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Apple’s closed software ecosystem can be the perfect hiding spot for elite hackers

In brief: Apple is notorious for its walled garden approach and renowned for promoting security and privacy as the top feature of its products. However, security researchers believe this also means hackers who do manage to breach the wall tend to remain undetected a lot more often than you’d think.

For years, Apple has touted the privacy and the security of its devices and explained through its marketing that it values those two features more than other tech companies. Lately, that has attracted legal fights with companies like Epic, which are interested in breaking the walled garden that Apple has built around its ecosystem and aligning it to what the rest of the industry is doing.

However, the Cupertino giant may have inadvertently created a bigger problem than the one it set out to solve. Creating a digital fortress around its products and services has given some of the world’s top hackers one of the best places to hide. It may be harder to break into an iPhone, but once in, it’s also easier for that bad actor to conceal their activity for a long time.

A report from the MIT Technology Review takes a deep dive into Apple’s intense drive to bolster product security while touching on the unintended consequences of that approach. The analysis cites Citizen Lab’s senior cybersecurity researcher Bill Marczak, who explains that top-tier hackers have the resources and motivation to develop zero-click exploits that allow them to run their malicious code while users are none the wiser.

It’s not just malicious actors that do this. Companies like Israel-based NSO Group have been at it for years, and while they promise to only provide their tools to legitimate organizations such as law enforcement, there’s always a risk they could be misused. Additionally, companies like Facebook have tried to purchase NSO’s spyware tools specifically to gain the ability to monitor iPhone and iPad users.

Marczak was one of the first to raise awareness about the existence of NSO and notes that when investigating an Al Jazeera journalist’s iPhone last year, he initially found no evidence of hacking on it. As the investigation dragged on, the Citizen Lab team…


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TinyTask alternatives: best similar software for PC and Mac in 2021

In today’s world, organizations and individuals are continually finding ways to increase productivity, whether at home or in the workplace. It then comes as no surprise that useful tools such as TinyTask or TinyTask alternatives would join the language of how to improve efficiency.

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What is TinyTask? It is a tool that allows you to automate tasks on your Windows computer. It is relatively small in size; 33 kilobytes, to ensure that it does not take up valuable disk space. It works by automating tasks that require the use of the mouse or keyboard.

Best Tiny task alternatives for Mac and PC in 2021

Since the invention of this software, many Mac users have been asking, ”Does Mac have TinyTask?” Unfortunately, this great tool is not available for Mac. However, there are many alternatives available on the market, not only for MacOS but many other software systems.

Most of the alternative software or applications are available for download, some for free while others are purchased. Below are some of the best TinyTask alternatives available in the market today:

1. Sikuli

This automation tool uses image recognition, such as screenshots, to identify and automate Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) elements. Sikuli can automate anything displayed on the screen. It uses visual technology to search and automate GUIs.

The tool also allows for programmatic control of a website or desktop app on Mac, Windows and even Linux. Sikuli is an excellent alternative because it does not need internal Application Programming Interface (API) support to automate any visuals on the screen. The software is readily available for download.

2. Hammerspoon

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Hammerspoon is an open-source automation tool. It works as an in-between between Lua (a light-weight, high-level scripting engine), and the operating system. Hammerspoon is made powerful by a set of extensions that expose specific system functionality to the user.

This function allows the user to write scripts that control many parts of the Operating System. Its efficiency…


Apple is reportedly working on a magnetic battery pack for the iPhone 12, but it’s being held up by software issues

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  • Apple is working on a magnetic battery pack for the iPhone 12, Bloomberg reports.
  • The product relies on Apple’s MagSafe technology, which is built into the new iPhones.
  • But Apple is reportedly running into software roadblocks, and the product could be scrapped.
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Apple is working on a magnetic battery pack that attaches to the iPhone 12, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported on Friday. 


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The battery pack, which was planned for release in the months following the iPhone 12 launch last October, will rely on Apple’s MagSafe system to stick to the back of the latest iPhones, according to Bloomberg. MagSafe accessories work by adhering to the back of the iPhone 12 models via a magnetic coil implanted in the back of the phone. Apple currently offers an array of MagSafe products, including magnetic wallets and cases.

Apple already sells battery packs built into iPhone cases, but the new device would be a standalone wireless charger.

But Apple is reportedly running into roadblocks with the battery packs, particularly when it comes to software: The iPhone will mistakenly show that it’s overheating when the battery pack is attached. There are also issues when the user switches between using the battery pack with and without a case on their iPhone.

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These issues could result in the device being scrapped altogether, Bloomberg reports.

A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

The company has experimented with wireless charging products over the past few years, including the MagSafe charging pad it unveiled last fall, as well as the MagSafe Duo, which charges both an iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. 

But the company has also had a rare public flop when it comes to wireless charging: In 2017, Apple announced AirPower, a…