Wikileaks publishes two more Mac-specific exploits from CIA Vault 7 files

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hacks, News, security, Software

If you’re interested in security, you’ll like this.

Wikileaks has just Wikileaks published two more Mac exploits from the so-called CIA Vault 7 under the name Project Imperial. The new exploits—Achilles and SeaPea—affect older versions of OS X, such as Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

The exploits behave as follows:

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Apple discontinues iPod nano, iPod Shuffle, reduces iPod touch price to $199

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2017, 05:40
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, iPod Touch, News, retail

The iPod nano and iPod Shuffle are no more.

Early Thursday, Apple removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from both its web site and online store around the world. The company confirmed that the units have been discontinued, but continues to sell the iPod touch with updated pricing and storage, including a 32GB model for $199 and 128GB model for $299.

For now, it appears the iPod nano and iPod shuffle are still available to purchase at many Apple Stores and other resellers, but that likely won’t be the case for too much longer. In the United States, the latest iPod nano started at $149 with 16GB of storage, while the iPod shuffle cost $49 with 2GB of storage.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could be delayed until Q1 2018, might not be available in white color, facial recognition “highly likely”

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017, 05:47
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

With the launch of the next-gen iPhone en route, a rumor from Macotakara cites possible delays and initial supply shortages of the handset. The report explains that the “premium model” will likely be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, but its release will likely be delayed to near the end of 2017.

The report states that the release “has the possibility” of slipping to the first half of Apple’s Q1 2018, which runs from October through December.

It’s also been rumored that the next-gen iPhone will not arrive in a white color option. While the specifics of this rumor are unclear, sources close to the early production line have said that it is “not possible” to have the new iPhone arrive in white, thereby suggesting less of a color variety than with previous models.

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New TSA policy requires U.S. passengers to remove iPads, MacBooks from carry-on bags for scanning

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, iPad, Legal, MacBook, News

Per a new policy issued by the Transportation Safety Administration on Wednesday, over the coming weeks and months, passengers will no longer be able to keep their iPads or smaller MacBook notebooks in their bags when passing through security screenings. Instead, the devices will have to be placed in a separate bin to be x-rayed.

The new policy states that “all electronics larger than a cell phone” will be subject to this scrutiny.

Previously, Apple’s ultra-thin iPad, as well as the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook, were given approval to stay in a bag when being scanned.

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Adobe announces “end of life” date for Flash Player at end of 2020

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple, Developer, Google, iOS, iPad, Microsoft, News, Software

Adobe’s Flash Player now has an end date: the end of 2020.

Adobe says it’s working with companies including Apple and Google to prepare for the upcoming death of Flash, as quoted here:

Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

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USB Promoter Group announces USB 3.2 protocol, cites improved data transfer speeds via existing cables

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Hardware, News, USB-C

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprising Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, today introduced an upcoming USB 3.2 specification, which will eventually replace the existing USB 3.1 specification upon release.

While the increase is relatively incremental, the group stated that the USB 3.2 protocol will allow for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation.

With support for two lanes of 10Gb/s transfer speeds, performance is essentially doubled over existing USB-C cables.

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Apple offering newer MacBook Pro models as replacements for some 2012, 2013 MacBook Pro models requiring battery replacement

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

This could be pretty nifty.

In the wake of what appears to be a severe constraint of top case assemblies with integrated batteries, Apple has informed its Genius Bar employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers it is currently unable to service the batteries of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display models released in Mid 2012 and Early 2013.

The battery replacement is typically free of charge with an AppleCare+ plan, but can retail for $199 in the United States, £199 in the UK, or $259 in Canada for out-of-warranty replacements.

According to Apple’s internal directive, top case assemblies with batteries for the aforementioned MacBook Pro models will remain severely constrained until September 15, 2017. The directive does not identify a reason for the shortage, which has been ongoing since at least March.

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JCPenney’s announces full Apple Pay support across U.S. locations

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Software

JCPenney now accepts Apple Pay.

The department store announced that it now accepts Apple Pay across all of its U.S. locations, including support for store-branded credit cards and associated rewards points.

Compatibility with Apple Pay within the JCPenney app for iOS has been listed as “coming soon”, though in-store transactions are now possible with any iPhone 6 or later or an Apple Watch.

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New Apple Park drone footage emerges, shows finishing work on landscaping, visitors center

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2017, 05:50
Category: Fun, News

Drone videographer Duncan Sinfield has completed and posted his mid-month flyover of the Apple Park campus, wherein Apple is apparently applying finishing touches such as landscaping.

Specifically this month, Sinfield highlights the work within the spaceship ring. Apple continues to planet trees and other greenery. When completed, the campus will be surrounded by around 9,000 trees and Apple’s efforts to find only the best tress have been detailed in the past.

Sinfield has also noted that Tantau Avenue, which runs alongside Apple Park, has been closed to public vehicle traffic over the last month as Apple continues to work on the visitor center. Apple is also hiring staff for the visitor center ahead of Apple Park’s grand opening.

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iOS 10.3.3 update resolves Wi-Fi exploit that allowed for complete outside control of devices

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Date: Friday, July 21st, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Even if you’re generally a bit hesitant to accept iOS updates until they’ve been out for a while, it might be a good idea to accept the new iOS 10.3.3 update, which was released on Wednesday.

Per Apple’s security document, the update includes the following major fix:

Impact: An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

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