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Got a Boring Company Blog? Here’s How to Fix It

Company blogs can be a great way to boost SEO, but if your blog is boring it will do you no good. Here are tips for making your content engaging and informative.

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The Bash Bug Makes Every Mac Vulnerable; Here’s How To Patch It

Apple is aware of the bash “Shellshock” bug that affects OS X users, and issued a statement to say that the “vast majority” of Mac users should remain unaffected.

See also: How To Detect And Patch This Big, Bad Unix Bash Shellshock Bug

Bash, which stands for Bourne Again SHell, is a command-line interpreter that runs on Unix, Linux, and Apple computers. OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 shipped with Bash version 3.2, one of the seven versions of Bash vulnerable to the Shellshock bug.

To test if you are vulnerable, you can search for the Terminal program on your computer and input env X=”() { :;} ; echo vulnerable” /bin/sh -c “echo stuff” to be sure. If your computer responds “vulnerable, stuff” you can guess what that means.

As evident in the screenshot, my version of bash is vulnerable to the bug—or at least it was, before I patched it (more on that in a minute). However, if you’re not the kind of person to mess around with advanced Unix options, Apple says the vast majority of Apple users shouldn’t worry about being vulnerable.

The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore. “Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.”

How To Patch Bash 3.2 On OS X

But what if you are an advanced Unix user? Or just a little too paranoid to take Apple at its word? If you’ve got some familiarity with the command line and a some time on your hands, you can patch bash on your own.

First, make sure you have Apple’s Xcode developer tool installed. You can check by typing “xcodebuild” into Terminal anywhere. If it says something like “xcodebuild: error: The directory X does not contain an Xcode project,” then you already have it. If it says “Command not found,” you need to download it

Second, you’ll want to make sure you actually are using bash version 3.2. To find out, type this into Terminal anywhere:

bash –version

If you get version 3.2.51, the default that comes with OS X, you’re all set to follow these instructions to manually upgrade to the patched version, 3.2.52.

The following are instructions from Wonder How To with additional information added for potential pitfalls. In order, you’ll want to type these commands into your Terminal window.

mkdir bash-fix

cd bash-fix

curl https://opensource.apple.com/tarballs/bash/bash-92.tar.gz | tar zxf -

cd bash-92/bash-3.2

curl https://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/bash/bash-3.2-patches/bash32-052 | patch -p0

cd ..

sudo xcodebuild

Troubleshooting

If you downloaded XCode specifically to patch bash and this is your first time using it, you will be prompted to input your password and then to agree with its terms of service by typing “agree” into Terminal. Instead of dealing with that during the fix, you may want to just type “sudo xcodebuild” anywhere in order to get it to prompt you for that stuff in advance. 

If the commands that begin with “curl” are taking a very long time, as in more than twenty minutes (like in the screenshot above) this probably means they are about to time out. It’s not abnormal; it’s probably because a lot of people are working on implementing this patch. 

If that happens to you, go into Finder and find the “bash-fix” folder in your main directory. Delete the folder, empty the trash, and then go back into Terminal to restart the patch process again. 

Ideally, Apple will come out with a patch you can just download soon because this is a lot of work. But I feel a lot better seeing a blank response in Terminal when I check for bash vulnerabilities. 

Photo via Shutterstock

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Apple: Sorry Our iOS 8 Update Borked Your iPhone; Here’s How To Fix It

Following the mass iPhone 6 borkification caused by Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update on Wednesday, Apple is instructing those affected to reinstall iOS 8 and states that an iOS 8.0.2 fix is on the horizon.

See also: iOS 8.0.1 Kills More Than It Cures, So Apple Pulled It

“We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it is ready in the next few days.” Apple said in a press statement. 

The iOS 8.0.1, meant to fix a HealthKit bug along with several other fixes, disabled cellular services and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. Those who took early advantage of the update, available briefly on Wednesday, were left with expensive, but aesthetically pleasing bricks

See also: iPhone 6 Problems: Not Safe For Your Pants Pocket—Or Your Microwave

A workaround posted on Apple’s website details advises those iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who lost cellular service reinstall the original iOS 8, and includes these detailed instructions that are pretty similar to those we posted on Wednesday:

Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0:

1. Make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes.

2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes.

3. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won’t restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0.

4. Download the file below that corresponds to your device:

• iPhone 6
 iPhone 6 Plus


5. Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes:

  Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update.
 Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update.

6. Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone.

The Health app won’t work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.

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Apple: Sorry That iOS 8 Update Borked Your iPhone, Here’s How To Fix It

image from YouTube video by Rozetked

Following the mass iPhone 6 borkification caused by Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update on Wednesday, Apple is instructing those affected to reinstall iOS 8 and states that an iOS 8.0.2 fix is on the horizon.

See also: iOS 8.0.1 Kills More Than It Cures, So Apple Pulled It

“We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it is ready in the next few days.” Apple said in a press statement. 

The iOS 8.0.1, meant to fix a HealthKit bug along with several other fixes, disabled cellular services and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. Those who took early advantage of the update, available briefly on Wednesday, were left with expensive, but aesthetically pleasing bricks

See also: iPhone 6 Problems: Not Safe For Your Pants Pocket—Or Your Microwave

A workaround posted on Apple’s website details advises those iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who lost cellular service reinstall the original iOS 8, and includes these detailed instructions that are pretty similar to those we posted on Wednesday.

Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0.

1. Make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes.

2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes.

3. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won’t restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0.

4. Download the file below that corresponds to your device:

iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
5. Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes:

* Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update.

*Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update.

6. Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone.

The Health app won’t work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.

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SMX East Starts Next Tuesday – Here’s How to Attend

Search Engine Land’s – SMX East kicks off next Tuesday – September 30 – in New York City. With over 60 educational sessions and keynotes, networking activities and presentations from leading providers, you’ll get the SEO, SEM and internet marketing tactics and solutions you need…



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Facebook Releases New App For iOS 8: Here’s What’s New by @mattsouthern

Facebook wasted no time getting a new app out for iOS 8, and they recently published an update on their Newsroom blog explaining what’s new and how it offers an improved experience over iOS 7. For instance, one of the improvements to Facebook for iOS 8 is the ability to share content from other apps to Facebook. Just tap on the share icon and select Facebook, then you can share content from your browser, camera roll, and content from other apps. Facebook is also enhancing the design of its app specifically for new iPhone screens. They explain how they’re creating assets […]

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Hold Up! Here’s Why You Might Want To Postpone That iOS 8 Upgrade

iOS 8, Apple’s highly anticipated free software upgrade for iDevices, has finally dropped. There are some great features we’re looking forward to, including HealthKit, family sharing, and wireless document sharing between Macs and iDevices.

Upgrading to iOS 8 won’t be as visually jarring as upgrading to iOS 7 was last year—the changes are more technical than aesthetic. You might already be chomping at the bit to upgrade in order to reply in-line to drop-down notifications from the Notification Center or to send voice texts to your friends on iMessage.

See Also: Apple’s iOS 8: What You Need To Know About Its New Features

The upgrade sounds great, and for many iDevice users, it will be a welcome upgrade. But there are some good reasons to hold off for a while unless you just can’t help yourself.

So, don’t upgrade if—

You Haven’t Backed Up Your Device

Before doing anything, connect your device to iTunes and back it up. Many users have the option to back up their phone automatically, but double check your settings to make sure you don’t lose anything while upgrading. If you do, you’ll be able to access it from iCloud or a local hard drive—wherever your backup is stored.

You Have An Older iDevice

Older iOS devices may suffer the same fate many iPhone 4 users experienced when they upgraded to iOS 7: laggy response that can border on outright failure.

According to a report from Ars Technica, the iPhone 4S doesn’t benefit from new features in iOS 8, and its small 3.5-inch screen makes the new operating system, which is built for bigger screens, seem cramped.

The iPad 2, first generation iPad Mini, and fifth generation iPod are also able to upgrade to iOS 8. But considering the sluggishness most older devices experience when upgrading operating systems meant for iPhones with greater processing power, it might be a good idea to hold off. This could change with future updates, but for now, you might want to stick to iOS 7.

You Expect Perfection

There are bound to be some bugs in this first release, and if you don’t want to deal with the hiccups, don’t upgrade yet. Apple will deal with them over time.

