iOS 10: The MacStories Review – MacStories

BY FEDERICO VITICCI

Here is the most complete review and “how-to” guide to the new iOS 10.  This is a very long article.  It is even available as an e-book for $5.00.  The free version is amply illustrated and very detailed about the changes to Apple’s  mobile operating system.

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Sent From My iPhone: how a humblebrag became a key piece of net etiquette | Technology | The Guardian

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s there a more divisive valediction than the default “Sent From My iPhone” sign-off? When the iPhone first appeared, users were roundly condemned for their thinly veiled humblebrag among the mounting popularity of Apple products.

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…the phrase has become an important part of online decorum. Including the sign off contains an innate apology for the brevity of the message. It begs forgiveness for any spelling or grammatical errors. It allows a little wiggle rooms for errant emojis. It is a nod of acknowledgement that you are on the hoof and doing as well as can be expected.

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Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool | Motherboard

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This is the first time that anyone has uncovered such an attack in the wild. Until this month, no one had seen an attempted spyware infection leveraging three unknown bugs, or zero-days, in the iPhone. The tools and technology needed for such an attack, which is essentially a remote jailbreak of the iPhone, can be worth as much as one million dollars. After the researchers alerted Apple, the company worked quickly to fix them in an update released on Thursday.

The question is, who was behind the attack and what did they use to pull it off?

It appears that the company that provided the spyware and the zero-day exploits to the hackers targeting Mansoor is a little-known Israeli surveillance vendor called NSO Group, which Lookout’s vice president of research Mike Murray labeled as “basically a cyber arms dealer.”

Read more: Meet NSO Group, The New Big Player In The Government Spyware Business

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Read entire, detailed Motherboard report here…

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IPhone Users Urged to Update Software After Security Flaws Are Found – The New York Times

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Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target’s mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions. The NSO Group’s software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user.

In response, Apple on Thursday released a patched version of its mobile software, iOS 9.3.5. Users can get the patch through a normal software update.

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Read entire report here…

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7 settings new iPad owners should change right now – CNET

New iPad? It’s a pretty easy device to use, but certain aspects can be confusing. For example, if you also have an iPhone, don’t be surprised if your new tablet suddenly starts ringing the next time you get a phone call.

That’s a feature, not a flaw, but you may prefer to keep your calls away from your iPad. So consider changing that setting, along with these 6 others:

General Order 26 | Northern District of New York | United States District Court

Attention Northern District of New York Federal Bar:   

General Order #26  has been amended effective May 23, 2016.

In the Matter of Courthouse Security and Limitations on the use of Electronic Devices within United States Courthouses in the Northern District of New York 

The main change to the General Order is below. The intent is to help expedite the screening of members of the bar. While it does not exempt attorneys from the security screening at the front entrance to the courthouse, attorneys who are entering the building for a court proceeding who present their NYS Unified Court System ID to the Court Security Officer will no longer need to surrender their electronic devices at the security station. 

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Screening and Search. All persons entering a federal courthouse in this district and all items carried by them are subject to appropriate screening and search by a United States Marshal, Court Security Officer, or any law enforcement officer. Persons may be requested to provide identification and to state the nature of their business in the courthouse. Anyone refusing to cooperate with these security measures may be denied entrance to the courthouse. Members of the Northern District Bar that present a valid New York State Court System Identification appearing for a proceeding before the Court will be allowed to retain their cell phones and computers following screening.

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This General Order is posted on our web-site at: 

http://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/content/general-order-26 

Thank you,

Lawrence K. Baerman, Clerk of Court

Skype 7.0 For Android Delivers New Tablet Interface | Ubergizmo

If you are a frequent user of Skype across numerous platforms, then you would be sure to notice that Microsoft has not neglected Skype users in this aspect, having rolled out new versions and updates from time to time, and their latest effort would be the notably improved version of Skype for Android. Skype 7.0 for Android is said to deliver a revamped tablet interface, and this particular interface is touted to enable even more efficient communication, not to mention introducing a greater level of ease to search for contacts and chats from within the app.

Read more here.

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