World’s Largest Contract Chipmaker Recovering After Ransomware Attack

World’s Largest Contract Chipmaker Recovering After Ransomware Attack

Apple iPhone TSMC chipmakerTaiwan tech firm and Apple chipmaker, TSMC, said it was recovering from a ransomware attack over the weekend. Apparently one machine was online when it shouldn’t have been and this lead to the infection of more than 10,000 of their manufacturing machines in multiple factories. The ransomware was a variant of WannaCry which is a type of ransomware cryptoworm used by bad guys to encrypt computer data and hold it for ransom. TSMC says they are now back in full production again.

Always make sure you have a good antivirus program installed and up to date! Just as important, make sure you have a good, solid back up of any data that’s important to you!

Source: Reuters

Keynotes From Apple’s Big Event

Keynotes From Apple’s Big Event

Today was Apple’s big event to announce the new Apple Air 2, Apple Mini 3, and new improved iMac.  Craig Federighi, Senior VP of Software Engineering at Apple Inc, kicked off the Apple event with a re-cap of the past updates.He re-introduced the new keyboard feature and even joked about it recognizing “ Klingon”, for all you Star Trek fans.  He went in-depth a bit further with the new Metal framework on mobile.  Assassins Creed is one of the many games that was displayed on the iPhone 6.

Photo Via Apple Livestream

Stephen Colbert, Apples new “Supreme Commander of Secrecy”, was the guest caller during this event.  Steven and Craig spoke in code words and referred each other as “Granny Apple” and “Red Delicious”. Apple’s last event guest caller was the newest employee Dr.  Dre.

Yosemite and iOS8

Yosemite has been downloaded by over 1 million users worldwide.  The new “AirDrop” feature allows users to share information between iOS8 and Yosemite. Handoff makes efficiency a breeze by allowing information to switched between devices with a simple swipe.  Share pictures,documents, and edits straight from your iPhone to your Mac in real time.  Yosemite is available for FREE today.

Ipad Air 2

The new  Ipad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet available on the Apple line.  The Air 2 is an amazing 6.1mm thin, which is thinner than a pencil. The anti-reflective coating reduces reflection by 56% and is the lowest on any tablet. An updated A8x chip with 2nd gen 64-bit architecture makes this tablet a power horse.  The CPU (central processing unit) is now 40% faster along with adding 2.5x the power to the GPU (graphics processing unit).  The running 10 hour battery life allows for unlimited work and fun. Apple even added a  Barometer to measure atmospheric pressure.  

The  new 8MP iSight camera adds depth details and increases color quality to any photo.  The camera will also shoot videos in 1080p HD quality.  For the first time in tablet history, the Air 2 is able to take panoramic and burst action photos.  Also, for the first time ever users can take time lapse and and slow motion videos. Wi-fi connectivity is now 2.8x faster and the 20LTE bands to increase connectivity.  And of course the new Air 2 will also include TouchID that unlocks passwords with a fingerprint.  Pre-orders begin October 17 and will be shipped out next week.

Photo Via Apple Livestream

Brand new iMac

The new iMac all-in-one will contain an 27-inch HD 5K retina display, which is the only of its kind.  The 14.7 million pixels adds breathtaking quality to pictures,videos, and games.  That’s 7x the amount pixels found in an HD TV and makes this the  World’s highest resolution display. The Apple team redesigned the architecture behind the iMac to create a stunning 5mm thick display.  The timing controller or “TCON” is needed to manage the massive amount of pixels. The processing power is incredible with an added custom built 3.5GHz quad core i7 Intel chip,which makes it the fastest iMac. The Apple team created a new layer material called Oxide TFT that charges pixels and evens them throughout the display. A New thinner LED back-light was added that consumes less power and 30% less energy.  The compensation film a great added feature to improve off axis viewing.  The 8GB memory allows for an ample amount of storage for games,documents, and photos.  

Photo Via Apple Livestream

All of these great products will come in different screen sizes and storage capacity to fit any need.

