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Apple Card could launch in Canada next year as US awaits debut

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:52

We learned earlier this week that Apple Card trademarks have been applied for in Europe and Hong Kong. Now a report from The Star highlights Apple has done the same in Canada which could point to a 2020 spring or summer Apple Card launch in the country.

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LG rumored again to join Samsung as OLED display supplier for 2019 iPhones

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:38

LG is rumored once again to start picking up orders for OLED displays in the iPhone lineup, this time as early as 2019.
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The best cup holder phone mounts

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:30

There are a lot of iPhone accessories out there for your car. Here's a quick roundup of some of the best cup holder phone mounts you can buy right now.
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Huawei Says Hongmeng OS Isn't Designed as an Android Replacement

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:25
Huawei reportedly wants to keep using Google's Android operating system in its phones instead of jumping to its self-developed Hongmeng system. From a report: Company senior vice president Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels this week that the Hongmeng OS isn't even designed for phones, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Chen apparently said Hongmeng is for industrial use, noting that it contains far fewer lines of code than a phone OS, and has much lower latency than a phone, meaning it can process a very high volume of data messages with little delay. Latest episode in a confusing narrative about what Huawei even intends to do. The company's executives have previously said on record that its homegrown operating system is designed to replace Android on its handsets. One executive said the operating system would be released by last month -- a target that Huawei has missed.

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Using Peloton bikes and treadmills with Apple Watch, Music, and Health

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:04

I’ve been exploring the world of Peloton since the exercise bike showed up in my home office last week. While Peloton does not work with GymKit, there are two Apple features that work with the workout system.

Peloton bikes and treadmills offer limited Apple Music integration for streaming music subscribers with linked accounts. Workouts tracked with the Peloton system can be saved to Apple’s Health app, too, although logging sessions with Apple Watch requires some configuration.

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9to5Mac Daily: July 19, 2019 – iCloud surveillance tool, 2020 iPhone processors

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:58

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Apple Music reinvigorates hip-hop efforts with ‘Rap Life’ playlist and Beats 1 show to ‘move at the speed of culture’

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:57

Apple Music has rebranded its A List: Hip-Hop playlist to Rap Life while adding a weekly show with the same name to Beats 1 Radio. The changes have been led by Apple’s global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B, Ebro Darden.

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Kazakhstan Government is Now Intercepting All HTTPS Traffic

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:46
Artem S. Tashkinov writes: Starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Kazakhstan government has started intercepting all HTTPS internet traffic inside its borders. Local internet service providers (ISPs) have been instructed by the local government to force their respective users into installing a government-issued certificate on all devices, and in every browser. The certificate, once installed, will allow local government agencies to decrypt users' HTTPS traffic, look at its content, encrypt it again with their certificate, and send it to its destination. Kazakh users trying to access the internet since yesterday have been redirected to web pages that contained instructions on how to install the government's root certificate in their respective browsers, may it be a desktop or mobile device.

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New to Mac? 3 ways to copy and paste text on your Mac

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:44

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If you’re new to macOS and need to learn some basics for dealing with text, here’s how to copy and paste on your Mac, three different ways.
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Unc0ver v3.3.5 adds support for Jake James’ ‘Sock Port’ exploit

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:16

Pwn20wnd updated the unc0ver jailbreak tool twice on Friday, bringing the tool up to version 3.3.5. The latest version now supports Jake James’ Sock Port exploit for A7-A9(X) devices running iOS 11.0-12.1.4.
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Tech Unemployment Hits 19-Year Low

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:06
New submitter SpaceForceCommander writes: Tech unemployment hasn't been this low since the turn of the century, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data crunched by CompTIA. As of May, tech's unemployment rate sat at 1.3 percent. "There is now the very real prospect of tech worker shortages affecting industry growth," Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA, wrote in a statement accompanying the data. "Firms seeking to expand into new areas such as the Internet of Things, robotic process automation or artificial intelligence may be inhibited by a lack of workers with these advanced skills, not to mention shortages in the complementary areas of technology infrastructure and cybersecurity." Tech's unemployment rate previously hit 1.4 percent, in April 2007 and March 2018. (The BLS began measuring occupation-level employment data in January 2000.) However, not all segments within tech are adding jobs at the same rate; although custom software development and computer systems design gained 8,400 new positions in May, for example, both information services and telecommunications saw modest losses. Meanwhile, new data from PayScale suggests that wages within the tech industry grew 2.3 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2019. That's an indicator that the low unemployment rate is forcing employers to pay more in order to secure the talent they need.

