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Hackers are ringing in the new year with another public threat to Apple’s online iCloud service. A new tool released Thursday claims to utilize a “painfully obvious” bug in Apple’s iCloud security infrastructure that enables the circumvention of automatic account lock-outs and multi-factor authentication.
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A hack that circumvents the automatic account lock-out is certainly believable, but we'd want to see a bit more evidence before we're convinced that this tool can succesfully defeat two-factor authentication.
Mac Geek Gab listener Julie loves how iPhoto automatically opens when she connects her iPhone to her Mac, allowing her to quickly import and enjoy her latest photos. But lately something has gone wrong, and the Image Capture app opens instead of iPhoto, even though she triple-checked that iPhoto is configured to launch when a camera is connected. We explain how her problems may be the result of a bad preference file, and show Julie how to fix it.
Mac Geek Gab listener James is replacing his existing Apple Time Capsule with a series of non-Apple routers, but he'd still like to keep the Time Capsule in his home network in order to back up his Macs. We explain how to integrate an Apple Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme into an existing network without causing complications with his new networking gear.
Supporting rumors that the next iPhone will retain the current 8MP camera sensor and instead focus on optical image stabilization and autofocus to improve picture quality, an Apple patent application has just been published, detailing new ways to implement OIS and AF on smartphone cameras.
Apple’s laptops are smaller and more portable than ever, but their power adapters haven’t changed much in years. Even on the smaller models, the power adapter “brick” is relatively large to carry and might not fit into tight outlet spaces. Now FINsix wants to take laptop charging to a new level with its remarkably tiny power adapter. Dubbed the “world’s smallest laptop adapter,” the FINsix is up to four times smaller and six times lighter than your traditional adapter, while still providing 65 watts of power for modern MacBooks. It’s also flexible, with swappable tips for charging PC laptops and USB devices.
Pricing has yet to be set, but look for the FINsix to be available for pre-order around March with shipping in the middle of the year. Product image via DigitalTrends.
At least one financial firm thinks that Apple won't upgrade the camera hardware on the next iPhone, maintaining the current 8MP design and instead choosing to improve image quality with new software features. The report was strong enough to send the stock of the primary iPhone camera supplier tumbling.
Another round of patent litigation between Apple and Samsung is scheduled for March, but the two sides have agreed to try talking one more time, with Apple CEO Tim Cook scheduled to meet with Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon before February 19th.
Okay, so you’ve got a new Mac Pro that can edit 4K video “like butter,” a bevy of new affordable 4K displays, and massive Thunderbolt storage to store all of your files. But how do you get 4K content to start with? Sony has the answer with a new prosumer-targeted 4K camcorder, the FDR-AX100. Launching in March for $2,000, the compact device isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the most affordable ways to capture high quality 4K footage. Check out the sample video if you’re not convinced, and start saving those pennies.
Apple is fed up with Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed attorney tasked with monitoring Apple's eBook antitrust compliance, and so the company's lawyers asked the court this week to remove him, arguing that he holds a personal bias against Apple and its executives.
Apple on Tuesday released the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, and many design tweaks were quickly identified. With the major changes brought by iOS 7, it appears that Apple is still refining the look and feel of its new mobile platform, although sources suggest the final build won't launch until March.