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Erreur 53 : le recours collectif contre Apple est lancé

Comme prévu, la cabinet d'avocats PCVA a lancé un recours collectif contre Apple concernant la fameuse erreur 53. Pour Darrell Cochran, responsable de l'affaire, l'argument de la sécurité ne tient pas puisque le téléphone continue de fonctionner pendant des mois après la réparation. De plus, Apple devrait prévenir ses clients des conséquences de la...

The Mesh : des casse-têtes originaux gratuits pendant une semaine

C'est depuis quelques heures au tour de l'application The Mesh, un jeu de puzzles original et graphique, d'être mise en avant dans l'App Store sous la bannière d'"App de la semaine", jouissant au passage d'une gratuité totale pendant sept jours.Le jeu consiste à combiner des tuiles numérotées pour atteindre le plus haut score possible, sans jamais ...

[Vidéo] Star Wars VII : la version revue et corrigée en dessins animés

Régulièrement, le compte YouTube How It Should Have Ended s’amuse à récréer, en animation, certains éléments de films et effectue ainsi quelques corrections. Dernière cible en date, Star Wars Le Retour de la Force.








Bientôt des murs anti-pipi à Paris ?

Un parisien propose de recouvrir certains murs de la ville d’une peinture hydrophobe qui causera bien des désagréments à ceux qui voudront se soulager en extérieur.








Streaming : les négociations entre CBS et Apple au point mort

Si Les Moonves, CEO de CBS, admet que sa compagnie a mené des discussions avec Apple, il révèle également dans une interview publiée cette semaine que les pourparlers avec Cupertino sont désormais au point mort. Ces déclarations apportent un nouvel écho aux annonces faites en décembre dernier, où l'on évoquait déjà des difficultés importantes à tro...

2016, année de la vidéo pour Instagram

Selon les informations du site Re/Code, Instagram compte mettre l’accent sur la vidéo en introduisant plusieurs fonctionnalités dans le courant de l’année. La première sera un décompte du nombre de vues pour une vidéo, pour les abonnés ainsi que les annonceurs.

Des “bruits de moteur” dérangent le voisinage du campus d’Apple à Sunnyvale la nuit

Il se murmure depuis un moment que les équipes du Projet Titan testent les véhicules d'Apple sur le campus de Sunnyvale en Californie. L'année dernière, un voisin du campus a déposé une plainte pour tapage nocturne en raison de d'importants "bruits de moteur" entendus la nuit aux alentours de 23h. "Même avec les fenêtre fermées je les entendais" ex...

Mise à jour de TestFlight pour iOS 9.3 et watchOS 2.2

L'application TestFlight, qui permet aux développeurs de distribuer des applications en version bêta aux testeurs volontaires, a reçu cette nuit une mise à jour numérotée 1.3.2 apportant avec elle une pleine compatibilité avec iOS 9.3 et watchOS 2.2. La dernière mouture devrait également gagner en performance et en stabilité, vous pouvez la récupér...

Refurb : MacBook Air dès 839€, MacBook Retina dès 1229€, iPad mini 3 dès 299€

Toujours de nombreux Mac ce matin sur les étagères du Refurb, avec des machines portables et des fixes, sans oublier quelques bonnes affaires sur les iPad et iPad mini et des Apple TV à 69€..Les Mac• MacBook Air 11,6 pouces dès 839€• MacBook Air 13,3 pouces dès 929€• MacBook dès 1229€• MacBook Pro 13,3 pouces dès 1009€• MacBook Pro 15,4 pouces dès ...

Sparkle updated vulnerability: What you need to know!

Third-party update service Sparkle, combined with insecure network protocols and parsing, leaves some OS X apps open to person-in-the-middle exploits.

A vulnerability has been discovered in an open-source framework that many developers have been using to provide app update services for the Mac. That it exists at all is not good, but that it hasn't been used to perform any real world attacks "in the wild", and that developers can update to prevent it, means it's something you should know about but nothing you should go into red alert over, at least not yet.

What's Sparkle?

