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Condemning Trump, Jobs’ anniversary, Patcher ransomeware, free password manager


Steve Jobs was born 24th February 1955 (image from KRW).
Steve Jobs was born 24th February 1955 (image from KRW).

Apple condemns Trump withdrawal of transgender bathroom use protections — Apple on Wednesday issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students, condemning the action as an effort that sets back human rights initiatives.
“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” Apple said. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

Steve Jobs was born this day in 1955 — That’s 24th February (I’m in New Zealand, so we’re a day ahead of most places).

New ransomware program for macOS dubbed ‘Patcher’ discovered — A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay, reports Macworld. ‘Patcher’ is actually OSX/Filecoder.E and masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download. [In other words, it’s downloaded by those who want to ‘crack’ commercial software so they can use it without paying.]

B-Eng giving away a free Password Manager tool for macOS — B-Eng has introduced Password Manager, a free new password managing tool for macOS. It lets your organize passwords in groups with individual lists for each group, the creation of templates for both groups and entries and protection with either a master password or fingerprint for Macs that support Touch ID.

Jobs anniversary, value, MacBook Pro seller, tax avoidance


(Image via Apple World Today)
(Image via Apple World Today, which also links to the Telegraph obituary)

Tim Cook tweets about Steve Jobs on the fifth anniversary of the Apple co-founder’s death — Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and its long-time CEO, died October 5, 2011 (yesterday, for New Zealanders) after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56. Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted in remembrance of his predecessor and his impact on the world at large.

Apple holds top spot with $178B value in annual Interbrand global rankings — For the fourth year in a row, Interbrand has ranked Apple as the most valuable brand in the world, though the company didn’t chart in a list of the fastest-growing brands.

A revved MacBook Pro will be a big seller; Apple remains top laptop retailer — If Apple does release a new MacBook Pro this month – and Dennis Sellers is 99.99% certain it will – it looks to be a big seller. According to new research from 1010data, online sales of laptops from the summer of 2016 reached $2.2 billion and grew 12% year over year. Apple is winning as a brand and as a retailer in the laptop category. From June to August 2016, the top laptop brands by sales were: Apple, Dell, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Acer, MSI, Toshiba, and Microsoft.

Study claims Apple avoided paying $65.08B in US taxes in 2015 through offshore arrangements — Apple managed to avoid paying $65.08 billion in US taxes last year by keeping $218.55 billion offshore, according to a study produced by an activist group and a non-partisan think tank. [Something we vilify Trump for …]