Even before Apple unveiled the 12-inch MacBook Retina laptop and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I wondered whether at any time in the future I would end up finding it difficult to choose between these two devices as my next primary computer. And the truth is I haven’t been able to answer that question now that both gadgets are official. It all has to do with the software they’re shipping with, and Apple has just confirmed may never release the device of my dreams. More →
After setting up a special help page that provides information about the massive XcodeGhost malware hack on its website, Apple has listed the top 25 iOS apps built using the counterfeit version of Xcode that was capable of injecting malware in apps before they were submitted to the App Store. More →
In an initiative dubbed The Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty, Zerodium CEO Chaouki Bekrar is offering upwards of $3 million to anyone or group of people who can come up with a way to jailbreak iOS 9.
Zerodium is specifically seeking an exclusive, browser or text message-based, “workable, remote and untethered jailbreak that will persist even after reboot.” The rules add that the exploit should be achievable without requiring any proactive action from users beyond visiting a webpage or reading a text message.
Apple fans have been criticizing Android for years, fighting back against “walled garden” claims by suggesting that Android’s open nature makes it far more susceptible to hacks and malware. This is indeed often the case, but if you think Apple’s closed iOS app ecosystem isn’t also vulnerable to attacks, think again. Millions upon millions of iPhone and iPad users were affected by a major App Store hack that was just uncovered, and now we have a list of some of the apps that have reportedly been infected with malware.
Here’s the bad news: There are some very popular apps on this list, and the odds are pretty good that one or more of them are on your phone right now. More →
iOS is safer than Android when it comes to malware attacks, but that doesn’t mean hackers aren’t successfully targeting the iPhone and iPad with malicious programs supposed to steal sensitive data. Usually, iOS malware reports explain that jailbroken devices are at risk, especially in Asian countries and that only a tiny fraction of Apple’s massive number of customers is affected. However, that’s not the case anymore.
A substantial security threat called XcodeGhost managed to fool App Store security and sneak into the App Store inside real App Store apps potentially affecting hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users on both stock and jailbroken devices. The one thing that’s common with recent iOS hacks is that the threat comes from China. More →
For some inexplicable reason, Android fans threw a fit over the release of Apple’s Move to iOS app earlier this week. The app simply helps Android users migrate contacts, photos, messages, bookmarks and more from their device to an iPhone or iPad, but some diehards saw it as in intrusion on their home turf.
Now they have an app to download in response. More →
With hundreds of millions of users all over the world, Google Maps is easily one of the most widely used mobile apps on the planet. As the company did with Gmail, Google completely changed an industry by disrupting it with free mapping and voice-guided navigation. And we’re not talking “disrupt” as in the meaningless startup buzzword. We’re talking “disrupt” as in Google changed the game and toppled industry leaders in the process.
But as expected, Google isn’t satisfied with simply changing the game. Instead, the company continues to improve Google Maps while rivals chase at its heels. And on Tuesday, Google released another new update for the iPhone and iPad version of its popular Google Maps app. More →
So your parents both have iPhones and you want to play an awesome prank on them? We have the perfect example for you that was tried and tested by a kid who decided his mom and dad shouldn’t be able to tell him he couldn’t host a party. More →
When it comes to tech coverage, Forbes is generally a pretty mixed bag. The site publishes content from a huge number of contributors, some of whom know their stuff, and some of whom are great for some comic relief and little else.
On Wednesday morning, I read a post on Forbes that fell into the former category. It was a nice quick post about Android bloatware, and it explained why future Android devices may have less of it. The post was well written, made a few good points, and offered a good quote from a VP of engineering at Google for support.
Then, Forbes’ social media editor completely ruined the post for me with a single tweet. More →
Every week, we point you in the direction of some of the App Store’s best free offerings. You’ve probably downloaded a few of the apps just to see whether or not you’d actually use them, but some apps are so incredibly useful that it’s hard to imagine why they don’t come standard on every smartphone. More →
As mobile app stores have become increasingly crowded, it’s been more and more difficult for developers to grab the attention of smartphone and tablet owners. A game really has to stand out to give curious shoppers a reason to download, even if the game’s free, but developer Hipster Whale blew away everyone’s expectations with the release of Crossy Road late last year. More →
Last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most powerful iPhones the world has ever seen. They positively pulverized quad- and octa-core Android rivals in a number of key performance tests, and they pushed Apple’s iPhone sales to an all-time high in the holiday quarter. iOS 8 makes great use of all that power, having brought a wide range of new features to the iOS platform that make it Apple’s most capable mobile platform to date.