Anatomy of an Attack: How Apple & Amazon Got Servers With Chinese Hacking Chips

Today Bloomberg reported that Apple and Amazon were (are?) using servers with an extra chip that hacks their data at the hardware level making it virtually impossible to detect.  From a technical perspective we wanted to know how this could happen, and so here is the explanation. A secretive part of the Chinese military infiltrated a chip manufacture and embedded code right in the “Baseboard Management Controller” (BMC).  The BMC is used to have direct…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Replace a Spinning Disk with an SSD on a Mac

If you have a Apple Mac and it is running slowly there are many things you can do, but you will find few things that improve performance like replacing the spinning disk with a solid state disk. There are ways to clone the existing disk but in this video I wanted to show you how to start fresh: Backup your data Disassemble your Mac (in this case a MacBook Pro from 2012) Remove the old…

SOLVED: What is a Net State and is Facebook the first?

In 1602 the Dutch East India Company made history as the first entity to trade stock.  While they did not appreciate it at the time, this bringing together of wealthy people in a single financial interest also brought power: financial power, political power and social power.  In the past there have been some companies that rivaled the financial and political strength of governments but none have had the social might that comes from daily interaction with…

SOLVED: Where Does Android Outsell Apple iOS?

In a word, everywhere.  Android sells 6 times as many devices as Apple’s iOS globally and 1.75 times as many in the US.  Below are some fantastic 2017 data from two very reliable sources. Get the whole report on 2017 Internet Trends directly from Kleiner Perkins Check out this amazing interactive map showing current and historical sales figures of cell phones by operating system (like Android and Apple iOS).   Below are cell phone sales numbers that let…

SOLVED: The (Nearly) Complete List of Boot Key Strokes, ASUS, Dell, Intel, Gigabyte, Microsoft and More

This page details the keys needed to boot a PC into various modes (like the BIOS and PXE Network) from various manufacturers. If you are stuck and you can try the common keystrokes during a POST and before the Operating System loads: ESC, F1, F2, F8, F9, F10, F12 and Delete key.  Also, remember if you are trying to PXE Boot, you may have to enter the BIOS and enable that feature which is called all kinds…

NEWS: Apple iPhone 6 #cameragate #bendgate #hairgate #dyegate

All I seem to hear about Apple these days are problems with the iPhone 6 and how the company has lost it’s mojo in general.  Tonight a friend of mine was saying how unhappy he is that his iPhone 6 plus camera is not flush to the housing.  This causes is to catch on jeans and to rock back and forth when you put it down flat on a desk.  He finished with “… do you think Steve Jobs…

Apple iPhone 6 Specifications and iWatch – A Total Yawn

Today Apple released the iPhone 6 to the drooling masses.  It turns out the masses should be drooling… from the sleep that is.  Below are the major features and specifications of the iPhone 6 HD display! (Competitors already have quad HD) Super sensitive camera! (HTC and Nokia are both laughing) 120FPS video recording! (Most other top Android devices already have 60FPS). NFC! (Yawn) Various health sensors! (Samsung is laughing) Predictive keyboard! (Yawn) HDR! (Yawn) Face…

CarPlay’s Siri-ous flaws

  Is Apple’s CarPlay, its system for iOS for in-car, any good? Not right now it isn’t, says Michelle Fitzsimmons. While the interface is nice enough Siri is largely useless, there aren’t enough apps and the functionality is extremely basic

How the Department of Justice Plans to Punish Apple for eBook Price Fixing

…The case dates back to April 2012, when the DOJ sued Apple and five publishers – Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster – over an alleged “illegal conspiracy” involving e-book price fixing. The publishers settled with the government, but Apple fought back and the case went to court in June. A New York district judge later found that Cupertino is guilty of e-book price fixing… The Justice Department on Friday released a revised…

COMMENTARY: Apple Is Wasting Its Real Value

Does anyone really like to be bullied? Is arrogance something most people aspire to achieve, or behavior socially embraced? You know the answers. But these qualities too much describe Apple since its sudden success starting in 2010. The company continually sticks a middle finger in the face of competitors, judges, partners, the patent system and pretty much anyone or anything else. The corporate attitude is a disaster underway that, unless checked, will ruin reputation long…

Apple’s Secret Chip In Official Lightning Cable & Adapters Revealed, Knock-offs Probably Won’t Work

Apple’s Secret Chip In Official Lightning Cable & Adapters Revealed, Knock-offs Probably Won’t Work Apple has placed a chip between the cord’s USB contact and the power pin on the Lightning plug, which seems to be the key to keeping Lighting cables and adapters proprietary and its the first time that such a sophisticated chip has been seen in something as basic as a charging cable, according to Peter.   http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/apple-hardware/apples-secret-chip-in-official-lightning-cable-adapters-revealed-knock-offs-probably-wont-work/

Apple ORDERED To Run Ad’s for SIX MONTHS Telling the World That Samsung Does NOT Copy Apple

It sounds like yet another important legal body is rejecting Apples (often viscous) claims and ordering Apple to undo the damage with prolonged advertising favouring Samsung! Note that Apple actually manufactures very little (if anything) and that Samsung is a very very important OEM which engineers and manufactures such things as much ballyhooed ‘Apple’ Retina Display.  Imagine how aggressive Apple would be with someone they don’t depend on.  Here are the details from Bloomberg &…

Apple Drops Green Certification Then Starts to Cry, Takes its Ball & Goes Home

Apple has not only stopped submitting hardware to Green Electronics Council’s EPEAT certification program but they are taking the EPEAT certification off  but may be removing the EPEAT branding from its existing products.  Ordinarilly, joining or leaving certification program would not be large news item, but this one is because the US Federal Government REQUIRES that 95% of electronics have the EPEAT certification of “silver” or better.  Many state governments and large corporations also require EPEAT certifications.…

Declare Your Independence From Apple!

Since December 1998, when on impulse I bought the original iMac from CompUSA, I’ve used Apple gear. No longer. Late yesterday, I replaced the last fruit-logo with another, fulfilling my pledge nearly a month ago to boycott Apple… … Rotten to the Core Sadly, in 2012, Apple is the company I always worried it would be. A decade ago, some of us journalists occasionally debated question: What if Apple was as big and powerful as…