Apple’s impenetrable security chip is penetrated by hacker

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Touch ID
But don't freak out just yet!
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Apple’s supposedly impenetrable security chip found inside iOS devices has been penetrated.

A hacker has released what is claimed to be a decryption key for the Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) that handles things like Touch ID and password verification. But we shouldn’t worry about the security of our Apple devices being compromised… yet.

They’re leakin’ it! McDonald’s uses iPhone 8 render in latest ad

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Would you like an iPhone 8 with that?
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What’s the best way to generate interest in your latest ad campaign? Include pictures of the next iPhone before it’s even announced, of course!

That’s exactly what McDonald’s has done, using an unofficial iPhone 8 render created by Benjamin Geskin, for a campaign to promote its new mobile ordering app down in Australia.

Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition gets three new characters this week

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Coming soon to an iPhone near you.
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How to send audio from one iOS app to another with Audiobus

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Audiobus is like a set of virtual patch cables for musical apps.
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If you want to make music on iPhone or iPad, you can choose from an embarrassment of fantastic iOS apps. You’ll also find plenty of music effects and recording apps on the platform.

The problem is using two types of apps together, because iOS isn’t nearly as flexible as macOS when it comes to digging into the system. But with a $10 app called Audiobus 3, you can route audio between apps. That means you can send music from, say, a drum machine to an audio recorder, or from your guitar to a sampler.

Further, you can route audio from many apps at a time, letting you create as complex or simple a setup as you like. If you think of Audiobus as a set of virtual patch cables for your iPhone or iPad, you’re on the right track.

Ristar, Twitch, and other awesome apps of the week

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Awesome Apps
'Appy weekend everyone!
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Why Ulysses subscription pricing is good for the App Store [Opinion]

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Not all apps should use subscriptions, but for some, it’s the best choice.
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Classic Sega platformer Ristar is reborn on iOS

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Do you remember this stretchy-armed guy?
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What better way to close out the week than by reliving the glory days of 1995 with Ristar, a newly released iOS port of the classic Sega Genesis game?

Released as part of the retro Sega Forever collection, the free-to-download game is a classic side-scrolling platformer in the Sonic the Hedgehog mold — only with less focus on speed, and more on utilizing the hero’s stretchy arms in a variety of ways.