Passware Kit Forensic 2018 v1 can decrypt the Apple Files System

Passware Kit Forensic 2018 v1 can decrypt the Apple Files System

Passware, Inc. — a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and private investigators — has released Passware Kit Forensic 2018 v1. The new version leverages advanced methods to decrypt the new Apple Files System (APFS) disks, which include memory analysis and leaked passwords dictionary, according to CEO Dmitry Sumin.

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AWT News Update: September 18, 2017

AWT News Update: September 18, 2017

It's the day before three operating systems -- iOS, watchOS and tvOS -- get major upgrades, so we've got some fun and useful information for to help you along your way. In addition, if you were running macOS High Sierra beta in APFS on an iMac or other Fusion Drive Mac, Apple wants you to switch back to HFS+:

  • PCalc will have a fun augmented reality Easter egg built into it when iOS 11 is installed
  • What Apple Watches will watchOS 4 run on? What iOS devices will iOS 11 run on? We have the short list here in the podcast
  • If you're a bold person and plan on doing the iOS updates tomorrow, we've got some suggestions for you on how to get things prepared
  • Complete instructions on how to convert a Fusion Drive that was converted to APFS back to HFS+ are here, and they're not for the faint-hearted
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What you need to know about APFS and macOS High Sierra compatibility

What you need to know about APFS and macOS High Sierra compatibility

On September 5, 2017, Apple published a technical note titled Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra. High Sierra will be available on September 25, and most of the questions we're getting about the new operating system revolve around the new Apple File System (APFS). Probably the most important information in the article from Apple is this quote:

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AWT News Update: September 15, 2017

AWT News Update: September 15, 2017

Steve's office is a construction zone right now, so we apologize in advance for the sound of front-end loaders and backup horns in the background of the podcast.

  • Starbucks says that its stores worldwide should be able to handle wireless charging of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starting next week
  • We have the definitive word on APFS compatibility under macOS High Sierra from Apple
  • Samsung's pricy Galaxy Note 8 went on pre-sale today, the same day as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
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The September 12 Apple Event: A Preview

The September 12 Apple Event: A Preview

We don't know exactly what will happen starting at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, but based on past history and the current rumor mill both Dennis and I are making our predictions on how the event will unfold. This is my post; expect to see Dennis's take on the event on Monday.

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macOS High Sierra boasts new core storage, video and graphics technologies

macOS High Sierra boasts new core storage, video and graphics technologies

As anticipated, Apple previewed macOS High Sierra, the follow-up to macOS Sierra, at today’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. Coming this fall (it’s now in beta testing), it delivers new core storage, video and graphics technologies that pave the way for future innovation on the Mac. 

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Here’s what I want to see in macOS 10.13

Here’s what I want to see in macOS 10.13

If macOS 10.13 isn’t unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on on Monday, June 5, the world will end. Well, okay, I’m exaggerating, but the tech world will be shocked.

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APFS: What you need to know

APFS: What you need to know

Every computing device made by Apple uses a file system to read and write data. Currently, most Mac users are familiar with the term HFS+, where the HFS stands for Hierarchical File System. That file system has been around for almost 30 years in both Unix and OS X, so it's not particularly engineered for today's devices -- from Apple Watch to Mac Pro. So Apple has announced a new file system -- Apple File System or APFS -- that will be part of all devices in the future, shipping on all starting in 2017. macOS Sierra will provide most Mac users with their first close-up look at APFS.

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