Ellen Adarna Nude Photo Leaked

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, October 24, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Ellen Adarna Leaked Photo
Another case of leaked photos hit online stands and gossip blogs last 17 September, but this time it did not concern the hacked iCloud accounts of Hollywood actors. It involves nude photos of a local sexy actor and model Ellen Adarna.

It will be recalled that Esquire Philippines featured Adarna as its cover story a few months ago, including two versions of the sexy pictorial shoots showing her naked but covered with the magazine’s captions. The photos were taken by Jake Versoza. However, it seems that three fully naked photos not included in the issue of the magazine were leaked out and are now available at an image sharing website.

In a statement issued on 17 September, Esquire Philippines said it "condemns the unauthorized distribution of Ellen Adarna originally taken from a shoot the magazine staged for its April 2014 edition."

The rest of the statement reads:

"Esquire Philippines and Summit Media condemn the unauthorized distribution of photographs of Ellen Adarna that were originally taken from a shoot the magazine had staged for its April 2014 edition. She had agreed to be featured in Esquire Philippines with the understanding that no nude photographs taken of her then would be published or disseminated. The recent circulation of such sensitive photos without her (or our) knowledge or consent is in blatant violation of her privacy, and her right to dignity. We share her outrage; we are deeply angry; we will not hesitate to take the appropriate legal action.

The images in question, staged with photographer Jake Versoza, were never used in the magazine itself, and in most cases, were never even in the possession of the magazine. The images we did use from the shoot were treated to make sure any sensitive areas were artfully covered or obscured, as had been the agreement.

It is apparent as well to Esquire magazine that its own rights, as well as that of photographer Jake Versoza, have been infringed. We will take the proper measured action to protect its rights. Most importantly, we urge all not to participate in the dissemination of sensitive images that were not intended for public by the one person whose rights and dignity above all else’s should be respected at this time."
As for Adarna, she appeared unperturbed about all of this scandal. After hearing of the leak, Adarna responded by posting a photo on her official Instagram account with the caption: "Yesterday I received good and bad news. Today will be a f**king good day. Moving on... I'll just keep telling myself that in the end everything is gonna be okay, if it's not ok it's not the end."

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Is Apple Pay the Future of Credit Payment?

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Apple Pay
In the immediate future, some people believe that they will get a chance to cast off their credit cards in favor of a smartphone application. Whether this is good or bad, remains to be seen, but for Apple that is the best-case scenario.

The tech giant has not ruled out widespread use of mobile application when it officially launched Apple Pay, the new mobile payment service that allows users to buy goods with their smartphones. Apple is betting consumers will no longer want to carry their wallets, credit cards or cash.

Here is how Apple Pay works: users walk up to a checkout line while hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus up to a special reader. By simply pressing the fingerprint sensor, the transaction is completed.

For online shopping within apps, apple pay is also available on the recently announced iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. The new service is enabled by a free software update to iOS 8.

"Taking out your credit card and swiping it is pretty easy," Eddy Cue, apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, tells CNBC. "We wanted to make something that was even easier than that."

With this new service, Apple is trying to capitalize on the swelling mobile payments market, which is set to quadruple to US$ 90 billion by 2017, according to Forrester Research. The company has not yet disclosed how it intends to monetize this service.

The iPhone maker already boasts an extensive network of retailers and merchants jumping on the mobile payment bandwagon at 220,000 locations across the country, including Whole Foods, McDonald's and Macy's.

Apple Pay also supports credit and debit cards from American Express, Mastercard and Visa. A wide range of banks have also signed on including Bank of America, Citibank and Wells Fargo.

Attracting more merchants could be a big hurdle though. To make Apple Pay work, stores have to install what's called an NFC reader at the checkout line. Currently, such devices are being used by fewer than 10 percent of merchants, according to research firm Gartner.
Industry analysts believe Apple Pay could prove an immediate hit with tech-savvy consumers, but some are cautious about the technology's broader appeal.

"It is very easy to conduct transactions with credit cards, debit cards and cash," says Bryan Yeager, an analyst at eMarketer. "You don't need a battery to be able to do that. Apple Pay will have to contend with ingrained consumer behavior when it comes to paying with credit cards."

Apple's Cue, however, disagrees with that analysis. He argues that Apple Pay will prove popular because it is much faster than traditional payment methods, and it is also more secure.

For the service to work, consumers use credit cards they already have on file with iTunes, or enter a new credit card number. A unique, 16-digit security code is then created each time a consumer authorizes a new purchase. That one-time code, if intercepted by criminals, cannot be used on another device – or by another person.

(Photo courtesy of NY Times)

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Storage Problems Hound iOS 8.1 Update

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iOS 8.1 Update
When Apple released iOS 8.1, the first major update for iOS 8 that brought some new features to users (such as Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) last 20 October, it was programmed to fix several operational issues right away. Unfortunately, it miss on one important thing.

Apple has apparently failed to fix one issue of the latest OS version that will prevent many users from upgrading from iOS 7.

Users looking to update their compatible device from iOS 7.x or iOS 8.0.x to iOS 8.1 are reporting several storage requirements. The actual download seems to be minimal: 70MB on an iPhone 4S with iOS 8.0.2, 126MB on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.0.2, 140MB on iPad Air with iOS 8 on board, or 999MB on an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1.

However, it still looks like users need plenty of available storage space to make the jump from iOS 7.x directly to iOS 8.1, without hooking the device up to a Mac/PC to perform the update via iTunes rather than over-the-air (OTA). OTA requires a massive 4.8GB of storage available.

