Pwn2Own Hacking Competition Returns in March, Up to $130,000 in Prizes Available for Safari Vulnerabilities

Trend Micro today announced that its annual Pwn2Own hacking competition will be held March 18-20 in Vancouver, Canada.


Pwn2Own, part of the CanSecWest conference, tasks security researchers with uncovering vulnerabilities in operating systems, web browsers, and more, ranging from macOS and Windows to Safari and Chrome.

This year, two prizes will be available for Safari on macOS, including $60,000 for a sandbox escape and $70,000 for a kernel-level escalation of privileges.

There is also up to a $500,000 prize for Tesla Model 3 vulnerabilities.

Last year at Pwn2Own, at least two zero-day security vulnerabilities were discovered in Safari on macOS. All exploits achieved during the contest are reported to the necessary companies like Apple so that they can be patched.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 98 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 98 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, Web Animations, Media, Rendering, Web API, CSS, JavaScript, WebRTC, Clipboard API, Browser Changes, and WebAssembly.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and MacOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released in October.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.

Deals: 16-Inch MacBook Pro Sales Continue With Lowest-Ever Prices on 512GB and 1TB Models (Up to $211 Off)

Amazon continues to discount the new 16-inch MacBook Pro this week, providing best-ever deals on both entry-level models of the notebook. You can get the Silver 512GB model for $2,187.92, down from an original price of $2,399.00 ($211 off). This is Amazon's lowest price ever for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the lowest we've tracked among the major Apple resellers.

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You can also get the Space Gray 512GB model for slightly more at $2,189.50 ($209 off). Both of these models are currently in stock and if ordered soon, will arrive as soon as next week. The 512GB 16-inch MacBook Pro also features a 2.6 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 Processor and 16GB RAM.

If you're looking for a bigger SSD, the Space Gray 1TB model is on sale for $2,549.00, down from $2,799.00 ($250 off), but stock is lower for this model. Amazon says that it will be available to ship on January 25, but you can still place your order today to ensure your discounted price before that date.

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Deals: Shop Low Prices on the iPad Mini 5 and 2019 MacBook Air (Up to $99 Off)

Two sales have hit Apple's 2019 MacBook Air and iPad mini 5, allowing shoppers the chance to save up to $99 on the MacBook Air and up to $40 on the iPad mini 5. For the latter product, we're seeing lowest-ever prices for both Wi-Fi and cellular options.

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Although discounts don't extend past $40, we haven't seen particularly steep sales yet on the new iPad mini, so these are still the best prices currently available. All prices listed below are found on Amazon, with some being matched at B&H Photo.

In regards to the MacBook Air sales, these are not the lowest prices that we've ever seen for each model, but they are currently the best prices among the major Apple resellers online. Still, if you qualify for education pricing on Apple.com, you'll do better to shop directly from the company, but otherwise Amazon's sales offer most customers the best straight cash discounts.

2019 MacBook Air Sale


iPad mini 5 Sale


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CES 2020: Samsung Debuts New T7 Touch SSD With Fingerprint Sensor for Securing Files

Samsung today announced the launch of its new Portable SSD T7 Touch, an SSD with 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage space.

According to Samsung, the SSD T7 Touch combines a sleek and compact design with the fastest transfer speeds that are offered by the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard.


Users can expect to see read speeds up to 1,050MB/s and write speeds up to 1,000MB/s, with the SSD T7 Touch coming in at twice as fast as the T5 and 9.5 times faster than external hard drives. It is able to reach its maximum speed when used with the NVMe interface.

Though it's faster, the SSD continues to weigh in at 58 grams, and it measures in at 3.3 by 3.3 by 0.3 inches, so it's pocketable.

The T7 Touch earns its "touch" name with the inclusion of a built-in fingerprint sensor along with password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The fingerprint sensor is able to recognize up to four fingerprints, which means it can be used collaboratively while still keeping files secure. Accessing data can be done by holding a fingerprint over the drive's casing to unlock it. There's also a built-in Motion LED that lets the user see the status of the device with a glance.


