Daily Archives: 02/02/2013

Oracle Releases Java 7 Update 13 to Address Security Issues, Reenable Web Plug-in on OS X


Less than two days after Apple once again blocked Java 7 web plug-ins on OS X, Oracle has released an updated version of Java 7 to address certain security vulnerabilities.

The new Java 7 arrives as Update 13 and carries a version number of 1.7.0_13-b20, meeting Apple’s requirement for a minimum of 1.7.0_11-b22. Oracle has also released an updated version of Java 6, although Apple was not blocking the previous version of the plug-in.

Oracle notes that the new update contains fixes for over 50 issues and that the launch was accelerated by several weeks in order to address a vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild.

    The original Critical Patch Update for Java SE – February 2013 was scheduled to be released on February 19th, but Oracle decided to accelerate the release of this Critical Patch Update because active exploitation “in the wild” of one of the vulnerabilities affecting the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in desktop browsers, was addressed with this Critical Patch Update. […]

    Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible. This Critical Patch Update contains 50 new security fixes across Java SE products.

The latest versions of all Java SE packages are available through Oracle’s support site.

(Thanks, Flemming!) by macrumors

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Path Reaches Settlement with FTC Over Address Book Privacy Concerns


Early last year, the popular iOS app Path came under fire for uploading users’ entire address books to company servers without alerting users or asking for authorization.

The scandal resulted in Apple locking down user data in iOS 6, requiring explicit permission before apps could access a users location, contacts, calendars, photos, and reminders.

Today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that it has reached a settlement with Path. The agreement requires Path to establish a new privacy program, obtain independent privacy assessments for 20 years, and pay an $800,000 fine.

    “Over the years the FTC has been vigilant in responding to a long list of threats to consumer privacy, whether it’s mortgage applications thrown into open trash dumpsters, kids information culled by music fan websites, or unencrypted credit card information left vulnerable to hackers,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “This settlement with Path shows that no matter what new technologies emerge, the agency will continue to safeguard the privacy of Americans.”

The FTC alleged that Path’s app was misleading and failed to offer the consumer any choice in whether his data was uploaded, and that Path violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting personal information from children without getting parents’ consent.

Path has posted a response to the settlement on its blog. by macrumors

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Web Traffic is Increasing From Unannounced Mac OS X 10.9 Operating System


Traffic has been increasing from the as yet unannounced Mac OS X 10.9 operating system, reports AppleInsider.
Evidence of Apple testing OS X 10.9 first surfaced late last year, when AppleInsider tracked a handful of visits from machines running the next-generation operating system in the month of October. But while October visits from OS X 10.9 were around three dozen total, the number swelled into the thousands in the just-concluded month of January.
We have also confirmed some traffic from Mac OS X 10.9 on iClarified. Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 on February 16th of last year so it’s very possible that we could see an announcement for 10.9 in the next few weeks.
Both Lion and Mountain Lion were launched in the month of July.

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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and DoD to Test Sharing Network Spectrum


AT&T has announced that it will test sharing 95MHz of spectrum with Verizon, T-Mobile, and the Department of Defense. The spectrum is currently being used by federal agencies and is located in the 1755 to 1850 MHz band.

Stacey Black, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory, writes:

I want to emphasize that we continue to believe that clearing and reallocating is the best approach to freeing up much needed spectrum for commercial mobile broadband use. The existing exclusive licensing regime has resulted in billions of dollars in wireless infrastructure investment, enabling the U.S. to lead the way in the global mobile broadband marketplace. While clearing spectrum for exclusive commercial licensing must remain the top priority, when that is neither time nor cost effective, AT&T supports exploring sharing arrangements. As FCC Chairman Genachowski has noted, it doesn’t have to be an either/or choice for effective spectrum management.

Over the next couple months, spectrum monitoring, sharing and simulation activities will be conducted within the band to determine whether existing federal use of this spectrum is negatively impacted by the introduction of commercial mobile broadband services in the band, and conversely how the incumbent DoD system would affect mobile broadband services. Spectrum will be monitored at five DoD-specified locations. The actual sharing of spectrum will be evaluated between low power mobile broadband uplinks (base station receivers) and four uses identified by NTIA, including air combat training systems, aeronautical mobile telemetry, satellite command and control, and small unmanned aerial vehicles.