Apple’s own iOS stats for developers have recently revealed that iOS 8 adoption has almost stopped and is at a much lower rate compared to the previous iOS 7 upgrade. While there may be plenty of reasons for users to choose staying with iOS 7.x instead on jumping to iOS 8, many people have speculated that Apple’s massive storage requirements for the update are the real reason iOS 8 adoption is stalling, as many iOS device owners may be unaware they can update their devices with help of iTunes in order to bypass the storage problem.

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Apple Owns the Market with iPhone

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Apple Products
If you think that Apple is resting in its laurel after the impressive launch of their latest smartphone variants last 9 September, you better think again because the tech giant is still not finished impressing you.

Fueled by ingenious marketing strategy coupled with attractive design and features, Apple has just proven some skeptics wrong by selling a lot more than what was initially expected. Figures for the final quarter of Apple's fiscal 2014 year are out and it saw 39.3 million iPhones sold, along with 12.3 million iPads and a very respectable 5.5 million Macs, with the fading iPod category bringing up the rear with 2.6 million sales.

It cannot be denied that iPhone's growth year-over-year is the most impressive stat here, and it’s easy to see why the device fared so well this quarter: this is the first partial quarter of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus availability, and by all accounts, including Apple’s own, this is the most successful iPhone launch of all time.

Analysts had expected iPhone sales of just about 38 million iPhones this year, and around 13 million iPad sales, with just under 5 million Macs moved and a paltry 2.3 million iPods. Last year, Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones, 14.08 million iPads, 4.57 million Macs and 3.5 million iPods during the same period.

This quarter’s results are further proof that Apple’s big business is still the iPhone, with the iPad fading back to a position more similar to the Mac, with consistent performance but far less growth potential compared to its still-growing smartphone sales. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and their sales performance, will be under scrutiny next quarter by those looking to ascertain the future of Apple’s tablet ambitions.

Overall, Apple’s iPhone revenue jumped from US$ 19.5 million last year, to US$ 23.7 million this year during the quarter, while revenue from iPad dipped slightly from US$ 6.2 million to US$ 5.4 million. Mac revenue climbed from US$ 5.6 million to US$ 6.6 million, however, making up for the ground lost by iPad.

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Are iCloud's New Security Features Enough?

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, October 20, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead
After a series of nude pictures and videos were leaked out to the public via iCloud, Apple plans to adopt new security features in the coming weeks. The move was designed to counter the methods used in a mass theft of sensitive photos of more than 100 women, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

The company will use email and push notifications to alert users when someone tries to change an account password, restore cloud data on a new device, or connect an unfamiliar device to an existing Apple account.

CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal that the new notifications would start in two weeks, and users would be empowered to take back the accounts immediately.

Apple also plans to widen its use of two-step authentication. That option, available on most email or file-sharing platforms, is a second, temporary password that usually arrives in the form of a text message.

Cook has concluded hackers were able to force their way into the photo collections through phishing attempts, guessing passwords or figuring out answers to the celebrities' security questions.

Well-guarded systems only let users guess passwords a handful of times before blocking access. But until this week, Apple's iCloud service allowed people to guess passwords over and over again. It would never lock out. Eventually, hackers hit it right.

Apple, however, assured the public the hackers did not break into the company's core computer systems, which house all of its users' data. So iCloud itself was not hacked.

The problem is that there is an easy way around the two-step authentication that will not keep hackers out of your account.

Anyone can grab any Apple device, synchronize it with your iCloud account and download all of your private files. All it takes is your username and password. That sounds like a lot, but it's actually the very thing two-step authentication is meant to prevent. For iCloud, two-step authentication is currently useless.

That's why Cook is wrong to say the problem lies with users - not Apple's system.

"When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece," he told The Journal. "I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That's not really an engineering thing."

The revelation that Apple can't keep your data private is terrible timing. The company is expected to unveil several products and services on 9 September 2014, all deeply interconnected with data sharing - and requiring your trust.

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Small Update About the Big iOS 8 Revision

Posted by Kirhat | Sunday, October 19, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iOS 8 Update
Apple may have been preoccupied with their latest release of new iPad Air 2 and upgraded Mac mini that only a few were able to realize that there was also a small announcement regarding the first big revision of iOS 8.

While it may look just like Apple’s previous mobile software version, iOS 8.1 is a huge deal, mainly because it will finally bring Apple Pay to iPhones and iPads.

Apple announced that it is already working with more than 500 partners on its mobile payment solution, and down the road it could clearly be a huge boost for Apple’s bottom line and an added convenience for Apple’s customers. However, Apple Pay isn’t the only new addition in iOS 8.1.

Beyond Apple Pay, there are some great new features coming to iPhones and iPads anytime now, when Apple announced it will release iOS 8.1 to the public. The most exciting among them is likely Continuity, which adds fantastic new capabilities to iOS for Mac users.

With Continuity, iOS devices and Mac computers are more closely integrated than ever before. For example, the new Handoff feature Apple is enabling allows users to quickly and easily move documents, files and even web pages back and forth between devices. For example, a document being edited on an iPad can quickly be moved to a Mac once a user arrives at his or her office.

Phone calls can also be made or answered on a connected computer, and text messages can be sent and received.

That’s not the end of the new features coming in iOS 8.1, however. One of the updates could also be specific for the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro that will reportedly arrive next year, a fork that could bring some additional features to the bigger tablet such as iPad split-screen mode.

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