Apple's iPhone and iOS Security and Privacy

Security researcher: iOS security has been intentionally compromised by Apple

By on July 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM.

Security researcher: iOS security has been intentionally compromised by Apple

Apple’s placing a lot of emphasis on iOS security (especially when compared with that “toxic hellstew” Android) and on privacy (again, compared to its rival) but it turns out that iOS might not be as secure or private as Apple has led customers to believe. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski has a new paper out called “Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices,” in which he reveals Apple’s complex tools inside iOS that would allow Apple to share certain user data at the request of law enforcement without the user knowledge.

More importantly, with or without Apple’s help, spying agencies such as NSA and other third parties that are very familiar with how iOS operates can apparently use these vulnerabilities to grab plenty of data from an iPhone, or to install applications for spying and other malicious purposes without the user’s knowledge. More →

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iPhone iOS Anti-Theft Features

Incredible new Apple tech could make iPhones the most secure devices in the world

By on July 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Incredible new Apple tech could make iPhones the most secure devices in the world

Apple’s iOS devices may get even more secure in the future, a new patent application discovered by AppleInsider reveals, as devices will be able to get used to the owner, and determine differences between iPhone users in order to prevent theft and unwanted access. As a result, iOS devices would be able to lock themselves down when a stranger is detected, and even transmit an alert to a predetermined person. More →

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Best Paid iPhone Apps Monument Valley

The saddest game of the year proves $2 apps can still be blockbusters

By on July 15, 2014 at 4:19 PM.

The saddest game of the year proves $2 apps can still be blockbusters

Yes, all but two of the top 80 highest grossing iPhone apps in America are now free downloads. The freemium beast has eaten the entire app industry. But there are still a couple of rare exceptions out there — paid downloads that generate millions of dollars of revenue. More →

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How To Use Siri

The ultimate guide to using Siri includes everything you could ever need to know

By on July 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM.

The ultimate guide to using Siri includes everything you could ever need to know

Siri is one of Apple’s crown jewels. The intelligent virtual assistant was introduced in 2011 alongside the iPhone 4S and the software has seen tremendous improvements since then. Siri has also seen its functionality expand exponentially, which is obviously a good thing — but it also means there are so many features packed in that there’s no way we can remember them all.

Luckily, there is now a ridiculously comprehensive guide to help us out. More →

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Best iOS Apps Capo touch

Brilliant new iOS app is a musician’s dream come true

By on July 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Brilliant new iOS app is a musician’s dream come true

If you play guitar, then you’ll definitely want to check out an incredible new iOS app that can transcribe chords for just about any song you have in your iTunes library. Per 9to5Mac, music software company SuperMegaUltraGroovy, Inc. has just released its Capo touch app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that comes with brilliant software that’s capable of picking out chords as they’re being played in a song. This way, you won’t have to use unreliable guitar tabs on the web that are often either written in the incorrect key or that don’t correctly transcribe songs that use more complex harmonies than those found in the standard major and minor chord progressions. More →

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Android Market Share

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

By on July 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

In terms of monthly shipments, Android devices surpassed Apple’s iOS  lineup long ago. Apple executives and Apple bloggers repeatedly point to a different stat, however, that paints an interesting picture: Despite Android’s huge lead in terms of shipments, iOS remains the global leader in usage as measured by companies that monitor web traffic.

Unless the current trend is reversed in the next month or two, however, there will soon be a changing of the guard. More →

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USA Vs Belgium

How to stream the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match on any computer or phone for free

By on July 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

How to stream the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match on any computer or phone for free

It wasn’t exactly pretty and no firm statements were made last Thursday, but USA managed to advance to the round of 16 despite its 0-1 loss to Germany. The World Cup is really heating up now that we’re into the knockout stages of the tournament, and USA will need to beat Belgium on Tuesday if it hopes to keep chasing the cup. Oddsmakers have Belgium as the favorite but USA has stunned the world so far, having escaped the “group of death” that sports analysts gave the scrappy team almost no chance of advancing through. In other words, anything can happen.

Do you want to watch Tuesday’s huge USA vs. Belgium match but you don’t have access to a TV? Here, we’ll tell you how to stream all the action live to your computer, tablet or smartphone for free. More →

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Android Market Share 2014

Despite iPhone 6 hype, Android continues to dominate iOS market share

By on July 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

Despite iPhone 6 hype, Android continues to dominate iOS market share

It wasn’t long ago that Android overtook iOS as the most popular mobile platform in the United States, but as the release of Apple’s first large screen phone approaches, Android’s lead is beginning to look insurmountable. According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android now holds 61.9% of the U.S. market share to Apple’s 32.5%, the lowest percentage iOS has captured since the iPhone 4s launched in 2011. More →

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Apple Maps Vs Google Maps

Apple is now releasing improvements for its iOS Maps app every single day

By on June 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

Apple is now releasing improvements for its iOS Maps app every single day

When Apple first ousted Google Maps from its mobile devices and released its own mapping solution for iOS, it was something of a disaster. A beautiful disaster, at times, but a disaster nonetheless. So much so that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the company’s terrible Maps app and Apple recommended several third-party alternatives. In the time since Apple’s mobile Maps app debuted, however, the company has devoted tremendous resources to improving it — and now a new report claims that Apple is pushing improvements to its Maps app every single day. More →

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iOS Messaging Apps Yo Hodor

This is the only Yo knockoff you should even think of downloading

By on June 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

This is the only Yo knockoff you should even think of downloading

Yo is easily the stupidest $1 million app the world has ever seen, but it’s at least spawned some amusing knockoff projects. Or more precisely, it’s spawned one amusing knockoff: Yo Hodor. As Business Insider points out, there’s a new app out there that takes the basic Yo concept and applies it to Hodor, the lovable giant from HBO’s hugely popular Game of Thrones series who’s known for saying only one word: “Hodor.” More →

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Download Moment iPhone App

New iOS app ironically vows to cure your iPhone addiction

By on June 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

New iOS app ironically vows to cure your iPhone addiction

Moment is a new iOS app that has some interesting tracking abilities, TechCrunch reports. The app will run in the background, looking at how much you use the phone each day, and – if enabled – it will even track locations. Furthermore, the app can list usage statistics and can help users set up a limit on their daily iPhone usage in order to cut down their addiction. More →

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iOS Vs. Android Developer Revenue

The one thing about iOS that Android might never be able to top

By on June 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM.

The one thing about iOS that Android might never be able to top

Google and Apple compete over a lot of things, but one battle between the two companies that deserves more attention is their intense competition for the hearts and minds of mobile app developers. And as new analysis from Benedict Evans shows, Apple has a distinct advantage here over Google despite the fact that Android dwarfs iOS in total market share worldwide: iPhone users are much more likely to pay for apps than Android users. More →

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USA Vs Germany Streaming

How to stream the huge USA vs. Germany World Cup match on a computer or phone

By on June 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

How to stream the huge USA vs. Germany World Cup match on a computer or phone

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you are well aware of Thursday’s huge World Cup match between USA and Germany. USA is the clear underdog here and Germany has already secured its spot in the round of 16, but the scrappy U.S. team could still advance to the next round with a tie or even a loss in many scenarios (the full details have been explained quite well by The Big Lead).

Do you want to watch the match but you don’t have access to a TV? In this post, we’ll tell you how to stream all the action live to your computer, tablet or smartphone. More →

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