Police force: iPhone thievery is not the only real crime iOS 7 may help reduce

Police force: iPhone thievery is not the only real crime iOS 7 may help reduce

Forget iTunes Radio, thin fonts, and multitasking. The most crucial new factor about iOS 7 may be that the friendly neighborhood officer loves it.

You heard right: In New You are able to and elsewhere round the country, police force authorities are positively encouraging iPhone and iPad customers to upgrade to Apple’s new mobile operating-system. Why? Since the new Activation Lock feature in iOS 7 helps make the phone tough to use in order to wipe and re-sell whether it will get stolen. Police and prosecutors hope this technological development can result in a decrease in smartphone robberies.

“Finding technical solutions which will take away the economic worth of stolen smartphones is crucial to ending the nation’s epidemic of violent street crimes generally referred to as ‘Apple Picking,'” New You are able to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stated inside a written statement presented to Macworld. “Greater than 100 smartphones are stolen or lost for each minute within the U . s . States, and diet program individuals robberies turn violent or deadly.”

This is exactly why Schneiderman became a member of forces within the this past year with Bay Area Da General George Gascón to create Secure Our Smartphones, an organization devoted to pushing smartphone producers to consider new security measures. Touch ID, the brand new fingerprint-triggered security feature around the iPhone 5s, signifies one of the ways that security technology might help prevent thievery. But iOS 7 could be the first sign the efforts of Secure Our Smartphones are bearing fruit, as it will likewise safeguard 100s of countless older iOS products.

“Apple continues to be listening,” stated Stephanie Ong Stillman, a representative for that Bay Area district attorney. “They took in to all of us, and also to consumers.”

As detailed in Macworld’s iOS 7 overview, once Activation Lock is enabled, somebody that finds or steals your device can’t disable Find My iPhone (or iPad or ipod device touch) around the device not understanding your Apple ID which Apple ID’s password. And without individuals credentials, the one who has your lost device can’t erase data from this, either. In addition, should you designate your device as lost, whomever is owning it cannot restore or reactivate it–the telephone shows merely a telephone number along with a custom message about contacting you.

Earlier versions of iOS incorporated a passcode lock, and also the Find My iPhone feature. But despite individuals attempts at acquiring iPhones, based on both New You are able to and Bay Area authorities, smartphone thievery was the motive behind greater than 50 % of break-ins within their metropolitan areas. Much more worrisome was the growingnumber of deadly encounters emerging from such break-ins.

During last weekend’s iPhone 5c and 5s launch, New You are able to Police officials setup information tables at Apple Stores and finest Buy locations through the city, advocating individuals to register their phones using the city’s Operation ID program, which is made to return phones for their original proprietors–and also to upgrade to iOS 7 to assist prevent thievery within the lengthy term.

The department states that between May and mid-September of the year, officials retrieved 99 iPhones and 7 iPads while using program, making 159 arrests on the way. (Obviously, individuals figures predate the discharge of iOS 7 and it is new security measures.)

Still, an upswing of Apple-related break-ins is a supply of concern.

“The thievery of Apple phones along with other hands-held products drove the spike in break-ins and larceny this season,Inch Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly stated this past year, when announcing the Operation ID program.

Whether Activation Lock will really make a difference, authorities must wait watching the crime stats.

“While Hopefully Activation Lock will end up being a highly effective deterrent to thievery, it’s too soon to inform [whether] it will likely be an extensive solution,” Schneiderman stated in the statement.

To boost that hope, authorities can speak to the precedent of vehicle stereo systems. Within the not-so-distant past, vehicle-stereo thievery was rampant in big metropolitan areas, but more lately it’s basically disappeared in the scene. Why? Producers started building components that grew to become useless bricks if obtained from their rightful proprietors. The brand new design offered like a deterrent to thievery, and police force authorities aspire to accomplish exactly the same result using the new iPhone campaign. They hope, too, that others follow. To date, San Francisco’s Stillman stated, only Samsung seems to become as passionate as Apple about supplying an answer.

“It’s not only good consumer practice,” she stated. “It is a safety issue.”

GTA Online Character Swap Glitch Works Publish Patch 1.04: Make $a million in ten minutes

GTA Online Character Swap Glitch Works Publish Patch 1.04: Make $millions of in 10 mins

GTA Online Character Swap Glitch Works Publish Patch 1.04: Make $a million in ten minutes

Check out this new Grand Thievery Auto Online fast money making glitch. With the aid of this cheat GTA Online gamers will have the ability to redesign $a million in ten minutes period of time. This GTA 5 Online cheat “LSC Re-sell Character Swap Glitch” works following the 1.04 patch.

