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Apple Releases HomePod 13.4.5 Software Update with General Improvements for Stability and Quality

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HomePod software update 13.4.5 is now available for download with fixes and stability improvements

Apart from iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5, Apple has also released HomePod 13.4.5 software update with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Update Your HomePod to 13.4.5 Software Update Now with General Fixes and Stability Improvements, Here’s How You Can Update Right Now

Calling all HomePod users, all four of you- there’s a new software update available for everyone out there that improves the overall stability of Apple’s smart speaker. The changelog doesn’t mention much except the following:

HomePod 13.4.5 changelog

HomePod software version 13.4.5 includes general improvements for stability and quality

As you can see, there’s a not much to go along with. But that doesn’t mean in any way that you should skip out on this update.

Downloading the latest software release is as easy as launching the Home app and taking things from there. We have outlined the process here in detail. But of course, for the sake of simplicity, we are going to list down the steps below:

Note: You can skip the steps below entirely if you have enabled automatic updates for your HomePod. But if you want to force the update now, read on.

  • Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap on the little ‘home’ like icon on the top left hand corner
  • Under the Speakers & TVs section, tap on Software Update
  • Let the page refresh properly, and once the update shows up, tap on Download and Install

HomePod updates usually don’t take that long to install. In fact, by the time I was done writing this, my HomePod was done and dusted with 13.4.5.

What the software update improves remains to be seen. But if there’s something extremely notable here, we will point it out to everyone. In the meantime, brew yourself a cup of coffee and hit that update button.

While you are here, be sure to check out the following:

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MotherHydra
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For all two people that were foolish enough to buy a pathetic attempt at being an also-ran, just like the iPod HiFi, here's your shiny software update mate!
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Apple vs. Security Researchers

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:

The lawsuit, however, has already produced a tangible outcome: very few people, especially current and former customers and users, want to talk about Corellium, which sells the eponymous software that virtualizes iPhones and Android devices. During the lawsuit’s proceedings, Apple has sought information from companies that have used the tool, which emulates iOS on a computer, allowing researchers to probe potential iPhone vulnerabilities in a forgiving and easy-to-use environment.

“Apple has created a chilling effect,” a security researcher familiar with Corellium’s product, who asked to remain anonymous because he wasn’t allowed to talk to the press, told Motherboard.

“I don’t know if they intended it but when they name individuals at companies that have spoken in favor [of Corellium], I definitely believe retribution is possible,” the researcher added, referring to Apple’s subpoena to the spanish finance giant Santander Bank, which named an employee who had Tweeted about Corellium.

Peter Steinberger:

So we’re back at security through obscurity? That always worked out great in history.

Joe Rossignol:

Zerodium this week announced that it will not be purchasing any iOS exploits for the next two to three months due to a high number of submissions. In other words, the company has so many security vulnerabilities at its disposal that it does not need any more.

Thomas Claburn (Hacker News):

“iOS Security is fucked,” said Zerodium’s founder Chaouki Bekrar via Twitter. “Only [Pointer Authentication Codes] and non-persistence are holding it from going to zero…but we’re seeing many exploits bypassing PAC, and there are a few persistence exploits (0days) working with all iPhones/iPads. Let’s hope iOS 14 will be better.”

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The market for iOS vulnerabilities took a hit last September when Zerodium said for the first time that it would pay more for flaws in Android than in iOS.

[…]

Asked whether Zerodium’s statement reflects the actual state of iOS security or should be taken as a company just trying to make waves, Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at Jamf Security and founder of Objective-See, told The Register that it’s probably a bit of both.

Peter Steinberger:

Almost seems like Apple suing the #1 company allowing security research on iOS (Corellium) and not paying out bounties could have a chilling effect on white hats while black hats thrive.

Previously:

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Apple: "We let hackers thrive."
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This iMac Concept is Everything We Want Apple to Implement in the Next Redesign

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iMac Concept

Apple's iMac is longing for an update and there are no potential dates that we can look forward to. The current design of the iMac was first unveiled back in 2007 and we are expecting Apple to release a new design. A new iMac concept has been published that envisages everything that we would want Apple to implement in the next redesign. thee concept takes its design cues from the iMac G4 but makes it look modern and futuristic.

