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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

Apple gave part of its MacBook Pro line of laptops a speed bump today. But all you'll want to know really is whether the machine can still be paralysed by a crumb, or a speck of dust. A child with a butterfly, from shutterstock The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand READ MORE We can't say until …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2018

Starbucks site slurped, Z-Wave locks clocked, mad Mac Monero mining malware and much more

Roundup While this week was dominated by news of a new Spectre variant, the VPNFilter botnet, and TalkTalk's badbad routersrouters, plenty of other stories popped up. Here are a handful of security happenings that you may have missed. Wireless Z-Wave smart-locks, home IoT devices menaced Wireless gadgets, such as home smart locks, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2018
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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

Mac laptop owners are experiencing frequent failures with the delicate "butterfly switch" keyboards introduced three years ago and included on its "TouchBar" MacBook Pro models two years ago. Apple opted for the design to make its thin laptops even more anorexic, but they fail easily and are expensive to fix. Even diehard …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2018

Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

Hands On Huawei won't unveil its new P20 flagship phone until the end of March, so it used MWC to showcase an envy-inducing laptop, the Matebook X. The Chinese giant is clearly gunning for Apple, which has irked its core customer base by adding gimmicks, removing ports and messing with the keyboard. So are Microsoft (Surface Laptop) …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2018
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Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

Apple on Thursday touted its highest-grossing quarter ever, even as iPhone and Mac shipments were down. CEO Tim Cook made a point of singling out strong iPhone X and iPad sales, while glossing over slowed Mac sales. For the quarter ending December 30, Apple's first of its fiscal 2018: Revenues of $88.2bn beat out analyst …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Feb 2018

Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up

Apple's coined it for another quarter. Cupertino on Thursday US time revealed fourth quarter revenue of US$52.6 billion, up a dozen per cent compared to Q4 in 2016. 46 million iPhones accounted for $28.8bn, 10.3 million iPads generated $4.8bn and 5.4m Macintosh computers brought in $7.1bn. On the company's earnings call, CEO …
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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

It has been three years since Apple released any major update to the Mac Mini family, but CEO Tim Cook says that doesn't mean the minimalist systems are dead. Answering a loyalist's email, the supply-chain-man-turned-Steve-Jobs-corporate-heir said the iPhone giant still has plans to remake the Mac Mini, just don't expected to …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017

Apple Mac fans told: Something smells EFI in your firmware

Pre-boot software on Macs is often outdated, leaving Apple fans at a greater risk of malware attack as a result, according to new research. An analysis of 73,000 Apple Macs by Duo Security found that users are unknowingly exposed to sophisticated malware-based attacks because of outdated firmware. On average, 4.2 per cent of …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2017
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So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

Analysis Apple releases a systems nerd nirvana today, a new OS that’s packed with more profound and interesting under-the-hood technology features than Apple has released for years. But should you rush out and upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra? Well, certainly not, if you want to maintain a set of working peripherals. And emphatically …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2017
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Apple celebrates soaring iPad sales: Put it on my tab, says CEO Tim Cook

Apple is crediting a resurgence in its education programs and school sales in helping to drive up iPad sales to its first gains since 2014. The iGiant touted numbers that topped expectations in its fiscal year 2017 Q3 (ending July 1). They further excited analysts by projecting a monster fourth quarter to close out fiscal 2017 …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2017
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Mac ransomware author is giving away malicious code to script kiddies

Security researchers have discovered a ransomware variant that targets Macs rather than Windows PCs. Although technically inferior to most current ransomware targeting Windows, it still encrypts or prevents access to victim's files, thereby causing real damage, according to researchers at Fortinet. MacRansom uses symmetric …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2017

Apple leaks new thinner, lighter iPad ... revenues

Apple's iPad sales continue to plummet, and iPhone sales are going flat due to over-hype – but the Cupertino idiot tax operation was still able to haul in a hefty $11bn profit in the past quarter. The iGiant said that for the three months to April 1, its second quarter of the 2017 fiscal year, it recorded: Revenues of $52. …
Shaun Nichols, 2 May 2017

Apple squashes cert-handling bug affecting macOS and iOS

Apple has resolved a certification validation vulnerability affecting both macOS and iOS users. The (CVE-2017-2485) vulnerability posed a remote code execution risk on affected systems, which created a potential mechanism for hackers to craft exploits that pushed malware on to otherwise patched iThings. The flaw – discovered …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2017
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Macs don't get viruses? Hahaha, ha... seriously though, that Word doc could be malware

Hackers are menacing Apple Mac users with Word documents laced with malicious macros that install malware. Security researchers spotted a rash of poisonous files doing the rounds earlier this week, one of which was titled "U.S. Allies and Rivals Digest Trump's Victory – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.docm." Apple …
John Leyden, 9 Feb 2017
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Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

Apple is believed to be developing another ARM-based processor that will challenge Intel hardware in its Mac line. The Cupertino maker of ClarisWorks is reportedly working on a chip to handle operations when a future Mac machine goes into low power mode and the main Intel processor goes to sleep. A Bloomberg report cites …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Feb 2017

'Ancient' Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms

Security researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered a Mac backdoor using antiquated code that targets biomedical research facilities. The malware was probably created years ago but has only recently been discovered. Malwarebytes speculates that it wasn't found before because it was only ever used in targeted attacks, limiting …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2017
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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

Comment Apple has ignored a page of very recent history by introducing its "Touch Bar", Lenovo reminded us on Thursday. Last week Apple replaced physical hardware function keys on its new laptops with a touch sensitive OLED strip, the "Touch Bar". This isn't an original idea, and it has failed spectacularly when introduced to the …
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Mac malware lies in wait for YOU to start a vid sesh...

Mac malware could piggy-back on your legitimate webcam sessions - yep, the ones you've initiated - to locally record you without detection, a leading security researcher warns. Patrick Wardle, a former NSA staffer who heads up research at infosec biz Synack, outlined the vulnerability together with counter-measures he’s …
John Leyden, 6 Oct 2016

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