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  1. iTunes 12.7.4.80

    Apple iTunes is a media player, media library and mobile device management program to play, download, and organize digital audio and video. iTunes is the easiest way to organize and enjoy the music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books you already have. Moreover you can shop for the ones you want to get. You can even listen to free streaming radio stations with iTunes Radio. iTunes Store component is also available on the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. You’ll find more than 37 million high-quality songs. Thousands of movies to buy or rent. Your favorite TV shows. Also hundreds of thousands of apps, games, and podcasts. Complete My Album makes it possible to buy a few songs to try an album out. Then get the rest for the original album price minus what you’ve already spent. Buy on any device and your songs are instantly accessible in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC. Or use iTunes Radio to create and play streaming radio stations based on your favorite songs, artists, or genres. iCloud makes this app even better. Because your music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, and more live not just on your computer, but on all your other devices, too. Even music you haven’t purchased from iTunes can be stored in and played from iCloud. With iTunes Match, all your music can be stored in iCloud. Even songs you’ve imported from CDs. You can access your music from all your devices and listen to your entire library wherever you are. Subscribe to iTunes Match on your Mac, PC, or iOS device and listen to music ad-free on iTunes Radio for just $24.99 per year. It’s easy to keep your iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle ready to rock. Open the app, click Settings for your iPod, and choose a category like music or movies to see a list of what’s already there. To add something, click Add To, and your entire iTunes library appears next to the list of what’s on your iPod. Drag and drop. And you’re done. Apple TV lets you choose from thousands of current and classic movies and TV shows – many in stunning 1080p HD – on your widescreen TV. You can also play your music collection, view your photos, listen to podcasts, stream iTunes Radio, and purchase songs right from the big screen. iTunes Radio has streaming radio stations you’ll love from day one, from the best selection of songs online. It lets you easily create stations that evolve based on the music you play or download. And you can hear them all on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV. For free. Give as gift the apps, games, music, and more. Send friends and family an iTunes Gift Card or iTunes Gift from your iOS device or computer. You can buy gift cards in a range of denominations, and recipients can choose whatever they want from the iTunes Store, 2 App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store. Whats New: v12.7.4.80 iTunes now includes a new music video experience for Apple Music. Find what’s new and popular in Music Videos within Browse, and play videos back-to-back with exclusive music video playlists. Homepage: http://www.apple.com/itunes/ Download Page: https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ Downloads: x86: https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/091-77042-20180416-1F70CB08-3131-11E8-9791-31052B2AA206/iTunesSetup.exe or http://appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/091-77042-20180416-1F70CB08-3131-11E8-9791-31052B2AA206/iTunesSetup.exe x64: https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/091-77040-20180416-1F70CB08-3131-11E8-9791-31052B2AA206/iTunes64Setup.exe or http://appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/091-77040-20180416-1F70CB08-3131-11E8-9791-31052B2AA206/iTunes64Setup.exe
  2. Jury in Texas says Apple infringed four communications patent . Latest twist in long-running dispute involving Apple devices. VirnetX Holding Corp. won $502.6 million against Apple Inc. after a federal jury in Texas said the maker of iPhones was infringing patents for secure communications, the latest twist in a dispute now in its eighth year. VirnetX’s stock rose as much as 44 percent on the news in after hours trading. The company closed at $4.10 per share on Tuesday. Apple’s stock has seen little change on the news given that the $502.6 million award is minuscule compared to the company’s profits. The company generated $20 billion profit in the first quarter, the company said in February. VirnetX claimed that Apple’s FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage features infringe four patents related to secure communications, claims that Apple denied. The dispute has bounced between the district court, patent office and Federal Circuit since 2010. There have been multiple trials, most recently one involving earlier versions of the Apple devices. A jury in that case awarded $302 million that a judge later increased to $439.7 million. Kendall Larsen , CEO of VirnetX, said the damages, which were based on sales of more than 400 million Apple devices, were "fair." "The evidence was clear," Larsen said after the verdict was announced. "Tell the truth and you don’t have to worry about anything." Apple lawyers declined to comment. For VirnetX, the jury verdict in its favor could be a short-lived victory. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has said the patents are invalid, in cases that are currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. The Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, declined to put this trial on hold, saying it was so far along that a verdict would come before a final validity decision. VirnetX, based in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, reported just over $1 million in revenue last year but investors have boosted the stock by more than 70 percent in hopes of an eventual victory over Apple. The company started within government contractor SAIC Inc., tasked with developing secure communications for the Central Intelligence Agency. It was spun out with aspirations to be bought by Microsoft Corp. Instead, Microsoft paid it $200 million to end litigation in 2010, and then another $23 million for newer products. The case is VirnetX Inc. v. Apple Inc., 12cv855, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Tyler) Source
  3. A Bloomberg report said Apple would ditch Intel chips for an in-house model on Mac computers. Shares of Intel fell 9 percent after the Bloomberg report. Intel shares dropped sharply on Monday after Bloomberg reported that Apple would ditch Intel chips for an in-house model on Mac computers. Shares of Intel fell as much as 9 percent after the Bloomberg report, which cited unnamed people familiar with the matter. Apple declined to comment, and Intel said it does not respond to speculations or rumors. There are many different types of chips and processors that go into Apple's products, both from Intel and competitors such as Qualcomm, Broadcom and Arm. But Apple has increasingly looked to bring design of the most important chips — for things like artificial intelligence and augmented reality — in-house, with chips for Mac, Watch, AirPods and Beats. In this case, Bloomberg reported, Apple would replace Intel processors in Macs as part of a multi-step transition beginning in 2020. The 9 percent drop was the worst for Intel since January 2016, pushing shares into what Wall Street traders call "correction" territory, 10 percent below recent highs. When Apple released its A11 bionic chip for the iPhone X, executives told Mashable that they began designing chips over a decade ago and that each chip is designed 3 years out. Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president of hardware technologies, said last year that Apple was eyeing chip-based acquisitions in Israel, while chief financial officer Luca Maestri has said that a huge chunk of Apple's R&D budget goes to chips. "Today, we do much more in-house development of some fundamental technologies than we used to do a few years ago, when we did more of that in the supplier base — the work we do around processors or sensors," Maestri said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco last year. "It's very important for us because we can push the envelope on innovation, we can better control timing, cost, quality. We look at that as a great strategic investment." While Intel has many lines of business, it is still known for its "Intel inside" computer stickers. Apple is a large and influential customer. The Mac Pro and iMac Pro use the Intel Xeon, the iMac has Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and Macbooks use versions of the Intel Core i5, Intel Core m3 and Intel Core i7. The full Bloomberg report is here. Source
