Silicon Valley FBI boss says the bureau loves Apple

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Apple and the FBI are on the same team sometimes.
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Apple’s relationship with the FBI isn’t nearly as contentious as some government officials and critics would have you believe.

That’s according to the FBI’s San Francisco chief, John Bennett, who says his office and Apple actually enjoy a great relationship. In fact, Apple actually trains FBI agents on how to do their jobs better.

Fifth macOS 10.13.3 beta lands for developers

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There's a new beta out for Macs.
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Apple seeded a new beta build to developers today with the release of macOS 10.13.3 beta 5.

The new beta comes a week after Apple dropped the fourth beta build on developers, bringing with it a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements.

Man used Mac malware to make child porn, feds say

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Your FaceTime camera could be spying on you.
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Mac malware was the secret key behind an Ohio man’s 13-year spree of creating child pornography, according to inditement filed by the US Department of Justice.

By using the Mac malware known as Fruitfly, 28-year-old Phillip Durachinsky allegedly produced child pornography after tapping into his victim’s webcams and other personal information completely without them knowing.

Apple shows iPhone X camera in a new light

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The iPhone X camera's Portrait Lighting will blow you away.
The iPhone X camera will blow you away.
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The iPhone X’s advanced camera gets some prime time in the spotlight in Apple’s latest ad.

Apple dropped the fun new spot, which highlights the next-gen photographic features of the $1,000 iPhone, this afternoon. While Portrait Mode loomed large in 2017’s marketing, Apple apparently wants to make Portrait Lighting the next big thing this year.

Stealthy OSX/MaMi malware discovered targeting Macs

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Your antivirus won't save you from OSX/MaMi.
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The first nasty bit of undetectable malware of 2018 has been unearthed after it was found targeting Macs this week.

Security researchers revealed info about the new OSX/MaMi malware which is a lot like the popular DNSChanger malware from 2012 that infected millions of machines.

iPhone X makes stunning motion capture dirt-cheap

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Face ID can be used for more than just unlocking your iPhone X.
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The iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system could soon make capturing Hollywood-quality motion capture as easy as snapping a selfie.

In a demo showing you don’t need millions of dollars in studio equipment, Big Screen VR founder Darshan Shankar tweeted a demo of some motion capture work that is being done using nothing more than an iPhone X and commodity body trackers.

Check it out:

Apple surprises devs with fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta

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Apple just released a new iOS beta.
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It took Apple nearly no time to go from beta 4 to beta 5 on the latest update for iOS 11 that’s currently in development.

Developers were surprised to receive iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 this morning, just two days after Apple released the last beta build full of bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPhone and iPad.

Libratone’s hot new earbuds pack noise cancellation

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The TRACK+ earbuds pack premium audio.
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CES 2018 bug The company behind some of the best AirPlay speakers on the market is ready to give Apple’s AirPods a new challenger.

Libratone revealed its new set of wireless earbuds at CES 2018. And while the Track+ earbuds pack as much good design as the AirPods, they come with a feature Apple’s own wireless headphones can’t match: noise cancellation.