Apple to launch Bug Bounty program, will pay up to $200,000 to hackers, cryptographers and researchers depending on bugs found

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 07:27
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Ok, this is pretty neat.

Yesterday at the Black Hat conference, an annual event designed for the global InfoSec community, Apple’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic announced the launch of a bug bounty program that will see Apple paying money to individuals who discover major bugs and security flaws in the company’s software.

Many major technology companies like Google and Microsoft offer bug bounty programs to encourage people to discover and report major vulnerabilities, but until now, Apple has declined to provide a similar program.

The new program is part of an effort to open Apple’s software up to hackers, researchers and cryptographers who want to improve upon it and Apple will be offering up to $200,000 to researchers depending on the bug discovered. Secure boot firmware components will earn $200,000 at the high end, while smaller vulnerabilities, like access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of the sandbox, will earn $25,000.

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Apple’s negotiating techniques holding up Apple TV streaming service

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 08:44
Category: Apple TV, News, TvOS

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Apple knows exactly what it wants in terms of negotiations.

And it might just be getting in the way in terms of setting up an Apple TV streaming service.

The company’s “assertive” negotiation tactics have apparently made it difficult to establish and lock deals with various cable providers and networks.

Apple started talking with the Walt Disney Company in early 2015 about getting Disney-owned content onto its then-planned streaming television service, but Apple executives, iTunes chief Eddy Cue in particular, made demands networks were not prepared to meet.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2 and tvOS 9.2.1 updates

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 12:51
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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In addition to Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update on Monday, Apple also released updates for iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.

The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.

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WWDC: Apple highlights hefty tvOS update, new features to come

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 09:32
Category: News, Siri, Software, TvOS

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Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.

The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming streams from certain networks (including ESPN and Disney) by just commanding Siri to put them on.

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Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible rebranding from “Mac OS X” to “macOS”

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 11:03
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, TvOS, Watch OS

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While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.

Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.

Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

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Apple releases watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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Along with yesterday’s smorgasbord of updates, Apple also updated its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.

tvOS hit version 9.2.1 and contained bug fixes and performance improvements, but no new features. Apple released tvOS 9.2 just last month, which brought support for Siri dictation, organizing your apps in folders, and connecting a Bluetooth keyboard.

To update your fourth-gen Apple TV, start in the Settings app, then scroll down to System > Software Update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ll be prompted the next time you fire up your Apple TV.

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Apple Store down ahead of March 21st media event

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 08:27
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, OS X, retail, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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As expected, the Apple Online Store has gone down ahead of today’s scheduled media event.

At present, there’s just a graphic stated “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store”.

Apple is scheduled to hold its media event at 10 AM PST in Cupertino and is expected to launch the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and updates to its Apple Watch line.

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Apps shine in new 30-second Apple TV spot

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016, 10:34
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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This is sort of interesting.

After years of stating that the Apple TV set top box was a “hobby”, this is really the first commercial that declares that the device is a serious thing. The new 30-second Apple TV spot takes a focused look at apps and changes to suit an array of different popular apps on the platform. One second, the chicken mascot from Crossy Road is bursting out of the Apple TV, while the next second sees the box turning into the iron throne from Game of Thrones.

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News, Software, TvOS

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The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1 and tvOS 9.1 updates

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:19
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Today was the day in which pretty much everything Apple got an update.

Everything.

Leading the pack, Apple releases iOS 9.2 for its iOS devices. The update, a 272 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Apple Music improvements.

– A new Top Stories section in the News app.

– Mail Drop in the Mail app for sending large attachments.

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