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  • Dow up as China admits propping up currency

    08/27/2015 5:52:47 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 27 Aug 15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    U.S. stocks rallied again Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at 16,654.77, up 369.26 points, as the Chinese government admitted intervening in foreign currency markets to prop up the value of the yuan. The communist government also admitted simultaneously intervening in the Chinese stock market to halt further declines. The average investor got a second breather this week as the Dow gained back Wednesday and Thursday the 1,000 points lost in opening trading Monday in a roller-coaster market that shows no signs of stabilizing. Market Watch reported the Treasury market, a comfortable haven for many nervous investors,...
  • Believing Failed Industry Analysis

    08/27/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    TechNightOwl ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    If you can believe what some industry analysts have been saying, Apple should now be playing third fiddle in the smartphone wars. Android and Windows Phone would be ahead of iOS. Apple would, I suppose, be destined to fall back into niche status. Have you looked at the Windows Phone and BlackBerry market shares lately? Have you noticed how Microsoft is quickly unraveling the failed Nokia handset division purchase? Have you noticed how thousands of brand new Microsoft employees are being consigned to the unemployment lines? So do you believe those predictions? There’s one more. IDC, part of IDG, which...
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash

    08/26/2015 4:45:15 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 26 Aug 15 | Michael Snyder
    On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum. Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market....
  • It's The Final Meltdown...(economic collapse)

    08/26/2015 12:33:19 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 20 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | August 28, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    Oh yes, remember the banks cleaned up their balance sheets and closed all those pesky derivative trades.... Right? "NEW YORK – This spring, traders and analysts working deep in the global swaps markets began picking up peculiar readings: Hundreds of billions of dollars of trades by U.S. banks had seemingly vanished." “We saw strange things in the data,” said Chris Barnes, a former swaps trader now with ClarusFT, a London-based data firm." Except.... they didn't vanish. They went overseas, but are still there. Just remember, it was CDS and IR products that blew up the world last time, and you...
  • U.S. Stock Markets Close Up Sharply as Global Indexes Show Signs of Stability

    08/26/2015 1:09:51 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/26/2015 | NYT
    The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average closed up nearly 4 percent, with the Dow gaining more than 600 points.

    08/26/2015 1:29:03 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland August 26, 2015The rally stuck. After markets surged early on Wednesday, the market started to give up its gains and a replay of Tuesday's action — when the Dow gained more than 400 points but closed down 200 — seemed in the cards. But in the final hour of trading stocks rocketed higher, finishing near their highest levels of the day. On a points basis, this was third-largest daily gain for the Dow ever, while the S&P 500 had its best day since November 2011. But the main story of markets in recent weeks — which is that...
  • Forget About The Market For A Second, And Remember The US Economy Is Kicking Butt

    08/26/2015 7:37:34 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2015 | Bob Bryan
    Bob BryanAugust 26, 2015The stock market has been on a wild ride the past few days, but if you look beyond that, the US economy is doing just fine. There are numerous explanations for the sell-off in the markets, but none of them are because of the American economy. Unemployment is still down around its pre-recession levels, the housing market is still improving with more being built and increasing values, consumer confidence is very healthy, and gross domestic product is still growing. None of that has changed. In trying to explain the chaos, most analysts have noted that, for the...
  • China's Rate Cut Failed To End The Market Chaos

    08/26/2015 4:16:06 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2015 | David Scutt
    David Scutt, Business Insider Australia August 26, 2015Despite further monetary policy easing from the People's Bank of China and restrictions on some forms of futures trading, Chinese stocks fell yet again on Wednesday. Whatever word you choose to describe it — chaotic, wild, skittish, or others — the movements during the session were ridiculously rapid. Stocks opened higher, then tanked, then roared higher again before sliding into the close. It's truly head-spinning stuff, but increasingly familiar for those who have been watching closely. (snip)
  • US Federal Reserve still expected to raise interest rates

