Apple expected to release fix for chaiOS bug this week

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 03:04
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Apple is presently working on a fix for the chaiOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific URL in a chat.

The fix is expected to arrive this week.

chaiOS is a bug that crashes Messages on iOS-based devices when a specific Github link is shared in a chat. It can also cause the iOS springboard to crash and relaunch.

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Microsoft releases Office 2016 16.9, offers real-time collaboration, automatic cloud saves

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:22
Category: Google, Microsoft, News, Software

Microsoft Office 2016 reached version 16.9 today, the update bringing some nifty features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the 16.9 update displays thumbnails in the upper-right corner, indicating who else is working on a document. In Word and PowerPoint specifically, flag icons show where edits are taking place — PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

Users can now see each others’ updates via the cloud functionality as well as roll back to a previous version if someone makes a mistake or otherwise unwanted change.

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App Store-based password reset vulnerability discovered in macOS High Sierra, appears to be fixed in forthcoming update

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 03:27
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

This is why Apple has a team working on security features.

For the third time in recent month, a vulnerability has been discovered in macOS High Sierra.

Back in September, security researcher Patrick Wardle discovered an exploit to snag plaintext passwords from the Keychain utility. Two months later, software developer Lemi Orhan Ergin realized that gaining root access to High Sierra machines was essentially as easy as inputting the username “root,” no password required.

Now, a bug report on Open Radar from earlier this week—affecting version 10.13.2—allows any user to change the App Store system preferences without a real password via these steps:

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Apple releases Safari 11.0.2 for macOS El Capitan 10.11, macOS Sierra 11.2, looks to address Spectre issue with update

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 03:19
Category: macOS, News, security, Sierra, Software

As sick as everyone is of hearing about Spectre and Meltdown, Apple has just released an updated version of Safari that could help with the Spectre vulnerability.

On Monday, the company released Safari 11.0.2, the new version of its web browser.

The update, a 75.6 megabyte download, includes security improvements to mitigate the effects of the Spectre issue, which has become a prevalent concern in the security community and affects several years worth of computers and devices.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, iOS 11.2.2 supplemental updates with Spectre fix for Safari and WebKit

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, 03:33
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software

As tired as you are of hearing about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Apple has just released something that could help with part of these.

The company has released both a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 supplemental update designed to help prevent Spectre attacks in the current Mac and iOS operating systems. Prior to this, there was still the possibility of exploiting the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript in the Safari browser.

While there’s no absolute fix against the vulnerabilities, this patch, and others like it, can help mitigate the risk and make the bug that much harder to exploit.


The patch repairs Apple’s WKWebView API to display the web content with Apple’s WebKit implementation and thus fixes every app that displays web content on your iOS device and should be installed immediately.

On the macOS end, the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental app helps secure Safari and apps that use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine. If you’re a Google Chrome or Firefox user, be sure to update to the latest version of the Chrome browser or Firefox 57.0.4 or later.

An update to the latest version of the Chrome browser with Spectre mitigations is expected in Chrome 64, currently scheduled for release in late January.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld

Some Apple Watch Series 3 users reporting unexpected reboots in hospital ICU environments

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 03:02
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

If you’re an Apple Watch Series 3 owner, you might want to keep it out of certain hospital environments.

A number of users have commented that their Apple Watch Series 3 have undergone unexpected reboots in the intensive care units of some hospitals. This suggests there may be specific ICU-related equipment used in hospitals that could be interfering with Apple Watch Series 3 with or without cellular functionality.

In the case of one user, an Apple Watch Series 3 unit he’d bought for his wife regularly experienced reboots every 60-90 minutes when wearing Apple Watch in the ICU setting. Even though the Apple Watch was replaced with a new unit, the issue persisted.

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Apple now involved in eight U.S.-based lawsuits, one Israel lawsuit following iPhone battery slowdown scandal

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:59
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

When it rains it pours.

Apple is presently facing no less than eight individual lawsuits over claims it artificially slowed down iPhones with aging batteries. The cases were filed in U.S. Federal Courts in California, Illinois, and New York.

Each of these cases is pushing for class action status.

The first cases were filed in California and Illinois just after Apple confirmed the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all experience slower performance as their batteries age.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 update, addresses HomeKit remote access bug within operating system

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2017, 03:10
Category: HomeKit, iOS, News, Software

This could be helpful.

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 11.2.1, the most recent version of its mobile operating system.

The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

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djay Pro updated to 2.0.1, receives massive overhaul in the process

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:17
Category: Fun, News, Software

In the category of “nifty software that we like”, algoriddim GmbH has released djay Pro 2.0.1, the newest version of its DJ/mixing software.

The new version, a 273.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

– All-new user interface.

– New media library: create your own playlists from Spotify, iTunes, and Finder.

– Smart Filters, Smart Playlists, Manual Match.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:16
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

Late Wednesday night, Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. The update, a roughly 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves compatibility with certain third-party USB audio devices.

– Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview.

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