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Adam Engst 2 comments

Security Fixes Appear in iOS/iPadOS 16.7.2 and 15.8, Plus macOS 13.6.1 and 12.7.1

A set of security updates for the last two releases of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS address various vulnerabilities. 

Adam Engst 35 comments

Apple Releases iOS 17.1, iPadOS 17.1, macOS 14.1 Sonoma, watchOS 10.1, tvOS 17.1, and HomePod Software 17.1

The X.1 updates to Apple’s latest crop of operating systems are out with bug fixes and a couple of features that didn’t ship in the initial releases, such as the watchOS double-tap gesture. And plenty of security fixes. As always.

Adam Engst 18 comments

Kini Provides Peace of Mind with Minimalist Motion Detection

Do you have anything—valuables, medicines, alcohol, guns—​for which you’d like to monitor access? The Kini motion detection device notices when it moves and alerts you by text message within seconds. No apps, no subscription, no privacy issues.

Adam Engst 24 comments

International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

Adam Engst No comments

iOS 16.7.1 and iPadOS 16.7.1 Offer Two Security Fixes

Apple has updated iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 with fixes for the vulnerabilities addressed in iOS 17.0.3 and iPadOS 17.0.3. You don’t need to rush to update unless you work in a large business or government agency.

Glenn Fleishman 23 comments

iOS 17’s Check In Feature Provides Peace of Mind and Could Even Save Lives

Glenn Fleishman explores iOS 17’s new Check In feature, which lets you specify someone as a temporary safety partner who can confirm you got where you intended to to go. It’s a welcome addition to Apple’s collection of features aimed at increasing personal safety.

Adam Engst 29 comments

Carbon Copy Cloner Backs Up Cloud-Only Content

Worried about backing up your cloud-only files? The latest version of Carbon Copy Cloner can temporarily download, back up, and evict these files, ensuring your data’s safety. Learn about this ingenious feature that bridges the gap between local and cloud storage in your backup strategy.

Adam Engst 9 comments

iOS 17.0.3 Addresses iPhone 15 Overheating Issue and Security Vulnerabilities

Apple has made good on a promise to update iOS 17 to respond to a bug that could cause overheating, particularly in the iPhone 15. The update also blocks several security vulnerabilities, one of which has been exploited in the wild.

Adam Engst 14 comments

OS Security Updates Address Three More Exploited Vulnerabilities

Updates for macOS 13 Ventura, macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 17 and 16, iPadOS 17 and 16, and watchOS 10 and 9 fix a trio of security vulnerabilities likely being used to install the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware. Install the updates soon.

Adam Engst 87 comments

Five Unexpected Announcements from Apple’s Wonderlust Event

Sure, Apple announced the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2 at its Wonderlust event on 12 September 2023. But we weren’t expecting these additional announcements.

Adam Engst 15 comments

OS Security Updates Plug Image and Wallet Vulnerabilities Exploited by Pegasus Spyware

Updates for macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and older Apple operating systems fix a pair of zero-click security vulnerabilities that are being used to install the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware. Install the updates soon.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Apple Explains Pullback from CSAM Photo-Scanning

In a letter responding to a child safety group, Apple has outlined its reasons for dropping its proposed scanning for child sexual abuse material in iCloud Photos. Instead, the company is focusing on its Communication Safety technology, which detects nudity in transferred images and videos.

Adam Engst 16 comments

Backblaze Raises Prices, Makes Extended Version History Standard

Online backup company Backblaze has announced that it will be raising prices on 3 October 2023 for new purchases and renewals, but everyone will be able to get the $2-per-month 1-year extended version history for free.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Apple Releases 24-Jul-2023 Security Updates for All Active Operating Systems

Updates to new and old versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod Software address numerous security vulnerabilities, several of which have been exploited in the wild. Install them soon.

Adam Engst 13 comments

BookBITS: “Red Team Blues” by Cory Doctorow

Adam Engst recommends Cory Doctorow’s latest thriller. It’s an exciting read set in the tech world of today but populated by characters whose history dates back to the 1990s. It’s all fiction, but broad swaths ring surprisingly true.