    08/26/2015 5:12:03 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Wed, Aug 26, 2015 | Simon Carswell
    China’s stuttering economy might come more strongly into view from the Rocky Mountains at this week’s Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers following the chaos in the stock markets. Many economists still expect the Federal Reserve to stay the course and start raising interest rates this year. Despite the wild see-sawing of US stocks after China’s “Black Monday” meltdown, the bet is on the central bank to move soon and start weaning the US off rates that have stayed near zero since 2008. The annual policy conference in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, starting onon Thursday, has traditionally...
  • Markets Are Surging

    08/26/2015 5:53:35 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    BI ^ | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland August 26, 2015 For the second day in a row, US stock futures are surging. Near 7:15 a.m. ET, Dow futures were up 300 points, S&P 500 futures were up 39 points, and Nasdaq futures were up 84 points. Wednesday morning's rally in US futures follows an ugly day on Tuesday, which saw stocks rally sharply early in the day before a huge sell-off in the final hour of trading. All told, the Dow fell more than 600 points from its peak on Tuesday to the market close. On Tuesday, all three major US indexes closed in the...
  • Get a grip! The markets are a little nutso. Don’t you go there, too

    08/26/2015 5:33:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/26/2015 | Allan Sloan
    If you want to understand what’s going on in the stock market and what you should do with your own investments, don’t assume the past three trading days have been rational. And don’t talk about a market “correction.” Doing that will rot your brain. And don’t panic. Although this is an ugly market, this isn’t anything like the 2008-09 meltdown that wiped out millions of homeowners’ equity and put the world’s financial markets at risk. This is a stock market decline that, as we’ll see in a bit, has a serious impact on only a relatively small number of Americans....
  • China Stocks Are Higher

    08/26/2015 9:04:26 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2015 | David Scutt
    David Scutt, Business Insider Australia August 26, 2015Chinese stocks have finished Thursday’s morning session sharply higher. At the mid-session the benchmark Shanghai Composite index is up by 1.55% following three days of savage losses. Despite the gain, the index is still down 15.26% for the week. All sectors are currently trading higher with industrials, up 2.8%, topping the list. (snip)
  • Has Apple Found The Holy Grail Of Electric Vehicles?

    08/25/2015 2:10:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Aug. 25, 2015 11:17 AM ET
    Summary Apple's much rumored electric vehicle may use fuel cell technology from U.K. startup Intelligent Energy. Intelligent Energy's technology doesn't require high pressure hydrogen storage and can be refueled by swapping out self-contained modules. Apple may already have exclusive rights to the technology, and use this as leverage to partner with an auto manufacturer such as BMW. By now, the weight of the evidence that Apple is working on a car has become overwhelming, but an announcement out of the UK of a hydrogen fuel cell powered iPhone may shed the most light yet on Apple's automobile project. The technology...
  • Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been a smash hit

    08/25/2015 1:49:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 25, 2015 | by Phil Wahba
    Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said Apple Watch is off to a strong start and announced steps to deepen the tech giant’s presence in the retailer’s stores. Best Buy continued its remarkable turnaround last quarter, with a big assist from Apple. The largest U.S. electronics retailer reported a rise in domestic comparable sales of 3.8% for the second quarter, well ahead of Wall Street’s expectations, and posted a better than expected profit. While Best Buy has helped its cause by cutting costs and adding floor space to growing categories like smart homes, home theaters, and shops-within-a-shop for top brands, it...
  • You know the stock market is in trouble when Apple's Tim Cook is emailing Jim Cramer

    08/24/2015 6:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Verge ^ | 08/24/2015 | By Ben Popper
    Stock markets around the world have been posting big losses for the last few days. The route was especially rough this morning, with the DOW Jones at one point falling 1,000 points in less than an hour. At the heart of the current slide is an issue which could impact many tech companies: economic weakness in China. Two weeks ago China's government made an aggressive move to devalue its currency. This followed several weeks of tumult in the Chinese stock market, during which the government had also interceded with force. Taken together, investors saw a Chinese market where growth was flagging. That...
  • Peter Thiel on Twitter and pot, Google, Uber and gay CEOs

