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XcodeGhost apps haunting iOS App Store more numerous...

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Security researchers have both good and bad news about the recently reported outbreak of XcodeGhost apps infecting Apple's App Store. The bad: The infection was bigger than previously reported and dates back to April. The good: Affected apps are more akin to adware than security-invading malware.

"XCodeGhost seems to be far more widespread than initially assumed," researchers from security firm Appthority wrote in a blog post published Monday. "We were able to identify 476 affected apps for our customers from within our...

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The iPhones 6S

The pattern is pretty clear. In even-numbered years (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) Apple releases all-new iPhone form factors: 3G, 4, 5, 6/6 Plus. In the subsequent years, they release “S” variants: iPhones that look nearly identical to their predecessors, but with improved components.

Why do they do this?

There are some ecosystem advantages to this tick-tock1 schedule. Most iPhone cases, for example, fit both the tick and tock iPhones. (The rare exceptions are certain hard cases with extremely tight tolerances. The iPhones 6S, for example, are both a few tenths of a millimeter bigger, wider, and thicker than their corresponding siblings from last year.) I think there are some branding advantages to this two-year cycle as well. iPhones are iconic devices. The devices themselves are recognizable. Keeping each new form factor around for two model years lets that iconic appearance seep deeper into the mass market...

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T-Mobile trade-in plan offers iPhone 6s from $5 per...

Three days ahead of Apple's big iPhone launch, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced a promotional payment plan that presents upgrade customers with an opportunity to own a new iPhone 6s for as little as $5 per month.

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T-Mobile offering $5/mo iPhone 6s upgrades with old...

In an effort to compete with Apple’s new iPhone Upgrade Program, T-Mobile today has announced a change to its Jump! On Demand upgrade program to make it even more affordable to get an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus this Friday. T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the new plans in a series of tweets, taking […]

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AWT News Update: September 22, 2015

Just three little stories for this last day of summer:

  • Haven't received a shipping notice from Apple about your iPhone 6s/6s Plus? Don't fret, there's a way to check where it is without a tracking number.
  • An indie developer tells you how to wear your Apple Watch almost 24/7
  • The high school senior who owes his life to his Apple Watch gets a call from Tim Cook

The text version is below, the video version will return when Periscope is fixed. 

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 22, 2015. We have a new sponsor this week: Bushel, providing organizations of all sizes with Mobile Device Management tools that are low-cost and easy to use. Learn more at


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Want to use Office on your new iPad Pro? Then you’ll...

The iPad Pro, with its optional stylus and keyboard-cover, should be a fine machine to run Microsoft's Office apps for iOS.

And it probably will be, but there's a catch. The Office apps on the current iPads offer both viewing and editing documents for free. A handful of features require Office 365 subscriptions, available as in-app purchases, but the core editing capabilities are all zero cost.

Install those same apps on the iPad Pro once it arrives in November, however, and all those editing features will go away. Office on the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription for any and all editing.

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Instagram reaches 400 million active users, 80...

Popular image sharing service Instagram today announced that it has grown to have more than 400 million active monthly users, up from 300 million in December of 2014 and double the number it had in March of 2014. Furthermore, Instagram says that more than 80 million photos are shared via the social network every day. […]

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Former GM and BMW Executive Warns Apple: Your Car...

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors that Apple is not only moving ahead on its electric car initiative, but trying to accelerate its development, a former GM and BMW exec is giving a few words of warning. Bob Lutz appeared on CNBC and expressed his doubts that Apple has a fighting chance to make any impact on the auto industry. "And when it comes to actually making cars," Lutz said, "there is no reason to assume that Apple, with no experience, will suddenly do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or Hyundai. So I think this is going to be a gigantic money pit, but then it doesn't matter. I mean Apple has an embarrassment of riches, they don't know where to put the cash anymore. So if they burn 30 or 40 billion dollars in the car business, no one's going to notice."


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iPhone 6s + 6s Plus cameras come closer to high-end...

Though the vast majority of advance iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus reviews spoke only superficially about the performance of Apple’s latest cameras, several reviewers have spotlighted major performance improvements over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that weren’t obvious from Apple’s marketing materials. Much of the pre-release attention has been focused on Live Photos, […]

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Exploding Chip Could Thwart Cyberthieves

Researchers at Xerox PARC have developed a self-destructing mechanism for microchips embedded on a hardened glass surface. The glass can self-destruct upon command and could be used to secure personal data such as health and banking records. It also can be used to destroy encryption keys stored on memory chips in standard consumer, enterprise and government electronic devices. The research is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Vanishing Programmable Resources project.

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The Week in Mac apps: Free backups for everyone with...

... plus, unlock your Mac using Touch ID or your Apple Watch, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new weather program, a way to keep your data safe without breaking the bank, and a tool that lets you connect to your computer from anywhere.

3DWeather 1.0

Idea2Inspire’s $3 3DWeather (Mac App Store Link) is unlikely to make your days sunnier, but it will certainly give you access to weather in a way you’ve never seen before.

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Apple's Tim Cook offers internship, new iPhone...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly offering a new iPhone and a 2016 summer internship to a high school student who recently claimed his Apple Watch saved his life.

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Office 2016 for Mac now available outright for $150...

Update (via MacMall has Office Home and Student 2016 for $139.99 ($10 off) or Business for $20  off) with Tax in a few states. After teasing it at the beginning of this year, Microsoft made Office 2016 available for Mac earlier this summer, but only for those that had an Office 365 subscription, which runs […]

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How to track your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus without a...

