Malware swipes 225,000 Apple accounts through jailbroken iPhones

KeyRaider holding a jailbroken iPhone hostage

Jailbreaking an iPhone gives you the freedom to run the apps and interfaces you want (rather than those allowed by Apple), but it also carries some inherent risks — you’re giving apps much more control over your phone. And unfortunately, some of these users are discovering this the hard way. Researchers have discovered a strain of iOS malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, that has stolen over 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken devices. The software takes advantage of Chinese app repositories that let people directly upload and share their own titles. If you happen to download the code, it’ll either scoop up your Apple account data (to give rogue users “free” apps) or hold your phone for ransom.

The attack isn’t possible if you’re running unmodified versions of iOS, so you don’t have any reason to panic if you’re already playing it safe. There’s also a way for technically savvy users to protect themselves without giving up that precious jailbreak. However, this could represent a big problem in China and other countries where it’s relatively common to jailbreak iPhones. KeyRaider could thrive simply because it has a large number of potential targets.

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Yellowstone comment card shows guest isn’t smarter than the average bear

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“Oh, geez — another tour bus. Time to do the grizzly shtick again. And I was just about to clock out for the day. Sigh. Never fails.”

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You know how restaurants and hotels leave comment cards for their guests inviting customers to “please make any suggestions so that we may improve the level of service we strive to deliver” or something to that effect? Here’s a little tip that some people apparently may not know: The cards don’t actually mean “any” in its strictest sense. We’re talking about waiters and housekeepers, not magicians and wizards.

It would be downright insane for someone who’s, say, visiting a national park to expect the wildlife to considerately make an appearance simply to give visitors an interesting sight for their vacation slideshow. However, if a new viral image is to be believed, someone who paid a recent visit to Yellowstone National Park may have thought the rangers could make that happen.

A link to an Imgur account popped up on Reddit this week from someone claiming to be a friend of a Yellowstone employee. The headline: “My friend works at Yellowstone and some guests actually left this with the front desk upon checkout this morning.”

The picture on Imgur shows a comment card for the Yellowstone National Park Lodges thanking the staff for a “wonderful” visit but also expressing the guests’ disappointment that they “never saw any bears.” Then they offer a suggestion for how the staff might be able to work on that for their next visit.

“Please train your bears to be where guests can see them,” the note says. “This was an expensive trip to not get to see bears.”

That sounds like something that might have come from the cute, creative imagination of a child who’s disappointed they didn’t get to shake hands with Boo-Boo. However, as you can see in the photo of the note, it clearly wasn’t written by a child, or at least not by someone who’s a child on the physical level.

Julena Campbell, a park ranger and spokeswoman for Yellowstone, confirmed to Crave that the park won’t be able to accommodate the request. She said it’s not possible to train the 674 to 839 bears in Yellowstone to buy a Day Planner or have Siri remind them to appear before guests.

“I’ll hold back my laughter and say that it’s not possible to train bears in Yellowstone National Park,” Campbell said. “We do not train bears nor do we intend to try. That’s part of what most people enjoy coming to the park for, that they are wild animals. Part of the thrill is that ‘aha’ or gasp when you happen to see a wild animal being a wild animal.”

Campbell said she’s only seen the note on the Web and that it hasn’t been processed through any of the proper channels or officials at the park. She also said the note hasn’t gone through Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the company that manages the park’s lodges and hotels. However, she said she’s gotten plenty of calls about the note since it went viral.

If anyone is planning on paying a visit to Yellowstone and hopes to see a bear or any other animal in the wild, park rangers can offer advice as to the best and safest spots for potential viewing. Campbell said bears also tend to be more active early in the morning and later in the evening.

She noted, too, that if visitors encounter a bear, they’re required by law to stay at least 100 yards away, even if there comes a day when Yellowstone teaches bears how to sign autographs or pose for photos with guests.

“I think most people are getting a good chuckle out of it, and most people realize that it’s unrealistic to have bears on demand in a national park,” Campbell said. “But if the worst thing that happens is that it gives us a few phone calls and lets us talk about animals and how to safely view them, then it’s all in a day’s work, I suppose.”

(Via UPI)

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Gorgeous 2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe epitomizes sports car handling

Some people take the trouble to play vinyl records, shoot film for photography, or shift their car’s gears manually. Color me guilty on all counts. Jaguar recognizes this tendency with the 2016 F-type, which can now be optioned with a six-speed manual transmission. Or put another way, not optioned with the eight-speed automatic.

