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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for Sunday 8-7-2016


Apple iOS 9.3.4 Is Now Available: What Is Included In The Update?
A highly recommended upgrade because it contains an “important” security patch.
The description in the Apple support page says: “A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.” MacRumors pointed out that iOS 9.3.4 also fixes the Pangu iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak exploit. And Apple credited Team TISI +% Pangu for discovering the memory corruption vulnerability.
iPad Pro 9.7 revisited: making it work for work
We take another look at the iPad Pro, the same 9.7-inch model, to answer an equally burning question: how can it replace a PC, especially for some serious work.
The iPad Pro, especially the larger kind, is clearly marketed for those who do creative work. Artists swear by (some at) their experience with the Apple Pencil. The large screen makes it convenient to view, organize, and retouch photos. And the extra beefy hardware, especially the 4 GB of RAM, rare for any iPad, gives it enough muscle for video editing right then and there.
Why would one even bother trying to use an iPad Pro for work. Or is it even possible? To both questions, I give a resounding yes, but with a few caveats. It is entirely usable for professional work, be it writing, making art, or editing multimedia. You will, however, have to change your workflow and and your mindset. It does have attached benefits which could make the paradigm shift worthwhile.
Video shows latest progress of constructions of Apple’s new headquarters
Woman drops iPhone from airplane, finds it undamaged in Vancouver, B.C., park
The woman wrote:
"Found my phone in the middle of the forest in Stanley Park at 10:04pm after dropping it 2500ft from a plane. Haha! Yay!!!!!”
The 20 best smartphones in the world
The iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S plus and the iPhone SE hold first, second and third place, respectively.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus hold 14th and 15th place, respectively.
Judge wipes out patent troll’s $625M verdict against Apple
A patent-holding company that won a huge court victory against Apple had its victory wiped out, and its stock plunged by more than 40 percent.
Here it is, the ultimate evidence that Samsung has “invented” the Apple Watch.
Yes, I am kidding about Samsung inventing the Apple Watch, but Samsung is dead serious about copying Apple.  A Samsung patent document has copies of Apple Watch drawings in it.
Samsung has a long history of copying the iPhone, with US courts having already ruled for Apple in the past
The Apple Watch is the most anxiety-inducing device this author ever owned
His anxiety made his heart race. His Apple Watch showed him that his heart was beating too fast, which made him more anxious and caused his heart to beat still faster. And he started having dizzy spells.
We went to see some cardiologists and, in the end, they pronounced him healthy.
One doctor suggested he take a vacation:  He advised no contact with work and no contact with the internet.
After he returned from his work free and internet free vacation, he was feeling fine.
Until he put his Apple Watch back on.  He wrote:
"The Apple Watch is the most anxiety-inducing piece of technology I’ve ever owned. It’s a reminder that a worry is like a notification, which left unchecked, can consume you."
The 18 apps you should use every day to be more productive
11 apps that have actually changed people's lives
Police 3D-printed a dead man's finger to unlock his iPhone
Now might be the time to disable any biometric sensors on your smartphone, unless you want the police to 3D print a replica of your fingers and unlock it with ease.
Sure, there are efforts to develop fingerprint sensors that won’t be tricked by fake fingers, but they aren’t going to be available for a while and this case shows that police already want to thwart the scanners used today.
The best solution to all of these problems is to avoid setting up biometric securityin the first place.
AW comment:  Hackers could make fake fingerprints too.
Apple announces long-awaited bug bounty program
Apple’s invitation-only bug bounty program will be open only to researchers who have previously made valuable vulnerability disclosures to the company. Apple consulted with other companies on their bug bounty programs and decided that opening the bounty system to the public would bring a deluge of reports that might overshadow high-risk vulnerabilities. 

However, Apple won’t turn away new researchers if they provide useful disclosures, and plans to slowly expand the program.
The program launches in September with five categories of risk and reward:

• Vulnerabilities in secure boot firmware components: Up to $200,000
• Vulnerabilities that allow extraction of confidential material from Secure Enclave: Up to $100,000
• Executions of arbitrary or malicious code with kernel privileges: Up to $50,000
• Access to iCloud account data on Apple servers: Up to $50,000
• Access from a sandboxed process to user data outside the sandbox: Up to $25,000
The new program will begin as invite-only, including only a few dozen researchers. Still, Apple says the program will become more open as it grows, and if a non-member approaches Apple with a significant bug, they’ll be invited into the program to work it through. The invite system is unusual for a bounty program, but Apple explained it as necessary to weed out spurious submissions and make sure trusted researchers had adequate support from the company.
The Bug Bounty List
A comprehensive, up to date list of bug bounty and disclosure programs from across the web curated by the Bugcrowd researcher community.
Everything you need to know is on the internet.  Or is it?
Shocker! Facebook Changes Its Algorithm to Avoid ‘Clickbait’
Facebook says it plans to marginalize what it considers to be “clickbait” news stories from publishers in its news feed, in another step to keep its 1.71 billion members regularly coming back to its social network.

In a change to its news feed algorithm on Thursday, Facebook said certain types of headlines would be classified as clickbait, those that “withhold or distort information.” Those stories will then appear less frequently in users’ feeds, the company said.
Here's How to Overcome Newly Discovered iPhone Ransomware
4 Foolish Cybersecurity Mistakes Robert Herjavec Is Shocked People Still Make
Identity Theft Recovery from the FTC

Social Security Web Site Now Requires Cellphone to Access Your SSA Account On-Line

For your protection, we now require multifactor authentication for all users of the "my Social Security" web site. To register and sign in, you must now enter a security code that we will send to your cell phone. Your cell phone provider’s text message and data rates may apply.

Because of technical and resource constraints, we are not currently able to offer alternative methods of satisfying this security requirement. However, we may consider adding more options in the future. We appreciate your patience as we work continuously to secure your online information.

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