As any fan of the The Matrix trilogy of films will tell you, the Keymaker is a character in The Matrix Reloaded who has the keys to provide Neo access to the system mainframe and by so doing hopefully save Zion from the ongoing sentinel attack. In the movie, the Keymaker was a little old Chinese man who held the keys to every door, every escape route, everything. In Apple OS X the equivalent is the Gatekeeper, a key technology which prevents malware from running on machines using that operating system. It does this by effectively locking the doors to …

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According to a [SecureList posting](https://securelist.com/blog/69462/darwin-nuke/) dated April 10th, researchers Anton Ivanov, Andrey Khudyakov, Maxim Zhuravlev and Andrey Rubin discovered a vulnerability in the Darwin kernel back in December 2014. Why is this of interest? Well, the Darwin kernel is an open source part of both the Apple operating systems. The vulnerability could allow remote attackers to launch a DDoS on a device running OS X 10.10 or iOS 8. More worryingly, it could allow the attackers to send just a single, solitary incorrect network packet in order to crash the target system and impact upon any corporate network it may …

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Responding to the publication of a report which shows Amazon, Apple and Microsoft all scoring badly when it comes to a reliance upon 'dirty energy' to power their data centers, Apple has hit back with claims that the report over-estimates the power consumption of iCloud and projects being constructed to offset energy usage. ![dweb-icloud](/attachments/small/0/dweb-icloud.jpg "align-right") [According to Greenpeace](http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports/Climate-Reports/How-Clean-is-Your-Cloud/) cloud companies can grasp the opportunity to be a catalyst in so far as driving change towards cleaner electricity generation by "making better energy choice and demanding more from utility vendors" that could ultimately create a greener grid for everyone and a …

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Thanks to a federal copyright law ruling on Monday by the Library of Congress, jailbreaking your iPhone doesn’t have to be kept to the underground forums like it's alcohol during a digital prohibition. The process is now completely legal under US law. Grab a glass of e-freedom![ATTACH]16137[/ATTACH]The resulting decision was part of a tri-yearly board review by the Library which discusses exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The legalization of jailbreaking comprised two of the six provisions agreed upon today by the Library. See “[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299581.html"][I]DMCA Changes: Copyright Rules Made More Flexible[/URL]”[/I]. The filing was brought forth by the …

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The popular [MacRumors Forums](http://www.macrumors.com/) site has confirmed that it was successfully hacked on Monday this week. The vBulletin powered forums fell victim to what it describes as a similar breach that hit the Ubuntu forums earlier in the year. "Our case is quite similar" says MacRumors founder Arnold Kim who continues "with a moderator account being logged into by the hacker who then was able to escalate their privileges with the goals of stealing user login credentials." Unlike the Ubuntu breach, no site defacement appears to have taken place though. In the case of MacRumors, that means some 860,000 usernames, …

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So, you've either bought the [brand new iPhone 5](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/apple/apple-hardware-and-devices/news/433802/apples-disappointing-iphone-5-sells-out-within-the-hour) or have upgraded your existing iPhone to iOS 6 and discovered, like half the Internet it would appear, that the new Apple Maps which have replaced Google Maps are, to be polite, an utter and total stinking FAIL. I'm no Apple hater, in fact quite the opposite as I own and use an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4S on a daily basis. However, I'm not so much of a fanboy that I cannot call it as it is when Apple gets things very wrong indeed. ![dweb-mapfail](/attachments/small/0/dweb-mapfail.jpg "align-right") Thankfully, having fallen …

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An ongoing attack aimed at users of the Apple Mac platform is being reported by security researchers. [AlienVault,](http://www.alienvault.com) which has discovered these weaponised attacks in the wild, warns that regular Mac users without IT security software installed could be at risk of infection and hijacking. ![alien](/attachments/small/0/alien.jpg "align-right") The researchers suspect that the attack stems from the same anti-Tibetan, pro-Chinese, hacking group that has been [responsible for attacks](http://labs.alienvault.com/labs/index.php/2012/alienvault-research-used-as-lure-in-targeted-attacks/) targeting Tibetan activist organisations in recent weeks. According to the lead researcher who made the discovery, Jaime Blasco, the group is "delivering two different Mac trojans" including a new and improved one called …

