Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

'Hey Siri, give me the news' leaves beta, works with NPR, Fox, CNN, and Washington Post

MacCentral - 4 hours 23 min ago

One of those things people expect to be able to do with smart speakers is to get a news briefing in the morning. It was one of Alexa’s first tricks when the Echo launched in 2014, and a core feature of Google Home in 2016. With the HomePod on the way, it simply has to be one of Siri’s powers, too. It’s table stakes.

And so it has come to pass. Previously available only to users running the iOS 11.2.5 beta, the new news feature is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia. 

’Hey Siri, give me the news’

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news.” (Other similar phrases like “what’s in the news” will also work.) Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

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Apple will fix the 'chaiOS' text message bug next week

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 4 hours 24 min ago
Yesterday, we wrote about the chaiOS bug, which is a specific link that can cause iMessage on iOS and Macs to crash. Today, Apple let us know that a fix is on the way. The chaiOS bug will be patched in a software update next week.
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Facebook adds its first African American board member

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 4 hours 37 min ago
Today, Facebook announced that the Chairman and CEO of American Express, Kenneth I. Chenault, has joined the company's Board of Directors. It will be effective starting February 5th. It's notable because Chenault will be the board's first African Ame...
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch

The Register - 4 hours 38 min ago
Faces up to AWS, Google with future per-second billing plan

Faced with a customer base being lured away by cheaper cloud compute services at its competitors, DigitalOcean has cut prices and increased RAM and SSD storage for its users.…

Facebook Messenger is freezing on some iPhones

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 4 hours 51 min ago
Just a few days after Facebook announced that its 2018 goal was to make Messenger less clunky, now there's an iPhone bug that makes the app almost unusable for some people. The app apparently freezes up after typing a few words. TechCrunch reports th...
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

The Register - 5 hours 4 min ago
UK.gov pays £15,500 in damages after failed fact-check

An asylum seeker has won £15,500 from the UK’s Home Office after it blabbed confidential information about his persecution in his home country - to authorities in the state.…

Safe + 7.3.8 - Encrypt and organize your sensitive data, photos, and contacts.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 6 min ago


Safe + helps you organize and store your sensitive data. More than just a password manager, Safe + also protects your photos, videos, contacts, and PDF documents! All data is encrypted using super-secure 256-bit AES. And now it supports Touch ID and Wi-Fi synchronization across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad!

Safe + helps you manage and organize your passwords, and provides a mobile and secure place to keep them -- at home, at work, and on the move. When you’re traveling, Safe + stores your health-insurance data, screenshots of travel documents and boarding passes, and images of your passport, ID, and credit cards. Safe + is also a secure wallet for membership, debit, and loyalty cards, even QR codes -- all securely stored as images in one safe place.

Safe + allows you to perform a comprehensive range of tasks:

  • Protecting your sensitive data with your password and strong encryption
  • Organizing your data in as many categories as you want
  • Use our templates for credit cards, bank accounts, user accounts, contacts, images, text, or create your own item forms
  • Adding comments to your items
  • Changing and sorting your categories and items in a simple way
  • Accessing your login credentials directly from Safari
  • Launching Safari direct from web addresses stored in Safe+
  • Creating encrypted backups for data security and to transfer across devices


Version 7.3.8:
  • Improved translations
  • Compatibility with Safe + v7.3.8 for iOS
  • User-interface enhancements
  • Bug fixes


  • macOS 10.12 or later


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Twitch's new tools help streamers hype pre-recorded videos

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 5 hours 7 min ago
Twitch has introduced a set of tools called Video Producer to help streamers "maximize excitement and engagement" around their pre-recorded uploads. Sometime today, broadcasters will be able to use those tools to create shareable landing pages and co...
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

1Password Teams 6.8.6 - Secure management of sensitive data for teams.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 14 min ago

1Password Teams gives you full control over who has access to your team's most important information. Now you can share the simple security of 1Password with everyone. Emailing passwords is just the tip of the bad-security iceberg. IM, post-it notes, broken telephone. They’re not safe, and they don’t scale. 1Password Teams makes it super simple and safe to share all those passwords with the whole office. Items show up on your teammates’ devices automatically, so no one has to worry about staying in sync. And it isn't just for passwords: protect sensitive financial information such as bank accounts and credit cards; and access confidential documents from anywhere, knowing that all your information is thoroughly protected.

