Some newer MacBook Pro units arriving with System Integrity Protection feature disabled

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2016, 05:06
Category: MacBook Pro, macOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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This is kind of strange.

Since the days of OS X El Capitan, Apple has activated a protection feature called System Integrity Protection, which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

The program runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Mac running OS X El Capitan. Developer Jonathan Wight noticed that the System Integrity Protection feature has been disabled on newer Macs, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new machines.

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Touch Bar-equipped 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks do away with classic startup chime sound

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 05:04
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

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The Apple startup chime you know and love has gone the way of the dodo with the new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro.

Pingie noticed that the new notebook’s NVRAM reset instructions lacked a reference to the startup chime. They later said they were able to confirm the change after getting their hands on a new MacBook Pro.

It’s thought that the classic chime sound – or lack of it – is part of the MacBook Pro’s new startup feature. The notebook is designed to turn on as soon as you open the laptop cover, or when it’s connected to an external power source while the lid is open.

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Komplex trojan surfaces for macOS, thought to exploit vulnerability in MacKeeper antivirus software

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Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 14:52
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

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Yet another chunk of malware for OS X/macOS to worry about.

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have identified a new trojan known as “Komplex”, which can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac. Interestingly, the Trojan will also save a PDF document to the infected system concerning the Russian space program.

The PDF document details planned Russian space projects from 2016 to 2025, but also acts as a decoy.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.5.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 12:09
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software

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Apple released iTunes 12.5.1 today and you’ll need it if you want to use iTunes to install iOS 10 on your devices through your computer.

The new version of iTunes, a 268 megabyte download, contains the following fixes and new features:

– Now with an all-new Apple Music design, which brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience.

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Apple releases Security Update 2016-001 for OS X Yosemite, El Capitan users

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Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 05:55
Category: News, security, Software

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Because security updates are a good thing.

On Thursday, Apple released Security Update 2016-001 for users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The fix covers assorted zero-day exploits that could allow full access to a device and updates Safari to version 9.3.5 to patch security holes in the browser as well.

The exploits require the user to open a URL from an SMS message, which then executes remote binary files in the OS that dig into the kernel and allow unauthorized software to be installed—in iOS this effectively jailbreaks your device behind your back.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 07:33
Category: News, OS X, Software

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In what might be the final major update for OS X El Capitan, Apple yesterday officially released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 through the Mac App Store for all users.

The update adds the following fixes and changes:
– Resolves an issue that may prevent settings from being saved in accounts with parental controls enabled.

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Apple releases macOS Sierra public beta

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Date: Friday, July 8th, 2016, 09:53
Category: Developer, macOS, News, OS X, Software

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And now, for the truly brave of heart, the macOS Sierra public beta has just become available.

Late Thursday, Apple released the public beta to macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.

In order to install the beta, you’ll need to go to beta.apple.com, sign in with an Apple ID and then you’ll be able to download the installer via the Mac App Store.

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Additional malware strains for Macs surface, GateKeeper still recommended as means of protection

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 11:43
Category: Hack, macOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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After a hiatus, a trio of three new discovered Mac malware strains have emerged.

The strains, once installed, have the potential to access Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.

The first one, as mentioned yesterday, has been dubbed “Elanor” by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender and is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac’s file system and webcam, making it possible for attackers to download files, install new apps, and watch users who are in front of an infected machine. Eleanor communicates with control servers over the Tor anonymity service to prevent them from being taken down or being used to identify the attackers.

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Dropbox adds built-in document scanner, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 15:20
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Software

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This is kind of nifty, even if Evernote beat Dropbox to it.

Dropbox now features a built-in document scanner capable of capturing photos, notes, sketches and converting them into documents that can be stored in Dropbox.

Like many iOS-based scanning apps, Dropbox’s scanning tool will automatically detect the outline of the item being scanned and it offers editing tools for straightening, adjusting contrast, adding additional pages, and converting to black and white. Dropbox for Business users have additional scanning features at their disposal, including optical character recognition to convert scans into searchable text.

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Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder, speculation brews ahead of WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Siri, Software

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Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.

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