Encrypted Cloud Storage Service ‘Cryptee’ Announces Massive Update

· Andrew Orr · Link

Cryptee 3.0 update

Cryptee is an end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service and announced a huge update on Sunday.

We’ve re-designed the entire platform, re-engineered everything from ground up, added hundreds of new features, and created an entirely new Cryptee experience for you. Along the way we’ve realized it’s going to be a massive leap forward, so we thought we should get a new logo too.

I think Cryptee is a great service and one that I’ve recommended in the past.

Mysterious ‘Silver Sparrow’ Malware Confuses Researchers

· Andrew Orr · Link

Image of skull and programming code to indicate malware

Over the weekend we got news of a mysterious piece of malware called Silver Sparrow. It has infected 30,000 machines so far and there is a version of it built for M1 Macs. But security researchers can’t figure out its purpose.

Once an hour, infected Macs check a control server to see if there are any new commands the malware should run or binaries to execute. So far, however, researchers have yet to observe delivery of any payload on any of the infected 30,000 machines, leaving the malware’s ultimate goal unknown. The lack of a final payload suggests that the malware may spring into action once an unknown condition is met.

Solving an LSD Problem — Mac Geek Gab 858

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Of course you knew we meant LaunchServicesDaemon, right? Sometimes it has problems… and your two favorite geeks have the solution! Listen as John and Dave talk through your questions, tips, and Cool Stuff Found while everyone — including them — learns at least five new things!

New Apple TV+ Spring 2021 Preview

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

A spring 2021 preview for Apple TV+ dropped on Friday. It highlights new shows, seasons, and movies coming to the streaming service, as well as some high-profile existing content. It included the newly announced Physical and The Mosquito Coast.

Tim Cook Declares 2020 ‘Apple’s Top Year of Innovation’

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Tim Cook interview on Weibo

2020 was “Apple’s top year of innovation ever,” according to CEO Tim Cook. He made the comments in an interview with students at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, picked up on by AppleInsider.

“There’s no one formula for innovation,” Cook said. “What we do is we have a culture of creativity and a culture of collaboration. These two things together, when they intersect, create enormous innovation.” He said that diversity and inclusion foster an environment for innovation, that diverse people feed off of each other. Shijie commented on the iPhone 12 and congratulated Cook on the new devices and features. Cook responded by commenting on the innovations Apple released throughout 2020.

Plex is Beta Testing an Expansion of its Apple TV App

· Andrew Orr · News

Plex stream movies and shows

Plex will soon allow Apple’s TV app to include content from Plex alongside other search results. Unfortunately, content from your personal Plex library is excluded.

Zombie Game ‘Survival Z’ Launches on Apple Arcade

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

After the event, humanity lies on the brink while zombies dominate the landscape. You are a survivor. Armed with your wits and bravado, you are determined to save all who remain. Your goal is clear: find survivors and seek out a way to exterminate the undead menace. Choose your way along randomly generated routes to build and battle your way through environments crawling with zombies. Blast your way through a wide range of zombie types. Place traps and obstacles to increase your chances of survival. Collect and upgrade equipment to power up your character. Ever-changing routes create endless replayability. No two runs are the same! Bring other survivors into the fold and fight alongside them. Unique story events that with extra rewards…for those who can survive them. Over 15 playable characters, 50 unique levels, and infinite possibilities for fun.

Zombie Game ‘Survival Z’ Launches on Apple Arcade

NVIDIA Limits Ethereum-Mining on New Graphics Card

· Charlotte Henry · Link

NVIDIA has said it will make its GPUs less economical to cryptocurrency miners, reducing its efficiency in processing Ethereum transactions by around half. The chipmaker wants to make sure its products, “end up in the hands of gamers,” BBC News reported.

Nvidia said the software for its forthcoming GeForce RTX 3060 card will limit how efficiently it can process Ethereum transactions by about 50%. This will make it less economical for miners to use the card for mining Ethereum. Nvidia said it had focused on Ethereum because it “has the highest global mining yield for any GPU-mineable coin at the moment and thus is likely the main demand driver for GPUs in mining”. However, it has also decided to sell a range of crypto-currency mining processors (CMPs). Nvidia said the production of its CMPs would not impact the availability of its graphics cards.

'For All Mankind' Season Two Launches on Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The second series of For All Mankind launched on Apple TV+ on Friday. The first episode of series two of Ron D. Moore’s alternative take on the space race is now available to subscribers. It picks up the story nearly a decade on from where viewers left it in season one. While there has been major technological progress, a solar storm is threatening those on Jamestown.

‘For All Mankind’ Season Two Launches on Apple TV+

Rumors Claim Apple to Hold March 16 Event

· Andrew Orr · Rumor

apple march 2021 event rumor

Korea’s Economic Daily News cites two leakers who claim Apple plans to hold a March 16 event this year for an iPad Pro, iPad mini, and AirTags.

University Health Network Launches New Apple Watch Heart Study

· Charlotte Henry · Link

ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4

9to5 Mac has picked up on reports of a new Apple Watch heart study. It is being run by University Health Network (UHN) in Canada and aims to discover how the wearable “can drive better clinical outcomes for heart failure patients.”

The UHN Apple Watch heart study will be led by renowned Canadian cardiologist Dr. Heather Ross, of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. The length of the study will be three months and will be done in collaboration with Apple to see “if remote monitoring with Apple Watch can help with early identification of worsening heart failure.” Notably, the new Blood Oxygen sensor and app is part of this study which means participants will be using the Apple Watch Series 6.

Apple Posts Adverts for 6G Engineers

· Charlotte Henry · News

6G network

Apple has posted adverts for engineers to help it develop 6G wireless, showing the firm’s desire to lead as the wireless technology develops.