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Let me start by saying that Siri and I have a solid relationship. If I need directions to a place I've never been before or a reminder set, she dutifully obliges every single time. I like that. But if Siri turns on me and starts sharing my personal info without my permission, as a major security firm says is possible, we're going to have problems. Trend Micro, makers of self-named antivirus solutions, points to a flaw in Siri's software that takes only seconds to exploit. In doing so, anyone can tap into a Siri-enabled iOS device and get access to the owner's full name, email, phone number, and... Read more...
If you were hoping to see some sort of hybrid iPad/MacBook computing device in the future, similar in concept to Microsoft’s Surface Book, keep dreaming. Building on past comments related to the subject, Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled down, saying there’s no place for a hybrid iPad/MacBook in the marketplace. “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook reiterated in an interview this weekend. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make... Read more...
Firefox has found new ground to run wild in. That ground is iOS, the mobile operating system for Apple devices, which opens Firefox up to a new audience of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users who take the time to download the Mozilla's browser from the App Store. It joins Chrome, though not Internet Explorer (or Edge) as popular alternatives to Safari on Apple's platform. Firefox users will find a set of familiar features on the version Mozilla ported to iOS. It includes the ability to sync Firefox accounts so that things like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and other information stays consistent... Read more...
If you use Google Maps on your iPhone device, head to the App Store and download the latest update, version 4.12.0 (if you don't have it already). The latest release brings parity with the Android version by introducing spoken traffic alerts, a small but sometimes extremely helpful feature for motorists.When you're in navigation mode, the spoken traffic alerts feature will give you a heads up to things like traffic congestion, incidents on your route that might prompt you to find a different path towards your destination, and various traffic descriptions. It will do all this before you start driving... Read more...
Don't be taken aback if you someone barking commands to Cortana into their iPhone 6s Plus. They're not necessarily confused with technology, but perhaps taking advantage of Cortana on iOS. That's right, Microsoft is rolling out its personal digital assistant to iOS device much in the same way it did for Android gadgets. Like Cortana for Android, using the digital assistant on iOS comes with some feature restrictions. For example, saying "Hey Cortana" won't wake her up on an iPhone like it does on Windows 10 devices (assuming you have the feature turned on). And while not stated in the announcement,... Read more...
There’s no doubt that tablets have revolutionized the way many of us consume media.  The tablets on the market today have developed to fill many niche categories and are beginning to rival notebooks in terms of performance.  We see everything from the venerable iPads, to the upcoming Amazon Kindles, to a wide variety of Android slates and the latest installments of the Surface line from Microsoft.  So, how do you know what is right for you?As is the case with most devices, there just isn’t a single “best” tablet anymore.  A more useful start is to determine what kind of user... Read more...
Apple's operating systems might be considered as some of the most secure on the planet, but as has been proven time and time again, nothing is bulletproof. Not even the company's latest iOS build, it seems. ZERODIUM, a firm that rewards those for finding unknown bugs, has just announced that a team has secured its rights to a bounty worth a staggering $1 million, or roughly the equivalent of 1,333x 16GB iPhone 6S Plus units. Speaking of which, if you are in the dark about what the 6S Plus brings to the table, check out our in-depth review. In order to succeed in ZERODIUM's challenge, the attackers... Read more...
The tensions between device makers like Apple and Google against law enforcement shows no signs of slowing down. As you may recall, the U.S. government is hell-bent on forcing Apple to unlock encrypted iPhone that are involved in criminal cases. Apple contends that the encryption that it provides on iPhones via the iOS operating system is meant to safeguard user data first and foremost, and that giving law enforcement the ability to snoop through private data sets a dangerous precedent. Comments made by U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein this week bolster Apple’s position, and throw cold water... Read more...
The fight between the Department of Justice and mobile OS creators continues, and as it stands right now, things are not looking so great on the vendor side. Over the past few years, and the past year especially, both Apple and Google have been battled against for allowing users of their respective OSes to encrypt their data, and in effect make it impossible for law enforcement to rummage through. Fortunately, both companies have been battling against this on behalf of consumers; rather than back down, both companies have actually strengthened the security, namely by making encryption default in... Read more...
Facebook's software developers have identified a couple of issues that could negatively affect the battery life on iOS devices when installing and using the official Facebook app. The latest update to the Facebook iOS app addresses those issues, though the social network is continuing to investigate why some users have experienced noticeably degraded battery life. More than a minor nuisance, there have been several reports of Facebook's iOS app draining battery life on iPhone and iPad devices at an unusually fast clip. Many of those experiencing the issue note that it occurs even when disabling... Read more...
T-Mobile boss John Legere is a bit of a rock star among CEOs in the social media space, so it's only fitting that we see him jam out to When We Were Young by The Killers on Twitter. What's trippy, though, is that he's plucking away at a game controller and not a real instrument in order to promote the Guitar Hero Live bundle for iOS. Guitar Hero Live is the newest installment in the popular Guitar Hero series published by Activision, and it's available to purchase at T-Mobile. It's the only mobile wireless provider selling the Guitar Hero Live for iOS bundle and yes, you can finance it just as... Read more...
Following the philosophy that it's sometimes better to ask for forgiveness than for permission, a Chinese mobile advertising firm wants Apple and iOS users to know it's sorry for running afoul of Apple's App Store rules by sneakily plucking user data through hundreds of mobile apps that have been downloaded over a million times.Guangzhou Youmi Mobile Technology Co. (Youmi from here on out) was caught collecting email addresses, device IDs, and other private information through more than 250 apps built with a software development kit (SDK) it offers to developers. The developers may not have even... Read more...
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...
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