Apple: Developers Shut Off GateKeeper to Install Counterfeit Xcode

9:08 AM, Sep. 24th, 2015 ·

Apple says developers shut of OS X's security failsafe before installing malware-loaded Xcode

Apple has a list of the top 25 iPhone and iPad apps infected with XcodeGhost, and an explanation for how counterfeit versions of its Xcode tools were installed: developers in China intentionally shut off OS X's Gatekeeper feature. Without Gatekeeper running, there wasn't a failsafe in place to alert developers that they installed malware on their own computers.

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Developers downloaded Xcode from non-Apple servers and disabled Gatekeeper. How could they not expect to be writing malware-laden apps? Still, that doesn't let Apple off the hook for failing to catch the infected titles.

Fake Apple Stores Continue to Flourish in China

9:29 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·

A fake iPhone 6s (or iPhone s) and a fake iPhone 6s Plus running Android skinned to look like iOS

Apple has struggled with fake Apple Stores in China for years. A new report from Reuters said that such stores are flourishing, so much so that secondary businesses have sprung up to supply the fake stores with shirts, signage, and the accouterments needed to make the fakes look real.

Home Wi-Fi Weak in Areas? Use TP-LINK’s Powerline

5:20 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·

TP-LINK's Powerline Adapters

Wi-Fi is great -- until it's not. TP-LINK's new Powerline adapters promise to let your home's electrical wiring do double duty as a high speed wired network. Can they really be the solution for dead spots and out-of-range areas in your home? Chuck La Tournous takes one for a spin to find out.

Private Internet Access VPN: 2-Yr Subscription: $59.95

4:23 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·

Private Internet Access VPN on Multiple Devices

We have a deal for you today on Private Internet Access, a virtual private network (VPN) provider. You can get a two year subscription for $59.95 and you can use it on up to five devices, and you get unlimited bandwidth. Check out the details on the deal listing.

Review of Apple’s watchOS 2: An After Action Report

3:10 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·

watchOS 2 Review

On September 21st, Apple released its first major upgrade to the watchOS, version 2.0. Many new features have been included, but the upgrade process itself was problematic. John Martellaro sizes up this 2.0 release in his after action report.

iOS 9.0.1 Released with Setup Assistant, Alarm Fixes

2:04 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·

Apple fixes a handful of bugs with iOS 9.0.1 update

Apple released iOS 9.0.1 on Wednesday, only a week after rolling out iOS 9.0. The update fixes several issues such as Setup Assistant failing to complete, and alarms failing to play.

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It's great to see Apple releasing updates for annoying bugs so quickly after giving us iOS 9.0.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-23: iPhone 6s Benchmarks, watchOS 2

1:46 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·


With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus only a couple days away early performance benchmarks are coming in. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on how the new iPhones stack up against the MacBook, and they share some first reactions to watchOS 2.0.

NYC iPhone 6s Deliveries May be Delayed Thanks to Pope’s Visit

10:35 AM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·

Pope's visit to delay iPhone 6s deliveries in NYC

Holy iPhone delay, New York City residents! Your iPhone 6s pre-order may not show up on Friday, September 25, because of traffic restrictions for Pope Francis' visit. Apple is notifying iPhone 6s buyers of the potential delay via email, and is promising to deliver their brand new smartphone on Saturday if roadblocks keep UPS away on Friday.

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The Pope. The iPhone was nicknamed "Jesus Phone." The jokes practically write themselves. Also, the NYC iPhone 6s delivery delays do kind of suck.

XcodeGhost Prompts Apple to Host Xcode Installers on China Servers

9:17 AM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 ·

Apple: We'll put Xcode on servers in China

After developers in China inadvertently exposed the App Store to a slew of malware-laden iPhone and iPad apps, Apple has confirmed it will start hosting copies of its Xcode installer on servers inside the country. Developers had been downloading unofficial Xcode installers from in-country servers to avoid the poor bandwidth the experience when trying to deal with China's Internet content filtering system.

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China's Great Firewall is a big problem: Not only does it filter news and other content the government doesn't want its people seeing, it also makes downloads from servers outside the country painfully slow. That led to developers feeling OK downloading what turned out to be a malware laced version of Xcode that ultimately exposed thousands of iPhone and iPad users to XcodeGhost. Well done, China.