There’s a trick you can use to stalk your new iPhone’s trek across the globe, even if Apple hasn’t sent you a shipping notification.

First, head to the UPS tracking site. Then, select the box labeled Track by Reference. In the Shipment Reference box type in the phone number tied to your new iPhone.


Find the Shipment Reference box and enter your phone number.

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Office 2016 for Mac now available for $150 without...

PowerPoint for Mac, via Microsoft

For a lot of people in the corporate world, there's no option -- you have to use Microsoft Office. Well, Microsoft has made that a bit easier to swallow with the announcement today that Office 2016 for Mac is finally available as a one-time $149.99 purchase that does not require a subscription to Office 365. The Office Home & Student 2016 edition comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for Mac and can be used on one Mac in a home. 

Requiring OS X Yosemite or later, the standalone version provides offline storage and 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage. It does not come with Outlook, Publisher, Access, tablet or phone support, or the instant updates and technical support that are included in the Office 365 version. 

For $80 more, Office Home & Business 2016 adds Outlook, but that's it. The subscription-based Office 365 Personal costs $69....

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Apple XcodeGhost Malware More Malicious Than...

An anonymous reader writes: Details were scant when Apple confirmed the XcodeGhost malware had infiltrated the iOS App Store. The company didn't say which specific iOS vulnerabilities were exposed and didn't indicate how its iPhone users were affected. However, a Palo Alto Networks security analyst is reporting that XcodeGhost had been used to phish for iCloud passwords, and more specific details are emerging. According to the Networkworld article: "URLs can be sent to the iOS device and opened. This isn't limited to HTTP and FTP URLs, but includes local URLs, such as itunes:// and twitter:// that iOS can be used for inter-app communications. For example, this could be used to force automatic phone calls to premium phone numbers, which can charge up to $1 per minute in some cases. Some iOS password manager apps use the system clipboard to paste passwords into the login dialog. As another example, the XcodeGhost malware can read and write data in the user's clipboard, which would...

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What's inside the new Apple TV? iFixit tears...

Whenever Apple releases new hardware, you can count on the folks at iFixit to grab a unit, take it apart, and post pictures for all of us to see. And they’re at it again, this time postings a complete teardown of the new Apple TV.

The Apple TV that iFixit took apart had 32GB of memory permanently attached to the logic board. There isn’t a way to easily upgrade the device with more memory. (Apple sells a 64GB Apple TV for $199). The heat sink inside the Apple TV is huge; the device uses more power than the previous model.

iFixit also took apart the Apple TV’s remote control. The rechargeable battery is soldered to the remote’s Lightning port, so it’ll be interesting to see what Apple does when the batteries dies. Will the company require you to turn in the remote for battery replacement, or will it simply give you a new remote?

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Tim Cook offers teen who said Apple Watch saved his...

One of Apple’s biggest focuses recently has been the health capabilities of its devices specifically Apple Watch. From the start, Apple has highlighted the device’s health features and it reinforced that message at its “Hey Siri” event earlier this month. Now, a Cape Cod, Massachusetts teen says his Apple Watch saved his life. The teen’s […]

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Validating Xcode to Eradicate XcodeGhost

The news has been full of concern about XcodeGhost, a counterfeit version of Apple's Xcode development environment that injected malicious code into apps created with it. As a result, Apple had to remove over 5,000 from App Stores around the world. 

Today, the company sent an email to developers reminding them to download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store or the Apple Developer website, and to also leave Gatekeeper enabled on all systems to protect against tampered software. 

In a developer note, Apple also provided a method of verifying the installed version of Xcode as genuine. It's easy enough; launch Terminal, and then type in the following command:

spctl --assess --verbose /Applications/

For developers who have installed Xcode in another directory,...

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iOS 9: The state of CarPlay in 2015 + what’s new

Until Project Titan develops into an actual Apple Car and hits the road, Apple will award “the best iPhone experience on four wheels” title to its CarPlay infotainment feature which it says offers “a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car.” Available on a growing number of vehicles from select manufacturers, CarPlay lets you connect your […]

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Early iPhone 6s and 6s Plus reviews: 3D Touch and...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hit store shelves (or slide into your mailbox) this Friday, and it’s no surprise that the early reviews are glowing. While S-year iPhones don’t get the hardware overhauls that primary models do, Apple has a habit of packing in dramatic new features that make those off-year releases an arguably better buy.

That seems to be the case with the 6s and 6s Plus, which have won over reviewers from outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Buzzfeed. Two marquee features in particular, the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display and the new phones’ significantly upgraded cameras, garnered raves. We’re still working on the definitive Macworld review, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s what others have to say about Apple’s new phones.


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iFixit posts fourth-generation Apple TV teardown

The cool cats at iFixit have done it again, this time performing and posting a full teardown of Apple’s new fourth-generation Apple TV.

The teardown discovered a dual-core, 64-bit A8 processor with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller.

The list of components includes the following:
– Apple A8 APL1011 SoC


– Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00045 Wi-Fi module

– SMSC LAN9730 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller

– Apple 338S00057 custom...

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus getting a lot of review...

The rest of us have to wait until at least Friday, September 25 to get our hands on an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, but some of the big names in tech have now published their reviews of the next-generation iPhone and things look good. Here's a sampling of what the writers are saying:

“Do not be fooled into thinking that it’s a toy. 3D Touch is a major innovation. The 96 embedded sensors underneath the screen measure the flexion of a new kind of glass at an incredibly small scale to determine pressure.”

— Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch (

“Another big gain: improved cameras on a phone that I believe already had the best. And boy is this new iPhone fast. All without compromising battery life...

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DataMan Complication updated for watchOS 2, offers...

This could be useful.

DataMan Next has just been updated for watchOS 2.

The new version shows a Smart Forecast icon, meaning a tick icon means “safe” and you’re not at risk of overage. This feature works along with DataMan Glance, which gives you a quick way to get your usage stats quickly from your watch face.

DataMan Next has also been updated with customizable fonts, retails for US$1.99 and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version of DataMan Complication and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.


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Xsan 4 instalation problems, clients not mount

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XsanXsan4clients


I work in an University in Barcelona Spain, we have a xsan network with one Promise 20Tb, two xserve (10.10.5) and 10 clients (10.10.5)

We work until now with xsan 3 and no problems, now we need update to Yosemite and Xsan 4 because we need final cut 10.2.2.

I formated the servers and clients and installed 10.10.5 in both.

Follow the instructions in:

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Hyper launches Indiegogo campaign to create world’s...

This could turn into something cool.

Hyper, the makers of the HyperJuice battery, have put together an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise US$50,000 to create a HyperJuice battery that will effectively charge Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with a USB Type C power adapter interface.

The Magic Box units being worked on will allow conventional battery packs to charge the notebook at 29 watts and will allow you to safely charge the 12-inch MacBook at 12 watts with any USB battery, sending the right current along without risk of damaging the battery over time.

The IndieGoGo campaign has raised over US$13,000 of its US$50,000 goal in one...

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External Link: Josh Centers Discusses iOS 9 on...

Managing Editor Josh Centers, author of “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course,” joined host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to discuss his new book and some of the exciting new features in iOS 9. Along with iOS 9 itself, Josh also discusses some of the challenges of documenting iOS (and they aren’t necessarily a bad thing for users).


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Ad blocking and the future of the Web

Jeffrey Zeldman:

Advertisers don’t want to be ignored, and they are drunk on our data, which is what Google and other large networks are really selling. The ads are almost a by-product; what companies really want to know is what antiperspirant a woman of 25–34 is most likely to purchase after watching House of Cards. Which gets us into issues of privacy and spying and government intrusion and don’t ask.

And in this environment of sites so cluttered with misleading ads they are almost unnavigable, Apple looks heroic, riding to the consumer’s rescue by providing all the content from newspapers without the ads, and by blocking ugly advertising on websites. But if they succeed, will media companies and independent sites survive?

This issue is far from over. We have no idea how this is going to shake out, who will adapt and survive and who will fold. I do believe it is an issue ad publishers have largely brought on themselves. But it’s a shame there is and will...

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Griffin Ultra Thin Case and Survivor Tactical Case...

Griffin ultra thin case shiny silver

Now that you've upgraded your Apple Watch to watchOS 2, there's even more of a reason to keep that shiny smartwatch looking new -- you'll want to keep it for years. Fortunately, a lot of companies are coming out with Apple Watch cases, and one of the more popular accessory manufacturers -- Griffin -- has just released two different models. The Ultra Thin Case (US$19.99) is actually a 3-pack of thin and stylish cases for the Watch, while the Survivor Tactical Case ($29.99) provides not only impact protection for the Watch body, but scratch protection for the display as well.

Ultra Thin Case

Available in sizes for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch, each Ultra Thin Case purchase provides you...

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Apple Watch heart monitor saves teen’s life

“At the hospital, they told me that if I had gone to practice the next day that I would have lost all control of my muscles, and there was a good chance I would have fallen down on the field and died right there” – Good thing he had an Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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External Link: Teen’s Life Saved by Apple Watch

Paul Houle Jr., a 17-year-old football player from Massachusetts, experienced a rapid heartbeat, along with back and chest pains, after a practice. Houle took a nap, and woke up to discover that his Apple Watch was still reporting a heart rate of 145 beats-per-minute. Houle went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which had caused heart, liver, and kidney failure. Houle credits the Apple Watch with saving his life, and his father, who was skeptical of the watch, has now purchased watches for his wife and himself. Apple CEO Tim Cook has reached out to Houle to offer him a new iPhone and a summer internship.


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Apple Watch "add a friend" support page:...

Apple occasionally works Easter eggs into its products, and we get to hear some fun (or awful) jokes at the company's product announcement keynotes. The latest trick from the company is subtle and might be over looked by a lot of people, but not Ewan Spence at Forbes, who found that an Apple Watch support page contained a rickroll

Getting instructions on how to add a friend to your Apple Watch sends you to this page. Take a close look at the initials of the friends on this Watch:


Still don't see it? Reading the initials clockwise, we get: NE VE RG ON NA GI VE YU UP


That's not the first time the support pages have rickrolled users in search of help....

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PSA: If your Apple Watch upgrade to watchOS 2 fails...

It seems I’m not the only person to have experienced issues upgrading my Apple Watch to watchOS 2. After swearing at it for its insistence that it needed both more than 50% power and to be on charge (it refused to play even when on 100% power), it finally agreed to update itself and then stalled overnight […]

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Spigen’s newest iPhone 6s + 6s Plus cases start at $...

Spigen’s first round of affordable new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus cases were ready to order even before Apple’s September 9 special event. Now that the iPhones are about to hit stores, Spigen has a new collection of slim protective cases ready, and you’re going to love them. The lineup starts with a minimalist sub-$10 case that can magnetically attach to your car’s dashboard. Next, […]

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This is why the new Apple TV is bigger than the last...

