Apple Bricks Ethernet Port on Some Macs With OS X Update, Here’s How to Fix It

Apple Bricks Ethernet Port on Some Macs With OS X Update, Here's How to Fix It

If your Mac isn’t connecting to the Internet, you can blame Apple for that. The Cupertino-based company has admitted that a recent update to the operating system rendered the Ethernet port on the machine useless for at least some people. The company has explained on the support website about how one can fix the glitch. You can also do it manually, in case connecting your machine to the Internet wirelessly is also not possible.

Over the weekend, users began to complain of connectivity issues with Ethernet port on “most” Mac computers. They claimed that a Kernel extension update, which has since been pulled, blacklisted the BCM5701 driver, which is supposedly responsible for the correct functioning of the Ethernet port. Apple has acknowledged the issue and urges users to update to Kernel extension version 3.28.2 or make some changes to the system manually.

Check System Information on your system (by opening Spotlight and searching for System Information) to pinpoint the version number of Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration. The affected version number is 3.28.1. If your system is facing the issue, you will be required to update the configuration to get the Ethernet porting again. If you’ve the option to connect to a Wi-Fi network, type in sudo softwareupdate –background. Close Terminal and restart the system.

If you cannot connect to Wi-Fi, restart the system in Recovery mode, and manually delete the following file using Disk Utility and Terminal: rm -rf “/Volumes/Macintosh HD/System/Library/Extensions/AppleKextExcludeList.kext. You can read more about it here.

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Apple launches ‘Podcasts Connect’ Web portal for managing digital content

Apple on Tuesday made it easier for podcaster to validate, publish and manage their content online with the launch of a new iTunes Connect-based Web service called Podcasts Connect.


From podcast submission to RSS feed editing, the Podcasts Connect portal keeps a bevy of content management tools — presented in an easy-to-use dashboard style layout — close at hand with Mac and PC Web browser support, an upgrade from the previous system that required clicking through the “Submit a Podcast” link in iTunes.

As noted by podcast hosting service Libsyn earlier this month, the new dashboard lets users create new podcasts or take control of existing feeds. Anyone with an Apple ID can submit a podcast for validation once they create an RSS feed and associated host URL.

According to Apple’s Podcasts Connect support webpage, users can submit, test and validate episodes directly from on the Web portal. The dashboard also provides content management tools, allowing users to refresh, delete, hide and unhide specific shows from the iTunes podcast directory. More advanced options include monetization and marketing management.

Since popularizing podcasts as an accessible, yet widely distributable, digital medium, Apple has generally taken a hands-off approach to the serialized Internet broadcasts. The company does, however, pre-install a first-party Podcasts app on iOS devices and hosts a corresponding content category in the iTunes Store. Most recently, Apple added a Podcasts app analogue to fourth-generation Apple TV boxes with tvOS version 9.1.1.

The Podcasts Connect portal went live on Tuesday and is accessible by anyone holding a valid Apple ID.

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Apple Fight On iPhone Access Extends To Other Cases

Apple Fight On iPhone Access Extends To Other Cases

Apple has been locked in a legal and public relations battle with the government in the California case. (AFP Photo)

WASHINGTON:  Apple is battling the US government over accessing locked devices in at least 10 cases around the country, in addition to the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers, court documents show.

The existence of other court disputes lends credence to Apple’s argument that the high-profile legal case in California is about more than a single iPhone.

Apple provided a list of cases where it is opposing the US Justice Department’s requests in a February 17 letter to a federal judge in Brooklyn, where the company is challenging government efforts to access an iPhone in a drug trafficking case.

The letter said all the requests sought Apple’s assistance under the All Writs Act, a 1789 law which allows the courts broad authority to help law enforcement.

“Apple has not agreed to perform any services on the devices to which those requests are directed,” Apple’s lawyer Marc Zwillinger said in the letter.

The letter said the cases were “similar in nature” but did not provide specifics about the government’s requests.

It said the San Bernardino case was “even more burdensome” than the other requests because it would require the company to create new software to help investigators break into the iPhone.

Apple has been locked in a legal and public relations battle with the government in the California case, where the FBI is seeking technical assistance in hacking the iPhone of Syed Farook, a US citizen, who with his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik in December gunned down 14 people.

US officials argue the case would not set a legal precedent, but Apple and its supporters claim it could force the company to do the same in other cases and lead to a weakening of security.

In the Brooklyn case, prosecutors responded to the Apple letter with their own filing, claiming that the company’s position has been “inconsistent at best.”

