Apple drops from first to fifth place in Laptop Mag’s annual survey

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News

In as much as you may love your Apple notebook, Apple’s wares seem to be on the decline according to Laptop Mag.

The publication, which has awarded Apple the top spot in its annual survey since 2010, placed Apple’s notebooks at fifth place alongside Acer but behind Lenovo, Asus, Dell and HP.

The magazine had the following to say about Apple’s recent products:

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 update, offers bug fixes, security fixes

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Hack, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

After a major OS update come the fixes.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.3.1, an update available for its iOS devices available as an over-the-air update or when connected to iTunes via a Mac or Windows PC.

The update, which weighs in at just under 30 megabytes as an OTA download, resolves issues such as a hardware-specific problem wherein iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c handsets had trouble updating over the air.

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WikiLeaks releases 8,700+ CIA-related documents, show agency efforts towards hacking Android systems, iPhones, operating systems and smart TVs

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 05:43
Category: Android, Google, Hack, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, macOS, News, privacy, Samsung, security

This is pretty much one for the ages.

WikiLeaks has released more than 8,700 documents that have apparently originated from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, with some of the leaks saying the agency had 24 “weaponized” and previously undisclosed exploits for the Android operating system as of 2016.

Some of the Android-specific exploits were developed by the CIA, while others hailed from the U.S. National Security Agency, U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, and cyber arms dealers.

Among the smartphone-related tools developed by the CIA were assets that allow the agency to bypass encryption found in WhatsApp, Confide and other applications known to use encryption. These tools, according to WikiLeaks analysis, capture audio and message traffic before encryption has a chance to be applied.

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Apple patches “Fruitfly” malware, which relied on pre-OS X system calls

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Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Developer, News, security, Software

Apple appears to have nixed the “Fruitfly” malware strain.

The malware, which has been patched over, relied on antiquated code predating OS X. Although older, the Fruitfly malware had been used in real-world attacks on biomedical research groups according to security software maker Malwarebytes.

Fruitfly operated by communicating with two command-and-control servers, and can perform actions like typing, webcam and screen captures, and moving and clicking a mouse cursor, Malwarebytes said in a blog post on Wednesday. It also maps other devices on a network and tries to connect to them.

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Safari-get.com URL leads to new malware strain for macOS-based machines

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Date: Monday, January 9th, 2017, 05:00
Category: macOS, News, security, Software

You’re going to need to be a little more careful when surfing the Web on your Mac.

For the past few weeks, people have been tricked into visiting a phony website embedded with malware that can freeze Macs, according to a report this week by the cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes.

The new malware, which can be activated by visiting safari-get.com, can trigger two sets of actions depending on the version of the computers’ operating systems.

In one case, the malware causes the computer’s Apple email client to create a deluge of draft emails that contain the words “Warning! Virus Detected!” in the email subject line. Although the emails don’t get actually get delivered to anyone, the sudden flood of draft emails hogs the computer’s resources, thus causing the computer to freeze.

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Microsoft hints at bringing Visual Studio to macOS, launch date unknown

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Developer, Microsoft, News, Software

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It’s a sign of both Microsoft and Apple growing up to the point that they’re sharing development tools for each other’s platforms.

Microsoft has announced that it will be launching Visual Studio, its primary coding interface, for macOS. This has been a long time coming, but it’ll allow developers to easily write for platform-independent cloud services like Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s Amazon Web Services.

The software is based on app development platform Xamarin Studio, and the change could encourage Mac and iOS developers to make more apps for Windows, as these users will no longer have to buy a Windows computer or set up a virtual machine to access Visual Studio.

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Mac shipments fall 13 percent in year-over-year comparison to third quarter of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News, retail

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It looks like Apple will need some new blood in its Mac product line to stop its decline in sales.

According to a new report from IDC, third-quarter PC shipments declined by 3.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year, but Mac shipments dropped by 13 percent. PC shipments totaled 68 million units.

Still, IDC had predicted worse sales across the industry and the numbers were about 3.2 percent ahead of IDC’s initial projections.

In the top five PC companies, fourth-placed Apple registered the largest decline, with the 13 percent drop in Mac shipments. Apple’s Mac sales totaled 5 million units during the quarter, declining from 5.76 million units in the same quarter a year ago.

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Facebook Messenger begins incorporating payment tools into chatbot windows, releases beta of new feature to developers

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 05:49
Category: Developer, News, Software

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Facebook chat moved into the financial sphere today.

The company’s messenger bots can now accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.

The web site uses stored credit card into to instantly make purchases that are part of the new closed beta the developers can apply for. Marcus also revealed that 34,000 devs have joined the platform and built 30,000 bots in the April launch, up from over 10,000 devs in May and 11,000 bots in July.

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WhatsApp arrives for OS X

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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WhatsApp has arrived for OS X.

The popular messaging app now has a desktop Mac version of the client, the launch coming a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

Much like the web client, the WhatsApp Mac application relies heavily on the mobile version of the communication platform. WhatsApp keeps all conversations synced across all of your devices. Additionally, because the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

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Adobe updates Flash Player to version 21.0.0.213, works to patch new vulnerability (updated)

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 07:36
Category: News, security, Software

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As useful as Adobe’s Flash Player tends to be, this is sort of a mess.

Less than a month after a critical Flash vulnerability allowed an attacker to take control of a Mac, Adobe has issued an emergency update for yet another critical flaw, bringing the current version to 21.0.0.213. The latest one is already being exploited by ransomware that encrypts Windows PCs, but while there’s no known exploit for OS X as yet, Adobe says that the same vulnerability exists on all platforms, and users should update immediately.

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