Check out the step-by-step guide below plus a video tutorial via YouTube user WikiGameGuides

Step One

Set Spawn Place to Last Location

Step Two

Take any personal vehicle to Los Santos Customs LSC that may be offered. The Ubermacht Oracle with each and every upgrade is easily the most lucrative vehicle for this glitch.

Step Three

Sell the vehicle

Step Four

Rapidly Pause, visit the Online tab, then Swap Character

Step Five

Choose your character

Step Six

You ought to be in your vehicle that you simply offered, prepared to sell the vehicle again ang again.

When you get the “We are not purchasing cars at this timeInch error message from Los Santos Customs, wait 48 minutes (a couple of days in game time) and check out again.

League of Stories Releases New Arena Mode Rise for any Short Time League of Stories

League of Stories Releases New Arena Mode Rise for any Short Time League of Stories

Riot games features a brand new action mode known as Rise, but it is only accessible for any short time.

The designers at Riot are trembling some misconception a little for League of Stories gamers, presenting a brand new arena mode known as Rise – but it is just for a restricted time.

Rise mode starts two teams against each other, battling to assert the Rise buff by beating Ancient Ascendant Xerath. Since the sands of Shurima have moved the Very Scar, which makes it impossible to traverse the outer circle from the map, gamers must make use of the Golden Transcendence trinket to teleport these to the fight.

Ascended Xerath supports the answer to great power – if you’re able to defeat him.

In the center from the map lies Ascended Xerath – a Baron-like boss that gamers may slay to be able to achieve the Rise buff, which honours them double points for each champion kill – which makes it simpler to achieve the 200 points essential for a victory. Additionally, the Rise buff offers the champion with:

Attack Damage and skill Power

Cooldown Reduction

Bonus Health

Infinite Mana

Armor Transmission and Magic Transmission

What this signifies for gamers would be that the typical strategy facet of League of Stories is downplayed in support of a far more skill-based match that is dependent heavily on individual player ability using their champion. In a nutshell, Rise is really a dying-match mode that starts champions against each other without the assistance of towers or minion waves. Victories within this mode grant gamers use of rewards such as the exclusive Shurima symbols.

Rise seems to become a marketing effort for Riot both to exemplify the brand new narrative direction they are taking using the game so that as a teaser for his or her approaching new champion, Azir, The Emperor from the Sands.

This new game play mode is going to be offered by September 10 – 21.

Apple’s new OS X tightens screws on some malware

Apple’s new OS X tightens screws on some malware

Apple will introduce a new Mac security model with OS X Mountain Lion this summer that by default lets users install only programs downloaded from the Mac App Store or those digitally signed by a registered developer.

Some experts called Gatekeeper — Apple’s name for the model and technology — a game-changer while others criticized it as less than watertight.

Gatekeeper will block the installation of the most common kind of Mac malware yet: Trojan horses unwittingly executed by users who have been duped into downloading and installing fake software.

Last year, several campaigns of “scareware,” programs that posed as antivirus software but actually infected systems with attack code, made headlines. Apple responded to the scareware threat by repeatedly updating a rudimentary blocking list that debuted two years earlier.

Apple even took the trouble during the skirmishing to issue a tool that scrubbed infected machines of the “Mac Defender” malware.

Mountain Lion, which Apple said Thursday will ship late this summer , uses a new mechanism to bar malicious applications from most Macs.

By default, only software downloaded from the Mac App Store — the Apple curated market that debuted in January 2011 — or signed with certificates Apple provides free-of-charge to registered developers can be installed on Mountain Lion.

Because each digital certificate is linked to an individual developer or company, Apple will know who was responsible for, say, sneaking a malicious app by users, and be able to revoke the certificate and ban the developer from its program.

Apple will not review these digitally-signed third-party programs, but Gatekeeper lets the company retaliate against malicious application makers, and by revoking certificates, gives it a way to block new installs and stifle a malware campaign in its early stages.

Mountain Lion’s Security & Privacy preferences screen also has options for tightening or loosening Gatekeeper’s vigilance. If “Mac App Store” is selected, only software downloaded from Apple’s mart can be installed; choosing “Anywhere” lets users install programs obtained from, well, anywhere. The latter is the wide-open model that Macs — and Windows PCs — have used since personal computing’s infancy.

