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Editor: Tom Briant
Sunday, October 4, 2015
iOS 9 is turning out to be one of Apple’s most troublesome launches. Two dedicated bug fixes have been released in the last week to combat the growing list of user problems and now the second has come with a somewhat nasty (and risky) surprise…
With iOS 9.0.2 Apple has stopped signing both iOS 8.4.1 (the last version of iOS 8) and iOS 9.
‘Signing’ is what allows a device to go back to a previous iOS version (Apple’s servers sign off permission to install each software version) and is commonly used when a user experiences trouble with new software version. Consequently with the release of iOS 9.0.2 Apple has taken away the escape route back to iOS 8. It’s iOS 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 now or nothing.
I strongly advise you to wait a while before upgrading to iOS 9.
5 reasons business users will love the Mac's newest OS, El Capitan
1. An updated Mail App
2. An updated Notes app
3. An updated Spotlight search
4. Apple improved a feature for making MacBooks work better with corporate I.T. departments
5. Apple has improved its Volume Purchasing Program
12 'El Capitan' features that Apple totally ripped off from Windows
The 14 best Mac apps for making your life easier
Here are the secret apps that only Apple employees get to use
Video: How to make browsing on the iPhone 500% faster
The latest version of iOS includes a way to block ads, trackers, and widgets many websites use. BusinessInsider.com — an ad-supported site — recommends that you keep the ads but consider blocking some of the other things. Here's how to do it.
Movie Review: 'Steve Jobs' an electric depiction of Apple's enigmatic founder
Some of the new features of Apple’s latest Mac OS
Your Mac is going to change this week
Here's a quick breakdown of the most important changes.
A hidden feature in the new iPhone is going to make it a lot easier to copy and paste text
This new way of interacting with your phone is thanks to 3D Touch, a new feature that comes on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
People are complaining that the new iPhone fingerprint sensor is too good
Some users have been reporting that Touch ID is so sensitive that it unlocks the device before they have a chance to check the notifications on their lock screen.
Apple's iPhone 6S is one of the best smartphones I've ever used — but here's why I wouldn't buy it
Apple's latest iPhone more powerful and easier to use than ever before.
The overall experience is better, but it hasn't changed substantially enough to warrant an upgrade from an iPhone 6. However, if you have an older iPhone such as an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5, it's a great choice, and it'll feel like a huge change.
Apple has reportedly inked a deal to build a massive SECOND spaceship-like campus in Silicon Valley.
Apple is also in the middle of completing its futuristic 2.8-million-square-foot campus adjacent to its current headquarters in Cupertino.
Part of the reason for this is that the privacy policies of most major corporations (Apple included) are written by lawyers, not by someone whose purpose it is to make the companies’ policies actually clear to end users. The reasons for that are many fold, but you can probably suss out the most likely; first, companies like to cover their asses in case of privacy breaches. Second, if you actually saw the privacy policies of most companies laid out in plain verbiage you would want to crawl into a cave.
Apple is blowing that up a bit today by expanding on its privacy page and presenting its policies in clear language, with extensive supporting data. Whether it’s government information requests (94 percent of that is trying to find stolen iPhones, and only 6 percent is law enforcement seeking personal information) or how consumer-facing features like iMessage, Apple Pay, Health and HomeKit are set up to protect user information; the sense is one of confidence in its stance.
Apple removes iPhone app that reports US drone strikes
The move spotlights the complicated issues Apple and its customers face trying to strike the right balance between a safe environment and one that's been too sanitized.
Apple purposefully left its guidelines vague, flexible and open to interpretation. Citing the Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous 1963 opinion about pornography, the guidelines say: "We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, 'I'll know it when I see it.' And we think that you will also know it when you cross it.
Apple pulls iFixit's app after it tears down the new Apple TV
The team at iFixit is learning a hard, hard lesson about the importance of honoring developer agreements. Apple has banned an iFixit developer account (and consequently, the iFixit app) after the repair-it-yourself outfit tore down a PRE-RELEASE Apple TV sent out to developers, violating Apple's terms and conditions.
Edward Snowden just joined Twitter — and he is already trolling the NSA
On Tuesday September 29, 2015, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden joined Twitter.
24 hours later, Snowden has already amassed more than one million followers.
Meet the 24 MacArthur 'geniuses' who were each awarded $625,000 to change the world
The new 'Yelp for people' app is a psychologist's nightmare
You've probably heard about Peeple, the new app that lets you rate any person you know
But several psychologists we talked to think it's a terrible idea. Here's why:
1. It totally removes the human element
2. It takes things out of context
A recommendation is only as good as the recommender
3. It may be easy to scam people
4. As with any review, it's subject to bias
5. It could be pretty bad for users' self-esteem
The US is way behind much of the world when it comes to internet speeds
The U.S. is in 24th place.
Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, and the UK all have, on average, faster internet than the United States.
See the list of the 25 top “internet speed” nations.
13 awesome tricks your Mac just learned with El Capitan
Apple's next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, is now available as a free download, and compatible with all Macs that run OS X Yosemite. AppleInsider offers a quick rundown of a couple of the things you can do with your newly updated Mac.
Black Hats Offer Million-Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty
A number of high-tech companies offer bounties to help plug holes in their software programs. They may pay $10,000 to $15,000 for a significant exploit. Those amounts face tough competition, though. "I've seen some hackers claiming to have a $400,000 budget for bug bounties and willing to pay two to three times what's offered by a company bounty program," said Damballa researcher Loucif Kharouni.
Zerodium last week posted a million-dollar bounty for juicy iOS 9 bugs or jailbreaks. Anyone who tried to collect the bounty will want to remain anonymous, whether he gets paid or not [due to illegal considerations].
The Apple trade is officially over.
I love my Macbook Pro ...... but good companies see stock prices fall, too.
the psychology of the stock market and [Federal Reserve] shifts in liquidity have caused the Apple trade to change.
Why Peeple, the 'Yelp for people,' is a bad idea
While users are vulnerable to legal risk, Drechsel says, Peeple is protected from such lawsuits under the Communications Decency Act, which immunizes interactive computer services from defamatory posts on their platforms.
In addition to legal pitfalls, the ability to review people, no matter how positive the reviews are, creates social dangers. Teenagers, for example, are already subjected to online bullying through social networks and even dating sites.
Is finding your calling as easy as taking a personality test? This company thinks so.
Though there are a plethora of career and personality tests available online, Find Your Calling sets itself apart by pulling in data from federal and local government resources that gives students a sense of the average salary for each job and likelihood that a given industry will grow, Ferguson said.