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  • Clueless iPhone 7 owners destroy new handsets after... DRILLING their own headphone jack (trunc)

    09/24/2016 8:56:21 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    Clueless iPhone 7 owners have been destroying their new Ł600-handsets after watching a prank video advising them to drill a hole for their headphones. Apple's slick new phone comes without a headphone jack, unlike any of its predecessors, as the tech giant encourages its customers to invest in wireless ear pieces. The cruel but funny tutorial instructs iPhone uses to clamp their precious new mobiles in place before creating their own jack with a 3.5mm drill.
  • Apple has just become an energy company, looks to sell excess electricity into the grid

    09/23/2016 11:27:14 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 10 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | 4 months ago | Seth Weintraub
    Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company was seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the US. [Apple Energy LLC] is a Delaware limited liability company and is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Inc. [Contact is] Apple Energy LLC, One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014 Given Apple’s expertise and huge commitment to using renewable energy to power its operations, it is no surprise that...
  • Teen Hacker Says He Jailbroke The iPhone 7 in Just 24 Hours

    09/22/2016 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 23 replies
    Motherboard ^ | September 22, 2016 | LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERAI
    The iPhone 7 is, in Apple’s own words, “the best, most advanced iPhone ever.” It is not, however, impossible to hack. A teenage hacker has found a way to circumvent the phone’s security and restrictions, jailbreaking a brand new iPhone 7 running iOS 10, effectively taking full control of it and allowing him to install apps not approved by Apple. The 19-year-old hacker, who’s known online as qwertyoruiop but whose real name is Luca Todesco, took advantage of a series of bugs he found and exploited—and all it took him, he said, was just 24 hours.
  • Apple patents bold new innovation – a paper bag

    09/21/2016 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 24 replies
    Apple has patented remotely disabling iPhone cameras. It’s patented Gear VR-style headsets, and watch-controlled photography. It’s even patented the sliding function to unlock the phone – deceased as of iOS 10 – and the concept of a phone with a bezel and rounded edges. Now it’s gone one step further, and applied to patent a paper bag.
  • Americans Finally Get A Bite At The Apple

    09/20/2016 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2016 | Armstrong Williams
    Perhaps one of the most underreported stories of recent weeks was the European Union’s ruling on Apple’s tax arrangement with Ireland. After a three-year investigation, the EU levied what is believed to be the largest and most controversial tax penalty in its thirty year history. The implications of this are obviously of great importance to Apple and to the Irish government – but it could also have significant implications for the U.S. election cycle. First of all, let’s make it clear. Apple got a sweetheart deal from Ireland in return for using the country as a tax haven. While the...
  • That iPhone 7 Hissing Sound Is Probably Nothing to Worry About

    09/20/2016 9:52:46 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 23 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Sep 19 2016 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users have reported their new smartphones have had quite the hissy fit — making a noise that sounds like a snake hissing in the grass.
  • Apple Unveils Bag (I-Bag?)

    09/20/2016 9:37:41 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 38 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 9/19/2016 | Sophie Kleeman
    Silicon Valley is the capital of disruption. It’s the epicenter of the innovation earthquake. It’s the leader of the new way forward. And Apple, as the industry’s Think Different darling, is at the forefront of the revolution. So much so, in fact, that it decided a patent a sweet bag. The patent was filed in March and published by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week. The retail vessel carries a beautifully simple name—“bag”—and Apple describes it thusly: A paper bag is disclosed. The paper bag may include a bag container formed of white solid bleached sulfate paper with...
  • Why real hackers prefer Linux over Windows and Mac

    09/19/2016 8:08:27 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 12 replies
    Techworm.net ^ | September 18, 2016 | Vijay Prabhu
    "Today we look at the reason why hackers always prefer Linux over Mac, Windows, and other operating systems. You may have your own reasons for choosing Linux but what do hackers really look forward to while working with Linux."
  • iOS 10: All the new features, tips and guides - Bookmark this guide to everything new in iOS 10.

