Tag Archives: iCloud security

iMac Retina, mini, lots of Yosemite links, iWork and iLife updates, iCloud security, iTunes, Lightroom


The Retina iMac (image from Apple Inc).
The Retina iMac (image from Apple Inc).

Apple’s new 27-inch Retina iMac — Apple certainly has a talent for making people lust after products they previously didn’t know they wanted; such is the case with Apple’s new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac. TUAW has a roundup of early reviews. A teardown of the new 27″ Retina iMac reveals identical parts, construction as the last-gen model– apart from that utterly gorgeous 5K screen, of course.

Apple’s new Mac mini lacks user-replaceable memory — An early assessment of Apple’s late-2014 Mac mini found that the headless desktop does not come with user-replaceable RAM, but does include user-serviceable hard drives. [Well, it is essentially a MacBook inside.]

Yosemite! What you need to know — TUAW has posted ‘the only Yosemite review you need to read‘ and Macworld has ‘The Complete Guide‘; the Mac Observer has ‘Cool stuff found in Yosemite Notes‘ (it’s a podcast); new OS feature  iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud; and how to get phone calls on your Mac in Yosemite. Handoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition between your Mac, iPhone & iPadHow to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails in OS X Yosemite; and How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite, plus ‘OK, Mac’: Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite.
Apple has posted the full October Media Event video.
Take Control has you covered too, with Take Control of Upgrading to YosemiteYosemite: A Take Control Crash Course, and Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course.

Apple patches OS X to protect against POODLE — Apple yesterday issued a security update for OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion meant to protect Macs against possible POODLE attacks.

Macworld runs down everything you need to know about iCloud security — The key takeaways here are that yes, you should absolutely be using Apple’s two-factor authentication – here’s how to set it up, by the way – especially now that it offers extended protection to iCloud and your backups.

iWork Updates for OS X, iOS Add iCloud Drive Support, more — Thursday’s release of OS X Yosemite brought along big updates for Pages, Numbers and Keynote for both the Mac and iOS devices. The updates for Apple’s iWork suite included iCloud Drive and Handoff support. The iLife suite for Mac has app redesigns, OS X Yosemite support.

Adobe Lightroom plug-in eases transition from Aperture, streamlines photo library imports — Seemingly timed to coincide with the launch of OS X Yosemite, Adobe on Thursday announced availability of a Lightroom plug-in that streamlines the process of importing Aperture photo libraries.

Where is my sidebar in iTunes 12? — Apple support boards are chattering today about the graphical changes in iTunes 12. The beloved, or in some cases tolerated sidebar is pretty much gone. Your music, movies and devices are now a row of icons at the top left of the iTunes window. All is not lost, however: your playlists can still appear in a left-side column as usual, making them quite easy to manage.

Beware hacks, iCloud security, Keynote structure, HomeKit framework


HomeKit is set to shake up the Apple world and we'll no doubt find out more tomorrow
HomeKit is set to shake up the Apple world and we’ll no doubt find out more tomorrow

Hackers launch Apple ID phishing campaign playing on iCloud security worries — The hackers behind the Kelihos botnet are trying to capitalise on users’ increased awareness about the security of Apple online accounts through a new phishing campaign.
The Kelihos botnet has started sending spam emails that purport to be security alerts from Apple informing recipients that a purchase was made using their Apple ID from the iTunes Store. Apple IDs are the accounts that customers use to access Apple’s online services.
The rogue emails bear the subject “Pending Authorisation Notification” and claim that the purchase was made from a computer or a device not previously linked to the user’s Apple ID. The emails list an IP (Internet Protocol) address from where the purchase was allegedly initiated and a corresponding physical location of Volgograd, Russia, they said.
The fake messages instruct users to click on a link if they didn’t initiate the purchase. The link leads to a phishing site that masquerades as the Apple ID log-in page and harvests credentials inputted by users for later misuse.
To prevent unauthorised access to their accounts even when their user names and passwords are compromised, users are advised to turn on two-step authentication for their Apple ID accounts.

Apple now emailing users when iCloud accessed via Web — In the wake of last week’s theft of celebrity photos, Apple has started beefing up security for its iCloud service. The move, part of improvements also promised by Apple CEO Tim Cook last week, comes just a day before one of the company’s biggest events of the year. [Always click on emails that purport to be Apple and make sure it’s an Apple email address – for example, if an email says ‘Log in to iCloud to do (whatever) and the email address is ‘yuri@gmail.com, well … that aint Apple!]

The hidden structure of the Apple keynote — One of Apple’s most successful products—which rarely gets recognised as such—is made not of aluminum and glass, but of words and pictures. The Apple keynote is the tool the company uses a few times a year to unveil its other products to millions of people. QZ explains the hidden structure.

HomeKit ready to shake it up — HomeKit is one of the most mysterious features of iOS 8, because when Apple unwrapped it at WWDC in June, the company was really talking to developers. Craig Federighi teased what consumers would someday be able to do with it, but HomeKit is sort of like iOS 8’s version of Passbook: Apple is providing the framework but developers of both software and devices are going to have to take the ball and run with it.
[Above is the HomeKit icon.]

Fashion editors to Apple Event, Mid 2014 MacBook Pro, 2-step iCloud security, Mac apps, new dev tools


Apple Event Timer
Apple Event Timer

More than Tech: Apple Invites fashion editors to Sept 9 Media Event — Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company’s September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we’ll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumoured iWatch. The event will be screened live from this link which has a countdown timer.

Review: Apple’s mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display — Like the updated mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple’s latest 15-inch notebook brings slightly speedier Intel processors. But with memory, graphics and design all carried over from last year, the most substantial change is a US$100 price cut.

How to enable Apple’s secure two-step verification for your iCloud & iTunes accounts — Last week’s celebrity photo leaks were a stark reminder of what can happen to internet users that fail to follow basic security precautions, like enabling two-factor authentication when it’s available. With Apple’s own security practices under the microscope, AppleInsider shows you how to enable Cupertino’s own implementation.

Mac app gem in Macworld GemFest 2014 — The Mac apps listed here are part of Macworld’s GemFest 2014. Every day (except weekends) from July through September, Macworld staff members use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout app that offers great value. Apps are listed in reverse-chronological review order (most-recent at the top).

Apple relaunches iTunes Connect and introduces Test Flight app ahead of Sept 9 event — With the release of iOS 8 coming in the very near future, Apple is prepping developers with a few new tools to help keep their apps working for users and themselves. First up is the relaunch of iTunes Connect’s web portal interface and Apple has finally debuted a new TestFlight app for beta testing management.