Apple has taken a little more time than other Linux distros in releasing an update to Bash to fix the Shellshock bug inside of Bash. The main reason for this was due to stricter licensing with the newer opened-sourced Bash versions. With that said, Apple went ahead and updated Bash and released it today, I recommend all users installing it: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1769?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
What is Shellshock? Well, it's a nasty little bug (like HeartBleed) that would allow an intruder to run commands on your computer through the use of environmental variables. This issue affected all versions of Bash (essentially like a zero-day bug). Though most consumers wouldn't see the affects of this, web servers would be a prime target for such a bug, it's still a critical little hole in the system.
There are updates for Mavericks, Lion, and Mountain Lion. Unfortunately, those on the Yosemite beta don't have an update option
Last week I wrote an article about manual control finally coming out to camera apps. Upon downloading them, I realized that they themselves were pretty segregated in terms of performance and what they could do. Essentially, there are some software limitations on each app. For example, ISO levels could vary app to app regardless of what the actual hardware could support. So I'll Be making a few notes about each of the following apps and giving some general notes:
Another year passes, another iPhone announced. With this being a year for a major design revision, the iPhone 6 series got not one phone, but two. The iPhone 6 Plus is the larger variant of the iPhone 6. This review will be for the iPhone 6 specifically. With the larger form factors, the 6 and 6 Plus truly become Apple’s first 2-handed phones.
Processor: Apple A8 (dual-core @ 1.39 GHz)
Motion Processor: Apple M8
GPU: GX6450 (quad-core)
Main Memory: 1 GB (988 MB Usable)
DAC: Cirrus Logic 338S1201
Many people have the feeling that, and how the media has pushed this issue surely doesn't help, the iPhone 6 Plus is structurally flawed that it'll bend under normal circumstances. Consumer Reports went ahead and did their own internal testing on a number of phones. To give you an idea of what it takes to bend these phones (list sorted by best performance, then alphabetic by manufacturer for ties):
With iOS 8, Apple gave users of the default camera apps basic control over exposure by giving a slider next to the focus square (after initiating tap to focus). This is extremely loose control over the camera and though a step up, is nowhere what others are offering. What wasn't announced that the APIs that they recently released allowed more than just exposure compensation, it allowed full manual control of the camera.
Many apps are currently coming out that extend Apple's use of exposure control allowing users to manually control:
Different apps will allow for different ranges for shutter speed and ISO, so I guess the developer has control about what values are available? Either way, these APIs were definitely a needed addition as many other phones already have this control.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched to much fanfare yesterday, on Friday the 19th September. Thousands of fans queued up overnight in hundreds of Apple Stores across the world to be the first to receive the new products on launch day. This was the very first time I joined an overnight queue, and here is my recount of it.
September 18th 17:59
I step off the London metro station, walking around the corner to the Covent Garden Apple Store expecting there to be no more than ten people in the line. I was wrong. By now at least 30 people had already queued up, with more joining every minute. The ones at the front were in tents, with the earliest being allegedly there since a week before the keynote presentation that took place on September the 9th.
The UPS man drops by with a package today. He hands it to me and as I'm signing for it, he says, "it's finally here." I agree and bring the package up stairs. The box the iPhone 6 comes in looks even more minimalistic with the actual photo of the phone's face removed and draped in white. A depression exist for the home button and the speaker.
Unboxing the phone is just like that of the 5s. Pull apart the box and the phone sits front and center. Take it out and there is a tab, pull it for the lightning cable, USB wall adapter, and EarPods are packaged below.
My initial impressions of the phone were that it was large. I should mention that I'm using the non-plus model, the smaller 4.7" variant. I feel the phone is absurdly large. In terms of ergonomics, I can't hold the phone in such a way that my index finger is on the power button while my thumb can reach the home button. In essence, I have to change my entire grip to do the...
Developer Vlad Filippov has found a way to run Androids app on desktop PCs through Chrome.
It requires installing a custom version of the Android Runtime extension, called ARChon. This supports both desktop Chrome and Chrome OS, and also allows for an unlimited number of Android APKs packaged by the chromeos-apk tool.
This does require some manual effort getting the apk's to work properly (installed). It's a pretty big step to getting a fantastic cross-platform that multiple people have been longing for.
Read about apk's that have been tested on ChromeAPK subbreddit linked below.