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Earlier this week, an iPhone jailbreaking guru called pod2g revealed how even the very latest beta versions of iOS 6 cannot prevent the iPhone from being vulnerable to SMS text message spoofing. This technique is often employed by spammers and scammers alike when targeting the smartphone user in order to get them to click on a link or otherwise responds to what appears to be a message from a trusted source. ![dweb-imessage01](/attachments/small/0/dweb-imessage01.jpg "align-right") Technically it's about as simple as it gets: all the would-be spoofer needs to do is change the User Data Header indicator within the Protocol Description Unit …

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Over the weekend I wrote a news story for DaniWeb which revealed how the iPhone was vulnerable to SMS text message spoofing. This went under the title "[Why Apple was right about iMessage 'fix' for iPhone SMS spoofing](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/apple/ios-iphone-os/news/431373/why-apple-was-right-about-imessage-fix-for-iphone-sms-spoofing)" because, simply put, SMS text messaging is exposed to this kind of User Data Header manipulation (and not just on the iPhone) whereas Apple's own iMessage isn't. However, as you may have guessed from the title of this follow-up news story that you are reading right now, I may have been a little premature in backing Apple as it seems iMessage is …

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The Flashback Trojan has infected at least 600,000 Apple computers running Mac OS X according to the Russian AV company [Dr Web](http://www.drweb.com/?lng=en) which researched the spread of the malware which was originally discovered at the end of last year and for which Apple issued a security patch just this week. You can determine if your Mac is one of the machines infected by the Flashback Trojan, which disguises itself as an Adobe Flash Player installer, by running the AppleScripts provided by Mashable in response to the Dr Web discovery and available for [download here](http://mashable.com/2012/04/05/mac-flashback-trojan-check/) Alternatively, you can run the following …

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The Apple iWork office productivity suite for the Mac has been around for ages, and was recently joined by an iOS version. iWork documents have, up until now, been seen as being pretty safe courtesy of the particular implementation of the 128-bit AES encryption Apple used to secure them. I say up until now as it appears that iWork passwords have been pretty comprehensively broken thanks to the latest in a long line of 'password recovery' applications from Russian outfit Elcomsoft. Of course, truth be told, it has been possible to brute force these iWork document passwords before now but …

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I know that Apple has been expending a lot of hot air telling anyone who will listen that the new iTunes pricing regime is a good thing for consumers. I know that it reckons that for every song which is ramped up to the new 99p (here in the UK) price it will drop another 10 songs down to the 59p bottom dollar pricing. Trouble is, I also know that music download market runner-up Amazon has taken advantage of consumer confusion surrounding the price changes by jumping in with 100+ songs going for just 29p a pop. Importantly, Amazon has …

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[URL="http://www.intego.com"]Intego[/URL] [URL="http://www.intego.com/news/hellrts-backdoor-can-allow-malicious-remote-users-to-control-macs.asp"]announced[/URL] today that there is an actual virus threat to the invincible [URL="http://www.apple.com"]Mac[/URL]: HellRTS.D Backdoor. Yep, that's right, a Mac virus just waiting to take control of your iThis and iThat. It would have been funnier if the virus had a better name, but hey, virus writers aren't necessarily all that clever. But it's a real virus and a real threat so you'd better watch out Mac addicts lest some evildoer takes over your iThingy and surfs over to some naughty site while your girlfriend is updating her [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] page. Of course, you can protect yourself with signature files …

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[ATTACH=left]12481[/ATTACH]The New York Times [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/11/06/technology/tech-us-france-apple-louvre.html"]reported today[/URL] that Apple has opened its first Apple Store in Paris, underneath the Louvre no less, and just two weeks after Microsoft opened up a [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/22/microsofts-windows-cafe-opens-its-doors-in-paris/"]Windows 7 cafe[/URL] in Paris in another location. The idea of these two companies competing in a retail environment, and especially a Windows-themed cafe, got me thinking about what would happen if three cafes opened each run in the same style of the operating system it was named for. I figure it might look something like this: [B]Windows Cafe[/B] The Windows Cafe is in a bland store front. The furniture …

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Apple has been holding a highly unusual press conference to clam fears about the iPhone 4 and the 'death grip' problems some users have experienced. Unfortunately, Steve Jobs seems to be in two minds about what message to get across. On the one hand he says there is no problem, on the other he's giving away free cases to solve it... The iPhone 4 may have sold more than any other iPhone in the shortest period, but it has also brought with it the most bad press and a wave of consumer anger courtesy of the now infamous problem with …

