How to keep your iCloud account safer with 2-step verification

If you make something private, obviously you want it to stay that way. But with hackers trying to get at your data, you need to be prepared. Following the recent iCloud hacking that leaked tons of private celebrity photos, there’s a renewed focus on security.

In today’s video, we show you how to enable two-step verification on all your Apple devices so you’ll have a better chance of keeping everything that’s near and dear to you private and secure.

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Widespread App Store outage keeps apps from downloading

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It’s been a hard few days for iCloud. Now the App Store is suffering a serious outage that’s keeping apps from downloading and updating.

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The world’s largest carrier is already taking preorders for the iPhone 6

China Telecom, a competitor to China Mobile, has also teased the iPhone 6 ahead of its unveiling.

China Telecom, a competitor to China Mobile, has also teased the iPhone 6 ahead of its unveiling.

Apple hasn’t announced the iPhone 6 yet, but that isn’t stopping the world’s largest carrier from opening up preorders.

In Beijing, China Mobile has begun accepting preorders for the unreleased smartphone in both 4.7 and 5.5-inch sizes.

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Cultured Code’s iOS 8 extension proves Things isn’t dead

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Like a favorite ’90s song, Cultured Code’s Things is a to-do app that many remember fondly, even though they can’t deny its outdatedness.

Once an app worthy of an Apple Design Award, Things has languished in its pre-iOS 7 state for far too long. The good news is that development of Things isn’t dead, as Cultured Code has shown with a preview of its awesome iOS 8 extension.

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Apple looks to partner with Nordstrom on new mobile payments platform

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The iPhone 6 is gearing up to replace your wallet and as part of the initiative to get its upcoming mobile payments system off to a head start, Apple is reportedly in talks with Nordstrom regarding a potential payments partnership.

Nordstrom department stores could be one of Apple’s first merchant partners for the new payments platform it will reveal next week, reports BankInnovation, stating the luxury retailer is making upgrades to its mobile point-of-sale terminals as park of a deal with Apple.

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Meet the police forensic tool pervs used to steal celebrity iCloud nude photos

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Blame for the flood of celebrity nude photos that hit the Internet has been rotating from the pervy hackers that ripped the pics, to Apple, to the creator of iBrute, but while the FBI and Apple continue to investigate the source of the leak, there’s one tool that has gone unmentioned: the police forensic tool that made it all possible.

One of the key elements behind the iCloud nudes leak is a piece of software created by Elcomsoft that allows attackers to impersonate a target’s iPhone and download its entire iCloud backup, and you don’t even have to be a cop to get it.

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Radiohead’s trippy app delivers unexpected new tunes

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Screen grab from iPhone: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

UK-based rock band Radiohead just updated their Polyfauna app, originally released at the end of this past January, with all new audio and visual content.

The What’s New section of the iTunes description says, simply, “Entirely new.”

If you’re a fan of the ambient tech-inspired music of Radiohead’s seminal Kid A album, you’re going to love these new tracks. Here’s a video (below) to whet your appetite.

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OS X Yosemite looks better than ever in beta 7

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Today Apple released the seventh update to its developer build of OS X Yosemite. With the public release of Yosemite expected to arrive around October, Apple is polishing some of the finer details to get the OS ready for prime time.

Like always, we’ve collected today’s changes in Yosemite.

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Reddit or not, here comes the official Ask Me Anything app

Reddit's official AMA finally brings its hugely popular Ask Me Anything threads to iOS. (Picture: Reddit)

Reddit’s official AMA finally brings its hugely popular Ask Me Anything threads to iOS. (Picture: Reddit)

Reddit AMAs (Ask Me Anythings) are everywhere, attracting even the likes of President Obama (who answered his questions on a MacBook) to respond to questions fielded by users from around the globe.

Up until now there have been some pretty great apps for viewing Reddit AMAs, such as Interviewly, which takes AMA threads and polishes them to look more like a Sunday newspaper feature than an online forum. However, to date there has been no official AMA app available on iOS.

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Netflix adds option to recommend shows to your Facebook friends

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Trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix can take nearly as long as actually watching the show you finally pick, but a new update to Netflix could make your selection process a little quicker with recommendations from your friends.

Starting today, Netflix users on iOS, PS3, and Xbox will be able to suggest TV shows to friends directly from Netflix via a Facebook message.

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