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You probably heard by now about the nude celebrity photos circulating the internet, with the hacker allegedly responsible saying he got the photos from Apple’s iCloud.
You may be thinking, “I’m not a celebrity. No one would be interested in my naked or otherwise embarrassing photos.”
That could be true. But maybe not. One site where the hacker posted the celebrity photos is known as AnonIB, an anonymous porn-sharing forum where people upload all sorts of lewd photos of all sorts of people, not just celebrities.
Then there are “revenge porn” sites where people who have an ax to grind (like an “ex”) might post your naked pics, and you have to pay to get them removed.
Apple has denied that iCloud has been hacked, but hackers don’t have to actually break into Apple’s servers to get your photos. All they need is to crack your iCloud password.
When it comes to photos, iCloud is notoriously hard to use and you may not even know you’ve got pictures stored on it. If you go to Apple’s iCloud.com right now and log in, you won’t see them there. You’ll see mail, contacts, etc., but no photos.
So here are step-by-step directions on how to tell if your photos are on iCloud, how to delete photos, and then how to check to make sure they are really deleted.
First, check to see if your photos are being sent to iCloud. In iOS, click on Settings/iCloud. Scroll down to “Photos.” If it says “On” you have photos on iCloud.
The photos being shared are the ones in “My Photo Stream” in the Photos app.
To find your Photo Stream, open your Photos app. On the bottom, click on “Albums.”
You may actually have to click on “Albums” on the top of the next screen, too.
You should then see a screen that looks like this. Notice how there are fewer photos in my Camera Roll (155 photos) than in my Photo Stream (169)? I have deleted photos from my phone that are still available via iCloud.
If you have more than one photo you want to delete from iCloud, click on Select, then on all the photos you want to delete.
Be careful about which photos you delete. Getting rid of them from Photo Stream gets rid of them on your other devices, as well.
To check if the photos are really gone, fire up another Apple device and look at your Photo Stream in your Photos app.
On a Mac, this is trickier than it seems. Your iCloud photos are NOT in your Pictures folder in Finder. They are tucked away in the iPhoto app.
Open iPhoto and then look for the iCloud folder. Then click on My Photo Stream. The photos you deleted from your iPhone should be gone. Also check your other streams, just in case you accidentally shared them via iCloud to one of those streams.
If the photo is still there, or if you find other naked selfies you want gone, you can delete them from iCloud via iPhoto, too.
Click on the photo and then click on the delete button on your keyboard. Then confirm by clicking “Delete Photo.”
You might want to make sure it’s also gone from the iPhone or iPad. Look for the photo in Photos/Albums/Camera Roll.
If it’s not in iPhone’s Photo Streams or in your Mac’s iPhoto iCloud folder, you’ve successfully deleted it from iCloud.
According to reports, Apple is planning to hold an event on Tuesday 9 September at which it will launch the new iPhone 6.
In previous years the iPhone event has been held on Tuesday 10 September 2013, Wednesday 12 September 2012, although the iPhone 4S was announced on 4 October. Availability of these phones came in the month, around 20 or 21 September.
This contradicts earlier claims that the event would be held in mid September.
The 9 September date does seem to follow the pattern of previous years, so we wouldn’t be surprised if that isn’t the big day.
The event usually takes the form of a keynote presentation by Apple CEO Tim Cook and the rest of his team. We expect that Cook will reveal the latest figures relating to iPhone sales, a date for the launch of iOS 8 will be announced, you can expect to hear about iTunes Radio (which will be powered by Beats Music), and of course, Apple will unveil the iPhone 6, and possibly another iPhone rumoured to be even bigger. Both phones are thought to offer larger screens than currently.
We hope that Apple might also have some news about the iWatch, Apple TV, and other new products but it is unlikely that the company will want to take the focus from the iPhone 6.
You will be able to watch the live stream video of the event as well as keep up with what is happening on our live blog, which we will host here.
Apple’s newest version of its iPhone/iPad software, iOS 8, is packed with features to make business users and enterprise IT pros love it.
When enterprises buy a bunch of iPhones or iPads from Apple, these phones can be set up automatically with corporate apps, security policies, and so on. Previously, an IT professional would have to set up each device individually in an awkward, difficult way. ( Apple rolled this program out a couple of months ago.)
Passwords for more apps
With iOS 7, Apple added the ability for Mail and third-party apps to be locked with their own passwords. With iOS 8, Apple has extended this feature to include Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages.
Security for individual messages
Some companies use an encrypted security technology known as S/MIME. This allows you to virtually sign and encrypt a message, so the person who gets it knows it comes from you. iOS 8 will support S/MIME so users can individually sign and protect individual email messages.
VIP e-mail message threads
You can now mark an email string as “VIP” so when people respond to it, it shows up on your lock screen. Previously, you could only designate people as VIPs, so that all of their emails would show up on your lock screen.
Coworkers’ availability in Calendar
In Calendar, you can now see the availability of your coworkers when scheduling a meeting. You can also mark events as private. And you can email meeting attendees from Calendar.
Better support for cloud file storage
In addition to Apple’s own cloud file storage iCloud Drive, iOS 8 works better with cloud storage from other vendors, including Box and Microsoft’s OneDrive.
You can also transfer documents from an iPhone to a Mac without an internet connection using AirDrop. With a new feature called Hand-Off, used with iCloud Drive, you start a document on an iPhone or iPad and finish it on a Mac.
Adding and removing books and PDFs
Apple lets IT pros send books and PDFs to employees’ devices. They can automatically remove them, too.
More control over apps by the IT department
IT departments can set up rules for which apps are allowed to open in the browser, which ones can access iCloud Drive, and so on. With iOS 8, Apple will make such controls available to third-party app developers, too, it says.