Samsung is offering the T7 Touch in silver or black and it comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities for $130, $230, and $400, respectively. It ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable, and is compatible with Windows and Mac.

Samsung plans to begin offering the Portable SSD T7 Touch later this month. Samsung will also launch an SSD T7 in the second quarter of 2020.

CES 2020: Plugable Launches 100W Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station

Plugable today announced the upcoming launch of the Plugable TBT3-UDZ, a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station that offers 100W power delivery, making it suitable for Apple's most powerful notebooks like the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The Plugable TBT3-UDZ allows for two additional 4K displays to be connected to a Mac using HDMI or DisplayPort without the need for an external adapter, and there are a total of 14 ports.


There are 2x DisplayPort 1.4 or 2x HDMI 2.0 ports, 7 USB ports (1 USB 10Gb/s port with BC 1.2 charging, 1 USB 10Gb/s port, and 5 5Gb/s ports), 1 SD Card slot, 1 MicroSD Card slot, an Ethernet port, the 100W power delivery port, and one audio input/output port.


Plugable's docking station will be priced at $299 when it launches in the spring of 2020.

Plugable is also debuting a new $40 USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter and a $50 2.5Gb/s USB Ethernet Adapter, both of which are set to debut in the second quarter of 2020.

CES 2020: SanDisk Unveils New 8TB SSD Prototype and 1TB USB-C/USB-A Dual Drive Luxe

SanDisk today announced a new high-capacity SSD prototype that offers a total of 8TB of storage space, which is the biggest SSD that's been made so far.

At 8TB of storage space, the pocket-sized drive offers double the capacity of the 4TB super slim prototype drive that was shown off last year. SanDisk isn't selling the new 8TB SSD as of yet, but it does offer transfer speeds up to 20Gb/s.


Along with the prototype drive, SanDisk also debuted its new 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C, a dual connector drive that can transfer content between USB-C and USB-A devices.


The Dual Drive Luxe USB-C is tiny enough that it fits on a keychain, and it is set to launch later in the first quarter of 2020 for $250.

Deals: Amazon Discounts 15-Inch 512GB MacBook Pro to $2,199 ($600 Off, Lowest Ever)

After a $600 discount hit the Space Gray version of the 15-inch 512GB MacBook Pro last week, today Amazon is providing the same discount on the Silver model.

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Specifically, this is the 2.3 GHz model with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, which Apple updated in the middle of 2019. You can get it for $2,199.00, down from $2,799.00 ($600 off). Stock is low and Amazon has a current shipping estimate of January 14.

This model has now been replaced with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but this lowest-ever deal is a solid discount for anyone okay with an older model MacBook Pro that lacks the 16-inch's updated keyboard and internals.

Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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Deals: Get the 13-Inch 256GB MacBook Pro for $1,250 on Amazon ($250 Off)

Amazon is providing an extra discount on the 13-inch MacBook Pro from Mid 2019, allowing you to save a total of $250 on the notebook. You'll see a base $99 discount on the MacBook Pro when you visit Amazon's webpage for the device, but when you head to the checkout screen to place your order, an additional $150 will be taken off your order.

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This isn't quite the lowest-ever price we've seen on this model of the MacBook Pro, but it is the current best discount we've tracked and definitely a solid offer for anyone shopping around for the 2019 MacBook Pro. This is the 1.4 GHz model with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, a quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a Touch Bar with Touch ID.

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Apple's Annual Shareholders Meeting to Take Place on February 26 at Apple Park, Pre-Registration Required

Apple's annual shareholders meeting is set to take place at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park at 9:00 a.m. on February 26, 2020, Apple said today in a filing with the SEC.

Apple has been holding its shareholder meetings at Steve Jobs Theater since 2018, and because space is limited, the company requires shareholders to pre-register for the event.

