Former NSA staffer, security researcher releases paper demonstrating how Mac malware can capture, redistribute live video and audio feeds

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Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 05:57
Category: News, security, Software

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Malware on the Mac is becoming something to worry about, as demonstrated by security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle. During a presentation at Virus Bulletin, Wardle yesterday showed how Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone on a MacBook Pro. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.

Although any unauthorized access to the webcam will light the green LED – a firmware-level protection that is exceedingly difficult to bypass – Wardle’s presentation shows how a malicious app can tap into the outgoing feed of an existing webcam session, like a FaceTime or Skype call, where the light would already be on.

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Some iPhone users encountering Activation Lock error upon entering wrong Apple ID email address

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Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:36
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security, Software

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It appears that inputting the wrong Apple ID email address could lead to an Activation Lock with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

A number of users have stated that, after entering the wrong Apple ID email address, they cannot sign in and are therefore unable to proceed with setting up the iPhone. The issue has primarily affected new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models upon being turned on for the first time, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models upon being restored to default settings, although older models appear to be affected to a lesser extent.

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Apple launches Spoken Editions section of iTunes, provides narrated content from dozens of publishers

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Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 05:45
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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If you love audiobooks, this could be nifty.

On Monday, Apple announced its new “Spoken Editions” section of iTunes, which will feature narrated content from a number of online publishers in the form of audio-only podcasts. These Spoken Editions are available both in the iTunes storefront, as well as in Apple’s Podcasts app, for easy access.

With the launch, more then 40 publishers will be distributing content, including the Huffington Post, Reuters, Slate. .Mic, Wired, IGN, Bustle, Fusion, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, TIME, Skift, TechCrunch and Playboy.

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iPhone 7 to launch in wider array of international markets on October 14th

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Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016, 05:11
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The iPhone 7 is about to hit the road with a wide international debut over the next 10 days.

Following an October 7th debut in India, the handset will be available in Turkey, Malaysia, and South Africa, as well as smaller markets like Macao, Macedonia, and Montenegro and possibly other regions on October 14th.

A South Korean launch is “tentatively” set for Oct. 21st as well. The target was allegedly arrived at in talks between Apple Korea and three phone carriers on Thursday, but still has to be approved by Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

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Angry customer uses steel ball to smash Apple Store items, complains about consumer rights prior to being caught

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Date: Friday, September 30th, 2016, 09:02
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPhone, MacBook Air, News

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This probably isn’t the best way to have your customer support complaints addressed.

On Friday, a disgruntled customer walked into the Apple Store in Dijon, France and began destroying various products with a steel ball of the kind that’s used in the classic French game Pétanque. The steel ball is hollow but still weighs about 2.5 pounds.

He is heard talking about “his consumer’s right” and citing that he’s unhappy with how Apple handled his support case. Minutes later, security turns up and tries to escort him away — but not without him trying to escape.

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App Store Search Ads to begin October 5th, developers can order ad slots now

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Date: Friday, September 30th, 2016, 05:29
Category: App Store, Developer, News, Software

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Ads are coming to the App Store.

Back in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced the addition of ads to App Store search results. App Store Search Ads have gone live as of today, and Apple is allowing developers to purchase ad spots. Ads from developers will be displayed starting on October 5th.

The new Search Ads went into beta immediately after the announcement and were made available to developers.

With Search Ads, developers can bid to have their app listed as the top result when certain keywords are used, improving app discoverability. Ads are available through an auction system, with one ad displayed to customers on each search result page. Ads are clearly marked and ad content is the same content that’s available on the App Store app description pages as it uses App Store metadata and imagery.

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Leaked document explains how Apple tracks communication via, shares information with law enforcement

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 05:01
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security

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In the complicated balancing act between privacy and security, it looks like Apple has been handing the phone number you’ve called over to the police.

Following this year’s FBI investigation and Apple’s vows of privacy protection, it appears that Apple in fact keeps a log of everyone you try to contact using iMessage, according to a leaked document found by The Intercept. These logs contain personal contact information, including phone numbers, and are stored in Apple’s servers for 30 days before being deleted. Furthermore, Apple has shared these server logs with police after being compelled by a court order.

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Jet Black iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units in short supply, manufacturing difficulties cited in recent research note

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Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

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There’s a reason why the new Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is out of stock.

The new handset faces a global shortage as the new high-gloss finish has proven challenging for the company’s manufacturers.

The Jet Black models apparently suffer from a low casing production yield rate of 60 to 70 percent, meaning 30 to 40 percent of units do not pass Apple’s quality standards test and must be retooled. The report comes from a recent note hailing from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Komplex trojan surfaces for macOS, thought to exploit vulnerability in MacKeeper antivirus software

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Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 14:52
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

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Yet another chunk of malware for OS X/macOS to worry about.

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have identified a new trojan known as “Komplex”, which can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac. Interestingly, the Trojan will also save a PDF document to the infected system concerning the Russian space program.

The PDF document details planned Russian space projects from 2016 to 2025, but also acts as a decoy.

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Some iPhone users fall for tutorial video, attempt to drill headphone jack into iPhone 7 handsets

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Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 05:11
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This started as a joke.

And then some people took it seriously, thereby damaging their new iPhone 7 handsets and violating their warranties in the process.

A recently released tutorial video claims to show a user securing his iPhone 7 with a clamp, then drilling into the iPhone 7’s case with a 3.5 millimeter drill bit to fabricate a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

While this technically does produce a hole into which one might insert a headphone plug, it will not make a headphone jack. And it will leave a hole in your phone. And, if you’re not skilled with the drill, you can damage the internals of your iPhone.

And it certainly voids the warranty.

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