  4. In November 2016, around seven hours after Abdul Razak Ali Artan had mowed down a group of people in his car, gone on a stabbing spree with a butcher's knife and been shot dead by a police officer on the grounds of Ohio State University, an FBI agent applied the bloodied body's index finger to the iPhone found on the deceased. The cops hoped it would help them access the Apple device to learn more about the assailant's motives and Artan himself. This is according to FBI forensics specialist Bob Moledor, who detailed for Forbes the first known case of police using a deceased person's fingerprints in an attempt to get past the protections of Apple's Touch ID technology. Unfortunately for the FBI, Artan's lifeless fingerprint didn't unlock the device (an iPhone 5 model, though Moledor couldn't recall which. Touch ID was introduced in the iPhone 5S). In the hours between his death and the attempt to unlock, when the feds had to go through legal processes regarding access to the smartphone, the iPhone had gone to sleep and when reopened required a passcode, Moledor said. He sent the device to a forensics lab which managed to retrieve information from the iPhone, the FBI phone expert and a Columbus officer who worked the case confirmed. That data helped the authorities determine that Artan's failed attempt to murder innocents may have been a result of ISIS-inspired radicalization. Where Moledor's attempt failed, others have succeeded. Separate sources close to local and federal police investigations in New York and Ohio, who asked to remain anonymous as they weren't authorized to speak on record, said it was now relatively common for fingerprints of the deceased to be depressed on the scanner of Apple iPhones, devices which have been wrapped up in increasingly powerful encryption over recent years. For instance, the technique has been used in overdose cases, said one source. In such instances, the victim's phone could contain information leading directly to the dealer. No privacy for the dead And it's entirely legal for police to use the technique, even if there might be some ethical quandaries to consider. Marina Medvin, owner of Medvin Law, said that once a person is deceased, they no longer have a privacy interest in their dead body. That means they no longer have standing in court to assert privacy rights. Relatives or other interested parties have little chance of stopping cops using fingerprints or other body parts to access smartphones too. "Once you share information with someone, you lose control over how that information is protected and used. You cannot assert your privacy rights when your friend's phone is searched and the police see the messages that you sent to your friend. Same goes for sharing information with the deceased - after you released information to the deceased, you have lost control of privacy," Medvin added. Police know it too. "We do not need a search warrant to get into a victim's phone, unless it's shared owned," said Ohio police homicide detective Robert Cutshall, who worked on the Artan case. In previous cases detailed by Forbes police have required warrants to use the fingerprints of the living on their iPhones. But there are some anxieties around the ability of the police to turn up at a crime scene and immediately start accessing deceased individuals' cellphones without any need for permission. Greg Nojeim, senior counsel and director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said it's possible in many cases there would be a valid concern about law enforcement using fingerprints on smartphones without any probable cause. "That's why the idea of requiring a warrant isn't out of bounds," Nojeim added. Alongside the lack of legal restrictions, the fingerprint method's much cheaper than having to pay a contractor like Cellebrite or U.S. startup GrayShift (whose iPhone hacking tech was revealed by Forbes earlier this month) to unlock a phone. Whilst Cellebrite is believed to charge between $1,500 and $3,000 for each iPhone, GrayShift's GrayKey hacking box costs up to $30,000 for unlimited unlock attempts. Once the phone's opened, the cops will keep it in that state and send the device to forensics experts. They'll then use tools like Cellebrite's UFED tech to draw all the information out for investigators to explore. More often than not, police will already have those forensics services on hand. Face ID hacks Police are now looking at how they might use Apple's Face ID facial recognition technology, introduced on the iPhone X. And it could provide an easier path into iPhones than Touch ID. Marc Rogers, researcher and head of information security at Cloudflare, told Forbes he'd been poking at Face ID in recent months and had discovered it didn't appear to require the visage of a living person to work. Whilst Face ID is supposed to use your attention in combination with natural eye movement, so fake or non-moving eyes can't unlock devices, Rogers found that the tech can be fooled simply using photos of open eyes. That was something also verified by Vietnamese researchers when they claimed to have bypassed Face ID with specially-created masks in November 2017, said Rogers. Secondly, Rogers discovered this was possible from many angles and the phone only seemed to need to see one open eye to unlock. "In that sense it's easier to unlock than Touch ID - all you need to do is show your target his or her phone and the moment they glance it unlocks," he added. Apple declined to comment for this article. Obviously, for the average user who's in control of their phone, there isn't much to worry about here. And there's no evidence police have opened victims' iPhones via Face ID. So far. "I don't know that's been used yet," said Moledor. "It's probably going to be same as using the fingerprint. As long as the subject is recognisable, it should work." Don't be surprised if cops do start holding iPhone X devices up to the faces of the dead in the near future then, if it hasn't happened already. As Cutshall said: "I've not be told there's a legal issue to use people's fingerprints or facial recognition to get into a phone... [if it's part of a legal process] that'd be something we would do." Forbes.com
  5. Grayshift is a cyber security firm that creates advanced technological solutions for local, state, and federal governments. This firm has created a solution which allows for a government body to plug in any iPhone and it will unlock the phone. The part of this technology that makes it very appealing for governments is the price model. Grayshift has created two different pricing models for agencies. One way is to buy the tool at full price for an unlimited amount of unlocks which would set an agency back $30,000. The other more economical solution for agencies is the same tool connected to the internet with a limitation of 300 devices costs $15,000 which comes down to $50 per device. According to the US government's public federal procurement data system, the State Department had a purchase order from Grayshift for a little over $15,000 indicating that they purchased the online 300 device unlocking tool. The listing is vague with the category listed as "computer and computer peripheral equipment". Motherboard has confirmed that the Grayshift in the State Department listing is the same as the one from the Indiana State Police purchase order of a GrayKey. You can see a screenshot of the State Department's purchase order below. Grayshift does not have much competition in this space either as the only other known company to do something similar is Cellebrite who's pricing is much higher with the tool costing $200,000 or $5,000 per device. This is a significantly higher price than the one that is offered by Grayshift making it the preferred firm of agency's purely based on price. Modmy.com
