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Jan Souček, a security researcher from Prague, has uncovered a vulnerability in the security of the iOS Mail application that nefarious types can deploy against users of the app to gain access to their iCloud passwords.    The method published by Souček illustrates how an email can be sent to the hapless victim that uses HTML code that mimics the iCloud login pop-up window upon receipt. Then, after said victim has inadvertently tapped their iCloud password into the window's Password field and clicked OK, an email is sent back to the sender with that critical information. Specifically,... Read more...
Yesterday at WWDC, Apple announced plenty of UI improvements and minor feature enhancements coming to iOS 9 this Fall, but one new feature that didn’t get any stage time is actually quite a bold move for the fruit company. The Android army shows no sign of growing weaker anytime soon, but for existing Android users that are looking to exit the Google ecosystem, Apple will soon make it easier to slip right into iOS Land. Apple will launch its Move to iOS app this fall when iOS 9 is made widely available for consumers. As Apple describes, Move to iOS makes it easy for Android users to “securely [transfer]... Read more...
This is the summer that Ford will put all the bad press surrounding its previous in-car infotainment systems to rest – or so it hopes. The automaker announced today that the soon-to-launch 2016 versions of the Ford Escape and Ford Fiesta will have the new Sync 3 infotainment systems. Vehicles equipped with Sync 3 feature updated button layouts and run BlackBerry’s QNX operating system. Ford customers will be able to connect their smartphones to the Sync 3 system via Bluetooth. An updated version of Ford’s AppLink lets users control certain apps by voice. The feature displays icons for certain apps... Read more...
Android M is definitely the biggest takeaway from the first day of Google I/O, but Google also had another trick up its sleeve in the form of a revamped Photos app. The new Photos app makes it easier for you organize your images and videos, tag people, and even search through your impossibly large library using simple text. It also performs automatic backing up of your images and provides easy to use editing and sharing tools. “You can now take any set of photos and videos, or any album, and simply create a link to share hundreds of photos at once,” explains Anil Sabharwal, Head of Google Photos.... Read more...
Imagine that without any misguided action or behavior of your own your iOS device were to crash, simply as the result of receiving a text string via your iPhone or iPad's Messages app. Next, imagine that after this "What the heck!??!!" event (and device reboot, of course) you subsequently could not even open the Messages program.  Imagine no longer. A new bug has been revealed in Apple's Messages app that will crash your device and render Messages mostly unusable upon receipt of a text containing a unique text string comprised of various symbols and Arabic characters.... Read more...
Expect to see a lot more of Microsoft Office, even if you prefer Android devices. Microsoft announced today that has struck deals with 20 OEMs to put Microsoft Office and Skype on Android tablets. That’s in addition to Dell, Samsung, eight other OEMs and Pegatron, which Microsoft partnered with earlier this year to put its Office apps on Android phones. “These 31 will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, One Drive and Skype in the near future,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nick Parker said in a statement. “They will be available on a new LG tablet, and... Read more...
Do you remember that 80s flick Cocoon, where senior citizens received new leases on life (along with youthful exuberance) by taking a dip in a pool that was occupied by alien lifeforms? Well, Apple looks to have its own fountain of youth for older iOS devices in the form of iOS 9. As we reported earlier this year, Apple is looking to hold the line when it comes to adding a wealth of new features to the next version of iOS. Instead, Apple is working overtime to squash existing bugs and make iOS 9 its most stable release ever at launch. To use a past example from Cupertino, the move from iOS 8 to... Read more...
Facebook Messenger users no longer need to keep fingers primed to tap out "Do I know you?". The social media giant's chat service is maturing rapidly and is now offering publicly shared information at the top of message threads — place of residence, job title, etc. — that will allow users to screen incoming messages from non-Friend users. Messenger's new feature — Facebook's Vice President of Messaging, David Marcus, calls it "enhanced caller ID for messaging." — will also display information for Facebook Friends with whom you have not previously chatted with via the service. Thus users can avoid... Read more...
Imagine being able to run Mozilla's Firefox browser on Apple's iOS platform for mobile devices. That's been a pipe dream of many for the longest time, though never say never. Mozilla seems to be ending a standoff with Apple and reportedly plans to release a browser for iOS that will offer a "Firefox-like experience."Mozilla has long refused to release a version of Firefox for iOS due to Apple disallowing the company to use its own web engine. If Firefox were to ever come to iOS, one of the sides would have to budge, and that's what Mozilla did back in December when it announced that it was testing... Read more...
The smartphone market may have four major OSes battling it out, but the real fight -- the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao -- is between Apple and Google. Given the trends we've seen in recent years, where Android shot up to command the bulk of the smartphone market, we knew Apple was facing an uphill battle to begin eating away at those percentage points. Well, there's some good news for iPhone fans: according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, 32.4% of those who adopted iOS during the first quarter came from Android. It should be noted that in many cases, Apple's overall market share didn't gain - it's just... Read more...
When Microsoft told us that Windows 10 would run universal apps, we got the gist of what it meant. Developers would be able to create apps that ran on desktop, tablet, and smartphone version of Windows 10 with the same codebase. It makes for a streamlined app creation process for developers and gives Windows Phone users — who have traditionally been left in the dust when it comes to app support compared to iOS and Android platforms — hope that things will be different once Windows 10 comes around. However, today’s news from Microsoft – courtesy of BUILD 2015 -- was totally unexpected and quite... Read more...
It's been a mere day since we last talked about an SSL-related vulnerability in iOS, and we couldn't even make it beyond hump day before another popped-up. This one is quite interesting, though, and not to mention quite severe. Researchers at Skycure have discovered that by generating a specifically-crafted SSL certificate, iOS will try to render it and go wonky. In simple cases, an app will crash, while in more aggressive situations, the entire phone will crash. Where it can get severe is if someone is exploiting this vulnerability hard, it could mean that an iPhone will get stuck in a reboot... Read more...
Another day, another story about a poor SSL implementation. According to analytics service SourceDNA, a staggering 1,500 iOS apps are bugged with a gaping HTTPS hole, allowing attackers to intercept traffic that should otherwise be secure. The bug exists in a popular networking library called AFNetworking. If an app was built with version 2.5.1, it's vulnerable, whereas with 2.5.2, released a few weeks ago, is not. It'd be easy to write this issue off as one that affects a small number of developers, but SourceDNA says that even apps from Microsoft, Uber, and Yahoo were all affected. Those apps... Read more...
If it's been several years since you last upgraded your mobile device or other electronic gadgets, you may lose the ability to use the Google's YouTube app. In an updated support document, Google says that select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier are affected, including Sony TVs and Blu-ray Discs, Panasonic TVs and Blu-ray Discs, older iOS devices, and devices running older versions of Google TV."As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we'll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device... Read more...
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