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TypeStatus beta tweak for Mac puts iMessage typing indicators in your menu bar

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Following the success of Hashbang Productions’ iOS jailbreak tweak TypeStatus, the development group has released a beta version of the tweak for OS X. TypeStatus for Mac will provide simple system-wide notifications in the OS X menu bar when your iMessage has been read or someone is typing a response.

From Hashbang Productions’ Blog:

TypeStatus for Mac is a simple addition to your OS X menu bar that displays typing and read receipt notifications, much like the iOS version. TypeStatus also has built-in support for the awesome Obsidian Menu Bar tweak. This should work on OS X 10.8 and 10.9, however we’ve only tested it on 10.9.

Keep in mind that this is a very early beta; a lot needs to be done to bring TypeStatus for Mac’s features on par with the ones in its iOS version. If you notice any bugs or have any feedback, you can write a comment below or email support@hbang.ws. Enjoy!

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 9.02.19 PMThe install process is easy, but keep in mind, it’s not an all-in-one solution. After downloading the TypeStatus plugin, you’ll need to download and install another app called EasySIMBL. From there, drag the TypeStatus plugin into EasySIMBL, check the “Use SIMBL” box, then quit EasySIMBL and restart the Messages app.

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 9.02.53 PMIn our testing, TypeStatus for Mac functioned properly, but the notifications would only show a person’s email address or phone number instead of a contact name. Another important note is that TypeStatus will only function when the Messages app is open, but it will work when the app is in the background.

Update: According to the Hashbang team, a few of the issues mentioned above were caused by the fact that they had accidentally released a build from April 2013 as the first beta. A second beta has been released to resolve these problems and add an automatic updater for future builds.

TypeStatus has a lot of potential once the bugs get worked out, but we’d love to see a single install package to make the process even easier. If you’d like to check out TypeStatus for Mac beta, it’s available on Hashbang Productions’ site.


Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: Hashbang Production, iMessage, iOS, IOS jailbreaking, OS X, SIMBL, Software release life cycle, TypeStatus, TypeStatus for Mac

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Apple says Heartbleed security flaw did not affect its software or services

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With an estimated half a million sites vulnerable to the “Heartbleed” vulnerability revealed earlier this week, which allows an attacker to access user details of websites previously believed to be secured by industry-standard SSL/TLS, your favorite social networks, stores, and other services around the web could potentially be handing out your password or other personal information to anyone who exploits the issue.

The bug exists in a library called OpenSSL, which is an open-source SSL implementation that many—but not all—web services use to secure sensitive traffic. If a website you use is affected by the bug, your personal data could be given to just about anyone. Unfortunately, changing your password on an unsecure site won’t even help unless the site’s owners have installed a fix (because the attackers can simply exploit the bug again to get your new password).

This serious issue affects a number of high-profile sites, but it seems your Apple ID is safe. Today, Apple gave the following statement to Re/code:

“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key web-based services were not affected.”

We used a tool for testing a site for the vulnerability that was released earlier this week, and can confirm that both apple.com, the various iTunes servers used for hosting Apple’s stores, and WordPress.com (the hosting system used for 9to5Mac and 9to5Google) are secure. Users running a web service powered by OS X 10.8 or 10.9 were also unaffected by this bug, as the server builds of those operating systems use the same (safe) encryption libraries as the consumer versions.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Heartbleed, iOS, OpenSSL, OS X, Protocols, Safari, Security, SSL-TLS, Transport Layer Security, World Wide Web

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OpenTV and Nagravision file patent lawsuit against Apple over video-related technology

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Photo: mashable.com

Suing Apple seems to be the thing to do these days. While the company is locked into a furious, seemingly-unending battle with Samsung, another suit has been announced today by two Swiss sister companies called OpenTV and Nagravision.

According to a press release by the The Kudelski Group, the parent company of the two filing suit, OpenTV focuses on software that includes “advanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, interactive and addressable advertising and a variety of enhanced television applications,” while Nagravision “provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media.”

While the five patents in question aren’t specifically named in the press release, it’s safe to assume that they are related to video playback technologies included in OS X and iOS (both of which are named as infringing in the press release). iAds, iTunes, the App Store, and the Apple TV are also listed.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, Apple TV, IAd, iOS, iTunes, kudelski group, Lawsuit, litigation, nagravision, opentv, OS X, Patent, Samsung

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OpenTV and Nagravision file patent lawsuit against Apple over video-related technology

Photo: mashable.com

Photo: mashable.com

Suing Apple seems to be the thing to do these days. While the company is locked into a furious, seemingly-unending battle with Samsung, another suit has been announced today by two Swiss sister companies called OpenTV and Nagravision.

According to a press release by the The Kudelski Group, the parent company of the two filing suit, OpenTV focuses on software that includes “advanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, interactive and addressable advertising and a variety of enhanced television applications,” while Nagravision “provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media.”

While the five patents in question aren’t specifically named in the press release, it’s safe to assume that they are related to video playback technologies included in OS X and iOS (both of which are named as infringing in the press release). iAds, iTunes, the App Store, and the Apple TV are also listed.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, Apple TV, IAd, iOS, iTunes, kudelski group, Lawsuit, litigation, nagravision, opentv, OS X, Patent, Samsung

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