  6. Google’s 2017 Android Security report is out, and alongside it, the company’s head of Android security David Kleidermacher has claimed that “Android is now as safe as the competition” despite high profile security issues that have dogged the platform for years, including the past 12 months. Kleidermacher’s claim comes during a tour of the media relating to the release of Google’s latest security review and as many around the internet are keen to point out, it’s not entirely accurate. For starters, a huge number of Android devices do not support Full Disk Encryption, something that is standard on iOS devices and has been for a number of years, too. As the folks over at AppleInsider note, Google appears to be pinning its hat on Google Play Protect, a mechanism by which the company checks apps that are uploaded to the Play Store in an attempt to weed out those that are up to no good. The good news is that it’s removing massive numbers of apps, but that’s also bad news in itself. The fact they were there in the first place is surely a concern for all working in Google’s Android Security team. Google noted that it removed 39 million bad titles automatically, so another ten million filtered out on the device means Google Play Protect managed to strain 49 million sewer downloads out of what it was actively delivering to users on Google Play. Google also points out that “devices that downloaded apps exclusively from Google Play were nine times less likely” to be compromised, something that backs up Apple’s belief that the idea of allowing the side-loading of apps is a recipe for disaster. While the App Store is not immune to having bad apps slip through the net, it’s fair to say the numbers are minuscule compared to those causing chaos on Android devices the world over. The real issue Google faces is the way Android updates are handled or, rather, not handled. Devices fall out of support far too soon after their release and some simply never receive major software updates. Security updates are more free flowing, but even they cease being released alarmingly quickly, something Google continues to try and address with limited success. Ultimately, until Google finds a way of forcing Android updates into devices quicker, and for longer, it will always be playing security catch-up. 2018 Security update availability report by Security Lab Redmondpie.com
  7. Netflix is said to be in advanced negotiations with former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce a series of high-profile shows for the streaming service, with Apple said to be waiting in line if a deal between the two parties falls through. The New York Times reports that Netflix is offering to pay the Obamas to produce the exclusive content, according to people familiar with the discussions, although it's unclear how much is on the table given the couple's lack of experience in the media business. However, rather than use the shows to respond to President Trump or conservative critics, Obama is reportedly interested in treating them as a platform for topics that dominated his presidency, such as health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change. Another program could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House. The former president and first lady could also lend their brand — and their endorsement — to documentaries or fictional programming on Netflix that align with their beliefs and values. Several people familiar with the Netflix discussions said that executives from Apple and Amazon, which have their own streaming services, have also expressed interest in talking with Mr. Obama about content deals. The New York Times notes that Obama retains close ties to Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer. Sarandos is married to Nicole A. Avant, an activist who served as Obama's ambassador to the Bahamas. Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, was also close to Obama while he was president and an attendee at state dinners, according to the report. Apple has been comparatively slow at securing original content for its television offering, but the company now has at least 10 television shows in the early stages of development, including an untitled morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and an "Amazing Stories" reboot from Steven Spielberg. Other shows on the tech giant's books include an untitled space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore, a series written by "La La Land" creator Damien Chazelle, a Kristen Wiig comedy series, See, an epic world-building drama, Home, a docuseries focusing on incredible homes, and "Little America," an anthology series from "The Big Sick" creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Macrumors.com
  8. Kon-Boot is an application which will silently bypass the authentication process of Windows based operating systems. Without overwriting your old password! In other words you can login to your Windows profile without knowing your password. Easy to use and excellent for tech repairs, data recovery and security audits. Fast, tiny and gets your job done! KON-BOOT 2in1 for Windows and Mac OSX. One Kon-Boot pendrive to bypass Windows and Mac OSX authorization process. One Kon-Boot pendrive to rule them all! Kon-Boot 2in1 is basically Kon-Boot for Windows and Kon-Boot for Mac OSX connected together. No need for multiple pendrives anymore. System Requirements: Kon-Boot 2in1 can be only installed on USB thumb drive (there is no .ISO in the package). Windows OS and Internet connection is required for the installation. All other requirements were already presented above (in the Kon-Boot for Windows and Kon-Boot for Mac OSX sections). Supported Operating Systems: All Windows systems starting from Windows XP to Windows 10 (both x86 and x64) Regarding the UEFI support only Windows 8/8.1/10 x64 systems are supported (this is default Microsoft policy, additionally there are virtually none x86 UEFI systems out there). Kon-Boot now is able to bypass online account authorization on Windows 8/8.1. On Windows 10 only local account authorization bypass is available (with possibility to add new administrator account automatically (USB only)). macOS: - macOS High Sierra OSX 10.13 (NEW) - macOS Sierra OSX 10.12 - OSX 10.11 - OSX 10.10 - OSX 10.9 - OSX 10.8 - OSX 10.7 - OSX 10.6 (experimental) Changelog: - Includes fixes for Windows (+awesome feature for Commercial licenses) and Mac OSX (supports 10.13). Complete Changelog: Version 2.7 update released - 03.02.2018: Multiple Kon-Boot installer fixes Version 2.7 released (2.6 version was skipped to match the 2in1 version) - 01.01.2018: Additional features for Commercial version (automatically executed powershell scripts!) (UEFI part only for Windows 8/Windows 10 x64) Multiple fixes for kon-boot stability (UEFI part) Multiple installer fixes (USB installer now requires online activation) CD version is deprecated and will no longer be maintained (last version with CD support is 2.5) UEFI support for x86 bit Windows system is deprecated and will no longer be maintained (there are virtually no x86 UEFI systems out there anyway) Entire documentation updated and moved to online form Homepage: http://www.piotrbania.com/all/kon-boot/ Changelog: https://kon-boot.com/docs/#windows_guide/#changelog Downloads: Kon-Boot 2.7 Full - Win + Mac: Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode[?]: /files/8141386/Kon-Boot_2.7.rar.html Mirror: Site: https://www.multiup.eu/en Sharecode[?]: /download/8525461794db0387a206788d25d91c13/Kon-Boot_2.7.rar FYI: Multiup can be .eu or .org. Pls use which is working for your location.