    09/13/2016 3:28:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    C-Net ^ | September 13, 2016 | by Sharon Profis
    iOS 10 is here. Even though it looks just like iOS 9, a lot -- and we mean a lot -- of features are radically different. Messages is a lot more like Facebook Messenger, the lock screen packs a lot more info, and you can finally delete Apple's default apps. There's a lot more to know, so bookmark this page as you get started with iOS 10. Wait -- read this first! No seriously, wait. The iOS 10 update was freezing some people's phones. Apple has just issued a fix, but if you already ran into this issue, here's how...
  • 'Times are changing, pay your taxes', euro zone chief tells corporations

    09/10/2016 12:53:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News — Reuters ^ | September 10, 2016 | By Francesco Guarascio and Jason Hovet
    Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Multinational companies should refrain from tax-avoidance practices and pay their fair share, the head of euro zone finance ministers said on Saturday in a new endorsement of the European Union's fight against tax-dodging. In the wake of the 'Panama Papers' revelations of widespread tax-avoidance practices, Brussels has toughened up its drive for fairness by tightening controls and adopting stricter rules. The recent shock multi-billion euro tax demand on Apple was part of that trend as the EU also drafts plans for a common corporate tax base and a single...
  • EU Launches New Power Grab, to Roaring Public Approval

    09/10/2016 9:50:14 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 06 September 2016 | Don Quijones
    The Apple Tax is about a lot more than just Apple and the billions of euros in backdated corporation tax it purportedly owes to European governments. It even goes far beyond the question of how — and how much — central authorities should tax recalcitrant multinationals that make billions of dollars in profits on their turf but share few or none of the proceeds. What is most at stake is the question of who gets to set the fiscal rules in Europe’s foreseeable future. One thing is clear: if Brussels gets its way, it’s not going to be the national...
  • Headphone companies: no headphone jack, no problem

    09/09/2016 6:31:51 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 90 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 9, 2016 | Vlad Savov
    This week Apple launched a new iPhone without a headphone jack and stirred up an understandable furor of discontent. But you won’t hear any headphone companies complaining about the move, even though it takes away their familiar entry point into the Apple ecosystem. Most of them have already been preparing for this change for months ... I spoke with a few of the major headphone manufacturers ... to gauge their reaction to the news. The universal response has been a mix of sunny optimism ... and practicality. Most companies ... recognize that there's plenty of opportunity in having ... Apple...
  • Tame Apple Press made up a Samsung phone flight ban story

    09/09/2016 9:38:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    fudzilla ^ | 09 September 2016 | Nick Farrell
    Mh3>Just helping you out Tim While many people refuse to believe me when I complain about the Tame Apple Press which publishes stories as free PR for the fruity cargo cult, they might want to look at the news this week. Apple was about to launch its disappointing iPhone 7 which was having its clock cleaned by the Samsung 7. Then in the middle of it there was a problem with Samsung’s battery exploding on some of its phones. Samsung fessed up immediately – the problem was caused by a faulty battery and will be fixed within a couple of...
  • 'iPhone 7 better come with a Find My Headphones app': Apple backlash begins after [tr]

    09/08/2016 5:58:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Shivali Best
    After months of anticipation, Apple has finally revealed the iPhone 7 which has controversially dumped the headphone socket. Instead, users can plug into a Lighting port or can opt to use wireless 'AirPod' headphones that cost Ł159 in the UK and $159 in the US. Reaction to the change has been mixed, with many people taking to Twitter to mock the price of the AirPods and how easy they could be to lose.
  • MacDailyNews presents live coverage of Apple’s September 7th special event (iPhone 7 intro)

    09/07/2016 12:36:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 136 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | September 7, 2016
    Apple CEO Tim Cook and a team of Apple executives will be holding their September 7th special event at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT. The special event will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. It is widely expected that Apple today will unveil the new flagship 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7 along with the next-gen Apple Watch. Mac updates may also be announced (although could be limited to press release only). MacDailyNews will offer live notes during Tim Cook and companyÂ’s special event presentation right here on this page....
  • Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’ Searches (link Only due to copyright issues)

    09/06/2016 10:55:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    Bloomberg | September 6, 2016 | By Kartikay Mehrotra and Diana Bass
    Apple, Amazon, Google, Energy companies, and Airlines, and others back Microsoft in battle with government overreach. Link only due to copy right issues: Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’
  • The EU's Taxing Problem

