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Retroactive app lets you run Aperture, iTunes in macOS Catalina

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It's OK to update to macOS Catalina. Retroactive will modify Aperture, iTunes and iPhones with the new OS.
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Apple told us it was time to move on when it killed two of its most popular apps, Aperture for photographers and iTunes, a music storage system that launched many DJ careers.

But an open-source app, aptly named Retroactive, brings new life to those beloved programs so that they can run in macOS Catalina.

Apple confirms massive iOS leak but says it’s not so bad

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This leak is bad news for iPhone users.
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Apple confirmed this morning that the leaked iOS source code that hit the web yesterday is indeed authentic.

The iPhone-maker ordered GitHub to pull the iBoot source code from its servers. Security researchers remain worried that the leak could help hackers compromise iPhones and iPads, but Apple says there’s nothing to worry about.

Massive online leak reveals iPhone’s deepest secrets

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"The biggest leak in history."
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Source code for a core component of the iPhone’s software has appeared online in what is described as “the biggest leak in history.”

iBoot, a part of iOS that ensures the device is booting a trusted operating system, was posted to GitHub anonymously. The code could be used by hackers to find vulnerabilities in Apple’s software. The company has already filed a copyright take-down request to have it removed.

Apple gets new dev tools with Buddybuild acquisition

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Apple is adding another big tool for developers to its arsenal thanks to the acquisition of Vancouver-based startup Buddybuild.

The small 40-person company created a mobile iteration platform that allows devs to streamline their workflow and push app updates out through GitHub, GitLab and the like. Now Apple plans to take those tools and integrate them natively into Xcode.

OSX.Bella trojan discovered installing backdoors into Macs

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It might be time to update your passwords again.
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Security researchers have discovered a nasty bit of Mac malware similar to OSX.Dok trojan, which can bypass Apple’s GateKeeper feature.

The new bug, dubbed OSX.Bella, behaves and distributes itself in a completely different manner than OSX.Dok. But once installed, it executes a script that’s just as damaging.

Pick your price for this premium bundle of coding classes [Deals]

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Name your price to get a comprehensive education in coding.
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As time goes on, coding becomes an ever more essential part of our world. Whether it’s apps, online platforms, video games or any of countless other growing digital industries, coding is one of the most lucrative and secure skills you can learn.

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How indie devs at Smile won 100,000 happy customers

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Smile CEO Greg Scown leads the team that created popular Mac apps TextExpander and PDFpen.
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Smile, the indie development team behind super-popular productivity apps TextExpander and PDFpen, cut its teeth writing software for technology that barely exists anymore. But thanks to a user-focused attitude and a wholehearted embrace of the third-party tools that power modern offices, the company has been able to keep ahead of the curve as technology changes.

Pull my finger: Some joker made a fart app for MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar

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Touch Bar apps might get weird.
Touch Bar apps might get weird.
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Apple’s magical new MacBook Pro hasn’t even shipped yet, but that hasn’t stopped one developer from creating the first Touch Bar fart app.

iOS developer Hung Truong churned out his new app, TouchFart, just hours after Apple released a new build of Xcode needed to make apps that support the new Touch Bar. Even though he hasn’t gotten to test it in a real-world scenario, you can watch TouchFart in action in a simulator.

App developers: Sharpen your skills with 90% off coding courses [Deals]

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Whether you're a seasoned app developer or still learning, this course in Swift and iOS 9 is for you.
Whether you're a seasoned app developer or still learning, this course in Swift and iOS 9 is for you.
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If you’re working toward app-making mastery, you need to stay on top of the key languages and frameworks for iOS. For first-time coders and seasoned developers alike, we’ve got three kick-ass courses offering hands-on experience with Xcode, Swift and Objective-C, plus other fundamentals that will hone your chops and up your marketability.

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April Zero and the quest to become the world’s most transparent human

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San Francisco designer Anand Sharma shares endless private details about his life on his April Zero website. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Anand Sharma has eaten 17 burritos in the last 141 days. An avid runner and rock climber, the San Francisco-based designer has visited parks seven times this month. He weighed 153.9 pounds and was at 18.4% bodyfat after his 5.5-mile run yesterday. He burned 688 calories during that run.

