Apple Fixes iCloud Security Gap, ‘Actively Investigates’ Celeb Photo Theft

5:52 PM, Sep. 1st, 2014 · · News

Cloud Security

Apple closed a gap in iCloud security over the holiday weekend, a gap that facilitated brute-force password breaking. The move comes in the wake of celebrity nude photos that were allegedly stolen from PhotoStream iCloud storage and distributed online. Apple issued a statement on Monday saying it was actively investigating the reports.

Happy Labor Day

8:00 AM, Sep. 1st, 2014 · · News

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!

8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

6:40 PM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · · News

Unless you live in an isolation tank, it's no secret that Apple is hosting a big media event on September 9 in Cupertino where we will likely see an impressive list of announcements from the likes of Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Craig Federighi. Apple isn't saying what they have in store, so I came up with some of my ideas and I turned to the TMO staff to see what they're expecting, too.

Emoji-Only Social Network Emojili App Released on iTunes

1:56 PM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · · News

Emoji-only social networking site Emojili has released their iOS app for free in iTunes. Those with reserved usernames can unlock them, but there's also a signup option for those brand new to the network.

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This might be fun, if enough people install there's potential for some pretty great shenanigans, or at least a fun way to pass time in line for things. At the very least it is a very attractive alternative to Facebook.

New Photos Show iPhone 6 in Grey, Gold, Silver

11:05 AM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · · News

New photos of Apple's unannounced iPhone 6 have surfaced only days before the company is expected to unveil the new device at a special media event, and along with the space gray and gold models we're already familiar with, they also show a silver version. If the photos are accurate, we'll still have three color choices for the next iPhone model, just as we do for the iPhone 5s.

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It's hard to tell from photos if the bands through the metal back on the iPhone 6 will look weird in real life. September 9 can't come soon enough.

Bloomberg Backs Up Wearables Announcement at Apple’s Sept 9 Event

9:42 AM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · · News

First Re/code said Apple will unveil its wearables product line at its September 9 media event along side the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg has sources backing up those claims, too. Apple is hosting a special media event on the 9th at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, where it also introduced the original Macintosh computer.

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Even without Bloomberg's sources chiming in, it seemed like a pretty sure thing that a wearables announcement would be part of Apple's September 9 media event. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see what it is that Apple has been working on.

Apple: HealthKit Data Off Limits to Advertisers

7:39 PM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · News

Apple's HealthKit will be off limits for advertisers, which means app developers planning on supporting the health and fitness logging platform won't be able to make money by selling information about how far we walk or how much we weigh to other companies. The rule should help keep personal information that should stay private out of the wrong hands, and could help boost trust in HealthKit once iOS 8 ships in the coming weeks.

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Locking down our health and fitness data so it can't be sold to advertisers is a great move on Apple's part. That'll go a long way towards helping iPhone owners feel like data that's very personal in nature won't be used to target them with inappropriate or embarrassing ads.

Twitter Opens Analytics Tools to All Users

11:47 AM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · News

If you're curious how many people read your Twitter posts, what type of people follow you, and what they're interested in, all of that information is now at your fingertips. This week Twitter opened its analytics tools to all of its users for free, and there's plenty of data to sift through.

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Seeing so much information about your Twitter followers is great, but it does open the possibility that people will try to craft all their tweets just to push up numbers instead of going for friendly engagement. Please don't be that guy.