    09/03/2016 5:26:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Economics was not one of my favorite subjects in college, so I avoided economic courses. But I do know a few things about human nature. If you tax income at too high a rate, corporations will look elsewhere for relief. Take Ireland. In 1991, Apple Corporation cut a deal with the Irish government so that only a certain bracket of its earnings would be taxed, giving it, writes Business Insider, "...a dramatically lower tax rate than it would have to pay in the U.S." In return, Apple promised jobs, lots of jobs, which it provided. The company currently employs 4,000...
  • How Apple managed to get its tax deal in Ireland in 1991

    09/02/2016 11:15:34 PM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 30 August 2016 | James Cook
    ...Apple first arrived in Ireland in 1980 when it launched a manufacturing plant in Holyhill, above Cork. Steve Jobs announced Ł7 million in investment in the country, along with 700 new jobs. In 1990, Apple's financial team met with the Irish government to draft an arrangement for how much tax it paid in the country..The message is clear: We've been here for 10 years, we're a vital part of Cork, and if you don't strike a deal with us then maybe we'll go elsewhere. The Irish government agreed a deal with Apple in 1991 to only tax a certain bracket...
  • Apple tax row: Irish government should tell EU to *********** off, says Michael O'Leary

    08/31/2016 12:46:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 31, 2016, 11:57AM
    <p>Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has weighed into the tax dispute between Apple and the European Union, saying the Irish government should write a letter to the EU telling them to "f**k off".</p> <p>Dubbing the EU's ruling "bizarre", the outspoken Irishman said: "One of the fundamental principles of the European Union is that each country has its autonomy to make its own tax decisions.</p>
  • EU Socialism Bites Apple

    08/30/2016 3:50:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 30, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The way the European Union is looking at Apple -- the European Union is nothing but a bunch of takers. The European Union wouldn't know how to produce diddly-squat. So Apple is the golden goose. And they're taking as many eggs from the golden goose as they can, because they're out of money. All these brilliant socialist Democrats in Western Europe, all these elites, these pointy-headed intellectuals, our so-called betters, can't manage anything. And they have been out of money for years. They don't know how to budget. They don't know how to behave responsibly. So here...
  • Downing Street says tech giant 'welcome' to come to UK after EU orders Ireland to claw back Ł11bn

    08/30/2016 3:12:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-30-2016 | James Titcomb
    Britain could cut corporation tax to attract major international companies under plans being considered by Theresa May after Apple was hit with a record tax bill by Brussels. Downing Street yesterday said it would "welcome" Apple to the UK after the European Commission took the extraordinary step of hitting the company with an Ł11billion fine. In a damning report published yesterday, the commission found that a deal with Ireland meant the technology giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax on its European profits for more than a decade.
  • Apple holds Europe to ransom: Tech giant threatens to cut jobs in EU (excerpt)

    08/30/2016 10:15:29 AM PDT · by plain talk · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2016 | Martin Robinson
    Apple has already threatened to cut jobs in Europe after Brussels ordered it to repay Ł11billion ($14.5billion) - the biggest tax bill ever imposed outside the US. The European Commission's three-year investigation into Apple's sweetheart deal with Ireland has found it amounted to illegal state aid. Its damning report published today says the tech giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax by funnelling its non-US profits through its Irish headquarters with no staff or premises then on to its $178billion (Ł120bn) offshore fund.
  • Apple Must Repay Record EUR 13 Billion in Back Taxes Over Irish Deal: EU

    08/30/2016 6:43:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 71 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 30 August 2016
    The European Union on Tuesday said US tech giant Apple must repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.3 billion or roughly Rs. 95,910 crores) in back taxes after ruling that a series of Irish sweetheart tax deals were illegal. "The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid," a Commission statement said. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple's "selective treatment" in Ireland...
  • (Vanity): New iPad, iPhone Safari phishing lockup and how to get out of it.

