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If you drill a hole in your new iPhone 7 looking for a headphone jack then you’re a moron

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Look, sometimes you just have to call something how it is, and in this instance, drilling a hole in the bottom of your iPhone 7 because you saw a YouTube video telling you it would reveal a secret headphone jack makes you at least ‘pretty silly indeed’ if not a full-blown ‘moron’.

Sure, there could be loads of reasons someone believed the video – on a channel dedicated to DESTROYING TECHNOLOGY. Or perhaps all the people claiming to have tried it themselves after watching the videos are false.

You never really know on the Web, and that’s a lesson that anyone who has genuinely drilled a hole in their iPhone 7 just learned the hard way. But, you should know with something like this.

You really should.

Or maybe, just maybe, if the headphone socket was that important to you, buying an iPhone 7 was a dumb move.

Either way, there’s no sympathy here.

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Kodak’s new Ektra smartphone doesn’t blow the competition away on paper, but that’s OK

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Kodak launched its first smartphone of 2016 today, and unsurprisingly it’s pitched directly at photographers. Sort of.

As much as the leatherette handset combined with a huge, protruding shutter cover leaves little doubt who the phone is aimed at, the camera tech itself is doesn’t blow established smartphone rivals out of the water. For £450 (it’s not available to pre-order yet, but you can register interest) you get a 21MP fast focus camera sensor with F2.0, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF), optical image stabilisation (OIS) and dual LED flash. On the front, there’s a 13MP F2.2 PDAF selfie camera. Those certainly aren’t specs to sniff at, but they don’t blow the competition out of the water either.

Other hardware highlights include a 2.3GHz Decacore processor, 5-inch full HD display, 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. There’s also microSD expansion, as you’d expect on a phone made by a camera brand.

While the hardware is no slouch, it’s going to be the combination of novelty, price-point, camera specs and other value added through photographic tweaks – like an advanced manual mode, scene selection and a Super 8 Video Recorder.

With a sea of me-too smartphones, all performing comparably, Kodak’s Ektra might not win on paper, but it probably has enough appeal to attract buyers

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This was supposed to be a BlackBerry DTEK 50 phone review

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Here, right in this space, there was supposed to be a phone review of the BlackBerry DTEK50, but with whatever remaining respect is possible for the company, I’ve decided it’s just not worth the time. And, y’know, it’s my site, so…

Before all three remaining BlackBerry fans, and John Chen, lose their shit, I will state this: it’s not a bad phone. That’s pretty much irrelevant at this point though, because no-one is going to buy it. And even if they do, there won’t be any more from BlackBerry itself.

So how, in good conscience, could I recommend you buy a phone from a company that’s no longer making phones? Exactly. BlackBerry is going to focus on software instead – and let’s hope that’s not a plan based entirely on licensing BlackBerry 10, because if BlackBerry can’t make it work, not many other manufacturers are going to bother trying.

So, on the off-chance you are still considering buying the DTEK 50 – and I’d have to question why exactly – I’ll just tell you this again: it’s not a bad phone. It won’t blow you away, but it’s light, capable(ish) and comes with the few BlackBerry tweaks that do actually make some sense, like its integrated Hub for all your messaging.

The camera isn’t anything special by any means, but the display is a crisp, bright 5.2-inch 1080p panel. It really is one of the highlights of an otherwise pretty middling handset. Unfortunately, with such dazzling feature (singular) to praise, the less-than-desirable battery life and frequent ‘wtf is taking so long’ moments probably won’t fill you with joy overall.

It’s certainly not expensive, at around £270, but honestly, why bother? There are plenty of alternatives you could go for from big name brands, and higher spec alternatives from companies like OnePlus at similar price points.

It’s sad to say it, but if there didn’t seem to be a lot of point reviewing the phone, there probably isn’t a lot of point buying it either.  One last time though: it’s not a bad phone.

RIP, BlackBerry.

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Cyber warfare: US has not reached point of ‘mutually assured destruction’ yet

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A US armed forces senate hearing on encryption and cyber security, has concluded that the threat of cyber attacks from state actors is still very real indeed and that some state actors are still willing to attack.

The timing is particularly prescient, as notable security researcher Bruce Schneier published details of how an unknown party is probing the cyber defenses of critical infrastructure in the US in a deliberately methodical way.

“The attacks are also configured in such a way as to see what the company’s total defenses are. There are many different ways to launch a DDoS attacks. The more attack vectors you employ simultaneously, the more different defenses the defender has to counter with,” Schneier writes.

These companies are seeing more attacks using three or four different vectors. This means that the companies have to use everything they’ve got to defend themselves. They can’t hold anything back. They’re forced to demonstrate their defense capabilities for the attacker.”

Meanwhile back in the hearing, admiral Michael Rogers, head of the US Cyber Command and director of the NSA, fielded questions from senator Bill Nelson about the cyberattack capabilities of the US, focusing specifically on whether other countries or organisations are suitably deterred by the knowledge that if attacked, the US will unleash its own response.

Rogers cited the massive Sony hack by North Korea in November 2014 is an example of how using economic sanctions was a smarter move than a like-for-like retaliation.

“We collectively from a policy perspective made a choice to make a play to the economic piece of the United States,” Rogers said.

Yeah, but what about the technology?

Not really content with economic sanctions as the answer, Nelson pushed on for specifics of cyber capabilities.

“We could cause significant challenges to an opponent. I’m not going to get into specifics, but yes,” Rogers responded.

However, Rogers also said that the country is also not yet at a point of ‘mutual assured destruction’ theory applying just yet. i.e. some governments might not yet think that the retaliation from the US is a deterrent worth heeding.

“The challenge we have right now, some, not all, actors have not yet come to the conclusion that there’s a significant price to pay for some pretty aggressive actions in the cyber arena,” Rogers said.

He also identified future trends for US cybersecurity, adding that a “human capital” approach is a “slow” and “losing” strategy.

“[We’re] very interested in machine learning, doing cyber at scale, at speed.”

That’s probably not very encouraging for all those humans currently carrying out the “slow” and “losing” strategy though.

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