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Avira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaAvira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaPosted: 11 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDTEvery computer needs antivirus protection, and one way companies can support that aim is to provide free antivirus to the masses. But these companies can't survive unless some users shell out their hard-earned cash for paid antivirus utilities. Piling on pro-only tools and components is one way companies encourage upgrading to a paid antivirus. Avira Antivirus Pro adds several components not available to users of Avira Free Security, but they don't really add much value. The biggest reason to pay for it is if you want to use Avira in a commercial setting, which isn't allowed with the free version.Avira's pricing is undeniably on the high side, with a list price of $59.88 per year for one license, $71.88 for three, and $95.88 for five. Admittedly, it seems to be perpetually on sale; just now, the one-license price is discounted to $44.99. That…

Apple Paid Hacker $75,000 for Uncovering Zero-Day Camera Exploits in Safari - MacRumors

Apple Paid Hacker $75,000 for Uncovering Zero-Day Camera Exploits in Safari - MacRumors


Apple Paid Hacker $75,000 for Uncovering Zero-Day Camera Exploits in Safari - MacRumors

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 04:00 AM PDT

Apple paid out $75,000 to a hacker for identifying multiple zero-day vulnerabilities in its software, some of which could be used to hijack the camera on a MacBook or an iPhone, according to Forbes.


A zero-day vulnerability refers to a security hole in software that is unknown to the software developer and the public, although it may already be known by attackers who are quietly exploiting it.

Security researcher Ryan Pickren reportedly discovered the vulnerabilities in Safari after he decided to "hammer the browser with obscure corner cases" until it started showing weird behavior.

The bug hunter found seven exploits in all. The vulnerabilities involved the way that Safari parsed Uniform Resource Identifiers, managed web origins and initialized secure contexts, and three of them allowed him to get access to the camera by tricking the user to visit a malicious website.

"A bug like this shows why users should never feel totally confident that their camera is secure," Pickren said, "regardless of operating system or manufacturer."

Pickren reported his research through Apple's Bug Bounty Program in December 2019. Apple validated all seven bugs immediately and shipped a fix for the camera kill chain a few weeks later. The camera exploit was patched in Safari 13.0.5, released January 28. The remaining zero-day vulnerabilities, which Apple judged to be less severe, were patched in Safari 13.1, released on March 24.

Apple opened its bug bounty program to all security researchers in December 2019. Prior to that, Apple's bug bounty program was invitation-based and non-iOS devices were not included. Apple also increased the maximum size of the bounty from $200,000 per exploit to $1 million depending on the nature of the security flaw.

When submitting reports, researchers must include a detailed description of the issue, an explanation of the state of the system when the exploit works, and enough information for Apple to reliably reproduce the issue.

This year, Apple plans to provide vetted and trusted security researchers and hackers with "dev" iPhones, or special iPhones that provide deeper access to the underlying software and operating system that will make it easier for vulnerabilities to be discovered.

These iPhones are being provided as part of Apple's forthcoming iOS Security Research Device Program, which aims to encourage additional security researchers to disclose vulnerabilities, ultimately leading to more secure devices for consumers.

This Whiz Kid Developer's Virtual Safari Guide Makes Sure You Spot Animals - OZY

Posted: 11 Apr 2020 06:17 AM PDT

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

Because he's changing how you spot animals in the wild.

On a quiet afternoon drive in search of wildlife in the Letaba area of Kruger National Park, things came to a head. Desperate never to miss a sighting, teenage Nadav Ossendryver would beg his parents to stop every oncoming vehicle to ask the occupants what animals they'd seen. On that day in 2011, their ninth trip to South Africa's 7,500-square-mile park, this tactic was wearing thin — on Ossendryver and his long-suffering family members. "There must be a better way of doing this," the youngster thought to himself as he sat around a campfire later that evening.

Nine years later, Latest Sightings — the wildlife spotting app and community that was born out of that adolescent frustration — has more than 100,000 members and four full-time employees. Its YouTube channel recently hit 1 billion views, making it South Africa's most-watched channel of any genre. Ossendryver, 23, is working on expanding the app's footprint beyond South Africa and even into anticipating sightings before they happen. While the venture capital vultures are circling, Ossendryver is having none of it. "I want to grow the company how I want to grow it," he says.

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In terms of technology, "the app is not revolutionary in any way," says Arthur Goldstuck, a tech commentator who has followed Ossendryver's career closely. "What makes it so effective is Nadav himself and his passion for sharing wildlife with his community."

Having one of the first videos he uploaded to YouTube go viral might sound like a massive stroke of luck — but you make your own luck.

