Items tagged with ios

  WikiLeaks dropped a huge bombshell over two weeks ago when it revealed that it gained access to a treasure trove of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) hacking tools. Documents detailed numerous tools at the agency’s disposal including viruses, trojans, zero-day exploits and other avenues to monitor or infiltrate devices ranging from iPhones to Smart TVs to computers running Windows or Mac operating systems. In the case of Apple devices, the CIA has its own dedicated team within the Mobile Device Branch (MDB) that specializes in exploiting iOS-based devices like the iPhone and the... Read more...
Despite some complaints about the payment model, Super Mario Run has been a huge hit on iOS where the mobile game made its debut last December. It has been downloaded more than 78 million times, with 40 million of those downloads taking place in the first four days of availability. To keep the downloads (and revenue) coming, Nintendo has updated the game on iOS with some new content. Super Mario Run version 2.0.0 introduces new playable characters, including different colored Yoshis. Nintendo notes that gamers can play Toad Rally with a Yoshi of a particular color to get more Toads of that same... Read more...
Well that did not take long. It has been less than two weeks since Nintendo released its hybrid Switch console and already someone has managed to hack the device. That bit is perhaps not too surprising—it was only a matter of time, after all—though the unexpected part is that the inventive hacker used an old WebKit exploit to thwart the Nintendo Switch's intentionally locked browser features. The hacker goes by "qwertyoruiop" on Twitter. If the name looks familiar, it's likely because he is the same one who contributed to the popular PlayStation 4 1.76 jailbreak. He has also post jailbreaks for... Read more...
There has been a weird bug attached the past few iPhone models in which owners of affected devices have complained that their handsets sometimes suddenly turn off for no obvious reason. Apple even opened up a battery replacement program for certain iPhone 6 models that were manufactured between September and October 2015. The company claimed that a "very small number" of devices were affected by what it deemed to be a faulty battery component, though now it is saying that installing iOS 10.2.1 can alleviate the issue. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple claims the latest version of iOS... Read more...
Software developers take note, Apple wants to phase out 32-bit apps completely from iOS. Starting with iOS 10.1, mobile device owners who opened up an old 32-bit app received a warning that the app could slow down their gadget until the developer updates it to improve compatibility. More recent warnings reflected slightly tweaked language that leave out the performance part, but still makes clear that the developer has some work to do."This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility," the newer warnings read.The tweaked... Read more...
  Plex has become a go-to software solution for media junkies that want to have one centralized place to organize all of their movies, TV shows and home videos. The software app has garnered millions of users thanks to its easy to user interface and support for just about every mobile, desktop, console, and media streamer platform under the sun. Today, Plex is upping its efforts to be your one-stop shop for all things media with the acquisition of Watchup streaming news service. Watchup aggregates some of the world’s most trusted news services into one place so that you can create your own... Read more...
There seems to be no limit to the number of ways that exist to trip up an iPhone or other iOS device. The latest method involves a rather simple text message consisting of just three characters, and unfortunately for the recipient, just receiving the text message is enough to freeze an iPhone running iOS 10 or later. The good news is that it will only cause the phone to crash rather than brick it or otherwise result in more permanent damage. What's scary about this particular exploit is that it works instantly and does not require any interaction by the recipient. All it involves is sending an... Read more...
A hacker has discovered a way to permanently disable the built-in Messages app on any Apple device running iOS 8 through iOS 10. That pretty much covers every iPhone handset and iPad tablet out there, including the recently released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, save for models that are woefully outdated for whatever reason. Just as frightening, the sinister exploit is rather simple to pull off. The exploit involves sending a bloated vCard, or virtual business card, which are used to share contacts on mobile phones. A hacker who goes by the name Vincedes3 found that sending a vCard laced with thousands... Read more...
When Chris Sawyer's RollerCoaster Tycoon hit the PC back in 1999, the world couldn't have expected what kind of masterpiece it would be. It's not perfect, but the fact that it gave anyone and everyone reigns over complex theme parks and wild rides drew people in by the millions. And now, that same gameplay that hooked people nearly 18-years-ago is back, and it's on mobile. Released for a meager $5.99, RollerCoaster Tycoon takes the best elements of the first two games to create a robust mobile port that's sure to hook you for hours (or even dozens of hours, for that matter!) Based on its preview... Read more...
For those that are finding it nearly impossible to find an NES Classic Edition in time for Christmas, the next best thing to tame your nostalgic heart is Super Mario Run. First announced in September alongside Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Super Mario Run launched on December 15th and has proven to be a mega-hit for Nintendo. Nintendo today announced that in the first four days of availability, the game was downloaded over 40 million times from the iOS App Store. In addition to playing up on the nostalgia factor by bringing hugely popular characters like Mario to the iOS platform, Nintendo... Read more...
Children of the 80’s and 90’s, rejoice! Super Mario Run is finally available on the iPhone and iPad. Hopefully your allowance is a little higher than it was in the glory days, because the game comes with hefty price tag (for a mobile game at least) of $10 USD to unlock the full version. According to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, “The longer you continue to make a series, the more complex the gameplay becomes, and the harder it becomes for new players to be able to get into the series.” He views Super Mario Run as an opportunity to “make a game that the broadest audience of people could play”... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto might get the lions share of the attention from Rockstar fans, but the developer has released a few other gems over the years as well, including some that sound downright bizarre at first, but turn out to be quite good. Such as Bully, which has just passed its tenth birthday. In Bully, you find yourself in the town of Bullworth playing the role of a high school student. It's an open world game (although limited compared to today's open-world epics) that lets you try to progress up the ranks of the school system, and tackle any and all roadblocks that arise. Rockstar has spruced... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple places a high value on customer security and privacy, and the company goes to great lengths to make sure that it's a market-leader in both regards. However, even the most careful companies can be exposed to crippling security vulnerabilities. If software contains a previously unidentified bug or exploit, it just sits there waiting for some enterprising user to spot it. And that's just what happened with Apple's Activation Lock. When an iPhone or iPad is lost, the user has the ability to enable "Find My iPhone", which can immediately locks the device, requiring correct... Read more...
If you're a fan of Sony's PlayStation Communities feature, but have been left a little perturbed by the fact that Sony somehow has never integrated the functionality into one of its mobile apps: you can now relax. The company today released iOS and Android versions of an app specifically-tailored to those who participate in any PS community. There's something we should warn you about up-front: this is yet another app specific to the PlayStation 4, joining PS Messages, the simply-named "PlayStation", and a few others. It'd be amazing if Sony were to ever combine all three of these apps... Read more...
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