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1Password 5 Touches New Heights in iOS 8

6 hours 58 min ago
The new 1Password 5 app puts password security at your fingertip in iOS 8 through extensions and Touch ID integration. Glenn Fleishman walks you through the new features and explains how to take advantage of them, something that’s not always obvious.

 

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External Link: Pebble Cuts Prices, Adds More Features

7 hours 27 min ago
Until Android Wear and the Apple Watch announcements, Pebble was the hottest smartwatch company on the scene. Now, with big-name competition, Pebble is slashing the price of the original Pebble by $50 (to $99) and the Pebble Steel by $30 (to $199). The company is also adding background sleep and activity tracking to its smartwatches. Its new marketing campaign pokes fun at Apple’s SVP of Design, Jony Ive, saying “Breathe, Jony. It’s just a watch. Chill.”

 

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External Link: The Story of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store

Tue, 2014-09-30 13:26
The glass Apple Store cube at the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue isn’t just a New York City landmark — it’s as iconic as any product Apple has released, if not more so. But what you may not know is that the actual store, underground, was an unused basement for 40 years. New York Magazine tells the story of how Steve Jobs and real estate developer Harry Macklowe worked together to turn an unwanted basement into one of retail’s greatest success stories.

 

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External Link: Debunking the Bendable iPhone 6

Tue, 2014-09-30 13:18
Much has been made of claims that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are prone to bending in people’s pockets. Consumer Reports, which drew attention to antenna issues in the iPhone 4, put both phones to a “three-point flexural test,” the same test that Apple uses. While Apple reportedly only tests with 55 pounds of force, Consumer Reports found that the iPhone 6 didn’t deform until it reached 70 pounds of force, and the iPhone 6 Plus held up even better, deforming at 90 pounds of force. While the iPhone 5 is much tougher, deforming at 130 pounds, the iPhone 6 still exceeds even Apple’s own standards.

 

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External Link: An iCloud Drive Bug Could Erase Your iCloud Data

Tue, 2014-09-30 13:17
If you’ve enabled iCloud Drive, be leery of using Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings, as it could erase at least some of your iCloud data. MacRumors has confirmed that activating that option after upgrading to iCloud Drive deletes all iWork documents stored in iCloud. However, iCloud documents that cannot be accessed by iOS, like those in Preview and TextEdit, appear to not be affected. Just another reason to hold off on upgrading to iCloud Drive until Apple works out the kinks.

 

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How to Test Bash for Shellshock Vulnerabilities

Tue, 2014-09-30 10:02
If you’ve been looking for a comprehensive set of tests to determine whether a given installation of Bash — on OS X or another Unix-based system — is vulnerable to Shellshock, here are the tests we’ve settled on.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 September 2014

Mon, 2014-09-29 13:59
Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 3.2.1, Evernote 5.6, SpamSieve 2.9.16, Sandvox 2.9, PopChar X 6.7, and Typinator 6.2.

 

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ExtraBITS for 29 September 2014

Mon, 2014-09-29 13:59
In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS links, we look at the viability of Mac OS 9 in 2014, why old security vulnerabilities just won’t die, and Apple’s iPhone stress-testing process.

 

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Apple Updates Bash for the Shellshock Vulnerability

Mon, 2014-09-29 13:38
Apple has released patches for the Shellshock Bash vulnerability, and although they’re not yet available in Software Update, you can download and install them manually for Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. In our testing, the patch seems to work.

 

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External Link: Using Mac OS 9 in 2014

Mon, 2014-09-29 10:45
Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica was challenged by his coworkers to use Mac OS 9 for a few days. Armed with a 2002 PowerBook G4, Cunningham set out to do his job with the now 12-year-old Mac OS 9.2.2… and found that he could get nothing done. However, he discovered that it was a nice setup for classic games that no longer run on modern Apple devices.

 

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OS X Server 3.2.1

Sun, 2014-09-28 22:26
Adds Profile Manager support for several new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite ($19.99 new, free update, 185 MB)

 

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Evernote 5.6

Sun, 2014-09-28 22:09
Adds more options for creating and editing notes, plus improves sync speed. (Free, 55.9 MB)

 

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SpamSieve 2.9.16

Sun, 2014-09-28 21:43
Improves filtering accuracy and adds support for 10.9.5 Mavericks. ($30 new, free update, 13.3 MB)

 

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External Link: How Apple Tests Software

Sun, 2014-09-28 14:57
With the botched iOS 8.0.1 update, questions are being asked about how Apple tests its software before release. An internal Bug Review Board ranks different known bugs in order of importance, which also determines how quickly they are addressed. One challenge for Apple is internal divisions that cause engineers to not be able to test software on unreleased hardware and cause departments to sign off on updates that could break features not under their purview.

 

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External Link: Why Security Vulnerabilities Aren’t Going Away

Sun, 2014-09-28 14:52
Old security vulnerabilities never seem to go away. Our own Glenn Fleishman, writing for Boing Boing, explores the reasons why, which boil down to companies not deactivating old software and there being no money in maintaining it.

 

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FunBITS: Epic Zen Garden Shows off Your New iPhone

Sun, 2014-09-28 14:29
While it’s more of a technology demo than a game, Epic Zen Garden is a great way to show off a new iPhone.

 

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Macs Mostly Safe from Bash Vulnerability, but Be Ready to Patch

Fri, 2014-09-26 15:34
Although all Macs are vulnerable to the recently disclosed Bash shell vulnerability, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be exploited. Security Editor Rich Mogull tells you why.

 

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External Link: The Place iPhones Go to Die

Fri, 2014-09-26 15:11
In response to claims that the iPhone 6 bends in pants pockets, Apple gave The Verge a rare look at the facility where it stress tests new iPhone models. Apple tested 30,000 iPhones before release, including a special test that simulates pressure inside a pants pocket. Apple claims that out of over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models sold so far, there have only been nine complaints about bent phones.

 

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Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Gets It Right This Time

Fri, 2014-09-26 07:49
The second try is the charm as Apple releases an iOS 8.0.2 update that offers the fixes in iOS 8.0.1 without disabling cellular service or Touch ID.

 

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After September, Still Apple Watching and Waiting

Thu, 2014-09-25 06:00
Jeff Porten came away from the Apple keynote feeling uncharacteristically unimpressed, so he shares his thoughts about what he doesn’t quite get about Apple’s direction.

 

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