Mac security hole reportedly lets attackers bypass app safeguards


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Apple may have another Gatekeeper security flaw on its hands. Researcher Filippo Cavallarin has detailed a macOS vulnerability that he said would let attackers install malware without the usual permission request. As Gatekeeper considers network shares to be ‘safe’ locations that don’t require permission checks, an intruder just has to trick the user into mounting one of those shares to run the apps they like. A maliciously crafted ZIP file with the right symbolic link could automatically steer you to an attacker-owned site, for example, and it would be easy to trick someone into launching a hostile app — say, a virus masquerading as a document folder.

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Source: Filippo Cavallarin

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Cut Down on Robocalling


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The United States Senate today voted almost unanimously to approve an anti-robocalling bill that would cut down on the number of illegal robocalls that people receive.

The TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence), first introduced in January, increases penalties for robocalls, provides authorities with more time to act, promotes the adoption of call authentication and blocking tools, establishes an interagency group for exploring additional scam call deterrents, and clears the way for criminal prosecution of robocallers.


“This bipartisan, common-sense bill puts a bullseye on the scam artists and criminals who are making it difficult for many Americans to answer the phone with any bit of confidence about who’s on the other end of the line,” said Senator John Thune. “While this bill would make it easier for federal regulators to levy more substantial financial penalties on these bad actors, we take it one step further by working

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Snap Employees Have Used Internal Snapchat Tools to Spy on Users


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Some employees of Snap have access to internal tools that allow them to access Snapchat user data and have in the past abused those tools to spy on Snapchat users, reports Motherboard.

According to two former employees, a current employee, and internal company emails, Snap employees have access to internal tools that let them access location information, saved snaps, phone numbers, and email addresses from users.

One of the tools, SnapLion, was designed to gather information on users in response to valid law enforcement requests. Snap’s Spam and Abuse team has access to Snap Lion, as does a Customer Ops team and security staff. One former employee told Motherboard that SnapLion offers “the keys to the kingdom.”

The SnapLion tool has legitimate purposes and is used for such within the company, but the two former Snap employees confirmed that it’s also been used for illegitimate reasons, though information about

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71% of College Students Prefer Macs Over PCs According to Jamf Survey


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Students pursuing higher education prefer to use Macs over PCs, according to new data shared today by Apple device management company Jamf.

71 percent of students surveyed said they would either use a Mac or prefer to use a Mac if cost were not a consideration. At the current time, of those students, 40 percent use a Mac and 60 percent use a PC. 51 percent of current PC users would rather be using a Mac.



67 percent of students surveyed said they would choose or stay with an organization that offered a choice between Mac and PC. 78 percent of students said that it’s important for employers to offer their employees a choice between PC and Mac.

Students who said they preferred Mac over PCs offered up several different reasons. 59 percent cited ease of use, 57 percent cited durability, and 49 cited synchronization over other devices. 64 percent

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Man Who Tricked Apple into Replacing 1,500 Fake iPhones Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Counterfeit Goods


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A Chinese man on Wednesday pleaded guilty in Oregon to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, after he managed to trick Apple into replacing hundreds of fake iPhones with authentic handsets through its warranty program (via Bloomberg).



Quan Jiang, 30, a former engineering student at a community college in Albany, Oregon, sent around 3,000 counterfeit devices to Apple, via one of the state’s three Apple stores or online. Jiang used fake names and claimed the iPhones wouldn’t turn on and should be replaced under warranty.

Apple replaced almost 1,500 of the fake handsets with authentic iPhones, each with an approximate resale value of $600 on the Chinese market, where counterfeit Apple products are a big problem.

Apple only realized something was afoot as early as June 30, 2017, when its legal counsel sent Jiang a “cease and desist” letter to an address in Corvallis where 150 of the

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(Don’t Fear) The Reaper


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Apple needed to show developers that Carbon was going to be a real and valid way forward, not just a temporary stopgap, so they committed to using Carbon for the Mac OS X Finder. The Carbon version of Finder was introduced in Mac OS X Developer Preview 2, before Aqua was revealed; it acted a bit more like NeXT’s, in that it had a single root window (File Viewer) that had a toolbar and the column view, but secondary windows did not. At this stage, Apple didn’t quite know what to do with the systemwide toolbars it had inherited from NEXTSTEP.

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Who has seen the Apple Unicorn?


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What Unicorn is Apple planning to introduce at WWDC 2019?

What it says on the can

Apple today began distributing invitations to its WWDC keynote speech – and what’s most striking about these invites is that they feature a unicorn within the image. (They also feature a fetching little rocket).

