A growing number of Australian iOS and Mac users have found their devices have been remotely locked and are being held for ransom. Hackers have locked the devices remotely via iCloud, and the compromised devices are displaying a warning message offering to unlock the device if a ransom is paid.
OS X News
Google has released VirusTotal Uploader for OS X. The app will allow users to upload suspicious apps and files to VirusTotal to allow the service to scan the file to identify any possible malware.
French site MacBidouille has reported that Apple is developing ARM processor-based Macs. The site’s “reliable source” says Apple has prototypes of several ARM-based machines, including an iMac, Mac mini, and 13″ Notebook with four to eight 64-bit ARM Quad-core processors.
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Apple has released iTunes 11.2. The update includes podcast browsing improvements, the ability to save favorite episodes to your computer, a fix for an issue that could cause iTunes to become unresponsive when updating Genius, performance improvements and bug fixes, and more.
To be filed under “Fun Things to do on a Monday Coffee Break”: One of the most mysterious world landmarks can now be explored via 3D flyover in Apple’s Maps apps on both iOS and OS X.
Apple has issued a fix for FaceTime on OS X, which resolves connection issues. The update is recommended for all FaceTime users running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. No fix has been released for the issues reported last week concerning FaceTime on iOS 6.
In addition to the release of iOS 7.1.1 today, Apple also has some update goodness for OS X and Safari users. Security Update 2014-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X. This update also includes Safari 7.0.3.
Awhile back we showed you how to block unwanted messages and calls in iOS 7. But what if you’re working on your Mac and the messages are still coming through via Messages for Mac? Here’s how to block unwanted messages in OS X.
For those of you still hanging in there with Snow Leopard, there’s a bit of update goodness from Apple that is now available to you. Apple has released a bug fix for FaceTime that resolves an issue that could prevent Snow Leopard users from connecting to FaceTime calls.
Apple has released Xcode 5.1.1 to the general public, exactly one week after seeding a golden master build to developers. 5.1.1 is a bug fix release.
Apple has seeded OS X 10.9.3 (build 13D33) to developers. This follows the previous build (13D28) by less than a week.
Mac owners are upgrading to Apple’s OS X 10.9 at an increasing rate, with one report noting the latest OS is running on over 40% of active Macs. The rate of adoption far outpaces the operating system’s predecessor, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
This year’s annual PWN2OWN hackfest saw a team of Chinese vulnerability and exploit developers take down Apple’s Safari web browser on OS X by exploiting a WebKit flaw, and circumvent Apple’s sandbox via an OS X system-level vulnerability.
A new report says Apple may be looking to expand iCloud in iOS 8 by debuting iOS versions of OS X apps Preview and TextEdit. These additions, along with improved tools for developers who wish to integrate iCloud into their apps, are expected with the debut of iOS 8 later this year.
Microsoft is looking to grab some market share away from connected note taking app Evernote, as it is reportedly set to release a Mac version of OneNote later this month.