Article Image A series of denial of service attacks on a major DNS provider spanning all of Friday have caused major issues across the internet, with outages of some of the largest sites and services experienced across about half of the U.S. -- and now the Department of Homeland Security is getting involved. -- Appleinsider.
Article Image A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that on Friday severely impacted internet access for many U.S. web denizens was found to be in part enabled by a botnet targeting unprotected "Internet of Things" devices. For Apple, the revelation vindicates a controversial walled garden approach to IoT borne out through the HomeKit protocol. -- AppleInsider.
Researchers have devised an attack that gains unfettered "root" access to a large number of Android phones, exploiting a relatively new type of bug that allows adversaries to manipulate data stored in memory chips. -- Ars Technica.
The Workout app in Apple Watch Series 2 includes two new swimming options to show off its waterproofing. This is a key differentiator over the cheaper Series 1 model, and yet very few reviewers actually took their test units for a swim. One even claimed that all the pools and beaches in New York were closed, so they couldn't test this feature. -- Cult of Mac.
If you have an idea for a mobile app, or you just want to become more familiar with how software works, you can get a free education online.
If you have never studied coding or computer science and are worried about being able to grasp the material, you might want to tiptoe into the topic with a user-friendly site intended for children and teens to learn the basics. Courses meant for young learners are often great introductions to the concept and practice of coding. -- New York Times.
The attack on the web's infrastructure laid bare new vulnerabilities linked to our reliance on cameras, smart thermostats and the rest of the internet of things. -- New York Times.
It's no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it's not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei Li, developed a portable laboratory that's powered by a smartphone and capable of detecting cancer nearly instantly... -- 9to5Mac.
Linley Gwennap, director of the esteemed chip industry research firm that bears his name, and editor of its newsletter, "Mobile Chip Report," Thursday offered up an engaging analysis of Apple's "A10 Fusion" processor, used in its latest iPhone, the iPhone 7.
Based on some help from chip teardown experts Chipworks, Gwennap writes that Apple's "Hurricane," which is one of the two different CPUs in the A10, "blows away the competition," citing Geekbench speed tests for some typical tasks compared to benchmarks for several other mobile processors used in phones. -- Barron's.
Some Mac users may encounter an error message stating "This Mac can't connect to iCloud because of a problem with email@example.com", which then directs the user to open the iCloud preferences. Once inside Mac iCloud preference panel, some users may be able to successfully login to iCloud, but often another error is encountered here which states "An unknown error occurred" when trying to login to iCloud on the Mac, or sometimes the iCloud preference panel freezes up and spins endlessly. -- OS X Daily .
Several years ago (10? 5? I am not sure) I got my Karen one of those electronic picture frames. Load some of your photos onto a thumb drive, plug it into the frame and Voila! rotating images of all your nearest and dearest. One of her all time favorite presents. It has worked without any issues since we first set it up.
Recently Karen decided that she wanted some new and different photos. We have both been using our iPhones, etc.
So she gets on our iMac and makes a new album in Photos, copies them to the thumb drive, plugs it in and Voila! Leroy Neiman! Well not all but many.
Now all of these photos looked great on the iMac, iPhone, iPad, etc. So being the live-in tech support, I was given the task of fixing it. I had a good idea what the problem was, just as I am sure you do.
I decided to see which formats the frame could read. I took one of the Leroy Neiman photos and used Graphic Converter to convert it (save as.) I tried PNG (nope), GIF (nope.) I finally save it as JPEG again (save as.) Plugged it into the picture frame and Voila! Looks great, less filling. Now I just had to do it for each of 626 photos and reload them. This was not quick.
Obviously the display software on the picture frame was not sophisticated enough to resolve the differences in some JPEG's. OH!, you did know there was a difference?
JPEG (.jpg) images are supposed to display effortlessly in all web browsers and systems without issue, right? Yes, but do they? Nope.
JPEG images can be saved as CMYK or RGB format. RGB format (Red, Green, Blue) is a light-based additive color model designed explicitly for color display on electronic systems (i.e., screens.)
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) is a print format, for 4-color process printing. Most systems understand this format BUT NOT ALL OF THEM. Like really OLD non-upgradable ones.
The fix is relatively easy: simply change the color format. Which is what Graphic Converter does when I did a SAVE AS. There are even some free converters out on the internet (though I haven't used one of these, myself.)
Anyway, that's one man's opinion.
Companies can reduce the risk from the type of cyber attack that took out major websites on Friday by using multiple vendors for the critical internet service known as a domain name service, or DNS, companies and security experts said on Sunday. -- Reuters.
If your iPhone battery doesn't last as long as you'd like, it is probably because of an app that is using too much power. You can check to see which apps are using the most power in the Settings app in iOS 10. You can compare the amount of power they are using to the amount of time you are using the apps to make a better determination of which apps could be causing trouble. -- MacMost.
You can use an iPhone at work. In fact, iPhones have the lion's usage marketshare in corporate IT and enterprise groups thanks to ease-of-use and built-in security options.
Simply put, that means iPhones get used in business more than any single Android device, and deservedly so.
What makes the iPhone such a good workhorse at work? And why would iPhone 7 be a better choice than an Android smartphone? Alright, there's all that malware on Android devices (over 98-percent of mobile malware resides on Android) that doesn't make it to an iPhone.
Here's my quick list of why the iPhone 7 makes for the best work phone. -- BohemianBoomer.
Researchers found that law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are building face-recognition databases that connect a face to a personal profile.
Uh oh. What could go wrong there?
The Orwellian scenario comes up first. You take selfies with your iPhone, right? You use your iPhone to take photos of family, children, friends, co-workers and a little of everything else in between. Those photos are stored on your iPhone or in iCloud and that means government spooks and hackers have access to all those faces.
What could go wrong? -- NoodleMac.
Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password.
Except it's not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her.
It is actually a computer-synthesized voice, a tour-de-force of artificial intelligence technology that has been crafted to make it possible for someone to masquerade via the telephone. -- New York Times.
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