    09/17/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by illiac · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/17/14 | Matthew J Belvedere
    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is famously outspoken and sharp-tongued, and on CNBC on Wednesday he did not disappoint. In a "Squawk Box" interview.Thiel trashed Twitter, Uber and Apple, among others, "Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It's a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there. But it's such a solid franchise it may even work with all that," the co-founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor said.
  • Apple is sued over their 2-Step Apple ID Verification System

    08/23/2015 12:09:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 22, 2015 | Patently Apple Staff
    A Nevada based company is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company alleges that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent. Verify Smart Corp. alleges that Apple makes, uses, tests, markets and sells or otherwise provides a system and method for enabling a user to authenticate their identity when initiating an electronic transaction, using a one-time pass-code sent to the user's mobile phone (hereinafter "Apple two-step verification"). They further claim that Apple's two-step verification system is designed to enable secure transactions for their customers. Verify alleges, that Apple's two-step verification infringes claims 2 and 5 of their...
  • Don't Be Apple

    08/22/2015 10:43:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | August 22, 2015 | Jon Evans
    There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected.So why do I think they represent so much of what’s wrong with the tech world?It’s because they have, I think, an almost Shakespearean tragic flaw: their obsession with centralized corporate control of the devices they sell. Apple sells fantastic hardware, and excellent software … and tries to maintain an iron-fisted grip on both, throughout their lifespan. Even...
  • Apple and Google Pour Billions Down a Green Drain

    08/22/2015 1:24:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Watts Up with That? ^ | August 22, 2015 | By Steve Goreham
    Business has been captured by Climatism, the belief that humans are causing dangerous global warming. Leading businesses announce plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, purchase renewable energy, use vehicle biofuels, and buy carbon credits. But there is no evidence that commercial policies to “fight” climate change have any measureable effect on global temperatures. Apple and Google, the darling companies of the millennial generation, have spent billions trying to halt global warming. Apple has brought us the Mac personal computer, the I-Phone, the I-Pad, and other trend-setting electronic devices, becoming the world’s highest-valued company. Google has been called the most innovative...
  • Your Phone’s Gun Emoji Could Soon Be Banned

    08/21/2015 9:42:17 PM PDT · by NoCmpromiz · 23 replies
    The Right to Bear ^ | Unlisted | Unlisted
    Leave it to the left-wing anti-gun nuts to try and get something like this banned. Nowadays most smart phones have emojis. The Apple iPhone has a revolver emoji that is used while texting others. You can use the emoji however you want, the point is sending someone an emoji of a gun is in no way able to harm another. But gun activist in New York think it can lead to violence so they’re trying to get Apple to ban its use. The group called “New Yorkers Against Gun Violence” has petitioned Apple with their “Disarm the iPhone” campaign and...
  • Stocks Crashing For Second Day

    08/21/2015 12:21:18 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 108 replies ^ | 8-21-15 | Gary
    Dow down over 430 points as of about 2:20 PM CST. Central banks have no more options.  Debt levels are completely unprecedented around the world.  These debts will never be paid back by human effort. Watchers have been saying that we might witness a big crash around this time for 5, 6, 7 years now.  Are you listening?  Are you awake? Is your treasure in Heaven or on earth? Pray. MARANATHA! Update: Yesterday's plunge of the DJI was the biggest point-drop in almost four years.  Today's is even larger.
  • Dow in correction as growth concerns weigh; Apple falls 5.5%

    08/21/2015 12:20:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | 08-21-2015 | Evelyn Cheng
    U.S. stocks traded about 2 percent lower on Friday, extending a recent rout, as concerns about slowing global growth continued to pressure investor sentiment. ( Tweet This ) The Dow Jones industrial average briefly fell into correction territory, losing more than 470 points as all blue chips declined. In the last five years, the index has only had four instances with closing losses of more than 400 points. "It's an expiration day and it looks like they're to have for sale on the close maybe as much as a billion dollars," said Art Cashin, director of floor trading for UBS....
  • Apple’s Dr. Dre apologizes for past abuse of women, Apple issue statement

