While one might have expected new processors all around for Apple’s laptops, the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air are still slogging along with the same processors they had the day before yesterday. That said, there was an update to the Air line.
Amazon has just opened up their video offerings, previously only available to prime members, to everyone. Looks like amazon is taking it’s rivalry with netflix to the next level.
For just $8.99 users can access all the moves, tv shows and amazon exclusives $1 cheaper than Netflix who recently put their prices up.
On top of this Prime membership will also be available in a monthly plan for US customers at $10.99 per month. Prime membership nets you access to early lightning deals before they are available to everyone and free shipping on a vast array of products.
• Amazon Prime
Price: $8.99 a month.
Benefits: Downloads for offline viewing; free use on JetBlue flights.
Exclusive shows: Transparent; Mozart in the Jungle; The Man in the High Castle.
Price: $7.99-$11.99 month.
Benefits: Viewing on multiple screens at same time; global access to some shows.
Exclusive shows: House of Cards; Orange Is the New Black; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Price: $7.99-$11.99 a month.
Benefits: Many current network TV shows available within days of broadcast.
Exclusive shows: Casual; The Mindy Project; Seinfeld.
Drops – The Rain Alarm is an iOS app to do with one of the United Kingdom’s favourite talking points. the weather. More particularly the rain. Its sole task is to let you know when the rain is about to start, albeit with a bit of warning, in your area. Or anywhere else you’d like to know about. The premise is basic but Drops has a clever trick up it’s sleeve.
It’s almost like the old band getting back together. This week the collective minds of Karl and Matt from the Mac&Forth show join me to go through the Apple stories of the week, the new shiny stuff they’ve bought since the last time we were all together and a new data saving app recommendation. Think little snitch but easier to use.
A new feature for owners of the fourth-gen Apple TV called Live Tune-In has started getting a heavy push on the splash screen today. Live Tune-In,” a feature letting people jump straight into the live TV feeds of select apps.
While a lot of the device’s offerings are games, music and on-demand video, even in the 21st century sometimes people just want to flip channels and see what’s on.
It should be a universal feature but it’s not with only some apps having access to the live tv feature. The feature is triggered by a SIRI command, examples given included “Watch CBS” and “Watch ESPN live”. As seems to be the case with so many of Apple’s offerings, Live Tune-In will not do a thing for Discovery since a user has to be subscribed to a service with a live stream before it becomes searchable.
How you discover when a new and noteworthy show is on is still another thing altogether and personally I’d like some sort of notification service baked into the Apple TV to remind me when Gotham is on, or comes onto netflix rather than relying on a third party app.
If you have ever used Voice Memos to capture song ideas on your iPhone then you will feel right at home with this new free app from Apple. It takes all the things you love about Voice Memos but adds new features designed just for musicians.
The next big streaming exclusive goes to Apple Music. Drake’s next album Views From the 6 will be released on April 29th exclusively through Apple’s streaming service.
It appears that Cellibrite is close to accessing data on the passcode protected iPhone 6 – emphasis on ‘appears’. This comes from the story of Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti. When his son died recently the man wanted access to the photos the boy had taken on his iPhone. The father actually had access to the device though touch ID, though a passcode is still required once the device is powered down. Fabbretti appealed to Apple for help.
Customer care tried to help but their attempts to retrieve the requested data failed. And if the San Bernardino case between Apple and the FBI taught us anything, it’s that Apple currently has no way made to access data on a passcode protected iOS device.
While we do not know for certain that it was the Israeli firm Cellibrite that eventually got the FBI into the iPhone 5C used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, that firm’s name was bandied about a lot. Many are convinced that that Cellibrite did assist the FBI.
Whatever the case, the company got Fabbretti’s attention and they got his son’s iPhone 6, and now Fabbretti says they’ve gotten data off the phone — kind of.
A conversation between Fabbretti and CNN Money has been published
Fabbretti spoke to Cellibrite on Thursday, with promising news provided on Friday. They were able to download the directories with the iPhone’s content, but there is still work to be done in order to access the files, Fabbretti told the report, before claiming the forensic team felt good about its chance success.
Good or bad as that sounds, it’s nothing like official. Cellibrite has declined to comment on Fabbretti situation.
Perception and reality, part two. A piece from Re/code says more than half of those surveyed by the advertising technology company Fluent said they considered the Apple Watch a flop. For fun though they asked people who actually knew what they were talking about and got a very different answer.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo see rough times ahead for Apple Watch this year. The analyst issued a note saying he expects sales to drop 25% year over year.
Plainly put Batman Vs Superman sucked. In all ways and levels it’s just a bad film but at least Affleck isn’t to blame more Warner studios where it’s obvious the film was interfered with. Did we expect anything else after Warner’s botched attempt at a console game.
It comes to something when you’re watching DareDevil on Netflix and the fight scenes there kick BvS ass.
Adobe has issued a critical Flash Player security update for everyone who still used Flash Player. The update or updates for OS 10, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OX, address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacked to take control of the effected system through ransom ware.
The so-called “CERBER” attack affects Flash-based ads. There is good news, more good news and bad news around the attacks. The good news, there’s no known instance of the attack affecting Mac users. Windows 10 is being actively exploited though with users being billed as much as $1000 to get back access to their data. At least that had been the case, bringing us to the more good news.
The servers involved in the ransom ware have been cut off. The bad news, there’s more to come. Trend Micro’s TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog brought up the issue saying,
“Currently, all servers hosting these malvertisements are now inaccessible. Some reports mentioned that CERBER is being peddled in the Russian underground market as ransom ware-as-service (RaaS). This confirms that we will be seeing more of CERBER in the near future.”
So as always if you have anything Adobe on your system it’s always worth taking the latest update onto your system, even if they are prone to the occasional zero day exploit.