Photo Via Apple Livestream

Apple Quietly Releases IOS 7.0.6 – Update Your Phone NOW!

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Apple released the IOS 7.0.6 upgrade without much emphasis on its importance, but don’t take that with a grain of salt. It’s important! It fixes a nasty bug that allows an attacker with a privileged network position to capture data protected by SSL/TSL. Sound like jargon? Here’s our suggestion. Update your iPhone right now!

Also, keep in mind that OSX has the same issue and has yet to have a fix rolled out. The bug in question doesn’t allow an app or Safari to authenticate the security of the site/app which makes a user vulnerable to a ‘Man in the Middle’ attack. A ‘Man in the Middle’ attack happens when an attacker intercepts communication between a user’s browser and a website. These attackers can monitor, record, and see anything that happens during these transactions. When you think of online banking and other financial websites, this becomes a very scary “bug”, but they can also see your Facebook conversations, Gmail, and any other site you might be utilizing at the time.

While these attacks are normally remedied by the SSL/TSL of any particular website, this “bug” allows people to bypass that leaving you as vulnerable as you would be without them. Another scary thing to think about is that this bugged OS release has been in use since September of 2012.

Wondering if you should be worried? Look at it this way. Developers (who truly understand the moving parts of the bug) weren’t even willing to discuss it as they were worried it would give hackers needed information to take full advantage of the “bug”.

Happy Birthday To Apple Macintosh – 30 Years

Photo via YouTube User “Gary Katz”

Happy birthday to Apple’s Macintosh computer. Back in 1984, the Macintosh was released. While it definitely wasn’t the machine that we currently recognize from the Apple brand. It was the beginning. It was an all-in-one version of the “Lisa” personal computer system. The “Lisa” was the first computer with a graphic interface and was the most popular computer of its time.

The Macintosh portable was the first official “laptop” as it was battery powered and was actually used to send emails from space. It was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the early 90s, but never gained popularity among consumers. The 500 series was the first real and portable “laptop” from the company and was quite a hit. It was the first to include built in ethernet and stereo sound.

The Power Mac 4400 was the introduction of a real “powerhouse” computer. Many in the graphics industry will remember this as it was the industry standard for those who were designers and early web developers. Soon after were the release of the early G3 processors that separated the computers from the general PC on the market.

From all of these machines was the birth of the computers we see today. From the colored All-In-One iMacs and clamshell laptop computers to the full metal housing of the current MacBook Pro. It all started here. So, a big happy birthday to the Apple Macintosh!

 

Apple Stores Hosting Coding Workshops For Kids Called “An Hour Of Code” [VIDEO]

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In order to try to “demystify” coding, Apple stores across the country are hosting “An Hour Of Code”workshops to introduce kids and teens to the basics of computer programming. The classes are 100% free.

Announced on Sunday by Apple, the stores will be participating in the “Hour Of Code” on December 11th. The classes are free and designed to introduce kids to the basics of programming and computer science. The classes are designed for younger kids.

You can make reservations at your local Apple store. This is part of Apples participation in Computer Science Education Week,  a global initiative that aims to teach people of all levels how to write code.

The online courses show how to write your first computer program, an introduction into javascript, and even building an iPhone game.

 

Apple OS 7 To Release September 18th [VIDEO]

September 18th is the set release date for Apple’s new iOS 7. Apple is very excited about the release of the new OS calling it the “Biggest overhaul to the Apple iOS since the release of the iPhone”. iOS 7 will be available for download on the iPhone 4 and later, iPad Mini and 5th Gen iPad, and the iPod 2 and later.

There will be new fonts, icons, neon color palette and even gesture controls (some are crying out that this is catch-up to Android’s Keylime Pie). The new iOS is an overhaul not only in how it looks, but how it functions as well.

It can learn where and when you commute to keep you posted on traffic details.

