Latest OS X 10.10.2 build features Google Project Zero discoveries/fixes

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 10:23
Category: News, security, Software

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If Yosemite is driving you a bit crazy, the good news is that the upcoming version won’t feature any bugs that have been pinned down by Google.

Per iMore and Ars Technica, Google’s Project Zero research program has disclosed and released proof-of-concept code for a series of 0day — previously unknown — vulnerabilities found in Apple’s OS X operating system for the Mac. It should be noted, however, that the first vulnerability was marked as fixed and closed by Google two weeks ago, and the others are fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, now in beta.

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Purported photos of 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air lid surface

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 09:13
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, photos, Rumor

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This could be the lid to a 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air.

Per 9to5Mac, iFanr has published a full gallery of what is claimed to be the lid and display for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been published by Japanese web site iFanr.

The legitimacy of the photos has not been determined, but you can see several additional photos below, including shots comparing it to current Apple devices such as the iPad and existing MacBooks.

The display is said to boast a Retina resolution, though the exact pixel count is still a mystery. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of the bottom case for this machine just yet, so the rumored single-port configuration will remain just that for the time being.

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Apple Watch battery life, CPU specs leaked

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Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 18:59
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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Some Apple Watch battery specs may have just surfaced.

Per 9to5Mac, sources with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have stated the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets.

According to sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple’s A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch, while the Retina-class color display is capable of updating at a fluid 60 frames per second.

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Batch renaming guide for multiple files in OS X Yosemite surfaces

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Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 11:40
Category: How-To, News, Software, Yosemite

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In the realm of “cool/useful operating system tricks”, this ranks up pretty high.

The cool cats at TekRevue have posted a guide as to how to perform batch renaming in OS X Yosemite. This becomes handy as your number of files grows and you need a decent system for organization.

Prior to OS X Yosemite, Mac users looking to batch rename files in the OS X Finder would have to turn to third party tools. Renaming single files was simple enough, but if you had to rename multiple files, you’d need apps like Renamer or NameChanger.

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Apple purchases Semetrics music analysis service, puts itself in better position to track users’ music listening habits

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Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 13:43
Category: Finance, News

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Apple’s interested in what you’re listening to.

Especially if it helps to justify having spent several billion dollars for Beats.

Per The Guardian, Apple has acquired British startup Semetric, which runs the Musicmetric analytics tool, as part of its plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming music service later in the year.

In documents filed with Companies House earlier in January, Semetric’s registered address was changed to 100 New Bridge Street in London – the office of law firm Baker & McKenzie, which is also the registered address of Apple Europe Limited.

Meanwhile, senior Apple attorney Gene Levoff was appointed as a director of Semetric in October 2014, according to another published through Companies House in January.

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Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone, cites backdoors, security reasons

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Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 12:20
Category: Uncategorized

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Edward Snowden doesn’t trust the iPhone.

Whether you trust yours is another matter altogether.

Per AppleInsider and Sputnik, infamous former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, responsible for leaking thousands of pages of classified intelligence documents from the secretive spy organization, reportedly believes that the iPhone contains “special software” that can be remotely activated by authorities for intelligence gathering purposes.

“Edward never uses an iPhone, he’s got a simple phone,” Snowden’s lawyer said in a recent interview. “The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner, having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.”

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Dropbox to discontinue Mac OS X 10.5 support after May 18th, users encouraged to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 11:57
Category: News, Software

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You’re going to have to update your operating system to Mac OS X 10.6 or later to keep using Dropbox.

Per 9to5Mac, Dropbox has announced through an email to users on older versions of OS X that it will soon be discontinuing support for computers running Leopard or other older versions of the operating system. Users still running anything older than OS X 10.6 will need to upgrade in order to continue using future versions of the Dropbox app.

Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be automatically signed out of the Mac app. From that point forward, they will not be able to login back into the Mac client until they are on a newer version of OS X.

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Apple adds 15 more banks and credit unions to list of Apple Pay institutions

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Date: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 13:59
Category: Finance, iOS, News

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It’s never a bad thing when a payment type gains additional support.

Per 9to5Mac, following the addition of eight additional card issuers and banks earlier this month, Apple has updated its list of supported institutions and card types to include 15 more credit unions and banks.

These new banks are listed as supporting Apple Pay as of today:

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Jobs biopic begins filming at Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos

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Date: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 11:18
Category: News

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In spite of all the usual Hollywood/studio kerfuffle that goes into making a movie, the cameras are rolling on the Steve Jobs biopic.

Per MacRumors and CNET, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin has entered production, with film crews setting up at Steve Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos ahead of filming that’s set to take place on Friday afternoon.

As of Friday morning, the film’s production team finished transforming the garage into what it might have looked like back in 1976, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were working on the original Apple I computers.

The biopic, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s best selling Steve Jobs biography, is said to cover three of Jobs’ most important product launches — the Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT computer in 1988, and the release of the iPod in 2001. Filming is starting at Jobs’ childhood home, but later, film crews are expected to move on to areas in San Jose and Berkeley.

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Leaked files outline NSA-sponsored hacker training, use of vulnerability within Safari web browser to gain access to devices

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Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 12:30
Category: Hacks, iOS, News, security, Software

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It’s interesting what the intelligence community gets up to in its day to day work.

According to Spiegel Online International, the Politerain hiring process posted ads for candidates who wanted “to break things.”

Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence organization, the National Security Agency (NSA). More precisely, it’s operated by the NSA’s digital snipers with Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the department responsible for breaking into computers.

Potential interns are also told that research into third party computers might include plans to “remotely degrade or destroy opponent computers, routers, servers and network enabled devices by attacking the hardware.” Using a program called Passionatepolka, for example, they may be asked to “remotely brick network cards.” With programs like Berserkr they would implant “persistent backdoors” and “parasitic drivers”. Using another piece of software called Barnfire, they would “erase the BIOS on a brand of servers that act as a backbone to many rival governments.”

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