KeRanger ransomware arrives on the Mac, Transmission 2.90 application infected

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 08:46
Category: News, security, Software

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Ransomware has come to the Mac.

Over the weekend, researcher at Palo Alto Networks stated that ransomeware, which encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data, has been found to be targeting the Mac OS X platform in the form of the “KeRanger” malware. The malware first appeared on Friday and seems to be attacking Apple’s Mac computers.

Security experts estimate that ransoms total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such cyber criminals, who typically target users of Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Windows operating system.

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Rumor: Intel may provide LTE modems for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 07:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Intel is looking to be a provider of some dead-nifty LTE modems for the next-gen iPhone.

CLSA Securities analyst Srini Pajjuri has corroborated multiple reports claiming that Intel will supply LTE modems for the iPhone 7, according to a research note obtained by NDTV.

Pajjuri stated that Intel has acquired a “significant portion” of the LTE chips, this percentage thought to be around 30 to 40 percent of production. While supplier Qualcomm will be tasked with the remaining orders, Apple is apparently looking to cut some of its reliance on Qualcomm and is thus looking to Intel to pick up some of the slack.

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Apple launches Twitter account for support services

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2016, 11:10
Category: News, Software

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Who says social media is only an annoying thing?

Apple’s new support account on Twitter has garnered more than 125,000 since its launch on Thursday. The account has over 2,750 tweets as of writing, meaning that Apple’s support team has responded to nearly 100 customer tweets per hour so far.

Not a bad start out the gate.

Keyhole, which has studied the account, shows that the account has already generated over 124 million impressions, with 44.6% of users viewing the tweets from an iPhone. 77 percent of the account’s followers are male.

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Apple Pay adds 27 banks, credit unions in United States

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2016, 08:12
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

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Apple Pay is growing.

Following its launch in China and three million users logging on in just two days, Apple Pay has added another 27 bands and credit unions backing the 1,000+ partners in the U.S.:

1st Community Federal Credit Union

Abacus Federal Savings Bank

Bank of England

BankFirst Financial Services

Bull’s Eye Credit Union

Colfax Banking Company

Columbia Bank Florida

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Rumor: Apple looking to switch to OLED displays for 2017 iPhones

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Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 08:17
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple will switch over to an OLED display for its next-gen iPhones as soon as 2017, a year earlier than previous estimates and in the face of initial supply constraints.

Sources close to the story have said that Apple has reached out to South Korean display suppliers LG and Samsung in December to discuss the viability of ramping up OLED production in time for next year’s iPhone launch, Nikkei reports. Along with the two tech companies, Apple also informed the appropriate industry associations of the potential change.

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Apple files formal objection in iPhone unlocking case, guarantees appeal via motion

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Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 07:12
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple is apparently creating a second chance for itself with the iPhone unlocking/San Bernadino shooter case.

The company, following yesterday’s Congressional hearing, filed a formal objection to the court order instructing it to assist the FBI in breaking into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Apple had previously filed its mandatory response, in which it called for the court to vacate the order. This was a 65-page detailed document setting out the reasons the company believed the order should not have been granted.

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Apple leases former Pepsi bottling plant in Sunnyvale, thought to be working on car project out of this and other buildings

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 08:26
Category: News

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The Apple real estate empire has once again grown.

This time, Apple appears to have leased a 96,000 square foot industrial property that had once served as a Pepsi bottling plant in Sunnyvale, California. News of the lease has just recently surfaced and it is not clear how long Apple has been at the location.

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Husband of San Bernadino shooting survivor takes Apple’s side in iPhone encryption controversy

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 12:36
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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While a recent poll has suggested that the majority of Americans support the FBI and would have Apple decrypt the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, Apple apparently has the backing of the husband of one of the survivors of the terrorist attack, which left 14 people dead and 22 others seriously injured, after he changed his mind over the case.

Salihin Kondoker, whose wife Anies Kondoker was shot three times in the attack but avoided the main hall after taking a trip to the bathroom, filed a friend of the court brief siding with Apple in its dispute with the FBI. Writing in a letter to Judge Sheri Pym, Kondoker, Kondoker explains how his opinion on the case turned when he delved deeper into the longer term implications of the FBI’s order.

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Rumor: 9.7-inch iPad Pro to feature 12 megapixel rear camera

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 08:18
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro is thought to be similar to the 12.9-inch version of the tablet, but it may boast a superior camera to the larger model.

Source close to the story have indicated that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro may feature a 12 megapixel rear camera comparable to the sensor in the iPhone 6s. The 12.9-inch model that shipped this past November has an eight megapixel rear camera.

Given that the smaller display yields a more portable form-factor, it would make sense for Apple to promote improved photography on its 9.7-inch tablet. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s predecessor, the iPad Air 2, includes an eight megapixel rear camera. Like all recent iPad models, the new version will include a FaceTime HD camera on the front above the display. Like the 6s, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro would also record 4K video.

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Judge clears Apple from having to hack iPhone in New York case, could set precedent in San Bernadino controversy

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 08:10
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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This is interesting.

Although it’s not tied to the headline-grabbing San Bernadino case, a federal judge has denied a government motion to force Apple to unlock an iPhone. The ruling could have implications for Apple’s current battle with the FBI over San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c.

In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled on Monday that the All Writs Act is being applied overly broadly by the government.

The case concerns an iPhone 5s used by a meth dealer who later pled guilty. Although the iPhone wasn’t running iOS 7 or later and wasn’t encrypted by default, it was felt that Apple could extract the data without needing to break the phone’s passcode.

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