The letter from US Attorney Robert Capers said that “numerous judges around the nation have found it appropriate, under the All Writs Act, to require Apple to assist in accessing a passcode-locked Apple device where law enforcement agents have obtained a warrant to search that device.”

Apple’s letter to the Brooklyn judge cited eight additional cases in New York, California, Illinois and Massachusetts where the government was seeking assistance in accessing iPhones or iPads.

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Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password

Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password

After Peggy Bush’s husband, David, succumbed to lung cancer last August, she liked to play card games on their iPad to pass the time. The 72-year-old resident of Victoria, Canada, was on an app one day when it suddenly stopped working, and she was unable to reload the device without providing a password for their Apple ID account.

Bush’s husband never told her the password, and she hadn’t thought to ask. Unlike so many of the things David had left for Bush in his will – car ownership, the title of the house, basically everything he owned – this digital asset followed him to the grave.

According to reporting by the Canadian Broadcasting Channel, the journey to procure the password proved more difficult than any other process involved in David’s passing.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” Bush told CBC. “I could get the pensions, I could get benefits, I could get all kinds of things from the federal government and the other government. But from Apple, I couldn’t even get a silly password.”

At first, they thought the solution would be simple. Bush’s daughter, Donna, called Apple to ask about having the password retrieved and the account reset. The company then requested David’s will and death certificate.

When they got these documents together and called a second time, Apple said they had never heard of the case. Donna told CBC that it took several phone calls and two months of waiting for Apple to accept a notarized death certificate, her father’s will and the serial numbers for the iPad and Mac computer to which Bush also wanted access.

But this was not enough. Over the phone, a representative told Donna the next step: “You need a court order.”

“I was just completely flummoxed,” Donna told CBC. “What do you mean a court order?”

Obtaining one could cost thousands of dollars, depending on the need for a lawyer, so Donna decided to take her complaint straight to the top.

“I then wrote a letter to Tim Cook, the head of Apple, saying this is ridiculous,” she said. “All I want to do is download a card game for my mother on the iPad. I don’t want to have to go to court to do that, and I finally got a call from customer relations who confirmed, yes, that is their policy.”

While Bush had the option of setting up a new Apple ID account, that would have meant losing all the app purchases that she and her husband had made on the original one.

Bush ended up buying a new laptop (not a Mac). Her mission to gain access to her husband’s Apple ID seemed futile until CBC’s “Go Public” wing contacted the company on Bush’s behalf.

Apple apologized for the “misunderstanding” and has since started working with Bush to solve the issue without a court order, CBC reported this week.

For the Bushes, the overdue response feels like putting a Band-Aid on a larger problem.

“We certainly don’t want other people to have to go through the hassle that we’ve gone through,” Donna told CBC. “We’d really like Apple to develop a policy that is far more understanding of what people go through, especially at this very difficult time in our family’s life, having just lost my dad.”

Toronto estate lawyer Daniel Nelson told CBC that online access is controlled by service providers such as Apple, even if users own their digital material. He described the court order demand as “heavy-handed,” but also said Canadian digital property laws are “murky.”

While the incident occurred in Canada, Americans have encountered similar snafus involving the digital assets of deceased relatives on this side of the border.

In 2011, after 15-year-old Eric Rash of Virginia committed suicide, his parents desperately wanted to know why. But when they tried looking to his Facebook page for answers, the website cited state and federal privacy laws blocking their access.

“We were just grieving parents reaching out for anything we could,” Rash’s father, Ricky, told The Washington Post in 2013.

The question of whether digital assets should be treated the same as material possessions where inheritance is concerned has emerged naturally with the growing ubiquity of social media usage, but few concrete answers have been offered by lawmakers and legal authorities. Most states place digital and physical property in different categories, and tech companies themselves prohibit password-sharing. This means that often a person’s virtual trail continues to float in cyberspace following their death, adding to the grief felt by surviving family.

That, however, is slowly changing.

Thanks to a bill passed two years ago, Virginia is now among a handful of other states that have enacted legislation addressing the inheritance of email, blogs and other social media. More recently, Delaware passed a law in 2014 that gives family members and other heirs complete control over an individual’s digital accounts after their passing. And nearly a year ago, Facebook rolled out new settings that allow users to manage how their account will appear to the public and whether they want to pass it onto someone else in the event of their deaths.

“It’s big. It’s real big,” attorney Deborah Matthews told The Post in August 2014, after the Delaware legislation was announced. “I ask my clients the same thing I ask them about their safe deposit boxes: Who has access? Who has a key?”