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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.3 to Bring Back App Store, Ringtones Removed With Version 12.7 

    Highlights Apple has quietly released a new version of iTunes iTunes 12.6.3 brings back some of the old features Apple released iTunes 12.7 which removed some of these features

    Apple has quietly made available a new version of iTunes that brings back many of the features it recently pulled from the service. iTunes v12.6.3, the version with access to the older features, is now available for Mac and Windows desktop platforms.

    Last month, Apple released iTunes 12.7, a revamped version of the service that was didn’t include some of the old iTunes features such as the ability to browse, sync, and install iOS apps and ringtones using the desktop. The move was followed by some outcry from users, who were not happy with the change.

    As users spotted on Reddit on Monday, it turns out Apple has quietly released another version of iTunes with the older features. The company says it is released this version because “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps.” Users report that this version of iTunes is working on individual computers just as fine.

    “If you’ve already installed a newer version of iTunes, you can download this version of iTunes on your Mac, PC 32-bit or PC 64-bit and run the installer. After installation is complete, you can continue to deploy apps with iTunes. You won’t be prompted to download new versions of iTunes after you install this version,” the description of iTunes 12.6.3 reads.

    As Apple mentions in a support article, users will be required to rebuild their iTunes library once they have installed iTunes 12.6.3 version. You can easily do so by holding down the Option key when the app launches and clicking the “Create Library” option in the dialogue window that prompts. Give this new library a different name than your existing library, and you should be able to swiftly migrate your library once you have installed the new version.

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    Further reading: Apple, Apps, iTunes, iTunes Update, Laptops, PCs, Software

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows Store Is Now Microsoft Store as Company Begins Rebranding 

    Highlights Microsoft has rebranded Windows Store to Microsoft Store The change is live for Windows 10 beta testers Microsoft may have plans to expand Microsoft Store offerings

    Microsoft has quietly rebranded Windows Store, the flagship store for apps and games, to Microsoft Store. The rechristening comes as part of a software update the company pushed to some Windows 10 Insiders (beta testers).

    Besides the name, nothing much has changed as part of the rebranding, news site MSPowerUser reported on Friday. Users will, however, notice a new logo for the Microsoft Store, which instead of Windows logo, now has Microsoft logo. Users who haven’t signed up for Windows Insider program won’t see the change yet. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to comment on the reasons for the rebranding, and will update this copy once we hear back.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of WWDC 2017 Keynote; New iPad and MacBook Models Expected 

    Highlights As is tradition, the Apple Store has gone down ahead of a hardware unveil The company is anticipated to launch new iPad and MacBook models Also expected is the Siri Speaker, to take on Amazon Echo

    And it’s down. As is tradition before any hardware launch, Apple pulls down the Apple Store to update it with information about all the new products. The last time this happened was in March this year, just head of the launch of the new iPad (2017) and the iPhone 7 (PRODUCT) RED models.

    At its WWDC 2017 keynote address, scheduled to kick off at 10:00am PDT (10:30pm IST), Apple is expected to unveil more than just the next versions of its operating systems. Thus, apart from iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11, fans can expect some hardware announcements from the Cupertino giant.

    How to Watch Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote Address Live Stream 

    Rumoured hardware unveils at WWDC 2017 include Apple’s rival to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, what is being referred to as the Siri smart speaker. With past statements about how a display is vital for such a device, we can expect Apple to have included a screen similar to the Amazon Echo Show.

    Also anticipated to be unveiled at WWDC 2017 include a refreshed MacBook lineup, ranging from the MacBook and the MacBook Pro to the MacBook Air. All three are expected to see upgraded processor and RAM configurations.

    iOS 11, Siri Speaker, New iPad Tablets, and What Else to Expect From WWDC 2017

    Finally, Apple’s keynote address at WWDC 2017 is also expected to see the launch of new iPad models, specifically, in the iPad Pro lineup. The company is anticipated to launch a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a refreshed 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

    Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the latest information coming out of WWDC 2017. We’ll be live tweeting and live blogging the keynote address, straight from the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

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    Tags: Apple, Apple WWDC, WWDC 2017, WWDC, WWDC Time, WWDC Live Stream, WWDC 2017 Dates, Apple WWDC Keynote, Mobiles, Tablets, Home Ent, Wearables, PCs, Laptops, iPad, iPhone, iOS 11, macOS 10.13, MacBook, Apple Store

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple Opens Its First Store in Taiwan 

    Highlights Store is located in the island’s landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101 The launch comes just weeks after Apple unveiled a Singapore branch Apple has almost 500 stores globally with over a million visitors daily

    Apple opened its first store in Taiwan on Saturday with more than a thousand shoppers flocking to the site located in the island’s landmark skyscraper and tallest building, Taipei 101.

    The launch comes just weeks after the US tech giant unveiled a Singapore branch – its first in Southeast Asia – which it expects to be among the most popular Apple stores in the world.

    “This is an incredibly important region for Apple,” the company said in a statement.

    Excited fans in Taiwan thronged upon the new store with its iconic glass facade and more than 100 iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and iPods laid out for customers to try.

    They were greeted by cheering and applauding staff who chanted “welcome” and “Apple Taiwan”,

    In a bid to tap into Taiwanese culture, the company also handed out red T-shirts with a Banyan Tree print inspired by artwork from local paper cutting expert Yang Shi-yi.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Microsoft Says MS Paint Isn’t Going Away, Will Be Optional Windows Store Download 

    Highlights The app will be made available through Windows Store The company will integrate app’s functionality into Paint 3D Microsoft introduced Paint 3D app in April to Windows 10

    Microsoft recently released a list of features that are either removed or deprecated with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the company received a huge backlash online for including everybody’s beloved MS Paint in this list. However, the company has now clarified that it is not killing off MS Paint app with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

    In a blog post written late on Monday, Microsoft clarified that it is not “killing” Microsoft Paint and will rather be bringing the app to the Windows Store as an optional download. As the MS Paint app was mentioned in the deprecated column in the released list, it was earlier assumed that the app will not be in active development and will likely be removed from future releases.

