How to speed up your iPhone if the Spectre patch slows it down

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Ghosts are a bit like spectres.
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Spectre is the worst kind of security flaw. Not only do the partial fixes not even protect against attacks, but they also slow down your iPhone, or other device. But things aren’t quite as bad as they seem. You can take steps to speed up your iPhone once again, and one of the fixes not only makes the web faster, but also fixes Spectre’s biggest attack vector.

Apple already fixed Intel’s massive chip flaw in macOS update

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Intel says its chip flaw isn't a flaw.
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The critical design flaw discovered in the way Intel CPUs process information has reportedly already been fixed by Apple in a recent release of macOS.

Apple’s fix came out at the beginning of December with the release of macOS 10.13.2. But according to one developer, the company has a few additional patches for Intel’s blunder in a current beta build.

Majority of first responder apps may have gaping security flaws

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The Department of Homeland Security carried out the investigation.
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First responder apps may help save your life, but they’re in drastic need of a security overhaul, a new report the Department of Homeland Security says.

Released this week, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate “Securing Mobile Applications for First Responders” report said that discovered glaring security flaws on almost every app that it examined.

Punish Website only blocks ads on sites you blacklist

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This Safari content blocker only shuts down sites you personally blacklist.
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Most ad blockers block everything. You download the app, tell Safari to use it, and then no longer need to worry about sites serving bandwidth-burning scripts that leech your personal information.

But for many people, the blanket approach of nuking everything is too much. You may instead prefer to block some bad actors, but let most sites serve ads — the ads pay the writers who write for the sites, after all. That’s where the bluntly named Punish Website app comes in. The new app comes configured to block nothing, letting you add the sites you hate to your own personal blacklist.

Download iOS 11.2.1 immediately for crucial HomeKit fixes

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HomeKit's huge security flaw has been fixed.
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Apple released a brand new iOS 11 update for the iPad and iPhone this morning that makes some big fixes to HomeKit.

iOS 11.2.1 comes a little over a week after Apple dropped iOS 11.2 on the public bringing Apple Pay Cash and a host of bug fixes. The new update is being released along with tvOS 11.2.1 to restore some HomeKit functionality after Apple patched a bug server-side earlier this week.

Moon is a smart home security camera that defies gravity

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Moon has 360-degree vision.
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Moon is the world’s first smart home security camera that levitates for 360-degree vision.

Without any blind spots, it can keep watch over an entire room, with automatic rotation when movement is detected. It also keeps track of temperature and humidity, charges wirelessly, and controls other home appliances.