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Some iPhone 13 users report pink screen issues, Apple says it’s a software bug

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Several users are reporting a random pink screen problem when using the iPhone 13, making it impossible to use the phone without restarting it. In an Apple discussion forum, a user posted in October that their iPhone 13 Pro screen turned itself pink and randomly started crashing.

While their iPhone has been replaced, several other users started to report this problem over the coming weeks and months.

While some customers were able to get a new iPhone 13, others didn’t have the same luck, as Apple said it was just a software bug. Reading the reports, it’s not possible to find a pattern of why this happens, although it seems restricted to the iPhone 13 line. One user wrote in December:

Had the same issue when taking a picture and it froze screen turned pink and then restarted. Called apple support they ran diagnostics and said there was nothing wrong. So gonna keep it until it happens again or happens constantly.if it does i am returning it since I just got it day before yesterday.

Then, on Reddit, more users reported the same problem with their iPhone 13. One said:

This happened to me in the car the other day. It was preceded by my GPS being a few streets off until I power cycled it. During the cycle it pink screened. Been fine ever since.

Another one wrote:

My phones battery was acting weird and it kept freezing so I power cycled it and it pink screened too. 13 pro.

With all these reports, the blog My Drivers discovered that Apple made a statement on the social network Weibo this weekend. This is because most of the cases are apparently coming from China. The company said:

We didn’t notice relevant problems in the hardware of the devices because this situation [pink screen] is caused when the system is locked.

According to the publication, Apple advises users to backup their data and install the latest update available to rule out the incompatibility between an app version and the iOS version.

As of now, iOS 15.3 RC doesn’t mention the pink screen bug fix. It’s also somewhat confusing because some of these reports first surfaced back when the iPhone 13 was originally launched.

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Apple Snails, baby dolls, laptops found during biennial draining of the San Antonio River

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At the corner of Alamo and Commerce streets, a dumpster is packed with folding chairs, fiesta beads, a stroller, Christmas lights, a baby doll and a toy gorilla. All are covered in dried mud and silt, and all were removed from the San Antonio River downtown this week.

The San Antonio Public Works Department on Monday began draining parts of the river that flow through downtown for cleaning and maintenance, digging deep to find trash that has accumulated below the surface since the last time the river was drained two years ago. The project — which spans the downtown river loop, the extension and a segment of the main channel — will continue until this weekend, when public works will refill the river.

While the water is low, the city will check the floodgates, inspect sensors and gauges that monitor water levels, and make repairs. At the same time, the San Antonio River Authority will remove non-native invasive species, plant native aquatic plants and temporarily move native species until the project is completed.

People work Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in the River Center Mall extension of the drained San Antonio River as the city of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority perform cleaning and maintenance on the downtown attraction.

People work Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in the River Center Mall extension of the drained San Antonio River as the city of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority perform cleaning and maintenance on the downtown attraction.

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“The River Walk area is world famous, and we feel a great responsibility to keep it beautiful and attractive to residents, as well as tourists,” said Nefi Garza, assistant director to Public Works. “One of the best ways to do this is to periodically drain the river.”

The biennial river draining is normally done during winter so that it doesn’t disrupt more active tourist periods and to avoid the stench that would accompany warmer temperatures.

Chris Vaughn, a senior aquatic biologist at SARA, said that every two years is a good frequency for biological river maintenance. The SARA team on Monday walked through the drained areas from Pearl to Lexington Avenue, looking for invasive species. Before that, SARA had moved native fish — such as large-mouth bass, western…

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Watering hole deploys new macOS malware, DazzleSpy, in Asia


Hong Kong pro-democracy radio station website compromised to serve a Safari exploit that installed cyberespionage malware on site visitors’ Macs

On November 11th, Google TAG published a blogpost about watering-hole attacks leading to exploits for the Safari web browser running on macOS. ESET researchers had been investigating this campaign the week before that publication, uncovering additional details about the targets and malware used to compromise its victims. Here we provide a breakdown of the WebKit exploit used to compromise Mac users and an analysis of the payload, which is a new malware family targeting macOS. But first, let’s look at how victims came into contact with the malicious code in the first place.

Targets

It was reported by Felix Aimé from SEKOIA.IO that one of the websites used to propagate the exploits was a fake website targeting Hong Kong activists. We can read on its home page “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times”. The very recent registration date of the fightforhk[.]com domain, October 19th, 2021, and the fact that the website is no longer accessible, supports that idea. We could also confirm that the Internet Archive cached a copy of the web page on November 13th. This copy includes the malicious iframe, as seen in Figure 1.

Figure 1. fightforhk[.]com, as archived by the Wayback Machine on November 13th

ESET researchers found another website, this time legitimate but compromised, that also distributed the same exploit during the few months prior to the Google TAG publication: the online, Hong Kong, pro-democracy radio station D100. As seen in Figure 2, an iframe was injected into pages served by bc.d100[.]net – the section of the website used by subscribers – between September 30th and November 4th 2021.

Both distribution methods have something in common: they attract visitors from Hong Kong with pro-democracy sympathies. It seems that they were the primary target of this threat.

Figure 2. Excerpt of https://bc.d100[.]net/Product/Subscription on November 4th 2021

The exploit chain

As seen in Figure 3, the page…

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The Best Time to Start a Cell Phone Repair Business in America is Now: Interview with Usman Butt – CEO RepairDesk

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The cell phone repair industry in America (and the world) is on a roll – all primed for the smart entrepreneur’s entry.

This is on account of such factors as rising smartphone costs/resilience, social movements like Right to Repair (that have successfully compelled tech titans like Apple and Microsoft to loosen their grip on device repairs), low industry barriers to entry, and little-to-no licensing requirements – as detailed in this exclusive TechBullion interview with CEO RepairDesk Usman Butt.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself; your background; how you got into the industry?

My entrepreneurial journey began right after college, really, when I started working in my brother’s cell phone repair shop. Showing up, it didn’t take me long to notice that the business’s workflow situation was a mess.

Orders poured in without much formal recording, suppliers showed a lackadaisical approach towards delivering parts when needed, technicians weren’t conducting repairs on time, and customers were only given verbal instructions for pickups and repair timeframes.

I had identified a glaring market need. And when I searched around in the online space for any software fix for this tangle, I couldn’t find one. Even other repair merchants, from the smallest corner town services to the largest repair providers, were struggling with the same predicament.

Fortunately, with my academic background in IT, I was quick to think of a solution to see to all this incoherent jumble.

Automation – preferably with a cloud-based solution that combined all repair business workflow aspects smoothly inside one interface: what RepairDesk still is today (though in a much-advanced form from its earliest iterations).

So with a small team of dedicated workers, we built the application for early unveiling in July 2015.

This was after I had consulted some of the top global names in the SaaS (software as a service) industry; who had provided their recommendation for…

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