An easier way to show presentations
iOS 8 lets you wirelessly connect an iPad or iPhone to an Apple TV without a network connection. For companies that use Apple TV in conference rooms, this will allow an iOS device to show a presentation without signing onto the the internet or the corporate network.
Dots, the game that hit 1 million downloads last year within a week of launching, now has a sequel.
Unlike the original, TwoDots takes you on an adventure with two main characters, Amelia and Jacques. It’s up to you to help them navigate through 85 levels.
The first version of Dots had just one level that you’d play over and over again in order to beat your high score. The goal was to connect as many dots within a minute and try to beat your high score.
Upon playing the game for the first time, it feels a bit like Candy Crush Saga in that you have to complete a certain number of objectives in a set number of moves.
“One of my biggest hopes for TwoDots is that it teaches players how to improve over the course of the game,” TwoDots lead designer David Hohusen told Business Insider via email . “Like Dots, TwoDots rewards skill and thinking ahead.”
Earlier this month, Dots partnered with ecommerce company Alibaba to launch its game on Alibaba’s mobile gaming platform.
You can download the free app here. TwoDots will be available for Android later this year.
Secure Shell (SSH) keys are used on modern networks for computers to identify each other, and to grant secure access from one computer on a network to another. The basic was SSH runs is with keys, you create SSH keys in Mac OS X using the ssh-keygen command in Terminal.
This feature looks at how to generate an SSH key pair in Terminal.
What is an SSH key?
Secure Shell (SSH) keys serve as a means of identification to an SSH server. It works by means of a key pair (two keys). These replace or augment passwords and other traditional means of identification. It is commonly used by services such asand Github as a means of identification.
SSH keys are generated in pairs: one private, and one public. The private key is kept on your computer; the other public key is placed in a remote location. Secure Shell (SSH) communication is only possible with both keys in place. Anybody attempting to intercept the communication cannot intercept the SSH key because it is not transmitted, unlike a password which has to be sent back and forth for identification.
SSH keys are not ideal for everybody. They tend to be a quite complex technology and are typically used by developers, and other high-end users. Typical in sevices like Drupal.org or Github. If you’re asking how to create an SSH key then you probably already know what you’re going to do with it, so this how-to will focus on how to generate the SSH key in Mac OS X.
How to SSH keys work in Mac OS X
SSH keys are generated using the Terminal application (located in /Applications/Utilities/). Terminal enables you to enter Unix commands directly into Mac OS X.
SSH keys are placed in the ‘.ssh’ folder inside your Home folder (it is a hidden folder, signified by the ‘.’ before it. This folder will not exist in your Home folder until you start generating SSH keys.
Inside this folder will be placed two files:
- ‘id_rsa’. This is the private SSH key. You do not share this with anybody
- ‘ ’ this is the matching public key. This is the public key (hence the ‘.pub’ on the end you share with other people so they can access your computer on the network.
You will need to come up with a passphrase (password) when generating your SSH keys. The passphrase should be a reasonably strong password with a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. You can also add your FTP login. In order to view files you need the public SSH key, and the FTP login and password.
How to generate an SSH key in Mac OS X
Here is how to go about generating your SSH key pair in Mac OS X
- Open the terminal App and enter the text below (replace yourname@yourdomain with your FTP login details):
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C “yourname@ “
- You now choose the location for the will say “Enter file in which to save the key (/Users/Lou/.ssh/id_rsa)”. If you’re happy with the default location (~/.ssh/) just tap Return.
- It will now say “Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):”. Enter your passphrase and press Return. You are asked to re-enter the password to confirm you typed it correctly.
- Terminal will now say “Your identification has been saved in /Users/Lou/.ssh/id_rsa” and “Your public key has been saved in /Users/Lou/.ssh/ .”
You can find both of these files using Terminal. You will also get a key Fingerprint and Randomart file. The Fingerprint matches the public key and can be used in some situations for authentication, and the Randomart file is designed to match the Fingerprint but be easier to visually identify that it is the right key.
You can view the two files by typing in the following:
How do I copy the SSH public key into Mac OS X clipboard
You can copy the SSH public key into the Mac OS X clipboard. This enables you o paste it into yourprofile, Github and other places where it is required for identification.
pbcopy < ~/.ssh/
This copies the entire key into the clipboard. You can open TextEdit and choose Edit > Paste to take a look at it if you want. In case you want to stick inside Terminal you can also use the paste command to paste the public key into a file in Terminal:
pbpaste > ~/
Do you like to watch Vimeo content while on the go? The new Vimeo app for iOS should make it even easier to do so with streamlined menus and a new lightweight design. Here’s what’s new in Vimeo 4.1 for iOS:
- Homescreen: Now access your videos, Watch Later list, feed and videos you’ve liked immediately when you open the app
- Video information: Just tap a video to see its description and metadata or to like, share and add comments
- New profiles: Vimeo profiles are now personalized and offer access to users’ likes, followers and who they follow
- Quick actions: Swipe left or right over a video in your feed to reveal quick actions for sharing or liking
- Edit video information: Edit your video information more easily inside the app
- Speed: Video playback is now faster
- Scrolling navigation: Now scroll down continuously to cycle back through profiles and videos you’ve viewed
iOS isn’t the only platform where Vimeo’s now faster. In January Vimeo released its new HTML5 player, which loads videos twice as fast as Vimeo’s previous player and starts video playback in half the former time. In March Vimeo redesigned its Vimeo On Demand service, launching a marketing program to help talented filmmakers promote their work.
The new Vimeo app is currently only available for iOS, though staff member Tommy Penner says the team has “plans for Android in the pipeline.”
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