    08/28/2016 1:50:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Swordmaker | August 28, 2016 | Swordmaker
    My girlfriend opened her iPad this morning and was presented with a pop-up requestor that stated "It's time to change your iPhone/iPad passcode." with a CONTINUE button. Apple NEVER requires users to change their device passcode. This was an attempt by some bad actor to gain access to her iPad for a nefarious reason. This took her to another requestor that had three entry boxes. Two were for a new passcode, and a check of the new passcode, and the third was to enter your current passcode. One could NOT make this go away, nor could the home button bring...
  • It’s ‘Digital Heroin’: How Screens Turn Kids Into Psychotic Junkies

    08/27/2016 6:10:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2016
    Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought ‘why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades—and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits—so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball. She started letting John play different educational games on his iPad. Eventually, he discovered Minecraft, which the technology teacher assured her was “just like electronic Lego.”
  • Tim Cook addresses Apple's US taxes, says no repatriation without 'fair rate'

    08/15/2016 1:26:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/14/2016 | Javier E. David
    Apple CEO Tim Cook struck back at critics of the iPhone maker’s strategy to avoid paying U.S. taxes, telling The Washington Post in a wide ranging interview that the company would not bring that money back from abroad unless there was a “fair rate.” Along with other multinational companies, the tech giant has been subject to criticism over a tax strategy that allows them to shelter profits made abroad from the U.S. corporate tax rate, which at 35 percent is among the highest in the developed world. The move complies with the letter of the law, if not the spirit,...
  • Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump

    08/13/2016 9:52:24 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 24 replies
    Observer Politics ^ | 08/12/16 | Liz Crokin
    There is no such thing as Pro-Trump free speech as Clinton corporate allies serve up a carefully curated view of the campaign. The usual suspects from left-leaning major media outlets like The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and even entertainment networks are doing everything in their power to ensure a Clinton victory. Look no further than to Wolf Blitzer mincing around and drinking wine at the Democratic convention, celebrating Hillary’s nomination. But the propaganda skewing this election runs much deeper than just the media: our iPhones, iPads, social media networks, Google and even video games are all in the tank...
  • Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump

    08/12/2016 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    observer.com ^ | 08/12/16 8:30am | By Liz Crokin
    There is no such thing as Pro-Trump free speech as Clinton corporate allies serve up a carefully curated view of the campaign My dad always told me that conservative candidates have to work twice as hard as their liberal opponents to win elections because they’re fighting two opponents: the Democratic Party and the media. The usual suspects from left-leaning major media outlets like The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and even entertainment networks are doing everything in their power to ensure a Clinton victory. Look no further than to Wolf Blitzer mincing around and drinking wine at the Democratic convention,...
  • Why do some folks hate Apple? It’s complicated.

    08/11/2016 11:07:31 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 108 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | 10:00 AM, JULY 28, 2016 | BY DAVID PIERINI
    Mac Man tries to gobble up all the Apples. Illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac Cult of Mac 2.0 bugYou don’t see long lines for the latest Lenovo PC or LG Android phone. But take a quick peek on the internet and you’ll find plenty of people lining up to say how much they hate Apple. Every successful person or company has its critics, but the expressions of vitriol for Apple are more complex than the popular refrain ‘haters gonna hate’. Some are bugged by the price of Apple gadgets, others sneer over the enthusiasm of Apple fans, mockingly referring to...
  • iPhone Does Not Capitalize "trump"- Try It!

    08/10/2016 7:46:47 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 68 replies
    08-10-2016 | self
    This morning I was texting a friend and I went to type "trump" and Siri did not offer to capitalize it for me. I find that interesting. It is funny to see what the liberals at apple find necessary to capitalize. I usually switch their suggestions off.
  • Why is Apple so afraid of a little picture of a gun?

    08/05/2016 1:56:14 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Apple’s next iPhone and iPad operating system will no longer feature an emoji picture of a handgun. In its place will be an emoji of a green, plastic squirt gun. There is nothing particularly threatening about the current handgun picture. You only see the side of the gun; it isn’t pointed at the reader or anyone else. No bullets are even being fired. The whole idea to drop the handgun emoji came about through a lobbying effort started by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. The bomb, sword, knife, and axe emojis will stay. Apparently, a bomb with a lit fuse...
  • Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a toy gun

    08/01/2016 3:28:43 PM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 18 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | Aug. 1, 2016 | Kif Leswing
    Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun emoji, the company announced on Monday. New emoji icons, including emoji that depict female athletes and professionals, will be included as part of a new beta version of iOS for iPhones and iPads.
  • New attack that cripples HTTPS crypto works on Macs, Windows, and Linux (link Only due to ©)