    08/21/2015 12:59:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | August 21, 2015
    In a sign that the uproar was threatening not only his reputation but also his business dealings, Dr. Dre, who has previously spoken dismissively or vaguely about the allegations [including criminal charges, that Dr. Dre physically abused women], which are decades old, confronted them on Friday in a statement to The New York Times,” Joe Coscarelli reports for The New York Times. “While he did not address each allegation individually, he said: ‘Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is...
  • Mac user installs Windows 10 and he can’t stop raving about it

    08/20/2015 1:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Brad Reed
    One obvious reason that Windows 8 was such a disaster for Microsoft was that a lot of longtime Windows users absolutely hated it. To express their frustrations with Windows 8, many of these users either switched back to Windows 7 or changed computing platforms all together by switching to Macs. One such person was Vivek Wadhwa, the director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, who fled Windows 8 in terror for Apple before giving Microsoft another shot with Windows 10. Writing in The Washington Post, Wadhwa explains that he recently installed Windows 10 onto his...
  • USPTO finds Apple iPhone design patent invalid in court fight against Samsung

    08/18/2015 4:51:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | August 17, 2015 | By Mikey Campbell
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month found an iPhone design patent successfully leveraged by Apple against Samsung in its first court action invalid on multiple counts, bringing Apple's $548 million damages award into question. Apple's D'677 patent (right) shows a design different from two previous applications. Spotted by FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller, the non-final decision regarding Apple's U.S. Patent No. D618,677, known as the D'677 patent, was handed down by the USPTO's Central Reexamination Division on Aug. 5. The decision follows an anonymous ex parte examination request -- likely filed by Samsung -- calling the design patent's...
  • Project Titan and the Apple Self-Driving Car: The story so far

    08/18/2015 8:30:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08/18/2015 | Alistair Charlton
    Since we last published an in-depth report into Apple's Project Titan autonomous car project seven months ago, the company's bank balance has grown by Ł15bn ($23bn) – enough to fund the entire development process of a completely new car several times over. Now, after a small misfire in the rumour mills, talk of an Apple car is back on the front pages. But let us rewind briefly to that small misfire and look at where we are at today. Rumours of Apple producing its own car began at the start of 2015; they escalated quickly as talk of a secret...
  • New privilege escalation exploit discovered in OS X Yosemite, also affects just-released 10.10.5

    08/16/2015 10:01:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | August 16, 2015 | By Sam Oliver
    Just days after patching the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE vulnerability with a new OS X point release, Apple's desktop operating system has been hit with yet another zero-day exploit that would allow an attacker to gain root access without using a password. Luca Todesco on Twitter The exploit was discovered by Italian developer Luca Todesco, who relies on a combination of attacks — including a null pointer dereference in OS X's IOKit — to drop a proof-of-concept payload into a root shell. It affects every version of OS X Yosemite, but seems to have been mitigated in OS X El Capitan, which is nearing release....
  • Apple's Project Titan Is Getting Closer To Reality [Their self-driving car]

    08/16/2015 7:27:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Information Week ^ | 08/16/2015 | Nathan Eddy
    A newly published report in the Guardian suggests that not only is Apple planning a self-driving car, but that the so-called Project Titan prototype is ready for testing. Documents revealed by British newspaper The Guardian strongly indicate the long-rumored self-driving car program by Apple, codenamed Project Titan, is indeed a reality. The correspondence reveals Apple's interest in GoMentum Station, a 5,000-acre, former navy weapons station in California that features 20 miles of paved roadway, which other companies have used for the testing, validation, and commercialization of connected vehicle (CV) applications and autonomous vehicles (AV) technologies. "We would ... like to...
  • Apple updates Boot Camp to support Windows 10: Now you can run Windows 10 on a Mac, if you want to.

