Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone, cites backdoors, security reasons

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Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 12:20
Category: Uncategorized

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Edward Snowden doesn’t trust the iPhone.

Whether you trust yours is another matter altogether.

Per AppleInsider and Sputnik, infamous former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, responsible for leaking thousands of pages of classified intelligence documents from the secretive spy organization, reportedly believes that the iPhone contains “special software” that can be remotely activated by authorities for intelligence gathering purposes.

“Edward never uses an iPhone, he’s got a simple phone,” Snowden’s lawyer said in a recent interview. “The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner, having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.”

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Dropbox to discontinue Mac OS X 10.5 support after May 18th, users encouraged to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 11:57
Category: News, Software

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You’re going to have to update your operating system to Mac OS X 10.6 or later to keep using Dropbox.

Per 9to5Mac, Dropbox has announced through an email to users on older versions of OS X that it will soon be discontinuing support for computers running Leopard or other older versions of the operating system. Users still running anything older than OS X 10.6 will need to upgrade in order to continue using future versions of the Dropbox app.

Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be automatically signed out of the Mac app. From that point forward, they will not be able to login back into the Mac client until they are on a newer version of OS X.

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Apple adds 15 more banks and credit unions to list of Apple Pay institutions

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Date: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 13:59
Category: Finance, iOS, News

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It’s never a bad thing when a payment type gains additional support.

Per 9to5Mac, following the addition of eight additional card issuers and banks earlier this month, Apple has updated its list of supported institutions and card types to include 15 more credit unions and banks.

These new banks are listed as supporting Apple Pay as of today:

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Jobs biopic begins filming at Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos

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Date: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 11:18
Category: News

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In spite of all the usual Hollywood/studio kerfuffle that goes into making a movie, the cameras are rolling on the Steve Jobs biopic.

Per MacRumors and CNET, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin has entered production, with film crews setting up at Steve Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos ahead of filming that’s set to take place on Friday afternoon.

As of Friday morning, the film’s production team finished transforming the garage into what it might have looked like back in 1976, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were working on the original Apple I computers.

The biopic, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s best selling Steve Jobs biography, is said to cover three of Jobs’ most important product launches — the Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT computer in 1988, and the release of the iPod in 2001. Filming is starting at Jobs’ childhood home, but later, film crews are expected to move on to areas in San Jose and Berkeley.

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Leaked files outline NSA-sponsored hacker training, use of vulnerability within Safari web browser to gain access to devices

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Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 12:30
Category: Hacks, iOS, News, security, Software

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It’s interesting what the intelligence community gets up to in its day to day work.

According to Spiegel Online International, the Politerain hiring process posted ads for candidates who wanted “to break things.”

Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence organization, the National Security Agency (NSA). More precisely, it’s operated by the NSA’s digital snipers with Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the department responsible for breaking into computers.

Potential interns are also told that research into third party computers might include plans to “remotely degrade or destroy opponent computers, routers, servers and network enabled devices by attacking the hardware.” Using a program called Passionatepolka, for example, they may be asked to “remotely brick network cards.” With programs like Berserkr they would implant “persistent backdoors” and “parasitic drivers”. Using another piece of software called Barnfire, they would “erase the BIOS on a brand of servers that act as a backbone to many rival governments.”

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Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate stylus for user input

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Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 04:01
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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The rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” could be getting a stylus to go along with it.

Per AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called “iPad Pro.”

“Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases,” Kuo wrote. “Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”

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Bank of America cites 1.1 million cards using Apple pay, Savers and FoodMaxx add support

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Date: Friday, January 16th, 2015, 12:19
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

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Apple Pay is gaining some momentum.

Per 9to5Mac, Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up at Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada, which now offers the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets announced on Thursday.

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Swift demonstrates impressive growth in January 2015 rankings

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Date: Friday, January 16th, 2015, 12:37
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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Apple’s Swift programming language is growing.

Per Cult of Mac’s Twitter post and RedMonk, the Swift programming language is gaining ground on GitHub and Stack Overflow,

Besides the noted plot, which can be difficult to parse even at full size, we offer the following numerical rankings. As will be observed, this run produced several ties which are reflected below:

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2011 MacBook Pro class action suit gains steam, accuses Apple of hiding defects

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 12:47
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook Pro, News

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If you were irked about the graphics card on your 2011 MacBook Pro going belly up, you’re not alone.

Per AppleInsider, a complaint has been sent out to members of the class action suit against Apple to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of taking steps to hide the problems from consumers.

“Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause the GPUs to effectively self destruct,” the note reads.

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Updated version of Google Drive gains new status menu, bandwidth controls

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 11:35
Category: News, Software

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Google Drive will be getting some additional muscle this week, a new version becoming available for OS X and Windows.

Per 9to5Mac and the Google blog, the new version includes an improved status menu to show much more information than before. Now, you can see the files that are being synced up to the cloud as well as a check mark next to them that will appear as they do so. The app will also make it clear which files are currently syncing and which files are yet to be synced. Additionally, hovering over an item will let you share it straight from the menu.

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