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Apple to replace MacBook displays with peeling anti-reflective coatings

MacBookProIconXApple’s Retina MacBook Pros have a glass-covered display that has a coating of anti-reflective material to combat glare. However, some users have found that after a while this coating may separate, causing unsightly splotches that are most apparent when viewing darker content in bright lighting situations. If you are noticing these problems with your MacBook, then you may be in luck, as Apple has started a program to offer free replacements for the devices. Continue reading

Reasons to both install and avoid OS X 10.11 El Capitan

InstallElCapitanApple’s OS X 10.11 El Capitan upgrade is available for download, bringing a number of nuance improvements to the OS X experience, including split screen views for full-screen apps, a moveable Spotlight window, and tweaks to the Notes app, among others. However, the OS release is going to be quite similar to the release of Snow Leopard in comparison to Leopard, or Mountain Lion in comparison to Lion, where the OS brings more tweaks than any new features or re-designs. Continue reading

Oversight in GateKeeper allows for an easy bypass

GateKeeperIconXApple’s GateKeeper is a background technology in OS X that helps thwart malware. It does so by assessing three levels of identification for an app (Unsigned, Signed, and Signed with App Store distribution), and then imposing options to block execution of apps that are either unsigned, or not distributed through the App Store. However, a simple workaround exists that can allow malware to overcome Gatekeeper’s blocks and run.  Continue reading

Apple’s iPhone 6s+ ends concerns about ‘bend gate’

iPhoneIconXOne of the more publicized product limitations that Apple has had to deal with recently was what ultimately became known as Bend Gate. This was where the larger iPhone 6+ would bend with relative ease, and result in misshapen devices from basic actions like sitting with the phone in one’s pocket, or leaning against a ledge. While this problem appeared to have been inherent to the larger form factor of the 6+, Apple seems to have fixed it with the iPhone 6s series. Continue reading

Apple outlines 25 top apps affected by XCodeGhost

BurnIconXIn order to distribute apps in Apple’s App Store, developers need to keep up to date with the latest versions of XCode; however, Apple has historically released new versions of XCode to US customers before those in other countries. This has spurred developers in China, including reputable ones, to obtain the latest versions of XCode from secondary sources. Unfortunately, these developers were recently duped into using malware-laden versions of XCode that injected malware into their apps upon submission to the App Store. Continue reading

New Zero-Day memory injection vulnerability discovered in OS X

BurnIconXPCWorld is reporting that a new zero-day vulnerability has been found for OS X, which affects versions of OS X from 10.9.5 through to the recently-released 10.10.5. The problem comes from how NULL pointers in programs are handled, where malicious programs may use a special condition to bypass the default location where NULL code is directed to, and allow the program to bypass OS X’s security. Continue reading