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Mac App Store gets a visual makeover for Yosemite

Spot the difference! The Mac App Store has received the OS X Yosemite treatment. Photo: Cult of Mac

Spot the difference! The Mac App Store has received the OS X Yosemite treatment. Photo: Cult of Mac

The public release of OS X Yosemite rolled out three weeks ago, and since then Apple has been gradually bringing all of its own services in line with the look and feel of its new operating system.

Having previously tweaked the iTunes Store and its iWork suite, Apple is now updating the Mac App Store, adding the thinner fonts, simple white backdrop and gray separators synonymous with Yosemite.

As of now, only some tabs feature the newer design, while not everyone is seeing the redesign. Some users have reported not seeing it at all, others are seeing it intermittently, and yet others permanently. You can launch the Mac App Store from Yosemite to see if you currently reflect the update.

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First malware targeted at non-jailbroken iPhones spreads in China


WireLurker is “the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.” Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

(Updated with Apple statement below.)

A new class of malware targeted at OS X and iOS is spreading like wildfire in China, according to new research by Palo Alto Networks. Dubbed WireLurker, the trojan hides itself in apps distributed through a third-party Chinese app store for OS X and side-loads itself onto iOS devices via USB.

What sets WireLurker apart from other malware is that it is capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices, and it heralds “a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms.”

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CurrentC threatens to punish stores for adopting Apple Pay

Apple Pay's biggest competitor has already been hacked. Photo: MXC

Apple Pay’s biggest competitor has already been hacked. Photo: MXC

MXC has been in full damage control mode ever since its partners began blocking Apple Pay at stores, and while the consortium behind CurrentC claims there aren’t any fees for supporting Apple Pay, its partners should think twice before defecting.

In an interview with The Verge, MXC CEO Dekkers Davidson revealed what happens to stores that ignore the Apple Pay ban, stating merchants have to ultimately make the best decision for their businesses, but there are consequences for breaking ranks.

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Protect your MacBook charging cord from fraying


The MeezyCube is a protective case for your MacBook power charger that prevents dreaded cord fraying. Photo: MeezyCube

Chances are you protect your iPhone with a case. Probably your MacBook too. But what about your MagSafe power adapter?

It’s safe to say that the little white power brick that comes with Apple laptops isn’t the best design. In fact, it’s badly flawed — the cables are subject to fraying. It’s been a problem for a long time: Apple has settled lawsuits, posted long support documents and currently offers a free replacement program.

What to do? Leon Spencer, an inventor from Atlanta, Georgia, has the answer. Put your power adapter in a special protective case.

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11 awesome reasons not to throw out that old Mac

CNN caught using Microsoft Surface as iPad kickstand


CNN commentators found a new use for the Surface. Photo: @AdamUCF

Microsoft proudly announced last month that it would be paying CNN to use its Surface tablets for the historic Mid-Term 2014 coverage, but when it came time to actually use Microsoft’s tablet last night, CNN political commentators discovered an incredible new Surface feature: it doubles as an iPad kickstand.

CNN’s talking heads tried to hide their iPad Airs and minis behind a barricade of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets, but it didn’t take long for some observant viewers to notice their preferred tablets are made by Apple.

Check out this guy working on his iPad mini behind the scenes:

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38 years later, Woz still thinks about ways to improve the Apple II

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak stands beside an Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

With today’s tech devices becoming obsolete so quickly, it’s easy to think older models are forgotten by their creators the moment a follow-up rolls off the factory floor.

While this may be true in some instances, it’s apparently not the case for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In a recent email exchange with a vintage computer expert, Woz revealed that almost 40 years after the Apple II shipped he still agonizes about ways it could have been improved.

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Bendgate redux: Grassroots site posts pictures of 300 bent iPhones

Hundreds of bent iPhones. Photo: One of the Nine

Hundreds of bent iPhones. Photo: One of the Nine

Bendgate is back. A new website is spotlighting the malleability of Apple’s new super-slim smartphone by posting hundreds of pictures of bent iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units.

More than 350 images of deformed Apple phones have been posted by grassroots site One of the Nine, and the submissions keep on coming despite Apple’s claim that a bend in the iPhone 6 is “extremely rare” with normal use.

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CurrentC’s Apple Pay ban to expire in ‘months, not years’

Apple Pay's biggest competitor has already been hacked. Photo: MXC

Photo: MXC

The seemingly never-ending saga of Apple vs. CurrentC may come to an end sooner than expected. When CVS and Rite Aid turned off NFC support to block Apple Pay, it became clear that were backing CurrentC, a rival mobile wallet service coming in 2015.

Despite repeatedly denying any sort of enforced Apple Pay ban, MCX, the consortium behind CurrentC, is holding its merchant partners to an exclusivity agreement. The good news is that the agreement is set to expire in less than a year.

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Your keyboard is about to get 755 new racially diverse emojis

Emoji are about to get more racially diverse. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Emoji are about to get more racially diverse. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Racial diversity has been a problem for emoji for years now, but the Unicode Consortium has finally proposed a new solution that will add more than 755 new character options to the little pictograms that have quickly replaced all our words.

Five new skin tones will added to the mostly white faces of the emoji character set, according to a draft for Unicode Version 8.0 that will hopefully get adopted pretty quickly to get, after Apple and others began to push for characters that reflect the diversity of its users.

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