  9. To comply with new laws \ Last month, Apple announced that it would hand over management of its Chinese iCloud data to a local, state-owned firm in China called Cloud Big Data Industrial Development Co (GCBD) at the end of February in order to comply with new laws. Now, Reuters is reporting that Apple will also hold iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users in China itself, raising new concerns about government access. The new policy does not affect any iCloud users outside of China. As Reuters notes, that compliance means Chinese authorities will have easier access to user data that’s stored in Apple’s iCloud service, especially now that, for the first time, Apple will store the keys for Chinese iClouds within China. Apple says it alone would control the encryption keys, and Chinese authorities do not have any “backdoor” to access data. Until now, such keys were exclusively stored in the US for all users. Starting February 28th, Apple’s operation of iCloud services in the country will transfer to GCBD. Reuters spoke to human rights activists who said there was fear that those in power could use the new rules to track down dissidents. In a statement, Apple said it “had to comply with recently introduced Chinese laws that require cloud services offered to Chinese citizens be operated by Chinese companies and that the data be stored in China.” Apple noted that its values don’t change even if it is “subjected to each country’s laws.” Apple’s attempt to capitalize one of its largest growth markets has been a juggle between consumer rights and business opportunities. Last year, the company controversially removed VPN apps from its App Store in China, claiming to only be following the law in order to continue operating there. It’s also snuck in several nods to the Chinese market during its major product announcement keynotes, such as references to WeChat during its previous demonstrations of the Apple Watch. Apple chief executive Tim Cook is also due to co-chair the China Development Forum in March. We’ve reached out to Apple for further comment. Source
  10. Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn’t starting so well either. A new bug has been discovered in iOS 11 that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iPhone and block access to the Messages app in iOS and popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail. Italian Blog Mobile World spotted the bug, and we’ve tested it successfully on multiple iPhones running iOS 11.2.5, and found it also works on the macOS versions of Safari and Messages. Apple plans to fix the problem in an iOS update before the release of iOS 11.3 this spring. The bug itself involves sending an Indian language (Telugu) character to devices, and Apple’s iOS Springboard will crash once the message has been received. Messages will no longer open as the app is trying and failing to load the character, and it appears that the only way to regain access to your iMessages is to have another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the bad character. We’ve also tested the bug on third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail, and Outlook for iOS and found that these apps can become disabled once a message is received. It might be difficult to fix and delete the problem message for apps like WhatsApp, unless you have web access enabled. Telegram and Skype appear to be unaffected. The public beta version of iOS 11.3 is also unaffected. It appears Apple was made aware of the problem at least three days ago, and plans to address it in an iOS update soon. Another iOS bug is crashing iPhones and disabling access to iMessage https://t.co/15Ripq7PP8 This isn’t the first time that iOS has crashed due to weird characters, URLs, or even videos. Last month a single link could freeze an iPhone, but Apple was able to resolve it with the release of iOS 11.2.5. Back in 2015 a tiny string of text disabled iMessage, and a year later in 2016 a 5-second video crashed iPhones. Apple also experienced issues with an iOS 11 bug in December that crashed iPhones, and the company took the unusual step of issuing a significant iOS update just hours after the bug started occurring. As Apple faces more security issues and software bugs, the company is reportedly focusing on reliability and performance in iOS 12 over new features. Reports suggest that Apple is taking a new approach to iOS updates, allowing engineers to push features to later releases instead of trying to cram them in for big annual updates. Some features have reportedly been pushed back as a result, allowing Apple to address some of the security and reliability issues discovered in both iOS and macOS recently. Update, 3:30PM ET: Apple plans to fix the issue in an update before the iOS 11.3 release this spring. Theverge.com
  11. macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date, news and features Everything you need to know about Apple's latest desktop OS It’s months away now, but with WWDC 2018 approaching, it’s time to take a look at macOS High Sierra 10.13, what it’s brought to the table and how Apple will likely follow it up later this year. Although it’s faced issues with password vulnerability in addition to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws infecting every modern PC that’s out out in the wild in 2018, our experience with macOS High Sierra has been generally positive. At the time of this writing, Apple has addressed the few issues we’ve had. And, the improved built-in photo editing tools and renovated file system more than make up for them. Sadly, macOS High Sierra is also victim to the same drawback that plagued OS X Mountain Lion faced following Lion: it introduces a handful of new features, but fails to innovate in a meaningful way. We won’t know until later this year what Apple’s next steps are, however we’ve seen numerous reports of iOS apps making their way to macOS. In the meantime, here is everything you need to know about macOS High Sierra. Cut to the chase What is it? The 2017 edition of Apple’s Mac operating system, macOS When is it out? Available to install now What will it cost? macOS High Sierra is free to download macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date Apple revealed macOS 10.13 High Sierra at the WWDC 2017 keynote, which is no surprise, given Apple’s tradition of announcing the latest version of its Mac software at its annual developer event. Yet, it wasn’t until September 12 that Apple revealed that the full release of High Sierra would launch a little more than a week later, on September 25. There was a developer version of the operating system you could enroll in leading to the final release, but luckily that’s no longer required to take advantage of the latest features found in macOS 10.13. Since then, macOS High Sierra has received plenty of updates, the latest of which is version 10.13.3. In it, you can expect the usual stability improvements in addition to a fix to a Messages bug that was previously showing texts out of order. Not only that, but for those experiencing a glitch that allowed App Store system preferences to be unlocked without a password, that too should have been remedied in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. macOS 10.13 High Sierra features Beyond the Hackintosh users being reasonably worried about the newly enforced security checks on EFI firmware automatically implemented each week, Apple has revealed a number of awesome new features