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A resident of California earned $ 25 million by unlocking operator smartphones, but he is unlikely to be able to spend this money – the criminal faces 165 years in prison

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Argishti Khudaverdyan, a California resident, was found guilty in the United States of hacking and using T-Mobile’s information systems to set up a smartphone unlocking business that brought him a profit of about $25 million.

A resident of California earned $ 25 million by unlocking operator smartphones, but he is unlikely to be able to spend this money - the criminal faces 165 years in prison

It is noted that 44-year-old Argishti Khudaverdyan from 2014 to 2019 worked as the director of one of the T-Mobile stores and used his corporate network account, as well as the accounts of dozens of his colleagues, to remove the operator block from smartphones. The latter prohibits owners of smartphones purchased in installments from using SIM cards of other operators until the seller has been paid the entire amount for the mobile device. The lock also prevents the use of stolen or lost devices.

Such blocking can only be removed in the operator’s salon after the expiration of the contract and upon presentation of documents confirming the identity of the buyer. Khudaverdyan lifted the block, abusing his position.

For 5 years of running an underground business, a 44-year-old man stole more than 50 corporate accounts of his colleagues through phishing and unlocked thousands of smartphones with their help. It is noted that the entrepreneur removed the lock even from those devices that were listed as stolen or lost. Khudaverdyan used several websites to promote his services.

The perpetrator faces up to 165 years on counts of fraud, money laundering, identity theft and more. The jury has already found Khudaverdyan guilty. The verdict will be announced on October 17.

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Android 13 fixes over 150 bugs on Pixel smartphones

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Android 13 fixes over 150 bugs on Pixel smartphones

Recently, Google unexpectedly released the final version of the Android 13 OS, which became available for Pixel smartphones. And, it seems, the owners of such devices should install it now.

Android 13 fixes over 150 bugs on Pixel smartphones

It turned out that in Android 13, the search giant fixed a huge number of bugs that existed in Pixel smartphones. More specifically, the list includes 151 issues that Google has fixed in the update.

In particular, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have a much better in-display fingerprint scanner, the slowness of which many have complained about. We also fixed the issue with double-tap to wake up the screen, Always-On Display, auto-brightness, auto-rotate the screen, and more. Users of the new Pixels say that smartphones have simply become faster and more stable.

As a reminder, Android 13 is available for Google models starting with the Pixel 4 line.

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What Viber and Telegram have had for a long time has finally appeared in WhatsApp: after a long period of beta testing, the messenger client for Windows has finally been released. The app is available for download from the Microsoft Store.

A full-fledged WhatsApp client for Windows has finally been released.  It can run in the background and doesn't need to sync with your phone

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The cameras of the iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro were compared in a general image

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Less than a month is left before the release of the iPhone 14 series, while insiders leaked the design of the smartphone a long time ago, and the exact drawings that fell into the hands of accessory manufacturers made it possible to create three-dimensional models of new devices.

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The source published a comparison of the main camera modules of five generations of Apple smartphones: iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro.

The cameras of the iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro were compared in a general image

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According to rumors, new smartphones will be presented on September 7th.

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