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Make home automation simple with Nexia Home and your iPhone - Enter to win a Starter Bundle!

Nexia Home (formerly Schalge LiNK) has been my go-to system for home automation for quite some time. I first checked it out quite a while ago, and more recently, Georgia got to test the setup for herself. While the Nexia system gave us an indoor camera (both wired and wireless), thermostat, lamp module and door locks -- it was still lacking in the sensor department. All that has changed now however as Nexia has recently released both a door/window sensor and an indoor motion sensor. Both of these really add some great versatility to the whole setup, and with the addition of an outdoor wireless camera, Nexia is staying on top of their game.

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12 million iOS unique device identifiers (UDID) reportedly hacked from FBI laptop

Over 12 million unique device identifiers (UDID), and related, personally-identifiable information, for iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads have reportedly been hacked from an FBI laptop using a Java vulnerability. AntiSec has released 1 million of the UDIDs as proof of the hack. They've also released the following about the hack itself:

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How a digital life was recovered using 1Password, Dropbox, and DrivesSavers

About a week ago Mat Honan shared how is digital life was annihilated thanks to a hacker, and the lackadaisical security policies of Apple and Amazon. Now, Honan has shared how he restored his Dropbox account and security information stored in 1Password, reclaimed his Twitter and Google accounts, and most importantly reclaimed the priceless family photos he had stored on his laptop hard drive and never backed up. The details of how Honan got his digital life back are all up on Wired.com, and include:

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Apple and Amazon respond to account security concerns

This weekend, Wired's Mat Honan had his internet accounts hacked and iPhone, iPad, and Mac erased, thanks to his own linking of accounts, lack of two-factor authentication, and lack of backups -- but also because of severe problems with both Apple's and Amazon's online security policies and procedures. Basically, with an internet connection and a social engineering attack, anyone could get at least partially into anyone else's stuff.

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How Amazon and Apple security flaws allowed a digital life to be destroyed

Mat Honan was hacked over the weekend, his Apple ID/iTunes, Gmail, Amazon, and Twitter accounts all compromised, and his digital life laid ruin. Had his attackers been out for more than just "the lulz", they could have also done incredible harm to his financial life as well.

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Editor's desk: Hold your iPhone dates close, your iCloud account closer

So, we had a bit of a week, didn't we?

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Apple presents at Black Hat, expectations get hacked

Apple gave their first ever presentation at the Black Hack conference on Thursday, and while it sounds like it didn't live up to the expectations of those unfamiliar with Apple's typical level of community engagement, it did happen. Nicole Perlroth, writing for The New York Times, reports:

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Apple will fix in-app purchases vulnerability in iOS 6, provides workaround for now

In iOS 6, coming this fall, Apple will fix a security vulnerability in the App Store's in-app purchasing process that allows "man-in-the-middle" style attacks, steals from developers, and potentially exposes user account data to hackers. This according to a new, publicly-available support document posted to developer.apple.com on in-app purchase receipt validation on iOS. Apple's preamble states:

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Apple pulls malicious App Store app that took contacts, sent spam

Apple has removed a malicious app from the App Store that took the user's contacts and used them to send spam. Kaspersky Lab Expert Denis originally reported on the app, Find and Call, for Securelist, based on information from Russian carrier MegaFon.

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Apple rumored to release their own app-tracking utility for iOS developers

WWDC is right around the corner, and though we're expecting lots of iOS 6 news and maybe some Apple TV stuff, there's apparently going to be yet another goodie for developers at the show: a means by which devs can see how their customers are using apps all Big Brother style.

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