You Want To Keep Your Jailbreak

Jailbreaking provides iDevice users with a range of options not provided by the operating system itself. The iOS 8 jailbreak isn’t available yet, so if you want to keep your customized iPhone, hold off until you can download the untethered jailbreak.

See also: iOS 7: Is There Any Reason To Jailbreak Anymore?

On the other hand, iOS 8 offers many of the advantages you could previously only get by jailbreaking, such as “actionable” notifications and the ability to choose a new keyboard. So this point may be less important to many users than it used to be.

Your Favorite Apps Aren’t Also Upgraded

Although most developers have had their hands on a beta version of iOS 8 getting their apps ready for the public release, chances are some aren’t optimized for this latest software upgrade. Whether they’re stuck in the Apple approval queue or delayed in optimizing for the features available in iOS 8 like Family Share, some apps might not be ready for iOS 8.

That doesn’t mean they won’t work at all, just that they might look less-than-perfect on the bigger iPhone 6 screens and that they won’t take advantage of new iOS 8 features. This Daily Dot report notes that many app developers may be slower than usual to update their apps for iOS 8, quoting one anonymous developer who calls the Apple software development kit “a freakin’ headache.”

You Think You Might Change Your Mind

If history is any guide, it will be difficult-bordering-on-impossible to downgrade back to iOS 7 from iOS 8. So make sure you’re really ready to take the plunge before you do.

Lead image by Apple

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You, Too, May Want To Delete That U2 Album From iTunes; Here’s How

Who wouldn’t love to get free music? That must have been what Apple executives told each other when they green-lit a plan to push U2’s latest album Songs Of Innocence out to the iTunes libraries of its unsuspecting iPhone users last week.

Ahem. The answer, it turns out, was plenty of folks—especially younger iPhone owners who have no idea who U2 is. And many have become irate about Apple abruptly breaching the sanctity of their music collection by slipping in unfamiliar songs.

If you’re among those who don’t get these not-quite-as-famous-as-Apple-thought Dubliners, we’ve put together a short primer for you—followed by instructions on how to banish them from your iTunes account if you’re so inclined.

Bloody Tuesday

People who watched Apple’s press conference all the way to the end on Tuesday knew what to expect. After revealing two big iPhones 6 and a new Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook wound things down with a performance by U2, followed by a hokey skit in which U2 frontman Bono pretended to hit up Cook for press about its latest album.

If you didn’t catch the action, or have no idea who the heck that was, let’s review. U2 is…

  1. … one of the best-selling music groups of all time. An Irish band formed in 1976, U2 often invokes spiritual, social or political themes in its songs, which include hits like “One,” “Beautiful Day,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “With Or Without You” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.”
  2. … led by front man and lead vocalist Paul Hewson, best known as Bono. Apart from being a singer-songwriter, he’s a well-known activist, philanthropist and Apple cohort.
  3. … a long-time Apple partner who has been working with the tech company and others on the “Product(Red)” brand of products, an awareness and fundraising campaign focused on HIV/AIDS in Africa. Despite some controversy over how much of the proceeds actually go to charity, Apple continues to offer Product(Red)-branded red iPods and iPhone accessories.

Giving away U2 songs should have made for a pretty cool publicity stunt for Apple, or so the company clearly thought. But when iPhone users spotted the new songs in their cloud-based iTunes accounts, a collective “WTF?” spread out across the Web. A dedicated website—WhoIsU2.com—sprung up, corralling numerous exasperated tweets.

As for the merits of the album itself, some critics regard the William Blake-tinged Songs Of Innocence as a melancholy look backward in the rearview mirror, rather than a forward look at a cool new future. Small wonder it’s not exactly a hit with the kids. It’s also strange that Apple would choose this album to cap off its big iPhone event. 

Ditching The Pro-Bono Music

Initially, the U2 album showed up in user libraries absent any obvious way of removing them from iTunes. Since then, Apple wisely decided to grant its users the ability to delete the album from their libraries.

