Apple extends repair program to MacBook Pro notebooks that may be experiencing AMD GPU glitches

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Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015, 04:37
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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If your rather expensive MacBook Pro notebook is exhibiting video issues, Apple just began a new program which might be able to help you.

A new repair initiative, officially titled “MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues,” applies to MacBook Pro computers sold between February 2011 and December 2013 that exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts, Apple said.

The issues have been associated with malfunctioning discrete AMD GPUs installed within the MacBook Pro notebooks.

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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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2011 MacBook Pro class action suit gains steam, accuses Apple of hiding defects

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 12:47
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook Pro, News

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If you were irked about the graphics card on your 2011 MacBook Pro going belly up, you’re not alone.

Per AppleInsider, a complaint has been sent out to members of the class action suit against Apple to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of taking steps to hide the problems from consumers.

“Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause the GPUs to effectively self destruct,” the note reads.

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Class action suit over MacBook logic boards dismissed by California judge

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Date: Friday, January 9th, 2015, 11:57
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook Pro, News

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If you were hoping for legal action to set things right after your MacBook’s logic board went belly up, you’re not going to feel great about this.

Per MacRumors and Reuters, U.S. District Judge William Alsup this week dismissed a lawsuit filed against Apple over allegedly defective Apple notebooks. Filed on behalf of Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles with class action status, the suit accused Apple of deliberately selling notebooks with logic boards the company knew were faulty.

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Apple wins iPod antitrust lawsuit, avoids potential $1 billion fine

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Date: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 18:39
Category: iPod, Legal, News, Uncategorized

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It was a banner day for Apple’s legal department.

Or at least the legal team got to clear out an old and potentially costly lawsuit.

Per 9to5Mac and CNBC, a jury has decided that Apple is not guilty of violating antitrust laws in the decade-old lawsuit involving the iPod, iTunes Music Store, and digital rights management usage. The jury had to determine if the iTunes updates affecting customers’ iPods were “genuine product improvements” with Apple citing security concerns for implementing the usage of DRM.

Had the jury decided Apple did violate antitrust laws through its practices, the company could have been responsible for damages of up to US$1 billion.

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Aaron Sorkin-led Steve Jobs biopic transfers to Universal, Fassbender set to star as Jobs

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Date: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 08:39
Category: News

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The Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs biopic is now in Universal’s hands.

And Michael Fassbender is set to star as Steve Jobs.

Per AppleInsider and Variety, Following Sony’s surprise exit from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s film about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Universal Studios has reportedly picked up the project with actor Michael Fassbender tapped to take on the lead role.

As rumored last week when Sony dropped backing for the project, Universal has taken the reins of the film based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” reports Variety. A subsequent report claims Universal paid $30 million for the opportunity.

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Sources cite “deep organizational issues” as reason for slow iCloud development

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Date: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 08:22
Category: iCloud, iOS, News, Software

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This could be the reason you’re not seeing iCloud develop as quickly as it could be.

Per 9to5Mac, The Information has published a report that claims “deep organizational issues” within Apple are holding up iCloud development and complicating products. The cloud-based service, which helps keep data in sync between iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs, reportedly lacks from a centralized iCloud team at the Cupertino-based company.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was particularly keen on the idea of iCloud, a platform that he introduced shortly before his death in late 2011. Jobs had a particular interest in keeping photos, one of the most highly shared forms of media, in sync between devices. Yet, over three years later, Apple has not reached the full potential it envisioned with iCloud.

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Microsoft releases Office 14.4.6 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 09:37
Category: News, Software

On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 update. The update, a 114 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- This update fixes critical issues.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

Apple has yet to respond to 18,000+ signature regarding 2011 MacBook Pro GPU issues

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Date: Friday, October 17th, 2014, 11:10
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

If you have a 2011 MacBook Pro that’s been suffering from GPU failures and glitches, odds are Apple won’t be doing anything about it in the near future, in spite of an impressive petition campaign to see the issue addressed.

Per 9to5Mac, an online petition calling for Apple to fix or replace affected machines has reached more than 18,000 signatures.

The petition reads as follows:

To:
Timothy D. Cook, Apple Inc
Craig Federighi (Apple Inc) (Apple Inc), Apple Inc

Replace or Fix All 2011 Macbook Pro with Graphics Failure

The petition notes the premium spent to buy Apple laptops, and says that Apple’s only response to date has been to ask owners to pay for an extremely expensive logic board replacement …

Owners of machines suffering from the problem have also been tweeting with the hashtag #MBP2011, and there are a number of websites devoted to the issue. Owners are reporting Apple repair costs of between US$300 and US$700, with diagnoses often pointing to failure of either the soldering or thermal paste on the AMD Radeon HD 6750M.

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Apple receives patent for device that could send data via bending flexible materials

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Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, 11:19
Category: Hardware, News, Patents

One day, you will send data by bending certain materials in the right direction.

Per AppleInsider and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.

As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s U.S Patent No. 8,855,727 for a “Mobile electronic device with an adaptively responsive flexible display” describes a unique interactive device panel capable of triggering various system tasks, specifically mass media content served up in the form of MMS messages.

While the document consistently refers to the portable computing device as a “digital periodical” or “advertising device,” the patent’s claims specifically point out methods in which the system is a mobile phone.

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Only a generalized physical description is offered in the patent, but the invention notes the device can take on one or more flexible displays operably attached to hardware components like network adapters, sensors and more. Further, the displays can “roll up” into a specialized rectangular or cylindrical housing for easy carry. Lending to the device’s advertising capabilities is an embodiment that allows attachment to a lamp post or other highly visible public structure.

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