Features
  • Tools that give you control. Manage what your teammates can see and do using the Admin Console. Instantly deploy, grant and revoke access to shared vaults. You can even securely recover locked-out user accounts.
  • Secure teams are productive teams. Keeping everyone safe can feel like a full time job. The less time you need to spend dealing with hacks, phishing scams, and lost passwords, the better. Give your team the tools they need to take security into their own hands. And it’s so easy to get started, they’ll thank you for it.
  • Everywhere. Get your secure data on your phone, your desktop, your wrist, and the web.
  • Security is not just a feature. It’s our foundation. Every design decision in 1Password Teams begins with the safety and privacy of your data in mind. For us, security involves more than just bolting on encryption and enabling SSL. It takes a combination of policy, innovative thinking, and a deep respect for your right to privacy.
    • Secure - We’ve innovated features never seen before in a password manager.
    • Private - Protecting your privacy requires a lot more than a simple privacy policy.
    • Transparent - We believe that openness always trumps "security through obscurity".

The published price is that of a Standard account, per user, per month, billed annually. The full pricing schema can be found here.



Version 6.8.6: New
  • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
Fixed
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
  • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
  • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.


  • OS X 10.10 or later


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1Password Families 6.8.6 - Powerful security for sensitive information for up to 5 family members.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 15 min ago


1Password Families is the one password manager that’s ideal for your whole household. Decide who you share your information with and what they can do with it. You can give your loved ones the tools to stay safe online without taking away their independence. But not everything needs to be shared with the whole family. Personal vaults let everyone keep their own private passwords and documents, all managed under a single subscription.

  • Share. 1Password is the easiest and safest way to share passwords, credit cards, and anything else that’s too important to email.
  • Protect. 1Password helps your family practice smart online security by generating strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts.
  • Relax. 1Password remembers everything for you, and automatically signs you into your favorite sites with a single click.
  • Features
    • Protection for the whole family - Five people can join in and have individual accounts on your single subscription. They don't even have to belong to the same household.
    • 1Password on-the-go - Sign in to your account, view and edit your items, and manage your family from your web browser.
    • Always up-to-date - You will always get the latest versions of 1Password and all new features as soon as they come out. Never pay for upgrades again.
    • Award-winning 1Password apps - Your subscription includes the latest, full versions of the 1Password apps for Mac, iOS, and Android at no extra charge.
    • Secure documents - Your family gets 1 GB of encrypted storage for documents, which you can share and access securely from anywhere.
    • Use on all your devices -- for free - Don’t stress about licenses -- install 1Password on as many computers and devices as your family owns.
    • Seamless sync - All your data appears instantly on all your devices with no work on your part whatsoever. There is no sync service to set up.
    • Watchtower service - Receive around-the-clock alerts whenever there are security breaches for the services and sites that your family uses.
    • Item history backup - Go back in time up to one full year and recover passwords which you or your family members have deleted or changed.
    • 24/7 support - Get free, one-on-one support from AgileBits employees whenever you need it. We're here to help you at any time of day or night.

    The published price is that of a monthly charge for an all-access subscription (desktop and mobile apps, free upgrades, Web access, and sharing) for up to five (5) people.



    Version 6.8.6: New
    • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
    Fixed
    • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
    • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
    • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.


    • OS X 10.10 or later


    Download Now]]>

1Password 6.8.6 - Powerful password manager; integrates with Web browsers and more.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 17 min ago


1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 6.8.6: New
  • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
Fixed
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
  • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
  • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.


