Yesterday Apple released an urgent security date for iOS, affecting all iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Security update 9.3.5 is essentially a security patch, to fix not one, but three different security holes that have been known to be exploited by spyware created by an American-owned Israeli group known as the NSO Group. NSO Group was acquired by San Francisco-based equity fund Francisco Partners in 2014.
A picture is worth a thousand words, the old saying goes, and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in how a picture can instantly evoke a feeling in you. And that is how we got the idea of creating a “gratitude watch” with an Apple watch. Imagine how calming it could be to see a picture that fills you with gratitude every time you lift your wrist! And whenever you check the time – often an action that creates stress – that will be countered with an image that induces calm!
You may have received an email from Amazon this week that says “Your Credit from the Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement Is Ready to Use” – and guess what: it’s legitimate! That credit will show up in your Amazon account as a gift card balance.
Last week at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), Apple announced that its new WatchOS 3 would include an app to remind you to breathe. Yes, really.
The Internet Patrol has been alerted to a new email scam which appears to be an invoice from Apple. Of course, they don’t expect you to pay it, they expect you to be alarmed at the supposed charge, so that you log in to your Apple account, and they can steal your credentials. Don’t fall for it.
If you are reading this article, it’s likely because your Macbook Air or other Apple Mac laptop has started freezing up on you, or has slowed to a crawl and is grinding away, or you may even seem to be out of disk space. If any of these are your issue, a good place to start checking is with your Mac’s ‘mobile backups’, which, despite the name, aren’t backups for your mobile devices onto your Mac, but rather are backups that your portable computer (i.e. laptop) makes to itself when you are away from your Time Capsule or other backup drive.
It’s annoying as all get out – you’re just in the middle of something – whether it be composing an email, or a really great rebuttal online – and you go to hit Command+A to select all, or Command+W to close a tab, but you accidentally hit Command Q (CMD-Q) instead, and lose it all in the blink of an eye. Argh! Here’s how to disable Command Q on your Mac to stop it from closing your programs.
So your Firefox browser is slow as molasses or unresponsive, and in fact your entire system is slowing towards a screeching halt. If you’re on a Mac, you do a ‘top’ and see that a process called “plugin-conta” is eating up your memory. If you’re on a Windows machine, well, you know the symptoms. What is plugin conta, and what to do? Here’s what.
In the latest round over the Feds’ effort to force Apple to help them break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, and Apple’s refusal to do so, Apple has come out with both fists up. The Feds most recent court filing accuses that “Apple’s rhetoric is not only false, but also corrosive of the very institutions that are best able to safeguard our liberty and our rights.” In response, Apple’s general counsel, attorney Bruce Sewell, said during a press conference call that “…it seems like disagreeing with the Department of Justice means you must be evil and anti-American.” (Full text below.)
In a novel twist in the FBI versus Apple iPhone case, the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office has filed a motion (full text below) to submit an Amicus Curiae brief, stating that, among other things, the phone could harbor a “lying dormant cyber pathogen.” Of course, there’s no such thing as a lying dormant cyber pathogen, but why let a little thing like the facts get in the way of a good argument?
We’ve written before about how to set up location-based reminders in the iPhone, however until fairly recently it required you to have the address of the location at which you wanted to be reminded in your contacts. No more. Now you can tell Siri to remind you of something when you arrive anywhere, any time! Here’s how.
As we recently reported, the FBI (and so the Federal government) is trying to force Apple to assist them in unlocking the iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. A Federal court ordered Apple to do so, and so far Apple has resisted. Part of the heart of the FBI’s argument is that this will affect only one phone, while Apple has insisted that it’s much larger than that – that an order to help unlock one phone will lead to a dangerous precedent of being ordered to help unlock any number of phones. The Feds have steadfastly insisted it is “just this one.” However, recent court filings have revealed that in fact there are as many as a dozen iPhones in other cases just waiting for Apple to be ordered to unlock them.
In Round 2 of the Apple iPhone FBI court dispute, in which the court ordered Apple to alter the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, the Feds have filed a Motion to Compel Apple to comply with the order, in which they mention, in passing in a footnote, that the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (SBCDPH) actually changed the password to the iCloud account to which the phone was backing up, thwarting any further backups of the phone’s data, between the time it was recovered from Farook’s vehicle, and handing it over to the FBI.