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PSA: The iPhone Has A Secret ‘Extra Dim’ Mode

The iPhone’s brightness doesn’t go low enough. In the pitch dark, even the dimmest setting can be too bright. But you can make the iPhone’s dimmest setting even dimmer, thanks to a tip from redditor manawesome326. We’ll take you through it step by step.

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“Extremely Critical” OS X Keychain Vulnerability Steals Passwords Via SMS

Two security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OS X that could allow an attacker to steal passwords and other credentials in an almost invisible way. 

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Apple to Launch Public Beta Testing Programs for iOS 8.3 and iOS 9 [Updated]

Following up on the public beta program used for OS X Yosemite that allowed non-developers to try out and offer feedback on the operating system before its release, Apple will be launching similar programs for iOS 8.3 next month and iOS 9 later this year, reports 9to5Mac.

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Can you finally forget your password? Even your heartbeat could hold the key

THE password might be dying but it is a slow demise.

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Apple Addresses iOS ‘Backdoor’ Concerns by Outlining Legitimate Uses for Targeted Services [Updated]

Earlier this week, forensic expert Jonathan Zdziarski attracted attention for his disclosures of what appeared to be “backdoors” in iOS that could allow for covert data collection of users’ information from their devices. While Apple issued a statement denying that anything nefarious was involved, the company has now posted a new support document (via Cabel Sasser) offering a limited description of the three services highlighted in Zdziarski’s talk.

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Microsoft Programming Software Technology news

Hidden jokes in Microsoft’s code

Microsoft’s programmers may have been creating some of the biggest and most important software titles back in the 1980s, but that didn’t stop them from joking around inside the code.

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Google acquires password-killing startup SlickLogin

TRYING to remember all your online passwords can tie you up in a panicky, confused state.

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Now iOS users can control Google Glass remotely with MyGlass companion app (update)

For a while there, Google’s Glass was really only for the Android population since the eyewear required compatible devices running the MyGlass app for activation and the full suite of features.

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New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

“Steve Gibson has proposed a new standard method for website authentication. The SQRL system (pronounced ‘squirrel’) eliminates problems inherent in traditional login techniques. The website’s login presents a QR code containing the URL of its authentication service, plus a nonce. The user’s smartphone signs the login URL using a private key derived from its master secret and the URL’s domain name. The Smartphone sends the matching public key to identify the user, and the signature to authenticate it. It may be used alongside of traditional username/password to ease adoption.”

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Linux/Unix Software Technology news

Your car is about to go open source

Automakers are working to standardize on a Linux-based operating system for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems that would make it easier for cars to act more like smartphones.

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