I guess it’s easy to imagine this imagery hints that the company is planning some kind of moon shot here – to introduce something which in other tech firms would be seen as a tech unicorn.

What might this be?

A new business strand?

A realisation of one of the many rumors (health, AR, car) currently circulating around the firm, or even just a unicorn that is a highly configurable Mac Pro (the eventual future of the platform).

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Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for 2018 and 2019 15-Inch MacBook Pro


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Apple today quietly released an updated version of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, which is designed for 15-inch MacBook Pro models that feature a T2 security chip, aka the 2018 and 2019 machines.

The new version of the software can be downloaded through the “Software Update” section of System Preferences on all compatible Macs.



According to Apple’s release notes, the new software addresses a “firmware issue” impacting Macs with a T2 chip. Apple provided no additional detail, so we don’t know what the specific firmware issue might be, but we may get more information when the security notes become available.

The MacBook Pro Supplemental Update addresses a firmware issue affecting 15-inch MacBook Pro computers with T2 Security Chip, and is recommended for all users.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Apple released the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update on May

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Apple offers free repairs for 2016 MacBook Pros with faulty backlights


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Apple isn’t just trying to fix the MacBook Pro’s keyboard. The company has launched a repair program that offers free fixes for 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros affected by an issue with flex cable stress (aka “Flexgate”) that produces a stage lighting effect on the display’s backlight before it eventually dies altogether. You won’t have to risk a costly out-of-warranty repair just to keep using your machine.

Via: iFixit.org

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Seven Safari Tricks on iOS You Might Not Know


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Safari on iOS has a surprising number of hidden tricks, letting you manipulate tabs, conduct page-specific searches, and more, and not all of these features are immediately obvious due to the gestures involved.

We’ve rounded up some useful must-know Safari tips that you might not be aware of or may have forgotten, so make sure to check out our video because we bet there’s something here that’s going to be new to you.

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  • Close All Tabs – Have hundreds of tabs open in Safari on your iPhone? You can close them all at once. Just long press right on the “Done” button in the tab view (which you can get to by pressing the little icon that looks like two squares) and you’ll see an option to close all tabs.
  • Open Recently Closed Tabs – Accidentally closed a tab you didn’t

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Apple Named Cannes Lions’ 2019 Creative Marketer of the Year


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Cannes Lions today announced that Apple has been named the Creative Marketer of the Year, marking the first time the Cupertino company has won the award.

Apple was named the Creative Marketer of the Year to honor its “world class creative communications and marketing initiatives.”



Simon Cook, Managing Director of Cannes Lions, said that Apple is “highly deserving” of the Creative Marketer of the Year Award.

“The company’s marketing and communications consistently showcases creative excellence. Apple Inc. has created a culture that drives marketing strategies that ensure that its customers are true ambassadors for Apple brands.”

Apple’s VP of Marketing Communications, Tor Myhren, said that Apple is “humbled” to receive the award, which will be collected by Myhren at the final Awards Show of the Cannes Festival on Friday, June 21.

“We are humbled to receive this prestigious award. Apple has always believed creative, passionate people can change

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How to Use Spotlight in macOS Mojave for Currency Exchange Rates


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You can do currency conversions on a Mac by using the Calculator app, but did you know you also can do this — and quickly — using Spotlight? Spotlight is known as the system-wide search feature, but it can accomplish much more.

The utility creates an index of all items and files on the system. Spotlight is designed to allow you to quickly locate a wide variety of items on the computer, including documents, pictures, music, applications, and System Preferences, as well as currency conversion by tapping into the Calculator app.

If you’re using macOS 10.10 or higher, here’s how you can convert currency via Spotlight:

Launch Spotlight by clicking the icon in the top right corner of your screen or press Command + Spacebar.

Enter the amount to convert, preceded by the appropriate currency symbol (for example, $1000). If you’re searching in U.S. dollars, the first result

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New HyperJuice USB-C Battery Pack Offers 130W of Power and 27,000mAh Capacity


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Hyper today announced the launch of its new HyperJuice 130W Dual USB-C Battery Pack, which is now available for purchase following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The new HyperJuice Battery Pack is equipped with two USB-C ports, one capable of outputting a maximum of 100W of power and a second capable of outputting 60W, which means it can be used to charge any of Apple’s USB-C notebooks, including the 87W MacBook Pro. There’s also an 18W USB-A port.



With this port combination, you can charge a MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iPhone at their maximum charging speeds all at the same time.

Hyper says that its new battery pack is the first in the world to support the 100W USB-C Power Delivery profile.