He gets around a lot, too: On July 15, he flew from Hong Kong to Changi, Singapore. Then he grabbed a bite at the Kampong Glam Cafe. He also spent 94 minutes in a car and 70 minutes on the Lomprayah high-speed ferry that day. During his long day of travel, his heart rate hit a high of 94 and a low of 66 (averaging a slightly higher than usual 79). He didn’t share any photos on Instagram, but he pushed 25 commits to code-sharing site Github.

Sharma, who was 24.382007813 years old as of this writing, is already the most transparent human being on Earth, and he’s just getting started. Fully embracing the data-hungry demands of the quantified-self movement as well as the constant spotlight of social media, he routinely shares every little detail about his life, from his travels and meals to his vital signs and work, on the slickly designed April Zero website he launched last month. Now he wants to invite you to his way of life. He’s working on a new app that will make it easy for anyone to have their own version of April Zero.

Cult of Mac talked with Sharma about April Zero, the benefits of living in public, and the possibilities of Apple’s long-rumored health-centric wearable.

Get Tower: The Best Git Client For Mac #BlackFriday [Deals]

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Version control with Git has become an essential tool for every developer & designer. Top projects like jQuery, Ruby on Rails, and the Linux Kernel have been using Git for years, so it’s time you unlocked its full potential. And Cult of Mac Deals is here to help with our latest promotion.

Tower makes learning and using Git easier and more efficient than ever. It’s a powerful Git client for OS X with an elegant interface and a full-fledged feature set. Work with confidence knowing you can perform complex tasks via drag and drop and quickly undo mistakes. Plus, it makes advanced users more productive with features like single line staging, submodule support, and file history browsing. Right now you can get Tower for just $29.50 – a savings of 50% – during this Cult of Mac Deals limited time offer.

WavTap Grabs Sound Clips As Easily As Snapping Screenshots

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WavTap records sound with a keyboard shortcut.

 

 

Snapping a screenshot on your Apple device is dead easy: home-plus-sleep-button for iOS, and Command-Shift-4 (or others) for the Mac. But what about snapping a sound-shot, i.e. grabbing a snippet of your system audio?

Well, you could fire up Quicktime and start dickering around with that. Or you could install WavTap and then hit Command-Control-Space.

 

Try Firefox OS, Mozilla’s iOS Competitor, Now On Your Mac

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Looks like a bad iPhone theme, doesn't it?
Looks like a bad iPhone theme, doesn't it?

Mozilla is working on a new smartphone operating system called Firefox OS that hopes to compete with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The project was first announced back in 2011, and earlier this month, it was reported that Mozilla had made TCL Corporation its hardware partner.

It’s still early days for Firefox OS, but if you’d like to see what Mozilla has in store, you can now run the platform on your Mac using a Boot2Gecko (B2G) “nightly” build.

FlashBackChecker Is The Quickest And Easiest Way To See If Your Mac’s Infected By Flashback Trojan

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Forget confusing Terminal commands; Flashback Checker is the quickest and easiest way to detect the Flashback trojan.
Forget confusing Terminal commands; Flashback Checker is the quickest and easiest way to detect the Flashback trojan.

The infamous Flashback trojan has now infected more than 600,000 Macs worldwide. Apple has issues two Java updates in an effort to patch the vulnerability in Mac OS X, but unfortunately for some, it was just too late.

We’ve already published instructions on how to see if you’re Mac’s infected by using Terminal commands, but there is an easier way. FlashbackChecker is a simple piece of software that will quickly tell you whether or not your Mac is infected.

Siri Hacked To Accept Custom Commands

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Siri’s a smart little moppet, but she can’t do everything for you. You can’t ask her to find you a picture of a dog from Google Images, or see if the guy you have a blind date with that night is a registered sex offender, or really do anything that Siri and Wolfram Alpha aren’t already programmed to do.

The good news is that Siri hacker chpwn has teamed up with GitHub hacker Aman Gupta to figure out how to add custom Siri commands. The bad news is it’s quite complicated, and there’s no way to do it right now for yourself.