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Judge orders Apple to pay University of Wisconsin $506M for infringing on chip efficiency patent

Apple today has been ordered by a U.S. judge to pay $507 million in damages to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm for patent infringement. The ruling comes after the case’s jury ruled Apple owed $234 million, making the judge’s decision nearly double that of the jury (via …

Apple

Mac malware discovered in the wild allows webcam photos, screenshots, key-logging

[UPDATE: <i>Apple confirmed to us that any systems that are up to date, running El Capitan or later, are protected. We’ve also confirmed from those in the know that the issue has been fixed since around January and only affected older and out of date Macs.</i>]<p>A security researcher has discovered a piece …

App Store

Mac malware caught silently spying on computer users

Mac users typically think they're immune to malware. But a new strain used for spying reminds us even Macs can be compromised<b>.</b><p>Researchers have found an unusual piece of malware, called FruitFly, that's been infecting some Mac computers for years.<p>FruitFly operates quietly in the background, spies on …

Spying

Apple iOS Malware Growth Outpaces that of Android

Number of iOS devices running malicious apps more than tripled in three consecutive quarters, while infected Android devices remained largely flat, …

iPhones, Samsung Phones Hit by Scary New Security Flaw

It's time for bad news, good news and more bad news.<p>Bad news: A security researcher has discovered a devastating vulnerability, dubbed BroadPwn, that …

Watch Neill Blomkamp’s new sci-fi short Firebase

Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has released the second sci-fi short from his new production company Oats Studios, entitled <b>Firebase</b>.<p>Set during the Vietnam …

Vietnam War

A Surprising Number of Windows Users Plan to Switch to Mac

Apple's Mac business is firing on all cylinders -- and the momentum looks poised to continue.<p>Remember the popular "Switch" ad campaign <b>Apple</b> …

Survey: Nearly 1 in 4 Windows Users Plan to Switch to Mac Within Next 6 Months

- Jun 29, 2017<p>Nearly 21% of current Windows laptop owners and 25% of current Windows desktop owners intend to switch to a Mac within the next six …

MacBook Pro

Does Britain's Big New Warship Still Run Windows XP?

HMS Queen Elizabeth is impressive. Her software is not.<p>HMS <i>Queen Elizabeth</i>, the Royal Navy's newest vessel and the largest one ever built in the United Kingdom, is an impressive ship. Nine hundred and nineteen feet long with a crew of 1,600, the ship can carry up to 40 aircraft. <i>Queen Elizabeth</i> and …

UK's largest warship hits the seas with massive security worry: Windows XP

The largest the aircraft carrier ever built by the UK's Royal Navy, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, may be hitting the seas with ancient software: Windows …

HMS Queen Elizabeth: UK's largest warship still uses vulnerable Windows XP, sparks cyberattack fears

Windows XP was one of the OS targeted in the massive WannaCry ransomware attack in May.<p>Britain's newest and largest aircraft carrier HMS Queen …

HMQ Queen Elizabeth: Britain’s largest warship could be at risk of cyber attack

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s most powerful warship, is reportedly using computers running the same operating system that was hit by a cyber …

Queen Elizabeth II

HMS Queen Elizabeth is 'running outdated Windows XP', raising cyber attack fears

Fears have been raised that Britain’s largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyber attacks after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP.<p>As HMS Queen Elizabeth left its dockyard for the first time to begin sea trials, it was revealed the £3.5billion aircraft …

Qualcomm Says Its Innovations Are At the Heart of Every iPhone as Battle With Apple Intensifies

Apple this week expanded its lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing the wireless chipmaker of "double-dipping" by allegedly refusing to sell chips to manufacturers unless they also pay separate royalties and enter licensing agreements at unreasonable rates, according to court documents filed …

IPhone 7

Sporadic reports of ‘Verification failed’ messages on iCloud as Apple acknowledges Mail & Notes issues

We’re seeing sporadic reports of ‘Verification failed’ messages when attempting to login to iCloud on devices, with one user told by Apple that the issue is affecting a limited number of users …<p>NordVPN<p>Having spoken to Apple support and been escalated to a senior team member, it seems that …

iCloud

This $10 accessory makes Apple's AirPods almost perfect

I have one small problem with the AirPods: They don't stay in my ears super securely. I can walk around with them fine, but if I run to catch a train in the subway--or just run with them in general--I feel them start to slip out and have to slow down. Once, I caught one bud as it fell out of my ear.<p>…

New Malware-as-a-Service Offerings Target Mac OS X

MacSpy and MacRansom are two early variants of malware-as-a-service portals targeting the broader population of Mac users.

