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Following Unexplained Removal, iCloud Photos App Working Again

6:50 AM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · News


After being removed last week, the online iCloud Photos app is working again, although the app's icon has yet to return to the home screen. Many users report that the app, and their photos, can be viewed by directly navigating to the iCloud Photos URL while logged in to

New iCloud Exploit Claims to Circumvent Failed Password Limit and 2-Factor Authentication

9:45 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2015 · Jim Tanous · News


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.

How to Solve Your iPhoto Auto Launch Issues by Checking Your Preference Files

8:35 AM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

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.

Your Ultra-Portable MacBook Deserves the Ultra-Portable FINsix Power Adapter

10:13 AM, Jan. 10th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

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.

Next iPhone May Keep 8MP Sensor, Look to Software for Improvements

10:37 AM, Jan. 9th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · Rumor

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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.