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Apple fan? Here are some lucrative Cyber Monday deals

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The MacBook is a brand of Macintosh laptop computers by Apple Inc. that merged the PowerBook and iBook lines during Apple's transition to Intel processors. Pixabay

If you want to grab some of the best deals on Apple products on Cyber Monday, it may benefit you more if you scan the major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy first before moving on to the Apple Store.

Apple’s gift cards may be handy in case of multiple Apple purchases, but they may not beat the offers given by major retailers and cellular carriers, according to CNET.

Cyber Monday, which falls on the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, is considered the biggest online shopping day of the year in the US.

Online sales on Cyber Monday are expected to reach $9.4 billion, up by 18.9 per cent from 2018, according to the web analytics tool Adobe Analytics.

On purchase of the latest iPad which has a larger 10.2-inch screen, one can save up to $99. The device is available on Target at $230.

 

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A female can be seen using an iPhone. Pixabay

One can save an almost similar amount of money ($100) on purchase of Apple HomePod on Best Buy.

The Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are also heavily discounted. On Best Buy, they are available for $200, allowing people to save up to $150.

The MacBook Air can be purchased for $900 on Best Buy, helping you save $200.

You can buy the Apple AirPods with Charging Case for $140 on Amazon and save $29.

On Black Friday, US online shoppers spent $7.4 billion dollars, up by 19.6 per cent from last year, according to Adobe Analytics.

The top three online selling products on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, were L.O.L Surprise dolls, Frozen 2 toys, and FIFA 20 video games, Xinhua reported.

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Salesforce, a cloud-based software company, meanwhile, said Thanksgiving digital sales in the US grew 17 per cent to 4.1 billion dollars.

In a blog post, Salesforce said that Thanksgiving Day purchases were primarily through mobile devices, noting that 60 percent of all digital orders came through a mobile phone, beating prior estimates. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ Phone Hacking

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook has blamed Apple’s operating system for the hacking of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone, saying WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is unhackable.

Investigators believe that Bezos’s iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp – in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

In an interview to the BBC last week, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said it wasn’t WhatsApp’s fault because end-to-end encryption is unhackable and blamed Apple’s operating system for Bezos’ episode.

“It sounds like something on the, you know, what they call the operate, operated on the phone itself. It can’t have been anything on the, when the message was sent, in transit, because that’s end-to-end encrypted on WhatsApp,” Clegg told the show host.

Clegg compared the hack to opening a malicious email, saying that “it only comes to life when you open it”.

According to a report from FTI Consulting, a firm that has investigated Bezos’ phone, after that the video file was received, Bezos’ phone started sending unusually large amounts of outbound data, including his intimate messages with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

According to Clegg, “something” must have affected the phone’s operating system.

“As sure as you can be that the technology of end-to-end encryption cannot, other than unless you have handset, or you have the message at either end, cannot be hacked into,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple was yet to comment on Facebook’s statement.

The NSO Group has denied it was part of Bezos’ hacking.

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WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages. But the piece of NSO Group software exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on the selected users.

According to leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy, end-to-end encrypted apps (E2EE) do provide security, and messages or calls cannot be intercepted and decrypted en route without enormous computing resources.

“But once anyone can get to your handset, whether a human or a piece of software, the encryption doesn’t matter anymore. Because on your handset, it’s all decrypted,” Roy told IANS recently. (IANS)