"I love the Kruger far more than I love IT," agrees Ossendryver, explaining that computers have always been a means to an end. Like the time, at age 12, when he invented a bot that could enter online competitions a million times per hour. He won several prizes this way, including an iPhone.

The wildlife bug bit on an impromptu safari taken soon after the family returned to South Africa from Israel when Ossendryver was 8. After begging to see lions "every second of the trip," his wish was eventually granted on their last morning in the park when they got a pride sighting. "That's when I fell in love with the bush."

The two passions merged in 2011, when he built both a rudimentary blog and a web-based app that enabled users to upload geotagged photos of their wildlife sightings in real time. But still Ossendryver doesn't consider himself a tech prodigy. "I write code one line at a time," he laughs. "Every time I get stuck I just Google stuff."

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The then-teenager next took advantage of the long school vacation to launch a sustained Twitter campaign, to build users without a marketing budget. By constantly scanning "like 100 hashtags" (#kruger, #lion, you get the picture) he was able to target people currently in the park. "Did you see the lion?" he'd tweet. "Now go see the leopard." Then, he'd invite them to join the Latest Sightings community.

Towards the end of the six-week vacation, his one-man marketing campaign received a major boost when the region was hit by massive floods. Being "the only ones who had the photos in real time," says Ossendryver, had reporters clamoring for Latest Sightings' pics. By the time the new school year had begun, Latest Sightings had 30,000 users.

"The tools Nadav uses are available to everyone," says Goldstuck, but the way he uses them shows "a very special mind at work."

Ossendryver hadn't given any thought to monetization, but soon a potential revenue stream emerged from the savannah. Having one of the first videos he uploaded to YouTube go viral might sound like a massive stroke of luck — but you make your own luck. The 15-year-old knew that YouTube's algorithm would prioritize anything referencing the Battle at Kruger which had broken the internet five years prior, and that few users would know what a "terrapin" is. Not much happens in "Battle at Kruger – Crocodile vs Tortoises – Continuation!" but it garnered 111,000 views and got Ossendryver an invite to join YouTube's partner program.

Since then, Latest Sightings has reeled in some serious cash. The company takes a 60 percent cut while the rest goes to the owner of the video. This "generous model," says Goldstuck (Apple works on 90/10), has encouraged users to collaborate and is vital to Latest Sightings' success. Ossendryver says contributors can bring in upwards of $10,000 per video, but he won't share revenue for the company.

Not everyone is a fan. South African National Parks have occasionally accused the app of contributing to speeding and traffic congestion in the park and there have been suggestions that it might be used by poachers to find animals. But Ossendryver has not allowed a single rhino sighting to appear on the app. And while Professor Peet van der Merwe of North-West University's tourism department thinks the parks department might have a point about congestion, he "doesn't buy" the speeding rap and believes the app could actually be used to combat poaching. "Technology is here to stay," he says. "So let's use it for conservation purposes."

Ossendryver says he'd happily work with the authorities to iron out problems, but he's focused for now on what he can control. To keep up with YouTube's algorithm, he is forced to upload a video a week. It isn't easy to churn out viral videos at this rate. Growing his community and expanding the app's footprint to new parks are the two most obvious ways to improve the hit/miss ratio.

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As of February the app had grown to 105,000 registered users. He also has 7,000 active spotters across 30-plus WhatsApp groups. ("Old-school people don't like apps.") At the moment, hardly any sightings are coming through because of South Africa's strict coronavirus lockdown. But once the virus fades, Ossendryver plans on taking the app — now also popular in one other South African park — to Kenya, India and elsewhere.

And, he adds matter-of-factly, he's teaching himself statistics. "When I'm in the park I know that I use statistics to spot more game than most people. But I'd love to really analyze the trends and add a predictive element to the app. Anyway," he laughs. "Maybe nothing will come of it."

Maybe so. But we all know what happened the last time he had a bright idea during a game drive.

Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4 GM With New Mail Toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing, Trackpad Support for iPad... - MacRumors

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 10:24 AM PDT

Apple today released the golden master version of iOS and iPadOS 13.4, the latest major updates to the iOS 13 operating system that was released in September. The iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4 GMs come after a little over a month of beta testing.


iOS and ‌‌‌‌iPadOS‌‌‌‌ 13.4 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed.

iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4 are significant updates, bringing several important new features to the iPhone and the iPad. There's a new toolbar available in the Mail app that's available when viewing an email, with the updated design featuring a more logical layout to address complaints about the Mail app in earlier versions of ‌iOS 13‌.


