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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Best Free iPhone Apps

3 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

By on July 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

3 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

We shared tons of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps with you last week that were all on sale for a limited time, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping there. Today marks the start of a new week, and it also marks the start of some great new sales on various paid iOS apps. As always, download anything that looks appealing as quickly as possible because these sales could end at any time, be it an hour from now or a day from now. More →

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6 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

By on July 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM.

6 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

What a week it has been for iPhone and iPad apps. We’ve shared more than $60 worth of paid iPhone apps this week that all went on sale for free for a limited time, and now we’re finishing out the week on a high note. BGR has dug through all of the various apps that have gone on sale over the past few hours and hand-picked the six best iPhone and iPad apps. Want them for free? You’d better move fast because as always, these sales could end at any time. More →

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Best iPhone Speaker

The most gorgeous iPhone speaker in the world isn’t even a speaker

By on July 17, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

The most gorgeous iPhone speaker in the world isn’t even a speaker

What happens when a great idea and a gorgeous modern design meet traditional materials and phenomenal craftsmanship? Eight happens. Handmade speaker designer Stark recently unveiled Eight, the company’s latest creation that is like no iPhone accessory you’ve ever seen before.

Hand crafted from beautiful walnut or birdseye maple wood, the Eight is an acoustic amplifier that needs no power to amplify music or any other sounds played by an iPhone. It’s not a speaker, but rather an amplifier that projects sound from two large hollow chambers. 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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iPhone MagSafe Charger

This is easily the greatest iPhone accessory we’ve ever seen

By on July 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM.

This is easily the greatest iPhone accessory we’ve ever seen

It’s not always easy to find innovative, high-quality iPhone accessories amid all the garbage out there. We discussed the problem recently while reviewing the only iPad stylus you should care about, and it will remain an issue for the foreseeable future. There are some great accessories out there though, and a new one that will be released later this year could very well be the greatest iPhone accessory we’ve ever seen. More →

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4 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

By on July 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM.

4 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

This week has been a fantastic one for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. In fact, we’ve shared more than $50 worth of iOS apps so far that could have all been downloaded without paying a dime (and some are still free if you move quickly). Today, we’re back with another four apps to add to the list, and they’re all terrific offerings you won’t want to miss out on. More →

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5 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time

By on July 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM.

5 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time

Tuesday brought news of six paid iPhone and iPad apps worth a total of $24 that were available for free for a limited time (in fact, some of them can still be downloaded for free if you move quickly). Now, we’re back with another five paid iOS apps for Wednesday that are free right now, and they’re worth a combined $26. More →

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Stunning iPhone Photography

A photographer replaced her camera with an iPhone and these are the stunning results

By on July 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM.

A photographer replaced her camera with an iPhone and these are the stunning results

Over the course of the past several years, each and every one of us have become amateur photographers. From the adequate cameras on our smartphones to apps like Instagram and Snapchat, suddenly every moment in our lives can be captured with a single button press. Unfortunately, a vast majority of those photos are fleeting snapshots of meals or beach trips, but professional photographer Kat Sloma has decided to convert to full-time “smartphone photography” to prove that the iPhone is a viable medium for art. More →

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6 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

By on July 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM.

6 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

We saw more than a dozen terrific paid iPhone and iPad apps gone on sale for free this week, but app sales are the gift that keeps on giving. Today, we have six awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps worth a combined $24 to share with you — and if you act fast, you can get them all for free. More →

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Timberman iPhone and Android Addictive Game

Meet Timberman, the next addictive arcade-style iPhone and Android game

By on July 15, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Meet Timberman, the next addictive arcade-style iPhone and Android game

Timberman is a new mobile game taking app stores by storm, TechCrunch reports, and it’s not a Flappy Bird clone. However, the game does have some common features with Flappy Bird, including simple, arcade-style graphics and sounds, and an even simpler, yet addictive, gameplay. More →

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AluPen Digital Review

This is the only iPad stylus you should care about

By on July 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

This is the only iPad stylus you should care about

Let’s be frank for a moment: most smartphone and tablet accessories are garbage. Countless companies race to the bottom and do everything they can to flood the market with cheap cases, chargers, charms, covers and anything else they can churn out of factories in China. As a result, it can be painfully difficult to find high-quality accessories because we often have no choice but to dig through a mountain of trash to get to them.

If you’re looking for a stylus for your iPad, Android tablet, iPhone or Android phone, I’ve done the digging for you. More →

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iPhone Location Tracking

China says iPhone’s location-tracking could compromise state secrets

By on July 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM.

China says iPhone’s location-tracking could compromise state secrets

We saw plenty of complaints arise when it was first discovered that Apple’s iOS 7 software included a “frequent locations” function in the iPhone. The feature, which can be easily disabled, tracks users’ locations in order to determine the locations they visit most frequently. All sorts of privacy concerns arose, naturally, but none were quite as intense as the warnings issued on Friday morning by state broadcasters in China. More →

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