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Apple says iCloud flaw not at root of celebrity photo hack

MacWorld - 1 hour 29 min ago

Addressing a widespread hack of celebrities’ photos, Apple on Tuesday issued an update on its investigation into the incident and said that it was continuing to work with law enforcement on the matter.

According to the company, more than 40 hours of investigation from the company’s engineers has established that the accounts that were compromised were the subjects of a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.” While previous reports suggested that a flaw in iCloud was responsible for the hack, Apple says that none of the cases it has looked into were tied to any vulnerability in the company’s systems.

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Apple: Celebrity photo breach not due to iCloud or Find my iPhone issues

TUAW - 1 hour 41 min ago
Apple has just released a press statement updating its investigation into the weekend breach of celebrity photos. As noted in the press release, the company says that none of the cases investigated were the result of any breach of Apple's systems...

Automate your Mac: The smart way to handle repetitive Mac chores

MacWorld - 1 hour 51 min ago

Smart Mac users know that taking a little time to figure out a faster way to do something pays off in the long run. That’s why they take advantage of tools like Automator, AppleScript, Keyboard Maestro, TextExpander, Hazel, If This Then That, and others—tools that let you automate little tasks you perform frequently, so you make them happen with single keystrokes (or other quick triggers) instead of running through each step every time.

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Apple says iCloud is safe and secure, stolen celebrity pics were targeted accounts

AppleInsider - 2 hours 4 min ago
Apple on Tuesday put out a strong statement in support of the security of its iCloud services, saying that a collection of stolen pictures from celebrity phones was as a result of targeted attacks based on user names, passwords and security questions.

A City Sleeps hands-on: This musical shoot-em-up will give you nightmares

MacWorld - 2 hours 7 min ago
Rock Band creator Harmonix has another new game and this time it's an ultra-hard shoot-em-up. Plus it comes out in October. We got a chance to try it out at PAX.

Hook the big ones with the Digital Guide to Fishing Knots

TUAW - 2 hours 11 min ago
If you follow the tips and steps to tying proper knots in this app you won't need to talk about the "one that got away" with your fishing buddies. The Digital Guide to Fishing Knots is an iPad app that costs US$.99 and needs iOS 6.0 or later. The...

Daily Deals for September 2, 2014, featuring The Award-Winning MacLovin Bundle

TUAW - 2 hours 41 min ago
It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

Why Apple’s mobile-payments system might actually work

MacWorld - 2 hours 46 min ago
Rumors have been flying about Apple launching a payment system next week, and Dan Frommer lays out the reasons while the time may finally be ripe. (qz.com)

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White Noise HQ brings you customized focus and relaxation

TUAW - 3 hours 11 min ago
There are a lot of white noise apps available in the App Store, but this one is by far the most robust. Available in both a free and a paid version for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, White Noise HQ is packed with sounds and customization...

Apple releases 7th preview of OS X Yosemite to developers

AppleInsider - 3 hours 22 min ago
The next version of Apple's desktop operating system drew closer to release on Tuesday as the company pushed OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 to registered Apple developers.

Gear We Love: Twelve South HiRise holds your display, hides your gear

MacWorld - 3 hours 26 min ago

There’s a lot of gear out there for your Apple devices, but how do you know which are worth your time and what’s not worth your money? In our Gear We Love column, Macworld’s editors tell you about the products we’re personally using—and loving.

Unless you’ve got just the right desk, there’s a good chance you need to elevate your iMac or display to get it to the best ergonomic height—with your eyes about two to three inches below the top edge of the screen.

Your local office-supply store surely has a number of monitor stands to choose from, and online retailers are flush with stands for every budget or office motif. But I’ve been testing Twelve South’s $80 HiRise for iMac for several months, and it’s become one of my favorite desktop accessories, both as stand for raising my display to a better height, and as a nifty storage compartment for stuff I don’t want littering my desk.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-02

MacObserver - 3 hours 38 min ago

Your online photos may not be quite as safe as you think. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the news that nude photos from several celebrities have been stolen, how thermal imaging cameras can steal your credit card PIN code, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Think iCloud's two-factor authentication protects your privacy? It doesn't

TUAW - 3 hours 41 min ago
As the forensic analysis of the weekend's celebrity intimate photo leak continues, plenty of attention is being focused on iCloud's photo storage as a likely vector for the criminal theft of the images. Proof of concept code for a brute-force attack...

Exclusive new aerial videos show Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2 taking shape

AppleInsider - 3 hours 46 min ago
Apple's massive campus expansion in Cupertino, Calif., is making rapid progress, as revealed in aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer using a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone sponsored by B&H Photo Video.

Unwrapping Folds: what's inside?

TUAW - 4 hours 11 min ago
Folds is a triangular tile puzzle game where you select a tile and try to line it up with another tile of the same color, but the opposite shape. Together they make a square where you can then fold one of the tiles over to create a shape that will...

The Week in Mac Apps: At school with Fido in the cloud

MacWorld - 4 hours 26 min ago
At school with Fido in the cloud

This week’s Mac app roundup is an eclectic collection of software that can help you learn new words, type them more quickly, keep an eye on your best friend, and even get you in the cloud—without worrying about privacy storms.

aText 2.13

With a bit of setup, developer Tran Ky Nam’s $5 aText (Mac App Store Link) will make typing frequent fragments of text quick and easy.

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Apple's 'fab fall' predicted to help drive company's stock price to $123 per share

AppleInsider - 4 hours 30 min ago
Ahead of Apple's Sept. 9 event, where it is expected to unveil two new iPhones and offer a sneak-peek at a new wearable device, financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald has given a strong endorsement to investors, saying the next few months could prove to be Apple's most exciting period in many years.

The most common reasons apps get rejected from the App Store

TUAW - 4 hours 41 min ago
Apple last week posted a new page on its developer website relaying the most common reasons why applications are rejected from the App Store. The list of reasons provided by Apple isn't terribly surprising, and includes obvious strikes such as...

Reddit launches new Ask Me Anything app for AMA sessions

TUAW - 5 hours 11 min ago
Reddit today has released its new Ask Me Anything iOS app with support for both live and archived Reddit AMAs. The new app is designed for mobile users who are visiting Reddit's website in increasing numbers. AMAs are a popular Reddit interview...

Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

MacObserver - 5 hours 19 min ago

With Apple's September 9 media event only days away, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says two iPhone models are coming with NFC support and a digital payment system may be announced, but he puts the odds on an iWatch announcement at 50 percent. He also expects first weekend iPhone 6 sales will be strong, but won't beat last year's 9 million unit iPhone launch.

The Mac Observer Spin: If first weekend iPhone 6 sales don't top iPhone 5S sales, get ready for the "Apple is doomed" reports. And if there isn't an iWatch announcement, the "If Steve Jobs were alive" articles won't be far behind.

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