OS X 10.10.2 update to resolve ongoing Thunderbolt vulnerability

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 11:06
Category: Hardware, News, security, Software

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If you were looking forward to the next heft Yosemite update, there’s something else to look forward to that will finally secure a vulnerability on the Thunderbolt port.

Per AppleInsider and iMore, a Mac hardware vulnerability that has yet to be exploited on a wide scale will reportedly be fixed with Apple’s forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, preventing any future attacks.

The so-called “Thunderstrike” hardware exploit was publicized late last year, but the hack takes advantage of a flaw in the Thunderbolt Option ROM first disclosed in 2012. Until now, that flaw hasn’t been patched, but according to iMore, the latest beta of Apple’s OS X 10.10.2 update fixes the problem.

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Analysts highlight extremely strong iPhone sales in China over last quarter

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 17:04
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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The Chinese marketplace apparently loves the iPhone 6.

Per MacRumors and Financial Times, according to analysts from financial firm UBS, China accounted for 36 percent of iPhone shipments in the most recent quarter, compared to 24 percent for the U.S. The analysts also compared the numbers to 2013, noting that a year before China accounted for only 22 percent of shipments with the U.S. at 29 percent.

Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin concurs with the UBS report, believing around 2 million more iPhones were sold in China than in the U.S. during the quarter. With the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, he also believes it’s just the beginning of the country’s fiscal dominance over Apple sales.

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Apple may be censoring iCloud email, “filter” cited

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 14:22
Category: iCloud, Legal, News, Software

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This seems a bit unsavory.

Per a lengthy post over on Reddit, a user under the handle of “Unagi33″ has given a detailed description as to how Apple may be censoring their iCloud email. The story goes through the user’s transition from Gmail to iCloud-based email, initial problems the user experienced and a description as to how the user, who’s studying for the bar exam, sometimes needed to include porn site addresses in emails to friends as a means of offering advice. The iCloud mail, for its part, apparently censored and/or deleted the emails linking to adult content, which is interesting on a lot of levels.

Here you go.

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Rumor: Samsung snags 75% of Apple’s A9 processor orders

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 10:05
Category: Hardware, Processors, Rumor

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Apple and Samsung may have their ongoing legal squabbles, but that doesn’t stop them from making el dinero.

Per AppleInsider and the Maeil Business Insider, Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple’s next-generation “A9″ system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year’s iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

Citing industry sources, the South Korean publication reported on Sunday that Samsung’s Austin, Texas fab is responsible for a 75 percent slice of orders for Apple’s upcoming SoC, presumably dubbed “A9″ if the company’s A-series naming convention is followed.

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Apple earnings estimates begin to come together

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 09:24
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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It’s impossible to say what Apple’s exact earnings will be until they’re announced on Tuesday, but the cool cats at Bloomberg are beginning to put some numbers together.

Over on their Apple stock page, the current estimates are pointing towards 17 percent growth in revenue and net income boosted by holiday sales of devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Software industry now officially bigger than Hollywood with Apple paying $10 billion to developers in 2014

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 15:37
Category: Finance, News, Software

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It’s official: Software is now more profitable than Hollywood, baby.

Per the results over at Asymco and the box office receipts over at Box Office Mojo, Apple’s App Store receipts outgrossed movie receipts in 2014.

Apple paid US$10 billion to developers in calendar 2014. Additional statistics for the App store are as follows:

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To conquer the iPhone, you must first beat its camera

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 15:29
Category: Android, Fun, iPhone

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This is worth reading.

An interesting piece over on The Verge discusses one of the iPhone’s chief strengths: being able to take a good picture with almost no fiddling with the controls and being able to take a clear, sharp picture on the very first attempt. This contrasts with the author’s description of his “routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself” and his realization of gadget envy in this regard.

The author then goes on to state that “I saw more iPhones in the hands of CES attendees than I did Android phones across the countless exhibitor booths. From the biggest keynote event to the smallest stall on the show floor, everything was being documented with Apple’s latest smartphone, and it all looked so irritatingly easy. I don’t want an iPhone, but dammit, I want the effortlessness of the iPhone’s camera.”

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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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