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iPhone 6s launch draws lines, AT&T removes upgrade model pricing

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Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015, 09:06
Category: iPhone, News, retail


It was a good iPhone launch this year over in Berkeley, California and albeit the overnight camp out numbers for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus apparently weren’t as high as last year’s, the event still drew an enthusiastic crowd that spent both the previous afternoon and the night before.

This year proved different, as I decided to finally spend the full night as opposed to waking up abysmally early the morning of the launch and seeing where this put me. Having picked up a $20 foam sleep pad from REI, I chucked this, my camera, my sleeping bag and two pillows into the car and drove off to the Apple Store.


Apple to offer refund for all purchases of Peace app

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Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015, 08:38
Category: iOS, News, Software


You don’t have to go through developer Marco Arment himself for a refund on the Peace app, Apple will send you a refund.

As of now, Apple is refunding the money spent for the best-selling Peace content blocker app. The app was pulled by Arment two days after going online.

“Apple notified me this afternoon that they’ll be proactively refunding all purchases of Peace,” Mr. Arment said in a blog post. “As far as I know, this effectively never happens. When I decided to pull the app, I asked some Apple friends if this was even possible, and we all thought the same thing: iTunes billing works the way it works, period, and no special cases can be made.”


Apple to begin providing better Xcode development tool hosting for Chinese developers in wake of XcodeGhost incident

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Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Developer, News, security, Software


In the wake of developers downloading a malware-filled copy of your development tools and inadvertently uploading tons of malware-filled apps to the App Store, it helps to put some money into infrastructure and make sure the slow download speeds for the genuine version of the development tools are sufficient, thus removing the need to download the fake version in the first place.

Apple’s Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said on Tuesday that steps are being taken to prevent any such occurrence of the conditions that caused the XcodeGhost issue in the future.

The source of the tainted apps was a program called XcodeGhost, a counterfeit version of Xcode, the platform used by developers to create programs for iOS and Mac. Developers in China often download Xcode from local sites due to the slow download speeds associated with sourcing it officially from Apple’s US servers. The spurious version of Xcode was slipped in amongst the authentic ones on Chinese sites and downloaded by many programmers, unbeknownst to them.


Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, 14:31
Category: iOS, News, Software


This is probably worth snagging.

And, with any luck, it’ll take care of some of the larger issues users have been having.

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.1. The update, a 34.2 megabyte download (or 1 gigabyte download from a pre-iOS 9.0 version), offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup after updating.


Microsoft offers subscription-free versions of Office 2016 for Mac, lays out price points

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Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, 07:13
Category: News, Software


If paying US$7 a month or US$70 a year for an Office 365 subscription to use Office 2016 for Mac isn’t your thing, you can now buy the thing outright.

Microsoft is now offering the Home & Student edition for a one-time fee of US$150, and limits users to one Mac and 15 gigabytes of OneDrive cloud storage, versus the 1 terabyte assigned to 365 subscribers. Users can’t fully unlock the mobile version of Office, and lack other perks like free tech support and Skype minutes.


iFixit posts fourth-generation Apple TV teardown

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 09:21
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News


The cool cats at iFixit have done it again, this time performing and posting a full teardown of Apple’s new fourth-generation Apple TV.

The teardown discovered a dual-core, 64-bit A8 processor with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller.

The list of components includes the following:
– Apple A8 APL1011 SoC



DataMan Complication updated for watchOS 2, offers warnings when data cap is about to be exceeded

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 08:36
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables


This could be useful.

DataMan Next has just been updated for watchOS 2.

The new version shows a Smart Forecast icon, meaning a tick icon means “safe” and you’re not at risk of overage. This feature works along with DataMan Glance, which gives you a quick way to get your usage stats quickly from your watch face.


Hyper launches Indiegogo campaign to create world’s only USB Type C-compatible battery pack, adapter

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 08:11
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, USB-C


This could turn into something cool.

Hyper, the makers of the HyperJuice battery, have put together an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise US$50,000 to create a HyperJuice battery that will effectively charge Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with a USB Type C power adapter interface.

The Magic Box units being worked on will allow conventional battery packs to charge the notebook at 29 watts and will allow you to safely charge the 12-inch MacBook at 12 watts with any USB battery, sending the right current along without risk of damaging the battery over time.


XcodeGhost malware affecting hundreds of iOS apps, Apple pulling infected versions from App Store

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Date: Monday, September 21st, 2015, 07:06
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software


This is where things get a bit messier.

Apple has admitted that it is App Store integrity was compromised as apps were secretly infected by fake Xcode tools before submission to the App Store. The company has now officially acknowledged the problem and is now removing apps affected by the malware from the App Store.

Developers were inadvertently submitting malware by using counterfeit versions of Xcode, Apple’s development software, to submit apps. The fake Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost, would inject malicious code into otherwise-legitimate apps during the submission process.

The malware seems to have infected hundreds of apps on the App Store, Apple releasing the following statement:


Palo Alto Networks cites XcodeGhost malware’s presence in 39 iOS apps

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Date: Monday, September 21st, 2015, 07:47
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


Well, this is kind of a mess.

Research associate Palo Alto Networks has posted an analysis on a novel malware XcodeGhost that modifies Xcode IDE to infect Apple iOS apps. The report mentions that at least two popular iOS apps were infected. We now believe many more popular iOS apps have been infected, including WeChat, one of the most popular IM applications in the world.

The malware itself seems to stem from the fact that some iOS developers use crowd-sourcing techniques which adds to their apps being more vulnerable.

As last count, roughly 39 iOS apps were infected, some of which are extremely popular in China and in other countries around the world, comprising hundreds of millions users.