Tag Archives: Irish tax

iCloud gets 2TB option, Dropbox hacked, Irish tax, Geekbench 4, camera blocker


Apple’s iCloud gets 2TB storage tier ahead of iPhone 7 launch — Apple quietly added a 2TB storage option for iCloud subscribers, doubling the previous high end tier. The company added the new level this week, leading to speculation that the company’s September 7th media really will include a new iPhone with 256GB internal storage. [To buy extra (you have 5GB free) storage on your Mac, open System Preferences, click iCloud, click the Manage button, then Buy More Storage and you’ll see the new 2TB storage plan for NZ$29.99 a month/US$$19.99 a month.]

Dropbox hack released details of more than 68M accounts, report says — Dropbox recently notified users of a potential forced password reset after its security team discovered a batch of account credentials believed to have been obtained from a known 2012 data breach. While the initial announcement failed to specify the exact number of impacted users, a report on Tuesday puts the number at well over 68 million.

Irish cabinet may get more time to decide on Apple’s tax appeal — Ireland’s cabinet may be given more time to decide on whether to back the finance minister’s recommendation that Dublin appeal the European Commission’s ruling against its tax dealings with Apple, reports Reuters. The EU-imposed Apple Irish tax bill could exceed $21.2B if appeal process fails.

Geekbench 4 Released for Mac, iOS, and Other OSes — Primate Labs has released Geekbench 4 for OS X (and for iOS, Windows, Linux, and Android) this week. Geekbench is a benchmarking app that will test your device and show how it compares to other devices. The new version includes a new interface, a new structure that allows more features on mobile devices, and new workloads (ie tests for CPU). [Geekbench is one of the few tools that leta you see how Apple device compare in computing power to non-Apple devices.]

Camera Guard for Mac OS X blocks webcam and microphone access — ProtectStar has introduced Camera Guard Professional 2016, a safety software solution for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make sure that no hacker, spy or malware can observe you or listen in on you. It normally costs €$29.90, but is being offered for €$19.90 in the first week of launch. There’s also a free version of Camera Guard available that offers protection of the webcam and safety information over access. [Scroll down on this page to find both version.)


Massive tax bill at last, MacBook Pro OLED code, Intel Kaby Lake

(Image from Mac Observer)

Tim Cook responds to $14.5B EU tax bill with open letter, and says the decision will be reversed. [I say come hell or high water, at least the lawyers will get richer still.] Turkish PM says Apple should move to Turkey [not exactly stable or safe …]. Another column reckons it could be Apple, not intransigent noms, that destroys the European Union.
Meanwhile, Apple’s competitors are sensing weakness. [They shouldn’t be – Apple can actually afford this bill.]

Possible references to MacBook Pro OLED ‘Function Row’ spotted in Pages code — A reference to a ‘Dynamic Function Row’ has been spotted in Apple’s latest release of the Pages word processing app, potentially confirming a rumoured name for the OLED touch bar on the new MacBook Pro. Spotted by Consomac, a text entry has been found in the MenuCommands.strings system file for Apple’s Pages, with a menu option titled ‘Customize Function Row.’
But can new Macs and macOS Sierra beat the overall personal computer sales trend? Wonders Dennis Sellers.

Low-end Intel Kaby Lake processors detailed, MacBook Pro version absent — Intel has shed some specific details for the first time about the new seventh generation Kaby Lake processors suitable for the MacBook and MacBook Air, but as expected, processors suitable for the MacBook Pro have yet to materialise.

Swift baking, Irish tax, semiconductor plant, MacKeeper hacked, 2 screens

Deep Swift integration coming to iCloud and OS X, says Apple’s Craig Federighi — Apple is beginning to bake Swift into some of its core software, instead of simply supporting it in third-party apps, senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said in a podcast interview.

EC investigation into Apple tax arrangements in Ireland extended into 2016 — The Financial Times is reporting that an investigation into the legality of tax arrangements made between Ireland and Apple is continuing, with the European Commission looking for additional information on the deal from the Irish government. As a result, a ruling that was expected by the end of 2015 will not come until sometime next year.

