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  • Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

    Fri 3:00am By samzenpus
    itwbennett writes According to a story in the Beijing News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to let China's State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are…
  • Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

    Jan 19, 2015, 6:03 pm By samzenpus
    wiredmikey writes "Using Apple's voice-activated Siri function, security researchers have managed to steal sensitive information from iOS smartphones in a stealthy manner. Luca Caviglione of the National Research Council of Italy and Wojciech Mazurczy of the…
  • Why Run Linux On Macs?

    Jan 18, 2015, 8:27 am By timothy
    jones_supa writes Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific…
  • 'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the Blind

    Jan 16, 2015, 4:03 pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A new not-for-profit app, Be My Eyes, aims to help the visually-impaired by connecting them with volunteer users who can support them in their daily lives via live video calls. Once downloaded, Be My Eyes asks the user to identify…
  • Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

    Jan 13, 2015, 5:50 pm By Soulskill
    mpicpp points out a report that Apple has been awarded a broad patent for gesture control of a computer interface (8,933,876). The company inherited the patent after their acquisition of motion-sensor company PrimeSense in 2013. (PrimeSense's technology is…
  • Glitch In OS X Search Can Expose Private Details of Apple Mail Users

    Jan 9, 2015, 12:55 pm By timothy
    itwbennett (1594911) writes "The potential privacy risk in Apple's OS X Yosemite, first reported by German tech news site Heise and confirmed by IDG News Service, appears when people use the Spotlight Search feature, which also indexes emails received with the…
  • First OSX Bootkit Revealed

    Jan 8, 2015, 5:32 pm By samzenpus
    Trailrunner7 writes A vulnerability at the heart of Apple's Mac OS X systems—one thus far only partially addressed by Apple—opens the door to the installation of malicious firmware bootkits that resist cleanup and give hackers persistent, stealthy control…
  • EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

    Jan 8, 2015, 2:39 pm By samzenpus
    schwit1 writes The EFF launched a new app that will make it easier for people to take action on digital rights issues using their phone. The app allows folks to connect to their action center quickly and easily, using a variety of mobile devices. Sadly,…
  • Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

    Jan 5, 2015, 12:27 pm By samzenpus
    mrspoonsi writes Respected developer Marco Arment is worried about Apple's future. In a blog post, he writes, "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm…
  • Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft Now All Have a Hand In VR

    Jan 4, 2015, 10:55 am By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes The Oculus Kickstarter breathed new life into consumer virtual reality when it raised more than $2.4 million just three years ago. Now, at the onset of 2015, some of the world's biggest tech companies have a vested interest in the…
  • Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

    Jan 1, 2015, 10:08 pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader notes that Apple is being sued over claims that iOS 8 uses too much storage space on the company's devices. "Ever wonder why there never is enough space on your iPhone or iPad? A lawsuit filed this week against Apple Inc. alleges that…
  • Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

    Dec 30, 2014, 2:53 pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A post at iFixit explains how one user with a failing MacBook Pro fixed it by baking it in the oven. The device had overheating issues for months, reaching temperatures over 100 C. When it finally died, some research suggested the…
  • Apple Pay For the UK

    Dec 29, 2014, 6:30 pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes about when Apple Pay will be available in the UK. "A major UK bank's concern over data collected by Apple Pay is reportedly stalling negotiations to launch the mobile payments service in the country by 'the first half of 2015.' The…
  • High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

    Fri 1:28pm By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes: Canoe Tech reports that M&M sorting machines are a popular project for people who like combining electronics, programming and machine building. Most of them send a single M&M down a chute to a simple color sensor where the color sensor…
  • Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

    Dec 24, 2014, 1:14 pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports: "Sony Pictures is to distribute its film The Interview online, after a cyber-attack and a row over its release. The film will be offered on a dedicated website — seetheinterview.com — as well as via Google and…
  • De-escalating the Android Patent War

    Dec 23, 2014, 11:08 pm By Soulskill
    In 2011, a consortium formed from Microsoft, Apple, Sony, BlackBerry, and others spent $4.5 billion acquiring Nortel's patent portfolio, which contained a great deal of ammunition that could be used against Android. That threat has now been reduced. Today,…
  • Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

    Dec 23, 2014, 2:46 pm By Soulskill
    New submitter Holi sends this news from PC World: Attackers can infect MacBook computers with highly persistent boot rootkits by connecting malicious devices to them over the Thunderbolt interface. The attack, dubbed Thunderstrike, installs malicious code in a…
  • Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

    Dec 23, 2014, 11:28 am By timothy
    PC Magazine reports (as does Ars Technica) that Apple this week has pushed its first automated security update, to address critical flaws relating to Network Time Protocol: The flaws were revealed last week by the Department of Homeland Security and the…
  • Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

    Dec 18, 2014, 7:56 pm By samzenpus
    mrspoonsi writes with the findings of an investigation into working conditions at a factory that makes Apple products. Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.…
  • Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

    Dec 16, 2014, 2:29 pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader sends word that Apple's iTunes DRM case has already been decided. The 8-person jury took only a few hours to decide that the features introduced in iTunes 7.0 were good for consumers and did not violate antitrust laws. Following the…
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