    07/26/2016 1:00:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Ars Technica | 7/26/2016, 10:14 AM | By DAN GOODIN -
    Due to copyright concerns this will be link only article. Read all about it at the Ars Technica site: New attack that cripples HTTPS crypto works on Macs, Windows, and Linux (link Only due to ©)
  • Apple Beats Street

    07/26/2016 1:57:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 26, 2016
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at...
  • iOS, Mac vulnerabilities allow remote code execution through a single image

    07/22/2016 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 09:59 GMT (02:59 PDT) | By Charlie Osborne
    Researchers have discovered that image files can bury malware, allowing malicious code access without detection. Security flaws which affect both Apple iOS and Mac devices permit attackers to grab your passwords and data, researchers claim. According to researchers from Cisco's Talos, a set of five vulnerabilities, if exploited, could lead to data theft and remote code execution -- which in its worst state may result in device hijacking. The set of bugs, CVE-2016-4631, CVE-2016-4629, CVE-2016-4630, CVE-2016-1850, and CVE-2016-4637, are all caused by how Apple processes image formats. Apple offers APIs as interfaces for accessing image data, and according to Talos,...
  • IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline

    07/21/2016 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 29 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 21, 2016 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    he smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it’s all Apple’s fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartwatches worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. .... As you can see above, Apple’s market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.
  • Biased news feeds on my iPhone search screen.

    07/15/2016 1:27:44 PM PDT · by VinceASA · 38 replies
    Myself | 07/15/2016 | Myself
    I've been frustrated by biased news feeds that show up unsolicited on my iPhone when I access my search bar or sometimes when I wake the device up. I just looked and saw this: Does anyone know how to shut this off? What really ticks me off is that Apple is pushing this stuff out.
  • Network-1 Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation with Apple Inc.

    07/08/2016 8:56:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | July 08, 2016
    NEW YORK, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Network-1 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTIP) announced today that Mirror World Technologies, Inc. ("MWT"), its wholly-owned subsidiary, agreed to settle its patent litigation against Apple Inc. ("Apple") pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,006,227 (the " '227 Patent "). Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a fully paid up non-exclusive license to the '227 Patent for its full term, which expired in 2016, along with certain rights to other patents in Network-1's portfolio. Network-1 will...
  • Apple devices held for ransom, rumors claim 40M iCloud accounts hacked

    07/08/2016 10:46:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    CSO ^ | July 8, 2016 | By Steve Ragan
    p>Since February, a number of Apple users have reported locked devices displaying ransom demands written in Russian.Earlier this week, a security professional posted a message to a private email group requesting information related a possible compromise of at least 40 million iCloud accounts.Salted Hash started digging around on this story after the email came to our attention. In it, a list member questioned the others about a rumor concerning "rumblings of a massive (40 million) data breach at Apple."How to respond to ransomware threatsThe message goes on to state that the alleged breach was conducted by a Russian actor, and...
  • What You Need to Know About Mac Malware 'Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor'

    07/06/2016 1:42:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    MacRumors ^ | July 6, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    What is Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor? Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is new macOS malware arising from a malicious third-party app called EasyDoc Converter, which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. What is EasyDoc Converter? "EasyDoc Converter.app" is a third-party Mac app that poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. The app has the following fake description:EasyDoc Converter is a fast and simple file converter for OS X. Instantly convert your FreeOffice (.fof) and SimpleStats (.sst) docs to Microsoft Office (.docx) by dropping your file onto the app. EasyDoc Converter is great for employees and students looking for a simple tool for quickly convert files to the popular...
  • Mac malware gives attackers backdoor into OS X

    07/07/2016 10:11:59 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 7 2016 3:36PM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    A newly discovered malware capable of cyber espionage and remote takeover is targeting Apple Mac computers, delivering its payload by opening up a backdoor connection to a command-and-control web server via the encrypted Tor network. Named Eleanor (or Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor), the malware arrives disguised as a drag-and-drop file conversion application called the EasyDoc Converter. The application is found on many credible third-party sites, according to an analysis from Bitdefender, whose security researchers uncovered the malware. The program is neither verified nor digitally signed by Apple. In reality, the program's true purpose is far more malevolent, granting attackers a backdoor connection that...
  • Will California Ever Thrive Again?

