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iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

This week it was reported that Apple’s iCloud servers were under attack by China - as it turns out that’s not entirely true. Apple has made clear in a statement that there were indeed "intermittent organized network attacks" this week, but that they were done on people attempting to access the iCloud webpage. There weren’t any attacks on the iCloud servers themselves, nor were there any drops of user information. Apple does, however, suggest that you pay attention to "certificate warnings."

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Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Making its home in Passbook, Apple Pay credit cards might sit next to your loyalty cards from some establishments. A new loyalty program specific to Apple Pay may arrive later this year, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The new program won’t be the “scan your card to earn points” kind of thing (which clearly already exists via your iPhone), but a way for users to get little bonus items or discounts for using Apple Pay instead of plastic or cash.

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GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

Last week, it was discovered that Apple held a $50 million knife to the throat of their supply partners regarding leaked info. Should a partner be found guilty of leaking info, or allowing info to leak about current or future Apple products, they were subject to that penalty. In the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced, Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner, some things have to be discussed to satisfy the court, but might violate that penalty clause with Apple. GT Advanced now says they’re working with Apple to figure out what can and can’t be said in the proceedings.

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Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

The Security Key is not something you probably have in your pocket right this minute. It’s a newer sort of verification system made in partnership with the FIDO Alliance, now working with Google and Google Chrome for an added layer of security for Google websites. With this system you’ll never need worry about being scammed by a website pretending to be Google - not even once. You will need an official U2F Security Key to make it all work to Google's satisfaction.

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China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

While Apple fans, both around the globe and in China, might be celebrating the availability of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in the country, they should probably start rethinking their merry thoughts, depending on their beliefs on how much the government should be able to access about their personal lives. A report is now surfacing that the Chinese regime is using its famous (or infamous) "Great Firewall of China" to compromise the security and privacy of iCloud users using an age-old man-in -the-middle attack.

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Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Following the iMac teardown late last week comes the folks at iFixit again, who have this time gotten down and dirty with the newest Mac Mini. You'd expect from the look of things that it would largely rate the same as the previous model, but sometimes appearances can be deceitful, as was apparently the case this time. Said iFixit, "Apple took one of their most-fixable, most-upgradable products and broke it." How, you ask? We've got all the details -- and a few pictures -- for you after the jump.

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Worried about Spotlight Search in OS X Yosemite? Don’t be

Worried about Spotlight Search in OS X Yosemite? Don’t be

Apple’s resistance to share your data is well documented. They’ve begun encrypting messages and data to the ire of Government officials, and take steps to safeguard against anyone hacking into their system (even if they succeed, to no fault of Apple’s). That doesn’t mean your data isn’t collected, though. New research suggests Apple is taking note of some info you share with them. Via Spotlight, your search items are routed back to Apple, and possibly Microsoft, but is that a bad thing?

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Here’s why Apple doesn’t care about slumping iPad sales

Here’s why Apple doesn’t care about slumping iPad sales

Earlier, we told you about Apple’s device sales this quarter. Their total sales were impressive but iPad sales were way down, dipping 22% over last year. In taking questions from investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the iPad sales performance issues. Cook says he’s still bullish on the iPad, but not for the reasons we might think. The Apple CEO was also pretty grounded about their expectations, and noted that when it comes to tablet turnover, they’re pretty uncertain how we’ll react.

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Apple Q4 2014: App Store downloads top 85 million

Apple Q4 2014: App Store downloads top 85 million

Sales are great, but we really like to know about device use. You can sell as many devices as you like, but if nobody uses them, it’s a short-term gain. Apple is great on both ends of that spectrum, and have announced their total App Store downloads, and they’re pretty surprising. Compared to this time last year, cumulative apps sold has a nearly 50% increase. That’s pretty significant for a single year, considering the App stores have been around for years.

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iPhone and Mac way up, iPad down in Q4 2014

iPhone and Mac way up, iPad down in Q4 2014

In releasing their quarterly earnings, Apple also made available their device sales figures. As you might have guessed, iPhone sales were up over last quarter on the heels of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. They were also up over last year, showing a solid trajectory. The rest of Apple’s product lineup did equally well as a whole, but iPad sales continue to slide. That trend may only continue in the face of the iPhone 6 Plus, which will naturally eat at iPad mini sales.

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