Security researchers locate vulnerability in Skype installer

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 03:03
Category: Microsoft, News, security, Software

This might be something that Microsoft wants to look into and fix.

The current version of Skype feature a security flaw that could let an attacker gain control of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. The company has stated that it isn’t planning on fixing the flaw, at least for now, because it amounts to rewriting the entire app update installer.

The security flaw is in the app update installer, and if exploited, could let attackers gain administrator level access even if the victim is logged into their computer as a standard user. From there, they can copy and delete files, install other apps, access personal information, and more.

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Apple adds live news feature to iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 03:20
Category: Apple TV, Archive, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Software, TvOS

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You can now access the news a bit easier through your iOS device or Apple TV.

Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iOS device users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

From the main screen, click the “Watch Now” tab, then screen down past the “Up Next” section to access the “What to Watch” recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red “Live” banner on the thumbnail image.

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iBoot source code leak traced back to low-level Apple employee

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:41
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

Last last week, the source code for iBoot, a core component of iOS, was leaked to GitHub.

Although the code was older, designed for iOS 9, it was quickly yanked from GitHub following Apple’s issuance of a DCMA takedown notice.

Per Motherboard, which contacted unnamed sources involved in the leaks and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, the source of the leak was discovered.

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VLC update to 3.0.0

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:29
Category: News, Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 3.0.0. The new version, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds a massive series of changes and fixed documented over on the changelog.

VLC 3.0.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

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

iOS’ “iBoot” component leaked to GitHub, quickly pulled by Apple

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 03:42
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software

Apple, and its legal department, do not like it when you leak source code for core components of iOS on GitHub.

This is exactly what happened, as a chunk of source code, labeled “iBoot”, which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system, found its way onto GitHub. In other words, it’s the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it, much the same way that a BIOS would function.

The code says it’s for iOS 9, an older version of the operating system, but portions of it are likely to still be used in iOS 11.

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MacUpdate accidentally hosts malware, cryptocurrency miner packages for February 1st downloads, fixes and apologizes for mistake

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 03:11
Category: News, Software

Even though it was corrected, this could be called a snafu.

Download aggregator web site MacUpdate briefly linked to three malicious applications masquerading as legitimate downloads for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper, that not only install the apps, but also deposit Monero, a cryptocurrency miner on downloader’s systems.

On February 1st, MacUpdate updated its legitimate download links to installers for the three apps. Over the course of the incident, download links to OnyX and Deeper by Titanium Software were replaced with similar URLs and Firefox downloads were redirected to a bogus installed.

The payload was delivered as a .dmg file, but the installers were scripts that download and install the payload, plus retrieved a legitimate copy of the app in question to convince the user that the app installed properly.

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Unicode 11.0 will include 157+ new emoji, be released later this year

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 03:49
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

There shall be additional emoji available to you.

To be specific, 157 additional emoji.

The Unicode Consortium today announced it has finalized a new set of 157 emoji that companies like Apple will be able to implement later this year. There are actually 77 new emoji in total, as some have multiple skin tones.

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iOS 11.3 beta 2 released, sports battery monitoring/management features

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 03:55
Category: battery, Developer, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

iOS 11.3 has entered its second developer beta and it appears that the new version of the operating system will add battery health information and management feature to iOS 11.3 in response to customer complaints about the way the company fixed an issue where iPhones with degrading batteries were experiencing unexpected device crashes. The crashes were caused by the processor trying to draw more power than the battery could provide, so Apple spread those intensive tasks over multiple processor cycles. The end result was slower iPhones, which many people interpreted as Apple intentionally hobbling performance to force new phone purchases.

To see the new battery information in iOS 11.3 go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This is where you’ll see your iPhone battery’s maximum capacity (100% when your battery is new). As your battery ages and loses the ability to hold the same charge it did when new you’ll see the percentage drop. That’s showing how much your current full charge capacity is in relation to when the battery was new.

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Apple may be considering full rebates for full-priced iPhone battery repairs following speed throttling controversy

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 03:44
Category: AppleCare, battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Apple may be looking to offer rebates to customers who purchased a full-cost replacement iPhone battery only to get around throttled performance.

One of the questions submitted in January by Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, was whether Apple was exploring the possibility of rebates. Apple’s response was released on Tuesday.

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Apple offering 32GB replacement units to some customers bringing 16GB iPhone 5c units in for repair

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 03:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

If your 16GB iPhone 5c is headed into the shop, Apple might be replacing it with a 32GB model instead.

A new directive sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning offered the following guidance:

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice.”

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