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Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones

Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones

January 21, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Apple to make future iPhones compatible with a cutting-edge technology that has the capability to transmit data at 100 times the speed of WiFi , suggests the code found within the iOS firmware. Apple may ship future iPhones with Li-Fi capabilities, a new technology that may end up replacing the widely-used Wi-Fi in the future technology. Beginning with iOS 9.1 update, the operating system's source code makes mention of " LiFiCapability " alongside declarations to other hardware and software capabilities, hinting that Apple may be experimenting with ways to integrate Li-Fi technology with future iPhones models. Li-Fi compatibility with Future iPhones Li-Fi compatibility was spotted in the code for iOS 9.1 by a Twitter user, who goes by name Chase Fromm, and was independently confirmed by Apple Insider. However, there is no such indication that Apple is actually working with Li-Fi. But, as pointed out by Apple Insider, Apple filed a patent applic
Android Wi-Fi Direct Vulnerability Lets Hackers to Kick your Devices OFF

Android Wi-Fi Direct Vulnerability Lets Hackers to Kick your Devices OFF

January 27, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Security researchers from Core Security has reportedly found a Denial of Service ( DoS ) attack vulnerability in Android WiFi-Direct. Android's WiFi-Direct is a wireless technology that allows two devices to establish a direct, peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection without requiring a wireless router. Smartphones have been able to support Wi-Fi Direct for a while now. According to the advisory , the remotely exploitable denial-of-service vulnerability is affecting a wide number of Android mobile devices when it scans for WiFi Direct devices. If exploited, the vulnerability would let an attacker force a reboot of a device. " An attacker could send a specially crafted 802.11 Probe Response frame causing the Dalvik subsystem to reboot because of an Unhandle Exception on WiFiMonitor class ," advisory states. The Android WiFi-Direct vulnerability (CVE-2014-0997) affects: Nexus 5 - Android 4.4.4 Nexus 4 - Android 4.4.4 LG D806 - Android 4.2.2 Samsung SM-T310 - Android
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