RIP iTunes – Apple Introduces Three New Apps

Apple is killing off iTunes after 18 years of faithful service.

Over the years, the app has grown beyond its music roots to include a multitude of other necessities we (apparently) can’t live without.

Today, it’s a creaking pensioner that’s trying to do too much. Therefore, iTunes, as we know it, is being put out to pasture. Fear not, that doesn’t mean your music library is suddenly going to become redundant. Apple wouldn’t do that to you.

Three new upstarts are usurping the old iTunes app.

Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV

These are the new kids on the block.

Apple Music will be lightning-fast and easier to use, simplified and improved. This app will be primarily focused on Apple Music with its 50 million songs, and so on. Users will have access to all their music here, whether the tracks were downloaded, purchased or ripped from CD.

If you prefer to have your own music, you can still use the iTunes Music Store as there’ll be a sidebar within the Music app to take you music shopping.

In the same way, you will be able to buy films and TV shows from the Apple TV app.

The iTunes app won’t be disappearing altogether, but it will just be a place where you can buy music.

The end of the iTunes era

iTunes changed the way we chose, listened to, and bought music. It was a game changer for the music industry and forced the removal of digital rights management that dictated how many devices to which we could save our tracks.

Even though it was innovative at the time, our world has changed. Technology has changed, and the way we consume products and services has changed. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that even the mighty iTunes has to succumb to change sooner for later.

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Source: Forbes

 

 

How To Stop Your Phone Tracking You

Google is getting nosy. It’s tracking your every move through your Android phone.

You might think that turning off the Location history function in the settings will spoil its fun. It won’t because Google will still track you through other services such as Maps, search, and weather.

The reason behind its fascination with your location is that it uses that data for personalised services, local search and, of course, advertising.

How to shut down tracking on your Android phone

To stop Google’s fun once and for all, all you have to do is:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Google then Google Account
  • Tap on the data & personalisation tab and then Web & App Activity
  • Toggle Web & App Activity off

And here’s how to turn off location history:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Google then Google Account
  • Click on the Data & Personalisation tab
  • Press location history and toggle the setting off for each phone or device connected to your Google account

Shutting down Apple smartphone tracking

Things are a bit different if you have an iPhone. Apple’s Significant Locations Tracking tracks and records places that you visit most often to provide location-based data and relevant suggestions.

You can turn this feature off by:

  • Launching the Settings app from the Home screen.
  • Tapping on Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Tap Significant Locations.
  • Entering your passcode, use Touch ID, or Face ID, to authenticate access.
  • Tapping the Significant Locations On/Off Switch, which will become grey when off

How to turn off location tracking on Windows 10 devices

If you don’t want Windows 10 to track your location:

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Go to Privacy > Location.
  • Click Change and, on the screen that appears, move the slider from On to Off.

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Watch Out There’s a New Mac OS Ransomeware About

Mac OS ransomeware

 

Ransomware and the such like is not something Mac users have had to worry about too much. Seen as a ‘safer’ option than Windows machines, the Mac user has been happily using their devices, relatively trouble free, for quite some time.

But that’s changing.

According to Computerworld:

“A new file-encrypting ransomware program for Mac OS is being distributed through bit torrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files – even if they pay. Crypto ransomware programs for Mac OS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and it’s a poorly designed one.”

The offending ransomware, dubbed OSX/Filecoder.E, was spotted by security firm ESET and was developed in Apple’s Swift programming language.

It works by pretending to be a cracking tool for commercial software such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Mircosoft Office for Mac. However, because of programming errors, and the lack of a developer certificate from Apple, it is often blocked by newer versions of Mac OS.

The biggest problem with this malware, according to Computerworld, is:

“It generates a single encryption key for all files and then stores the files in encrypted ZIP archives. However, the malware doesn’t appear to have any ability to communicate with an external server, so the encryption key is never sent to the attacker before being destroyed.”

Sadly, malware is never going to go away, and more and more cunning scams will be developed. The best advice we can offer is to remain vigilant and never click on or download anything that you’re unsure about.

We’re grateful to Computerworld and Spiceworks for this update so we can pass it on to you to help you and your data stay safe.

 

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Cybercriminal Attacks on Apple Devices Set to Increase in 2016

iOS cyber criminals

 

Up ’til now, users have thought of their Apple products as safe as houses.

Unlike Microsoft, that’s been a target for cybercriminals for years, the Apple family has always been thought of relatively risk free – but according to a recent report by the BBC, this may no longer be true.

With their products (and market share) growing in popularity, Apple malware is on the increase. In fact, last year on average between 10,000 and 70,000 Mac computers were infected with malware.

Granted, that’s still small fry when you compare it with Windows desktops, but it’s a worrying trend.

A significant amount of this growth in attacks is accounted for by so-called greyware – applications that may not have malware attached, but can still be annoying to users, by serving up unwanted ads or tracking their web-browsing habits.

Symantec also found seven new threats aimed at Apple’s mobile iOS platform, with jailbroken devices – those that have been unlocked – being particularly vulnerable.

Plus, hackers are also increasingly targeting corporations, where Mac use is now more prevalent.

A corporate espionage group known as Butterfly which attacked multi-billion dollar companies in 2015 developed malware tools that attacked both Windows and Apple computers.

What does the future hold for Mac users?

It has always been the case that iOS has been seen as a more secure platform than Android because of the more closed community that Apple runs for its apps, but that is changing.

According to the security firm, FireEye, although the vast majority – 96% – of mobile malware is targeted at Android devices, iOS is no longer immune.

It also discovered that XcodeGhost, iOS malware that Apple acted quickly to remove from its app store, had found its way into the networks of 210 US businesses. It was thought to be the first large-scale attack on Apple’s app store.

It’s thought the introduction of new payment systems, such as Apple Pay, will add a financial incentives for hackers.

On the whole, Apple is still a safer option than Windows, but it’s worth keeping vigilant to make sure nothing untoward makes it way onto your machine.

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Source: BBC