Those of us who enjoy manual shifting may be disappointed to hear that technology has made us obsolete. Case in point, the F-type’s automatic transmission gets the car to 60 mph a full 0.4 second faster than the manual transmission. That’s almost half a second.

So choosing the manual transmission is not a question of performance. But, like dropping the needle into an LP’s groove, it’s a matter of personal engagement, of enjoying the experience. And the Jaguar F-type offers a truly grand experience.

Jaguar’s design legacy

The 2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe, the example I drove, is about the most gorgeous car you can buy today. This two-seater’s body shows a low cabin nestled between the big rear haunches. While driving this F-type, I got more than a few thumbs-ups and admiring looks.

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With just the right balance of aggression and grace, the F-type S Coupe should be an instant classic.
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Jaguar designer Ian Callum has said he delved into his personal history with the Jaguar cars of his youth when coming up with the F-type, and I think it’s an instant classic. The manual transmission seems a good match for that legacy-inspired design.

Jaguar offers the F-type as a Coupe or Roadster, and with three different engines, two V-6es and a V-8, although you can’t get the manual transmission with the V-8. The base Coupe model goes for $65,995, while the F-type S Coupe comes in at $78,295 with the manual transmission, $1,500 more for the automatic. Options and the Premium plus Vision package, which brought in a blind-spot monitor, rear-view camera, and adaptive headlights, took the total up to a hefty $95,595.

UK buyers, who can lay claim to Jaguar heritage, are looking at £51,260 for the base F-type Coupe and £60,260 for the F-type S Coupe with manual transmission. Prices jump in Australia, where the base F-type Coupe commands AU$129,460 and the F-type S Coupe manual goes for AU$163,375.

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Supercharged power

Jaguar is a bit unique among today’s automakers in that it uses superchargers on its engines. For the F-type S Coupe, that means a blower powered by the 3-liter V-6 engine, forcing air into the cylinders for 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. I found it a very satisfying amount of power for everyday driving, and perfectly suitable to the manual transmission.

The linkage for that six-speed manual exhibits a mechanical, sometimes rough feeling at the shifter, but it popped neatly into each gear. I was very impressed how, when braking, the shifter seemed to guide my hand for the downshift. There was no confusion about which gear I wanted to grab.

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The manual transmission, new for 2016, handles racing changes and day-to-day traffic equally well.
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And while manual shifting requires a little extra work, especially in stop-and-go traffic, I found this one perfectly livable in conjunction with the F-type S Coupe’s light clutch and easily modulated power. A hill-hold feature made the manual transmission even more reasonable for the steep streets of San Francisco.

While the F-type S Coupe proved fine for mundane, everyday driving, the roar of its sports exhaust and the fine handling afforded by its adaptive suspension begged for more interesting roads. Push a button on the console to open up the baffles in the exhaust system, or just hit the checkered-flag Dynamic mode button which also activates the sports exhaust, hit the gas, and the F-type S Coupe roars and spits, its twin rear pipes making music for the enthusiast’s ear.

The 8.5-foot wheelbase, along with the light, precise steering action, lends to the excellent cornering ability. Turn after turn, I enjoyed the F-type S Coupe’s character, feeling its strong grip on the road and its flat rotation at apexes. The adaptive suspension not only kept the car flat in the turns, but expertly absorbed the jolts produced by bumps in the road, immediately damping them out for minimal impact on the car.

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An adaptive suspension adds to the F-type S Coupe’s everyday drivability.

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Sony spokesman says the Xperia Z5 ‘Premium’ has a 4K screen

Sony’s incoming Xperia Z5 flagship will be the first smartphone with a 4K screen, according to a leaked video from In it, Sony’s marketing director says the company will release both a 5.2-inch Z5 and 5.5-inch Z5 ‘Premium,’ and the video (below) is focused on the larger model. On top of the 4K screen (which yields over 800 pixels per inch), the device also packs a 23-megapixel camera with a 0.03 second autofocus and 5X digital zoom, confirming a previous leak. The new flagship will be just as waterproof and dustproof as the Xperia Z3+ model, but with an interesting twist — the micro-USB connector is waterproof, even without a cover.