    07/07/2016 5:45:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62 percent of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom....
  • Independence Day: How developer and customer revolt will de-throne Apple

    07/03/2016 5:46:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 38 replies
    zd net ^ | 3 July 2016 | Jason Perlow
    Taxes, overall, were the proximate cause. But there were certainly other reasons why we declared independence from England...And boy, oh the taxes. It's one thing to charge a 30 percent cut on apps, but a 30 percent tax imposed on everything you sell, including subscriptions and any ongoing revenue is preposterous.... It's practically North Korean in its ham-fistedness. Kim Jong-Il would congratulate Apple on its mastery of authoritarianism.
  • Apple’s official statement on why the iOS 10 kernel is not encrypted

    06/23/2016 10:31:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    The Loop ^ | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 pm. PT | Dave Mark
    Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise. They found that Apple had not obscured the workings of the heart of its operating system using encryption as the company has done before. Crucial pieces of the code destined to power millions of iPhones and iPads were laid bare for all to see. That would aid anyone looking for security weaknesses in Apple’s flagship software. Security experts say the famously secretive company may have adopted a bold new strategy intended to encourage more people to report bugs in its software—or perhaps made an embarrassing mistake....
  • Apple, Facebook and Google ban rifle emoji from Olympics update

    06/23/2016 8:11:00 PM PDT · by Callahan · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/20/16 | Cara McGoogan
    Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have joined forces to stop a rifle emoji from being added to the catalogue of images available to their users on their smartphones. The new emoji was due to join the keyboard line-up in an update this month. But members of the Unicode Consortium, which is responsible for regulating emoji, voted unanimously to remove it in a move the body described as "bizarre and unusual".
  • Apple Wins Case Over 'Error 53' Wiped iPhones

    06/21/2016 9:27:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Jeff John Roberts
    Some iPhone owners got a nasty surprise in February when, after bringing the device for repairs, they saw an ominous “Error 53” message upon restarting their phones. Translation: Your fancy gadget is now a glorified paperweight.After much confusion and hand-wringing in Apple circles, the company admitted that Error 53 was a sort of over-zealous security feature that kicked in when a non-Apple technician repaired the iPhone’s Touch ID feature.Apple aapl eventually issued a software fix that let people restore their device through iTunes, and apologized to users for the inconvenience. The company also said anyone who had paid out...
  • Paul Ryan Just BETRAYED Trump After Teaming Up With THIS Liberal!

    06/21/2016 1:43:50 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 20 replies
    Headline Politics ^ | 6-21-16 | Wayne Dupree
    If you’re wondering why Donald Trump is so popular… Republicans are sick of electing good conservatives, only to watch them cave to the bullying tactics of those so very tolerant and nice liberals. One by one, elected Republicans compromise away their principles to sit at the cool kid table. Paul Ryan used to be pretty cool. Speaker Paul Ryan is joining Apple’s Tim Cook for a fundraiser next week in California. A couple of days ago Cook said Apple will not be sending any money to the GOP convention because they do not agree with Donald Trump. I’m sure that...
  • Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes

    06/21/2016 11:39:57 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.
  • Apple's detestable moral hypocrisy

    06/21/2016 11:21:33 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File During election season, major companies often donate to both parties' national conventions. This year, however, one big player is opting out. Last week, Apple announced it would refrain from donating materials and support to the 2016 Republican convention, "citing Donald Trump's controversial comments about women, immigrants, and minorities."As a conservative, I detest Trump, his pomp, and his works. His campaign looks more and more like a trainwreck as Trump focuses away from battleground states, doesn't raise money, and doesn't fill out his staff. More importantly, the predicted "pivot" to a general election populist theme has never...
  • What is Optimized Storage on macOS?

    06/21/2016 10:49:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    iMore ^ | Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 10:00 am EDT | BY LORY GIL
    When your Mac's storage is almost full, macOS Sierra will help you make some space. You might have come across that dreaded message: "Your startup disk is almost full." The computer wants more space, and the only way to make that happen is by deleting files. But, how do we know what files to delete? In OS X El Capitan, we have to manually dig through old files and delete them as we find them, like some kind of animal. With macOS Sierra, Apple is making it easier to make space by allowing us to set up Optimized Storage, which...