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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Apple's malware definitions updated to protect Macs against iWorm

Apple has updated its malware definitions for OS X so as to defend Macs against a botnet that allowed a piece of malware called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm to install on systems. iWorm had made its way onto 17,000 machines by the time it was disclosed last week. Once on a user's system, the malware could install other pieces of malware, in addition to stealing sensitive data. Apple has now taken steps to protect its users from iWorm, according to MacRumors:

In an effort to address the threat, Apple has now updated its "Xprotect" anti-malware system to recognize two different variants of the iWorm malware and prevent them from being installed on users' machines.

Your machine will automatically check for updated definitions for Xprotect daily. Have you or anyone you know been impacted by this malware? Let us know in the comments.

Source: MacRumors

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John Legere goes uncensored on Bendgate, Iliad, and acquisition rumors

Want to know what T-Mobile CEO John Legere thinks about Bendgate and all the acquisition rumors surrounding his company? In true Legere style, John goes uncensored on stage at the GeekWire Summit, giving his thoughts on the matters by showing support to the iPhone 6 and saying that his employees are still recovering from PTSD from the botched acquisition attempted by AT&T to even address acquisition rumors.

On the iPhone 6's #bendgate controversy, Legere, not one to bite his tongue, basically blasts all the people who tried to purposely bend their iPhones:

That is such horses—t. Listen, what the f—k‚ did you need to see? The video of the guy that's doing this, and if you could have seen his face he probably would have been purple and the veins are coming out of his fingers. And the thing moves a little bit? Are you sh—ing me?

This is an amazing supercomputer in your hand. What the f– are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for? Seriously. You know what, those nine people who sat on their phones, first of all, they need jeans that fit them a little better.

Let me help you about bendgate or whatever it was. It's not slowing down demand. The demand for these devices in the last few weeks is unbelievable.

In terms of Iliad, the French carrier that's rumored to be making a bid for T-Mobile, Legere doesn't have much to say about the company except that the owners are rich:

I can tell you everything you need to know about Iliad. The owner is wealthy, he's got long hair, he made his money in porn and his wife is the heir to Louis Vuitton money. I mean, shit, what else do you need to know?

Legere avoided any talks about any acquisition rumors, focusing instead on T-Mobile's strategy to grow and build out its network:

My strategy has been to continue to grow, and focus on what we're doing. I don't want my employees getting their heads on sideways – they still have PTSD from when AT&T tried to buy them. I appreciate the $5 billion that they gave me which I then used to invest in our network to now beat them. Which is really, it's a tough strategy to execute, but, you know, it works.

What do you think of Legere's uncensored approach with T-Mobile?

Source: GeekWire

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Beats claims NFL players' DNA affected by headphone ban

Due to an NFL deal with Bose, players can't wear their Beats headphones during televised interviews.

from CNET


HP to split into two businesses -- report

HP could announce plans to separate into two businesses, one focused on PCs and printers and the other handling corporate hardware, as early as Monday, reports The Wall Street Journal.

from CNET


Los comienzos de Internet en España en los años 70


Si términos como UNIVAC, VAX, X.25, EU-net, UUCP o DECnet no te suenan a chino es porque igual conociste los tiempos gloriosos de RedIRIS, el IFIC y el CIEMAT. Para hacerse una idea de lo pequeñita que era, en 1992 había un total de unos 750 nodos en toda España, que pasaron a ser unos 2.500 en 1995 y a finales de siglo… ¡booom!

Por ahí aparecen también CompuServe, Fidonet, las BBS e incluso la legendaria InfoVía. Como curiosidad, en aquella primitiva época el software de algunas redes era tan básico, tan básico, que no se usaba ni la arroba (!)

En algunas de estas redes no se utilizaba el símbolo @ en las direcciones de correo electrónico. En otras era parte de la dirección. Así, por ejemplo, para enviar un correo desde la red ARPANET hacia BITNET era preciso escribir algo como:

Todos estos datos proceden de este Análisis histórico de Internet en España [PDF], una tesis doctoral de Andreu Beà de 2002. Mis colegas Carlos y Tomás lo rescataron mientras buscaban información histórica sobre otro histórico: Goya Servicios Telemáticos. En esa labor arqueológica digital encontraron también Networking in Spain de Miguel Jiménez y Alice Keefer, que parece incluso anterior (1993).

Una perla es que en el documento se habla de un hito histórico:

La primera conexión «nativa» a Internet realizada en España (es decir, utilizando protocolos TCP/IP) la realizamos en abril de 1991 en el Servicio de Informática de la Universidad de Valencia. Como no teníamos routers establecimos un túnel IP entre dos mainframes IBM sobre una conexión SNA con la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Dicha conexión se establecía sobre un circuito virtual X.25 (Iberpac) a 9.600 bits por segundo, que era la conexión que RedIRIS facilitaba por aquellos tiempos.