    Microsoft said: “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free. Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”

    The Redmond-based company has also said that the functionality of the MS Paint app will be integrated to the company’s Paint 3D app, which was introduced to Windows with April’s Windows 10 Creators Update. Moving the classic MS Paint app to the Windows Store might be a possible move to promote the usage of company’s 3D Paint app, which is a more advanced tool in comparison.

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    Tags: MS Paint Windows Store, Microsoft Paint, MS Paint, Apps, Microsoft, PC, Laptops, Windows, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Google offers Play app store bounty program 

    Limited to specific apps and vulnerabilities.

    Google has opened a bug bounty program for its Play store to help it discover vulnerabilities and improve security.

    The program does not cover every app in the app repository, however.

    All Android apps developed by Google are in scope for the bounty program, which is run by HackerOne.

    Apps from Alibaba, Dropbox, Duolingo, Headspace, Line, Mail.ru, Snapchat and Tinder also qualify for bounties, but vulnerabilities have to be submitted to the companies in question first.

    Google has also limited the vulnerabilities that qualify for bounties to remote code execution (RCE) on user devices running Android 4.4 or higher. 

    Specifically, Google asks for proofs of concept for RCE vulnerabilities that allow attackers to gain full control of devices.

    Other types of vulnerabilities that qualify for rewards include those that cause banking apps to make money transfers without user consent, and open webviews that could lead to phishing attacks.

    Researchers up to US$31,337 with an additional discretionary bonus of US$1000 under the Play security rewards program. 

    Reports of malware infecting Google’s Play Store have become more common in recent years.

    In August Google pulled more than 500 apps from the store after they were found to contain a software development kit (SDK) that could download malicious plug-ins at will. That same month researchers discovered banking malware hiding in the app store as well as a botnet controller.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Google mass-culls apps after malware found in Play Store 

    Two years and 100 million downloads later.

    More than 500 apps have been yanked from Google’s Play Store after they were found to contain a software development kit (SDK) that could download malicious plug-ins at will.

    The SDK is used by developers for in-app advertising, and is made by Chinese vendor Igexin.

    It has been used in hundreds of games, weather, internet radio, image editor and other apps, which have been downloaded in excess of 100 million times.

    Security vendor Lookout discovered that the Igexin advertising SDK could download and execute plug-ins capable of spying on users, and alerted Google to the threat.

    So far, the plug-ins found by Lookout have exfiltrated users’ phone call logs. The data captured includes call lengths and the number dialled, as well as if the phone is is idle, ringing or off the hook, Lookout said.

    As the malicious download capability was not created by developers using the SDK and not activated when the app was submitted to the Play Store, the threat was not detected by Google.

    Lookout said the malicious functionality was fully controlled by Igexin, which could activate it at any time and download malware from a remote server controlled by the Chinese company.

    The Igexin SDK appears to have been recognised as malicious since 2015, with security vendors such as Symantec adding detection for it then.

    After being notified by Lookout, Google pulled more than 500 apps that feature the Igexin advertising SDK.

    Google said it has improved security in its Android 8.0 operating system, which stops hostile downloader apps from operating without permission.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on September 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple removes VPNs from App Store in China 

    Move seen as blow to freedom of speech.

    Apple is removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China, drawing criticism from VPN service providers who accuse the tech giant of bowing to pressure from Beijing cyber regulators.

    VPNs allow users to bypass China’s so-called “Great Firewall”, aimed at restricting access to overseas sites.

    In January, Beijing passed laws seeking to ban all VPNs that are not approved by state regulators. Approved VPNs must use state network infrastructure.

    In a statement on Sunday, an Apple spokeswoman confirmed it will remove apps that don’t comply with the law from its China App Store, including services based outside the country.

    Beijing has shut down dozens of China-based providers and it has been targeting overseas services as it bids to tighten its control over the internet, ahead of the Communist Party congress in August.

    While personal VPN providers have been the subject of state-led attacks in the past, this marks the first time Apple has complied with requests to scrub overseas providers from its store, a move that VPN providers say is unnecessarily supportive of China’s heightened censorship regime.

    VPN provider ExpressVPN said it had received a notice from Apple that its software would be removed from the China App Store “because it includes content that is illegal in China”.

    “We’re disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts,” ExpressVPN said.

    Other major providers, including VyprVPN and StarVPN, confirmed they also received the notice from Apple.

    “We view access to internet in China as a human rights issue and I would expect Apple to value human rights over profit,” Sunday Yokubaitis, president of Golden Frog, which oversees VyprVPN, said.

    Yokubaitis said Golden Frog will file an appeal to Apple over the ban.

    China users with billing addresses in other countries will still be able to access VPN apps from other branches of the App Store. A number of VPN apps were still accessible on the China App store at the time of writing.

    Apple is in the middle of a localisation drive in China, and named a new managing director for the region – a new role – this month.

    It is also establishing a data centre with a local partner in the southwestern province of Guizhou to comply with new Chinese cloud storage regulations.

    VPN providers say that while the apps are not available on the store, users are still able to manually install them using VPN support built into Apple’s operating system.

    “We are extremely disappointed that Apple has bowed to pressure,” said Yokubaitis. “

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