At its default setting, Gatekeeper, which has roots in moves Apple has been making with OS X for several years, is a set-and-forget “whitelist,” or list of approved programs. “It’s like a giant whitelist button,” said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security, of Gatekeeper.

Some security experts were enthusiastic about Gatekeeper.

Rich Mogull, a security consultant and former Gartner analyst, called it a game-changer in a post he wrote for the TidBits blog Thursday. And in a more technical description of Gatekeeper on his firm’s blog, he argued it would attack hackers where it hurts.

“Gatekeeper attacks the economics of widespread malware,” Mogull said. “If most users use it, and as the default, that’s extremely likely, it will hammer on the profitability of phishing-based Trojans.”

Steven Frank, a co-founder of Portland, Ore.-based Mac application developer Panic, judged Gatekeeper as “quite a nice compromise” between the locked-down model Apple uses in iOS — which some Mac developers feared would migrate to OS X, requiring all software to come through the Mac App Store — and the free-for-all of installing anything found anywhere.

“We think Gatekeeper is a bold new feature that should do wonders for the security of your Mac for years to come,” Frank wrote Thursday on Panic’s blog .

Others were skeptical of Gatekeeper’s ability to stymie determined attackers.

“Checking signatures [the] first time a downloaded program runs is not the same as mandatory code-signing like iOS has,” said Charlie Miller, a principal research consultant for Denver-based security consultant Accuvant and noted Mac and iOS vulnerability researcher, in a tweet yesterday.

Miller was referring to Gatekeeper’s practice of examining the certificate of a Mac app only once, as it’s downloaded and before it’s installed: If the certificate is invalid, or has been revoked, the user cannot install it. But already-installed applications remain on a Mac and can continue to be run even after Apple revokes the certificate.

That’s different from the code signing required of iOS apps, which prevents them from using unauthorized commands once they’re downloaded and installed. (Miller knows code-signing: Last November, he demonstrated a bug in iOS that let him circumvent Apple’s iOS App Store code signing .)

And security researcher Chet Wisniewski, who works for U.K.-based antivirus company Sophos, pointed out that Gatekeeper won’t stymie several malware attack tactics.

“[Because] Gatekeeper code signing only applies to executable files … anything that is not itself a Trojan, like malicious PDFs, Flash, shell scripts and Java will still be able to be exploited without triggering a prompt,” Wisniewski said on the Sophos blog late Thursday.

CES 2016: Razer Blade Stealth is an ultra-slim gaming ultrabook with a catch

CES 2016: Razer Blade Stealth is an ultra-slim gaming ultrabook with a catch

Razer has announced new ultrabook and external graphics enclosure, called the Razer Blade Stealth and the Razer Core, respectively.

The Razer Blade Stealth features a sleek form factor that the company says will give gamers the option of “unprecedented desktop-level gaming performance” with the help of Razer Core via Thunderbolt 3. The laptop measures in at 0.52 inches thin and weighs 2.75lbs, while being equipped with the latest Intel Core i7 processor, an Intel HD Graphics 520 chip, backlit RGB keys, 8GB of dual-channel system memory, and a 12.5-inch display available in two options: 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution. Additional specs includes two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4b, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port, a compact 45 W USB-C power adapter and a built-in 45 Wh rechargeable li-ion polymer battery.

The Razer Core allows the Razer Blade Stealth to unlock its full potential as users can plug it in via a Thunderbold 3 (USB-C) cable that allows it to use its external desktop graphics enclosure, while also supplying both data and power to the laptop. The Core can accommodate nearly every popular desktop graphics card from both NVIDIA and AMD and comes with four additional USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet port.

The Razer Blade Stealth base model starts at $999 with the high-end version selling for $1,599 and is currently available for sale. The Razer Core will be available in the first half of 2016, but currently has no pricing.

Here’s the full spec sheet for both the Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Core:

Razer Blade Stealth:

  • 12.5 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
  • QHD (2560 x 1440)
  • UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 520
  • 128 GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
  • 256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
  • 8 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
  • Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
  • Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
  • Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
  • HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in array microphone
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
  • Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
  • Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
  • 0.52 in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
  • 2.75 lbs. / 1.25 kg

Razer Core:

  • Connection to PC via Thunderbolt™ 3 using included 40Gbps cable
  • Supports single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
  • GPU max dimensions – 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in. / 310 mm (Length)
  • GPU max power support – 375 W
  • USB 3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
  • Gigabyte Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Chroma lighting (2 zones)
  • Built-in 500 W power supply
  • 8.6 in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm (Length)

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Augmented Pre-Order Program Cancelled

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Augmented Pre-Order Program Cancelled

It looks like not every augment is worth having. Square Enix and Eidos Montreal announced today on the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided website that the “Augment Your Pre-order program” has been officially canceled. The reasons cited include frustration among fans and a “resounding amount of negative feedback.”

