Apple releases Security Update 2016-001 for OS X Yosemite, El Capitan users

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Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 05:55
Category: News, security, Software

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Because security updates are a good thing.

On Thursday, Apple released Security Update 2016-001 for users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The fix covers assorted zero-day exploits that could allow full access to a device and updates Safari to version 9.3.5 to patch security holes in the browser as well.

The exploits require the user to open a URL from an SMS message, which then executes remote binary files in the OS that dig into the kernel and allow unauthorized software to be installed—in iOS this effectively jailbreaks your device behind your back.

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Tim Cook pens scathing letter addressing Apple European tax controversy

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Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 05:30
Category: Apple, Finance, Legal, News

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There apparently came a moment where, in the wake of the controversy regarding Apple’s tax rate in Ireland, Tim Cook got angry and began smashing things.

Responding to the Commission’s decision that Ireland should recover 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes from Apple, Tim Cook said that “in Ireland and in every country where we operate, follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.”

He proceeded to pen the following letter:

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Dropbox pushed mandatory password changes for large swath of user base following hack of 68 million accounts

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Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016, 05:00
Category: News, security, Software

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Well, there’s a pretty good reason Dropbox asked a large segment of its user base to change their passwords last week.

The password change, which focused on users who had signed up period to mid-2012, followed the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts.

The online storage company confirmed late Tuesday reports that 68 million user email addresses and hashed and salted passwords from an incident in 2012 had been compromised.

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Apple uses Turi acquisition resources to expand machine learning efforts

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Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016, 05:18
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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There’s a reason Apple buys companies from time to time.

Following its acquisition of machine learning platform Turi earlier this month, Apple is now growing the team that will serve as the company’s new machine learning division focusing on integrating the tech into new and existing products.

Apple confirmed tat the company had acquired Turi earlier in August, stating that it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time,” albeit without providing details.

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Corning announces “Gorilla Glass SR+” product for wearable devices

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Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, 05:25
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, News, Wearables

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Back in 2015, Corning announced that it was working on “Project Phire”, a new material that combines the strength of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance of sapphire. On tuesday, the company announced that the result of that project is ready to launch.

Now called “Gorilla Glass SR+,” Corning’s latest product is a composite material for wearable devices. It’s been designed to cut down on visible scratches while continuing to deliver all of the features of the original Gorilla Glass.

Gorilla Glass SR+ apparently offers scratch resistance similar to sapphire with 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection. Corning says these optical improvements enable better battery life and improved outdoor readability.

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Transmission BitTorrent client found to be spreading OS X/Keydnap malware

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Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, 05:27
Category: macOS, News, security, Software

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The malware beast raises its head once again.

Transmission, a popular BitTorrent client, has been discovered to once again be distributing Mac-based malware under version 2.92, months after it was used to spread a strand of ransomware.

Researchers at security firm ESET have been following a malware called OSX/Keydnap, which can steal passwords, and noticed that it was spreading through Transmission’s official site.

As of now, a version of Transmission containing the malware is in the wild according to ESET.

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Users launch class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 “Touch Disease” units

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 07:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

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Apple’s “Touch Disease” issue on some of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets has just become a class action case.

The company has been sued by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable.

Per the complaint, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.

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Apple releases invitations for September 7 media event, iPhone 7 announcements likely

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Date: Monday, August 29th, 2016, 10:37
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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When the media invitations go out, you know something’s on the horizon.

Apple on Monday distributed media invitations an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The invitations include the tagline of “See you on the 7th”.

The event is expected to include the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices.

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Apple releases iOS 10 developer beta 8, public beta 7

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Date: Monday, August 29th, 2016, 05:10
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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Once again, and about a week after the last update, Apple released a new iOS 10 beta. On Friday, Apple released both iOS developer beta 8 and public beta 7 for download.

As always, you should back up your data first. To get the update, go to the Settings app and run Software Update on your iOS device. If you’re not a developer, the only way you can get the beta is to join the Apple Public Beta Program.

Apple is expected to release iOS 10 come September, complete with an assortment of new features.

If you’ve tried the new iOS 10 betas and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via Macworld and beta.apple.com

Fun: Domino’s given clearance to test drone-based pizza deliveries in New Zealand

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Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016, 05:23
Category: Fun, News
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If you live in New Zealand, the Domino’s pizza drone may be coming your way.

Domino’s pizza has partnered with aerial drone business Flirtey, the two having been given the green light to test New Zealand pizza delivery via drones. The tests are slated to begin later this year, complete with government consideration.

Details around where the trial would be held have been kept under wraps – however Domino’s said it would use drone delivery alongside its usual delivery methods – and only where it would be faster than the use of a car or scooter.

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