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Video shows off iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy model with smaller notch

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As the year marches on, expect iPhone 13 rumors to start flying at an even faster and more furious pace than they have been. Apple’s Spring Loaded event in April was packed with product announcements, but the days following the event have been just as busy, with iOS updates and iPhone leaks aplenty. The latest doesn’t reveal anything new, but it does give us our best look yet at what will likely be the final design of the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

On Tuesday, YouTuber Unbox Therapy shared a new video in which he unboxes and shows off an iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy unit that was built to reflect all of the latest leaks and rumors about the upcoming iPhone. Of course, we won’t know for sure what the phone looks like until this fall, but we know how accurate leaks can be.

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The most significant change, and one that has repeatedly been hinted at by leakers and analysts alike, is the smaller notch. On this iPhone 13 Pro Max mockup, the notch is noticeably smaller than the one on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In order to accomplish this, Apple is expected to push the earpiece up against the top bezel. This will allow the company to squeeze all of the Face ID components closer together, thus resulting in a smaller notch:

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said this week that the iPad mini 6 had been pushed back to the second half of 2021, claims the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will come with upgraded Ultra Wide cameras that have apertures of f/1.8 and autofocus instead of fixed focus. The design of the iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy unit suggests that the camera lenses will be much larger than those that have appeared on recent models, which should improve the quality of the photos and videos that users take with the iPhone’s camera.

In terms of the notch and the cameras, changes here seem all but inevitable based on the torrent of leaks over the past several months. On the other hand, there are some other interesting revisions that may or may not line up with reality. For example, the graphite color looks to be somewhat darker on the iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy than it is on a genuine iPhone 12, but that’s probably just because the person that made the dummy couldn’t get a perfect match. There are also light antenna bands on the 13, as opposed to dark on the 12, but it’s fairly unlikely that anyone was able to get that granular with the specifications of the phone when putting this mockup together.

There’s still plenty that we don’t know about the iPhone 13, but with just four months or so to go until Apple is ready to officially reveal the new models, recent years have shown us that there isn’t much Apple can successfully hide until launch day anymore. Expect even more leaks like this very soon.

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Google is about to start automatically enrolling users in 2FA

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In recent months, vulnerable apps, hacked websites, and zero-day exploits have accounted for an increasing amount of the reporting that we do here at BGR. There is risk in everything we do online, but there are many ways to mitigate that risk, such as turning on two-factor authentication (2FA) for any apps, services, or accounts that offer it. Speaking of 2FA, Google decided to take matters into its own hands on that front, as the company announced Thursday that it will soon enable 2FA by default for anyone with an “appropriately configured” Google account.

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“Today we ask people who have enrolled in two-step verification (2SV) to confirm it’s really them with a simple tap via a Google prompt on their phone whenever they sign in,” Google’s Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security, Mark Risher, said in a blog post. “Soon we’ll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are appropriately configured. (You can check the status of your account in our Security Checkup). Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone.”

Basically, your account is “appropriately configured” if you have provided Google with recovery information, which could be a secondary email address, a phone number, or an authenticator app. You should already be using Google’s two-step verification, but if you’re not, at least make sure to visit the Security Checkup site.

As Google notes earlier in the blog post, searches for the phrase “how strong is my password” increased by 300% in 2020. Meanwhile, millions of you are still using passwords like “123456” or “password” or “qwerty,” so the resounding answer to that search query is an unequivocal “NO.” Make your passwords strong and difficult to guess, use different passwords for all of your accounts, and take advantage of Google’s Password Manager, which not only stores all of your passwords, but also lets you know when and if they have been compromised.

Google’s dream of killing passwords once and for all is still just that — a dream — but as we slowly work our way toward that glorious day, do what you can to keep your accounts and your personal data safe.

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Finding Dark Ships Via Satellite

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It would seem that for as long as there have been ships on the ocean, there’s been smuggling. The International Maritime Organisation requires ships to have AIS, the automatic identification system which is akin to a transponder on an airplane. However, if you don’t want to be found, you often turn off your AIS. So how do governments and insurance companies track so-called dark ships? Using satellite technology. A recent post in Global Investigative Journal tells the story of how lower-cost satellites are helping track these dark ships.

Optical tracking is the obvious method, but satellites that can image ships can be expensive and have problems with things like clouds. Radar is another option, but — again — an expensive option if you aren’t a big military agency with money to spend. A company called HawkEye 360 uses smallsats to monitor ship’s RF emissions, which is much less expensive and resource-intensive than traditional methods. Although the data may still require correlation with other methods like optical sensing, it is still cost-effective compared to simply scanning the ocean for ships.

The post tells the tale of an Iranian crude oil tanker. Noting a long gap in the AIS signal from the ship, HawkEye 360 attempted to locate the ship the next time it went dark. Of course, AIS can be off for other reasons, such as equipment failure or fear of piracy. Simply not squawking AIS isn’t a definite sign of malfeasance.

Using the satellite, radio transmissions on VHF channel 16 (156.8 MHz) — the standard calling frequency — were found from the ship and it appeared they were offloading crude oil to a refinery in Syria. With a specific target in mind, commercial satellite imaging picked up 3-meter resolution images of the ships and — apparently there is a database of ships at that resolution — identified four Iranian flag tankers at the site, three of which had arrived in stealth mode.

The HawkEye 360 satellites can pick up radar, emergency beacons, satellite phones, and VHF radio signals. A map shows the difference between the number of AIS signals in the South China Sea and the number of X-band radar signals. The AIS map looks sparse, whereas the radar map shows 3-4 times the number of vessels.

In another example, uses ESA’s Sentinel 1 satellite and synthetic aperture radar to locate ships going from China to North Korea. ICEYE, another smallsat company, is tracing illegal fishing activity around Argentina and smuggling near the UAE.

It is amazing to see how much satellite tech that would have been deep secret a few years ago is now commercially available. It isn’t just useful for law enforcement, either. The resolution is a far cry from the old weather satellites people tend to eavesdrop on.

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