    08/13/2015 2:03:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    PC World ^ | 08/13/2015 | Fred O'Connor
    Apple has updated Boot Camp, its utility that allows Windows to run on a Mac, to support Windows 10, two weeks after Microsoft launched its latest OS. Only the 64-bit version of Windows 10 will work with Boot Camp, Apple said Wednesday in a support document. Additionally, Windows 10 will only work on Macs running OS X Yosemite. Apple reminded users that only Macs with Intel processors work with Boot Camp, a requirement since the multi-boot utility debuted in 2006. An ISO file of the 64-bit version of Windows 10 is needed and Apple provides instructions on how to make...
  • Apple left racist, sexist ringtones unchecked for years

    08/13/2015 7:31:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 12, 2015 | Marissa Lang
    Apple has always meticulously policed its content — especially in its App Store, where what gets uploaded and downloaded can be something of a free-for-all. Often, in the store or the iTunes library, a team from Apple will swiftly remove content for broken links, ugly design or even microscopic mentions of the company’s competitors. And yet racist and sexist apps and ringtones have remained for use and for sale — in some cases for years — despite clearly violating Apple’s policies prohibiting “defamatory, offensive (or) mean-spirited” content against religious, cultural or ethnic groups.
  • Hey, Siri! Meet the real people behind Apple's voice-activated assistant

    08/12/2015 7:03:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 2015 06.12 EDT | Hannah Jane Parkinson
    Many of us are familiar with Apple’s iOS assistant – but have you ever thought about the lives behind the voice that answers your queries and requests? Siri Australia:Karen Jacobsen, Siri UK: Jon Briggs and Siri USA: Susan Bennett. Photograph: courtesy Karen Jacobsen/Jon Briggs/Susan Bennett Apple users are all familiar with Siri, the company’s voice-activated personal assistant that helps out with everything from speed dialling, scheduling meetings and searching for directions. Users of iOS have had the privilege of Siri’s help since its introduction as part of iOS 5 for the iPhone 4S in 2011, and the function was also...
  • iPhones, the FBI, and Going Dark.

    08/06/2015 10:23:17 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 104 replies
    Law Fare Blog ^ | Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 9:53 AM | By Paul Rosenzweig
    What follows is a guest post from Nicholas Weaver, a computer security researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley: Properly configured, an iOS device is perhaps the most secure, general purpose communication device available.  The iPod Touch in particular is my preferred communication device for those who need to operate in an extremely hostile network such as China or France, and for most users, iOS is vastly more secure than Android.Despite this, "best" does not mean "impregnable".  The FBI claims that iPhones are "bricks" containing no useful information and Apple claims that iMessage is "end-to-end" secure.  Neither is...
  • THE OVERCOMER'S SHIELD [ Charismatic Caucus]

    08/06/2015 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    the Joshua Chronicles ^ | bible , Jedediah
    Deuteronomy passages are about to come True, My WORD spoken over you , My blessings to the righteous and pure in Heart, It is the first place I look and where I always start! For your Heart IS your Wellspring so it can not lie to Me, It always reveals the truth of who you are and will be, So let your Yes be Yes and your No remain No. Stand on My WORD and I will never let you go! But waiver in your belief That I AM the One and Only True God?! And you will live in...
  • Why you shouldn't freak out about this week's scary-sounding Mac exploits

    08/06/2015 9:49:36 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 10 replies
    MacWorld ^ | 2015-08-05 | Glenn Fleishman
    Why you shouldn't freak out about this week's scary-sounding Mac exploits Researchers document two OS X security flaws that shouldn't cause you to lose sleep, as severe as they sound. These cats aren't worried. Glenn Fleishman | @GlennF Senior Contributor, Macworld Aug 5, 2015 2:05 One set of researchers explains how a modification to your Macintosh’s boot-up firmware can persist undetectably and spread through peripherals to other computers. Another researcher’s work from a month ago is found in the wild, installing adware through a hidden escalation in user privileges. Both sound terrible, but neither is quite what it seems. De-escalate...
  • Apple to zap DYLD bug in forthcoming Mac OS X security update

    08/06/2015 9:24:25 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 8 replies
    Trusted Reviews ^ | 5 Aug 2015 | Chris Smith
    Apple is reportedly working on a fix to eradicate a dangerous bug that could allow unauthorised users access to Mac OS X Yosemite machines. The Guardian’s sources say Apple will release a security update to wipe out the so-called "zero day" DYLD bug as soon as possible. The “privilege escalation” bug potentially allows third parties to gain administrator access to a Mac without a password. The fix for Mac OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite will arrive shortly, ending worries that the vulnerability wouldn't be plugged before the next version, El Capitan, comes this autumn. In the meantime, the paper says Apple...
  • New Zero-Day Exploit Can Completely Brick Your Mac

