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🎮 Good morning, friends. If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new God of War: Ragnarok release date, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. We now know when the game is coming and how much it will cost. Catch up on this and more fun news from the tech world in today’s issue.

Apple’s new “lockdown mode” is unlike anything else on Android

Apple lockdown mode wide

Please don’t start hating me for an Apple story! Not until you’ve read what I have to say. No, this isn’t talk of Apple locking its users into its ecosystem. It’s about what Apple is doing to keep its iPhones safe. The Cupertino player has developed a new lockdown mode for their devices, unlike any security measures you would find on your Android devices. As Ars Technica explains it, the feature isn’t snake oil either. This is really good stuff from Apple.

What is it?

  • Lockdown mode is an extreme form of protection against targeted mercenary spyware threats.
  • Think of Jason Bourne-style technical attacks on influential figures such as diplomats, political dissidents and lawyers.
  • Enabling lockdown mode strengthens device protection and severely restricts certain functions.
  • It greatly reduces the attack surface that could potentially be exploited by highly targeted mercenary spyware.
  • While such attacks only affect a small number of users, the new lockdown mode is great for people who feel their security is compromised and want to take immediate action to stop the cyber attack.
  • Apple has also created a new category within the Apple Security Bounty program to reward researchers who find lock mode bypasses.
  • Awards are doubled for qualifying results in lockdown mode, up to a maximum of $2,000,000 – the highest maximum award payout in the industry.

Lockdown Protection

At startup, lockdown mode includes the following protections:

  • Messages: Most types of message attachments except images are blocked. Some features, like link previews, are disabled.
  • surf the Internet: Certain complex web technologies, such as just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compilation, are disabled unless the user excludes a trusted website from blocking mode.
  • Apple Services: Incoming invitations and service requests, including FaceTime calls, are blocked if the user has not previously sent the initiator a call or request.
  • Wired connections with a computer or accessory are blocked when iPhone is locked.
  • configuration profiles cannot be installed and the device cannot be enrolled in mobile device management (MDM) while lockdown mode is enabled.

When and where is it coming?

  • The new lockdown mode is aimed not only at iPhones, but also at iPads and macOS devices.
  • Apple will roll it out on iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura.
  • Apple will continue to strengthen lockdown mode and add new protections over time.


🖼️ Nothing does an NFT thing, and people don’t like it: Carl Pei’s Nothing has announced an NFT. It’s a video clip of a cube with a bouncing black dot. The company will gift the NFTs to early investors before offering them for sale to the public. However, people are not too happy about it (Android authority).

🕹️ God Of War: Ragnarok has a start date! November 9, 2022 is the fateful day for the second coming of GoW. Kratos and Atreus’ New Adventure costs $59.99 on PS4 and $69.99 on PS5. There are also two hella cool Collectors and Jötnar Editions (PlayStation Blog).

📱 Verizon Shuts Down Its 3G Networks and Offers Free 4G LTE Phones: Verizon wants to bring you back from the Middle Ages with a free 4G flip phone. Don’t expect a Galaxy Z Flip 3 now. It’s just a basic phone, but it will do the trick if you’re stuck on a 3G (Verizon) device.

Thursday thing: Mice made from frozen skin cells of other mice

Cloned Mice, University of Yamanashi, Japan

Dorami, the black mouse on the left, is the first mouse cloned from freeze-dried skin cells.

Scientists at the University of Yamanashi in Japan are certainly not messing around with this one. Or are you? Despite this, they managed to create cloned mice from frozen skin cells of other mice. It’s a world first and a big deal because it could pave the way for the reintroduction of endangered species.

  • Researchers froze dried skin cells from mouse tails and stored them for nine months before making clones.
  • The freezing process killed the skin cells, but the scientists still managed to create the clones.
  • They made early-stage cloned embryos by inserting the dead cells into mouse eggs.
  • Surrogate mice carried the embryos to term.
  • The first cloned mouse was named Dorami, after the manga character Doraemon.
  • Dorami also had her own litter after successfully mating with a female.

Isn’t science fantastic? Have a nice day.

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