As usual, our friends over at iFixit have started the teardown process for Apple’s new lineup of products introduced earlier this month and it’s kicking things off with the new 4th generation Apple TV hardware. While the new Apple TV, which introduces upgraded hardware alongside a newly revamped software platform dubbed “tvOS”, doesn’t officially go […]

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Apple Watch prices will start at US$725 in Brazil

Apple plans to start selling its smart watch in Brazil in October, according to InfoMoney, a web portal based in Brazil that covers financial and business news. However, it's going to be expensive.

The least expensive Apple Watch, the 38mm-case aluminum Sport edition, will start at BRL 2,889 (approximately US725), according to InfoMoney (as noted by, a global investment newswire). Apple’s most expensive Apple Watch in the country, the 38mm 18-Karat gold case with a modern buckle, will cost a whopping BRL 135,000 (that's about $33,560).

In other Apple Watch news, KT Corp., a South Korean integrated wired/wireless telecommunication service provider, will release the smartwatch this week at 12 of its major outlets in Seoul, the company said in a press release. KT will be the first Korean carrier to launch the smartwatch in the country. The Apple Watch Sport and a...

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Former GM Boss: Apple Car “a gigantic money pit”

I love, love, love this sort of quote, though this one is made in a very thoughtful way. Bob Lutz has a lot of experience in this market, is the former Vice Chairman of GM, knows the industry inside and out. But he doesn’t know Apple, hasn’t see the disruption up close and personal.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Starbucks completes U.S. rollout of ‘order ahead’...

If you haven’t got time to stand around in a Starbucks queue to place your order, the good news is that the company has completed the U.S. rollout of its ‘order ahead’ service, which allows you to place and pay for your order on your iPhone before reaching the store. The service started as a test in Portland before gradually […]

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Number of XcodeGhost-Infected iOS Apps Rises

An anonymous reader writes: As the list of apps infected with the XcodeGhost malware keeps expanding, Apple, Amazon and Baidu are doing their best to purge their online properties of affected apps, malicious Xcode installers, and C&C servers used by the attackers to gather the stolen information and control the infected apps/devices. China-based jailbreaking Pangu Team claims that the number of infected app is higher than 3,400, and have offered for download a free app that apparently detects the Trojanized apps.


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Apple wants to 'advance the art of note-taking...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,141,698) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a semantic note-taking system that could be a competitor to the popular Evernote app. Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. 

Apple's patent is for a semantic note taking system and method for collecting information, enriching the information, and/or binding the information to services is provided. User-created notes are enriched with labels, context traits, and relevant data to minimize friction in the note-taking process. 

In other words, the invention is directed to collecting unscripted data, adding more meaning and use out of the data, and binding the data to services. The patent also mentions services to allow private thoughts to be published to a myriad of different applications and services "in a manner compatible with how thoughts are processed in the brain."

User interfaces and semantic "skins" are...

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iPhone 6s review roundup: 3D Touch is ‘fun and...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are launching in just four days time and right on schedule the embargo on reviews have been lifted. Apple is touting the new phones as major updates over the 6 and 6 Plus, with 12-megapixel camera and 4K video recording, ‘3D Touch’ pressure-sensitive display to enable quick actions across the OS, […]

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∞ Review: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Many people look at the “s” model of the iPhone as a less significant release than the years Apple does a full design change, but that’s just not the case. This year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is full of new features and is probably the strongest “s” model iPhone Apple has ever released. I’ve been using the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for about a week and a half, having received the devices from Apple two days after the September 9 keynote. [...]

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The $1 million iOS bug bounty is bad for security...

The public perception of the black-hat hacker is of a lone person sitting in a dark room creating malware and unleashing it on the world and reaping the profits of their exploit. The reality is a bit more complicated and far more financially lucrat...

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iOS 9 privacy settings you should change immediately

Wether you just purchased a new iPhone or you selected “set up as new phone” while restoring you’ve essentially got a clean or “new” iOS install, just as Apple intended.

In its default configuration iOS 9 will share your device’s location and other data when you might not want it to. Luckily it’s easy to turn off may settings that control the flow of your personal information on the Internet.

Here’s our list of the most important iOS 9 privacy settings that you should check right now, especially if you are using a new or restored device.

[1] Turn on Limit Ad Tracking
To turn on Limit Ad Tracking on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Go to Settings > Privacy >...

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Malware Jumps Apple's Garden Wall

Developers who unknowingly used a malicious tool to code their programs uploaded hundreds of malware-infected apps to the iTunes App Store, China-based iOS developers reportedly discovered last week. Security researchers around the world have analyzed it. Called "XcodeGhost," the malware is hidden in an unauthorized version of a program Apple distributes to create iOS apps. "XcodeGhost is an example of compiler malware," said David Richardson, iOS product manager for Lookout Mobile Security.

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DeepClock is a decorative, handy replacement for Mac...

The built-in clock of Mac OS X is pretty cool, but it's a bit obscure for some folks. If that includes you, try DeepClock, an US$0.99 app available at the Mac App Store.

It's bigger than the default OS X clock, which can help keep you focused when time is of the essence. DeepClock can be set to launch when you boot up your Mac. You can keep the it in standard, floating view or have the utility sit atop all applications (even in full screen mode). 

One of DeepClock cool functions is "Events," which allows to add small reminders that can be displayed on your desktop to remind you of important events. The app is extremely customizable. It sports 15 styles of clock face and eight calendar styles in an appealing interface. You can also set the app to vanish when the cursor goes over it so it doesn't block what's underneath. 