New iMac Concept Envisions Bezel-less Screen, iMac G4 Design, More

The stunning iMac concept is designed by a 24-year old designer, Xhakomo Doda - a student of industrial design from IUAV University of Architecture. Currently working as a CAD designer at Burberry in London. The refreshing take on the iMac is nothing short of amazing. Check out the preview of the concept below.

iMac Concept

The iMac G4 first debuted in 2002 and it's quite a mark to transform such an old design into something as good as the concept. the iMac concept still keeps the classic semi-ord-shaped base below the screen. The base is possibly where the CPU is contained along with the GPU, the active cooling fan, and everything. The case and the screen are connected with an arm that is adjustable and can be pivoted to different positions.

iMac Concept

The screen is where things get interesting. The panel is almost bezel-less and this is how it should be in 2020. the current iMac does boast bigger bezels and the design is just right out of history books at this point. At this point, almost 13 years after later, the iMac does require a major redesign. This is the sole purpose of the iMac concept. You can see in the concept that the corners are curved which provides a seamless look.

iMac Concept

The keyboard has also seen a radical shift. It does not feature any keys and instead boasts a massive touch screen. This means the virtual keys will appear on the screen. Overall, the iMac concept looks amazing and something that Apple can implement. for more details, check out the concept images and details here.

What are your thoughts on the concept? Let us know in the comments.

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These old iMacs were such a bitch to repair if there was a display problem.
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YouTube Just Stopped Classifying 720p as ‘High-Definition,’ Only 1080p and Above is HD

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YouTube stops calling 720p 'HD'

For years we've been calling 720p as HD (high-definition). But according to a new change rolled out by YouTube, 720p is no longer HD. Let's fight!

YouTube Stops Calling 720p as HD, Anything Below 1080p is Standard Definition - Do You Agree?

We know how things are in the world of video. If it's 360p or 480p, we straight up call it 'standard definition.' When it's 720p or above, it's 'high-definition.' We further break down the 'high-definition' category into Full HD, UHD and so on. The higher the resolution, the fancier the name gets.

But, for years, 720p has been HD. In fact, we still have tons of 720p monitors and displays around us. But it appears as though the folks over at YouTube completely disagree with the 'HD' moniker right next to '720p.'

If you open up YouTube right now, in either Safari, Chrome or Edge, play a video and go on to select the playback resolution manually, the 720p option does not feature the 'HD' badge in front of it. Have a look at the screenshot below and you'll know what I mean:

720p no longer classified as HD in YouTube's playbook

This is a rather strange and interesting move at the same time. Sure, many of you will jump to the conclusion saying how YouTube should even strip 1080p from its HD title as 1440p and 2160p is the gold standard for video these days. But honestly, I've seen excellent 720p and 1080p footage down-scaled and super-sampled from 4K UHD. More pixels does not necessary mean a better image quality. And furthermore, just to be clear, 720p not being classified as HD does not mean that the resolution is being phased out or something. It will stay, but apparently no longer be called 'high-definition.'

What made YouTube jump to that conclusion remains to be seen. But, I'm more interested in seeing how the community reacts to this change. After all, there are a ton of 720p 'HD videos' from yesteryear that just got downgraded to standard definition overnight with this change. Again, resolution is still there, it's just a classification change.

Do you think YouTube made the right call after all these years? You know what to do. Pull those keyboards and start typing!

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MotherHydra
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Thank you. This has been the longest exam running since 720p “HD” CRTs went on sale 20 years ago.
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On Doing More Harm Than Good

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Reed Albergotti and Drew Harwell, Washington Post:

Apple and Google’s announcement last month of a joint effort to track the coronavirus by smartphone sparked a wave of excitement among public health officials hoping the technology would help alert them to potential new infections and map the pandemic’s spread.

But as the tech giants have revealed more details, officials now say the software will be of little use. Due to strict rules imposed by the companies, the system will notify smartphone users if they’ve potentially come into contact with an infected person, but it won’t share any data with health officials or reveal where those meetings took place.

Local health authorities in states like North Dakota, as well as in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom, say they’ve pleaded with the companies to give them more control over the kinds of information their apps can collect. Without the companies’ help, some worry their contact tracing systems will remain dangerously strained.

