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You might have noticed that after installing Facebook on your shiny new iPhone (or iPad) battery life took a turn for the worse. Way worse. If so, know that you're not alone. There have been many reports of the Facebook app draining an unusual amount of battery life on iOS devices, and it's something the social network is trying to fix.In a statement provided to TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson said the social network is looking into the issue and hopes to have a solution before too long."We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We're looking into this... Read more...
This past June, on a day when Apple had a number of big announcements - such as OS X 'El Capitan', the much-expected launch of Apple Music, and the announcement of WatchOS 2 - the company also revealed a new app for the iPhone and iPad that it hopes will redefine how people read their news. The aptly named News app lets people catch up on their news by browsing through automatically curated stories presented in a magazine format. Overall, a simple, but neat app. But despite its simplicity, this is one app that Apple has to be careful with. Because of its ability to automatically pull in stories... Read more...
It looks as though tech firms have gotten a reprieve on forcefully decrypting data at the behest of law enforcement officials; at least for now. FBI Director James Comey, who has been an outspoken voice against tech companies that have implemented system wide encryption for their mobile operating systems, delivered the welcome news while testifying at a Senate hearing before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “The administration has decided not to seek a legislative remedy now, but it makes sense to continue the conversations with [the] industry.” Those comments were echoed... Read more...
The researchers at Palo Alto Networks are working overtime thanks to plenty of new mobile exploits creeping up seemingly every day. Recently, the firm has been responsible for a couple of big stories revolving around Apple's iOS. Back in August, it found that over 225,000 Apple accounts were stolen from jailbroken devices, and just a couple of weeks ago, it clued us in to the XcodeGhost malware, which Apple itself managed to let slip into its official store. Now, we're given news of more malware, but fortunately for those outside of Asia, it looks... Read more...
Those calling on Apple to unify its mobile and desktop operating systems might be in for a long wait. During a discussion with Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, Apple boss Tim Cook made it clear that he has no intention of combining iOS with OS X, which probably means a touchscreen iMac or MacBook isn't in the cards either."We don't believe in having one operating system for PC and mobile, Cook said, according to CNET. "We think it subtracts from both, and you don't get the best experience from either. We're very much focused on two."As smartphones and tablets become increasingly sophisticated and capable,... Read more...
Apple's iOS 9 brings a lot of good stuff to the table, but there's one feature in particular that seems long overdue (and likewise, should be available on alternative platforms): "App Slicing". What this allows developers to do is mark assets within their app as being for specific device platforms so that space is not wasted. Traditionally, users who download an app get the entire thing regardless of whether or not they'll make use of some of its contents; App Slicing could send one build to the iPhone and completely different one to the iPad. This feature is mainly geared at iOS users that are... Read more...
Apple might have one of the most secure app stores on the planet, but as with all things secure, someone is bound to find a hole and waltz right on in. Such is the case with whomever modified Apple's official coding software Xcode to bundle malware with any app compiled with it. That sounds simple, but despite the origin being China, this malware is far-reaching. According to security firm Palo Alto Networks, a malicious version of Xcode was released to Chinese networks about six months ago. While the software is free to registered developers, some users in China took advantage of this unofficial... Read more...
If you know anyone that’s been a longtime iOS user, chances are that they have a “junk” folder on their device that is used to banish unwanted Apple apps that they don’t use. These apps come preinstalled with every iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and cannot be deleted. They can’t even be hidden unless you jailbreak — but jailbreaking can have some unwanted consequences if you aren’t careful. In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed, Apple’s Tim Cook was surprisingly open about the wishes of some iOS users to be able to remove these junk apps. Users either want them gone to reclaim whatever little... Read more...
When it comes to onboard RAM, Android smartphones often come fully stocked. These days, you expect at least 2GB of RAM on all but the most low-end devices. 3GB is common with most flagships, and some recently released Android smartphones come packing 4GB of RAM. However, Apple has always been stingy when it comes to the amount of RAM included on its smartphones (although it could be argued that iOS memory management is a bit better than what's found on Android). The iPhone 5, which was introduced back in 2012, gave us 1GB of RAM — but the iPhone has been stuck at the same 1GB through the releases... Read more...
The first “modern” smartwatch to capture the attention of techies around the world was no doubt the Motorola Moto 360. You can chalk up the excitement surrounding the Moto 360 to its mostly rounded display and dashing good looks. The Moto 360 then had to take a backseat to the hype surrounding the Apple Watch, but now there’s a newcomer that’s not only grabbing attention from Android users, but also those in the Apple camp. Samsung has managed to create the Gear S2 that not only includes a fully circular display (unlike the “flat tire” effect seen on the Moto 360), but includes relatively slim... Read more...
Microsoft has finally gotten the hint: Skype users on Android and iOS aren’t exactly bowled over by the Windows Phone-centric user interface on the current app. While unifying the design and UI across all three platforms was perhaps an easy move for Microsoft development wise, it went against UI design conventions already established for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has seen the error in its ways and is coming back with two brand new Skype apps, each tailored specifically for Android and iOS users. “We’ve redesigned Skype to be much more natural and intuitive, and have added a bunch of new... Read more...
If you take the plunge to root (or "jailbreak") a mobile device, it enters you into a world where software exists that wants nothing more than to ruin your day. Or perhaps even your device. On the Android side, malware has popped up on occasion, but iOS has seemingly been relatively safe. But an exception has just been made, thanks to a piece of malware dubbed "KeyRaider". As its name suggests, all your keys are belong to this malware. According to security firm Palo Alto Networks, over 225,000 iOS jailbroken iOS devices have been plagued by this malware, and while it's primarily sourced from a... Read more...
And just like that, Google has changed the smartwatch marketplace, hopefully for the better. Last week, we brought you the interesting news that the Amazon product listing for the Huawei Watch mentioned support for Apple devices running iOS 8.2 or above. Now we had previously heard rumors about support for Android Wear devices coming to iPhones in the past, but they were just that: rumors. And the iOS 8.2 bullet point could have just as easily been an typing entry error, as it’s something that often happens when product listings are created for sites like Amazon. However, as we have learned this... Read more...
Compared to rival digital assistants like Google Now and Cortana, Apple’s Siri can often seem like it’s stuck in the past. While Apple has added some nifty functionality to Siri since it was first introduced with iOS 5 in 2011, Siri will get a significant “intelligence” overhaul this fall with iOS 9, and will become more proactive it helping you navigate your daily life. However, one new Siri feature is a little bit further away, and again shows Apple playing catchup in certain aspects to the likes of Google. The new functionality is called iCloud Voicemail and taps into Siri’s already robust voice... Read more...
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