The test will wrap up at the end of March and the results will be publicly available through the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC).

AT&T is looking for additional spectrum to expand its LTE network. It’s acquisition of T-Mobile failed; however, AT&T did recently agree to acquire spectrum in the 700 MHz B band from Verizon Wireless for $1.9 billion in cash and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses in several markets, including Phoenix, Ariz., Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif. and Portland, Ore. by iclarified

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Unlock Doors With the NFC Equipped CalypsoCase for iPhone


The NFC CalypsoCase for iPhone hides a CalypsoKey that lets you unlock doors with just a tap.

Featuring the missing identification potentials of your iPhone. We are introducing sensational new near field communication (NFC) possibilities for your iPhone with the CalypsoKey. Replace your keys. Open doors. Access your apartment. Check in at your office building. Open the garage. All with just a short wireless tap of your CalypsoCase. No apps and no charging are needed.

How it works:
The CalypsoKey has two antennas, covering two spectrums at the same time. That way most of worldwide RFID access points are covered and you can use the CalypsoKey for numerous occasions.

Each transmitter has its own unique secured ID. This ID is used by the access points when they look up in their database if this ID is permitted to access and enter. You need to pair your locking system with your CalypsoKey and you are ready to enter only by tapping your CalypsoCase with CalypsoKey to the access point.

The Calypso Key is available for CalypsoRing, CalypsoLoop and CalypsoCabrio case designs. Kaba locking systems are recommended. by iclarified

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Omni Group Debuts OmniFocus 2 for Mac


Omni Group today debuted OmniFocus 2 for Mac, an update to their task management software for OS X.

What’s New:
As with the iPad app, all navigation is now done through a unified sidebar: there is a single sidebar that includes your Inbox, Projects, and Contexts, as well as your Forecast of upcoming scheduled work, a list of Flagged tasks, and list of projects that need Review. The main navigation headers stick to the top or bottom as you scroll, so they’re always visible and accessible with a single click no matter where you are in the list.

The new Forecast mode shows you a summary of your upcoming time-based commitments at a glance in the sidebar. You can leave the forecast collapsed to see the next several days (as in the screenshot), or expand the forecast to see an entire month in your sidebar. From the forecast, you can select any combination of days to see a detailed schedule that includes scheduled tasks from OmniFocus integrated with events from your calendar.


With version 1 of OmniFocus it was already easy to add new items into your system—using the built-in Quick Entry on Mac, or Siri on the iPhone and iPad, or by sending email to your Inbox. Perhaps a little too easy: after using OmniFocus for a few months, OmniFocus could easily become cluttered with cruft that seemed important at the time, but is no longer relevant to the work you need to get done today! This is the problem we aim to solve by bringing Review mode to OmniFocus 2 (which we originally pioneered in the iPad app). Review mode walks you through reviewing any projects which you haven’t reviewed recently, making it easy to update your projects to make sure they reflect your current priorities.

OmniFocus 2 will ship following a cycle of private test releases to iron out any issues and a public test release. The final stage is expected to take about 4-6 weeks.

For the new version Omni Group plans to release two editions. A Standard edition which includes all the basic features for $39.99 and a Pro edition which offers custom workflows with support for Perspectives and AppleScript for $79.99.

Owners of OmniFocus 1 will get a 50% discount on the application if its purchased through the site’s online store. Also, from now on, anyone who purchases OmniFocus 1 from their store will receive a free update to OmniFocus 2. by iclarified

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Turkish President Meets With Apple Executives About Massive Tablet Initiative


Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with Apple executives including John Couch, VP Education, about the country’s massive tablet initiative, reports Elma Dergisi via MacRumors.
Among the primary topics addressed during the meeting was Turkey’s tablet initiative, a $4.5 billion program to provide as many as 15 million tablets to Turkish schoolchildren. Apple has reportedly been pushing for the contract, but negotiations are said to still be underway. Also discussed was the layout of the older Turkish “F-keyboard” on iOS devices, which has several keys located in the wrong positions.
Gul visited Apple headquarters last May and can be seen at the far left in the photo below. Couch is at the far right.

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