'Very Scary': Apple Users React to FaceTime's Eavesdropping Glitch - NECN

'Very Scary': Apple Users React to FaceTime's Eavesdropping Glitch

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    Apple Under Fire for FaceTime Glitch

    Apple says it is aware of a glitch allowing FaceTime users to eavesdrop on calls the recipient hasn't answered.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019)

    An Apple app intended to bring more people facing backlash for doing just that — even without permission.

    A bug in Apple's popular group FaceTime feature let contacts access people's microphones and, in some cases, cameras, even if a recipient didn't accept a call.

    "I think it's very scary," one iPhone user said outside the Apple Store in Boston on Tuesday night.

    Apple said Tuesday it had disabled the group FaceTime feature and was working on a fix to the bug.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "It's why we need to be careful with the first generation of any new technology, because not everything has been tested out to the fullest, and it's only when it gets out to the consumer environment that you start to find these sort of issues," said David Gerzof Richard, a professor at Emerson College.

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