Category - Security
With just one week to go before its major Worldwide Developers Conference that is -- among other things -- expected to show off the next major upgrades to OS X, iOS, and various other software (and potentially hardware) items, Apple has released second betas of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2, along with a first beta of watchOS 2.2.2 for developers, with public-tester versions of the OS X and iOS betas expected to arrive tomorrow. While no user-facing changes have yet been revealed, each beta brings with it small tweaks and changes to improve stability, performance, and security.
Google has taken to its official blog to announce the introduction of a new Google account feature it calls "Find Your Phone." If a user loses his or her iPhone or Android device or has it stolen, the feature allows users to take steps to secure their Google account in the first instance by signing out of remotely, something that works for both iPhone and Android users. In order to locate an iPhone, however, the service redirects iPhone users to Apple's iCloud-based "Find My iPhone" service.
So you're heading out of town on vacation for a week or two, and you want to make sure no one is snooping around your house while you're gone. You don't want to plunk down the thousands of dollars to wire your home for a security system, and you're not sure if you want to spend hundreds on a do-it-yourself kit, either. We've examined a home security camera that is not only easy to use, but irresistibly cheap: The Yi Home Camera.
Researchers at Duo Security have released a scathing analysis of the PC industry and its lax security measures. In particular, the researchers found that every major Windows-based OEM, including Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, and HP, ship brand-new PCs that are vulnerable to hackers from the moment that they are booted up out of the box, a phenomenon the report dubs "Out-of-Box Exploitation" (OOBE). The issues stem from the bloatware routinely pre-installed on new PCs, which include third-party software update tools -- even supposed "bloat-free" PCs carrying the Microsoft Signature Edition label are shipping with vulnerabilities.
Two different US Appeals courts issued two different rulings on privacy-related cases on Tuesday that together deal severe blows to the concept of personal and computer privacy. In Richmond, Virginia, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc ruling, voted 12-3 that authorities do not need a warrant to obtain location information based on cell phone location from carriers. In New York City, a bitterly-divided Second Circuit court ruled that the government can mirror hard drives for one criminal action, and preserve that data indefinitely for use in possible future criminal actions.
Shortly before the Memorial Day weekend, MySpace became aware that stolen Myspace user login data was being made available in an online hacker forum. The data stolen included user login data from a portion of accounts that were created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform. Over 427 million passwords were offered for sale by the perpetrator.
Iran is demanding messaging apps from other countries store some user data within its borders. Announced on Sunday, Iran has ordered social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as messaging services, to transfer data held about Iranian users to servers located within the country itself, something which could lead to less privacy for the country's citizens as well as the potential of more control over online access by the government.
A security researcher has discovered a new way to attack iOS devices, one that could install malicious apps on a device, even if it hasn't been jailbroken by the user. Called SandJacking, Mi3 Security's Chilik Tamir demonstrated the attack at the Hack In The Box conference earlier this week, with an attacker with physical device access, and some time, to be able to replace a legitimate app with a malicious version. The substitution in turn can provide the attacker with access to stored user data associated within the replaced app.
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Apple has confirmed that it has rehired Jon Callas, who had previously worked at Apple on an encryption system used to protect stored data on a Mac, reports Reuters. Callas worked for Apple in the 1990s, and then again between 2009 and 2011, before he went on to co-found secure communications specialists PGP Corp and Silent Circle, best known for its encrypted and secure Blackphones.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE