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    Diving deep into Briar (and Monal)

    debacle · / berlin-xmpp-meetup · Friday, 8 October - 18:05 edit

Diving deep into Briar (and Monal)

We are very happy to have Nico Alt from The Briar Project with us, who will give a talk Diving deep into Briar: a closer look at its internals If everything works well, the talk will be streamed over Briar is a secure messaging technology based on peer-to-peer communications with no centralized servers.

Also we will welcome a special guest, Thilo Molitor‎ from Monal, who will explain how Monal works and can answer questions. Monal is a "fast, friendly and free" Jabber/XMPP client for iOS and MacOS.

When? Wednesday, 2021-10-13 18:00 CEST (always 2ⁿᵈ Wednesday of every month)

Where?xHain hack+makespace, Grünberger Str. 16, 10243 Berlin (as formerly)

See you then!

If you watch the live stream, you may ask questions in our non-physical room ( Streaming URL and other information will also be passed there.

#jabber #xmpp #community #xhain #freesoftware #berlin #meetup #federation #briar #securemessaging #monal #ios #macos

UPDATED COVID-19 RULES: To enter xHain, you must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered ("2G"), with certificate. See Hygiene concept xHain.

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    The MacBook Pro will soon get a resolution bump, macOS beta suggests / ArsTechnica · Friday, 24 September - 19:18

The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with the lid closed

Enlarge / The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon)

The seventh beta of macOS Monterey contains what appear to be references to new screen resolutions suitable for the MacBook Pro line, as discovered by MacRumors .

In a list of supported graphics resolutions within macOS, there are two new resolutions: 3,456 by 2,234 and 3,024 by 1,964. Each carries a "Retina" marker, which Apple typically only applies to its own devices' screens.

The aspect ratio for these new resolutions is very close to the current aspect ratios on the MacBook Pro computers sold today, but they're lower than what we currently see in the iMac line, suggesting that they aren't for Apple's desktops. Further, the numbers fit nicely with a move to true 2x Retina, as opposed to the scaling approach presently used for Retina displays.

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    Apple rolls major Safari redesign out to Macs ahead of Monterey release / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 22 September - 19:22


Enlarge / Safari's new look (and some light fixtures?) (credit: Apple)

This week, Apple released Safari 15 for macOS Big Sur and Catalina. Among other things, the new update includes a major design overhaul—plus the ability to roll back to the old layout and look if you're not a fan.

Apple released major software updates for all of its platforms except macOS on Monday. The updates were timed closely with the release of new iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch models.

But last week's product launch event didn't include Macs, which are expected to get some more focused attention by the end of the year, alongside an announcement about the release date of macOS Monterey.

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    Unpatched macOS vulnerability lets remote attackers execute code / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 22 September - 12:27

Unpatched macOS vulnerability lets remote attackers execute code

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A code execution bug in Apple's macOS allows remote attackers to run arbitrary commands on your device. And the worst part is, Apple hasn't fully patched it yet, as tested by Ars.

Those shortcut files can take over your Mac

Independent security researcher Park Minchan has discovered a vulnerability in the macOS that lets threat actors execute commands on your computer. Shortcut files that have the inetloc extension are capable of embedding commands inside. The flaw impacts macOS Big Sur and prior versions.

"A vulnerability in the way macOS processes inetloc files causes it to run commands embedded inside, the commands it runs can be local to the macOS allowing the execution of arbitrary commands by the user without any warning / prompts," explains Minchan. "Originally, inetloc files are shortcuts to an Internet location, such as an RSS feed or a telnet location; and contain the server address and possibly a username and password for SSH and telnet connections; can be created by typing a URL in a text editor and dragging the text to the Desktop."

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    Apple fixes security vulnerabilities in new versions of iOS, macOS, and watchOS / ArsTechnica · Monday, 13 September - 20:24

The back of the iPhone 12 mini

Enlarge / The iPhone 12 mini. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Today, Apple released new versions of its iOS and iPadOS 14 , macOS Big Sur , and watchOS 7 operating systems. The updates hit just one day before Apple is expected to reveal its new iPhone and Apple Watch models and the release dates for iOS 15 and watchOS 8.

These updates are security-related across the board, and they add no new features or functionality.

Specifically, two main issues have been addressed across Apple's platforms, one with Core Graphics and the other with WebKit. In both cases, maliciously crafted content (PDFs or web content) could be used in arbitrary code execution. Apple also says these updates fix an issue that allowed attackers to bypass Apple protections intended to stop code execution via Messages.

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    Un fond d’écran à couper le souffle chaque jour sous macOS / Korben · Tuesday, 31 August - 07:00 · 1 minute

Hier je vous expliquais comment changer de fond d’écran directement depuis le terminal Linux en allant chercher des photos sur Unsplash . Et aujourd’hui je me suis dit que j’allais penser un peu aux utilisateurs de macOS.

Vous ne le savez peut-être pas, mais Unsplash propose des applications officielles pour changer de fond d’écran sur iOS, macOS, mais également pour faire un économiseur d’écran sur l’AppleTV ou tout simplement décorer votre navigateur Chrome.

Pour ma part, je suis fan de l’application macOS qui se loge dans la barre de menu et nous permet d’obtenir un fond d’écran aléatoire en fonction de nos préférences thématiques.

Y’a plus qu’à choisir et laisser faire l’application ou l’utiliser comme moi en mode manuel pour n’avoir qu’un bouton à cliquer le jour où j’ai envie de changement dans ma vie.

Je ne saurais pas l’expliquer, mais nouveau fond d’écran ça fait toujours du bien au moral.

Évidemment pour les cliqueurs fous, soyez tranquilles, vous pourrez consulter l’historique des wallpapers consultés pour remettre celui qui vous aurait échappé.

Bref, c’est une super appli que j’utilise depuis un moment et que, je pense vous adopterez rapidement vous aussi.

A télécharger ici sur l’AppStore .

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    Pas de franchise ni de paperasse : l'assurance Coverd pour MacBook joue la carte de l'efficacité / Numerama · Monday, 23 August - 09:29

Coverd est une jeune société française qui souffle un air de renouveau dans le monde des assurances pour produits high-tech. Depuis peu, la start up permet d'assurer son MacBook contre les pépins du quotidien avec un tarif avantageux compte tenu des garanties offertes. [Lire la suite]

Voitures, vélos, scooters... : la mobilité de demain se lit sur Vroom !

L'article Pas de franchise ni de paperasse : l’assurance Coverd pour MacBook joue la carte de l’efficacité est apparu en premier sur Numerama .

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    macOS Big Sur 11.5.2 is here, but it doesn’t seem to do much / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 11 August - 22:25

An iMac with a keyboard and trackpad

Enlarge / The front of the 24-inch iMac with Apple's M1 chip. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Today, Apple released a new version of its Mac operating system, macOS Big Sur. The new update is labeled macOS Big Sur 11.5.2, but there aren't any new features or major security updates. Rather, macOS 11.5.2 focuses on "bug fixes." In fact, these are Apple's release notes for the latest version of Big Sur, in their entirety:

macOS 11.5.2 includes bug fixes for your Mac.

As you can see, the release notes do not specify which bugs have been fixed and mention no new features. Apple maintains a support page where it details the security updates within a given release, too. But that's bare for this release. "This update has no published CVE entries," it says.

While Apple often (but not always) releases software updates for many or all of its platforms at the same time, macOS was alone today—at least in terms of public releases. Today also saw major new beta releases of iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS Monterey, and more.

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