21.5-inch iMac supply dwindles amid chip shortages, possible refresh

April 16, 2021

The front of the 2020 27-inch iMac. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Apple’s low-end, 21.5-inch iMac appears to be in short supply at Apple Stores and in Apple’s online storefront in the United States. The shortage could be a hint of an imminent change to the iMac lineup just a few days before Apple hosts a product launch event on April 20. In particular, the cheapest, 1080p iMac (the rest of…

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Backdoored developer tool that stole credentials escaped notice for 3 months

April 16, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) A publicly available software development tool contained malicious code that stole the authentication credentials that apps need to access sensitive resources. It’s the latest revelation of a supply chain attack that has the potential to backdoor the networks of countless organizations. The Codecov bash uploader contained the backdoor from late January to the beginning of April, developers of the tool said on Thursday. The backdoor caused…

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Popular software development tool Docker gets Apple M1 support

April 15, 2021

Enlarge / Docker running on a Mac. (credit: Docker) Docker, a popular multi-platform application used by software developers, has released a version that runs natively on Apple Silicon hardware, including Macs released with Apple’s custom-designed M1 chip. The M1 chip uses the ARM instruction set and cannot natively run software that was designed to run on the x86 architecture that the Intel processors in previously released Macs used. Though the…

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US government strikes back at Kremlin for SolarWinds hack campaign

April 15, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Matt Anderson Photography/Getty Images) US officials on Thursday formally blamed Russia for backing one of the worst espionage hacks in recent US history and imposed sanctions designed to mete out punishments for that and other recent actions. In a joint advisory, the National Security Agency, FBI, and Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency said that Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, abbreviated as the SVR, carried out the supply-chain attack on…

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What to expect from Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event on April 20

April 14, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) It might have taken longer than expected (the event has historically taken place in March), but Apple announced its spring product unveiling event this week. Executives from the company will take to the stage in a livestream from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, where they’ll introduce and discuss new products that Apple plans to ship in the near future. As has become the custom, we’ll…

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Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile kill their cross-carrier RCS messaging plans

April 14, 2021

Enlarge / Google Messenger is the biggest RCS app out there. (credit: Google) The Rich Communication Services (RCS) rollout continues to be a hopeless disaster. A year and a half ago, the cellular carriers created the “Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI),” a joint venture between AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon that would roll out enhanced messaging to the masses in 2020. Now, Light Reading is reporting that initiative is dead, meaning that the…

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100 million more IoT devices are exposed—and they won’t be the last

April 14, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Elena Lacey) Over the last few years, researchers have found a shocking number of vulnerabilities in seemingly basic code that underpins how devices communicate with the Internet. Now, a new set of nine such vulnerabilities are exposing an estimated 100 million devices worldwide, including an array of Internet-of-things products and IT management servers. The larger question researchers are scrambling to answer, though, is how to spur substantive changes—and…

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iOS users—and only iOS users—face NSFW content ban on Discord app

April 13, 2021

Enlarge / This cute little pig has obviously seen some things that iOS users will no longer be allowed to see on Discord. Discord users who access the Discord app through iOS will now face restrictions on adult content that go beyond those for other platforms. The gaming-focused social networking app—which lets users create public or private servers to chat via text, image, voice, and video livestreaming—announced this week that…

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Spring Loaded: Apple announces April 20 event

April 13, 2021

The teaser image on this event’s invitation looks like Apple Pencil scribbles, perhaps supporting the idea this will be an iPad-focused event. [credit: Apple ] Apple will host its first product unveiling event in more than five months, the company announced Tuesday. Invitations that went out this morning state that the event will take place at 10:00 am PST on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Many people didn’t learn about this…

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Report: Apple plans Apple TV/HomePod and iPad/HomePod hybrid products

April 12, 2021

Enlarge / RIP HomePod, 2021. (credit: Jeff Dunn) Apple is working on multiple new products to replace the recently discontinued HomePod and to bring Siri and Apple services into living rooms, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Debby Wu and Mark Gurman. One of those products would be a device that combines the TV streaming box and gaming features of the Apple TV 4K with a HomePod-like smart speaker,…

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