Additional malware strains for Macs surface, GateKeeper still recommended as means of protection

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 11:43
Category: Hack, macOS, News, OS X, security, Software


After a hiatus, a trio of three new discovered Mac malware strains have emerged.

The strains, once installed, have the potential to access Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.

The first one, as mentioned yesterday, has been dubbed “Elanor” by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender and is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac’s file system and webcam, making it possible for attackers to download files, install new apps, and watch users who are in front of an infected machine. Eleanor communicates with control servers over the Tor anonymity service to prevent them from being taken down or being used to identify the attackers.


Apple Pay comes to Switzerland, Visa and MasterCard bank cards now supported

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 06:26
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iPhone, News


Apple Pay has made its way to Switzerland.

This marks the second European launch after the United Kingdom and iPhone users in Switzerland can now set up their Visa and MasterCard bank cards in Apple Wallet to start using contactless payments at merchants as of today. Apple Pay requires an iPhone with integrated NFC chip such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPhone SE.


iOS 10 beta 2 heads out the door, walkthrough video posted

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Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, 11:25
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


iOS 10 beta 2 is out the door and being tested throughout the developer community.

And, in addition to an assortment of bug fixes, the cool cats at MacRumors have thrown together a quick walkthrough that looks at the new changes, including sticker packs from Apple, changes to the Control Center 3D Touch actions, Apple’s new organ donor signup, and more.


Backdoor.MAC.Elanor malware for Mac enters the wild, can steal data, execute remote code, operate webcam

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Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, 07:18
Category: News, security, Software


Well, this’ll keep Apple’s security team busy for a while.

Recently, Bitdefender Labs found what might be the second example of true Mac malware to enter the wild. The application, dubbed “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor”, is available on a number of reputable download sites such as MacUpdate.

The backdoor is embedded into a fake file converter application that is accessible online on reputable sites offering Mac applications and software. The EasyDoc poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script.


Rumor: Verizon to announce revised calling plans, higher data caps, increased prices

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Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, 13:17
Category: iPhone, Rumor, wireless


Verizon’s assorted data plans will likely be seeing data cap improvements alongside increased price points come tomorrow.

The wireless company is expected to announce the changes alongside access to unlimited usage through a new feature dubbed ‘Safety Mode’, rollover data options, and more.

A number of current plans are expected to increase by $5 making the entry-level plan come in at $35, but it will also now come with an increased 2GB of data up from 1GB previously. Other plans will see similar tweaks.


Apple Maps feature to support Japanese transit data in iOS 10

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Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, 08:31
Category: iOS, News, Software


This could be pretty nifty if you’re traveling to Japan this fall or next year.

Apple in a recent update to its Japanese website confirmed local transit data will arrive in Maps when iOS 10 launches this fall, further expanding the feature’s reach into Asia.

The feature was quietly announced in an update to the Japanese version of Apple’s iOS 10 preview webpage. When Maps debuts this fall on Apple’s next-generation operating systems, which also include macOS Sierra and watchOS 3, customers in Japan will be able to search for public transport options, compare fares, view subway station maps and more, the company says.


Cirrus Logic releases Apple-authorized Lightning headphone development kit, strengthens rumors of headphone jack removal on next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 12:26
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, News


It’s looking less likely that the next-gen iPhone will feature a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

Amidst rumors that Apple will remove the headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

The development kit is geared towards helping to transition products away from the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack toward Apple’s digital Lightning connector. Using the kit, manufacturers will have an easier path to migrating existing products to deliver audio over Lightning.


Rumor: Next-gen iPhone home button to incorporate Force Touch features

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Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 07:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


Apple may be looking to introduce Force Touch features to the home button on the next-gen iPhone.

Citing a report released by analysts at Cowen and Company, a number of supply chain “field checks” have indicated that Apple may do away with a physical home button, instead adopting a home button that sits flush with the phone.

Apple’s Force Touch technology will reportedly be built into the home button to provide haptic feedback when pressed, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple’s most recent MacBooks. With haptic feedback, iPhone users would still feel the sensation of pressing on the home button even without a button to actually depress.


DataMan offers data monitoring, reveals all data connections on your iOS device

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 13:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables


This is pretty interesting.

Developer Johnny Ixe has released DataMan, an iOS app designed to help you track your data plan usage on your iOS device.

The app, which also runs on the Apple Watch, can monitor your data cap, give real-time stats as to usage, be configured to follow your specific plan and monitor your assorted activities with a Stopwatch widget feature.


Rumor: Leaked images show dual-camera component for 5.5-inch iPhone 7, other changes for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 08:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


In the latest round of leaked images, a new series of iPhone 7 camera components show a new dual-camera that will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a one centimeter gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component.

The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 7 will also receive a camera upgrade, according to these leaks. The hole is substantially larger and the entire component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device, indicating some kind of upgrade.