Earthquake damage hits Apple’s A-series chipmaker

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) might be on course to take over 100 percent of Apple’s A10 chip orders, but that’s not to say that it’s entirely without problems right now. According to a new report, a recent earthquake which hit one of TSMC’s factories in southern Taiwan caused more damage than initially thought: with […]

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Tech Travel Vest From AyeGear

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with AyeGear to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a V26 Travel Vest, which is a tech vest that’s able to hold an iPhone, an iPad, a Retina MacBook, and a huge number of accessories in its dedicated pockets.

There are 26 total pockets in the Travel Vest, with seven on the outside and 19 on the inside. The two largest inner pockets can hold dual iPads or an iPad and a 12-inch MacBook, and there are also two smartphone pockets with transparent touch pockets for housing an iPhone. With the transparent fabric, the touchscreen of the iPhone is usable while it’s tucked away and earbuds can be routed through the top of the vest for listening to music.

Internal wire management keeps cords from getting tangled, and there are pockets that will hold a range of accessories like credit cards, cash, glasses, a passport, a camera, a water bottle, and more. The vest itself is waterproof, breathable, and windproof, so it can be used in all weather conditions.

According to AyeGear, the Travel Vest is ideal for outdoor activities like walking, hiking, and backpacking, but it’s also useful for airline travel or professions where multiple accessories and devices need to be on hand at all time, such as photography.

The AyeGear V26 Travel Vest can be purchased from the AyeGear website for GBP99.99​​ or $145, but one MacRumors reader can win one through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prizes.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (February 12) at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time through 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time on February 19. The winner will be chosen randomly on February 19 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond a before a new winner is chosen.

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Now is a great time to bet on Apple, says Goldman Sachs

Stocks have been getting crushed all year, but according to Goldman Sachs, now is the perfect time to starting betting on Apple options. Goldman Sachs’ options team has pointed out that Apple options prices are especially low right now compared to the the S&P 500, making it a great target for purchasing a ‘straddle’, which […]

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Apple Acquired Firmware Security Company LegbaCore Last November

Apple acquired firmware security company LegbaCore in November 2015, according to security researcher Trammell Hudson, who revealed the acquisition in his presentation at the 32C3 conference in December. LegbaCore’s goal, according to founder Xeno Kovah, is „to help build systems that are as secure as we know how to make.“

In November, Kovah and fellow LegbaCore founder Corey Kallenberg revealed that they had joined Apple as full-time employees. Just a couple days before that, LegbaCore’s website announced that it would „not be accepting any new customer engagements“, noting that the website would remain up „to serve as a reference for LegbaCore’s past work.“

LegbaCore had collaborated with Hudson on Thunderstrike 2, the first firmware worm to affect Mac computers. The malware is impossible to remove, resistant to both firmware and software updates. LegbaCore and Hudson had alerted Apple to Thunderstrike 2’s vulnerabilities and Apple began work on fixes, issuing one in June 2015.

On Twitter, Kovah said that Apple began discussions with LegbaCore after the consultancy’s presentation in summer 2015. It soon became clear to Kovah and Kallenberg that Apple had „some *very* interesting and highly impactful work“ that the two could participate in. They were eventually convinced to wind down LegbaCore’s existing contracts and begin work at Apple.

While LegbaCore is a security consultancy firm that doesn’t own any specific technology, it’s likely Apple will use Kovah and Kallenberg’s talent and knowledge to help improve firmware and software security in future iterations of Apple’s various hardware and software products. LegbaCore’s work includes research on Thunderstrike 2, „dead code“ for BIOS attacks and more.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Copy of WALTR for Mac

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Softorino to offer 15 MacRumors readers a chance to win a copy of WALTR for Mac. WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload any music or video file to an iOS device.

With WALTR, you can drag and drop a wide variety of media files onto your iPhone or iPad, and they’ll be automatically added to the appropriate native Music or Video app on the device. Supported file types include MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, LV, M2TS, TS, DV, MPG, MPEG, MPE, WEBM, MB4, AIFF, WAV, OGG, WV, TTA, and DFF.

Transferring a file is as simple as plugging an iPhone or iPad into your Mac or PC, turning off iTunes, and dragging any media file onto the Mac app. From there, the file is converted and uploaded to your device within minutes.

WALTR is normally priced at $29.99. 15 MacRumors readers will get WALTR for free through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prizes.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (January 29) at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 5. The winners will be chosen randomly on February 5 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond a before new winners are chosen.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Tech Roll From Intrepid Bag Co

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve once again teamed up with Intrepid Bag Co, a store that sells hand-crafted high-quality leather bags and accessories. We’ve given away Intrepid Bag Co messenger bags in the past, but this week we have something a bit different – the Intrepid Leather Tech Roll.

The Tech Roll is designed to wrangle and store all of your cords and small Apple-related accessories like hard drives, battery packs, power adapters, and more. It lays flat to let you add all of your items, and then rolls up for easy travel. Cords stored in the Tech Roll don’t need to be removed to charge devices – each pocket has a pull-through plug opening for charging in place.

Like all Intrepid Bag Co products, the Tech Roll is made from a quality mahogany leather with canvas interior pockets. There are three cord pockets with 6 leather loops for holding cords in place, a bigger flap pocket for holding something like a battery pack, and a zippered pouch for other small accessories. Two wrap around straps keep the Tech Roll closed when not in use.

Intrepid Bag Co sells the Tech Roll on its website for $129, but one lucky MacRumors reader will get one through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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Apple stock may be falling, but don’t tell the hedge funds!

Analysts may be tripping over one another to proclaim the sky is falling for Apple, but apparently no-one told hedge fund managers because (surprise, surprise!) it turns out they’re not in a hurry to get rid of their AAPL stock at all. Far from it, in fact. According to disclosures made with the Securities and […]

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Yep, iOS 9.3 has already been jailbroken

The last version of iOS 9 that was successfully jailbroken was iOS 9.0.2. Now, we’re up to iOS 9.2, and today, Apple announced iOS 9.3 will be coming soon. So when will the jailbreakers catch up? Unknown, but it shouldn’t be too far away, with a prominent jailbreak hacker showing off video of an iOS […]

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What glitchy software should Apple fix first?

Walt Mossberg has had his say on what Apple needs to fix most: its software. Now it’s your turn to weigh in with your own opinion–which specific software should Apple fix? We’ve created two polls for you to express your opinion, one for OS X on the Mac and one for iOS on the iPhone […]

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