Sparkle is an open source project that many OS X apps turn to provide update functionality. Here's the official description:

Sparkle is an easy-to-use software update framework for Mac applications. It delivers updates using appcasting, a term used to refer to the practice of using RSS to distribute update information and release notes.

So, what's happening with Sparkle?

Starting in late January, an engineer who goes by the name "Radek" started discovering vulnerabilities in the way some developers had implemented Sparkle. According to Radek:

We have two different vulnerabilities here. First one is connected with the default configuration (http) which is unsafe and leads to RCE [Remote Code Execution] over MITM [Man in the Middle] attack inside untrusted environment.

The second one is the risk of parsing file://, ftp:// and other protocols inside the WebView component.

In other words, some developers weren't using HTTPS to encrypt the updates being sent to their apps. That left the connection vulnerable to interception by an attacker who could slip in malware.

Lack of HTTPS also exposes people to the possibility of an attacker intercepting and manipulating web traffic. The usual risk is that sensitive information could be obtained. Because Sparkle's purpose is to update apps, the risk that the person-in-the-middle attack carries here is that an attacker could push malicious code as an update to a vulnerable app.

Does this affect Mac App Store apps?

No. Mac App Store (MAS) uses its own update functionality. Some apps, however, have versions on and off the App Store. So, while the MAS version is safe, the non-MAS version may not be.

Radek made sure to point out:

Mentioned vulnerability is not present in the updater built into OS X. It was present in the previous version of the Sparkle Updater framework, and it's not a part of Apple Mac OS X.

Which apps are affected?

A list of apps that use Sparkle is available on GitHub, and while a "huge" number of Sparkle apps are vulnerable, some of them are secure.

What can I do?

People who have a vulnerable app that uses Sparkle may want to disable automatic updates in the app, and wait for an update with a fix to be available, then install directly from the developer's website.

Ars Technica, which has been following the story, also advises:

The challenge many app developers have in plugging the security hole, combined with the difficulty end users have in knowing which apps are vulnerable, makes this a vexing problem to solve. People who aren't sure if an app on their Mac is safe should consider avoiding unsecured Wi-Fi networks or using a virtual private network when doing so. Even then, it will still be possible to exploit vulnerable apps, but the attackers would have to be government spies or rogue telecom employees with access to a phone network or Internet backbone.

Ugh. Bottom-line me!

There's a risk that this vulnerability could be used to get malicious code onto your Mac, and that would be bad. But the probability of it happening to most people is low.

Now that it's public, developers using Sparkle should be sprinting to make sure they aren't affected, and if they are, to get updates into customers hands immediately.










Cinéma, séries TV : qui sont les pires méchants ?

La rédaction de Tom’s Guide vous dit tout sur les super-méchants, issues de DC Comics ou Marvel.








Diffbot Aims To Build The Intel Of Data For Artificial Intelligence

Two artificial intelligence faces facing one another. With a new $10 million commitment led by Tencent, one of China’s largest Internet companies, Diffbot chief executive Mike Tung has come a long way from his days of eating beans and rice in the dark and solving the math problems that would form the core of his groundbreaking artificial intelligence software. Diffbot, which raised its first seed money in 2012, has set itself the lofty goal… Read More

WhatsApp brings more emojis to your Android 

whatsappppIf you’ve been envying those that have all the latest emojis, including the burrito ones (because we all know life is not worth living without a burrito emoji), then WhatsApp will come to your rescue. The popular messaging app has been on a roll lately, celebrating 1 billion users, dropping subscription fees, and now, bringing all new emojis to rival that of our iOS 9.1 user friends. Yes, we have come to the point where bringing new and interesting emojis is already considered a major app update. But hey, we’re not trivializing emojis. We all know how important they are to a lot of people. Some people even use it solely to communicate with their friends. And so WhatsApp bringing new ones and in a tabbed collection nonetheless is something that will excite said people. Version 2.12.441 brings a lot of the same emojis that our iPhone users have been enjoying, and that includes the whole burrito madness. The new tabs of emojis are located up front and to the left and has a pretty easy to understand interface, encouraging you to use pretty much all the new ones with its grid of faces, symbols, and hands. This is just the latest of new things that WhatsApp has been bringing to users. The group chat limit has now been expanded to 256 people. There are no more subscription fees for those who were being charged before. And of course they celebrated the fact that they now have 1 billion active users, which is no mean feat of course, given how many messaging apps there are in the market. If you can’t wait for the update to roll out to your account through the Google Play Store, you can also download the APK and install it manually. VIA: SlashGear

