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30. Juni 2017

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Brilliant Control for Your Smart Home Devices

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Brilliant to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Brilliant Control, which is a touchscreen-equipped smart lighting solution that’s able to control your lights and all of your other smart home products.

The Brilliant Control, available in a range of colors to match any decor, is designed to replace one of the light switch panels in your home. On-screen touch sliders can be used to turn connected lights on and off, or dim them. Brilliant Control is also able to interface with other smart home products using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so that same touchscreen can be used to control everything from your Nest [...]

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20. Juni 2017

iOS 11 Makes Setting Up New Devices Super Easy

In iOS 11, Apple is implementing a new „Automatic Setup“ feature, which is designed to make it much quicker to get a new device ready to go right out of the box.

As seen in the video below, Automatic Setup transfers over your preferences, Apple ID and Wi-Fi info, preferred settings, and iCloud Keychain passwords, streamlining the setup process for new iPads and iPhones.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. With iOS 11 installed, during the setup process, there’s a new option to transfer settings from an existing device (which also needs to be running iOS 11). The two devices need to be held close to one another, and when [...]

 
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17. Juni 2017

Apple Devices Escape Mention in WikiLeaks‘ Latest ‚Vault 7‘ CIA Hacking Documents

Wikileaks yesterday published its latest round of allegedly leaked CIA documents, detailing aspects of the U.S. agency’s „Cherry Blossom“ firmware modification program, which uses modified versions of router firmware to turn networking devices into surveillance tools.

The document is the latest in WikiLeaks‘ „Vault 7“ series of publications on CIA hacking methods. Previous leaks have detailed the agency’s targeting of iOS devices and Macs, while this manual relates specifically to network routers: Once installed, the Cherry Blossom program can be used to monitor internet traffic, crawl for passwords, and redirect the target user to a [...]

 
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1. Juni 2017

Amazon Updates Alexa Devices With Apple iCloud Calendar Integration

Amazon today announced that users will now be able to sync their iCloud Calendar information with devices that support Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa. With the update, users can ask Alexa what’s coming up on their calendar, or issue commands so new appointments are added to the schedule. Anything added from an Amazon device is then synced with iCloud and added to the Calendar app on iOS and macOS devices.

To sync an iCloud account with Alexa, the company said that customers will have to sign in to their Apple account within the settings tab of the Alexa iOS app. Users in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany will gain access to the new update beginning [...]

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