s version the O-Bahn doesn’t use car lifts, nor does it require you to be running an autonomous vehicle with the driver in control.

It was also revealed the Boring Company’s tunnels are also doing away with the previously announced public travel pods that were designed to automatically ferry multiple pedestrians and cyclists.

Multiple sources have confirmed that whilst riding on the track it was extremely bumpy, with Musk later reassuring all that wouldn’t be the case down the road.

Travel on the test track was also limited to just 40mph instead of the promised 150mph maximum.

Source: Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel | WIRED