Komplex trojan surfaces for macOS, thought to exploit vulnerability in MacKeeper antivirus software

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Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 14:52
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

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Yet another chunk of malware for OS X/macOS to worry about.

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have identified a new trojan known as “Komplex”, which can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac. Interestingly, the Trojan will also save a PDF document to the infected system concerning the Russian space program.

The PDF document details planned Russian space projects from 2016 to 2025, but also acts as a decoy.

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Apple announces Q4 2016 earnings call for Thursday, October 27th

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Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 05:47
Category: Finance, News

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Apple on Monday noted that it would hold its fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, October 27th. The call will be held at the standard time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, with the earnings release itself being sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.

The earnings call will be important in that it can show how the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are doing as products. While Apple generally offers first weekend sales numbers for new iPhone models, the company said this year that it wouldn’t due to the supply contrasts surrounding the new devices. Many analysts, including KGI, expect that Apple will report slower iPhone 7 sales than it did iPhone 6s sales at this time last year, despite increased popularity of the iPhone 7 Plus and the Jet Black color.

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Some iPhone users fall for tutorial video, attempt to drill headphone jack into iPhone 7 handsets

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Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 05:11
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This started as a joke.

And then some people took it seriously, thereby damaging their new iPhone 7 handsets and violating their warranties in the process.

A recently released tutorial video claims to show a user securing his iPhone 7 with a clamp, then drilling into the iPhone 7’s case with a 3.5 millimeter drill bit to fabricate a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

While this technically does produce a hole into which one might insert a headphone plug, it will not make a headphone jack. And it will leave a hole in your phone. And, if you’re not skilled with the drill, you can damage the internals of your iPhone.

And it certainly voids the warranty.

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Apple acknowledges iOS 10 security flaw that reduces security for iTunes-based backups

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Date: Monday, September 26th, 2016, 05:50
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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Well, this is why they invented bug fixes and updates.

A new discovery by iOS and security forensics company Elcomsoft has revealed that encrypted iOS backups saved via iTunes are now much easier to crack in iOS 10 than in recent years. The change in security is apparently due to a new password verification method in iOS 10.

The discovery focuses on the backup method, which in iOS 10, apparently “skips certain security checks” that were present in past versions of iOS. This allows passwords to be attempted signficnatly faster than before. The new backup method works alongside the old back up method, meaning that for pre-iOS 10 backups, the old method is used.

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Speed test comparison of every iPhone released

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Date: Monday, September 26th, 2016, 05:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone, iPhone SE, News

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Since no one can ever get enough of speed tests and comparisons, the cool cats at EverythingApplePro released a comparison video of the iPhone SE against every model iPhone ever made.

All in all, 13 iPhones were tested including the newly released iPhone SE in order to demonstrate not just how fast the iPhone SE is when compared with the iPhone 5s and 5c it effectively replaced, but also how well it compares with the latest and greatest handsets to come out of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. There’s even a brief segment on running temperatures for all phones.

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Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update, chases after headphone audio control, other bugs

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 12:40
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Look at it this way: Bug fixes are a good thing.

On Friday, Apple released the iOS 10.0.2 update for its newly-released iOS 10 operating system.

The update, a 56.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

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Rumor: Apple purchases TupleJump, expands machine learning resources

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 05:03
Category: Rumor, Software

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Machine learning is the hip new thing and Apple wants to be as large a part of it as humanly possible.

Adding to its collection of machine learning acquisitions, following a buyout of Perceptio at the end of 2015 and Turi just a few months ago, Apple has now acquired an India/US-based machine learning team, Tuplejump.

While Apple has yet to confirm the purchase and offered the standard line about occasionally buying other outfits without discussing its purposes or plans, the company offered the previous description of itself on its web site a while back:

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Yahoo confirms hack, roughly 500 million email accounts breached

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 05:51
Category: Hack, Legal, News, security

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In the annals of hacks and breaches, this is pretty epic.

Yahoo confirmed on Thursday data “associated with at least 500 million user accounts” have been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever.

The company said it believes a “state-sponsored actor” was behind the data breach, meaning an individual acting on behalf of a government. The breach is said to have occurred in late 2014.

“The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,” Yahoo said in a statement.

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IHS completes initial teardown, estimates iPhone 7 component costs around $220

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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They’ve run the numbers and after a preliminary teardown, iPhone 7 component costs are estimated to start at $219.80, which is $36.89 higher than iPhone 6s, according to a preliminary teardown of a 32GB model by IHS Markit.

According to the report, the display remains the most expensive component, clocking in at an estimated $43 while the Intel modem and other baseband chips retail for about $33.90.

Apple’s quad-core A10 Fusion chip is the third most expensive item on the bill of materials, costing an estimated $26.90. Meanwhile, the larger 1,920 mAh battery is said to cost just $2.50.

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Rumor: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, may be focusing on two-wheeled vehicle technologies

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 05:39
Category: Hardware, Rumor

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Moving beyond the McLaren rumor, Apple is also said to be talking to Lit Motors, a small company that participated in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF back in 2012, a contest they finished second in.

The San Francisco-based startup is developing a new kind of electric vehicle vehicle that seems something like a two-wheeled motorcycle that can’t tip over thanks to built-in stabilization technologies.

Lit is said to have only raised $2.2 million in total in venture capital and it’s unclear if the company still has money today to survive as an independent entity or if it has been looking for an acquirer.

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