OWC’s Aura SSD, USB-C Dock Nab ‘Stevie’ Awards at ABA

ABA16_Gold_VOWC has received coveted Stevie Awards from the American Business Awards (ABA) for its Aura SSD for Mid-2013 and Later Mac Laptops and USB-C Dock. Submitting only two of their devices into the competitive New Product category, OWC earned top recognition for both of these outstanding and sought-after products during the two-month-long voting process from an elite panel of 250-plus judges including many of the world’s most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and business educators.

With more than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes in virtually every industry for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, and Live Event of the Year, OWC emerged as a Gold Stevie Winner and Silver Stevie Winner for the 14th Annual ABAs, reflecting their 25+ years of continuous excellence in manufacturing and upgrade services.

Continue reading “OWC’s Aura SSD, USB-C Dock Nab ‘Stevie’ Awards at ABA”

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Review Pro-Apple Ruling in New York Case

iPhone-PasscodeThe U.S. Justice Department yesterday appealed a New York federal judge’s refusal to force Apple to help investigators unlock the iPhone of a suspected Brooklyn drug dealer.

Last week, magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled that the FBI lacked the legal authority to force Apple to bypass the iPhone’s passcode, and that the prosecution’s use of the 1789 All Writs Act was an unconstitutional overreach.

On Monday, Reuters reported that prosecutors are now hoping to overturn the ruling and yesterday’s filing to the court of U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie is the official first step in such an appeal.

“In light of the debate that has recently come to surround this issue, it is worth briefly noting what this case is not about,” the Justice Department’s court filing said. “Apple is not being asked to do anything it does not currently have the capability to do.”

All of

Continue reading “Prosecutors Ask Judge to Review Pro-Apple Ruling in New York Case”

Tim Cook, Tech CEOs and Top Republicans Attend Secretive Meeting About Donald Trump

Tim Cook attended American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum this past weekend in Georgia alongside Google CEO Larry Page, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and other tech leaders, according to a new report from The Huffington Post. Top Republican officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton also attended, with the main topic of conversation revolving around Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.

Tim-Cook-wide

Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and political commentator, wrote in an emailed report that much of the conference was haunted by “the specter of Donald Trump,” with many attendees unhappy about his emergence and discussing how he gained his support.

“The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him,” Kristol wrote. “In general, there’s a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite

Continue reading “Tim Cook, Tech CEOs and Top Republicans Attend Secretive Meeting About Donald Trump”

Apple Approves ‘FlexBright’ iOS App That Adjusts Display Temperature

FlexBright, an app that allows the user to manually adjust the display temperature of an iOS device, was recently approved by Apple, marking one of the first third-party apps that’s able to function in a manner similar to the company’s own Night Shift mode, set to be released in iOS 9.3. The only catch is it must be triggered somewhat manually in response to a notification, rather than continuously, like Night Shift or f.lux.

Currently available for download in the App Store, FlexBright was created by Intelligent Apps, who worked with Apple to find a way to implement blue light reduction capabilities. The app includes controls that allow it to both dim an iPhone or iPad’s display and adjust the display temperature to cut down on blue light exposure.

FlexBright runs in the background on an iPhone or iPad, sending notifications to prompt users to change the

flexbright
compare

Continue reading “Apple Approves ‘FlexBright’ iOS App That Adjusts Display Temperature”

Transmission Malware Transmitted Through Server Hack, Downloaded 6,500 Times

Over the weekend, the first instance of Mac ransomware was found in a malicious update to the Transmission BitTorrent client. Version 2.90 of Transmission downloaded from the Transmission website was infected with “KeRanger” ransomware.

“Ransomware” is a class of malware that encrypts a user’s hard drive and files, demanding money to decrypt it. In this case, KeRanger would have required Mac users to shell out a bitcoin for decryption, equivalent to approximately $400.

transmission-29

The developers behind Transmission have shared some additional details on the attack with Reuters, giving us some insight into how it occurred. The server that delivers the Transmission software to customers was breached in a cyber attack, allowing the KeRanger malware to be added to the disk-image of its software.

Transmission representative John Clay told Reuters via email that the ransomware was added to disk-image of its software after the project’s server was compromised in

Continue reading “Transmission Malware Transmitted Through Server Hack, Downloaded 6,500 Times”

Apple Campus 2 ‘Theatre’ Features Largest Freestanding Carbon-Fiber Roof Ever Made

Apple’s progress on its second campus has been tracked by drone videos and ongoing construction updates, but the company recently gave Mashable details on the new location, sharing impressive photos and inside information on the main ring-shaped structure and surrounding buildings like the auditorium.

As we know, Apple’s new campus features massive curved glass windows to give the building an open feel. Outfitting the campus in curved glass requires 3,000 panels, each of which is 46 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, and getting those panels into place required Apple to build custom machines it calls “Manipulators.”

applecampus2theatre2

Apple Campus 2 Theatre


Mashable got a first look at the “Theatre,” the 120,000 square-foot underground auditorium where Apple will host future events. Designed to seat 1,000 people, the Theatre lobby is made of glass that offers 360-degree views of the campus with stairs down to the event area. According to

applecampus2theatre

Continue reading “Apple Campus 2 ‘Theatre’ Features Largest Freestanding Carbon-Fiber Roof Ever Made”

Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, less than a week after seeding the fifth OS X 10.11.4 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.3. OS X 10.11.4 has been in testing since January 11.

The sixth OS X 10.11.4 beta, build 15E61b, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.

os_x_el_capitan_roundup

OS X 10.11.4 offers a couple of new features, such as Live Photos support in Messages, the ability to password protect notes in the Notes app, and an option to import notes from Evernote, but like the recent OS X 10.11.3 update, it appears to focus primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements. Almost

Continue reading “Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers and Public Beta Testers”