By continuing to use the site or forum, you agree to the use of cookies, find out more by reading our GDPR policy

Just after announcing iOS 12 at WWDC 2018, Apple is announcing a whole bunch of updates for its macOS platform with macOS Mojave. First of all, and most obviously Apple is finally implementing a dark mode on in this release. Mac users will now be able to make use of a feature Windows 10 users have enjoyed for nearly two years now, and swap their blinding white UI for a dark one. It isn’t simply the system elements like the dock and window chrome that are going dark, Apple’s native apps now plug into the dark theme as well as apps which are built with the latest MacOS APIs in mind. Unlike Windows, it seems users of Apple software will see the dark theme more widespread than Windows apps are. Apple is also implementing a new feature called stacks on the desktop. Stacks is an easy way to collate files of the same file type you have scattered around on your desktop. Should you have PDFs all over your desktop, Apple will collect all these into a  neat and organized PDF stack.  While many power users tend to have their desktops neatly organized, some users treat their desktop as a virtual dumping ground. Stacks helps bring some easy sanity for those users who can’t be bothered to be organized but would benefit regardless. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Apple today announced iOS 12, the first major update for its iPhones, iPads, and iPods this ear. iOS 12 was rumored to be an update focused on refinement, and so far, Apple hasn’t made any big changes to the interface but has made several small changes to how things work in iOS. With iOS 13, your phone will get faster. Apple says that software will focus on optimizing performance. The firm is “doubling down on performance”, apps will launch 40percent faster, the camera will open 70 percent faster and so on. This update isn’t slowing down your iPhone, should Apple’s framing prove accurate. It’ll speed it up and improve the experience for the better, Not that Apple needs much help there, 95% of users are satisfied with iOS 11 at the moment according to Apple’s metrics. This optimization extends beyond basic performance. Take Augmented Reality, Apple isn’t overhauling its AR system or anything, the firm is simply refining how it works in the release. There’ll be improved face tracking, more realistic experiencing, and persistent experiences among others.For more visit OUR FORUM.

A vulnerability exists in the Windows operating system's JScript component that can allow an attacker to execute malicious code on a user's computer. Responsible for discovering this bug is Dmitri Kaslov of Telspace Systems, who passed it along to Trend Micro's Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI), a project that intermediates the vulnerability disclosure process between independent researchers and larger companies. ZDI experts reported the issue to Microsoft back in January, but Microsoft has yet to release a patch for this vulnerability. Yesterday, ZDI published a summary containing light technical details about the bug. JScript bug leads to RCE
According to this summary, the vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute malicious code on users' PCs. Because the vulnerability affects the JScript component (Microsoft custom implementation of JavaScript), the only condition is that the attacker must trick the user into accessing a malicious web page, or download and open a malicious JS file on the system (typically executed via the Windows Script Host —wscript.exe).... read more on our Forum

Apple has released security updates this week for seven products —macOS, iOS, watchOS, iTunes for Windows, tvOS, iCloud for Windows, and Safari. Out of all the vulnerabilities patched this week, two stands out, mainly because they affect the kernels of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS alike. Two vulnerabilities stand out. The vulnerabilities are CVE-2018-4241 and CVE-2018-4243, both discovered by Google security engineer Ian Beer. Neither Beer nor Apple has released expansive details about these two bugs. Both issues are buffer overflows in the kernel code that can lead to an attacker executing malicious code within the context of the kernel, giving him full access to a device. But these are all the details currently available. In fact, Apple is currently still hiding the changelog of the iOS, watchOS, and tvOS security patches in an attempt to allow users to update without giving attackers a clue to what's hiding inside. Patches with links are posted on OUR FORUM.

An Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability that came to light last month has now been incorporated in the RIG exploit kit, a web-based toolkit that malware authors use to infect a site's visitors with malware. The vulnerability in question is CVE-2018-8174. This vulnerability affects VBScript, the Visual Basic scripting engine that's included with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. On April 20, Bleeping Computer learned from a Chinese security researcher that a cyber-espionage group was using this vulnerability to infect users via Internet Explorer, as part of a series of attacks conducted by what later proved to be a North Korean state-sponsored hacking group. Security researchers from Qihoo 360, who first spotted these attacks, reported the vulnerability to Microsoft, and the company patched the bug in the May 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates, released on May 8. More details can be found on OUR FORUM.

The prognosticators at analyst company the IDC do not currently see a bright future for traditional PCs and notebooks. In their Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, they predict the PC market will decline 1.8% over the next 4 years, from 408.3 million units in 2018 to 386.2 million devices in 2022. The one bright spark, however, is the detachable market, which they expect to grow 9.8% over the same period, from 23.9 million devices in 2018 to 35.0 million devices in 2022. “Overall the challenges for traditional PCs and tablets remain the same as in past years,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. “However, we continue to see pockets of opportunity and growth when you peel back the onion. With notebook PC's, it’s clear that marketing and development resources are being poured into premium/gaming, convertibles, and thin and light devices. All OEMs, some of which are new to space, seem to be laser-focused on these areas. Detachable tablets are another area that has seen growth, however, it currently feels like the trends around notebook growth opportunities have overshadowed detachable developments.” Learn more at OUR FORUM.