Malware, leaked emails, code samples point to HackingTeam’s return on the Mac

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 07:27
Category: Developer, News, security, Software

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HackingTeam has apparently returned.

A group of researchers has uncovered what appears to be malware from the HackingTeam group. The group had surfaced last July, creating malware-as-a-service software.

Recently, a sample of the group’s work, posted to the Internet, revealed 400 gigabytes worth of the group’s private e-mail and source code.

The sample was uploaded on February 4 to the Google-owned VirusTotal scanning service, which at the time showed it wasn’t detected by any of the major antivirus programs. A technical analysis published Monday morning by SentinelOne security researcher Pedro Vilaça showed that the installer was last updated in October or November, and an embedded encryption key is dated October 16, three months after the HackingTeam compromise.

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Trump claims he’ll get Apple “to start building their damn computers and things in this country”

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Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 08:54
Category: News

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Because one man’s stupidity should never be underestimated.

GOP frontrunner, questionable billionaire, person who will say anything and outright failure that walks like a man Donald Trump, speaking at Liberty University yesterday, claimed he would reclaim lost U.S. manufacturing jobs if elected President, criticizing Apple in the process.

“We have such amazing people in this country: smart, sharp, energetic, they’re amazing,” Trump said. “I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we’re gonna get things coming… we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News, Software, TvOS

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The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

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Happy New Year from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Friday, January 1st, 2016, 07:59
Category: Announcement

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s January 1st, 2016 and O’Grady’s PowerPage would like to wish you a happy new year, no matter where you are.

It’s Friday. It’s a holiday. Head on out there, see some friends, eat some amazing food and we’ll be back Monday with all the Mac mobile news you crave.

Here’s to 2016, whatever may come.

Happy new year’s!!!

Apple releases OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:20
Category: News, OS X, Software

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If you’ve been hankering for a heft update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it just came out.

On Tuesday, Apple released OS X 10.11.2, the latest update to its OS X operating system. The update, a 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves Wi-Fi reliability

– Improves the reliability of Handoff and AirDrop

– Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect

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Apple releases iOS 9.1 update, includes bug fixes, more than 150 new emoji symbols

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 17:54
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Apple released iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, adding a slew of new features including the following:

– Improved Live Photos on the iPhone 6s with motion sensing capabilities to identify when a user raises and lowers their phone.

– Access to more than 150 new emoji characters.

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Apple to begin providing better Xcode development tool hosting for Chinese developers in wake of XcodeGhost incident

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Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Developer, News, security, Software

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In the wake of developers downloading a malware-filled copy of your development tools and inadvertently uploading tons of malware-filled apps to the App Store, it helps to put some money into infrastructure and make sure the slow download speeds for the genuine version of the development tools are sufficient, thus removing the need to download the fake version in the first place.

Apple’s Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said on Tuesday that steps are being taken to prevent any such occurrence of the conditions that caused the XcodeGhost issue in the future.

The source of the tainted apps was a program called XcodeGhost, a counterfeit version of Xcode, the platform used by developers to create programs for iOS and Mac. Developers in China often download Xcode from local sites due to the slow download speeds associated with sourcing it officially from Apple’s US servers. The spurious version of Xcode was slipped in amongst the authentic ones on Chinese sites and downloaded by many programmers, unbeknownst to them.

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Apple Store web site down in advance of “Hey Siri” media event

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 07:15
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Wearables

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As expected, Apple’s online store has been taken offline as of Wednesday morning. With less than six hours before the company’s scheduled media event, Apple is apparently configuring the soon-to-be-announced inventory to go online.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, the fourth-gen Apple TV, iOS 9, watchOS 2 and assorted Apple bands and finishes.

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Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program, fold training into larger workshops

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Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 07:54
Category: retail, Rumor

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The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.

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Researchers demonstrate proof of concept for firmware worm that can directly target Macs

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 16:00
Category: Hack, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security, Software

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It’s generally been accepted that Apple’s computers are much more secure than their Windows PC counterparts.

This isn’t entirely true, as a part of researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs. The researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

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