Apple has closed the Group FaceTime security bug that put users at risk of eavesdropping. The company said in a statement Friday that it has fixed the vulnerability on its servers and that it will issue a software update to re-enable Group FaceTime next week.The bug had meant that any Apple device -- including iPhones, iPads and Macs -- could inadvertently or intentionally be turned into a listening device. It was all in how you entered the number of someone you were looping into the video chat. Group FaceTime, which arrived with iOS 12.1 at the end of October, allows up to 32 people to be on the same call.Apple also apologized to users who were affected. "We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us," the company said. Now playing: Watch this: Apple’s FaceTime bug and why iPhone sales are slowing... 5:17 The bug was another black eye for a company that prides itself on its … [Read more...] about Apple fixes its FaceTime bug. You’ll get a software update soon
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It's hard to not have any smart tech in your home these days. Smart home tech is fairly ubiquitous, and most of us have some form of it in the house. Many of these products also utilize Apple's HomeKit (check out our ultimate guide), so you can control your house gadgets directly with your iOS device or even Mac. But how do you get started with it on the Mac? Don't worry, we're going to walk you through it now. How to set up Home app on Mac Unfortunately, you can't directly set up the Home app on your Mac. Instead, you'll need to set it up on your iOS device first. Make sure that your HomeKit accessory is powered on and near your iOS device. You'll also want to double check if there is any additional equipment you need for it to work with iOS (i.e. Philips Hue Bridge for Philips Hue bulbs). On your iOS device, launch the Home app. Tap on Add Accessory. Scan the accessory's eight-digit HomeKit or QR code with your iOS device's camera. For those using an iPhone 7 or later and there's … [Read more...] about How to set up and start using the Home app on Mac
By Tripp Mickle in San Francisco The Wall Street Journal Yoko Kubota in Beijing Wed., Dec. 19, 2018 Apple Inc. sought this week to avoid a ban on the sale of older iPhones in China by releasing a software update that some intellectual property lawyers said could enable the company to keep selling those products in the world’s largest smartphone market. The move by Apple came in response to a preliminary injunction from a Chinese court that ordered the company to stop selling iPhones while it studies Apple’s suspected infringement of two software patents held by chip maker Qualcomm Inc. The two American giants in the smartphone industry are locked in a bruising legal battle over technology licensing. Despite the late November injunction, Apple continued to sell older iPhones, saying it was in compliance without elaborating further. It then filed a motion asking the court to reconsider its decision. The sales ban is a provisional measure while the … [Read more...] about Apple pushes out software update to avoid China iPhone ban
macOS Mojave doesn't introduce a lot of changes to the Mac user experience, dark mode aside. But one major difference between macOS Mojave and every version of the system released since 2011 is that, outside of the initial update from macOS High Sierra, updates for Mojave aren't handled by the Mac App Store. Instead, when you want to update past macOS 10.14, you'll do so through System Preferences. So, if you want to download and install the recently-released macOS 10.14.1, you'll head to the new Software Updates pane in System Preference. Here's exactly what you need to do. How to check for software updates in macOS Mojave Open System Preferences on your Mac. Click Software Updates. Click Update Now if an update is available and you want to update your Mac at that moment. How to have macOS Mojave automatically download and install software updates Open System Preferences on your Mac. Click Software Updates. Click Advanced. Click the checkboxes to enable or disable automatic … [Read more...] about How to check for macOS software updates in Mojave
Although the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar officially support Touch ID authorization of both App Store and iTunes purchases, setting it up can be a bit of a process. At first, I couldn't get Touch ID to work at all in either application; thankfully, through some troubleshooting, I managed to figure out a good process for enabling the feature for both stores. Here's how to get Touch ID working with each app. First: Check your software In order to use Touch ID for iTunes and Mac App Store purchases on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you need the latest software. As such, you need macOS Mojave 10.14, which comes bundled with the latest version of iTunes (currently 12.9). You can check this by doing the following: Go to the Apple menu in the upper left corner. Select About this Mac. You should see MacOS Mojave with the version number under it (version 10.14). If you are running an older version of macOS, update it now. Open the Mac App Store. Go to the … [Read more...] about Can’t get Touch ID working for iTunes and App Store purchases on Mac? Here’s the fix!