with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. These include improvements to Safari – which will now stop ad-tracking and auto-playing videos in their tracks – and a more expansive Spotlight Search in the Mail App. Additionally, when you’re composing emails, the app now allows split view for the compose window – and, to make matters better, it uses up to 35% less disk space. The Photos app has been updated in macOS 10.13 High Sierra as well, with a better sorting tool to boot. All of this is accompanied by a new layout, better facial recognition thanks to neural networks, and improved syncing across all Apple devices. Editing tools, too, have seen improvements, in turn making it easier than ever to enhance the quality of your photos without learning the ins and outs of Photoshop or Camera RAW. And of course, you can count on Instagram-like filters being a part of this. One of the biggest changes that comes with macOS High Sierra is with the file system. It’s ditching the HFS – which Apple has used for around 30 years, and is now using the Apple File System (APFS) instead. Each mac that has been upgraded to macOS High Sierra will receive these file system updates automatically with the exception of those sporting Fusion Drives and older HDDs. Similarly, all new Macs will ship pre-formatted for APFS. To be exact, APFS is a 64-bit file system that supports native encryption and faster metadata operation. This may all sound a bit techy, but the bottom line is that this will make your Mac feel a lot faster, while also being more secure and more transparent about the nature of your files and folder contents. The update also brings HEVC, or H.265, video compression to the Mac. Apple claims that this new standard can compress video files 40% more than the previous-generation H.264 standard. The end result will be faster video streams at higher resolutions – ahem, 4K – and smaller video files sizes when stored locally. VR finally comes to the Mac One of the biggest bits of news surrounding macOS High Sierra is that it will finally bring support for virtual reality headsets officially. Namely, the HTC Vive and Steam VR will work with Macs running the new OS this autumn. However, to use such a device, you'll need at least a 5K iMac or MacBook Pro – or, any Mac that can run the new OS with an external graphics card box attached via Thunderbolt 3. Support for such devices will come part and parcel with macOS High Sierra, but won't be an active function until spring 2018. macOS 10.13 High Sierra compatibility Fortunately, in the act of creating a macOS iteration that only moderately shakes things up, the barrier to entry didn’t change at all. As long as you’re rocking one of the following Mac models, you’ll be good to go with macOS High Sierra on day one: Late 2009 iMac or newer Late 2009 MacBook/MacBook (Retina) or newer Mid-2010 MacBook Pro or newer Late 2010 MacBook Air or newer Mid-2010 Mac Mini or newer Mid-2010 Mac Pro or newer 2017 iMac Pro Bear in mind that if you want to take advantage of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) benefits posed by macOS High Sierra, you’ll need a Mac donning – at the very least – an Intel sixth-generation Skylake processor. Unfortunately, that discounts everything released prior to 2015, but on the bright side, everything else macOS High Sierra brings to the table is fair game. Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this report SOURCE
  12. Best Mac apps: the best macOS apps for your Apple computer The best Mac software both free and paid Introduction Even though there’s a very decent chance that Apple will bring iOS apps over to macOS High Sierra at some point this year, there’s still a lot to love about the existing catalog of Mac apps today. Because at the end of the day it’s the Mac software, more than anything, that keeps brand loyalists coming back to the Jony Ive-conceived line of expensive goodness. There is a wide breadth of apps available on the app store in 2018, so the best Mac apps might not all tickle your fancy. There are text editors designed for coders like Atom, that’ll have a limited appeal, especially compared to something like Evernote – which is far and away the best note-taking app available. Not all of the best Mac apps are available on the Mac App Store, but regardless – they’re all worth a peek. So without any further delay, keep reading on the next slide for the best Mac apps you can download today. From free apps to more expensive options, these are the apps that will breathe new life into your MacBook or Mac desktop this year. 1. Amphetamine Get it from: App Store Price: Free No brand of computer is without its annoyances. For so long now, it’s been impossible to use our MacBooks – unbound by the chains of a power adapter – while video outputs to an external monitor. As we all know here at TechRadar, Apple’s laptops automatically enter sleep mode whenever the lid is closed. For the lot of us, this can be a huge inconvenience should you prefer the sheer magnitude of a monitor as opposed to a 12- or 13- or 15-inch laptop screen. No brand of computer is without its annoyances. For so long now, it’s been impossible to use our MacBooks – unbound by the chains of a power adapter – while video outputs to an external monitor. As we all know here at TechRadar, Apple’s laptops automatically enter sleep mode whenever the lid is closed. For the lot of us, this can be a huge inconvenience should you prefer the sheer magnitude of a monitor as opposed to a 12- or 13- or 15-inch laptop screen. Luckily, Amphetamine makes it possible to continue using your MacBook while closed. Previously you could accomplish this using a similar application called Caffeine, but we prefer the UI features you get with this freebie. In addition to fitting in naturally with the rest of your Menu Bar items, Amphetamine also supports hotkey commands as well as deactivation reminders, not to mention there are no pesky advertisements in sight. 2. HyperDock Get it from: App Store Price: $9.99 (£7.99 or around AUS$14) While Windows has been able to snap programs to the edge of the screen since version 7, Apple’s solution didn’t arrive until OS X El Capitan. What’s more, even then it lacked some of the comprehensiveness of Microsoft’s alternative. Fortunately, HyperDock gives us that full-fledged functionality we so desperately crave, allowing anyone with a Mac to administer to the app Dock and windows all the same. For windows, you can drag an app to the left or right edges of the screen (or the corners) and it'll automatically fill that space. This makes it much easier to be productive on the desktop without wasting time dragging windows from the corners. For the Dock, hovering over apps activates something similar to Windows 7's thumbnail previews, providing overviews of windows that can be accessed by a click or closed directly from the preview. Handy. 3. Parallels Desktop 13 Get it from: Parallels Price: $79.99/year (Home & Student) Around £60 or AUS$100) If you've bought a Mac and miss some of your old Windows programs, don't worry - Parallels Desktop 13 can bring them back. Instead of having to dual-boot your Mac into a Windows partition, Parallels Desktop 13 allows Windows and macOS Sierra to co-exist side-by-side, and you can even run Microsoft-only programs such as Visual Studio 2015, or the Windows versions of the company's Office 365 apps, alongside your native macOS ones. All you need is a Windows 10 license – so prepare to buy one if you haven't already. Or, alternatively, you can use Parallels to try a handful of free operating systems including Chromium (a free distribution of Chrome OS) or Linux Debian. The latest version of Parallels in particular has seen improvements such as Touch Bar support, better resolution scaling for Retina displays and picture-in-picture for using other operating systems in conjunction with macOS. 