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Apple releases iOS 9 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 12:53
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


You’ve been waiting for iOS 9.

And it’s here.

Apple released its iOS 9 operating system update today. The update, a 1 gigabyte download available over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive.

– Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask.


Vulnerabilities noted for several models of Seagate external drives, patch offered

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Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 07:51
Category: hard drive, Hardware, News, security


If you’re using a Seagate external hard drive, you may want to be aware of both the security risks present on the drive as well as the patch that was just released to fix the vulnerability.

A series of vulnerabilities primarily affect owners of Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Storage, Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage, and LaCie Fuel devices purchased since October 2014.

Tangible Security, the firm that discovered the flaws, has stated that other Seagate products may be affected as well.

The worst flaw is thanks to a hard-coded username and password that gives an attacker access to an undocumented Telnet service. Telnet is a command line method of logging into one computer from another over the Internet or a local network.


iPassword for iOS updated to 5.5, adds Apple Watch, Touch ID improvements

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 08:58
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


This might be worth snagging.

1Password for iOS has been updated, version 5.5 allowing users access to a Touch ID button under the Master Password field so you can choose to sign in using your finger print even if you accidentally hit cancel on the first request. Tapping the fingerprint button prompts the system Touch ID unlock screen.

The new version also features an improvement to how the app can stay unlocked between uses in different apps. Previously 1Password’s extension in other apps required being unlocked by password, passcode, or Touch ID each time. Now, the 1Password extension and 1Password app share the same unlock time limits.


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


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.


12-inch MacBook notebooks essentially chained to Apple Store tables, may make browsing difficult

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Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015, 08:48
Category: MacBook, retail, security, Uncategorized


You know how people sometimes go to outlandish (and destructive) lengths to steal things from Apple Store locations?

This, combined with the new 12-inch MacBook’s light weight, may be why they’re literally chaining the new notebook to the display tables.

Apparently the new MacBook, which weighs all of 2.0 pounds, is essentially chained/cabled to the display tables as opposed to letting customers lift it off the table to test its weight, as Apple usually does with its other notebook models.


1Password for iOS updated to 5.4.3, includes bug fixes

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 09:41
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


1Password’s proven fairly infallible so far and its updates have been useful.

On that note, AgileBits announced the release of 1Password 5.4.3 for iOS. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:



Adobe pushes Flash Player, cites security vulnerabilities in previous versions

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 08:25
Category: News, security, Software


As useful as it may be, Adobe is still putting out fires with Flash Player.

The company issued a security update for its Flash Player on OS X, Windows, and Linux. In the bulletin, it cited that this update addresses a critical security vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain control and take over an affected system.

While Adobe notes that hackers have most commonly taken advantage of this vulnerability with systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP, the exploit affected all users. To combat the issue, the company has pushed the build of Flash Player and is urging all users to update immediately.


Yahoo slims down services, will require iOS 5.0 or later, Mac OS X 10.8 or later to access Yahoo Mail after June

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Date: Friday, June 5th, 2015, 08:53
Category: iOS, News, security, Software, Uncategorized


Sometimes you’ve got no choice but to upgrade…

Yahoo announced that it will be ending support for Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Contacts will be discontinued for some older Apple devices as of June 15th.

In the case of Yahoo Mail, users with devices running iOS 4 or earlier will no longer be able to use their Yahoo accounts with iOS’ native Mail app. At the same time, Yahoo Contacts will stop syncing with Macs on OS X Lion or earlier.


Apple Watch open to Activation Lock bypass, can be paired with other iPhones

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Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, News, security


This may be something that’ll need to be fixed in a near-term firmware update.

A new video has shown that the Apple Watch’s wrist-detection, which is designed to ask for your passcode if the wearable is removed from your wrist. The iDownloadBlog video demonstrates how the Apple Watch can be reset without having to enter the passcode, then paired with any other iPhone.

iPhones are protected by Activation Lock, which means that even if a thief performs a hard reset of the phone, it cannot be reactivated without the original owner’s Apple ID and password. The Apple Watch, however, has no such protection, and does not require a passcode to wipe it.


Apple Pay to host Discover payments beginning this fall

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Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 09:38
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software


This fall, you will be able to use Apple Pay for your Discover card transactions.

Just try not to carry a balance.

Discover announced on Monday that it will enable Apple Pay support for credit and debit cardholders at eligible financial institutions in the United States this fall. Discover will also support in-app purchases made using Apple Pay on compatible iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch.