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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Google Photos updated, now features Live Photos, improved backup support

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 15:53
Category: Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This is sort of nifty.

The Google Photos app for iOS has been updated and now allows users to back up and view Live Photos taken with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The latest version of the iOS app has finally received support for the format, nearly six months after Apple introduced Live Photos in the latest iPhone.

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Apple working with FBI on San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, still refusing to create backdoor to allow entry

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Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 07:20
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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Following up on last week’s coverage of Apple, the FBI, the Department of Justice, Donald Trump screaming about things and the San Bernadino shooter’s locked iPhone, it turns out that Apple has apparently offered the FBI four different options for recovering data on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook. None of those methods involved Apple creating a backdoor into iOS as ordered by a federal court this week, and at least one of those methods might have been thwarted because a San Bernardino Health Department employee changed the password on the iTunes account tied to the iPhone.

According to unnamed company executives, Apple has been working with the FBI since “early January” to access data on the device. One of the methods proposed involved allowing the device to auto-connect to a trusted Wi-Fi network, where Apple hoped the device would auto-backup to iCloud. Apple would then be able to copy the data on iCloud for controlled retrieval.

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Apple iOS encryption battle could escalate to the Supreme Court

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Date: Friday, February 19th, 2016, 07:48
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple’s cryptography fight could go all the way to the tippy top.

Following tim Cook’s reply to the court order instructing the company to assist the FBI in breaking into an iPhone left any room for doubt about Apple’s determination to fight the matter all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, that doubt appears to be removed by further background emerging today.

It’s been reported that Apple plans to press ahead with plans to increase its use of strong encryption.

Cook has since told colleagues that he plans to stand by Apple’s current encryption policies.

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Federal judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c

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Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 08:19
Category: iOS, Legal, News, security, Software

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A few months after the San Bernadino shootings, Apple was ordered by a U.S. federal judge on Tuesday to help the FBI unlock the iPhone 5c used by shooter Syed Farook. According to court papers, Apple “declined to provide [assistance] voluntarily.”

The judge ruled Tuesday that Apple had to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the government in recovering data from the iPhone 5c, including bypassing the auto-erase function and allowing investigators to submit an unlimited number of passwords in their attempts to unlock the phone. Apple has five days to respond to the court if it believes that compliance would be “unreasonably burdensome.”

Prosecutors have argued that the “government was unable to complete the search because it cannot access the iPhone’s encrypted content.” The FBI argued that Apple has the “technical means” to assist the government and, in a statement, U.S. attorney Eileen M. Decker said that the order was a “potentially important step” in finding out “everything we possibly can” about the San Bernardino attack.

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Mossberg weighs in on Apple’s app shortcomings of recent years

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 14:31
Category: iOS, News, Opinion, Software

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There’s a pretty interesting piece over on The Verge in which the mighty Walt Mossberg cites some apparent shortcomings in Apple’s apps in recent years.

He points out that Apple’s products are often considered the best you can buy and that this is part of the Mac and iOS user experience.

“In the last couple of years, however, I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform. It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars.”

He might be right.

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Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/songwriters on the go

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 08:51
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

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