Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

1:58 AM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · · News

Scrivener

The binary code love of my life—Scrivener—was updated to version 2.6 Thursday morning. The update includes support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which Apple is expected to either release later on Thursday during a media event, or announce a release date.

Apple Reportedly Plans to Pull Fitbit from Apple Stores

7:31 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · · News

Fitbit

Apple is reportedly planning to pull Fitbit's fitness trackers from its fleet of retail stores. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code reported that could begin pulling the devices soon.

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Fitbit is the leader in the fitness space, and the company has a commanding market share in devices. It's pretty clear that Apple's HealthKit is going to reset the bar for success in this space, and Fitbit will lose its hard-won share if it doesn't jump on Apple's late-to-the-party bandwagon.

Apple Leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in iBooks User Guide

2:49 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · · News

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Another day, another leak in the Apple world, only this one was leaked by Apple itself. In screenshots posted for the iPad User Guide For iOS 8 in the iBooks Store Apple posted details of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, neither of which have been announced. In that the source has the ultimate insider knowledge of Apple's goings on, it seems a sure bet that both devices will be announced during the October 16th media event.

Poodle SSL 3.0 Flaw Poses Web Browser Security Threat

1:39 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · · News

Google has discovered a 15 year old flaw in SSL 3.0, a security protocol that turns out isn't quite a s secure as originally thought, that could let remote attackers highjack Web browser sessions and gain access to personal data, like Web-based email. The flaw takes advantage of a browser's ability to fall back from the more secure TLS protocol to SSL where attackers can then gain access to session cookies on victim's computers.

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The tech world has been moving away from SSL in favor of TLS, and finds like this will only help push SSL to its inevitable demise.

GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple Milestones

9:05 AM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · · News

GT Advanced Technologies COO Daniel Squiller sold off US$1.2 million in company stock in May and put a plan in place to sell an additional $750,000 over the following months leading up to the company's October bankruptcy filing. The timing of the sales came after GTAT failed to meet milestone points in its sapphire glass production for Apple, and could raise some eyebrows because company CEO Tom Gutierrez was selling off his stock, too, including 9,000 shares the day before the iPhone 6 was introduced.

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Coincidence or not, Mr. Squiller's stock sale could be seen as a problem because he was very much in a position to know that GTAT's deal with Apple was going south.

Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

1:43 PM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · · News

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

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Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.

Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

1:19 PM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · · News

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IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."

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Bummed. Severely.

Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t Stolen

9:47 AM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · · News

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.

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The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.