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Apple launches free replacement program for 3TB hard drive in 27-inch iMacs

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Apple has launched a replacement program for the 3TB hard drive used in 27-inch iMac systems that were sold between December 2012 and September 2013. The company said it has determined that the hard drive “may fail under certain conditions.”

The iPhone maker is in the process of contacting those who provided a valid email address during the registration of their device. However, if you haven’t been contacted yet, you can head to the support page (click Source link below), and enter your computer’s serial number in the relevant field to see if it’s part of the program. Read more »

Critical zero-day flaws in Apple’s iOS and OS X could allow hackers to steal passwords

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Researchers have revealed some serious zero-day flaws in Apple’s iOS and OS X operating systems that when exploited could allow attackers to break into the company’s password-storing keychain, app sandboxes, as well as circumvent its App Store security checks, effectively letting them steal passwords from installed apps, including iCloud, Mail app, as well as Google Chrome.

“Our malicious apps successfully went through Apple’s vetting process and was published on Apple’s Mac app store and iOS app store,” said lead researcher Luyi Xing. Read more »

Apple iTunes to get a colourful makeover soon

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Apple announced the iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan at the WWDC two weeks ago. Among the announced features, the iTunes makeover was surprisingly missed. Yet, the Apple Developer site carries the images of OS X El Capitan interface on MacBook with new iTunes app icon.

Not only that, even the iOS 9 developer pages has the placeholder image bearing revised Music app icon. Both iTunes app icon and the Music app icon get a colourful treatment, moving away from the single color app icon background used so far. Read more »

Google working on improving Chrome efficiency on Mac

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If you used Chrome on Windows and then on Mac, you’d notice there is a sea of difference between the two. While it is arguably the best browser to use on Windows, on OS X it feels like a bloated mess that just burns through your battery at an astonishing rate for no good reason.

It seems Google is well aware of this issue, so it is working on improving the efficiency of the OS X version. In a Google+ post, Google engineer clarified on a few things the company is doing to improve battery life on Mac. Read more »

Apple is working on its own mapping database with street view

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Apple confirmed that it is hard at work on building its own mapping database with street view. The Cupertino giant is currently relying on third-party data for Apple Maps.

The Silicone Valley heavyweight has a number of camera-toting vehicles around the world that collect street view imaging data. Read more »

Apple enables ad blockers in Safari for new iOS and Mac OS versions

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Your favorite ad blocker may soon land in Safari – both the iOS 9 and the Mac OS X El Capitan versions. The new functionality allows apps to give Safari rules about blocking cookies, images, other resources, pop-ups and other content.

This should enable everything from ad blocking to privacy add-ons to work natively on Apple gadgets. Read more »

Mac OS X El Capitan launches with improved performance and user experience

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Apple’s first major announcement at today’s WWDC keynote is the successor of last year’s Mac OS X Yosemite. Dubbed OS X El Capitan, the new OS iteration brings improved performance and user experience to the platform.

Unlike last year’s OS X release which brought major UI redesign, El Capitan focuses on subtle UI tweaks and under-the-hood improvements. Read more »

Job listing suggests Apple planning to make Apple Maps available on other platforms as well

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Apple is planning to make its mapping service – which is currently exclusive to iOS and OS X – available on all platforms via the Web, according to a job listing posted by the company last month.

First spotted by tech analyst Benedict Evans and titled Maps JavaScript Engineer, the listing seeks a web technology expert to help make maps work seamlessly on the web. “This role requires a deep knowledge of the JavaScript language, plus a solid understanding of the performance and compatibility issues that arise when delivering a cross-platform web solution,” its description said. Read more »

Apple allegedly planning to switch to San Francisco as default font for iOS and OS X

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Apple has been working on its new font – San Francisco – for a while now and we saw it debut on the Apple Watch announced last year. But soon you might be seeing it as the default font on iOS and OS X, replacing the current Helvetica Neue.

San Francisco is a heavier typeset designed to emphasise visibility, especially on smaller displays of the Apple Watch. The font also scales well to larger displays and works quite well on iOS and OS X. In comparison, many people find the current Helvetica Neue to be quite light and hard to read, especially on iOS. The switch to San Francisco is supposedly the solution to this problem. Read more »

Apple announces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad and cheaper iMac with Retina 5K display

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Apple has launched updated versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The key new feature is the Force Touch Trackpad first introduced with the new MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Along with the new trackpad you also get faster flash storage and longer battery life. It comes in two models, one with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.4GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, 16GB RAM, and 256GB flash storage and the other with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.7GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 16GB RAM, and 512GB flash storage. Read more »

Giphy for Gmail is a Chrome extension that lets you add animated GIFs into your emails

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Emails can be dull, but Giphy for Gmail is now here to change all that. In what is probably the greatest innovation to hit email since signatures were invented, Giphy for Gmail brings animated GIFs straight into your emails.

Giphy for Gmail is a Chrome extension. Once you install it, you’ll see a new rainbow button inside Gmail’s Compose screen, alongside the text formatting options. If you click it, you’ll be able to quickly search for and discover many animated GIFs just begging to be put inside your email. Read more »

This is Samsung Gear Live booting Apple Macintosh II OS like a boss

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Samsung Gear Live is a smartwatch of many talents. In addition to booting Microsoft Windows 95 with no hiccups, the Korean giant’s first Android Wear device can also run Apple Macintosh II OS straight from 1987.

Just like in the case of Redmond’s mid-90s OS marvel, the Gear Live runs Macintosh II via an emulator. Read more »

Next Apple iOS, OS X update to pack Spock’s Vulcan salute emoji

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Leonard Nimoy, popularly known as Spock from the space fiction movie series Star Trek, passed away on February 27 and made the character Spock immortal. Even Apple is preparing to pay homage to Nimoy and Spock with a new Star Trek themed Spock emoji for OS X and iOS.

Often referred casually as the Spock sign but actually the Vulcan salute, it has been adapted form Jewish heritage. Read more »

Apple is working on an 8K iMac, according to LG

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It looks like there’s no escaping the ongoing resolution escalation race – be it in mobile devices or computers. So, in a way, an 8K iMac makes perfect sense. On the other hand, the existence of this device has been leaked by LG – and such a big company doing something like this isn’t something you see often.

LG Display is one of Apple’s biggest suppliers of screens, and last week it published a piece explaining 8K (7,680×4,320) resolution panels, obviously saying this will be the future of display technology. Buried in that report, however, was an explicit mention of an 8K iMac that Apple is working on. Read more »

LaCie outs Porsche Design Mobile Drive with USB-C

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Hot on the heels of the new MacBook’s debut, the manufacturer of digital storage solutions LaCie launched an external hard drive with USB-C connector. The metal-clad storage solution is designed by Porsche Design, so it is certain to perfectly complement the sleek new notebook.

The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available with 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of built-in storage. Read more »