If you're...

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Volkswagen thinks emissions scandal could cost it $7...

After admitting it had altered software to misreport the emissions of its diesel cars, Volkswagen is allocating some serious money to help it save face. The company said today it's set aside a whopping $6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) to "cover th...

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Xiaomi will sell a flagship Android phone for $204

Xiaomi has somehow put one of the best processors on the market into a smartphone that costs just $204. The Mi 4c is a Xiaomi's China-only version of the company's Mi 4i, but it's updated some of the internals to keep things fresh. The two big chan...

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Apple company store collectibles should be offered...

Apple’s redesigned company store opened this past weekend in Cupertino, California. Among the changes — according to MacMagazine — the store will sell, for the first time, the iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple Watch along with a new collection of Apple-branded merchandise including clothing, mugs, and other collectibles.

These collectibles are available only at the One Infinite Loop location. But why?

Apple should make the clothing items, mugs, etc., available online. Lots of folks would certainly wish to own some of them without making a pilgrimage to Cupertino.

After two decades-plus of covering various trade shows (ah, the days of the Macworld Expo when Apple attended — you are missed) I have enough T-shirts to last me the rest of my life. But I'd certainly pick up a few new items branded by Apple itself.

T-shirts and golf shirts are naturals, but there are...

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How this 1996 Macintosh brochure set the tone for...

I helped out my friend Keith this week—or more accurately, I helped out Keith’s wife, Bridget, this week—by filling my car with what can only be described, if with affection, as a load of old Mac crap from their attic, and decanting it to my increasingly crowded home office.

Among the gems (which you’ll meet over the next few weeks) was the above brochure, “Why do People Prefer Macintosh?” Produced in 1996, it’s a collection many thousands of words long of case studies and quotes from the public, sourced from the now-defunct, about why they are Mac rather than PC users. Or to quote page one: “…more specifically, why do people think Apple® Macintosh® computers are better than PCs running Windows 95?” 

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Apple prepares for thinner iPhones with slim...

Apple has patented a shrunken-down headphone connector that shaves precious volume off existing 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack standards by reshaping the plug, thereby removing -- albeit temporarily -- an inevitable limiting factor in its quest for perpetually thin smartphones.

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Sports Illustrated lands pre-release iPhone 6s Plus...

Apple's latest iPhone 6s family isn't slated to reach the public until Friday, but Sports Illustrated obtained an early access 6s Plus to shoot a preview of high resolution shots at San Francisco Giants baseball games at AT&T Park.

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Monday September 21

Customer receives rose gold iPhone 6s days before...

An early iPhone 6s preorder customer got a surprise on Monday when her brand new rose gold handset unexpectedly arrived at her doorstep days ahead of Apple's official public launch, currently scheduled for Friday.

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This week's sponsor: Bushel

Our sponsor this week is Bushel, an incredibly easy-to-use cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s all wrapped into one seamless, online interface, so you can manage your Apple devices whenever you want, wherever you are. Bushel is targeted to those organizations that may not have a dedicated IT staff, instead relying on individuals who take on the mantle of responsibility to keep Apple devices up-to-date and safe. Free for the first three devices and just US$2 per month per device above that number, here are some of the features of Bushel:

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“Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine” — An Apple...

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it really bums me out that The Man In the Machine makes little attempt to portray someone who was, by most accounts, a complex, iconic, but all-too-flawed man who, over the course of his career, could be both inventor and thief, monk and businessman, brat and sage, tyrant and beloved leader, and managed to use those conflicting traits to both change the world and create the most valuable, influential, and admired company on the planet.

Instead, The Man In the Machine is focused largely on the thesis that Jobs was always and only a jerk, that people who enjoy Apple products and admire Jobs are idiots and cult members, and that the computer revolution that was born of Jobs’ vision must inevitably contain the same ugly darkness Gibney feels is Jobs’ defining trait, despite any evidence to the contrary.

This review of the documentary tracks with how I felt about it. Not only was it simply inaccurate in places, it seemed to have its premise in...

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Rose Gold iPhone 6s shows up at customer’s home...

While the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus aren’t supposed to start arriving to pre-order customers until this Friday, at least one lucky AT&T customer got a surprise today. A Twitter user by the name of @MoonshineDesign based in San Diego today received her iPhone 6s in the new Rose Gold color variant. According to her […]

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[Sponsor] Mapbox iOS SDK

Meet the Mapbox iOS SDK, our newest open source framework for making your app location-aware. It comes with beautiful vector maps for any scenario: detailed streets for navigating cities, terrain for adventuring, and satellite imagery for seeing the world up close.

You can even find out how users interact with your map. The analytics dashboard provides a continuously updated view of your user base, from places where your app is popular to better metrics around uses of your app.

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Apple gives London's Roundhouse an eco-friendly...

For 2015's Apple Music Festival at the Roundhouse in London, Apple is giving the event's 168-year-old venue an unprecedented makeover in line with the company's environmental message, with changes to include both temporary and permanent structural enhancements.

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Apple to give annual Roundhouse Apple Music Festival...

Apple’s annual Apple Music Festival is taking place at the Roundhouse in London this week and this year, the company is going a step further in its activities at the venue. As announced in tweet by Apple’s VP of Environment Lisa Jackson, the company is giving the Roundhouse an “environmental makeover.” Apple says it is making […]

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Security firm pledges $1 million bounty for iOS...

A broker of software attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in widely used software is placing a $1 million bounty on critical iOS bugs that allow hackers to remotely commandeer iPhones and iPads.