4. Duet Get it from: App Store Price: £14.99 (around $20 or AUS$25) If you're anything like us, you'll hate working with one monitor or screen. Portable monitors are still fairly expensive (and not to mention bulky), and luckily you can use an iPad instead using a nifty app called Duet. Developed by ex-Apple engineers, it works by tethering your iPad to your Mac using one of Apple's Lightning cables and firing up the app on both devices. You can then drag windows and apps onto your iPad's display just like you can a second monitor, and if you have a more recent iPad with a Retina display then you'll get the full benefit of all those pixels. Just know that the bandwidth isn't quite what you would get with a proper monitor, so it can be a bit laggy when you notch the quality up. But it's still more than usable for reading websites, typing up documents and watching videos. 5. Atom Get it from: Atom Price: Free Atom is a text editor that's primarily designed for coders, but its flexibility and customization options make it a viable option for many different types of users. That's because of two reasons: first, you can download a number of different Packages - effectively plug-ins - to make it bend to your will. It can be transformed into a Markdown editor for writing blog posts, for example, or you can hook it up to Evernote for storing notes in the cloud. There's at least 10 different word counters out there, and you can even add typewriter sound effects as you hammer out your delicious prose. Atom is also infinitely customizable on the visual side thanks to an editable back-end, allowing you to do anything from changing the font size, line height and colors to giving the caret Word 2016-like elasticity. 6. Logic Pro X Get it from: App Store Price: £149.99 (around $195 or AUS$255) Whether you're an aspiring rockstar or superstar DJ, Logic Pro X is one of the best music creation apps on the Mac. Developed by Apple itself,76 its accessible interface hides a ton of advanced functionality. The latest version comes with a slick new design, 64-bit architecture and new session drummer that will save you having to shell out for a drum machine. It also works in natural harmony with iPads, providing a touch-based alternative method of creating song structures to dragging and dropping blocks in the main visual editor. Whether you're a seasoned producer already (Sia used the app to record her hit song 'Chandelier') or are looking to upgrade from Garageband, Logic Pro X likely has what you need. 7. Wunderlist Get it from: App Store Price: Free A simple app but an important one, to-do app Wunderlist's strength lies in its cross-device functionality. It's available on Mac, PC and Android and iOS, allowing you to pick up where you left off wherever you are using macOS's Handoff feature. Once you've created a list you can schedule reminders, add notes and embed it into the macOS Notification Centre using a widget. Team-based features are unlocked by signing up to Wunderlist's Pro option for a yearly fee, and you can add files of any size without running into limits. 8. Evernote Get it from: App Store Price: Free Evernote has morphed into a mighty note-taking app over the years. While some people will say that it's too bloated, the sheer number of things that you can do with it still makes it best-in-class. You can type up notes, obviously, organizing them using a combination of folders and tags. You can even embed Google Drive documents, which are accessible in a click. There's also the ability to set reminders, share notes with friends, find information related to notes using Evernote's 'Context' feature, create lists, and favorite notes that you frequently return to. Better yet, all of your notes are synchronized using the company's servers, making them accessible on nearly any PC (through a browser or the native Evernote app) or mobile device in the world. The paid version lets you use Evernote with more than two devices while upping the amount of data you can sync each month. 9. GIMP Get it from: Website Price: Free GIMP (standing for GNU Image Manipulation) is one of the best free image editing apps out there. It's a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop and comes with a massive array of professional-quality functions that let you tweak existing images saved in a range of formats or create fresh ones from scratch. Features include layers, highly customizable brushes, automatic image-enhancing tools and filters. You can do even more with it using plug-ins, which are available to download from the GIMP Plugin Registry. 10. Ulysses Get it from: App Store Price: £34.99 (around $45/AUS$60) Ulysses is one of the best "distraction-free" markdown editors out there today, balancing features with simplicity and beautiful design. Unlike Word 2016, or even Apple's own Pages, Ulysses hardly features an interface at all. This allows you to get on with writing without being distracted by superfluous buttons and menus. The app uses its own brand of Markdown — a type of text formatting engine — that lets you highlight your writing in a way that makes organizing it simpler, and a vast number of export styles formats it in an attractive way once you're finished. There's a handy attachments bar on the right-hand side that features an attractive word counter and lets you write notes to assist you in your writing. Notes can be accessed anywhere thanks to iCloud support, so you can pick up your iPad and carry on where you left off using macOS's Handoff feature. SOURCE
  13. The news that the iPhone’s iBoot bootloader had been leaked in source code form was described as the “biggest leak in history” by one researcher, but Apple has poured cold water on such a claim, saying that the code leaked is three years old and that even if it was a recent copy, Apple’s security does not rely on secrecy in order to function. Motherboard reported the leak last night after what appeared to be the source code for iBoot was leaked online. Apple obviously issued a takedown notice for that code, and while it was accessible by the world for a number of hours, it has now been removed entirely. That, of course, doesn’t mean it will not pop up again and the fact Apple sought to have it taken down at all, along with a subsequent statement, confirms its authenticity. In a statement given to CNET, Apple is playing down the significance of the leak. “Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections,” Apple said in a statement. Based on Apple’s claims of the source code’s age, it would appear that it is based on iOS 9-era software, likely rendering it useless with regard to modern versions of the operating system, at least that is what Apple says. Apple’s claims that the security of its devices does not depend on secrecy is an interesting one, and may come as a surprise. No matter what the security implications are, we cannot imagine a world where Apple was not hunting for a leak during today. Redmondpie.com
