Apple Store locations to host Hour of Code introductory programming events on December 11th

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Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014, 11:24
Category: Developer, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Programming may not be your thing, but this could still be something nifty to take your kids to.

Per TechCrunch, Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer science concepts.

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Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces 4.2 spec, introduces speed and privacy improvements

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 09:54
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Some nifty changes are coming to Bluetooth.

Per 9to5Mac, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced an updated Bluetooth spec, version 4.2, that introduces a number of new features alongside enhancements to speed and privacy. The update also allows for Bluetooth over IPv6, which along with an upcoming update will allow devices to have a direct connection to the Internet and open up new possibilities for Bluetooth sensors and other accessories.

“In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT.”

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Rumor: Department of Justice combining fixed-engine planes, fake cell towers to spy on cell phone users

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Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 11:22
Category: iPhone, Legal, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Well, you’re going to have to snoop on cell phones SOMEHOW, and the Department of Justice thinks a small, fixed-wing Cessna is the way to do it.

Per AppleInsider and the Wall Street Journal, a supposed secret spy program equips small aircraft with a device dubbed a “dirtbox,” which pulls data from mobile phones by masquerading as a cell tower. The project aims to identify criminals through their devices, but the wide net also snares cellphones used by the general public.

Purportedly operated by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Technical Operations Group, the dirtboxes are manufactured by Digital Receiver Technology, a subsidiary of Boeing, and installed on fixed-wing craft like those built by Cessna. The two-foot-square devices identify themselves as legitimate cell towers with the strong signals, tricking mobile phones into reporting IMSI information.

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Little Snitch 3.5 nightly build 4226 released, offers SSH fixes

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Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 04:00
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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Little Snitch, the popular network utility by Objective Development Software Gmbh, has been updated to version 3.5, its nightly build number 4226, a 22.2 megabyte download adding the following fixes and changes:
- Little Snitch menubar item no longer occupies space when disabled.

- Added support for showing iOS App Extension icons.

- Improved handling of via connections:
Connection alerts now show a cancel button if either the parent or the via process is terminated.

Until Quit rules are now valid until both the parent process and via process have terminated.

OS X Yosemite changed how incoming ssh connections are handled. Incoming connections are no longer handled by sshd directly but instead by launchd. On OS X Yosemite, this version of Little Snitch automatically converts existing rules to ensure incoming SSH connections work as expected.

- Minor improvements and bug fixes.

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Walgreens weighs in on Apple Pay, CurrentC conflict, offers snarky response to competitors CVS and Rite Aid

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Date: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 11:51
Category: Uncategorized

It’s not a huge step in the squabble between Apple and retail chains like CVS and Rite Aid who are opting out of Apple Pay to keep using CurrentC, but it is another chain taking advantage of the conflict.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, CVS competitor Walgreens has chosen its weapon for the battle, and that weapon is snark.

The company is currently promoting the following Tweet on Twitter.
Hey, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users! The choice is yours: Use #ApplePay today at any of our stores!

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Hours after citing capable security, CurrentC announces unauthorized access of users’ email accounts

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Date: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 16:35
Category: Finance, iOS, News, security, Uncategorized

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Hubris, anyone?

Just hours after publishing a blog post answering some questions about its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments system and touting the security of its cloud-based storage of sensitive information, the company behind the effort, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has alerted users of unauthorized access to their email addresses.

Per MacRumors, the company released the following statement:

Thank you for your interest in CurrentC. You are receiving this message because you are either a participant in our pilot program or requested information about CurrentC. Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you. Based on investigations conducted by MCX security personnel, only these e-mail addresses were involved and no other information.

Details on the unauthorized access have not been disclosed, but reporter Nick Arnott of iMore took some time earlier this week took a look at some of the personal information being collected by MCX and CurrentC and noted that he could ping CurrentC’s systems to look for valid registered email addresses on the system. While he did not find valid addresses, the system appeared capable of returning a substantial amount of personal information about such accounts.

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DisplayMate tests find plausible, reflectance-based reasons as to why Apple may have opted not to install sapphire coating on iPhone 6 units

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Date: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, 15:15
Category: Uncategorized

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If you were ever wondering why the iPhone lacked a much-anticipated sapphire coating, the answer comes down to reflectance.

Per Raymond Soneira, DisplayMate has published tests results concerning sapphire’s reflectance on assorted devices, the numbers standing for themselves.

According to the tests, the new iPad Air returned a result of 2.5 percent screen reflectance, the lowest that’s been measured by the citing, making it extremely unlikely that Apple will ever use Sapphire, with its 8.0 percent screen reflectance, on future iPhones.

The much lower 2.5 percent reflectance improves screen readability, image contrast, and color saturation in ambient light by almost 2:1 over the best existing mobile displays, a major innovation and enhancement for mobile displays that are almost always used in significant ambient light. And sapphire reflects 3 times the amount of ambient light.

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Christian Bale lands role of Steve Jobs in upcoming Sorkin biopic, didn’t need to audition

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Date: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 14:47
Category: News, Uncategorized

Batman will be playing the part of Steve Jobs.

And he didn’t even have to audition.

Per Bloomberg, actor Christian Bale didn’t have to audition for the role of Steve Jobs in the coming biopic of the Apple Inc. co-founder, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

Sorkin, whose screenplay for “The Social Network” won an Academy Award, is working on an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography “Steve Jobs” for Sony Corp. The film will begin shooting in the next couple of months, Sorkin said.

The writer is known for his fast-paced dialogue in shows such as TV’s “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom,” and in 2010’s “The Social Network,” about Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Leonardo DiCaprio was in talks earlier for the Jobs part. Danny Boyle, who won an Oscar for directing “Slumdog Millionaire,” is attached to the project.

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RapidWeaver 6 released for OS X

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Date: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 02:47
Category: Uncategorized

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On Tuesday, Realmac Software announced the release of RapidWeaver 6, a major new upgrade to the company’s long-established and hugely-popular website creation app.

The new version includes more than a dozen major new features, is built exclusively for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite, and a 64-bit app for the first time along with the following fixes and changes:

- Built for Mavericks and Yosemite, and 64-bit

- Redesigned user interface, including a Full Screen mode

- Supercharged Publishing (up to 3x faster)

- Five new user interface themes

- New Addons Manager

- Responsive Previews (presets for Desktop, iPhone, iPad. etc)

- New Markdown page type (this feature generates code for you in the background)

- Site-wide code support (HTML, CSS, Javascript)

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Rumor: A8X processors allegedly feature three cores, 2GB of RAM

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Date: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 17:47
Category: Hardware, iPad, Processors, Rumor, Uncategorized

While Apple has yet to reveal the exact specifications of its A8X processor, it seems to feature some sexy tech traits. Per AppleInsider and Gizmobic, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

The purported details on the A8X chip claimed to show a new “iPad5,4″ model. Based on Apple’s IPSW files available to developers, that model would be a LTE-capable iPad Air 2.

A separate test focused on RAM speed also appears to show that the iPad Air 2 has a full 2 gigabytes of RAM. In contrast, the A8 CPU found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a dual-core processor with 1 gigabyte of RAM.

The benchmarks published represent an out-of-date testing tool not optimized for assessing the performance of Apple’s latest hardware, which may explain why the iPad Air 2 performs poorly in some of the tests.

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