    08/06/2015 8:50:39 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 17 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | 5 Aug 2015 | Romain Dillet (@romaindillet)
    It’s Black Hat season, meaning that we are getting a new batch of zero-day exploits showing how insecure our gadgets are. Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson found a serious zero-day vulnerability in OS X letting malware creators completely brick your Mac without any way to reset it to its factory status. Apple told The Guardian that it is working on a fix for both Yosemite and El Capitan. This zero-day exploit dubbed Thunderstrike 2 targets your Mac’s firmware thanks to an attached Thunderbolt accessory, such as an Ethernet adaptor or an external hard drive. After receiving the code via a...
  • Apple stock plummets for a fifth straight day, wiping out $113billion of its value, down 14 percent.

    08/05/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by dennisw · 81 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 4 August 2015
    The world's most valuable public company saw its stock price drop for a fifth straight day on Tuesday Apple shares are down 14 percent since closing at a record $133 in February That loss breaks down to $113.4billion in paper wealth iPhone sales were not as good as some analysts predicted, and the lukewarm forecast for the current period is causing the drop World's most valuable public company saw its stock price drop for a fifth straight day on Tuesday, falling as much as $5.19 or 4.4 percent, to $113.25 as investors fretted over China's economy and whether Apple can...
  • US STOCKS-Wall St. Lower as Apple Slips to 6-month Low

    08/04/2015 1:30:48 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 4, 2015 22:42 UTC | Tanya Agrawal
    Aug 4 (Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Tuesday as Apple's shares remained under pressure, hitting their lowest in more than six months, and investors digested earnings reports from a host of companies. The iPhone maker's shares fell as much as 4.4 percent to $113.25, slipping firmly below their 200-day daily moving average, a key technical level closely watched by traders. The stock was also the biggest drag on the three major U.S. indexes. While there was no clear trigger for the selloff, traders said worries over a slowdown in China and skepticism over demand for iPhone 6s were likely...
  • Hackers are installing malware on Macbooks — and there’s nothing you can do to stop them

    08/04/2015 8:54:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/04/2015 | Alastair Stevenson
    Researchers have spotted a wave of attacks targeting Macbook users.Hackers are exploiting a critical vulnerability in Apple’s OS X operating system to install malware on Macbooks.Malwarebytes Apple security expert Thomas Reed reported uncovering the attacks in a threat advisory.The vulnerability was uncovered by security researcher Stefan Esser at the end of July. It relates to the way Apple OS X version 10.10 logs software errors and can be used by hackers to forcibly install software on Macbooks.Reed said the current attacks targeting the flaw install a variety of malicious programs. These include the VSearch and Genio adwares and MacKeeper junkware.Adware...
  • OS X remote malware strikes Thunderbolt, hops hard drive swaps

    08/03/2015 10:25:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    The Register ^ | 4 Aug 2015
    Researchers Trammel Hudson and Xeno Kovah have built a self-replicating Apple firmware malware that can infect peripherals to spread to new computers. The ThunderStrike 2 malware is the second iteration of the attack forged earlier this year and liberates the requirement for attackers to have physical access to machines. Hudson says while his proof of concept is deliberately noisy, displaying a logo during boot, a real attack could be made surreptitious through virtualisation or system management mode."Thunderstrike 2 starts with a local root privilege exploit that can load a kernel module to give it access to raw memory [and] can...
  • Dear Apple: Please be nice to Microsoft

    08/02/2015 6:05:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/02/2015 | MATT WEINBERGER
    It's been a few days since Microsoft Windows 10 launched and so far I'm loving it — and that's coming from someone who's been using a Macbook for the last 10 years. There's just one thing missing. Well, two, technically. I really miss my Apple and Google apps. There are lots of perks to buying into the Apple ecosystem. With a Mac and an iPhone, you get all kinds of computing superpowers. There's Handoff, an Apple feature which lets you shunt websites and draft emails from the phone to the desktop. There's Apple's Airdrop, which lets you send files (mostly...
  • Gay emojis? GAY EMOJIS?! Not here in Russia, comrade [good for Vlad]