The revamped design moves the reply icon away from the delete icon, making it harder to accidentally delete an email. It also adds Folder and Compose icons.

iCloud Folder Sharing, which is meant to let users share iCloud Drive folders with other people, is included in iOS 13.4. ‌iCloud‌‌ Folder Sharing was initially announced at WWDC as an ‌iOS 13‌ feature last year, but it has taken Apple several months to implement it. The feature shows real-time updates so file changes will sync across the devices of all people with access to a specific folder.


Apple has added nine new Memoji and Animoji stickers in the update, with the new stickers featuring emoji-style poses like shocked face, face with hearts, eyes rolling, and more.


The ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4 updates bring mouse and trackpad support for the iPad Pro, following the announcement of Apple's new ‌iPad Pro‌ keyboard with trackpad.


Apple has also made a subtle but notable change to the way the URL bar works in Safari. In iOS 13.4, you can tap into the URL bar right away even when a URL is highlighted, which is different behavior from iOS 13.3.1. In iOS 13.3.1, an extra tap outside of a URL was required to deselect it before it could be tapped to be edited.

New settings in the TV app allow users to control streaming and downloading over Wi-Fi and cellular, adding new data saving options for those who don't have unlimited streaming plans.


Hints of a new "CarKey" API were found in iOS 13.4, which would allow the ‌‌iPhone‌‌ to be used to lock, unlock, and start a car that has NFC capabilities. Sharing features will also be available for assigning keys to friends and family members through the Messages app.

CarKey functionality hasn't been announced by Apple as of yet, and it's not clear if it's coming soon, but when launched, it will ‌‌iPhone‌‌ owners to use their devices in lieu of a car key.

Apple on Monday unveiled new $149 Powerbeats with an H1 chip and Powerbeats Pro-like design, with the Powerbeats set to launch on Wednesday. iOS 13.4 includes support for the new Powerbeats.


Though not an iOS specific feature, Apple with iOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, tvOS 13.4, and Xcode 11.4 is allowing developers to create apps with universal purchase support, which means Apple device users will be able to purchase one app that works across multiple platforms.

iOS 13.4 includes new controls for calls and third-party navigation apps in CarPlay, along with keyboard shortcuts for the Photos app, and changes to location requests for apps requesting user location.


Apple also added a new Shazam Shortcuts action, options for remapping hardware keys of a keyboard connected to the ‌‌iPad‌‌, and more. Apple included full release notes for the golden master, which are below:

iOS 13.4 introduces new Memoji stickers and ‌iCloud Drive‌ folder sharing from the Files app. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.

Memoji
- Nine new Memoji stickers, including Smiling Face with Hearts, Hands Pressed Together, and Party Face

Files
- ‌iCloud Drive‌ folder sharing from the Files app
- Controls to limit access only to people you explicitly invite or grant access to anyone with the folder link
- Permissions to choose who can make changes and upload files and who can only view and download files

- Always-visible controls to delete, move, reply to, or compose a message in conversation view
- Responses to encrypted emails are automatically encrypted when you have configured S/MIME

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- Universal Purchase support enables the use of a singular purchase of a participating app across ‌iPhone‌, iPod touch, ‌iPad‌, Mac, and Apple TV
- Recently played Arcade games appear in the Arcade tab so you can continue playing on ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPod touch‌, ‌iPad‌, Mac, and ‌Apple TV‌
- List view for See All Games

‌CarPlay‌
- Third-party navigation app support for the ‌CarPlay‌ Dashboard
- In-call information appears on the ‌CarPlay‌ Dashboard

Augmented Reality
- AR Quick Look supports audio playback in USDZ files

Keyboard
- Predictive typing support for Arabic

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:
- Adds status bar indicator to display when VPN has disconnected on ‌iPhone‌ models with all-screen displays
- Fixes an issue in Camera where the viewfinder may appear as a black screen after launch
- Addresses an issue where ‌Photos‌ may appear to use excess storage
- Resolves an issue in ‌Photos‌ that may prevent sharing an image to Messages if iMessage is disabled
- Fixes an issue in Mail where messages may appear out of order
- Addresses an issue in Mail where the conversation list may display empty rows
- Resolves an issue where Mail may crash when tapping the Share button in Quick Look
- Fixes an issue in Settings where cellular data may incorrectly display as off
- Addresses an issue in Safari where webpages may not be inverted when both Dark Mode and Smart Invert are active
- Resolves an issue where text copied from web content may appear invisible when pasted when ‌Dark Mode‌ is active
- Fixes an issue in Safari where a CAPTCHA tile may display incorrectly
- Addresses an issue where Reminders may not issue new notifications for an overdue recurring reminder until it is marked as completed
- Resolves an issue where Reminders may send notifications for completed reminders
- Fixes an issue where ‌iCloud Drive‌ appears to be available in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote even when not signed in
- Addresses an issue in Apple Music where music videos may not stream in high quality
- Resolves an issue where ‌CarPlay‌ may lose its connection in certain vehicles
- Fixes an issue in ‌CarPlay‌ where the view in Maps may move away briefly from the current area
- Addresses an issue in the Home app where tapping an activity notification from a security camera may open a different recording
- Resolves an issue where Shortcuts may not appear when tapping on the Share menu from a screenshot
- Improves the Burmese keyboard so punctuation symbols are now accessible from numbers and symbols

There are also separate release notes for ‌iPadOS‌, focusing on the new trackpad improvements.