Apple posted a support document outlining the steps. While a bit more involved than a one-touch operation, it shouldn’t be difficult for most people to manage. But bear in mind, if you have Bono remorse, you only have until October 13 to reverse your decision. If you suddenly get swept up in U2 love after that, you’ll have to buy it.

Here are the removal steps, according to Apple:

  1. Go to http://itunes.com/soi-remove.
  2. Click Remove Album to confirm you’d like to remove the album from your account.
  3. Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.
  4. You’ll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.

Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Lame or not, the Tim Cook-Bono spectacle harked back to the days when the company billed its August/September presentation as a music event. Apple used to devote this time to its lineup of iPods; instead, this year the company retired its iconic classic iPod (with click wheel) coincident with its presentation.

Clearly some people did not appreciate the freebie—or rather, the way Apple conducted the promotion. The iPhone maker didn’t ask its users whether they wanted the album—the company just charged forward, tossing it into people’s iTunes accounts without asking their permission. 

That was ill-conceived. The public may have forgotten about the Jennifer Lawrence-iPhone photo leaks in the face of huge iPhones and wearable Apple gadgets. But shenanigans like this—no matter how well-intended—only remind people that they’re not in full control over their own accounts. For a company about to launch a massive mobile payments campaign, dubbed Apple Pay, this may not have been the best time to call attention to its casual approach to user autonomy.

Lead photo by Compudemano; iPhone image and Product(red) screenshot by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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Here’s An Insider View Of The Next Operating System For The Cloud

The future of enterprise computing looks a lot like a cloud, and that cloud will increasingly run datacenter-level operating systems. Apache Mesos, born at UC Berkeley and embraced by Twitter, eBay and Airbnb, is coming soon to an enterprise near you.

Christos Kozyrakis, an associate professor at Stanford, is a rock star in academia research around datacenter scaling, security and quality of service. We’re talking Google scale. His research drew a lot of attention earlier this year, including a feature in the New York Times. So a lot of heads turned on Wednesday when he jumped from the Farm to the San Francisco-based startup Mesosphere.

See also: How To Make Data Services Scale Like Google

I wrote about Mesosphere earlier this summer after it closed a $10 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Mesosphere is a major contributor to Apache Mesos. The conceit is that Mesos is like the open source kernel of an enterprise-class scaleout platform that Mesosphere is building; one that functions much like an operating system for the modern datacenter. 

I caught up with Christos to ask about his plans at Mesosphere.

ReadWriteYou’ve worked closely with a number of cool cloud startups as well as giants like Google. Surely you’ve been wooed by some of them. Why did you finally go to Mesosphere?

Christos Kozyrakis: Large-scale datacenters running private or public cloud services are the future of enterprise computing. This creates the need for an operating system that operates at the level of the datacenter, so that developers and operations teams can largely forget about individual servers. 

Source: Mesosphere

Mesosphere is building this datacenter operating system. It’s a great opportunity for any systems researcher..

RW: How does your research fit into the Apache Mesos project and where Mesosphere is going?

CK: My research over the past seven years has focused more and more on management and scheduling algorithms that make datacenters faster, greener, and cheaper. Integrating these algorithms in Mesos is a great way to get them widely deployed and find the next set of opportunities for further advances.

See also: How And Why Google Is Open-Sourcing Its Data Centers

RWYour Quasar scheduling algorithm seems to have many parallels to what Mesosphere is doing with Mesos and what Google does with Borg/Omega/Kubernetes.

CK: There is great synergy. Mesos and Omega are datacenter operating systems that can benefit from a scheduler like Quasar that brings a big data approach to large-scale resource management. Kubernetes defines APIs that makes it easy to write service-based applications. I am excited to see the benefits from coupling these technologies.

RW: It’s the hot topic on cloud panels now, containers vs VMs. Some argue that VMs solved a problem a decade ago in datacenters, especially around server consolidation, but containers can do even more for modern datacenters being built today.

CK: Containers and VMs each have advantages for application deployment mechanisms, and one of the great things about Mesos is that it supports both. The issues I am most excited about – scaling applications to thousands of servers, raising utilization in datacenters, security and reliability at scale – can be brought to container- and VM-based environments using Mesos. Customers can make choices based on their specific use cases.

Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock

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