Microsoft releases Office 2016 16.9, offers real-time collaboration, automatic cloud saves

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:22
Category: Google, Microsoft, News, Software

Microsoft Office 2016 reached version 16.9 today, the update bringing some nifty features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the 16.9 update displays thumbnails in the upper-right corner, indicating who else is working on a document. In Word and PowerPoint specifically, flag icons show where edits are taking place — PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

Users can now see each others’ updates via the cloud functionality as well as roll back to a previous version if someone makes a mistake or otherwise unwanted change.

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“Hey Siri” feature now works with updated news providers, including NPR, Fox News, ABC and the Washington Post

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Amazon, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

As the arms race with Amazon’s Alexa continues, Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature has been improved upon in the iOS 11.2.5 beta and is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia.

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” wherein Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

Siri can also switch news sources to other providers such as Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post. In the UK, the audio news digest defaults to the BBC but can be switched to Sky News or LBC. Australians choose from ABC, SBS, or Seven Network.

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Tim Cook comments on iPhone battery situation, says users will have additional control of power management features in future versions of iOS

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 03:27
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

During a visit to the Apple data center in Reno Nevada on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, wherein he touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones.

According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer.

Cook offered the following comments:

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Rumor: Apple to combine Face ID components, create smaller “notch” in next-gen iPhones

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 03:33
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

A new rumor has hinted towards next-gen iPhone featuring a smaller camera notch in 2019 or beyond.

South Korea’s ETNews, citing industry sources, has stated that Apple is “looking into” combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year’s iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.

The sources have indicated that Apple is looking to strengthen its face sensing function beginning with the 2019 iPhones. In essence, the company is planning to increase the number of parts that will be used for iPhones and is looking into combination of a face recognition module with a camera module.

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Some Apple Store locations running low on iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries, some swaps delayed until March

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 03:20
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

You might have to wait a while before you can snag a $29 replacement battery for your iPhone 6 Plus.

A number of users have reported shortages of the iPhone 6 Plus battery and have, in some cases, been told that they’ll have to wait until March or later for their repair.

Delays are only impacting stores that have already run out of iPhone 6 Plus batteries, according to sources close to the story. Still, many locations have batteries for the iPhone 6 Plus in stock.

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App Store-based password reset vulnerability discovered in macOS High Sierra, appears to be fixed in forthcoming update

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 03:27
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

This is why Apple has a team working on security features.

For the third time in recent month, a vulnerability has been discovered in macOS High Sierra.

Back in September, security researcher Patrick Wardle discovered an exploit to snag plaintext passwords from the Keychain utility. Two months later, software developer Lemi Orhan Ergin realized that gaining root access to High Sierra machines was essentially as easy as inputting the username “root,” no password required.

Now, a bug report on Open Radar from earlier this week—affecting version 10.13.2—allows any user to change the App Store system preferences without a real password via these steps:

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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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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone SE to incorporate glass back, wireless charging feature

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, Rumor

Given that wireless charging is pretty hip these days, it comes as no surprise that this is a rumored feature for the next-gen iPhone SE.

“A very reliable source” has stated that the iPhone SE 2 will feature an all-glass back. That’s a change from the current iPhone SE which has glass panels along the top and bottom rear but is mostly aluminum. The handset is also expected to undergo a speed boost.

Recently, Apple adopted glass backs to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to support wireless charging.

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