    08/01/2015 6:08:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/1/15 | Shaun Nichols
    The Russian government is reportedly looking to ban "gay" emoji symbols over fears the same-sex pictures could violate censorship laws.Russia's Izvestia newspaper reports that Russian senator Mikhail Marchenko has issued a complaint that a collection of new emojis depict same-sex couples. Marchenko argues the emojis are in violation of a 2013 Russian law banning what the government deems gay "propaganda" materials. The Beeb reports (via Izvestia) that the government's watchdog group plans to request that president Putin's Young Guard youth group investigate and report on the matter.The Russian senator is quoted as expressing concern that the gay emojis "promoted non-traditional...
  • Gun control advocates launch campaign to drop gun emoji from iPhones (VIDEO)

    07/31/2015 10:13:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | by Chris Eger
    An anti-gun organization in New York on Thursday debuted a social media campaign to convince Apple to remove the ideogram depicting a gun from their iPhones.Watch the YouTube Video. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence kicked off their “Disarm the iPhone” drive this week with a website, video and press release targeting the popular mobile devices. The group cautions that the emoji, one of hundreds on the product that come preloaded from the factory, reflects the ready access to guns in the country.“We realized that many Americans unknowingly carry a gun with them every day. The one that was given to...
  • Phone found in working condition after 9,300-foot fall

    07/31/2015 8:28:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Times Record News ^ | 3:05 AM, Jul 30, 2015 | by Judith McGinnis
    Wichita Falls, Texas - After falling 9,300 feet from a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, a lost iPhone not only reported its location but laid out a map where owner Ben Wilson could find it. Even better, it could still make and receive calls. “It was by the side of the road south of Jacksboro, under a mesquite tree,” said Wilson, chuckling. “The donkey pointed out where it was.” It is a real Texas story. Monday afternoon Wilson, owner of Gas Corp. of America and pilot Will Warnock were on their way back from Houston to Kickapoo Airport when pressure change...
  • No One Really Needs an Apple Watch Today

    07/29/2015 12:38:05 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 62 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 22:10 GMT | Bob LeVitus
    I’ve put off writing about the Apple Watch until today because, quite frankly, I didn’t know what I wanted to say. But last night it came to me… The Apple Watch is the coolest gadget in the world that you don’t need (and I say that with all due respect). I’ll spare you the product details (visit so I can spend the rest of our brief time together explaining why I love Apple Watch, but don’t think you (or anyone) really needs one (at least not yet). First, some background: I have collected and worn reasonably priced wristwatches for...
  • Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

    07/27/2015 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wired ^ | 7-27-2015 | MICHAEL RUNDLE
    A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned. In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that "starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control". Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that "we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many...
  • The Apple inventions that never surfaced: in pictures (Link Only)

    07/23/2015 10:54:31 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July 23, 2015
    Ten Apple patents that may or may not see the light of day. For example this patent for a virtual reality headset capable of linking to an exterior device such as an iPhone or Mac filed in 2008. . .
  • USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’

    07/21/2015 2:59:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 7-21-2015 | CBS San Francisco
    (CBS SF) — The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake “any day now” and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said. The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard. The quake caused some BART delays early today while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major...
  • Apple logs Q3 beat, but Q4 sales outlook disappoints

    07/21/2015 5:49:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | July 21,2015 | Aaron Pressman
    The world's biggest technology company said its earned $1.85 a share, beating estimates by four cents, for the three months ended June 27. Sales of $49.6 billion, up 33% from a year earlier, also topped views of $49.4 billion. However, Apple's current-quarter revenue outlook of $49 billion to $51 billion, came in on the low end of the FactSet Research Systems consensus of $50.9 billion. Apple said it sold 47.5 million iPhones during the quarter, essentially matching estimates. Meanwhile, Cupertino, Calif-based Apple disclosed iPad sales of 10.9 million units, and Mac sales of 4.8 million units, both coming in close...