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Kid Rock, The Beatles, AC/DC and Garth Brooks would make for a bizarre and unlikely concert line up, yet they share something in common: they are the last men standing as far as making their music available on iTunes. In the case of Kid Rock, he is apparently refusing to put those albums over which he has control onto iTunes as a matter of principle. [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7459796.stm"]According to the BBC[/URL] the Rock 'n' Roll Jesus, real name Robert Ritchie, is holding firm simply because performers are not getting paid their fair dues for material downloaded from the market leading Apple music …

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Until very recently the idea that [URL="http://www.apple.com"]Apple[/URL] might have to recall a product would have seemed ridiculous. It's one of the best manufacturers of stuff in the world, people would have responded; you can't make them do that, people love the products too much. Then the iPhone 4 came out. It was hyped like the rest, it sold out like the rest - and only yesterday the Consumer Report organisation in America, usually in thrall to all things Apple, declined to recommend it to its customers. The reason? Because in spite of Apple's claims, the Consumer Report people believe the …

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[URL="http://apple.com"]Apple's[/URL] suing a number of manufacturers of Apple accessories, saying of their products, "many are of inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products." Apple says the manufacturers are infringing multiple patents and violating the Apple trademark.[ATTACH]16426[/ATTACH]The suit involves companies [URL="http://www.accstation.com/"]Accstation[/URL], [URL="http://www.boxwave.com/?gclid=CPfI8KGOo6MCFQMmawodbyY95Q"]Boxwave Corporation[/URL], [URL="http://crazyondigital.com/"]Crazyondigital[/URL], [URL="http://www.eforcity.com/apple-iphone-accessories.html"]EforCity Corporation[/URL], [URL="http://www.everydaysource.com/"]Everydaysource[/URL], [URL="http://www.itrimming.com/"]Itrimming[/URL], and [URL="http://www.unitedintegral.com/"]United Integral[/URL], but it's possible that it may expand to include as many twenty additional companies. All of the companies are US-based. Apple's royalty from licensed accessories in its [URL="http://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi/"]Made for iPod[/URL] program ranges around 20-25 percent. Developers in the program have access to …

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All the news and social media feeds seem to have overdosed on one story this week: will The Beatles be on iTunes after the big Apple 'Rock and Roll' event today? News at eleven: I don't give a stuff, and here's my top ten reasons why. [LIST=1] [*]Most people would rather have an iPod with a camera than an iPod with The Beatles. [*]Reality check: the only people who are really getting their knickers in a knot over the possibility of Beatles music on iTunes, unfortunately, would be we the media. [*]The Beatles are not, and I'm really sorry to …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21548[/ATTACH]Earlier this week a hacker group called Dev-Team launched a revamped website service that enables owners of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (amongst a myriad other iOS-powered devices) to jailbreak them in next to no time, for free, online. The [URL="http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/890709355/the-return-of-jailbreakme-com"]JailBreakMe site exploits a vulnerability[/URL] with the way that the Safari browser client handles PDF files to enable the jailbreaking to be performed in such a painless way. However, as [URL="http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/07/06/jailbreakme-security-iphone-ipad/"]security researchers have been warning[/URL], the same vulnerability could be exploited by others for nefarious purposes rather than simply the ability to get apps which have not been approved …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]20689[/ATTACH]This week [URL="http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/04/apple-location-tracking.html"]on Oreilly.com, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden[/URL] revealed their discovery that Apple tracks and saves your location via iOS4 through your iPhone or iPad. This has sent a wripple of concern across the country and many people are demanding to know why Apple stores this info and how they intend to use it. Apple managed to ruffle the feathers of senator Al Franken who [URL="http://www.franken.senate.gov/files/letter/110420_Apple_Letter.pdf"]sent a letter directly to Steve Jobs[/URL]. If you have an iPhone or an iPad I urge you to watch the 20 minute video of Allan and Warden who showcase the possibilities of iOS …

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Yesterday, after the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story255860.html"]iPad announcement[/URL], many folks Tweeted that it's the end of the line for the Amazon Kindle as if it were a fait accomplis. I'm not convinced that's true, but it does raise questions about the utility of the single-purpose device, and whether you want your eBook Reader to serve up more than just books. [B]Kindle Experience Looks Blah Now[/B] Both the Kindle and the Nook from Barnes & Noble suddenly look a little pedestrian now next to the iPad. Apple has a funny way of making other devices look second rate. It's one the company's core strengths. …

