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Thu, Nov 5, 2015The Enterprise-Sphere Edition

XcodeGhost iOS Malware Leaves China, Strikes US Enterprises, by Charlie Osborne, ZDNet

Cyberforensics firm FireEye has monitored the threat posed by XcodeGhost and says the malware has now left the confines of the Chinese market in order to enter into the US enterprise sphere. After monitoring the malware for four weeks, the company says 210 enterprises have been recorded with XcodeGhost-infected apps running inside their networks -- generating over 28,000 attempts to connect to the malware's command-and-control (C&C) servers.


Apple TV Updated With A New Categories Section, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Apple TV’s App Store now has a Categories section, a feature which was missing at launch alongside Top Charts. [...] However, while Categories have now been rolled out to Apple TV, they’re not very extensive. Currently, only “Games” and “Entertainment” are showing.

Browsecurely Brings Safari View Controller Anywhere With An Action Extension, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Browsecurely offers a way out from those web views: as long as you can share a webpage's URL with native extensions, you'll be able to open the selected webpage with Safari View Controller using the Browsecurely action extension.

Evernote Adds Sketching, iPad Multitasking, And iPad Pro Support, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Google Maps On iOS Will Now Give Spoken Traffic Alerts As You Drive, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

iResizer For Mac OS X Makes It A Breeze To Resize Images, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today


Siri’s Initial Eight-Country Limitation On New Apple TV Due To Pronunciation Training, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Specifically, examples for film titles like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and the actor Matthew McConaughey were given as the most different from the way Americans tend to say them. Since the new Apple TV is fueled by an extensive Siri voice search functionality, Apple feared that releasing the feature to a more global audience, who may run into problems and become frustrated, would dilute its overall appeal.

Apple's Eddie Cue: We're Serious About Business Tech Too, by Jonathan Vanian, Fortune

Apple wants the world to know that it’s a serious business technology company. On Wednesday, it tried to underscore that message by trotting out yet another top executive at a business software conference.

My 2.5 Star Trip To Amazon's Bizarre New Bookstore, by Dustin Kurtz, The New Republic

Amazon Books—like the surrounding mall—feels like it's predicated on anxiety. Its very existence may be meant as an answer to anxieties within the company about a persistent inability to overcome the question of ‘discovery,’ both for Amazon Publishing titles and in general—the company remains dependent on consumers finding products they’re interested elsewhere and then buying them, presumably at a discount, from But other anxieties dictated what the store was allowed to become. The store is aggressively inoffensive. It is nice only insofar as it is bland and has good lighting and they let a customer take his pretty chill dog in. The store is the physical incarnation of a monolithic business of immense wealth that is changing the face of literature itself, but from within it is all very boring, very safe, in an upscale grey palette kind of way.

Why Your Phone Battery Is Rubbish, by Chitra Ramaswamy, The Guardian

“You might as well ask the iPhone user why they have to eat food three times a day,” Grey laughs. “It is inherent to any device that it uses a lot of energy. Most of us are charging our phones 365 times a year. That’s asking a chemical reaction to be perfect up to 1,000 times in a row. How many things in life go back and forth 1,000 times without deteriorating?”


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