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Apple releases Password Manager Resources for open source security aplenty

Apple releases Password Manager Resources for open source security aplenty

Today Apple revealed the Password Manager Resources open source project to assist in the development password management systems of all sorts. This new system was made by Apple to be open sourced in order to invigorate the global digital community with password management protocol that's as secure as today's tech will allow. This system from Apple allows developers to integrate website-specific requirements used y the iCloud Keychain password manager "to generate strong, unique passwords."

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Apple services like iCloud, Apple Music land in a bunch of new countries

Apple services like iCloud, Apple Music land in a bunch of new countries

Apple is starting the day by rolling out a number of its services to a bunch of new countries around the world. The services Apple is bringing to new regions include the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and iCloud. All of them are launching in 20 new countries, while Apple Music is launching on its own in an additional 32 - meaning Apple Music is available in 52 new countries today.

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iCloud backups are not fully encrypted because the FBI complained

iCloud backups are not fully encrypted because the FBI complained

For the past years, Apple has painted itself as a champion of user privacy, as long as said user is also a customer. Its privacy advocacy has become so central to its message that it has, after decades of formal absence, attended CES but only as a panelist in a privacy roundtable. There will always be some who will doubt a for-profit's ulterior motives and they may have just been given a smoking gun that implies Apple did secretly cave in to the US governments wishes to have easier access to iCloud users' unencrypted backups.

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iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

The death of passwords is at hand, or at least that's what proponents of biometrics security would like to say. It might be a while before it becomes as commonplace as the password field but every small step takes us closer. The next small step will seemingly come from Apple who is now testing ways to more securely and more conveniently log into iCloud.com using not strong passwords but stronger fingers and faces instead.

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iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

The three big tech companies, namely Google, Apple, and Microsoft, can best be described as being best frenemies. They are rivals and critics in the industry but also can't but help cooperate with each other to some extent. Usually that involves making services and apps available on the others' platforms even if they're dying to keep them exclusive. The latest proof of that unavoidable cooperation is the all new iCloud app for Windows that has just became available on Microsoft's app Store.

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iCloud downtime today gave Apple – and users – a big headache

iCloud downtime today gave Apple – and users – a big headache

It's not been a great week for cloud behemoths, with Apple's iCloud the latest online service to suffer embarrassing downtime in the past few days. More than four hours passed with users complaining of being unable to access files stored in iCloud Drive, synchronize their calendars, and more.

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Apple game subscription tipped: Would you join for Fortnite?

Apple game subscription tipped: Would you join for Fortnite?

Gaming on an iPhone or an iPad could get a lot more interesting if this morning's news of an Apple game subscription pans out. According to people familiar with the matter, Apple's plans include a subscription service for games - something like Netflix, but for mobile gaming titles. This sort of subscription service is already live for other platforms - like NVIDIA's GeForce NOW - though that's for full-power AAA gaming titles streamed from NVIDIA's gaming PCs on the GeForce NOW cloud service.

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Windows 10 October update breaks iCloud shared album syncing

Windows 10 October update breaks iCloud shared album syncing

Windows 10’s October 2018 major update, a.k.a. version 1809, is turning out to be quite the nightmare, most especially for users. It was rolled out early lost month with a nefarious file-deleting bug that allegedly affected only a small number of users. Microsoft has since pulled out the update and re-released it but the nightmare is far from over. The latest is a still unfixed bug that is causing problems for iCloud users trying to sync their shared albums.

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Apple iCloud services went down for hours and there was hardly a peep

Apple iCloud services went down for hours and there was hardly a peep

It's not unusual these days for some popular Internet service to experience an outage. Many of the big ones last a few hours at most. The most recent that drove the Internet nuts was YouTube, which went back up in around an hour. Unless your livelihood depends on YouTube, however, that may have not had much practical impact. When some of Apple's iCloud services like Documents, Backup, and even Sign-in go down for almost half a day, however, you can be forgiven if you find it odd there wasn't much uproar over it.

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Apple offers two months of free iCloud storage to US customers

Apple offers two months of free iCloud storage to US customers

Apple doesn't really offer any free trials for its iCloud services, but it seems a rare promotion is being offered ahead of this year's new iPhone models. New and existing iPhone users can get two months of iCloud's 200GB of storage for free, which is a hefty amount of space but not for very much time. The promotion is only available in the US, unfortunately, as it requires users subscribe to one of the four big carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint).

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Apple’s iCloud promo gives a free month – but it needs to do more

Apple’s iCloud promo gives a free month – but it needs to do more

Apple would really like you to start paying it for iCloud, and it's rolling out a new promo to encourage users to get a taste for a bigger chunk of online storage. The new promotion applies to users who are currently taking advantage of the free iCloud storage tier, in an attempt to coax them into making more use of the paid services.

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Apple confirms iCloud uses Google servers (but don’t panic)

Apple confirms iCloud uses Google servers (but don’t panic)

Your iCloud data may in fact be living on Google servers, Apple has quietly confirmed, as new security documentation details exactly what part of the cloud the iOS and macOS uses for its remote storage. Apple's iCloud service launched in late 2011, as the company's remote storage option for documents, photos, and more.

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