‌iPadOS‌ 13.4 introduces support for mouse and trackpad with ‌iPad‌ for greater precision and navigating the system with Multi-Touch gestures, and adds ‌iCloud Drive‌ folder sharing from the Files app and new Memoji stickers. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.

Mouse and Trackpad Support
- All-new cursor design highlights app icons on the Home Screen and Dock and buttons and controls in apps
- Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌ support on ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later) and ‌iPad Pro‌ 11-inch (1st generation or later)
- Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2, and third-party Bluetooth and USB mouse support
- Multi-Touch gestures on Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌ and Magic Trackpad 2 enable you to scroll, swipe between app spaces, go Home, access App Switcher, zoom in or out, tap to click, secondary click (right-click), and swipe between pages
- Multi-Touch gestures on Magic Mouse 2 enable you to scroll, secondary click (right-click), and swipe between pages

Files
- ‌iCloud Drive‌ folder sharing from the Files app
- Controls to limit access only to people you explicitly invite or grant access to anyone with the folder link
- Permissions to choose who can make changes and upload files and who can only view and download files

Memoji
- Nine new Memoji stickers, including Smiling Face with Hearts, Hands Pressed Together, and Party Face

Mail
- Always-visible controls to delete, move, reply to, or compose a message in conversation view
- Responses to encrypted emails are automatically encrypted when you have configured S/MIME

‌App Store‌ with ‌Apple Arcade‌
- Universal Purchase support enables the use of a singular purchase of a participating app across ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPod touch‌, ‌iPad‌, Mac, and ‌Apple TV‌
- Recently played Arcade games appear in the Arcade tab so you can continue playing on ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPod touch‌, ‌iPad‌, Mac, and ‌Apple TV‌
- List view for See All Games

Augmented Reality
- AR Quick Look supports audio playback in USDZ files

Keyboard
- Live Conversion for Zhuyin automatically transforms Zhuyin into the correct characters without pressing the space bar to convert text or select candidates
- Live Conversion for Japanese automatically transforms Hiragana into the correct characters without pressing the space bar to convert text or select candidates
- Predictive typing support for Arabic
- Swiss German keyboard layout supported on ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch
- On-screen keyboard layout for ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch now matches Smart Keyboard

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:

- Fixes an issue in Camera where the viewfinder may appear as a black screen after launch
- Addresses an issue where ‌Photos‌ may appear to use excess storage
- Resolves an issue in ‌Photos‌ that may prevent sharing an image to Messages if iMessage is disabled
- Fixes an issue in Mail where messages may appear out of order
- Addresses an issue in Mail where the conversation list may display empty rows
- Resolves an issue where Mail may crash when tapping the Share button in Quick Look
- Fixes an issue in Settings where cellular data may incorrectly display as off
- Addresses an issue in Safari where webpages may not be inverted when both ‌Dark Mode‌ and Smart Invert are active
- Resolves an issue where text copied from web content in a third-party app may appear invisible when pasted if ‌Dark Mode‌ is active
- Fixes an issue in Safari where a CAPTCHA tile may display incorrectly
- Addresses an issue where Reminders may not issue new notifications for an overdue recurring reminder until it is marked as completed
- Resolves an issue where Reminders may send notifications for completed reminders
- Fixes an issue where ‌iCloud Drive‌ appears to be available in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote even when not signed in
- Addresses an issue in ‌Apple Music‌ where music videos may not stream in high quality
- Addresses an issue in the Home app where tapping an activity notification from a security camera may open a different recording
- Resolves an issue where Shortcuts may not appear when tapping on the Share menu from a screenshot
- Improves the Burmese keyboard so punctuation symbols are now accessible from numbers and symbols

iOS 13.4 could be one of the last major updates to the ‌iOS 13‌ operating system as Apple begins to shift focus to iOS 14, which is expected to be previewed in June ahead of a fall release. There have already been quite a few ‌iOS 14‌ leaks, which can be found in our iOS 14 roundup.

Update: A public beta is also available now.

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