“It has a new structure, applied across the whole system, that brings clarity to the entire experience,” Apple wrote on its iOS 7 webpage. “The interface is purposely unobtrusive. Conspicuous ornamentation has been stripped away. Unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed. And in taking away design elements that don’t add value, suddenly there’s greater focus on what matters most: your content.”

Among its new features is the Control Panel which allows you access to your most used apps at the swipe of a finger. It comes with Air-Drop for highspeed shareing with other iOS devices along with a refresh to Safari and the Multi-Task interface.

https://youtu.be/rT_OmTMwvZI

 

The New Moto X Android Smartphone From Google Is The First To Be Made In USA

Google purchased Motorola in 2012 and since has mainly been “in the background”. They will be releasing the first Google inspired Motorola device this year and the Moto X will be unveiled in New York on August 1st. One of the biggest selling/buying points for this new device is that it is completely assembled in Fort Worth, Texas.

It is expected to create 2,000 new jobs in the Fort Worth and the Moto X leaked images show a Texas Flag wallpaper this is displayed on the device. The Moto X is expected to have a dual-core 1.7 GHZ Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and a removable rear Kevlar shell.

Google is not the only company jumping on the “made in America” bandwagon. Apple has stated that the bold new Mac Pro would also be built right here in the US. Apple even kicked off WWDC with an emotional animated video that concluded with the phrase “designed by Apple in California”.

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UN Reports Major Security Vulnerabilities In Mobile Devices

A UN group that advises countries on cyber vulnerability has reported that the mobile device era has opened massive safety concerns when it comes to these devices. Hackers can potentially access over half a billion smartphones.

There is a bug that will actually allow hackers to clone SIM cards. You can imagine the danger in this. Hackers could then use these highjacked SIMs to commit finance crimes and even electronic espionage. Berlin’s Security Research Labs will speak to this at an upcoming Black Hat hacking conference on July 31st in Las Vegas.

“These findings show us where we could be heading in terms of cybersecurity risks,” ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré told Reuters.

Cracking SIM cards has been the long term goal of hackers around the globe for many years now. These cards allow them to identify and authenticate users of mobile devices from any where. It’s estimated that there are some 6 billion cellphones in use around the world and companies are now scrambling to find a way to secure the ‘at risk’ devices.

The hacker who accesses the SIM card can now text and talk “As You”. And, if you have your PayPal or Mastercard information synced to that device, they got that too.

Whether you are running AndroidiOSBlackberry, or any other device, you are at risk. Both Apple and Google have declined comment on the subject.

Apple Applies For Over 30 Patents Including In-Car Dashboard

It’s no big secret that Apple and Android are both trying to be the first to be a standard addition to the dashboard of your next brand new vehicle. Well, Apple has already been granted a slew of patents allowing them to start converting iOS to be the in-dash interface for new vehicles.

The rumors are flying as the auto industry tries to find an infotainment interface that actually works in vehicles. This will most likely be an LCD interface with tactile feedback, head-up display in the armrest, screens that respond to laser pointers, and a camera that can even detect the drivers head position.

The new patent actually builds on a patent that dates back to 1992. The LCD screen might actually have ridges on it to guide the drivers fingers to different areas of the screen without taking their eyes away from the road.

Click here to read more about this new technology.

Apple Increases Market Share With iOS, But Android Still Most Popular Device In US

Apple gains a little ground on Android over the past few months. Android currently holds 52 percent of the market in mobile devices and iOS is now at just under 42 percent. It looks like Apple has T-Mobile to thank for much of that uptick as they started selling the iPhone.

“The highly anticipated release of the iPhone on T-Mobile has benefited iOS in the latest three-month period, though it has not yet impacted T-Mobile’s share in the market,” Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said in a statement.

The iPhone 5 was T-Mobile’s biggest seller for 3 months straight and they were able to lure in many first time smartphone buyers. Kudos to the marketing team over at T-Mobile.

Windows mobile phones are bringing up the rear, and it’s not even close. They now hold 4.6 of the total smartphone market share. They will need to really amp things up if they want to compete with Apple and Android.