The Augment Your Pre-order program was implemented as a means to let fans choose what pre-order bonuses they wanted. The 5-tier selection system had 1-3 rewards each. Undisclosed pre-order goals unlocked a tier, and then customers would secretly vote for the bonuses they wanted. Rewards included special costumes, a digital art book, game soundtrack, and an earlier release date for pre-order customers.

Now that the program is canceled, all the pre-order incentives will now be offered as a straightforward pre-order incentive. However, there will not be an early release of the game. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will release for everyone on February 23, 2016.

Source: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

MacExpo: Quark goes to the web and beyond

MacExpo: Quark goes to the web and beyond

Quark this morning announced Quark Interactive Designer, a major new application that extends the capabilities of XPress 7 to the web and beyond.

The company also released an essential update to its design application. QuarkXPress 7.0.2 is required to run Quark Interactive Designer. The update offers a selection of new features, including the ability to authorise machines from within the application. The release also offers typographic support for new languages as well as resolution of some reported bugs.

A new License Transfer function lets users deactivate and activate the software without relying on external resources (or the Quark call centre). It also allows customers to run previous versions of QuarkXPress in parallel to QuarkXPress 7 on the same machine.

Quark UK marketing director Gavin Drake described the challenges designers face when confronted by clients wanting more than just a print document.

He believes designers lose out on work because of their inability to offer multi-channel solutions such as print, web, interactive material, and content for mobile phones.

“If a client comes to a small design agency and asks them to produce a print brochure as well as a website and an interactive and they can only do one component of it, the client will find someone who can do it all,” he said.

Quark Interactive Designer aims to address this. While Flash is aimed at developers Quark Interactive Designer is a design tool that achieves similar results.

It’s an extension of XPress 7, meaning designers can continue to work within an application they are already familiar with. The solution gives designers and page layout artists the ability to create interactive materials inside XPress 7. The results can look exactly as they do in print.

It’s the XPress 7 heritage that is the real advantage for designers, according to Drake. “I don’t think there is any Flash authoring environment that has a more mature set of design tools. Because it’s based on XPress it’s got 25 years of design around it. Whether you want kerning, or tracking, opacity, open type support, you get all the integrity of what you have in your print application – there is no need to compromise when you go interactive,” he explained.

The new software is being offered at a special introductory price of £69 for the first six months, rising to £139 after this.

Macworld UK will have a full review and a trial version of the new software from Quark inside the Expo issue out today.

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected coming to PS4 and Xbox One in January 2015

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected coming to PS4 and Xbox One in January 2015

After an announcement of standalone expansion to Saints Row IV, named as Saints Row: Get out of Hell, Deep Silver has also revealed that Saints Row IV will be released on PS4 and Xbox One, titled as Saints Row IV: Re-Elected.

Saints Row IV - Re-Elected

‘Re-Elected’ could be a new phrase used by Deep Silver for ‘Remastered’. Saints Row IV: Re-Elected trailer or images haven’t revealed yet, we are eager to see if it will have huge leap of graphical improvements for next-gen consoles.

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is already available at Amazon for pre-order for $49.99 for PS4 and Xbox One, bundled with Saints Row: Get out of Hell expansion. It’s a great deal as Saints Row: Get out of Hell standalone expansion alone will costs $20.

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected to release on January 27th 2015 worldwide and on 30th January 2015 in UK for PS4 and Xbox One. along side Saints Row: Get out of Hell standalone expansion.

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New benchmark puts Nvidia and Apple mobile chips ahead of Intel’s Atom

New benchmark puts Nvidia and Apple mobile chips ahead of Intel’s Atom

Comparing tablet chip performance has never been easy. Mobile benchmarks have mostly been limited to just a single platform, but now a new test by a respected outfit–albeit one that’s frequently been accused of pandering to Intel–puts ARM-based processors from Apple and Nvidia ahead of Intel’s silicon.

BAPCo’s TabletMark V3, announced last week, shows that Google’s new Nexus 9 and Apple’s iPad Air 2 outperform an Atom-powered tablet from Lenovo. 