Shareholders can register to attend the meeting at Proxyvote.com starting at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 4, 2020. Apple says that registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The record date for the meeting is January 2, 2019, and only shareholders as of the record date who have registered in advance and have a valid registration confirmation will be allowed to enter the meeting or vote at the annual meeting.

Apple's annual shareholder meetings are not typically interesting to the general public, and Apple executives share little about Apple products. Apple CEO Tim Cook did make a few comments last year about Apple's services business and roadmap, so similar information could be shared this year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Earned Over $11 Million in 2019, Not Counting Stock Awards

Apple CEO Tim Cook earned over $11 million in salary in 2019 according to the 2019 proxy statement Apple filed with the SEC today.

Cook earned a base salary of $3,000,000 in addition to $7.7 million in incentives awarded for performance. Cook also received another $884k in "other compensation" for a total of $11,555,466.

Other compensation includes life term insurance premiums, contributions to a 401k plan, vacation cash out (totaling $92,000), $457,083 in security expenses, and $315,311 for his personal use of private aircraft.

Cook earned more than $4 million less than the $15 million he earned in 2018. The salary listed here does not include stock awards that were received in 2019, with Cook earning over $113 million from shares that vested in 2019.


Most other Apple executives received a base salary of close to $1 million, along with stock and incentives of $20 to $25 million. Luca Maestri, Kate Adams, and Jeff Williams earned over $25 million.

Angela Ahrendts, who left the company early in the year, earned $22 million, while her replacement, Deirdre O'Brien, earned $19 million.

All Apple executives earned significantly more than the median salary at Apple, which was $57,596 because of the large number of retail and support employees that work for Apple. Cook earned 201 times more than the average employee compensation.

The full proxy statement from Apple includes additional salary details, proposals that will be voted on at Apple's upcoming 2020 shareholders meeting set to be held on February 26, 2020.

Apple Requiring Notarization for Non Mac App Store Apps Starting February 2020

Apple this afternoon announced that developers who create Mac apps outside of the Mac App Store will need to submit them for the notarization process starting on February 3, 2020.

Apple temporarily relaxed the notarization requirements for non ‌Mac App Store‌ apps in September after the launch of macOS Catalina, and at the time, said developers would have until January 2020 to get used to the new rules.


The January 2020 deadline has been extended to February 2020, but at that time, developers will need to adhere to Apple's requirements.

Apple suggests that developers upload their software and review the developer log for warnings, as these warnings will become errors starting on February 3. Apple says that all errors will need to be fixed by that date for software to be notarized.
In June, we announced that all Mac software distributed outside the ‌Mac App Store‌ must be notarized by Apple in order to run by default on ‌macOS Catalina‌. In September, we temporarily adjusted the notarization prerequisites to make this transition easier and to protect users on ‌macOS Catalina‌ who continue to use older versions of software. Starting February 3, 2020, all submitted software must meet the original notarization prerequisites.

If you haven't yet done so, upload your software to the notary service and review the developer log for warnings. These warnings will become errors starting February 3 and must be fixed in order to have your software notarized. Software notarized before February 3 will continue to run by default on ‌macOS Catalina‌.

As a reminder, all installer packages must be signed since they may contain executable code. Disk images do not need to be signed, although signing them can help your users verify their contents.
Apple has been requiring new software distributed with a Developer ID outside of the ‌‌Mac App Store‌‌ to be notarized in order to run since macOS Mojave 10.14.5, with the notarization process designed to protect Mac users from malicious and harmful apps.

For the notarization process, Apple provides trusted non ‌‌Mac App Store‌‌ developers with Developer IDs that are required to allow the Gatekeeper function on macOS to install non ‌‌Mac App Store‌‌ apps.

Notarization is not required for apps that are distributed through the ‌‌Mac App Store‌‌. More information on notarization can be found on Apple's developer site.