"Apple iOS, like all operating system(s), is often affected by critical security vulnerabilities," officials with the Zerodium bug broker said in blog post published Monday that announced the hefty reward. "However, due to the increasing number of security improvements and the effectiveness of exploit mitigations in place, Apple's iOS is currently the most secure mobile OS. But don't be fooled, secure does not mean unbreakable. It just means that iOS has currently the highest cost and complexity of vulnerability exploitation and here's where the Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty comes into play."

Under the program, Zerodium is prepared to pay a total of $3 million for remote iOS exploits that give...

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Everyone who bought Peace gets their $3 back

If you bought Marco Arment’s iOS 9 content-blocking app Peace, you’re about to get your three dollars back—even if you haven’t requested a refund. Arment says Apple is “proactively refunding all purchases of Peace.”

Arment launched Peace on Wednesday, the same day iOS 9 officially exited its beta period. It quickly reached the No. 1 spot on the Top Paid Apps charts, but Arment pulled the app from the App Store just two days later. He encouraged customers to ask Apple for a refund, and said the app would continue to work for the people who bought it, just with no maintenance or updates.

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External Link: Oyster Ebook Service to Shut Down

The Oyster ebook subscription service is shutting down operations over the next several months. Current subscribers will soon receive emails with details of the shutdown and what it means in terms of their subscriptions. There have been reports that the company owning Oyster has been sold and that the new owners elected to close down the subscription service.


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AWT News Update: September 21, 2015

It's Monday, and not only did we get an Apple Watch update, but a lot of news, too:

  • The Apple Car project has apparently been green-lighted for a 2019 debut
  • Use your iPhone as a radar gun? Check out this Kickstarter project
  • Sports Illustrated photographer gets a chance to use the new iPhone 6s Plus at a baseball game
  • Unless you've already reserved an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus for pickup, you're probably not going to get one this Friday.

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Apple refunding all purchases of Peace app

Marco ends up with zero, jumped through many hoops to do what he thought was right. Any complaints?

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Apple exhausts launch-day iPhone 6s, 6s Plus...

Apple on Monday officially ran out of online stock for people wanting to get an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on launch day, Sept. 25, though some orders may still ship relatively quickly.

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Apple creates mysterious 'eye in speech bubble...

The upcoming iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1 updates will include a new Apple designed emoji descriptively called "eye in speech bubble," though its meaning and intended use is not yet known.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21...

Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 2.6.7 and BusyContacts 1.0.6, Fission 2.2.5, Boom 2 v1.3, and iTunes 12.3.


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iTunes Match uploads raised to promised 100K song...

The upload limit for iTunes Match may have finally been raised to 100,000 songs, as Apple originally promised in June, some users are beginning to report.

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Apple issues first OS X 10.11.1 public beta ahead of...

Days before Apple is scheduled to debut OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company on Monday issued the first public beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan maintenance update to those participating in the program.

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Report: Apple’s electric car to hit the road in 2019...

Apple is “committed” to having an electric vehicle on the road in the next few years, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal (paywall) is reporting that Apple has internally labeled their electric car effort a “committed project” and is looking at shipping the first fleet of vehicles in 2019. In order to expedite the project, codenamed Titan, Apple is growing the team working on the electric car by threefold, to about 1,800 employees. The rumored iCar will reportedly combine Apple’s expertise in design, batteries, sensor technology and hardware-software integration. 

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Apple aims to finalize an electric car by 2019, Wall...

This is just CarPlay. Its final form could be an electric vehicle.


Sources with knowledge of the matter have told The Wall Street Journal that Apple is moving ahead with efforts to build an Apple-branded electric vehicle, which it intends to deliver to the market by 2019.

After a year of feasibility studies, the group within Apple in charge of the electric vehicle project has been given permission to triple its staff, which currently employs 600 people, the Journal reported.

Rumors about Apple's potential expansion into the automotive industry are several months old, but news of the company's approval for a significant staff increase, as well...

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Patched Android Lockscreen Still a Threat

Google recently issued a patch for Nexus mobile devices to fix an Android Lollipop vulnerability that lets hackers bypass the lockscreen and gain control of mobile devices. However, it could take weeks to months for manufacturers and service providers to roll out the patch for other Android devices. University of Texas security researcher John Gordon discovered the vulnerability, dubbed "CVE-2015-3860," and posted details and a video showing the how the lockscreen is bypassed on a Nexus device.

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WSJ: Apple targets 2019 for its first car

Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.

The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California. Leaders of the project, code-named Titan , have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.

This would be such a huge deal. Apple’s designers would undoubtedly come up with something great, and it fits with the company’s commitment to make the world a better place.

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iPad mini 4 display catches up with Air 2 in color...

The iPad mini 4 uses a display far superior to those of earlier Mini models, both in terms of color reproduction and how much ambient light it reflects, according to testing and calibration firm DisplayMate.

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Apple has target ship date of 2019 for electric car...

Apple and its "Project Titan" team are reportedly reportedly working feverishly toward a planned 2019 launch of an electric vehicle, but the first model apparently will not be a self driving car.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Swift Publisher 4

If you’re looking for an easier way to create standard print pieces, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Swift Publisher 4.


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iOS 9 on track to become Apple's most popular...

iOS 9 has been out for less than a week, and even though some reported problems installing the upgrade right out of the gate, Apple says more than 50 percent of devices have already adopted the latest version of iOS.