Apple ‘error 53’ sting operation caught staff misleading customers, court documents allege

<b>Exclusive:</b> ACCC claims staff wrongly told iPhone customers they were not entitled to free replacements or repair if device had been taken to unauthorised third party<p>Australia’s consumer watchdog carried out a sting operation against Apple which it says caught staff repeatedly misleading iPhone …

Siri Bug Allows Cellular Data to be Disabled From Lock Screen Without a Passcode

A reddit user has discovered what appears to be a Siri-related bug that allows access to a locked iPhone's Cellular Data options without a passcode.<p>As shown in the screenshot below, when Siri is asked to bring up Cellular Data settings (or if Cellular Data is on), an option to toggle the feature …

Technology (India)

Here's all the frightening ways Windows 10 is spying on your online behaviour

Microsoft privacy controls yet again under the spotlight following researchers' claims.<p>Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system (OS) has gained a …

A woman lost 33,000 photos because she charged her iPhone the wrong way

• <b>Many people wait until their smartphone is dead to charge it.</b>• <b><br>However, this can actually damage your phone's battery and shorten its lifespan.</b>• <b><br>INSIDER'S beauty writer Brianna Arps lost about 33,000 photos, and almost everything else on her phone, after charging her phone incorrectly.</b>• <b><br>To avoid losing</b> …

Online Life

How Windows 10 Ruined My Games Night

Image: Kotaku<p>I was so proud on Friday evening, walking out of the Microsoft Store. I'd just bought three wireless Xbox One receivers. "Finally," I …

Apple Pay accused of violating patents after inventor held discussions with Visa, pitched Apple

Apple has been accused of violating the patents of a Boston-based company through its launch of Apple Pay. Universal Secure Registry CEO Kenneth Weiss says he ‘was the first in the space, and the secure payment technology that he developed goes right to the core of Apple Pay.’<p>In an interview, Weiss …

Apple Pay

You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

Appropriately named Panic has its repository raided after founder gets infectedThe head of a Mac-centric software studio is coming clean today after …

Microsoft's Apps Problem Has Never Been More Dire

At Microsoft’s Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it’s a …

Satechi’s new Pro Hub expands 2016 MacBook Pro past USB-C ports

Satechi has just announced the availability of its take on the USB-C hub for the 2016 MacBook Pro. While USB-C ports may be standard in a few years, today they’re just not, and many creatives still rely on external hubs to get their work done. Satechi’s new aluminum Type-C Pro Hub will bring back …

MacBook Pro

Jobs Biographer Walter Isaacson: Apple 'No Longer the Most Innovative Company'

Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, went on record this week to express his belief that Google and Amazon have overtaken Apple to become the most innovative technology companies of the modern day.<p>The Aspen Institute CEO and writer of the best-selling biography made the frank remarks in …

Walter Isaacson

British Man Claims His iPhone 7 Exploded When He Answered a Call

A British man is claiming that his iPhone 7 exploded when he attempted to answer a phone call.<p>Lee Hayes, 42, a resident of Southport, England, said …

British man claims iPhone 7 exploded when he answered it

Commentary: A darts player says his hand was speared with glass after his Apple device blew up, according to a report.<p>He swiped right. And then …

Apple Macs Are No Longer Immune To Hacks...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 — Your Mac is no longer immune to malware attacks.</b><p>Check Point researchers have discovered an email-phishing campaign in Europe that is specifically targeting Mac users. The trojan …