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Microsoft [URL="http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/davey-winder-10015443/microsoft-staying-silent-over-security-patching-10015776/"]recently admitted[/URL], via the Director of it's Security Response Centre, that it doesn't report every Windows security vulnerability discovered and subsequently fixed via patches and updates. No big deal you might think, as long as the holes get fixed that's all that matter. I happen to agree, however that most vocal section of Microsoft-haters the Mac and Linux fanboy brigade certainly did not. Indeed, there was much waving of arms and displaying of indignation that Microsoft was 'cheating the figures' by not declaring security updates so as to be able to claim it was more secure than it actually …

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Unless you have been living in a cave you cannot have failed to spot that the iPhone 4 is with us, 'don't hold it like that' antenna problems and all. But what about the iPod Touch 4? Traditionally, the new iPod is launched in September and the new feature set is kept pretty secret. Well, as secret as it can be when you consider that it is inevitably based around the upgraded iPhone handset that has gone a few months before it. But this year, [URL="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/34180/new-ipod-in-september"]according to UK gadget site Pocket Lint[/URL] at least, the new features cat is out …

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Make no mistake, Apple and Google both want to be the gateway to your TV. Back in May, Google [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/announcing-google-tv-tv-meets-web-web.html"]officially announced[/URL] its TV initiative. Just yesterday came rumors in [URL="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/apple-hopes-to-re-enter-the-living-room/"]this New York Times blog post[/URL] that Apple is working to revamp its failed Apple TV. Google and Apple, like many folks recognize that the long awaited merging of our PCs and our TVs has to come eventually, and there is definitely a growing sense that the joining could be finally near. That Google and Apple are fighting for our attention in this area proves it must be a worthwhile area …

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[ATTACH=right]17013[/ATTACH]It's official - Apple says it will be [URL="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/09/01/financial/f100538D23.DTL"]offering individual TV episodes for download 'rental.'[/URL] While many are already heralding the announcement from yet another much-hyped media event in California as another nail in the coffin of old school television, Daniweb spoke to [URL="http://www.danrayburn.com/"]Dan Rayburn[/URL], a principal analyst at Frost and Sullivan who also runs [URL="http://streamingmedia.com"]streamingmedia.com[/URL]. He told us that despite all the hype, he doesn't see today's announcement as any sort of breakthrough. "You hear things like 'Cable is Dead' or 'People are cutting the cord for online video,' or 'The TV Model is broken...' but when you look …

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Netflix subscribers who also happen to own an iPhone or iPod touch are now able to stream content to their devices over 3G or WiFi, a feature reserved for iPad users until yesterday. [ATTACH=RIGHT]16946[/ATTACH]The app is available for free in the App Store for members, but obviously requires a subscription, starting at $8.99 for mail service with streaming included. Users are technically getting this as a perk, so Netflix isn't expected to support their entire Watch Now catalog. Viewers are limited to films from distributers that have agreed to support mobile devices. Relativity Media is one such studio, and in …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16721[/ATTACH]A rather reputable source has tipped off the Economic Daily News in Taiwan that a 7-inch iPad could be in the works for a holiday release this year. iLounge first reported the tip in early August, albeit with a potential release date in early 2011. The source in question has a fairly positive track record, predicting the iPad well before Apple’s official announcement. Another Taiwanese pub, the Digitimes, also reported last week that manufacturing companies have begun production of the 7-inch iPad model. The report from The Economic Daily News names a couple of specific manufacturers for key components in …

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On Wednesday, Apple [URL="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/apple-invites-media-to-september-1-event/"]confirmed[/URL] that it was issuing a special, although mysterious, invitation only event to give a few lucky members of the media a sneak peek at some of the latest Apple releases. The event is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 1st (10 am. PT) and is to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. [ATTACH=right]16911[/ATTACH]The [URL="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/08/25/apple_sends_out_invitations_for_sept_1_special_event.html"]invitations[/URL] included little more than a picture of a guitar featuring the iconic Apple symbol with the location and date information. With such a cryptic event, speculation is, of course running wild, as to what exactly Apple …

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[ATTACH=right]16889[/ATTACH]The Apple rumor mill is in full motion this morning, folks. [URL="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-24/apple-said-to-be-in-talks-with-fox-for-new-99-cent-tv-show-rental-service.html"]Bloomberg News[/URL] is reporting that two of the world's most powerful cult leaders and their companies are considering a partnership to take network television programs one big step closer to breaking free from the box for good. The rumor is that Steve Jobs' Apple and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. are working on a deal that would allow users to pay 99 cents to download an episode of a Fox show and be able to watch it for 48 hours. Other networks including NBC, CBS, and ABC (owned by Walt …

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