That means iOS 9 is on track to become Apple’s most popular software upgrade of all time. Apple announced the adoption rate in a Monday press release about iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability, which is also expected to break records. The phones will go on sale at 8 a.m. local time this Friday.

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∞ Review: watchOS 2

I picked up my Apple Watch with watchOS 2 from Apple in the days following the September 9 keynote presentation in San Francisco. I hadn’t installed any of the watch betas, so I was really looking forward to giving the new operating system a try.

In case you’re wondering why I hadn’t installed any of the watch beta updates, it’s because the watch is too important to me—I didn’t want to take a chance of not being able to track my fitness goals. With that said, let’s start with what’s new in health and fitness in watchOS 2.

Health and Fitness

Most people know just how important the health and fitness aspect of the watch is to me these days, but there is always room for improvement.

Apple is giving developers of fitness apps access to the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, accelerometer,...

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∞ Apple releases watchOS 2

After a slight delay last week, Apple has released watchOS 2 to the public. You can download the update by going to the Watch app on your iPhone.

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After delay, Apple releases WatchOS 2.0 to the public

People who haven't already installed the older, bugged version of WatchOS 2.0 will see a much larger update than this.

Andrew Cunningham

WatchOS 2.0 was supposed to be released last week alongside iOS 9, but a showstopping "bug" held the release up. Apple has apparently fixed it because the final version of WatchOS 2.0 is beginning to roll out to all editions of the Apple Watch today. To install the update, open the Apple Watch app, go to General, go to Software Update, and then follow the instructions.

Developers who installed the earlier "Golden Master" build of WatchOS 2 should also check for an update—my 42mm Apple Watch Sport is getting a 12.4MB patch that should include the fixes in the general release. It should also be noted that installing WatchOS 2 ...

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watchOS 2 is now available -- time to update your...

watchOS 2 just became available, which means that millions of eager Apple Watch owners are now racing to update their watches. 

In case you've forgotten how to run a watchOS update (perhaps you purchased your Apple Watch after the one and only "dot update"), we have full instructions here

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Apple releases fixed watchOS 2 for Apple Watch with...

Apple on Monday officially released watchOS 2, following a brief delay caused by the last-minute discovery of a critical bug. The newly released software gives users access to native third-party apps, a new Time Travel function, custom photo watch faces, nightstand mode, and more.

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How to install watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch

The time has come: watchOS 2 just launched, bringing with it a whole suite of new features to make your Apple Watch feel like new.

The next-gen watch operating system gives the gadget a major overhaul. Native apps alone will make the watch more useful on its own. The first version of watchOS required the watch to mirror iPhone apps instead of running directly on the watch, which limited their capabilities and slowed down loading times. WatchOS 2 apps can also tap into the watch’s sensors, so the Taptic Engine, accelerometer, heart rate sensors, and Digital Crown all come into play. We can’t wait to see what developers have in store.

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This is what happens when a developer ignores an app...

Most apps I use are updated on a regular basis. That's great, since Apple's annual update cycle for iOS adds a lot of features and enhancements, and it's nice to know that my investment in an app is being protected. But what happens when you buy an app, grow to love it, and the developer seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth?

That's the situation I have with a game app I purchased eons ago -- I think it was back in 2011 or 2012 -- called Astraware Word Games. It's still on the App Store for $2.99, and it’s been a favorite for years. There are five different word games that vary in difficulty, most against a clock, and your score on daily games is compared to others who play the game.

That last point is why I love this game despite some huge problems. I play the Spellmaster game in Astraware Word Games almost every day, in which you select the correct spelling for a word from four choices as quickly as possible in...

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Apple's iOS 9 Breaks VPNs

An anonymous reader writes with a report from The Stack that researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in the latest version of iOS 9: it breaks VPN connections to corporate servers. According to the linked piece, "The flaw was first detected in the iOS 9 beta, and has not been fixed in the released version. Neither has the bug been removed in the current iOS 9.1 beta." The workaround might not be what you want to hear, either, if you've happily upgraded to the latest version: it's to downgrade to iOS 8.4.1.


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DMV Meeting Revs Apple Car Rumors

Apple executives reportedly met with officials from California's Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the company's plans to test an autonomous vehicle. Mike Maletic, senior legal counsel for Apple, had an hour-long meeting in August with California's autonomous vehicle experts, including the cosponsors of the state's autonomous vehicle regulation project. The California DMV team reportedly consisted of Deputy Director Bernard Soriano; Stephanie Dougherty, chief of strategic planning; and Chief Counsel Brian Soublet.

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Apple Releases watchOS 2

watchOS 2 is the first major update for the Apple Watch, and it brings some massive changes that will be welcomed by users.


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Rounding up some of the best protective cases for...

In anticipation of this week's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus debut, which is shaping up to be Apple's biggest launch ever, AppleInsider has compiled a round up of cases from Apple and our retail sponsors that are built to protect, enhance and show off your new handset.

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Teeny Tokyo munches photos, saves bloggers from...

Blogging is more than just writing a bunch of words. Sure, bloggers try to do their best to produce content that is intelligent, concise, and that teaches the reader something she didn't know before. But one under-appreciated aspect of blogging is adding photos that can draw a reader into a story, explain some aspect of the post, or just provide amusement or wonder. Adding photos to blogs is an art unto itself, something that a new Mac app from award-winning indie developer John Saddington (Desk) makes a lot easier. Teeny Tokyo ($9.99, launch sale of $4.99) is an OS X app that every blogger, amateur to professional, will want in his toolkit.

What does Teeny Tokyo do? Basically, you drag and drop image files onto a space on the app (or on the app menu bar icon) and they are resized,...