These are the opening paragraphs of an article that, careful readers will note, is fundamentally wrong. Let’s start with this statement:

Due to strict rules imposed by the companies, the system will notify smartphone users if they’ve potentially come into contact with an infected person, but it won’t share any data with health officials or reveal where those meetings took place.

It may not track specific locations, but that’s not necessary for what this API is trying to help accomplish. Furthermore, public health officials absolutely will be involved in the collection and use of this data: apps using this API must be from health authorities.

Sara Morrison explains at Vox Recode:

As previously reported, the first phase of the rollout will be an API that will allow iOS and Android devices to exchange anonymized proximity keys using Bluetooth. Apple and Google have now revealed that the Bluetooth metadata from the devices will be encrypted, so it can’t be used to try to identify a device. Public health authorities will then be able to build their own contact tracing apps using this API, and they will set the exposure length, the amount of time the two devices need to be near each other in order to exchange keys. The maximum allowed exposure time will now be 30 minutes. Again, this will make it harder to link a rotating key to a specific user.

And how about this statement? Again quoting from those first three paragraphs:

Without the companies’ help, some worry their contact tracing systems will remain dangerously strained.

Again, from Morrison:

Oh, and about that terminology. Apple and Google have replaced the “contact tracing” label with “exposure notification.” The companies said they believe it better describes what the tool does, and that it’s only part of a public health authority’s contact tracing program. This seems a bit trivial, but it’s actually a good reminder that these apps and their deployment are run through public health authorities, and it’s up to those authorities to make sure positive test cases are properly vetted. Meanwhile, it’s essential that populations that may not have access to iOS and Android devices are included in their contact tracing programs. Apple and Google aren’t doing this alone.

Of course this must be used in conjunction with human contact tracing efforts. It is a way to more efficiently and more privately implement existing electronic contact tracing apps.

This is sloppy work. It’s articles like these that do make me worry about the efficacy of contact tracing with the assistance of smartphones, but only because of how poorly it explains how the system works, what it is intended to do, and how it differs from existing smartphone contact tracing efforts. This article is so poor as to misinform the reader into thinking that Apple and Google are taking advantage of a pandemic to collect a bunch of user data while keeping it secret from public health authorities — which is almost the opposite of what this effort does.

I worry that this kind of bad information will cause people to entirely reject contact tracing apps — even those that are built in a privacy-friendly, energy-efficient manner. Then it really will be ineffective, but not for the reasons in this Post piece.

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MotherHydra
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Fuck that I’ll never willingly use a COVID app. I’ll use alternate tech if there’s some sort of entity compelling.
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Miss Apple's MagSafe Charger? You'll Love The EVRI Magnetic Tip USB Cable for MacBook

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Apple’s MagSafe charging cable was brilliant, designed so it would release if someone accidentally tripped on the cable. For reasons unknown, Apple abandoned this ideas, but now the EVRI Magnetic Tip USB Cable is here to save the day. It works with USB-C devices like the MacBook and iPad Pro, and it’s on sale for $26.95 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

We spend almost all day browsing through our phones and laptops...and these devices don't last that long unless you charge 'em. This EVRI Magnetic Tip USB Cable changes the charging game. It supports up to 100W charging power for USB-C powered MacBooks, notebooks, Nintendo Switch, smartphones, and tablets. It also allows fast data transfer with up to 480mbps rate. With its breakaway magnetic tip, it prevents your MacBook and other devices from tumbling when tripped over. It's also fully reversible so you won't find the right side to connect. Truly convenient! 

  • Supports up to 100W charging power for both USB-C PD or standard 5V USB-C 

  • Allows up to 480mbps data transfer 

  • Breakaway magnetic feature prevents device from tumbling when tripped over

  • Fully reversible & supports both power and data transfer when connected either side

  • Broad compatibility on USB-C powered MacBook, notebooks, Nintendo Switch, smartphones & tablets

Specs

  • Color: black

  • Materials: metal

  • Cable length: 39.37" (1m)

  • Weight: 0.97 oz

  • Input: USB C

  • Output: magnetic USB C (Up to 100W)

  • Data transfer rate: 480mb/s

  • Magnetic tip

  • Durable & convenient

  • Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty

Get one today!



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MotherHydra
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Good ideas don’t die, but it’s unarguable that Apple fucked up getting rid of MagSafe.
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