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Apple unleashes new MacBook Pro and third-generation AirPods

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Apple has wrapped up its latest product showcase, with the so-called “Unleashed” event unveiling brand new MacBook laptops and Airpods

New updates to Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro deliver powerful tools for professional video and music creators (APPLE)

The company has officially stripped Intel Corp processors from its computers, and will instead opt for an in-house processor.

The new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are 70 percent faster, with the new MacBooks also boasting larger screens, MagSafe charging and better resolution.

M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built, delivering unprecedented performance and power efficiency (APPLE)

The revamp of processes and devices is aimed at surpassing the high-end chips Intel has provided for Apple devices over 15 years.

Introducing the next generation of AirPods

Meanwhile, the company also announced brand new Airpods, with the latest model being a refresh of the first-generation entry-level buds, as opposed to the Pro model.

The new AirPods feature spatial audio and industry-leading sound, longer battery life and an all-new design (APPLE)

Apple has been the leader in the wireless earphone market since the product first dropped back in 2016, leaving competitors like Samsung and Google in the dust.

The Airpods will include a new audio driver and water resistance, but won’t sport water resistance.

Apple has also announced deeper Siri integration for Apple Music, including playlists that are optimised for usage via Siri, Apple’s voice assistant.

$19 polishing cloth goes viral online

Apple may have Unleashed its brand new MacBook laptops and Airpods, but another new product stole the show.

The tech giant unveiled its latest creation… which is a $19 dollar Apple-branded “polishing cloth.”

APPLE POLISHING CLOTH

The brand-new polishing cloth works on all sorts of Apple products (and for that price, you’d want to hope so!)

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How to know if your data has been hacked

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If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that data privacy is a hot topic right now. Just this week, it was revealed that the data of millions of Optus customers in Australia had been hacked

So how can you tell if your data has been compromised? Here are some signs to look out for:

1. Unexpected emails or messages from companies or organisations you’re not signed up with. This could be anything from a generic phishing email to a more targeted attack where hackers have obtained your personal data and are using it to try and gain access to your accounts.

2.Strange activity on your online accounts – for example, log-ins from unusual locations or devices, or changes to your password or contact details that you didn’t make.

3.Receiving bills or invoices for products or services you didn’t purchase. This is often a sign that your financial data has been accessed and used to make unauthorised purchases.

Optusdata hacker mocked on social media for clumsy attack – READ HERE

If you suspect that your data may have been hacked, it’s important to act quickly. Change your passwords on all your online accounts and run a virus scan on your devices. You should also contact the relevant organisations (e.g. your bank, credit card company etc.) to let them know and report the incident.

Data hacks are becoming more and more common, so it’s important to be vigilant about protecting your data privacy. By following these simple steps, you can help to keep your data safe.

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War in Ukraine collides with world of tech

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Russia’s largest social media app has been taken off Apple’s App store

VKontakte is a popular Russian social media app with millions of downloads.

The app’s users have been told the it will no longer be on the popular app store.

Other games made by the same developer have also been taken offline.

It’s unclear why the app has stopped showing online.

But many western companies have left Russia themselves, including Nike and McDonalds in the wake of President Putin’s war in Ukraine.

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Optusdata hacker mocked on social media for clumsy attack

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Hackers are having a field day mocking the “Optusdata” hacker who stole the personal information of more than 10 million Australians.

The hapless hacker made the mistake of demanding a $1.5 million ransom from Optus, and then apologised when they didn’t get their way.

Now they’re being ridiculed by the very people they were trying to impress.

“This just goes to show that you can’t trust any optusdata these days,” said one commenter on an online forum. “They’ll steal your data and then humiliate you for it.”

“I wouldn’t give them a cent,” said another. “They don’t deserve it.”

How to know if your data has been hacked – READ HERE

Millions impacted

The company has downplayed the incident, saying that only a small percentage of its customers’ data was actually stolen.

“We would like to reassure our customers that their data is safe and secure,” an Optus spokesperson said. “We have robust security measures in place to protect our customers’ information.”

If you’re an Optus customer, you can check to see if your data was stolen by going to optusdata.com.au/hackcheck

You should also change your password and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity on your account.

If you’re worried about your data, you should change your password and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity on your account.

Optus has downplayed the incident, saying that only a small percentage of its customers’ data was actually stolen. However, the company is still urging customers to take precautions.

Government action

The Albanese government has said that it is “deeply concerned” about the hack and is working with Optus to investigate the matter.

“We take the security of our citizens’ data very seriously,” a spokesperson for the Albanese government said.

“This incident highlights the need for all businesses to have robust security measures in place to protect their customers’ information.”

The Albanese government is urging all businesses to review their security measures in light of the Optus hack.

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