The new benchmark is the first from BAPCo to support anything other than a Microsoft operating system. Previous iterations of TabletMark have supported Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT, but now version 3 finally adds iOS and Android compatibility.

The test suite is designed to measure real-world browsing, email, photo and video chores on tablets, and it’s already freely available in the Microsoft store and Android Play. The iOS version is finished, but it remains stuck in the famously slow Apple approval process.

In a recent press demonstration, BAPCo showed off the new TabletMark running on an Apple iPad Air 2 with its A8X chip; the Google Nexus 9 with its Nvdia Tegra K1; and a Lenovo Thinkpad 10 with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3795.

The real shocker is where Intel’s Bay Trail-based Atom Z3795 falls in line: last. Although it is slightly faster than the iPad 2 Air’s A8X in the browsing and email tests, it takes a distant third place in the photo and video workloads. The Tegra K1, meanwhile, actually represents Nvidia well by beating Intel’s Bay Trail chip.

Yes, what we have are two ARM chips from Apple and Nvidia acing Intel’s top budget mobile chip. To anyone who’s been following the benchmarking wars, this might come as a bit of a surprise, as BAPCo has long been accused of favoring Intel parts.

AMD famously took its ball and abandoned its BAPCo membership in 2011–this after accusing BAPCo of cooking the PC test suite SYSMark2012 so it wouldn’t reflect real-world usage models. At the time, AMD’s main beef was that SYSMark2012 under-utilized GPUs. AMD’s case was strengthened when VIA and Nvidia also dropped their BAPCo membership.

In its defense, BAPCo said it relied on advice from application vendors on whether to use GPUs or CPUs in specific tests. Adobe, for example, advised that using the GPU to render video could cause problems. What’s more, in 2011 few apps actually supported GPU workloads.

To BAPCo, that’s all water under the bridge. It maintains that Intel only gets one vote on its board, which includes more than a dozen members. BAPCo also said it hopes AMD and ARM vendors come back with the release of TabletMark V3–a benchmark, it points out, that AMD actually helped create while a member years ago.

If you’re wondering how beefier “tablets” fared, wonder no more. I ran TabletMark on all iterations of the Surface Pros I had access to, as well as Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 Pro convertible, which runs Intel’s Core M CPU. Interestingly, from a cumulative numerical score perspective, the Surface Pro 3 fared the best, although the Yoga 3 Pro came in slightly faster in the photo and video tests. We’d guess that means BAPCo feels photo and video chores are more important, and weights these tests more highly in the cumulative score.

TabletMark V3 looks pretty solid as a cross-platform benchmark, but it won’t be the last word in performance testing. To make the benchmark run across all of the platforms, BAPCo had to write the apps from scratch to simulate photo, video, browsing and email. BAPCo said it used all available APIs on each platform, but many enthusiasts will still gripe that BAPCo should have used other methods. The benchmark is based on real-world use cases, but it remains something of a synthetic kludge in the end to get it to work across all the different operating systems.

That said, TabletMark V3 is the only benchmark with such widespread vendor support, and it’s a pretty good tool for anyone who wants to assess tablet performance across multiple platforms.

BAPCo’s new test is already available in Google Play and the Windows Store for free. If you want to run it, you’ll need a 7-inch minimum screen size with a resolution of 1024×768, 2GB of RAM and 2GB of storage. The benchmark supports 64-bit ARM and x86 chips, and will run on Windows 8.1, Android 4.3 and iOS 7 and higher.

So where does your tablet fall? Download TabletMark V3, give it a whirl and let the bickering begin.

Apple taxes iPod gadget makers

Apple taxes iPod gadget makers

Apple’s move to demand manufacturers to pay a licensing fee to carry the “Made for iPod” mark has annoyed some high-profile partners.

The company appears to want 10 per cent of all revenue in order to carry the mark and to connect to an Apple iPod port.

Bose and Altec Lansing are the latest firms fuming about this move. Dominique Walker, head of Bose’s Asia-Pacific operations said: “All Apple partners were told of the decision some weeks ago. This is a massive licence fee which will not sit comfortable with many partners. Bose is not happy as the proposed fee is excessive by any standards.”

An Altec Lansing spokesperson called the tithe “ridiculous and excessive” warning: “It will result in many partners re-thinking their relationship with Apple. It will also push up the cost of Apple accessories.”

Apple has been cooking up its licensing scheme for some time.