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    • By Usama Jawad96
      Native support for OneDrive sync on Windows on ARM and Apple Silicon is now in preview
      by Usama Jawad

      Microsoft's cloud storage solution, OneDrive, is updated from time to time with new features. One of its capabilities is a sync client that synchronizes content between your local machine and your online OneDrive storage. Back in June, Microsoft announced that the OneDrive sync client would be updated to run natively on Mac devices. Today, this feature has been rolled out as a public preview.



      The OneDrive sync client now runs natively on ARM and Apple Silicon devices. OneDrive customers can enable this preview via OneDrive Settings > About after joining the Insiders ring. Although the enhancement is now available, it will be rolled out to everyone in the next few days so fret not if it isn't immediately visible to you.

      Prior to this, Apple Silicon devices were forced to use make use of Rosetta 2 emulation in order to run the OneDrive sync client. Meanwhile, Windows on ARM devices utilized either a 32-bit version of the software or ran the 64-bit variant via x64 emulation - something that Microsoft has now killed for Windows 10 on ARM devices.

      As it now stands, the OneDrive sync client runs natively on Apple Silicon and Windows on ARM hardware. In theory, this should enable better performance, but Microsoft hasn't detailed more advantages in its announcement blog post. If you're on the aforementioned hardware, you should probably check out Microsoft's dedicated FAQs page here.

    • By zikalify
      IDC: Smartwatches starting to displace wristbands as wearable shipments grow 9.9% in 3Q21
      by Paul Hill



      The analyst firm IDC has announced that smartwatches have begun to displace typically cheaper smart wristbands as global shipments for wearables as a whole grew 9.9% during the third quarter (3Q21). IDC said that wrist-worn wearables were recently dominated by Xiaomi’s low-cost bands but they have now been kicked from the top spot and Apple and Huawei are now tied for first place.

      Commenting on this phenomenon, Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers, said:

      In terms of the whole wearable market, which also includes hearables, the data is as follows:

      Company 3Q21 Shipments 3Q21 Market Share 3Q20 Shipments 3Q20 Market Share Year-Over-Year Growth 1. Apple 39.8 28.8% 41.3 32.8% -3.6% 2. Samsung 12.7 9.2% 11.2 8.9% 13.8% 3. Xiaomi 12.7 9.2% 16.7 13.2% -23.8% 4. Huawei 10.9 7.9% 10.5 8.4% 3.7% 5. Imagine Marketing 10 7.2% 3.3 2.6% 206.4% Others 52.2 37.7% 42.9 34.1% 21.6% Total 138.4 100.0% 125.9 100.0% 9.9% Apple’s top spot in the table is quite interesting because IDC noted that Apple saw a huge 35.3% decline in Apple Watch shipments in the third quarter. Luckily, it AirPods and Beats hearables have been selling well allowing the company to keep its top spot in the whole wearables market.

    • By Usama Jawad96
      Apple AirTags are being exploited to steal cars in Canada
      by Usama Jawad

      Apple announced AirTags back in April, enabling consumers to track items. While the device is meant to be used as a key finder so people can locate personal objects that may be misplaced easily, its utility is being misused by malicious actors in some areas.

      As reported by MacRumors, the York regional police has issued an advisory indicating that at least five incidents have involved the use of AirTags to steal cars which are parked in public places. Thieves reportedly place the AirTags in discreet locations of the cars like in a tow hitch, inside the bumper, or in an external electrical port, making it difficult for car owners to notice the small device.

      These AirTags use nearby Apple devices as crowd-sourced beacons to broadcast the location of the car to thieves so they can plan their heist under conducive conditions. Although Apple issues notifications to nearby users if it suspects that AirTags are being used to track their location, it's possible that victims dismiss these alerts or don't even use an Apple device to receive said alerts.

      That said, AirTags are apparently being used just to track the vehicles. Under conducive conditions, thieves then use traditional methods such as screw drivers and other tools to actually break into the car. Although the York police has just linked five cases of car thefts to Apple AirTags right now, it's possible that other malicious actors are leveraging the same modus operandi in their heists.

    • By zikalify
      State Department iPhones compromised by NSO Group spyware
      by Paul Hill



      Reuters has reported that at least nine iPhone devices belonging to U.S. State Department employees have been hacked. It’s unclear who deployed the software but it was apparently designed by NSO Group, a creator of sophisticated spyware against which Apple has recently started legal action. The employees worked in or had connections to Uganda.

      Responding to Reuters’ investigation, a spokesperson from NSO Group, said:

      While it could not be determined who had launched that attack against the U.S. State Department employees, NSO Group is known to sell its products to government law enforcement and intelligence clients, though, it is not involved directly in surveillance operations. The software has been used on numerous occasions to target government officials, journalists, business people, activists, academics, and embassy workers and this is why the U.S. added the firm to an Entity List.

      With regards to the latest case, the attack would mark the biggest attack on U.S. government officials, however, the State Department nor the officials at the Ugandan embassy in Washington D.C. would give comments, nor would a spokesperson for Apple.

    • By zikalify
      Apple taps Prince William to close season 2 of Time to Walk
      by Paul Hill



      Apple has announced that Prince William will be the guest on the next episode of Time to Walk. The 38-minute episode will close the second season of the series on December 6 and it’ll focus on keeping mentally fit, an issue Prince William has discussed at length publicly.

      According to Apple, he will discuss a time when he was taken out of his comfort zone, the importance of listening as a way to empower others, and an experience he had that caused him to prioritise mental health. Prince William has chosen three mental health charities to which Apple has said it will be making donations; they include Crisis Text Line in the U.S., Shout 85258 in the UK, and Lifeline in Australia.

      The Time to Walk episodes are available in the Workout app on Apple Watch with a Fitness+ subscription, however, there will be three special audio airings of Prince William’s Time to Walk episode featuring just the stories and music. These specials will stream for free on the Apple Music 1 radio station on Apple Music.

      Giving the times you’ll need to tune in, Apple said:

      Fitness+ is available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK, and the U.S. Meanwhile, Apple Music 1 can be listened to in 165 countries and regions, and streams to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, Apple Watch, iPod touch, CarPlay, popular smart TVs, smart speakers, and Android and Windows devices, or online at music.apple.com.