  14. Apple’s AirPods Catch Fire in Owner’s Ears, Eventually Explode “My ear lobe could’ve been burnt,” terrified Apple customer says after one of the two AirPods blew up If there’s something we learned in the last couple of years about smartphones, it’s that we should always keep an eye on them, especially when charging, as the current battery technologies that are being used could catch fire at any moment, eventually posing as a threat to our lives. And now it turns out we should do the same thing with headphones given this new wireless trend that Apple is aggressively pushing for, as the company’s new AirPods have recently been involved in a terrifying incident. Jason Colon from Tampa reveals that he was listening to music while working out, only to notice that one of the earphones started emitting smoke all of a sudden. Naturally, his first reaction was to pull out the AirPods and go ask for help from the staff. When he returned, the right AirPod was completely wrecked, showing signs of flames and a potential explosion that caused it to burst open. It goes without saying that the man was shocked. “It’s the craziest thing I ever went through,” Colon said. “It was already like this. It was already popped. I didn’t see it happen, but I mean, it was already fried! You can see flame damage.” The battery used inside Apple's AirPods It’s not hard to imagine what could’ve happened if the AirPods weren’t removed from his ears fast enough, but the man thinks a warning is needed to help other Apple customers avoid accidents that could let them deaf for life. “I don’t know what would’ve happened to my ear. But I’m sure since it hangs down, it could’ve been [my] ear lobe. Ear lobe could’ve been burnt. Just because it happens to me doesn’t mean it won’t happen again,” he said. “My ear lobe could’ve been burnt.” By the looks of things, the battery is the one responsible for the incident. Judging from similar incidents in the past, the battery used in electronics can suffer from overheating, which in turn causes smoke and eventually leads to a blast that can be more or less significant in damage depending on how big the battery unit is. Apple doesn’t provide the exact specifications of the batteries used in AirPods, but an iFixit teardown revealed that the company used a 93 milliwatt hour unit, which is “the equivalent to a little over 1% of the charge capacity in an iPhone 7.” This is what the AirPods look like following the blast If you think such a small battery can’t cause much damage or serious injuries in case of an explosion, that’s completely false. The battery of a dumb phone exploded earlier this week, instantly blowing off the right index finger of a 12-year-old boy who was next to the device. Due to pieces of plastic that were sent from the explosion, the boy also suffered injuries to his right ball, eventually losing eyesight for life. Apple itself is no stranger to devices that explode, though in this case the reported incidents have never been confirmed by the company. Several iPhone models caught fire in the past, and every time Apple either remained completely tight-lipped or said it was investigating. Eventually, the company left us believe that no widespread battery issue affected its devices. “This isn't the first Apple device that suddenly catches fire.” Batteries that suffered from overheating and which eventually caused a fire forced Samsung to retire a whole line of phones two years ago. The Galaxy Note 7 was equipped with lithium-ion batteries that could burst into flames due to excessive heat, and Samsung decided to pull all models off the market. In a statement released after the AirPods explosion, Apple also said that it’s looking into reports, without confirming or denying that the right earphone indeed started emitting smoke in the man’s ear. Source
  15. iPhone Suffers Massive Explosion in Hair Salon, Just Next to Customers Yet another Apple devices catches fire suddenly It’s really a bad day for Apple. After a customer revealed that his AirPods caught fire while listening to music, here’s another report pointing to an iPhone that burst into flames with a huge blast in a hair salon. Details aren’t available right now, but a video published by the Daily Mail shows what appears to be a hair salon in Vietnam, with one woman having her cut and two members of the staff just next to her. CCTV cameras have caught the moment of the explosion, though the video doesn’t clearly show the device, but only the flames generated by the blast. And while these are indeed sketchy details, one of the hair salon employees records the aftermath of the incident, revealing that the phone allegedly causing the massive blast was actually an iPhone. Now word from Apple By the looks of things, it’s an iPhone 6s, but again, without any specifics known at this point, it’s hard to take this video for granted for the time being. And yet, this isn’t the first iPhone that catches fire, though there could be lots of factors causing the battery to overheat and to eventually burst into flames. In many cases, third-party chargers or cables can lead to such damage, and this is one of the reasons phone makers in general, and Apple in particular, recommends using only genuine and certified accessories. Apple hasn’t commented on this new incident, but there’s no doubt the company will at least try to investigate. The worst is that Cupertino is likely to remain tight-lipped on what exactly happened, so we’ll never know if the blast was caused by a broken accessory or a device issue. In the meantime, you better keep an eye on your smartphones whenever they’re charging, though recent incidents have shown that such blasts are possible even when not plugged in if hardware issues are involved. Source
  16. We all know that smartphone batteries can catch fire or explode in rare circumstances – something the folks at Samsung found out all too readily with the Galaxy Note 7 last year. Apple is no stranger to battery issues itself either, but a new report out of China by Taiwan News suggests that one of its iPhones exploded for a rather strange reason indeed. According to the report, a man went into a third-party retailer in order to have the battery on his iPhone replaced. Apparently, he had some doubts over the authenticity of the battery itself, with the only way of confirming it apparently being to bite into it. The end result? Well, let’s just say he is unlikely to go biting into batteries any time soon. Thankfully, nobody was injured during these somewhat surreal events, although when the man bit into the battery, it did explode in what can only be described as fairly big ball of flames. Perhaps the most amazing thing about all this is that the whole episode was captured on the store’s security cameras, meaning we can witness it in full color. We, of course, would not recommend doing this, even if you have a suspicion that the battery you are being given is not 100% genuine. If anything, if the battery is a knock-off then it’s even more likely that it will not take too kindly to being bitten, increasing the risk of an explosion. Our recommendation would be to head to an Apple Store or an Apple authorized retailer to get the battery checked out if you have any doubts at all. Check the video out and witness just what can happen when an iPhone’s battery is maltreated; it’s quite a sight to behold! (Via: Taiwan News | Video via: 9to5Mac [YouTube]) Redmondpie.com
