Apple opens up OS X 10.10 Yosemite public beta to one million test users via Appleseed program

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 11:48
Category: News, Software

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Get on the Appleseed email list and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to snag the public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Per iMore, beginning Thursday, Apple will be sending out invitations to test out the next version of OS X. The invites will be going out to the first million people that are signed up through the Appleseed public beta program.

Apple says that the beta should be available for download starting at 1PM Eastern time. If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can. There’s no guarantee those million spots haven’t already been filled, but that also doesn’t mean that Apple might not open testing up to a broader audience for subsequent betas as they troubleshoot bugs.

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Apple posts $37.4 billion in revenues, $7.7 billion profit for Q3 2014

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 18:52
Category: Finance, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News

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Apple’s money train kept rolling into the third quarter.

Per Macworld, the company posted revenues of US$37.4 billion and a net profit of US$7.7 billion, making for a record June quarter for the company.

Those numbers were up from the third quarter of 2013, when Apple tallied US$35.3 billion in revenue and US$6.9 billion in net profit.

For the 2014 third quarter, Apple earned US$1.28 per diluted share, up from US$1.07 a diluted share the company earned in the year-ago quarter. Apple has declared a cash dividend of US$0.47 per share of the company’s common stock.

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Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9, addresses sleep issue with mid-2011 MacBook Air [Update!]

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 10:12
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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With any luck, this will work.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 late Monday. The update, a 4.3 MB download, addresses a sleep issue with the mid-2011 MacBook Air notebook:

- This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models. This update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected and fixes a rare issue that may cause fans to run at full speed after waking from sleep.

The update can be directly downloaded from Apple’s web site or located and installed via OS X’s Software update feature.

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

Update! :

Some users have been reporting problems with the EFI update. In some cases, users’ computers would not restart after installation. In others the update would appear to install, but when the laptop restarts, the update is not applied, appears as installed in the App Store app, and STILL shows up as needing to be installed. Multiple attempts at the install simply add an identical entry to the list of installed software with no changes to the computers firmware.

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I personally ran into the latter situation. My MacBook Air is still working fine, but the firmware did not update. People are also having problems with the separate installer downloaded from Apple’s web site. We highly recommend that if you have not updated yet that you hold off until more data can be collected and Apple possibly deploys an update to the update.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences shows backdoors on every iOS device, questionable services being run

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 16:25
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

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There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.

Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.

Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is the author of five iOS-related O’Reilly books including “Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.”

In December 2013, an NSA program dubbed DROPOUTJEEP was reveled by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum that reportedly gave the agency almost complete access to the iPhone.

The leaked document, dated 2008, noted that the malware required “implant via close access methods” (presumably physical access to the iPhone) but ominously noted that “a remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release.”

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Microsoft is trimming the fat with 18,000 layoffs

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 08:47
Category: Announcement, Business, Microsoft, News, Windows

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It’s not an easy thing being a Microsoft employee right now, as the software giant is doing quite a bit of refocusing which means some of those workers will inevitably be left in the dust. Just ask the 13,000 employees who were let go last Thursday after CEO Satya Nadella outlined the coming changes in an email to employees sent the morning that the axe fell. About 12,500 of those layoffs were actually Nokia employees who only recently became Microsoft employees as the result of a $7.2 billion acquisition of the company in April. However, the layoff spree isn’t finished as there are still 5500 more layoffs to come in the next six months according to a report at Business Insider.

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Apple pays $400 million settlement in ebook pricing case

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Date: Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 06:51
Category: Legal, News

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Sometimes you get stuck with your hand in the cookie jar.

Per Reuters and AppleInsider, Apple has agreed to pay up to US$450 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from states and consumers accusing the iPad maker of illegally fixing e-book prices and raising costs.

The settlement was first revealed by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who indicated that the deal will resolve claims for consumer damages and civil penalties brought forward in lawsuits by the state of New York and 32 other states and territories.

Schneiderman said the settlement could result in payments of up to US$400 million to consumers. Total costs in the conditional settlement are said to be around US$450 million.

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Apple adding transition encryption to boost iCloud email service security

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Date: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, 12:36
Category: iCloud, News, security

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Apple looks to be overhauling its iCloud email service security by including end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google’s Gmail transparency effort and The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

The report suggests that at least 95 percent of the messages sent to Gmail from users of iCloud mail is now encrypted, just one month after Apple initially promised that such a change would be forthcoming.

Apple is using industry-standard Transport Layer Security, or TLS, infrastructure for the encryption. With TLS, both sending and receiving servers as well as the email messages themselves can be verified for authenticity, nearly eliminating the possibility of email being unknowingly intercepted by a third party.

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Apple is looking to employees to test its new Photos app

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 08:24
Category: Apple, Mac, News, Opinion, OS X, photos, Pictures, Pro Apps, Software

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We’ve mentioned in a previous post that Apple plans to replace the once venerated pro-level photo management app, Aperture, and presumably iPhoto as well, with an all new application called simply Photos. Now Apple is looking for someone to put it through its paces, and looking no further than its own collective of employees.

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Apple expands iPad, iPhone trade-in program to Australian market

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 06:31
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple’s iPhone and iPad trade-in program is coming to the land down under.

Per MacRumors, Apple today expanded its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, giving customers who trade in an older device credit towards the purchase of a new device. Users who trade in an iPhone can earn up to A$250, while users who trade in an iPad can get up to A$215.

Apple’s current press release states that the iPhone 5s, 5c, and iPad Air are not eligible for the credit, nor are first-generation devices like the iPhone 3GS or the original iPad. All other devices are eligible, however, and Apple will still recycle original models for free.

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Apple launches developer blog for Swift programming language

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2014, 16:09
Category: News, Software

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A little transparency goes a long way.

Following the announcement of its new Swift programming language for iOS and OS X, Apple has launched its Swift developer blog, which is designed to bring Swift-based news, updates and information to the public.

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