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8. Oktober 2018

Yoink 2.0 for iOS Brings iCloud Sync, Handoff Support, Siri Shortcuts, and More

Eternal Storms Software today released Yoink 2.0 for iOS and Yoink 3.5 for Mac, two major upgrades to the popular drag and drop-improving „shelf“ app.

For those unfamiliar, Yoink acts like a convenient shelf for users to drag in files and other content, do something else (switch apps, tabs, and so on) and then easily access those items again by dragging them out of Yoink.

Version 2.0 of Yoink for iOS brings iCloud sync support, so items stored in Yoink are available across iOS devices logged into the same Apple account. Each device has its own „shelf“ in iCloud, so all items are grouped for easy discoverability.

The different [...]

 
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5. Oktober 2018

UK’s Cyber Security Agency Supports Apple’s Denial of China Having Infiltrated iCloud Servers

The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre has backed Apple’s and Amazon’s denials of a Bloomberg Businessweek report that claimed Chinese spies planted tiny chips the size of a pencil tip on motherboards manufactured by Supermicro, which both Apple and Amazon used at one time in data center servers.

„We are aware of the media reports but at this stage have no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS and Apple,“ the agency, a unit of the GCHQ, said in a statement provided to Reuters today.

„The NCSC engages confidentially with security researchers and urges anybody with credible intelligence about these [...]

 
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5. Oktober 2018

Apple Further Refutes Bloomberg Report Suggesting Chinese Spies Tampered With iCloud Servers

Apple has gone to unusual lengths to thoroughly and definitively refute a Bloomberg Businessweek article that today suggested Chinese spies had planted microchips in the Chinese-made Supermicro server motherboards that Apple uses in its facilities.

Following the publishing of the article, Apple released a strongly worded statement calling Businessweek’s report inaccurate with no evidence to support the claims, and this afternoon, Apple went further and published an entire rebuttal on its website.

Apple’s press release includes the same statement that was initially provided to Bloomberg Businessweek, along with additional information that the company [...]

 
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4. Oktober 2018

Apple Denies Report Claiming China Planted Microchips in iCloud Servers

Bloomberg Businessweek today reports that around three years ago, the Chinese military began inserting microchips on Supermicro server motherboards while they were being manufactured in China, providing the Chinese government with a stealth doorway into any network that used the tampered hardware.

The report cites an official who said investigators found the attack eventually affected nearly 30 companies, including Apple and Amazon, along with a major bank and government contractors in the United States.

The microchip was placed on the motherboards in a way that allowed it to inject its own code or alter the order of the instructions the CPU was meant to follow, [...]

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