  • OS X 10.10 or later


Download Now]]>

NASA: 2017 was Earth’s second-warmest year since 1880

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 5 hours 23 min ago
After careful analysis, NASA has declared that 2017 was the second-warmest year since the end of the 19th century. In a separate study using different analytical methods, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ranked last year as the...
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Essential is working to fix its sluggish touchscreens

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 5 hours 29 min ago
The Essential Phone launched last August, but five months later, there are still some issues with the phone that remain unfixed. One of those is the lagging touch latency. If you have a PH-1, though, know that Essential hasn't forgotten about the pro...
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Man who tweeted vulnerable adults' details prosecuted

The Register - 5 hours 33 min ago
Kent bloke 'threatened' the ICO that he'd release more

A man from Kent has been prosecuted under the Data Protection Act for leaking sensitive information on Twitter.…

Easy-Cat 1.0.0 - GUI for the 'cat' command-line tool.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 50 min ago

Easy-Cat is a GUI for the Terminal cat tool, which can be used to concatenate several files into a single file. In addition, Easy-Cat has the capability of batch processing, so that everything can be prepared and the concatenation can take place in the background.

Why is Easy-Cat helpful? - Working with the Terminal-tool cat is not very comfortable. The to be concatenated, files must be laboriously specified, and you have to wait for completion of the concatenation before you can move on to the next concatenation. Easy-Cat spares you from this tedious work by predefining multiple concatenations and by easily putting together the files to be concatenated using drag-and-drop. Once the actual concatenation has started, you can sit back and let Easy-Cat do all the work for you.

What data can be chained? - The cat Tool can be used for concatenating plain data such as plain text-files, uncoded music and movie files (for example, Wave, MPEG).



Version 1.0.0:
  • Initial release


  • OS X 10.10 or later


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Instagram DMs now show when you were last active

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 5 hours 51 min ago
Less than 24 hours since we learned of Instagram's new text fonts for Stories, the Facebook-owned app has added another feature. But this one may not be to everyone's liking. Taking inspiration from its parent company's Messenger service (instead of...
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Contacts Journal CRM 1.4.3 - Track your customer and client relationships.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 6 hours 5 min ago


Contacts Journal CRM is a powerful tool that will transform your business and personal relationships: save notes of important meetings, set follow ups and meetings, create custom contact fields, and attach important documents to each of your contacts. Available on the Mac, iPhone and iPad, with seamless iCloud syncing across all devices.

Use Contacts Journal to:

  • track your customer and client relationships;
  • manage your sales pipeline;
  • get the best out of networking opportunities;
  • see a map of all your contacts, with color-coding options;
  • be prepared for your next meeting;
  • track interactions with friends and family;
  • effectively manage tasks and appointments;
  • carry a virtual folder of documents with you;
  • keep a call log;
  • store important contact data using customizable contact fields.
Features
  • Import and link contacts directly from the Contacts app
  • Create private contacts and private groups to keep information separate from your Contacts app
  • See all your contacts and notes on a single map view
  • Attach files to your contacts; import using file picker, or drag-and-drop documents into app
  • Drag emails from the Mail app and attach to contact
  • Define your own custom fields, and attach custom data for each contact
  • Add to-dos with alerts in Notification Center for important follow-ups
  • Create events in Calendar app for your to-dos
  • Call (using Skype, Facetime Audio, or iPhone over WiFi), message or email your contacts directly from the app
  • Export your data for reporting by email, CSV, or PDF
  • No recurring billing, no hosted service. Works offline
  • Featuring automatic, seamless syncing with iCloud between Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps
  • DropBox sync also available

Note: iPhone and iPad app is sold separately.



Version 1.4.3:

Note: Now requires macOS 10.12 or later

  • Fixed an issue with automatic backups
  • Fixed issue preventing CloudSync upload


  • macOS 10.12 or later


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Peugeot embraces electric cars in bid to return to US market

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 6 hours 6 min ago
Carmaker Peugeot has announced a raft of ambitious plans that will see it re-enter the US market and offer an all-electric fleet by 2025. Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress, Peugeot chief executive Carlos Tavares said the company plans to...
Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Someone is touting a mobile, PC spyware platform called Dark Caracal to governments

The Register - 6 hours 7 min ago
Hundreds of gigabytes already slurped, say EFF and Lookout

An investigation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and security biz Lookout has uncovered Dark Caracal, a surveillance-toolkit-for-hire that has been used to suck huge amounts of data from Android mobiles and Windows desktop PCs around the world.…

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