Items tagged with ios

For better or worse, parting with your money just got a heck of a lot easier on iOS devices. All you have to do is bark a command to Siri to the effect of, "Hey Siri, send my brother Todd $50 using PayPal" and she will happily coordinate the transfer, simple as that. Siri will ask for confirmation, of course, just like when sending a text message, but answer in the affirmative and little brother Todd will be the happy recipient of a wad of online cash. The new voice-activated functionality is baked into the latest version of PayPal's mobile app on iOS. Anyone with an iPhone or iPad running iOS... Read more...
If you are a diehard user of Apple’s iPhone family of smartphones, but still are a heavy user of Google’s software products, we’ve got a major app update to bring to you today. Google has released a long overdue overhaul for its Gmail iOS app, and it brings over the look and feel of its Android counterpart. The new iOS version of Gmail gains large icons and bold colors associated with Material Design, and overall performance has improved greatly over its predecessor. Transitions are much smoother this time around, and the in-app settings let you dictate whether a swipe over a message will archive... Read more...
There's been no shortage of stories regarding Android security of the years, a fact that has worried some fans of the "openness" of the OS. Each new security story makes it seem more likely that the OS will become a little more locked-down, a la iOS. Well, that might not happen after all, because as it stands today, Google is confident that Android is just as secure as iOS. This was revealed at a security conference in New York last week, by Google's Director of Security for Android, Adrian Ludwig. He plainly states, "For almost all threat models, they [Android and iOS] are nearly identical in... Read more...
The latest version of iOS brings a lot of interesting (and perhaps fun) things to the table, but as it turns out, It had one sloppy regression that was quickly pointed out. Apple shipped iOS 10 with a severe security vulnerability that affects iTunes backups. As we reported on Friday, Russian security research firm Elcomsoft revealed that gaining access to an iOS 10 backup password via iTunes, is "2,500 times faster" than before. While that speed boost is likely only going to be useful to those who have physical access to a device, it's an alarming statistic nonetheless. And if there's... Read more...
Microsoft just released an updated version of Word Flow for iOS, its predictive keyboard app. The app now incorporates information from the Bing search engine and allows users to look-up and add GIFs, images, and videos. The updated version targets its stiffest competition, Google’s Gboard. According to Microsoft, Word Flow, “is a blazing fast keyboard that comes with search (GIFs, restaurants, and more), free customization options and includes Arc mode for comfortable one-handed typing.” Word Flow was first launched on iOS earlier this Spring. It allowed users to text via swiping and clicking... Read more...
In the smartphone OS market, there’s Android and iOS; then there’s everyone else. Google’s Android operating system is by far the most popular smartphone operating system in the world, while Apple’s iOS comes in a distant second. But what about industry veterans Microsoft and BlackBerry? According to the latest figures from Gartner, smartphone operating systems from those companies barely made a blip on its radar screen. Sales of smartphones running Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile and BlackBerry OS 10 fell dramatically year-over-year. Microsoft managed to sell just 1.9 million smartphone running... Read more...
Nobody like cheaters, well, except for cheaters. Whether we’re talking about cheaters at the Olympics (doping), cheating at the academic level, or cheating in gaming; those looking to get a leg up on the competition by taking the easy way are usually frowned upon. Such is the case with the smash hit Pokémon GO. The game has taken the world by storm, and cheaters have rushed in to stake their claim in the augmented reality world. Luckily, developer Niantic is having none of this, and is taking extreme measures by permanently banning the most ruthless cheaters. When it comes to Pokémon GO, “cheating”... Read more...
Tablet PCs have been around for ages, but when Apple released its first iPad, it's as if the world suddenly realized just how useful they could be. Immediately, iPads flew off the shelves, and a countless number of competitors popped out of nowhere with their own take on things. In recent years, Microsoft has even got in on the action, ruling the roost where Windows slates are concerned. But, as IDC's latest report highlights, tablets are on the decline, which is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who still love them. Decline doesn't mean down-and-out, though: there could always... Read more...
If you're a SwiftKey user and have been experiencing some oddities lately: you're not alone. Due to a bug, some SwiftKey users have been receiving some downright bizarre recommendations, including phrases that they never use. Even worse? The software also predicted names and email addresses of other users! Once this discovery was made, the company behind the software took swift (sorry) action to pull some of its services offline; namely, the cloud-related bits. The company says that the vast majority of users were unaffected by this issue, which is a little reassuring as the software has millions... Read more...
If you’re one of those folks that lollygags around when it comes to updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS, you might want rethink that strategy. Apple released iOS 9.3.3 last week, and tucked inside the software update were some operating system tweaks and the usual bevy of security patches. One security patch in particular fixed a rather nasty vulnerability that can leave your Apple device open to attackers using a simple iMessage. The exploit allows an attacker to send a seemingly innocent TIFF image file via iMessage that actually contains a rather malicious payload. Cisco Talos... Read more...
It's a dangerous online world out there and to keep the bad guys at bay, many companies require that employees use two-factor authentication. Typically the second method of verification entails tapping a Security Key or entering a verification code that's sent to a mobile device, but to make things easier Google is adding a third method, an approval prompt that pops up on a user's phone.This is something that's built right into the latest version of Google Play Services, which gives just about every Android user access to the feature. If you're rocking an iOS device, don't sweat it, you just need... Read more...
Are you a disgruntled iOS user who yearns for the ability to run Android on your iPhone? We didn't think so either, but in the event that there is someone out there wanting this functionality, Tendigi might just have a solution to suit them. At the moment, there is no product for sale; rather, Tendigi is just giving us a preview of what it's come up with, and has even detailed the build steps at its blog. In the accompanying announcement video, we're shown a real iPhone running modern iOS that then slips into a special case to allow Android to run. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out... Read more...
Apple says only a  "small number" of 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners were affected by a bug in iOS 9.3.2 that caused some tablets to freeze and cease booting. Though Apple seems to be downplaying how many iPads are now out of commission because of the update, the Cupertino outfit is investigating the situation and working on a remedy."We're working on a fix for an issue impacting a small number of iPad units that are receiving an error when trying to update the software," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "We'll issue and update as quickly as possible."In the meantime, those affected by the buggy... Read more...
You can't get much work done on a bricked tablet built for professionals. Unfortunately that's the situation playing out for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners who installed Apple's over-the-air (OTA) iOS 9.3.2 update. Many of those affected by the issue report seeing an "Error 56" message imploring them to plug their iPad Pro into iTunes, which doesn't solve the problem, and nor does rebooting. Apple's incremental update to iOS went out on Monday and was supposed to squash a handful of bugs, not introduce a show stopping one. Sometimes these things happen, but it looks particularly bad for Apple, which... Read more...
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