New Backdoor Allows Full Access to Mac Systems

My pal PowerUser82 has found another ‘pearl’ to share with me:

New Backdoor Allows Full Access to Mac Systems, Bitdefender Warns →

appA new piece of malware, dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by Bitdefender researchers, exposes Apple systems to cyber-espionage and full, clandestine control from malicious third-parties.

The backdoor is embedded into a fake file converter application that is accessible online on reputable sites offering Mac applications and software. The EasyDoc Converter.app poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script.

Be warned. Be careful.

Classic Mac stickers for iOS

If you’re a(n old-time) Mac lover what could be the sticker/icon set to absolutely have on your iOS device for chat use/abuse? Well, look no further than this amazing Classic Mac set officially – and freely – made available by Apple itself on the iTunes Store!

Our chat will never look the same! Now sorry, download has just finished and I can’t wait to use them

update = Requires iOS 10, so for now you can use it if you’re into the Beta program!

Architosh Notes from Apple’s WWDC Keynote—Highlights and Thoughts

Apple seems hot on showing architects using Macs and other Apple devices. We have noted architects and architectural software apps in several recent keynotes and product videos. Sadly, while Apple is great at recognizing that architects, as a professional group, are more naturally drawn to the platform than just about any other profession, they are failing miserably in recognizing what architects actually need in their computer hardware and software support.
Anthony Frausto-Robledo

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How Apple lost its way: Steve Jobs’ love of simplicity is gone

We live in a complicated world, and the companies that deliver simplicity are the ones who win in the end.
Ken Segall

15 Years of Mactracker

Mactracker 1.0 was introduced on May 14, 2001. Over the past 15 years it has grown to become an indispensable tool for enthusiasts, collectors, resellers, service providers, and IT professionals.

Yesterday Mactracker celebrated 15 years [!!!] since it was introduced on the market for Apple users. It is really an indispensable tool in my arsenal when I deal with unknowns Macs sent to me for hardware upgrade or repair, along with information on the original and maximum OS support, or identification for a correct sell (or purchase) through eBay or similar sites.

Today Mactracker database (available for free on your Mac or iOS device) counts more than 700 devices and I can’t recommend it enough if you manage multiple Mac at work or as an hobby…

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Mac OS X turns fifteen

Last Thursday was the 15th birthday of Mac OS as we know it (under the uniX branch, i mean). Stephen Hackett wrote a nice post for this anniversary:

MAC OS X TURNS 15 →

meet LIAM

The Real Legacy of Steve Jobs

Think Indifferent. That is, care only about the product, not the myriad producers, whether factory workers in China or staff members in Cupertino, or colleagues like Wozniak, Kottke, and Tevanian, who had been crucial to Apple’s success.

A great article by Sue Halpern.
It was a somewhat uncomfortable reading for me. But nonetheless a worthy one!

fixing the fast Touch-ID

There is only one way to use Touch ID with one hand — the thumb. And so being told to use another finger undermines the beauty of Touch ID: single hand access. Another finger means difficulty in opening the phone on the subway, while carrying a baby, babies, dogs, groceries.

Craig Mod on his Can no longer abide Touch ID → piece over Medium spoke the ultimate words on that crazy Speedy Gonzales behavior of its iteration on the iPhone 6S …

smcFanControl to the rescue of your iMac

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During the previous week I found myself trying to manage an early 2008 iMac with some serious issues booting. After having tried any trick I knew I decided myself to use the Apple’s Hardware Tests. Here I found some glitches with the fans. This mac was used in a man’s luxury tailor shop … so the outside was shiny!

Never I could ever imagine the amount of dust collected inside…

Without opening the iMac chassis I tried a first cleaning using an air-compressor. Then I remembered of smcFanControl, a software more commonly used to tame the heating of Apple’s notebooks. After the download I’ve started it and created a new cooling profile called “Cleaning” setting all the 3 fans inside the iMac to their maximum speed. Then I’ve selected it and … WOW … a cloud of dust was blown away from all the case’s fences! Incredible!

I had the iMac running this way for near twenty minutes, then made come it back to its default. Since then the iMac is working smoothly like when it was brand new. Zero euro spent, maximum result!