Apple confirms that HomePod may leave white rings on wooden surfaces with oil or wax finish

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 03:28
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News

As nifty as the HomePod may be, it can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.

The discovery was noted in reviews by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint as well as highlighted by VentureBeat, with at least one user sharing the problem on Twitter.

Pocket-lint’s Stuart Miles offered the following statement about the issue in his review:

“For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Within 20 minutes the HomePod had caused a white discoloured ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded, although still hasn’t completely disappeared.

We subsequently tested the HomePod on other materials: the same wood that hadn’t been treated with Danish oil and a regular lacquered desk and haven’t seen the same issues.”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook offers explanation as to why shareholders will probably never get a tour of Apple Park

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 03:40
Category: Fun, News, retail

You’ll apparently be able to see the gift shop of the new Apple Park campus, but that’s about it.

Answering a shareholder question as to whether shareholders would ever get a tour of Apple Park in the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple CEO offered the following reply:

“Probably never. Because there are secrets inside the spaceship. The problem with opening up the main facility for tours is we have so much confidential stuff around. “It’s sort of the bane of my existence to hold things confidential now.”

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Security researchers locate vulnerability in Skype installer

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 03:03
Category: Microsoft, News, security, Software

This might be something that Microsoft wants to look into and fix.

The current version of Skype feature a security flaw that could let an attacker gain control of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. The company has stated that it isn’t planning on fixing the flaw, at least for now, because it amounts to rewriting the entire app update installer.

The security flaw is in the app update installer, and if exploited, could let attackers gain administrator level access even if the victim is logged into their computer as a standard user. From there, they can copy and delete files, install other apps, access personal information, and more.

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AppleCare+ for HomePod priced at $39, covers two accidental damage incidents

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:31
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, HomePod, iOS, MacBook Pro, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag AppleCare+ for your new HomePod, it’ll run you $39.

The extended warranty and accidental damage repair program offers two out-of-warranty repairs like accidental damage from a drop.

Without AppleCare+, the repair will run $279.

The checkout process for a HomePod has said since the pre-order process that AppleCare+ coverage extending the warranty to two years, granting a longer customer support window, and providing for reduced-cost out-of-warranty repairs would cost $39. However, a new support document published on Friday breaks down the HomePod repair process, as well as costs associated with the repair.

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iFixit completes teardown of HomePod, posts findings

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:37
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News

When in doubt, use a hacksaw.

The cool cats at iFixit have taken it upon themselves to crack into the newly-released HomePod to find out what’s inside.

The outfit, which used an actual hacksaw to crack the smart speaker open, discovered an A8 processor, seven tweeters, six far-field microphones, and a high excursion woofer. The speaker dynamically adapts to its placement in a room to improve audio output and to create a stereo-like sound from a single unit.

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iBoot source code leak traced back to low-level Apple employee

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:41
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

Last last week, the source code for iBoot, a core component of iOS, was leaked to GitHub.

Although the code was older, designed for iOS 9, it was quickly yanked from GitHub following Apple’s issuance of a DCMA takedown notice.

Per Motherboard, which contacted unnamed sources involved in the leaks and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, the source of the leak was discovered.

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VLC update to 3.0.0

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:29
Category: News, Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 3.0.0. The new version, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds a massive series of changes and fixed documented over on the changelog.

VLC 3.0.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

First HomePod orders begin heading to final destinations for U.S., U.K., and Australian customers

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 03:03
Category: HomePod, News, retail

Your pre-ordered HomePod unit is on its way to your loving arms.

The HomePod is en route, and customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way.

The first units are set to arrive in Australia and Apple is apparently using Next Day Air delivery in the United States, then shipping the units out from local hubs according to the tracking information.

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iOS’ “iBoot” component leaked to GitHub, quickly pulled by Apple

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 03:42
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software

Apple, and its legal department, do not like it when you leak source code for core components of iOS on GitHub.

This is exactly what happened, as a chunk of source code, labeled “iBoot”, which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system, found its way onto GitHub. In other words, it’s the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it, much the same way that a BIOS would function.

The code says it’s for iOS 9, an older version of the operating system, but portions of it are likely to still be used in iOS 11.

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MacUpdate accidentally hosts malware, cryptocurrency miner packages for February 1st downloads, fixes and apologizes for mistake

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 03:11
Category: News, Software

Even though it was corrected, this could be called a snafu.

Download aggregator web site MacUpdate briefly linked to three malicious applications masquerading as legitimate downloads for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper, that not only install the apps, but also deposit Monero, a cryptocurrency miner on downloader’s systems.

On February 1st, MacUpdate updated its legitimate download links to installers for the three apps. Over the course of the incident, download links to OnyX and Deeper by Titanium Software were replaced with similar URLs and Firefox downloads were redirected to a bogus installed.

The payload was delivered as a .dmg file, but the installers were scripts that download and install the payload, plus retrieved a legitimate copy of the app in question to convince the user that the app installed properly.

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