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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekend Roundup

A Few Tips You Should Know Before You Get Started With The Bigger Screen On The iPhone 6

The Most Important Things To Consider If You're Trying To Decide Between The iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus

I Just Held The iPhone 6 Plus In One Hand, And the iPhone 6 In The Other — It Took 2 Seconds To Realize Which Phone I Need

How iOS 8 Completely Changed The Way You Use Your iPhone

AW comment:  The above headline is an exaggeration, but the features shown in the video are still neat.

5 must-have apps for investors

I've been using the Apple iPhone 6 for a couple of days now and frankly, I'd give it a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.

I thought I'd want the bigger Plus screen for sure, but now that I have this iPhone 6 itself, I think it's plenty big already.

Every app I've tried runs with absolutely no lag, although some bugs have come up in certain apps that haven't been optimized for the latest versions of iOS. As a rule of thumb, if your app worked well on iOS 7, it will probably still work just as well on iOS 8. But if the app was buggy in iOS 7, it'll be even buggier in iOS 8.

The best apps for investors are:
KCast Gold Live
Stock Guru Pro
Wolfram Alpha

Apple Pulled The iOS Update That's Screwing Up People's Phones

Apple pulled the update about an hour after releasing it.

How To Fix Your iPhone If It Got Ruined By The iOS 8 Update

Apple's PR nightmare turns into social media's 'joke of the day'

It's time to chill out over 'bendgate' and buy Apple Stock
Analyst calls 'bendgate' irrational and reiterates buy call

a number of Apple fans on Reddit have started to pick apart the YouTube video ...... discrepancies in the timing of the video, with the clock on the iPhone 6 Plus reading 2:26 p.m. at the time of the bending, but reading an earlier 1:58 p.m. at a later point in the video after the bending was already supposed to have taken place.

Apple's Phil Schiller says 'go to the Genius Bar' if your iPhone 6 is bent

Apple's ubiquity is a blessing and a curse: an issue with a new iPhone will go under far more scrutiny than it would with any competing product, but at the same time anyone that does happen to have the issue should find it relatively easier to get support.

How Samsung Spent Billions Of Dollars To Destroy Apple With Attack Ads

Nude-Photo Hackers Are Sad Apple Ruined Their Fun

“The game is over,” wrote one forlorn Anon-IB member. “We lost despite a major lead.”

Angry users on the site blamed the high-profile celebrity nude leak for ruining iCloud hacking techniques they’d used for months or even years to silently download backups from iPhone owners.

Anon-IB’s hackers seem more upset, however, about the email alerts Apple now sends to its users when their account is accessed or a backup downloaded.

POLICE: 'Apple Will Become The Phone Of Choice For The Pedophile'

Apple's new stance on privacy and encryption has gone down poorly with law enforcement, but it's not yet clear whether criminals are actually able to take advantage of Apple's products the way they fear.

Is Apple Picking a Fight With the U.S. Government?  Not exactly.

With its new iOS 8, Apple has radically improved the way that data on its devices is encrypted. Once users set a passcode, Apple will no longer be able to unlock your device—even if ordered to do so by a court.

Orin Kerr referred to Apple’s new policy as a “dangerous game,” one that “doesn’t stop hackers, trespassers, or rogue agents” but “only stops lawful investigations with lawful warrants.” While Kerr has moderated his views since his initial post, his overarching concern remains the same: By placing customer interests before that of law enforcement, Apple is working against the public interest.

Kerr is wrong about this. Apple is not designing systems to prevent law enforcement from executing legitimate warrants. It’s building systems that prevent everyone who might want your data—including hackers, malicious insiders, and even hostile foreign governments—from accessing your phone. This is absolutely in the public interest. Moreover, in the process of doing so, Apple is setting a precedent that users, and not companies, should hold the keys to their own devices.

Designing backdoors is easy. The challenge is in designing backdoors that only the right people can get through. In order to maintain its access to your phone, Apple would need a backdoor that allowed them to execute legitimate law enforcement requests, while locking hackers and well-resourced foreign intelligence services out. The problem is so challenging that even the National Security Agency has famously gotten it wrong.

Some interesting info from Apple about iTunes:

iTunes 11 for Mac: Symbols used in iTunes

iTunes 11 for Mac: Set up syncing for iPod, iPhone, or iPad

iTunes 11 for Mac: Download podcasts and educational media

How The iPhone 6's Camera Compares To The Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s, And Moto X

15 Ways Video Games Make You Smarter And Healthier

New 'Bash' Software Bug May Be A Bigger Threat Than Heartbleed

Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Linux computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of a targeted system, security experts said.

Apple Says Majority Of OS X Users Are Safe From Bash Exploits

Apple notes here, in OS X you should be safe so long as you haven’t configured advanced access (which means probably most of our readers are okay). Apple will also issue an OS X update shortly to close the potential hole, so also just make sure you don’t go enabling any advanced UNIX options before that happens.

Security Experts Are Racing To Destroy A Virus Called 'Shellshock' That's Targeting Apple Computers

Even though Apple has publicly said that this so-called "Shellshock" bug, deemed bigger and more damaging than "Heartbleed," won't affect the majority of its users, experts are still incredibly worried. The virus' potential reach goes well beyond consumers and could hurt entire web infrastructures.

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