Apple acknowledges iOS 10 security flaw that reduces security for iTunes-based backups

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Date: Monday, September 26th, 2016, 05:50
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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Well, this is why they invented bug fixes and updates.

A new discovery by iOS and security forensics company Elcomsoft has revealed that encrypted iOS backups saved via iTunes are now much easier to crack in iOS 10 than in recent years. The change in security is apparently due to a new password verification method in iOS 10.

The discovery focuses on the backup method, which in iOS 10, apparently “skips certain security checks” that were present in past versions of iOS. This allows passwords to be attempted signficnatly faster than before. The new backup method works alongside the old back up method, meaning that for pre-iOS 10 backups, the old method is used.

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Apple updates iWork, begins adding real-time collaboration features to beta

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 05:00
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Some nifty stuff might in be coming down the pipe for iWork.

On Tuesday, Apple released Pages 6.0, Keynote 7.0 and Numbers 4.0 via the Mac App Store. The updates deliver the real-time, cross-platform iWork collaboration that the company promised earlier this month.

In addition to the updates, Apple is apparently working on real-time collaboration features for the suite. This would allow users to edit presentations, documents or spreadsheets with others at the same time across iOS, macOS and web.

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Apple releases iOS 10 update

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 12:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

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iOS 10 is out the door and it’s as hefty an update as we’ve seen in recent years. The update, which weighs in at 1.1 gigabytes if done over the air and 2.31 gigabytes if performed via iTunes, adds the following massive list of new features, fixes and changes:

Messages:
• Expressive Messaging
◦ Bubble effects let you send messages loudly, gently, slam or with invisible ink
◦ Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
◦ Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
◦ Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
◦ Digital Touch lets you send sketches, taps, and heartbeats 
◦ Tap to replace can emojify your text with just a tap
◦ Rich links show a preview of web pages you share
• iMessage apps
◦ New App Store for iMessage 
◦ Use the power of apps in Messages to share and collaborate with friends 
◦ Download stickers to send and place on text bubbles and photos

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Rumor: Apple working on professionally-gear iPads, new iMacs, new notebooks and is collaborating on a 5K monitor with LG

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 05:52
Category: Apple Pencil, Hardware, iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Samsung, Sierra, USB-C

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Apple is rumored to be planning a slew of updates across its iPads, notebooks and desktops according to sources.

The company is said to be expanding its operating system support for the Apple Pencil while widespread hardware changes will emerge in next-gen versions of the iMac, MacBook Air and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro notebook.

Apple is thought to be shipping an updated iPad next year, while new Macs are expected in late 2016 according to anonymous sources. Apple has declined to comment, but it’s been said that in the wake of iPad unit sales declining year-over-year for nine straight quarters, Apple is looking to create more professionally-geared models that have produced the first increase in quarterly iPad revenue in more than two years. New features aimed at higher-paying professional customers could support this trend, while the goal of the Mac updates is to keep the line’s sales numbers stable even as sales of rival personal computers continue falling.

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Rumor: Apple developing new video editing app for iOS devices, looks to target social media users

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 10:12
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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Apple is apparently developing a video sharing and editing applications that is being tested within its iOS devices.

The early plans are part of a newly directed focus to integrate social networking applications within Apple’s mobile products and are a response to the success of social media-focused companies such as Facebook and Snapchat, according to people familiar with Apple’s strategy. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Where it’s thought that Apple’s hardware business is slowing, Apple’s services, such as the App Store and iCloud, have been generating increased revenue. Apple has failed to successfully launch social-media services in the past, including an iTunes-focused social network called Ping in 2010. Now as Snapchat and Facebook’s Instagram and Messenger apps grow atop Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, Apple is seeking to create its own features to remain relevant, particularly for younger users.

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iOS researcher finds WhatsApp leaves traces of conversations behind

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 16:05
Category: iOS, News, privacy, security, Software

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Well, at least the world of tech security isn’t boring.

Upon examining disk images taken from the most recent version of the app, iOS researcher Jonathan Zdiarski discovered that the software retains and stores a forensic trace of the chat logs even after the chats have been deleted, creating a potential treasure trove of information for anyone with physical access to the device. The same data could also be recoverable through any remote backup systems in place.

In most cases, the data is marked as deleted by the app itself — but because it has not been overwritten, it is still recoverable through forensic tools. Zdziarski attributed the problem to the SQLite library used in coding the app, which does not overwrite by default.

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Apple releases iOS 10 public beta

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 14:12
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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If you’re feeling brave, here’s the iOS 10 public beta.

After only two developer releases, Apple has released the public beta of iOS 10 into the wild for public testing.

Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.

As of now, Apple has released the iOS beta to the public in order to receive feedback from regular users as opposed to strictly developers. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.

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Apple releases new build of iOS 9.3, looks to resolve Activation Lock issue with older iPhones, iPads

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 11:46
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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It might not resolve all the problems associated with the iOS 9.3 release, but it’ll handle some of it.

Apple on Monday released an updated build of its iOS 9.3 operating system. The new version attempts to fix issues related to an Activation Lock bug that presented itself on older iPhones and iPads.

The build is still identified as iOS 9.3 and is identified as build number 13E237 and users can restore from it via iTunes as needed..

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.4 update

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:16
Category: News, OS X, Software

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It’s not the biggest update in the world, but it could make a difference.

Apple on Monday released OS X 10.11.4. The new version of the El Capitan operating system, which is available through the Mac App Store, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Adds the ability to passcode-protect notes containing personal data in Notes.

– Adds the ability to sort notes alphabetically, by date created, or date modified in Notes.

– Adds the ability to import Evernote files into Notes.

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Hardware hack for San Bernadino iPhone 5c possible but risky

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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The data onboard the iPhone 5c at the heart of the decryption/unlocking scandal could be accessible via a hardware technique.

This hardware technique, apparently, isn’t for the faint of heart.

In recent days, the American Civil Liberties Union’s technology fellow and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have suggested a method that would let investigators repeatedly guess the iPhone’s password.

Federal investigators fear San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have configured his work phone to use an Apple security feature that erases a key for decrypting data after 10 incorrect guesses of the phone’s password.

The forensic technique to get at the data, known as “chip off,” involves removing a NAND flash memory chip and copying its data. If successful, this would yield a decryption key that can be restored if it is erased after incorrect guesses.

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