Apple releases iOS 11 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 05:06
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Siri, Software

On Tuesday, Apple released its long-awaited iOS operating system.

As usual, the update can be installed through the General Settings –> Software Update menus on your iOS device or through iTunes when connected to your Mac or Windows PC.

The change list goes as follows and includes significant changes all around:

App Store
• All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games everyday
• New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with stories, how-to guides, and more
• New Games tab to find new games and see what’s most popular with top game charts
• Dedicated Apps tab with top picks, dedicated app charts, and app categories
• App pages include more video previews, Editors’ Choice badges, easier access to user ratings, and information about in-app purchases

Siri
• New Siri voice is more natural and expressive
• Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish (beta)
• Siri suggestions based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail, and Messages
• Works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and reminders
• Works with banking apps for account transfer and balances
• Works with apps that display QR codes
• Hindi and Shanghainese dictation

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Apple releases iTunes 12.7 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, 05:18
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software

Amidst a slew of new product announcements, Apple released iTunes 12.7 on Tuesday following its media event. The new version features a number of notable changes. As mentioned by Apple in a popup window displayed after installation, the new iTunes places emphasis on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Absent from that list is the App Store, which was previously incorporated as a means to preview, purchase and manage iOS apps on registered devices.

The upgrade marks a change to the conventional iTunes approach, both removing bloat and moving the software away from its previous status of centralized content management hub.

“If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones to your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac,” Apple says.

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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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Apple releases macOS 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3 updates

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Date: Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, watchOS

‘Twas a day of updates as Apple released new versions of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS 3 on Wednesday.

As usual, Apple’s comments as to the changes involved bug fixes, performance improvements and security fixes with the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3 and watchOS 3.2.3, respectively.

Specific changes for macOS 10.12.6 included the following:

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 05:52
Category: iOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, watchOS

If you’re in the mood for updates, this is your lucky week.

Apple has released iOS 10.3.2, an update that contains bug fixes and security enhancements.

The update weighs in around 196.4 megabytes and can be installed either through iOS’s Software Update feature or iTunes.

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Apple releases macOS 10.2.5 Sierra update, chases after USB audio, Mac App Store, Boot Camp bugs

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 05:06
Category: BootCamp, News, Software, Windows

On Monday, Apple released macOS 10.2.5 Sierra, the latest version of its operating system.

The update, which weighs in around an 896 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where audio may stutter when played through USB headphones.

– Enhances compatibility of the Mac App Store with future software updates.

– Adds support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creators Update using Boot Camp.

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iOS Control Center “bug” discovered, may lead to freeze or crash

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Date: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 05:41
Category: iOS, News, Software

This qualifies as a sort of odd bug, but it might be relevant.

The error, first spotted by Italian web site AmiciApple, this bug appears to work with iOS versions as recent as the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta and stems from odd settings within Control Center. While the chances of it happening are rare, they’re still possible.

To activate the bug, pull up Control Center, simultaneously select one option from the bottom bar (Alarm Clock, Calculator, or Camera), Night Shift, and AirDrop. You have to use three fingers to tap them all at once and it may take a few times to actually work.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 update, offers bug fixes, security fixes

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Hack, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

After a major OS update come the fixes.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.3.1, an update available for its iOS devices available as an over-the-air update or when connected to iTunes via a Mac or Windows PC.

The update, which weighs in at just under 30 megabytes as an OTA download, resolves issues such as a hardware-specific problem wherein iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c handsets had trouble updating over the air.

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LastPass exploit discovered, company scrambles to repair the vulnerability

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2017, 05:04
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

A serious vulnerability was recently discovered in the popular LassPass password manager and developers are scrambling to fix the issue which makes it possible for malicious websites to steal user passcodes and in some cases execute malicious code on computers running the program.

The flaw, which affects the most recent version of the browser extension, was briefly described on Saturday, March 25th, by Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google’s Project Zero vulnerability reporting team. When people have the LastPass binary running, the vulnerability allows malicious websites to execute code of their choice. Even when the binary isn’t present, the flaw can be exploited in a way that lets malicious sites steal passwords from the protected LastPass vault. Ormandy said he developed a proof-of-concept exploit and sent it to LastPass officials. Developers now have three months to patch the hole before Project Zero discloses technical details.

Ormandy offered the following statement:

“It will take a long time to fix this properly, It’s a major architectural problem. They have 90 days, no need to scramble!”

The blog post describing the issue had LastPass company officials thanking Ormandy for the alert and stating that a fix was on the way. In the meantime, it was suggested that LastPass users protect themselves by by entering stored passwords into websites using the LastPass vault as a launch pad for opening websites and entering passwords and enabling two-factor authentication on sites that offer it.

The attack was described as both unique and highly sophisticated. LastPass, in turn, stated that the company didn’t want to disclose details regarding the vulnerability or the fix to outside parties. Users, in turn, could expect a more detailed post mortem once the work was complete.

The string of vulnerabilities underscores the tradeoff that comes from use of any password manager. Storing dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of passwords in a single place poses catastrophic risks should that resource be breached. Exploits become easier by convenience features that, for example, store encrypted password vaults in Internet-accessible locations or automatically paste passwords into websites. Ultimately, password managers likely make the average user safer because they make it possible to use long, complex, and unique passwords. And that protects people in the event that their password is exposed in website breaches, which are much more common than real-world password manager exploits.

If you use LastPass, please take care and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Ars Technica, Twitter and blog.lastpass.com

Apple repairs iOS 10.3 vulnerability that caused iOS devices to repeatedly dial 911

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2017, 05:28
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software

Following the release of iOS 10.3 earlier this week, a number of users reported that their iOS devices were repeatedly attempting to call 911.

The flaw was discovered by an 18-year old who found a way to use Javascript to remotely cause iOS devices to open popup alerts, open apps, and make phone calls. In an effort to show the severity of the problem, he created a code that caused iPhones to dial 911 repeatedly. All in all, he ended up being arrested and charged with four counts of computer tampering after causing thousands of accidental 911 calls.

It appears that Apple has worked with app developers to examine the issue and close the loophole.

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