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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Apple Maps data updated, now includes navigation for airport interiors

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Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, 03:04
Category: iOS, News, Software

This could come in handy.

Right now indoors maps are available for many U.S. airports, along with a few other cities such as London, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Toronto.

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iFixit matches Apple’s $29 replacement iPhone battery price in wake of slowdown controversy

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Date: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, 03:35
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

iFixit has now matched Apple’s $29 price for battery replacement kits for older iPhones.

The change follows up on Apple’s consolation for its iPhone slowdown policies. Apple itself got in trouble when it fessed up to slowing down iPhones with older batteries and apologized for not being more transparent.

“About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE,” the company wrote in a rare open letter apology. “While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.”

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Happy new year from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, January 1st, 2018, 03:11
Category: Announcement, Fun, News

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s 2018 and we here at O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family.

As such, we’ll be back tomorrow with all the Mac and mobile news, rumors and tidbits we can get our hands on. Hang tight, have a great day and we’ll do everything we can to help make 2018 as awesome as possible.

There’s every reason to be enthusiastic about the new year, as evidenced by Kermit the Frog.



Apple offers apology for iPhone speed throttling controversy, reduces prices for replacement batteries for qualifying iPhones to $29

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2017, 03:03
Category: battery, iOS, iPhone, News, Processors, retail

following up on the iPhone processor slowdown scandal that’s been plaguing the company, Apple on Thursday offered an apology and has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29. The company has also stated that it will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device’s battery.

The new battery replacement is marked down from $79 and will be available for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.

Apple offered the following letter of apology regarding the issue and following controversy:

“December 28, 2017

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

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Face ID unable to approve family purchases, reasons for this unknown

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2017, 03:58
Category: Face ID, iPhone, News, security, Software, Touch ID

This is a bit strange.

A number of iPhone X owners have discovered that Face ID isn’t available as an authentication method for the “Ask to Buy” feature, which allows parents to approve their kids’ iOS purchases and downloads. At present, the parent, or controlling Apple ID account holder, must enter their entire Apple account password to approve each individual purchase attempt.

As a result, users are frustrated given that this equivalent functionality was available on Touch ID devices and seems to have been lost in the transition to the iPhone X. Face ID can be used as an authentication method for other purchases, just like Touch ID before it—but Touch ID also worked for “Ask to Buy,” and Face ID doesn’t.

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Apple now involved in eight U.S.-based lawsuits, one Israel lawsuit following iPhone battery slowdown scandal

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:59
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

When it rains it pours.

Apple is presently facing no less than eight individual lawsuits over claims it artificially slowed down iPhones with aging batteries. The cases were filed in U.S. Federal Courts in California, Illinois, and New York.

Each of these cases is pushing for class action status.

The first cases were filed in California and Illinois just after Apple confirmed the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all experience slower performance as their batteries age.

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Apple Watch glucose sensor could still be years away from introduction according to industry experts

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:28
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Wearables

Apple’s efforts to develop a non-invasive glucose monitoring system using the Apple Watch may still be a few years away.

Per two sources close to the story, Apple is continuing research on a noninvasive continuous glucose reader, but the technology is still considered to be years away according to industry experts.

The story comes a few months after CNBC reported that Apple had devoted a team of experts to developing an Apple Watch technology that could monitor blood sugar levels throughout the day. It was later reported that Tim Cook has actively tested glucose monitors on Apple’s campus which he has since acknowledged.

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