Apple computers are at risk from flawed updates, researchers find – CNET

Users of MacBooks running MacOS 10.13 High Sierra will receive weekly alerts monitoring their firmware. Sarah Tew/CNET Maybe it isn’t sexy, but it stops hackers from using well-known bugs to break into your computer. In fact, it’s the most important thing you can do to keep your computer safe. Say it with me: Update your software. But there isn’t much you can you do if the update doesn’t work the way it should. That’s what’s happening with some automatic updates to Apple computers. According to research published by Duo Security on Friday, Apple updates can sometimes leave out very important ...

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Google reports all-time high of government data requests – CNET

With so many products under Google’s umbrella, a government request for data can mean handing over a lot. James Martin/CNET Governments around the world are doing a record amount of searching on Google, but it’s a kind of searching than you and I do. The search engine giant released its biannual transparency report on Thursday, disclosing to the public how often it gets requests from the government for users’ private information, along with how often Google hands it over. The first half of 2017 broke a record for most Google user data requests over a six-month period. Between Jan. 1 ...

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Apple takes in more than $13 million in disaster relief – CNET

It takes a village, and lots of money, to help the thousands of people affected by the monster hurricanes that ripped through Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands — as well as the earthquakes in Mexico City. Apple on Thursday said donors have so far contributed more than $13 million in disaster relief through its App Store and iTunes.  The company announced in August that it would make it easy for anyone to contribute to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts. You can donate in increments of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200. One hundred percent of ...

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Microsoft becomes a sponsor of the Open Source Initiative

Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a Premium Sponsor. The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates for open source in business and government. The OSI also reviews open source licenses, which are often vendor specific, to ensure that they conform to “community norms and expectations.” As a premium sponsor, Microsoft joins the likes of Google, IGM, HPE, AdblockPlus, GitHub and Heptio as top sponsors of the project. Other sponsors at lower levels include RedHat, The Linux Foundation, Mozilla and HP. ...

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10 things we learned about Face ID on the iPhone X – CNET

Face ID has been deeply detailed by Apple. James Martin/CNET Curious about using your face to unlock your phone? Apprehensive about Face ID and Apple Pay? Apple published an extensive guide on Face ID in advance of the upcoming iPhone X. You can read it all yourself. Also, check out our in-depth look at the security aspects of Face ID and general overview of the tech. This isn’t the first time Apple’s mentioned some of these features, but it all feels much more official now.  Here are the ones that stood out to me. It isn’t recommended for kids under ...

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