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2 September 2014

Link: Apple’s Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation ☍

Apple press release:

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.

It’s unfortunate that this happened, but not surprising that the cause was weak passwords—I’m amazed at the number of people using very simple and easy-to-guess passwords.

1 September 2014

Review: Wink Hub & GE Link Lightbulbs

GE LinkI’m a sucker for gadgets—ever since the earliest days of running SchwarzTech, I’ve always been at odds with if I really needed something, and the desire to have a new toy to play with. From a financial standpoint, I feel like I’ve mostly made reasonable choices on purchases (I still haven’t gotten any sort of smart watch yet), but I’ve always been fascinated with the home automation side of things. Products like the Philips Hue have been out my reach for just dipping my feet in the pool, but GE’s new Link bulbs, priced at $15, piqued my interest…

31 August 2014

Link: Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple ☍

Re/code’s John Paczkowski provides some more detail on Anand Shimpi’s retirement from AnandTech:

An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn’t provide any other details.

That’s a pretty good reason to step aside from your site that you’ve been running for the past decade and some odd years…

“But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world.”

28 August 2014

Link: Wish We Could Say More ☍

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a special event being held on Sept. 9, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Typically Apple’s events are held either at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco or at the company’s campus, but this year is a bit different. Apple said in the invitation that the even will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the city where Apple’s corporate headquarters is located.

Juli Clover explains the new venue a bit more:

For the occasion, it appears that Apple has been building a massive structure on the campus, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade. A MacRumors reader has sent in images of a mysterious structure at the Flint Center, which appears to span three stories and is protected by “scads” of security people. Administrators had previously declined to comment on what the structure is for, stating only “We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes.”

Apple has not held an event at the Flint Center in many years, so the company’s return to the site of the original Mac unveiling suggests its upcoming announcement will be a major one. The Flint Center has a much higher seating capacity than other venues where Apple has unveiled products in the past, including the Yerba Buena Center and its own Cupertino campus.

This should be an interesting one—should be a fun week and a half of mindless speculation.

24 August 2014

Link: Docklings ☍

Thomas Brand:

Yesterday, Stephen Hackett described the transformation from System 7′s Control Strip to today’s Menu Bar extras. But he left out one often-overlooked stage of Control Strip evolution; the Dockling…

I remember playing with the first versions of OS X and it felt like a temporary, stopgap solution—keeping the Control Strip would’ve yielded an awkward extra “dock” on the screen.

“Seems like some apps do get written for Android first.”

18 August 2014

Review: Incase Pro Snap Case for iPhone 5/5s

Pro Snap CaseA little over a year and a half ago, we reviewed Incase’s Snap Case for the iPhone 5, which also is compatible with the 5s. More recently, we took a look at the Pro Snap Case, a slightly different version of the case, featuring rubberized sidewalls for enhanced protection…