Apple World Today News Update: April 25, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 25, 2018

Today's podcast has some bragging points for iOS device owners to lord over their Android-owning buddies, word about a new malware variant that's pretending to be an Adobe Flash Player installer, and your new Lexus may have Apple CarPlay (but no touchscreen):

  • 76% of all iOS devices are now running iOS 11 with another 19% running iOS 10. Compare that to the tiny 0.5% of all Android devices running Android 8.1 Oreo...

  • Malwarebytes found a nasty little malware variant that pretends to be an Adobe Flash Player installer. Hint - don't use Flash

  • The 2019 Lexus US luxury sedan will come with CarPlay, but uses a trackpad instead of a touchscreen as a user interface

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R.I.P. Flash, which is on its way out in 2020

R.I.P. Flash, which is on its way out in 2020

Adobe has announced that it will stop developing and and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020 because “open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web.”

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A macOS malware agent dubbed MacDownloader has been found

A macOS malware agent dubbed MacDownloader has been found

A macOS malware agent, named MacDownloader, was observed “in the wild” as targeting the defense industrial base, and reported elsewhere to have been used against an human rights advocate, according to Iran Threats, a website run by Claudio Guarnieri and Collin Anderson that analyzes online threats from Iran.

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AWT News Update: August 9, 2016

AWT News Update: August 9, 2016

Today was a pretty slow day for Apple news, but there are some news bits and rumors that are rather interesting:

  • Google's Chrome browser and Safari 10 are teaming up to make the inefficient and insecure Adobe Flash format a thing of the past
  • Beta 5 versions of iOS 10, tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra have been released to developers
  • Foxconn is apparently working on an all-glass enclosure for the 2017 "tenth anniversary" iPhone
  • Another rumor says that Apple has nixed the idea of a single-lens camera iPhone 7 Plus, instead going with a dual-lens design.
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Deal of the Day: Next FlipBook Maker for Mac, just $24.99

Deal of the Day: Next FlipBook Maker for Mac, just $24.99

Looking for a way to create an eye-catching digital publication or provide an interactive splash to your website? Next FlipBook Maker for Mac transforms PDF documents into flipbooks optimized for desktop and mobile devices, then provides Google Analytics to tell you just how readers are engaging with your work.  The Apple World Today Deals Shop has this unique app for just $24.99, 74% off the regular $99 price tag.

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Facebook starts supporting Live Photos, adopts HTML5 video player

Facebook starts supporting Live Photos, adopts HTML5 video player

Facebook is the 5,000-pound gorilla of social networking services, so when they offer support for new formats, it's pretty well certain that most of the rest of the Internet-based world is going to follow. Today Facebook began rolling out support for Apple's Live Photos, the new photo format that's available on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. 

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AWT News Update: December 1, 2015

AWT News Update: December 1, 2015

It's the first of December, the start of meteorological Winter, although the Winter Solstice won't occur for another three weeks. In non weather-related news, we have some good Apple (and general tech) stories for you:

  • Congress is hoping to pass a new bill that will revise the 1986 Electronic Communication Privacy Act and bring it into the 21st Century
  • Apple's Personal Pickup program is now available in six new European countries
  • British Airways updates its boarding pass scanners at the terminals at Heathrow to better accommodate its Apple Watch app
  • The death of Adobe Flash may be coming sooner than we think
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