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via Microsiervos

Drought, Startup Money, Poop: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

California's drought news gets worse (despite this funny PSA). The plan to revitalize downtown Vegas stumbles (but could still work, with better direction). And someone smeared feces all over New York City's bikeshare (for real). It's What's Ruining Our Citi (Bike) and more.


via Gizmodo

What's on Rene's iPhone 6 Plus right now!

Apple has just finished their yearly iPhone update, so it's time for those of us here at iMore to update what we're using on our iPhones. I'm going to kick off this round with my iPhone 6 Plus because, of the new devices, it's newest.

As any long-time reader knows, I keep all my iOS device Home screens as default as default can be. I switch devices, slap on betas, restore phones, and otherwise change state so much it's too much work to keep them any other way. And, of course, it makes photos for iMore articles look familiar to everyone. So, instead of just covering what's on my iPhone 6 Plus Home screen, I'm going to cover my first two Home screens.

Note: I didn't restore from backup. I set up my iPhone 6 Plus as new and have only been downloading apps as I've needed them (or needed to write about them). So, this really is what I've been using specifically on the iPhone 6 Plus without any historical baggage.

  • Wallpaper: Stock, of course!

  • Tweetbot : I use Twitter a lot. It's my connection to the larger tech community. When I'm on the go, I need to be able to read quickly and reply fast. It's pure triage. And Tweetbot makes that easy.

  • Extras: Apple puts an Extras folder on the iPhone to show you what folders are an how they work. It contains some of the less frequently used Apple apps. So I add to it. Find my iPhone goes in here, as does Apple's Remote app, Airport Utility , and Apple Store .

  • iWork: Here's where I keep Keynote , Pages , Numbers , iMovie , and GarageBand .

  • Social: Here's where I hide the official Twitter app, and Facebook Messenger (which I only ever access via notification), and where I keep Twitterrific which I use to read Twitter like a book, and Glassboard where a lot of beta discussion goes on.

  • Home: I'm still waiting for Apple's new HomeKit to really roll out, but for now here's my Philips Hue lightbulb and Sonos speaker control apps.

  • Entertainment: I usually have this folder on my iPad, not iPhone, but the iPhone 6 Plus is big enough I've been using it for video with the excellent Netflix app, and still-need-lots-of-love CTV GO and Global Go apps, which are the Canadian networks.

  • Vesper : Notes. Tags. Thoughts. Collected.

  • Fantastical : Replaces both Calendar and Reminders for me.

  • Dropbox : My home directory pretty much lives in Dropbox and this app lets me access pretty much any file, pretty much anywhere.

  • Photography: The iPhone may be the best camera I have with me, but it's the apps that make it into the best darkroom and studio as well. Here's I have Camera+ for manual controls, Hyperlapse for super-stable super-speed, VSCOcam for great filters, Afterlight for great post-processing, and Storehouse to make great visual stories out of the very best ones.

  • 1Password : Now with Touch ID support and an action extension that works in Safari and any App Store app with a Share Sheet, it's not only as useful as the desktop version, it's even better.

  • Facebook : Because, Facebook.

  • Instagram : Little low-res picture squares aren't great, but the mobile photography community there is terrific.

  • Slack : We switched over to Slack for our virtual office a few months ago and never looked back. This is how Mobile Nations and iMore work.

  • Overcast : I've saved 7 hours on Guy English alone, thanks to smart speed.

  • Screens : I used to use Screens more on iPad than on iPhone, but once again the bigger 5.5-inch display has transformed it from a when-I-have-to to a whenever-I-want-to app on iPhone for me as well.

  • iMore : D'uh.

  • Editorial : I live in BBEdit and Markdown on the Mac. In iOS, it's Editorial.

I have more apps on the third and fourth Home screens, including PCalc, which has been "demoted" only because the Today widget is so phenomenal I barely need to go to the app anymore, as well as Testflight new and old, HockeyApp, Uber and Tripit (which get moved up when I travel), Starbucks, Air Canada, and the other apps that feed Passbook, SwiftKey and other custom keyboard apps, Launch Center Pro, Drafts, TextExpander, Apple's WWDC app, and many more.

Biggest revelation: Since I got the iPhone 6 Plus over 2 weeks ago, I haven't needed to download a single Google app. We use Google for Mobile Nations, but Gmail via Exchange is working great, Apple's Maps has been fine, YouTube on the web is no more annoying that YouTube in the app, Hangouts was such a battery drain on my iPhone 5s, I've left it off my iPhone 6 Plus and just use it on my Mac, Snapseed hasn't been updated in a long time, Safari has always been way better than Chrome on iOS. I'll likely need to download Drive or the Docs apps at some point, but the browser transition has been so needlessly confusing I've been sticking to Dropbox lately. I guess time will tell.

We're going to be having everyone here at iMore update their "What's on my iPhone" posts over the next few weeks, so be sure to check them all out. And if you have any questions on my apps, or any suggestions you think would work better, let me know!

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