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Someone discovered how to hack your MacBook through Safari

Thankfully, it’s already been patched

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With everyone’s workplaces shifting online, now is the best time to prioritize cybersecurity. Already, the world has turned a more watchful eye onto promising online platforms like Zoom. It’s time to root out the world’s hacking problems.

Recently, Apple averted a major security issue on Safari. A few months ago, Ryan Pickren, a security researcher spotted and submitted a flaw on the browser’s software to Apple’s bug bounty program. Now, after Apple patched the bugs already, Pickren has shared his findings to the public.

Previously, Safari liberally saved its users’ site permission preferences. For example, if you allow a certain site to access your device’s camera and microphone, the browser remembers these decisions for ease of access in the future. Further, Safari allows several variations of the allowed URL, adding to the convenience.

Through some online magic, malicious parties can spoof their identities and pretend to be one of these alternative URLs. In turn, the hack allows others to access the device’s permitted peripherals. Hackers could have accessed your webcam, your microphone, and your screen.

Notably, these flaws don’t originate from Apple’s hardware or Safari’s security. In essence, it’s just a disguise. Fortunately, Apple has already patched these flaws out of the browser. Thankfully, no one can exploit the flaw now.

Currently, Apple implements a rigorous bug bounty program to hunt down potential exploits for its products. White hat hackers can earn money by submitting important flaws. Pickren, for example, bagged US$ 75,000 for his report.

SEE ALSO: Apple Safari caught sending user data to a Chinese company

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Apple Music increases subscription price for students

In the Philippines and Singapore

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In the Philippines, Spotify is still king. However, the platform’s dominance isn’t enough to deter other music streaming services from setting up shop in the country. Much like Spotify, these other platforms are ever-changing and prone to price changes. If, for example, you use Apple Music as a student, you’re likely affected by a recent increase in the country.

In South Africa, Twitter user @LVDNoff took to the platform to reveal an email from Apple detailing a price increase for Apple Music’s student plan. “Apple is raising the price of this subscription from US$ 1.49 per month to US$ 1.99 per month,” the email read. Though it’s not a huge increase, a few extra cents can put a larger dent in a student’s allowance. Unfortunately, the email didn’t reveal why an increase was tacked on. It also doesn’t reveal if regular subscriptions might see similar increases.

MacRumors, who first reported about the tweet, uncovered something else about the price hike, too. South Africa isn’t the only country getting an increase. According to the publication’s findings, the following countries are also seeing higher student prices: Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Africa.

The report doesn’t indicate specific increases for each country. However, Apple Music’s website currently shows a subscription worth PhP 75 per month. When the service first launched in 2018, students paid only PhP 69 per month.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches the Apple Music Voice Plan

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Spotify lets you blend your music tastes with K-Pop stars

Mix and match with BTS

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Last year, Spotify introduced an all-new feature for music discovery. Blend takes your and your friend’s music preferences and melds them into one shared playlist. The feature can ultimately bring two people closer together by introducing one to the other’s music. Now, Blend is getting a major update: a K-Pop expansion.

And no, it doesn’t just mean a sudden infusion of K-Pop songs for your Blend playlists. Users, especially K-Pop fans, can now blend their music preferences with those of popular K-Pop groups, including BTS, AB6IX, ENHYPHEN, NMIXX, Stray Kids, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER.

As always, using the feature on these groups will create a playlist combining your songs with their favorite artists. You won’t just get a helping of their songs; you’ll get the songs of the ones they like.

Further, you’ll get a share card saying how much your preferences match up to theirs. Users can share these cards directly to social media platform. Use them as badges of honor to proclaim how alike you are with your favorite group.

Blending with artists isn’t totally new, though. Earlier this year, Spotify also unleashed the feature to cover Western artists like Charli XCX, Lauv, and Megan Thee Stallion, among others. Expanding this feature taps into a huge market that Spotify has, the K-Pop fanbase.

SEE ALSO: Spotify launches new recommendation feature, Enhance

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Instagram created its own font, and it’s wacky

It’s called Instagram Sans

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Instagram is one of the most transient apps today. The app seemingly rolls out major revamps and refreshes every year, introducing new looks and ways to interface with the platform. Today, we’re getting the next major update to Instagram’s identity. While there might be some smaller changes, the update revolves around two aspects: a subtle gradient change and a not-so-subtle custom font.

By now, you probably recognize Instagram’s dynamic palette of colors: a mostly warm gradient shifting from orange to pink to purple. The gradient itself hasn’t changed. However, if you’re particularly eagle-eyed, you might have noticed a subtle change in Instagram’s icon. The gradient is much brighter. The subtle change supposedly contributes to the app’s dynamic and enticing nature.

On the not-so-subtle side of the spectrum, Instagram has also introduced a new font for both its marketing and user interface: Instagram Sans.

In a word, the new font is weird. That’s not a bad thing, though. The company is basking in how unconventional its font is, calling it “a contemporary remix of grotesque and geometric styles.” The font draws heavy inspiration from the curvy nature of its logo (or what the company calls “the squircle”).

As such, some elements of the typeface are strange and look like glyphs. Besides contributing to the app’s identity, it also helps with global adaptability. Though the typeface looks weird in English, it easily translates to more glyph-like scripts, such as Arabic, Thai, Cyrillic, and Japanese.

Instagram will use the new font in its marketing and as an option for user-generated content.

SEE ALSO: Instagram is working on a way to pin posts

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