FBI director Christopher Wray calls for weakened encryption, backdoor access to assist law enforcement efforts

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 03:11
Category: Legal, News, security, Software

Because apparently several experts telling you something is mathematically impossible doesn’t mean a whole lot.

Newly minted FBI director Christopher Wray has renewed calls to weaken or bypass encryption. Wray, citing more than 7,700 locked devices that have proven inaccessible to the FBI, has stated that encryption can be weakened without putting users at risks.

Among the sources telling him this would be unlikely, if not impossible, include mathematicians, encryption experts, and even the U.S.’s own intelligence services. The mathematicians and encryption experts have stated that backdoors, if available, would be exploited by all. Wray’s comments pick up where previous FBI director James Comey left off.

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Zurich Apple Store location evacuated after iPhone battery overheats

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 03:53
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

Not every iPhone battery is going to behave perfectly.

An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone’s battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke and burning the worker who was doing the work.

The incident caused the technician to burn his hand and a total of seven people received medical attention. Local police evacuated roughly 50 customers and employees from the Apple Store location.

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Apple releases Safari 11.0.2 for macOS El Capitan 10.11, macOS Sierra 11.2, looks to address Spectre issue with update

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 03:19
Category: macOS, News, security, Sierra, Software

As sick as everyone is of hearing about Spectre and Meltdown, Apple has just released an updated version of Safari that could help with the Spectre vulnerability.

On Monday, the company released Safari 11.0.2, the new version of its web browser.

The update, a 75.6 megabyte download, includes security improvements to mitigate the effects of the Spectre issue, which has become a prevalent concern in the security community and affects several years worth of computers and devices.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, iOS 11.2.2 supplemental updates with Spectre fix for Safari and WebKit

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, 03:33
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software

As tired as you are of hearing about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Apple has just released something that could help with part of these.

The company has released both a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 supplemental update designed to help prevent Spectre attacks in the current Mac and iOS operating systems. Prior to this, there was still the possibility of exploiting the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript in the Safari browser.

While there’s no absolute fix against the vulnerabilities, this patch, and others like it, can help mitigate the risk and make the bug that much harder to exploit.


The patch repairs Apple’s WKWebView API to display the web content with Apple’s WebKit implementation and thus fixes every app that displays web content on your iOS device and should be installed immediately.

On the macOS end, the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental app helps secure Safari and apps that use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine. If you’re a Google Chrome or Firefox user, be sure to update to the latest version of the Chrome browser or Firefox 57.0.4 or later.

An update to the latest version of the Chrome browser with Spectre mitigations is expected in Chrome 64, currently scheduled for release in late January.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld

Apple joins Alliance for Open Media, will help determine AV1 video

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2018, 03:44
Category: Google, Intel, News, Software

It never hurts to be on the consortium that’s setting the standard.

Apple has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the technology consortium developing AV1 the new industry standard, high-efficiency video code.

The group includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Intel, and many others. Apple was quietly added to the website’s homepage today, and is even considered a founding member.

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Spotify hits 70 million subscribers, Apple posts subscriber base of 30 million

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2018, 03:45
Category: Apple Music, Fun, News

There’s no doubt that streaming works.

In this case, Spotify has just hit the 70 million subscriber mark while Apple Music currently has 30 million subscribers.

Spotify shared its 70 million subscriber milestone on Twitter saying, “Hello 70 million subscribers.”

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Intel states forthcoming software and firmware updates will help make computers “immune” to Spectre, Meltdown vulnerabilities

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Date: Friday, January 5th, 2018, 03:55
Category: Hardware, High Sierra, Intel, macOS, News, Processors, Software

Where the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are now affecting billions of processors around the world, Intel has not stated that forthcoming firmware updates and software patches will render Intel-based computer systems “immune” to these issues.

The company has stated that updates have been issued for the majority of Intel processor products introduced within the past five years, and by the end of next week, more than 90 percent of processor products from the last five years will be patched.

For Mac users, Apple has already addressed some of the vulnerabilities in the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update, and will cover any further vulnerabilities in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. As always, make sure to install the latest operating system update and firmware patches and avoid suspicious programs, websites, and links.

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Some Apple Watch Series 3 users reporting unexpected reboots in hospital ICU environments

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 03:02
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

If you’re an Apple Watch Series 3 owner, you might want to keep it out of certain hospital environments.

A number of users have commented that their Apple Watch Series 3 have undergone unexpected reboots in the intensive care units of some hospitals. This suggests there may be specific ICU-related equipment used in hospitals that could be interfering with Apple Watch Series 3 with or without cellular functionality.

In the case of one user, an Apple Watch Series 3 unit he’d bought for his wife regularly experienced reboots every 60-90 minutes when wearing Apple Watch in the ICU setting. Even though the Apple Watch was replaced with a new unit, the issue persisted.

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Apple has partially repaired effects of Intel “KPTI” memory/security bug, will add additional fixed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 03:04
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, Processors, security, Software

Following public disclosure of a security flaw with nearly every Intel processor produced for the last 15 years, concern grew that a fix may take up to 30 percent of the processing power away from a system. But Apple appears to have at least partially fixed the problem with December’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 with additional fixes seeming likely appear to be coming in macOS 10.13.3.

A number of anonymous sources within Apple have confirmed that routines exist within macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 that could grant applications access to protected kernel memory data. These measures, alongside existing programming requirements regarding kernel memory that Apple has implemented over the past decade, seem to have mitigated much of the issue.

The fix was further confirmed by developer Alex Ionescu, who called the code regarding the issue the “Double Map.”

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iFixit releases 5K iMac Pro teardown

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Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, 03:51
Category: Hardware, iMac Pro, News, Processors

The cool cats at iFixit have completed and posted their full teardown of the long-awaited 5K iMac Pro and discovered the following nifty features and components:

– The iMac Pro features a massive dual fan cooler to help keep the CPU and GPU cool. The computer is also notably quiet, even when performing intensive operations that would send a standard cooling fan into overdrive.

– The lack of a full sized desktop hard drive allows for additional space inside the iMac pro for additional components.

– The 5K iMac lacks an external RAM door, which made for easy RAM upgrades on previous model iMacs.

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