Paul McCartney creates love music for Skype’s Mojis

love-mojisWe all probably love emojis. But if you’re a Skype user, you’re probably tried out their Mojis, those cute little emoji-like things but with cute sounds to accompany them. Well, if you’re not familiar with them but you’re a fan of the Beatles, then you will probably try them out soon. That’s because Skype scored a huge partnership with Sir Paul McCartney himself who created music for an exclusive set of love-inspired Mojis, because after all, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Sir Paul admitted that he found it weird at first to be creating music for those darn Mojis but eventually, Skype was able to convince him to do so. So you now have new original Skype designs that will be accompanied by “unique musical compositions” by the legendary musician. Some of the Mojis include a purple octopus, a lovey dovey couple of balloons, a reindeer with a bunch of flowers for whoever you’re talking too, plus other weird and sweet characters. The way to use those Mojis is just like the way you use emojis, either as a substitute for actual words or to emphasize your point. If you’re using these new love Mojis, make sure to tell the recipient to either wear their earphones if they’re in a noisy place or turn up the volume of their device. Otherwise, they will miss the magical music of most people’s favorite Beatle. Make sure you’re on the latest version of your Skype app so you can actually use and send those Mojis, especially with Vaelntine’s Day almost upon us. SOURCE: Skype

Samsung Gear S2 Classic up for grabs online and select retail stores Feb. 12

Samsung Gear S2 Classic Rose Gold PlatinumThe latest models of the Samsung Gear S2 Classic is finally ready for purchase on Friday. You will be able to order a new smartwatch from the South Korean tech giant straight from the Samsung website, Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s and other select retail stores in the US for only $449.99.The Gear S2 New Edition is a thing of beauty as it is set in Platinum or 18K Rose Gold. Either of the two brings such a classic and luxurious feel. Okay. So the price isn’t exactly cheap for a smartwatch since you can get the ASUS ZenWatch 2 for only $150 and it’s first-gen model for only $99. But then again this is Samsung we’re talking about. It’s the same Gear S2  shown off at the CES event in Las Vegas last month but there are more options now for the exteriors-- watch straps and watchfaces. The Rose Gold edition comes with an ivory leather band while the Platinum version is complemented by a black genuine leather strap. More choices are available from Colombo via della Spiga as well. New watchfaces include artworks from Jeremyville, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Burton Morris. For the young at heart, there's a collection of Peanuts Gang watchfaces. Let’s not forget the rotating-bezel design of the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S2 Classic as it offers easier navigation and faster access to widgets, apps, and notifications. Feel free to check out our hands-on feature on the Samsung Gear S2 Classic at the CES 2016 last month. SOURCE: Samsung

Xbox One owners spent over 1 billion hours gaming in January, PlayStation 4 still on top for sales

The Xbox One was behind Sony's PlayStation 4 in both hardware and software categories for the month of January, according to the NPD Group.










Optus net profits up despite mobile subscriber fall

Increase in mobile ARPU, NBN subscriber numbers.

UK parliamentary committee criticises encryption backdoor bill

'Snoopers' charter' faces resistance.