  17. Apple has rolled out a security fix to older Macs in an effort to mitigate the risk from a vulnerability in modern chips. The technology giant on Tuesday released a fix for Meltdown, a flaw that can allow an attacker to read protected kernel memory, for the latest versions of macOS Sierra (10.12.6), and OS X El Capitan (10.11.6). macOS Sierra and its predecessor OS X El Capitan were not initially patched, with Apple opting to release a supplemental security update only for macOS 10.13.2 on January 8. Some criticized the company for effectively forcing customers to update their entire operating system in order to receive patches. Although updating systems is one of the most important ways to protect against security vulnerabilities, many do not update their systems for fear of breaking legacy software. Meltdown and Spectre, another chip vulnerability revealed at the same time, take advantage of a modern processor performance feature called speculative execution, which improves speed by operating on instructions which may be used in future. As we previously reported, a vulnerable processor predicts which path of a branch is most likely to be taken, and will speculatively continue execution down that path even before the branch is completed. If the prediction was wrong, this speculative execution is rolled back in a way that is intended to be invisible to software. Daniel Gruss, a security researcher who discovered the Meltdown bug, told ZDNet when the bug was first revealed that an attacker "might be able to steal any data on the system," including sensitive data, such as passwords. In the company's latest supplemental security update, Apple fixed 17 vulnerabilities in 15 separate bulletins. source
  18. Apple engineer reportedly sacked after daughter's viral iPhone X video Earlier this week, a video was uploaded to YouTube by Brooke Amelia Paterson which showed off the iPhone X. The footage was apparently captured in the cafeteria of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino but was taken down by Paterson after a request by the company. While the amateur overview of the flagship smartphone didn't really cover anything that hadn't been revealed in Apple's unveiling of the device back in September, codenames of unreleased products contained within the Notes app may have been inadvertently shown off. In a new video uploaded by the YouTuber, Peterson has stated that her father, an RF engineer, has been let go by the Cupertino giant. Despite her plea of ignorance that recording video on company premises was a violation of company policy, Peterson's father took full responsibility for the unauthorized video. Speaking about the turn of events, the YouTuber said: Despite the unfortunate outcome for the engineer, Peterson has said that she isn't mad at Apple and that it hasn't deterred her from buying the company's products. However, it remains a timely reminder for employees in privileged positions, particularly in tech companies, that any contravention of social media and video recording policies can carry some very serious consequences. Source
  19. Apple suffers 'major iPhone X leak' Developers are still scouring the leaked code for fresh discoveries Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak. Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operation system. The code refers to an iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets. It also details facial recognition tech that acts both as an ID system and maps users' expressions onto emojis. One tech writer said it was the biggest leak of its kind to hit the firm. Apple is holding a launch event at its new headquarters on Tuesday. The California-based company takes great efforts to keep its technologies secret until its showcase events, and chief executive Tim Cook spoke in 2012 of the need to "double down" on concealment measures. Some details about the new devices had, however, already been revealed in August, when Apple published some test code for its HomePod speakers. But while that was thought to have been a mistake, it has been claimed that the latest leak was an intentional act of sabotage. "As best I've been able to ascertain, these builds were available to download by anyone, but they were obscured by long, unguessable URLs [web addresses]," wrote John Gruber, a blogger known for his coverage of Apple. "Someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors. I'm nearly certain this wasn't a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee." Neither Mr Gruber nor the two Apple-related news sites have disclosed their sources. However, the BBC has independently confirmed that an anonymous source provided the publications with links to iOS 11's gold master (GM) code that downloaded the software from Apple's own computer servers. GM is a term commonly used by software firms to indicate that they believe a version of a product is ready for release. "More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history," Mr Gruber added. Apple could not be reached for comment. Several developers are still scouring the leak for new features, but discoveries so far include: - a reference to iPhone X, which acts as fresh evidence that Apple intends to unveil a high-end model alongside more modest updates to its handset line -images of a new Apple Watch and AirPod headphones -a set-up process for Face ID - an alternative to the Touch ID system fingerprint system - that says it can be used to unlock handsets and make online purchases from Apple, among other uses -the introduction of Animoji - animated emoji characters that mirror a user's captured facial expressions More at Source
  20. Data reveals that Linux increased 0.84 percent last month Despite Microsoft’s Windows 10 push, the desktop operating system has actually recorded the biggest drop in a long time last month, while rival Linux managed to post the most substantial market share increase in the last 12 months. NetMarketShare reveals that in August 2017, Microsoft’s Windows declined to 90.70 percent market share, down from 91.45 percent the month before. The 0.75 percent drop is the biggest Windows had recorded since April 2016 when its market share collapsed from 90.45 percent to 88.77 percent (-1.68 percent). This performance is particularly surprising because it comes at a time when Microsoft completes the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update and, at the same time, it’s also finalizing development of another version of its operating system scheduled to go live on October 17. Linux adoption on the rise, macOS still declining What’s a bit more worrying is that Linux, which has long been considered a rival to Windows, has experienced the biggest growth in the last 12 months in August. Linux improved its share from 2.53 percent to 3.37 percent last month. Linux appears to be the preferred choice for users who are stepping away from Windows, as Apple’s macOS declined in August from 6.02 percent to 5.94 percent. The growth experienced by Linux, however, was impressive, as in just four months, the open-source platform has managed to jump from less than 2 percent to 3.37 percent. Back in May this year, Linux was running on just 1.99 percent of the world’s desktop systems. The only good news for Microsoft is that Windows hasn’t dropped below the 90 percent market share, so it’s still powering more than 9 in 10 PCs out there. The last time when Windows declined to less than 90 percent share was in July 2016 when it was running on 89.79 percent of the PCs worldwide, growing to 90.52 percent the next month. Source
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