The all-metal phone retains Sony’s boxy design language to a ‘T,’ though it now has the Xperia logo engraved into the side for a more premium look. The Z5 will also be Sony’s first phone with a fingerprint sensor, which is mounted in an unusual spot: the tiny side power button. As for the rest of the specs, previous rumors had both of the new Z5s equipped with Snapdragon 810 SoCs, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. (Unlike it’s bigger brother, the 5.2-inch Z5 is said to have a 1080p screen.) Given the nature of the video, we wouldn’t treat this info as gospel just yet. However, Sony will reveal all at IFA in Berlin later this week.

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Netflix won’t renew movie licensing pact with Epix

Netflix users will soon have to find somewhere else to get their fix of “Hunger Games” and “World War Z.”

The streaming service announced Sunday it has decided not to renew its movie licensing deal with Epix when the current contract expires at the end of September. In the announcement, the streaming service said it was putting a greater emphasis on original content.

“We’ve enjoyed a five-year partnership with Epix, but our strategic paths are no longer aligned,” Netflix said in a statement to Variety. “Our focus has shifted to provide great movies and TV series for our members that are exclusive to Netflix. Epix focus is to make sure that their movies will be widely available for consumers through a variety of platforms.”

Netflix customers will soon lose access to Epix movies.

Epix did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The joint venture of film studios Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate has reached a licensing deal with streaming service Hulu that is expected to launch in October, said a source familiar with the deal.

The decision underscores the streaming service’s efforts to set itself apart from other subscription movie and TV services with fresh, original content. The move is part of Netflix’s ongoing transition from a by-mail DVD rental company into a major provider of streaming television programming.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, noted that because of the concurrent licensing periods, many of the popular Epix movies available to Netflix customers were also available on other subscription services. By creating its own content, Sarandos wrote, Netflix lets its customers avoid the wait for movies to make their in-home debut after their theatrical release.

“We hear from our members that you wish we had newer movies,” Sarandos wrote in a blog post. “Studio licensing practices means it often takes more than a year before consumers can watch a theatrically released movie when and how they want. Just like we’ve changed the game for TV watchers by releasing entire seasons around the world at the same time, we have begun making movies that will premiere on Netflix globally and in some cases, simultaneously in theaters.”

The post highlighted some of the original movies coming to Netflix in the coming months, including Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous Six” and Brad Pitt’s “War Machine.”

Sarandos also noted that Netflix’s exclusive access deal with The Walt Disney Company will kick in next year. The groundbreaking deal, signed back in 2012, will give Netflix subscribers access to first-run, live-action and animated feature films from Disney, including Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel.

“The majority of these films will arrive on Netflix faster than traditional arrangements had previously allowed,” Sarandos wrote.

Netflix has been using an ever-growing library of original programs to lure new customers to its streaming-media service. The Los Gatos, California-based company touted original programming such as “Orange Is the New Black” and “Sense8″ with helping add 3.28 million new subscribers in its second quarter, easily beating its own projection for 2.5 million new subscribers.

Time will tell whether original movies will help Netflix attract more customers. Netflix expects to bring in 3.55 million more members in the current quarter, with most again coming from international markets.

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Netflix hopes you won’t mind losing access to some big movies

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Here’s hoping that you weren’t bent on watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or World War Z on Netflix — if so, you don’t have much time to do it. Netflix has confirmed that it won’t renew its longstanding movie deal with Epix, which will lead to many Lionsgate and MGM titles disappearing from the service come September. The company hopes you won’t mind, though. As Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos points out, there are legions of original shows lined up — Netflix is betting that you’ll be too busy watching Narcos to worry that a favorite flick just disappeared.

And where is Epix going? If you believe Recode, it’s not giving up on third-party services altogether. Reportedly, it’s is “likely” to sign a deal with Hulu instead. That’s bad news for folks outside of the US (where Hulu is virtually non-existent), but it beats losing all subscription-based access.

Whatever happens, it’s clear that Netflix is making a calculated move to get as much popular content as it can without breaking the bank. As you might gather, content agreements like the one with Disney are expensive — it could be difficult to preserve absolutely every deal when only some of them are likely to translate to more subscribers. Moreover, it’s getting difficult to offer a truly wide selection when there’s a race to snap up exclusives. Like it or not, you may have to subscribe to more than one streaming provider (or rent the missing titles) to cover your typical viewing habits.

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