Swift Benchmark, iCloud Photos, Firewatch, beware fake Flash update, hacker bribes, Russian czar, Notes Evernote


Swift

Apple makes its Swift benchmark suite open source — In a post on its Swift blog Apple says Swift’s benchmark suite is now open source. The suite contains source code for benchmarks, libraries, and utilities designed to help track Swift performance and catch performance regressions before they are committed.

iCloud Photo Library requires copying images to the Photos for OS X app — Photos lets you reference images as well as duplicating them into its library, but it won’t upload them to iCloud.

Firewatch Release on February 9th for Mac, Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4 — Firewatch comes to Mac, Windows, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The Mac version is via Steam, where it’s available for a preorder discount of US$17.99 (regularly $19.99) now. According to the developers, “Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.” It’s set in 1989, meaning no smartphones or even cellphones.

Intego warns of fake Flash Update that installs shareware — Security software company Intego is warning of a malware disguised as a (fake) Flash installer that actually installs scareware and other malware on your Mac. The malware isn’t exploiting any security holes in OS X, but instead does a semi-credible job of looking like an Adobe Flash update to socially engineer users into permitting the installation. [I just try and avoid Flash as much as possible.]

Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says — Hackers are trying to bribe workers at Apple’s Irish offices with thousands of euros, hoping to gain access to sensitive company login information, according to several people within the company.

Russia’s new Internet czar vows to make Apple & Google pay more taxes — In an effort to bolster local competitors, Russia’s new Internet adviser to president Vladimir Putin plans to raise taxes on American companies, singling out Apple, Google and Microsoft as targets.

Apple’s Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4 — Apple’s Notes app, included as part of the upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, has been confirmed to support Evernote .enex file format imports in what could be a move to convert users to the iCloud native format.

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