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Researchers Easily Trick Security Firm Cylance's AI-Based Antivirus Into Thinking Programs Like WannaCry and Other Malware Are Benign

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:23
By taking strings from an online gaming program and appending them to malicious files, researchers were able to trick Cylance's AI-based antivirus engine into thinking programs like WannaCry and other malware are benign. From a report: AI has been touted by some in the security community as the silver bullet in malware detection. Its proponents say it's superior to traditional antivirus since it can catch new variants and never-before-seen malware -- think zero-day exploits -- that are the Achilles heel of antivirus. One of its biggest proponents is the security firm BlackBerry Cylance, which has staked its business model on the artificial intelligence engine in its endpoint PROTECT detection system, which the company says has the ability to detect new malicious files two years before their authors even create them. But researchers in Australia say they've found a way to subvert the machine-learning algorithm in PROTECT and cause it to falsely tag already known malware as "goodware." The method doesn't involve altering the malicious code, as hackers generally do to evade detection. Instead, the researchers developed a "global bypass" method that works with almost any malware to fool the Cylance engine. It involves simply taking strings from a non-malicious file and appending them to a malicious one, tricking the system into thinking the malicious file is benign. The benign strings they used came from an online gaming program, which they have declined to name publicly so that Cylance will have a chance to fix the problem before hackers exploit it. "As far as I know, this is a world-first, proven global attack on the ML [machine learning] mechanism of a security company," says Adi Ashkenazy, CEO of the Sydney-based company Skylight Cyber, who conducted the research with CTO Shahar Zini. "After around four years of super hype [about AI], I think this is a humbling example of how the approach provides a new attack surface that was not possible with legacy [antivirus software]."

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Apple Music rebrands ‘The A-List: Hip-Hop’ playlist to ‘Rap Life’

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:15

Apple has rebranded its "A-List: Hip-Hop" playlist, changing the name to "Rap Life" and refocusing its attention.
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Apple Watch prompts potentially life-saving heart surgery for 48-year-old dad

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:47

Apple Watch’s ECG functionality has saved a lot of lives, but the latest example shows how the low and high resting heart rate alerts are also uncovering unknown heart issues. After seeing multiple low resting heart rate warnings, a 48-year-old recently discovered he had ventricular bigeminy and was able to address the heart condition with surgery before it caused any issues.

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China's Tech Giants Have a Second Job: Helping Beijing Spy on Its People

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:43
Tencent and Alibaba are among the firms that assist authorities in hunting down criminal suspects, silencing dissent and creating surveillance cities. From a report: Alibaba Group's sprawling campus has collegial workspaces, laid-back coffee bars and, on the landscaped grounds, a police outpost. Employees use the office to report suspected crimes to the police, according to people familiar with the operation. Police also use it to request data from Alibaba for their own investigations, these people said, tapping into the trove of information the tech giant collects through its e-commerce and financial-payment networks. In one case, the police wanted to find out who had posted content related to terrorism, said a former Alibaba employee. "They came to me and asked me for the user ID and information," he recalled. He turned it over. The Chinese government is building one of the world's most sophisticated, high-tech systems to keep watch over its citizens, including surveillance cameras, facial-recognition technology and vast computers systems that comb through terabytes of data. Central to its efforts are the country's biggest technology companies, which are openly acting as the government's eyes and ears in cyberspace. Companies including Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings and Baidu, are required to help China's government hunt down criminal suspects and silence political dissent. Their technology is also being used to create cities wired for surveillance.

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Quick Look: Elago W6, the cute Apple Watch stand that thinks it’s an iPod

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:36

If you ever feel nostalgic for the classic iPod, you might enjoy the Elago W6, the Apple Watch stand that thinks it’s an iPod.

It’s not the first time Elago has done something like this. Back in 2017, it created the W3, based on the original Macintosh …

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9to5Mac Happy Hour 234: MacBook speeds, Apple TV+ details, and iPhone 11 dummies

9to5Mac - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:18

This week Benjamin and Zac talk more about the updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, news around Apple TV+ and the upcoming streaming video service, new emoji coming in iOS 13, the latest iPhone 11 rumors, changes in iOS 13 beta 4, and much more.

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NSO Spyware 'Targets Big Tech Cloud Services'

Slashdot - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:00
The Israeli company whose spyware hacked WhatsApp has told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of an individual's data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, Financial Times reported on Friday. [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] From the report: NSO Group's flagship smartphone malware, nicknamed Pegasus, has for years been used by spy agencies and governments to harvest data from targeted individuals' smartphones. But it has now evolved to capture the much greater trove of information stored beyond the phone in the cloud, such as a full history of a target's location data, archived messages or photos, according to people who shared documents with the Financial Times and described a recent product demonstration. The documents raise difficult questions for Silicon Valley's technology giants, which are trusted by billions of users to keep critical personal information, corporate secrets and medical records safe from potential hackers. NSO denied promoting hacking or mass-surveillance tools for cloud services. However, it did not specifically deny that it had developed the capability described in the documents.

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Israeli surveillance software Pegasus targets cloud data on infected iPhones

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:16

The updated smartphone surveillance tool from Israeli company NSO Group not only harvests on-device data, but also scraps data from iCloud and popular cloud-based services the user authenticated on their iPhone or Android.
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