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iTunes Festival adds over 20 new artists to concert lineup

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:18 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple is stuffing the lineup of its 2014 iTunes Festival concert in London next month with the additions of Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, SOHN, Jessie Ware, Ryan Adams and 16 other artists and bands.

The new acts will join the likes of Pharrell, Beck, David Guetta and Robert Plant at the Roundhouse in London, with the first acts taking the stage on September 1st followed by 29 more days of music. Tickets are free if you live in the U.K., but if you’re stuck in the U.S., all of the concerts will be streamed live to Apple TV and iTunes.

Here’s the full list of artists that were just added:

Just added:

David Gray
The Script
Gregory Porter
Jessie Ware
Jenny Lewis
Lenny Kravitz
The Script
Clean Bandit
Robin Schulz
Paolo Nutini
Charlie Simpson
Luke Sital-Singh
Eric Whitacre
Matthew Koma
Jess Glynne
First Aid Kit
Ryan Adams

Also on the lineup:

Pharrell Williams
Kylie Minogue
David Guetta
Sam Smith
Robert Plant
5 Seconds of Summer
Calvin Harris
Chrissie Hynde



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Rumor: Undisclosed security breach cause of Apple's new Gatekeeper app signing policy

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:14 PM - by sparkyscott21

A report on Monday suggests Apple's recently modified OS X app signing policy is the result of an undisclosed Developer Portal security breach that leaked keys for multiple services, including Gatekeeper.

Noting tweets by user @SomeoneSW and one corroborating source, TUAW claims Apple's newly instituted policy forcing developers to re-sign app credentials is the result of a security breach that not only released Gatekeeper keys, but also "many other keys for many other things."

As seen in the tweets embedded below, @SomeoneSW, whose account was seemingly created today, claims inside knowledge of a data breach that released "virtually every key Apple used for anything." The Twitter user said they were approached with a proposal to buy said keys shortly after the undisclosed theft.

Apple could not be reached for comment on the issue.

According to the publication, also pilfered was Apple's Enterprise Signing Key, an asset used to sign activation tickets for bypassing iCloud locks. This particular key was used in a previously reported iCloud exploit that supposedly allowed hackers to defeat Activation Lock, the anonymous Twitter user said.

Gatekeeper is a security tool first offered in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that protects users from malicious software by placing restrictions on app installation. At its default setting, for example, Gatekeeper allows installation of apps from the Mac App Store and titles signed by developers who have registered through company's Developer ID Program.

The supposed Developer Portal breach would technically let nefarious users sign malicious apps as kosher, prompting Apple to change the way apps are recognized by Gatekeeper in OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks and the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite.



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Deep iPad discounts at Staples and Target: $199 16GB Minis ($100 off), Airs $130 off

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:03 AM - by sparkyscott21

Confirming our report from earlier this month, Target has revived its $199 iPad mini sale (Direct Link) this morning. At the time of posting it’s available both online at Target.com and at Target retail locations. That’s even $30 less than the retail price of top Android tablets Nexus 7 or Kindle HDX.

We’ve been told by a Target rep that quantities are limited and as such we highly recommend picking one up today. This deal is $100 better than retail and $20 less than Apple charges for a refurbished model. The non-Retina iPad mini features a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display, 10-hour battery life, and dual-core A5 chip.

Seperately, Staples is offering all WiFi-enabled iPad Airs (Space Gray or Silver) for $30 off (Direct link). Coupon code 79449 drops them another $100 yielding $369/$469/$569 on 16/32/64GB Wifi models.

As we’ve said before, these deals often sell out quick so if you are going to make a move, do so quickly.

Also, Apple is widely expected to update its iPads again in October but these prices are at or below what we expect current models to drop to so you are getting Apple’s holiday prices today.



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Apple reportedly expanding global data center presence with new facility in Curacao

Aug 18, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by sparkyscott21

Apple's latest data center project may be on the small southern Caribbean island of Curacao, as local media suggests the iCloud operator may be taking over a facility where construction is nearly complete.

A Dutch news report spotted by AmongTech claims that the Unique Infrastructure Group is building a new data center on Curacao for Apple. According to the report, the facility is already almost completed, but the original company behind it went bankrupt and was taken over by UIG.

UIG is now said to be completing work on the facility, which will reportedly be used by Apple. While it's unknown what Apple would use the facility for, the company's iCloud and iTunes digital operations are likely candidates.

After building major data center operations in the U.S, including massive facilities on both the east and west coast, Apple now appears to be expanding its operations internationally. Earlier this year, it was said that the company was planning a new data center in the Netherlands to better serve customers in Europe.

Racks of Apple's iCloud servers in Maiden, NC

And this week, Apple confirmed that it has begun storing iCloud user data in data centers owned by China Telecom. Given the fact that China Telecom is owned by the Chinese government, which itself is notoriously invasive, Apple spoke out on the partnership to ensure that the data on the servers is secure.

"Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously," the company said in a statement. "We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China. All data stored with our providers is encrypted, China Telecom does not have access to the content."



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Hiring underway for first Apple Store(s) in the oil-rich nations of the Middle East

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by sparkyscott21

If you look at map of Apple Store locations around the world, there’s one very obvious wealthy area of the world without a single store: the oil-rich nations of the Middle East. This now looks set to change, as ifoAppleStore spotted Apple job listings for the United Arab Emirates for the complete range of retail store positions.

The job listings appeared yesterday, and include the full range of store positions from Store and Market Leader, Manager, Expert, Creative and Specialist. The listings also include the Apple Store Leader Program, a 24-month development program for those who have just graduated from higher education …

The UAE is the 19th richest country in the world, with one of the highest ex-pat populations in the world, comprising 87 percent of residents. It is also an increasingly popular premium tourist destination with an emphasis on luxury, making it an attractive target for Apple.

The listings give no clue as to where in the UAE the store or stores will be located, but Abu Dhabi and Dubai (top photo) would be the two obvious candidates, each with a number of upscale shopping malls. Back in February, Tim Cook visited the Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Mall in (obviously) Dubai, suggesting that one or both may be potential locations.

Based on previous timings between advertising for staff and store openings, ifoAppleStore is predicting an opening in February 2015, suggesting that work on the store(s) is already underway.



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