An extensive research paper from a security specialist revealed earlier this week that governments and other third-parties with malicious intentions would be able to use certain tools in iOS to extract information from iPhones and other iOS devices, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Apple has already issued a response on the matter, denying the existence of backdoors in its products, and further emphasizing the security and privacy features of iOS. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →