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Apple ending SSL 3.0 push notifications in wake of severe POODLE vulnerability

MacWorld - 1 hour 1 min ago

Apple will stop support next week for an encryption protocol found to contain a severe vulnerability, the company said on Wednesday.

Support for SSL 3.0 will cease as of Oct. 29, it said.

“Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected,” according to a note to developers. “Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.”

Google researchers revealed last week they found a flaw in SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) version 3.0, which was released more than 15 years ago. SSL has been replaced by TLS (Transport Layer Security), but the old versions are still used by some servers across the Internet and are supported by web browsers.

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Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

MacWorld - 1 hour 18 min ago

To identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday it welcomed them in.

Twitter unveiled Fabric on Wednesday, a broad software development kit aimed at helping developers build, grow and monetize their mobile apps. It includes tools for crash reporting, app log-ins, embedding and sharing Twitter posts, and measuring ad effectiveness.

The free SDK, more than a year in the making, could usher in a wave of rich apps with more tie-ins to Twitter. Its major components include Crashlytics, Twitter’s crash-reporting system; a tool called Digits that lets users log in with a phone number instead of a password; and easier ways to embed Twitter content in apps and post to Twitter across iOS and Android.

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First look: Pixelmator for iPad takes powerful image editing on-the-go

AppleInsider - 1 hour 38 min ago
Popular Mac image editor Pixelmator went mobile on Thursday with an eponymous iPad release that combines two hallmark features users of the desktop version have come to love: a deep powerful toolset in an easy to use interface.

Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic, to start shooting soon

AppleInsider - 2 hours 26 min ago
In a Bloomberg Television interview with Emily Chang, Oscar winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed Christian Bale will play Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in a forthcoming feature film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the late tech guru.

Cashiers don't understand Apple Pay and it's totally adorable

MacWorld - 2 hours 27 min ago

Apple Pay is so easy to use it’s almost not worth writing about. It’s laughably fast and stupidly simple. So simple it’s confusing the heck out of clerks and cashiers nationwide!

Here’s how it works: You walk up to the kind of payment terminal where you would normally swipe your credit or debit card. You notice a little icon that looks like a sideways Wi-Fi symbol—that means you can also use contactless payments, like those tap-and-go Mastercards that no one uses. That’s your clue!

So instead of swiping a card, you hold your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus near the terminal, your default Apple Pay card pops up on the screen, you smugly put your thumb on the Touch ID button, and boom, transaction completed. It took me approximately 17 times longer to type this than it does to actually make a payment.

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Review: Belkin WeMo LED Lighting plays nice with the WeMo system

MacWorld - 2 hours 54 min ago

I’m definitely the kind of person who accidentally leaves the lights on…as I’m leaving town for 10 days. Oops. But smart light bulbs are here to help me (and fellow forgetful electricity-wasters) out—because with Belkin’s WeMo LED smart bulbs, you can turn my lights off (or on) from anywhere in the world.

Belkin’s WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set costs $100 and comes with two smart LED bulbs and a WeMo Link, a small, white connector that plugs into your wall and lets you control your smart bulbs over Wi-Fi. Additional bulbs can be purchased for $30 each, which is about 10 times the price of a 60-watt CFL bulb, but on par with other smart bulbs (Philips Hue Lux bulbs cost $30 too).

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The Week in Mac Apps: All aboard the midnight train to Yosemite

MacWorld - 3 hours 4 min ago
All aboard the midnight train to Yosemite

This week’s roundup of new and updated Mac apps comes hot on the heels of OS X Yosemite’s launch, which means that many of our favorite software apps have been updated to support Apple’s latest operating system.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet 5.0

AgileBits has updated its $35 1Password (Mac App Store Link) to version 5, which comes with a number of Yosemite-centered enhancements.

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Apple to build 25 new Apple Stores in China in two years

AppleInsider - 4 hours 39 min ago
Speaking to a Chinese media on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is planning to open 25 retail locations over the next two years, putting a number on previous promises to triple Apple's footprint in the country.

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Foxconn iPhone factory on China 'road trip'

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-22 19:33
As part of what he calls a "road trip" to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday tweeted out a photo of himself sitting with a Foxconn worker putting the finishing touches on a new iPhone 6 model.

Apple to drop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications on Oct. 29 due to POODLE vulnerability

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-22 19:02
In response to a recently discovered vulnerability with SSL version 3.0, Apple on Wednesday announced through its developer website that it will be removing support for the protocol on its Apple Push Notification server.

Mark Zuckerberg Wows Chinese Crowd with 30 Minute Interview in Chinese

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-22 18:40

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China-and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement goal. I'd love for any Mandarin speakers to offer up their thoughts on his performance in the comments. The full video is available on Facebook and may require Flash.

How to Use Yosemite’s New Batch-Renaming Feature

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-22 18:06

Yay, Yosemite's here! And Melissa Holt's all excited. For her first Quick Tip on this new version of OS X, she's chosen the new batch-renaming feature, which you can use to change a bunch of filenames at once in exactly the ways you specify. Isn't it nice when we get new abilities that were previously only available with third-party software?

How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:59

With iOS and Yosemite installed, you can finally do things you saw in the WWDC Keynote like make phone calls from your Mac. Sure there's the regular ways to do it, but if you want to dial up your phone call game, Kelly has some alternate methods to help you show off.

Continuity Keypad Makes Calling From Yosemite Easier

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:55

With Yosemite and iOS 8, Handoff and Continuity are finally a reality. This means you can take calls using your Mac, and with a utility called Continuity Keypad, you can make them easily too.

The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:51

We have a great developer training bundle today called the Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle. As with our other Name Your Own Price (NYOP) deals, you can pay what you want-even a penny-and get Engage Your Customers With Gamification and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures, two training course with 54 lectures and more than 16 hours of video content. If you beat the average price-which is just $6.24 as of this writing-you also get Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User and Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School, which have another 343 lectures and 102 hours (!!) of content. And 10 percent of what you pay goes one of three charities (your choice), including Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons.

Rare working Apple I goes for record-smashing $905,000 at auction

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:29
One of only 50 known surviving Apple 1 computers was sold at an auction on Wednesday, with the nearly 40-year-old machine crushing expectations to fetch a record-breaking $905,000.

Apple avoids $94M patent infringement suit leveled by patent troll GPNE

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:01
Apple on Wednesday came out unscathed from a patent suit leveled by non-practicing entity GPNE, which claimed the Cupertino tech giant infringed on mobile technology properties with its iPhone and iPad products.

Apple launches Maps Connect to let businesses add details to their Maps listing

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:00
Apple Maps has experienced some growing pains over the years, but with time the app has become a useful GPS solution. Of course there's always room for improvement, which is why Apple has launched Maps Connect. Maps Connect is a new service for small...

The Week in iOS Accessories: New products for new iPads

MacWorld - Wed, 2014-10-22 16:45
New products for new iPads

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes a number of new items to accompany Apple's latest generation of iPads.


Belkin is updating its QODE line of keyboard cases to fit the iPad Air 2. Devices include the $150 QODE Ultimate Pro (pictured); the $130 QODE Ultimate; and the $100 Slim Style Keyboard Case for both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. All of these devices will be available to ship in December.

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Siri can guess sports odds and thinks the Royals will win the World Series

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-22 16:30
Siri has another neat trick you may not have known about -- gambling speculation. If you ask Siri "who is going to win the World Series?" it will tell you exactly who is currently predicted to win. In this case Siri thinks the Royals are going to...
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