Apple buys former semiconductor plant — Apple continues on its path to buy all of California. Apple has bought a former chip fab in North San Jose, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

MacKeeper hacked: 13 million account details exposed — After leaving sensitive data open on the Internet, Kromtech says the vulnerability has been fixed. [Another good reason to get rid of this software blight.]

One screen or two: Why it’s better (or worse) to have multiple displays on your Mac — Two Macworld contributors explain why their display setup works best.

Macworld/iWorld gone, Apple eggs benefit, Dropbox hacked, Mailbox, Irish tax, Xiaomi copies

Goodbye to the Macworld show. As soon as Apple stopped presenting at the show, its life was threatened
Goodbye to the Macworld show. As soon as Apple stopped presenting at the show, its life was threatened

IDG cancels Macworld/iWorld 2015 conference, says show ‘going on hiatus’ — On the heels of last month’s cancelation of Macworld’s print magazine, IDG announced on Tuesday that the long running 2015 Macworld/iWorld conference, formerly known as the Macworld Expo, has also been cancelled, marking the end of an era.

Apple adds egg freezing to women’s job benefits — Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

Dropbox says it wasn’t hacked after 7 million alleged user credentials appear online — Hackers claim to have stolen a database of almost 7 million Dropbox log-in credentials, but the company says its service was not hacked and that unrelated websites are the data source. [What, those details freed themselves?]

Mailbox for Mac now available as a public beta to OS X owners — Dropbox-owned email service Mailbox today opened its Mac beta program, allowing anyone with a Mac to test-run the desktop email client.  Mailbox has an emphasis on productive management of your email. [One feels bound to ask ‘how secure is it?’]

Ireland expected to dissolve ‘Double Irish’ tax loophole benefitting Apple, others — After the European Union’s antitrust watchdog pressured reform, Ireland’s government is expected to announce changes to its tax residency policies, phasing out the popular multinational tax loophole employed by Apple [and others] to save billions of dollars. [About time.]

Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra rebuffs Ive’s assertion of ‘design theft’ — Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra (formerly of Google) said he’s “sick and tired” of hearing allegations that Xiaomi products are blatant rip-offs of Apple designs. That being the case, perhaps Xiaomi should stop releasing products that are eerily reminiscent – in innumerable ways – of established Apple devices, writes TUAW.

Bash update kills Shellshock, Q4, Yosemite closer, Irish tax controversy, Belkin’s new Dock

Adding very handy ports to a Mac in one device: Belkin's Thunderbolt 2
Adding very handy ports to a Mac in one device: Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2  even includes HDMI (but for US$300!)

Apple releases OS X bash Update 1.0 — If you’ve been worried about the recent discovery of a security flaw called Shellshock in the bash UNIX shell, you can rest easier. Apple released OS X bash Update 1.0 to fix the issue, which made it possible for a remote attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands. Check Software Update in your Apple Menu or go to Apple’s support page for the update.

Apple to Hold Q4 Conference Call October 20th — Apple announced Tuesday that its fiscal 4th quarter conference call with analysts will be held October 20th, 2014. The event takes place at 5:00 PM ET, one hour after the markets close.

Apple provides golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers — It’s a sign that the next-generation Mac operating system is near release to the public: Apple has released a golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers for testing.

Apple accused of receiving illegal state aid in Ireland — Apple’s alleged exploitation of a tax ruling in Ireland is getting some attention from the European Commission. In a preliminary finding that labels the treatment the company has been receiving “state aid,” Apple and several other large companies, including Google and Microsoft, could see their tax situation in the country change dramatically.

Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD adds much needed ports to any Mac — Thunderbolt’s versatility means that Apple can keep its computers slim and ports to a minimum — with the right cables or adapters, a Thunderbolt port can connect devices that use FireWire 800, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Ethernet. This Dock puts two Thunderbolt 2 ports in easy reach, as well as three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4b, one Gigabit Ethernet, an audio output in the back for speakers, and a headphone jack in the front. (It’s not available in NZ yet, but costs US$300 in the States.)