Vine update brings several most requested features

vineEven if you don’t use Vine yourself, you’ve probably noticed a lot of links being passed around on your social media of choice. Short-form video is a growing trend and apps like Vine will continue to gain traction, or so they say. The latest update for the video sharing app brings features and changes that they say are the most requested among their users, including the ability to watch videos in the order you want and editing your caption after you’ve posted. When you click on a Vine account, the usual way you can watch their videos is chronologically. But what if you wanted to see which one is the most popular in order to understand why that person is popular? Now you can choose from either Newest, Oldest, or Most Popular. Good luck though trying to get out of the bottomless pit of going through the videos of the really good accounts. For those who actually post Vines, have you ever experienced posting something and immediately realizing you made a mistake in your caption? Well you can now rest easy because you can actually edit your caption for a brief period after you’ve posted it already. Just tap the “…” and edit away. Vine didn’t indicate however how long that brief period is. It’s actually cool that they do listen to their users (although we have no way of knowing if they really are the most requested features) and that they actually implement these new features and changes. So if you have your Vine, update it to the latest version and enjoy these new things and more to come, or so they promise. tumblr_inline_o2ahxsriKX1r9ap0j_540 SOURCE: Vine

Herron Todd White’s bet on building from scratch

Going outside the box.

Skype for iPhone update brings video saving feature and Valentine’s Day hearts

Skype for iPhone has a new update to download. The latest version adds the ability to save received videos to your phone, and includes special heart emoji just in time for Valentine's day.

Here's the full skinny on what's new in Skype version 6.10 for the iPhone:

  • Easily open Microsoft Office documents, presentations and spreadsheets that have been shared in Skype.
  • Roses are red, Violets are blue, we've got brand new Valentines hearts … just for you.
  • Save a video you've received or video message you've recorded straight to your Photos.
  • General improvements.










GGV Capital Is Raising A Giant New Fund

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 4.19.58 PM GGV Capital, a 15-year-old, cross-border venture fund that invests in both U.S. and China-based companies, is raising a giant new fund, shows a new SEC filing that lists a target of $880 million dollars and states that the first sale has yet to occur. (Senior Editor Dan Primack of Fortune says the fund may ultimately exceed $1 billion.) Either figure would represent an enormous increase… Read More

Facer 2.0 app now freemium, brings better smartwatch customization

Facer 2.0 coverIf not special edition, customized watchfaces are becoming more popular these days as people demand for more personalized experiences. The industry is still young but a lot of manufacturers, developers, accessory makers, and even traditional watchmakers are working to provide better, more attractive, more reliable, and more affordable smartwatches. Most brands have companion apps where you can choose from a gallery of watchfaces or make a new one. Some special sets of Android Wear watchfaces are made available for download for the latest smartwatches. Aside from Google's Street Art app, DressWatch, and the Animated watch faces app, there's also the Facer 2.0 app ready to bring you more choices. The app developed by Little Labs used to have a $0.99 premium but with this relaunch, it's now free for everyone who have Android Wear devices. Facer 2.0 features a gallery of thousands of watchface designs. Premium designs are still available from brands likes Supapop, Garfield, American Dad, and Ghostbusters and other popular graphic designers. If you want to make your own watchface, you can create your own at www.facer.io. There you will find the Facer Creator--an online watchface editor that will allow you to easily make watchfaces with a simple drag and drop. More design tools are also offered for advanced designers who want to work on a bigger HD canvas and include time machine or widgets for a minimal fee.
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Qualcomm hopes a gradual approach to server market will work

The ARM server market is a dangerous place to be: Right now there's virtually no money to be made. Some ARM server chip makers have quit, while others hold on to the hope that the market will someday be viable. Qualcomm, which was late entering the market for server chips based on the ARM architecture, has been patient. The company doesn't want to prematurely release server chips only to see them fail to catch on, said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm, during a speech at the company's investor meeting on Thursday.

ARM licenses its chip architecture to chip makers, which then manufacture the processors and sell them to hardware manufacturers.

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For data-science skills, your team can now learn together

It's an opportunity-filled world for those with data-science skills; for everyone else, the question is mostly how to get them. That's where DataCamp comes in. Founded in late 2013, the online data-science school offers training for students and professionals alike, including those who want to make a career switch. More than a few of its customers are large companies and universities.

Data visualization, dynamic reporting, R programming and large data sets are all among the topics on DataCamp's curriculum. Courses don’t follow a traditional academic format, though; instead, DataCamp uses short video lessons and online programming challenges to teach the material, all of which is delivered through a browser. Rather than degrees, students earn badges and statements of completion for each course they finish.

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