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The new York Times:

We’ve chosen some of our best works or collections of works that have appeared since we began offering digital subscriptions in 2011.

While certainly not exhaustive, the list demonstrates the breadth, creativity and impact of The Times.

One of the things the NYT does really well is these long-form, investigative articles. “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” was a heartbreaking look into the life of a hockey player I was a big fan of during his playing days.

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XcodeGhost Exploits the Security Economics of Apple’...

XcodeGhost is a new piece of malware that uses modified versions of Xcode to insert malicious code into popular iOS apps. This appears to affect only Chinese apps, because bandwidth limitations in China are what prompted developers to download modified copies of Xcode from unofficial sources, rather than going straight to Apple.


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Apple pulls infected apps after malware strikes App...

Apple just pulled a slew of iOS apps from the App Store after security researchers discovered malware in some of the store’s top apps.

It’s unclear just how many apps were infected with malicious code. Palo Alto Networks, the security firm that discovered the breach, estimates 39 apps were affected. Most of the apps are hugely popular in China, like messaging app WeChat, Uber rival Didi Kuaidi, train ticket app Railway 12306, business card scanner CamCard, and stock trading service Tonghuashun. A Chinese security company is pinning the number of infected apps at 300+.

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The iPad mini 4's display shrugs off ambient...

Apple’s latest iteration of the iPad mini is a thinner, lighter, mulitasking machine, but it’s also sporting a major improvement in display quality. At first glance, the iPad mini 4 has the same 7.9-inch, 2048-by-1536-resolution display as its predecessor. What sets this device apart from the mini 3, however, is its superior color accuracy and low screen reflectivity, according to DisplayMate Technologies.

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Skype users impacted by major sign-in problems,...

Many Skype users are suffering from a glitch preventing them from signing in to the service or seeing other contacts as online, effectively blocking them from making voice or video calls to each other, Microsoft acknowledged on Monday morning.

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Apple scrambles after 40 malicious “XcodeGhost” apps...


Apple officials are cleaning up the company's App Store after a security firm reported that almost 40 iOS apps contained malicious code that made iPhones and iPads part of a botnet that stole potentially sensitive user information.

The 39 affected apps—which included version 6.2.5 of the popular WeChat for iOS, CamScanner, and Chinese versions of Angry Birds 2—may have been downloaded by hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, security researchers said. The programs were infected by a tampered version of Apple's legitimate iOS and OS X app development tool called Xcode. A repackaged tool, called XcodeGhost, surreptitiously inserted malicious code alongside normal app functions that...

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XcodeGhost malware affecting hundreds of iOS apps,...

This is where things get a bit messier.

Apple has admitted that it is App Store integrity was compromised as apps were secretly infected by fake Xcode tools before submission to the App Store. The company has now officially acknowledged the problem and is now removing apps affected by the malware from the App Store.

Developers were inadvertently submitting malware by using counterfeit versions of Xcode, Apple’s development software, to submit apps. The fake Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost, would inject malicious code into otherwise-legitimate apps during the submission process.

The malware seems to have infected...

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Palo Alto Networks cites XcodeGhost malware’s...

Well, this is kind of a mess.

Research associate Palo Alto Networks has posted an analysis on a novel malware XcodeGhost that modifies Xcode IDE to infect Apple iOS apps. The report mentions that at least two popular iOS apps were infected. We now believe many more popular iOS apps have been infected, including WeChat, one of the most popular IM applications in the world.

The malware itself seems to stem from the fact that some iOS developers use crowd-sourcing techniques which adds to their apps being more vulnerable.

As last count, roughly 39 iOS apps were infected, some of which are extremely popular in China and in other countries around the world,...

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Apple: iOS 9 on more than half of all devices,...

iOS 9 doesn't significantly slow down older iDevices like the iPad 2, one possible reason for the faster adoption rate.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple announced this morning that iOS 9 has been installed on "more than 50 percent" of active iOS devices since it was released last Wednesday. The company says that this is the fastest adoption rate ever for a new operating system.

This is certainly a change from iOS 8's adoption rate a year ago. After around three weeks of availability, that operating system's share had stalled out at around 47 percent. Two months after that, it had grown to 63...

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Apple's share of Japan's smartphone market...

Apple, the Japanese market leader, saw its share of Japan's smartphone market, drop from 51.1 percent to 39.1 percent in the second quarter, reports MK Daily Economy, a daily newspaper based in Seoul. Meanwhile, Samsung's share of Japan’s smartphone market hit 12%, up from 5.2 percent in the first quarter.

Samsung’s stronger results in the second quarter were due to the company’s use of “metallic glass, embedded batteries, and double-sided edges” in its phones, claims MK Daily Economy (as noted by BrightWire, a global investment newswire).

Sony came in second with 14.9% of Japan's smartphone market, and Sharp third with 13.2% of the smartphone market. The stats based on data from the IDC market research firm IDC.

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The many ways I avoid ads

Kirk McElhearn addresses the ethical issue of ad blocking. Good, solid read.

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*Apple* Retail Online, Customer Experience R...
**Job Summary** Apple Retail's Online Store sells Apple products to customers around the world. In addition to selling Apple products with unique services such Read more
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**Job Summary** Join the team that is shaping the future of software development for Apple Watch! As a software engineer on the Apple Watch Frameworks team you will Read more
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**Job Summary** The Online Apple Store is seeking a person to lead its expansion into new countries. Based in Cupertino, CA, this person will develop and maintain an Read more
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