Apple support on Twitter?

Apple, which has never had an official corporate Twitter account, opened a way to reach the company for tech support on Twitter. Apple joins giants like Microsoft, Adobe, Spotify and others with online supporUSA TODAY

3 other hacks FBI could use on killer's iPhone besides an Apple key

SAN FRANCISCO – There are at least three ways the FBI could attempt to extract information from the phone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook without having to ask Apple for help, hardware-security experts say.
None are easy, all are expensive and time consuming, and at least two run the risk of physically destroying the phone and everything on it. But they are possible, and one is commonly used by companies that reverse-engineer computer chips in search of patent infringements.
Given the resources, "it’s almost always technically possible to reverse-engineer a product,” said Julia Elvidge, president of Chipworks, a Canadian company that does patent analytics and forensics.

According to a newly discovered patent filing, it appears that Samsung is developing a completely round smartwatch of its own

considered as the initiator of the smart watch industry. They were the first to introduce the one of a kind smart watch in September 2013. Following the success of the first smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, they launched a whole line of smartwatches which included the Gear 2, Gear Neo, and lastly the Gear S.
Considering the trend it was a surprise for many that Samsung did not launch a smart watch at the Mobile World Congress 2015 with the Samsung S6 and Samsung S6 Edge. Where Samsung has stayed ahead of market trends in the smart watch category, they have not adopted the round face design as yet. LG and Motorola are going strong and are working towards the launch of this round face smartwatch which would be a first for the smartwatch business.
Upon questioning, the Executive Vice president of the Samsung Mobile Marketing, Young-hee Lee, answered that the sole reason for not introducing the smartwatch alongside the S6 series was to break the status quo. Samsung was associated with launching the mobile phone and wearable simultaneously; thus, they now want to change this cycle and develop something more unique. The company requires time and resources to invest in their unique upcoming idea; hence, they have halted the launch of wearables for the time being. Mr. Lee’s statement coincides with the application submitted last May, by the company which entails the design of the round smart watch. According, to the application the round face smartwatch consists of a rotating bezel ring and a crown shaped power button. The patent application also mentions the special features including; image recognition, barcode register, and gesture controls all of which would add to the experience of wearing a smartwatch.
experience of wearable to a whole new level. The round watch would not only serve the purpose of a hand accessory as served by the previous smart watches. In fact, Orbis could be multi-purpose and may be used as a keychain, necklace, and an armband. People take pride in wearing these luxurious smart watches; therefore, the Orbis would also serve the purpose of being a luxurious item, given the features it would contain. To add to the joy of loyal Samsung customers, the camera which was eliminated from the Gear S would now be added back to the Orbis and may serve as an additional incentive for users to purchase this new item even before the launch.
Last year during the IFA in Berlin, Samsung launched the Gear S and it is rumored that they may launch the Orbis along the same time period this year. What Samsung needs to keep into view is the launch of the Pebble smartwatch by Pebble, new Android devices such as the Watch Urbane, and the Apple Watch. All of these are currently in the process of launching their smart watches and may even launch it before Samsung gets Orbis into the market. Special attention needs to be given to the Apple Watch which is scheduled to be launched next month. The success of the Orbis will only be determined once it is launched and will be a crucial point for Samsung as it would decide whether the company would able to maintain its position as market leader of the smartwatch industry or not.

Pilots Want Drone Tests Over Collision Fears

Tests should be carried out to discover what would happen if a drone struck a passenger jet after a number of recent near misses, according to airline pilots.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) is calling on the Department of Transport (DfT) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to support research into the possible consequences of such an event.
Steve Landells, a former RAF and British Airways pilot, warned that a collision between a drone and an airliner could result in an uncontrolled engine failure or a smashed cockpit windscreen.
Some 23 near misses between jets and drones were investigated by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) in just six months.
Twelve of these incidents were given an A rating - meaning there was "a serious risk of collision".
Mr Landells, who is BALPA's flight safety specialist, said there is a large amount of data on the effects of bird strikes on planes, but he said this does not provide a true representation of what would happen with a drone because "birds don't have a big lump of lithium battery in them".
He said it is "very likely" the battery of a standard quadcopter drone entering the core of a jet engine would cause an uncontained engine failure.
"You end up with very high velocity bits of metal going anywhere they like," he said.
"That could be through fuel tanks, through hydraulic lines and even into the cabin.
"The indications so far with computer modelling are that you'll end up with penetration of a windscreen.
"One possibility is that the battery smashes the windscreen and the inside layer of the windscreen shatters and you end up with a lot of glass in the cockpit, probably moving at quite high speed."
A CAA spokesman said: "The CAA has a number of on-going activities aimed at raising awareness around the basic safety requirements of using drones, which includes our 'Dronecode' safety awareness campaign.
"Furthermore, we are already working alongside the DfT and industry partners, to better understand the potential risks and outcomes of a drone hitting a manned aircraft, and this work will provide us with further evidence to drive safety regulation of drones."
The DfT said it will set out more details of its plans to ensure proper regulations are in place in a Government strategy on the use of drones later this year.

Barclays loss takes gloss off growth as King bows out

A sharp drop in equities revenues in the final three months of 2015 pushed Barclays’ investment bank to a first quarterly loss in two years, stunting profit growth for the year in the unit’s final set of results before its head Tom King steps down on March 4.