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Weekly digest

W/E 14 Feb 2016


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— THE WEEK’S BIGGEST HITS AT MAC KUNG FU:


— FIXING AN IPHONE BRICKED BY THE IOS DATE BUG ISN’T ACTUALLY DIFFICULT —
As YouTuber JerryRigEverything explains in the video below, repairing an iPhone maliciously hit by the iOS date bug isn’t actually that hard. You’ll need specialist yet inexpensive pentalobe screwdrivers, but the whole procedure can be completed literally within minutes. It involves simply lifting the screen, unscrewing the battery connector protection plate, disconnecting the battery, and then repeating these steps in reverse.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/fixing-the-ios-date-bug-isn-t-actually-that-difficult

— AN IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WHY THE 1 JAN 1970 BUG BRICKS IPHONES AND IPADS —
YouTube celeb Tom Scott explains in very simple language why 64-bit iPhones (and not older 32-bit models!) are affected by the 1 Jan 1970 bug that can brick them
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/the-idiot-s-guide-to-how-the-1-jan-1970-bug-bricks-phones-and-ipads

— WHY ICLOUD DRIVE ISN’T GARBAGE - AN EXPERT’S GUIDE —
iCloud Drive hasn’t seen a great deal of love sent its way since its introduction but in OS X El Capitan it just about becomes usable. Below we explain why it’s worth your time – and money.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/why-icloud-drive-isn-t-garbage-an-expert-s-guide

— APPLE TV NOT SWITCHING ON? HERE’S A POSSIBLE FIX —
News reaches us direct from an unnamed Apple Genius that there’s an occasional bug with the Apple TV (4th Gen) operating system update routine that means the update is not fully applied. As a result the Apple TV will refuse to turn on.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/apple-tv-not-switching-on-here-s-the-fix

— DO YOU MISS MS PAINT? —
Nobody knows why Apple has never introduced a painting app to OS X. After all, they invented this kind of desktop app with MacPaint back in 1984. For all its sins Microsoft Paint – supplied with every version of Windows since 3.1 – has all kinds of uses. You can let kids play with it. You can draw quick diagrams for emailing. Some people even produce proper art with it. Here are some free alternatives if you downright can’t live without a splash of Paint in your life.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/miss-ms-paint

— GRAB THE MICROSOFT OFFICE 2016 INSTALL FILES QUICKLY AND EASILY —
Hats off to the folks behind the macadmins.software website, who’ve collated all the official download links for Microsoft’s Office 2016 product. These are the full, official install files direct from Microsoft’s content distribution network, and as such you’ll need to enter your Office 365 subscription login to use them once installed.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/grab-the-microsoft-office-2016-install-files-quickly-and-easily

— PRANKSTERS EXPLOIT MASSIVE IOS BUG THAT CAN BRICK IPHONES AND IPADS —
And so it begins… The above image has begun circulating on the Internet, hoping to catch out those unaware of the serious iOS clock bug, first reported on Mac Kung Fu yesterday, that can brick iPhones, iPads (including Pro), and even the latest iPod Touch.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/pranksters-exploit-massive-ios-bug-that-can-brick-iphones-and-ipads

— SPEED TEST YOUR NET CONNECTION WITHOUT A SITE OR APP —
Many people use sites like SpeedTest to check the download rate of their Internet connection but lots of these sites demand the Flash plugin – and you really should uninstall that for security reasons nowadays. While this situation is slowly changing (SpeedTest offers a non-Flash beta of its service, for example), the fact is you can speed test directly from your Mac without any need for a website or app.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/speed-test-your-net-connection-without-a-site-or-app

— DOES YOUR IPAD PRO RANDOMLY WAKE FROM SLEEP? HERE’S THE FIX —
Does your iPad Pro wake itself randomly, such as when being carried around in a bag? You’re not alone. The issue is caused by the Smart Keyboard, and the fix is simple.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/does-your-ipad-pro-randomly-wake-up-here-s-the-fix

— MASSIVE IOS BUG WILL BRICK YOUR IPHONE OR IPAD - AND IT’S ULTRA EASY TO DO —
Rather worrying news comes our way from Reddit user vista980622, who explains that setting the time and date to Jan 1, 1970 on an iOS device will brick it – that is to say, make it unusable, short of taking it into an Apple Store for repair. Only they can officially disconnect and reattach the battery, which is the only way of repairing the problem, although some report success waiting several days until the battery has entirely drained.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/doozie-of-a-bug-could-brick-your-iphone-or-ipad-and-it-s-ultra-easy-to-do

— HOW TO FIND IF YOUR APPS ARE AFFECTED BY THE SPARKLE HIJACK BUG —
As reported by MacRumors and various other sources, Mac apps that use the Sparkle back-end software to auto-update are potentially vulnerable to a hack attack.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/how-to-find-if-your-apps-are-affected-by-the-sparkle-hijack

— SUMMON WATCH GLANCES VIA SIRI —
Here’s a tip that’ll make your Apple Watch that little bit more useful. You can summon any Glance using Siri – even if that Glance isn’t activated in the Apple Watch settings app.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/summon-apple-watch-glances-via-siri

— HACKING A 128GB IPHONE UPGRADE FOR $60 —
How would you like to upgrade your 16GB iPhone 6 (or earlier) to 128GB for only $60? Well, if you live near Shenzen, China then you’re in luck.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/hacking-a-128gb-iphone-upgrade-for-60

— ERROR 53: IFIXIT CALLS OUT APPLE, TELLS THE WHOLE TRUTH —
iFixIt’s Kyle Wiens provides a superb rundown of the Error 53 issue, detailing the story so far as well as technical information. We’d expect nothing less from the Internet’s best repair site. Apple’s been hiding behind the excuse that Error 53 is caused by “other invalid components” used when repairs are made by non-Apple personnel, with particular reference to the Touch ID sensor. iFixIt calls them on this.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/error-53-ifixit-calls-out-apple-tells-the-whole-truth

— BUSTED BY THE FBI ON YOUR IPHONE? HERE’S HOW TO DEAL WITH IT —
Had an FBI warning pop-up on your iPhone while browsing, that you just can’t get rid of? Don’t worry. It’s not an actual FBI warning and it’s NOT a virus, as some blogs are reporting. It’s just a stupid annoying Javascript trick created by stupid annoying people – of which there are, sadly, a lot on the Internet.
— READ MORE:
http://www.mackungfu.org/busted-by-the-fbi-on-your-iphone-here-s-how-to-deal-with-it


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