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  • iOS Trojan Targets Hong Kong Protestors

    1 October 2014, 2:30 pm by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter Kexel writes Security researchers have claimed to discover the first Apple iOS Trojan attack in a move to thwart the communications of pro-democracy Hong Kong activists. From the article: "The malicious software, known as Xsser,…
  • Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

    30 September 2014, 8:42 am by: timothy

    jones_supa (887896) writes Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been…
  • Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

    29 September 2014, 3:38 pm by: samzenpus

    Nerval's Lobster writes Apple touts the Swift programming language as easy to use, thanks in large part to features such as Interface Builder, a visual designer provided in Xcode that allows a developer to visually design storyboards. In theory, this…
  • Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

    29 September 2014, 8:48 am by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter chasm22 writes EU Regulators are apparently set to accuse Apple and the Irish government of entering into several sweetheart deals that left Apple with lower taxes than what it legally owed. If the ruling is upheld, Apple could…
  • Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

    27 September 2014, 12:40 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Over the past several days, we've been hearing reports about some amount of users noticing that their brand new iPhone 6 Plus is bending in their pockets. The pictures and videos shown so far have kicked off an investigation, and…
  • Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

    27 September 2014, 8:25 am by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes "Open source operating systems vulnerable to the Shellshock bug have already pushed two patches to fix the vulnerability, but Apple has yet to issue one for Mac OS X. Ars Technica speculates that licensing issues may be giving Apple…
  • Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

    26 September 2014, 12:23 pm by: Soulskill

    CowboyRobot writes: HTTPS has evolved into the de facto standard for secure Web browsing. Through the certificate-based authentication protocol, Web services and Internet users first authenticate one another ("shake hands") using a TLS/SSL certificate, encrypt…
  • FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

    25 September 2014, 7:14 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes The FBI is concerned about moves by Apple and Google to include encryption on smartphones. "I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the contents," FBI Director…
  • Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

    25 September 2014, 1:52 pm by: timothy

    The recently disclosed bug in bash was bad enough as a theoretical exploit; now, reports Ars Technica, it could already be being used to launch real attacks. In a blog post yesterday, Robert Graham of Errata Security noted that someone is already using a…
  • Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

    24 September 2014, 6:27 pm by: samzenpus

    blottsie writes Apple knew as early as March 2014 of a security hole that left the personal data of iCloud users vulnerable, according to leaked emails between the company and a noted security researcher. In a March 26 email, security researcher Ibrahim Balic…
  • Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

    24 September 2014, 3:27 pm by: samzenpus

    alphadogg writes Within hours of releasing an iOS 8 update to address assorted bugs in the new iPhone and iPad operating system Apple has been forced to pull the patch, which itself was causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users grief. Reports filled Apple support…
  • Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

    24 September 2014, 8:14 am by: Soulskill

    MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6 Plus weighs six ounces, and it's a scant 7.1mm thick. As an added bonus, according to a number of users, it has a hidden feature — it bends! And no, we don't mean it bends in a "Hey, what an awesome feature!" sort of way.…
  • Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

    23 September 2014, 5:58 pm by: Soulskill

    electronic convict writes: A year ago, security researcher Marc Rogers demonstrated how to spoof the TouchID sensor in the iPhone 5S using some Elmer's glue and glycerol — oh, and a high resolution camera and a laser printer. Has TouchID security improved at…
  • Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

    23 September 2014, 8:14 am by: Soulskill

    ourlovecanlastforeve writes: While reviewing a recent comparison of the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6, OSNews staffer Thom Holwerda raises some relevant points regarding the importance of specs on newer smartphones. He observes that the iPhone 6, which is brand…
  • Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

    22 September 2014, 5:35 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Apple has announced that it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, just three days after the launch on September 19. From the article: "Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6…
  • Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

    22 September 2014, 12:29 pm by: samzenpus

    Nerval's Lobster writes Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the "Wave" hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists…
  • Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

    21 September 2014, 1:48 pm by: timothy

    kyjellyfish writes I've been using iOS 8 for several days and aside from a few gimmicks and add-ons that attempt to achieve parity with Android, my experience has been overwhelmingly unsatisfactory. My chief complaint is that the vast majority of my apps are…
  • Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

    20 September 2014, 1:21 pm by: timothy

    HughPickens.com writes Medium reports that although many startups want to design something that mimics the fit and finish of an Apple product, it's a good way to go out of business. "What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a…
  • Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

    20 September 2014, 10:24 am by: timothy

    Lucas123 writes When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND…
  • U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

    19 September 2014, 9:35 am by: Soulskill

    Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the…
  • Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

    19 September 2014, 8:03 am by: samzenpus

    jfruh writes Despite being largely manufactured in China, iPhones are still too expensive for most Chinese to afford — new ones, anyway. That's why thousands come to a bustling marketplace in Shenzen that specializes in older grey-market iPhones. Many of…
  • Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

    18 September 2014, 7:34 pm by: samzenpus

    HughPickens.com writes When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated: "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would…
  • A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

    18 September 2014, 5:46 pm by: timothy

    Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Earlier this year, Apple executives unveiled Swift, which is meant to eventually replace Objective-C as the programming language of choice for Macs and iOS devices. Now that iOS 8's out, a lot of developers who build apps for…
  • Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

    18 September 2014, 12:59 pm by: timothy

    SternisheFan writes with this selection from a story at the Washington Post: Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a…
  • Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

    18 September 2014, 3:08 am by: samzenpus

    Ronin Developer writes From the Cnet article: "At last week's Apple event, the company announced Apple Pay — a new mobile payments service that utilizes NFC technology in conjunction with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for secure payments that can be made…

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