Apple File System included in forthcoming macOS High Sierra operating system won’t work on Fusion Drive units, Apple provides instructions for workaround

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Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 05:51
Category: Fusion Drive, macOS, News, security, Software

This could get annoying.

Apple has released a technical note describing how the new Apple File System (APFS) feature will be limited to Macs with all-flash built-in storage, which means it won’t work with iMacs and Mac minis that include Fusion Drives.

The Fusion Drives were converted to the APFS format during the first beta test of MacOS High Sierra, but support was removed in subsequent betas and not reimplemented.

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HomePod firmware hints at possible Face ID scanning even when next-gen iPhone is laying flat

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Developer, Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, Rumor, security, Touch ID

The leaked HomePod firmware might have given away yet another feature for Apple’s upcoming next-gen iPhone.

iHelp has noted a line that references support for facial recognition even when the device is laying flat on its back. The term “Pearl” is believed to be Apple’s name for Face ID:

AXRestingPearlUnlock

com.apple.accessibility.resting.pearl.unlock

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Wikileaks publishes two more Mac-specific exploits from CIA Vault 7 files

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hacks, News, security, Software

If you’re interested in security, you’ll like this.

Wikileaks has just Wikileaks published two more Mac exploits from the so-called CIA Vault 7 under the name Project Imperial. The new exploits—Achilles and SeaPea—affect older versions of OS X, such as Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

The exploits behave as follows:

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iOS 10.3.3 update resolves Wi-Fi exploit that allowed for complete outside control of devices

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Date: Friday, July 21st, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Even if you’re generally a bit hesitant to accept iOS updates until they’ve been out for a while, it might be a good idea to accept the new iOS 10.3.3 update, which was released on Wednesday.

Per Apple’s security document, the update includes the following major fix:

Impact: An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

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Apple releases macOS 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3 updates

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Date: Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, watchOS

‘Twas a day of updates as Apple released new versions of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS 3 on Wednesday.

As usual, Apple’s comments as to the changes involved bug fixes, performance improvements and security fixes with the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3 and watchOS 3.2.3, respectively.

Specific changes for macOS 10.12.6 included the following:

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Unexpected iOS 11 security feature surfaces, hints at new keychain elements

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2017, 05:03
Category: iOS, Rumor, security, Software

This could turn into something interesting.

A new key-shaped icon found in the current iOS 11 beta seems to hint at an upcoming set of security features.

It’s unknown as to whether this hooks into the 1Password app by AgileBits or something on Apple’s end.

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Notebook travel ban could be lifted soon following security upgrades

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, 05:47
Category: Hardware, News, security

The notebook travel ban may be lifted in a relatively short period of time.

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday said if security measures are increased at the airports in coming days and weeks, the restriction will be removed.

Back in March, the United States banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone from the cabins of flights coming to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Officials feared that the devices could be used to smuggle explosives on board.

The electronics ban remains in effect for U.S.-bound flights from airports in Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Airline cabin ban on notebooks and tablets eased, two more airlines lighten restrictions

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2017, 05:14
Category: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security

This is a bit more encouraging.

According to the BBC, flights from the Abu Dhabi airport are now being exempted from the ban imposed on notebooks and tablets in cabin baggage on certain US-bound flights, and the same now applies to two airlines flying from different airports …

Per the article:

Emirates has said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on its flights to the United States. Emirates, which flies to the US from its Dubai hub, said it worked with US authorities to meet new security rules.

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McAffee June 2017 Threat Report shows uptick in adware for Macs

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2017, 05:48
Category: News, security, Software

The new McAffee June 2017 Threat Report is in and it indicates that the trend in Mac malware isn’t slowing down. There were nearly 250,000 new instances of macOS malware in the first quarter of 2017, bringing the total for the quarter to just over 700,000.

While Macs have never been fully immune to viruses and exploits, they generally weren’t as susceptible to the viruses that plagued Windows PC in the first decade of the 2000s. Since then, Apple has backed off from its “Macs don’t get viruses” marketing claim.

At present, traditional PC-like viruses are still relatively rare on the Mac, but according to McAfee, there’s been a “glut of adware”, which tricks users into downloading, running, and authorizing malware with admin privileges. Depending on the malware and its attack vector, the users of infected Macs encounter everything from browser takeovers, to pop-up ads, to unwanted toolbars and browser plugins, to even things like keyloggers and botnet hijacks in the worst cases.

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1Password receives update, now offers “Travel Mode” feature

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 05:34
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

This could come in handy.

Following an update pushed out last week, 1Password now includes a new feature that lets users selectively erase local data for maximum protection while traveling.

The new “Travel Mode” feature erases all vaults/user profiles with the exception of those marked “safe for travel” from devices connected to a 1Password account. Users can later restore their full list of vaults with another click once they arrive.

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