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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...
In tech, it's not often that I take sides. I don't care if a GPU is NVIDIA or AMD, or a CPU is AMD or Intel. I just want what's better, or at least better for me at that particular point in time. Where mobile is concerned though, there has emerged a definitive winner for me. Windows Phone has never managed to grab me, and I loathe the locked-down iOS. So for me, I proclaim Android my true love. It's open, flexible, and I can personally do everything I want on my phone / tablet without the need for rooting. If you're like me and are comfortably sitting on one side of the fence (assuming Windows... Read more...
Although we have to wait until October 27 when Halo 5 officially launches for the Xbox One, another Halo: Spartan Strike is now available for iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Steam for the relatively low price of $5.99. And you don’t have to worry about dealing with ridiculous microtransactions as seen with the Halo: Spartan Assault. All in-game purchases are taken care of with currency that you earn as you progress through the game. Spartan Strike is a top-down gaming affair and you control your on-screen action using dual control sticks. Compared to Spartan Assault, Microsoft says that Spartan... Read more...
Apple has today announced that it will be kicking off the 26th iteration of its WWDC on June 8, and as usual, it'll be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As was the case last year, Apple will be choosing developers to purchase tickets at random, and also like last year, those tickets will cost $1,599 each. If you're interested in attending this year's WWDC, you can't waste any time; you must head here to register and do so no later than April 17, 10AM PDT. It seems obvious that Apple will use this WWDC to talk about iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. "Apple’s renowned developer community will come... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to up its game in the mobile search engine market a bit with a redesigned mobile homepage for Bing search. The new mobile homepage will be available to both Android and iOS users and includes a handful of new features to satisfy existing search customers and draw in new users. The first of course is a facelift for the homepage, which includes a new translucent color scheme, and a “swipe up” card system to display more information. Other new features include an Image of the Day (IOTD) card that allows you to “learn the story behind the image of the day,” the Popular Now card... Read more...
It's not often that we learn of a DDoS attack that can be sourced from mobile devices, but as it happens, it's something that's possible on iOS devices not running the latest 8.3 software. The bug isn't exclusive to iOS, however. Because the 'Darwin Nuke' flaw exists in the Darwin kernel, the desktop OS X is also affected. To be protected there, an upgrade to 10.10.3 is required. It's unfortunately not mentioned when this bug first surfaced, but Kaspersky notes that affected devices include the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini - in effect, iOS... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ to get your HBO fix without having to first subscribe to an expensive cable or satellite TV package, today is your day of celebration. Well, that is if you own an Apple device. HBO Now, which was officially announced last month, is now available on Apple TV and via iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. All you have to do is pay $14.99 per month and you gain full access to all of HBO’s current programming as well as its extensive back catalog of movies and TV shows with on-demand access. HBO is even offering customers who sign up in April a free 30-day free trial... Read more...
Apple this week filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit claiming the company bamboozled customers by misrepresenting the amount of storage space that's available on new iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 8. The suit, which was filed in the Bay Area a few months ago, claims that iOS 8 can use as much as 32.1 percent of the advertised storage space on the company's mobile products. What's really at issue is whether or not Apple intentionally misled consumers. According to Apple's court filing, the plaintiffs Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara failed to prove their case, adding... Read more...
Apple's Siri software showed the world how handy it can be to have a virtual digital assistant at your beck and call, but it's Microsoft's Cortana helper that as aspirations of ruling the world. Well, the digital world, anyway. This attempt at world domination will begin with a new version of Cortana that Microsoft plans to port to iOS and Android.As you know, Cortana is already available on Windows Phones, and when Windows 10 ships to the public, Cortana will spread its wings on the desktop. Sometime after is when Microsoft will target the two most popular operating systems on the planet with... Read more...
Android and iOS are natural born enemies, but sometimes good business trumps rivalries, like the one between Google and Apple. Not to be downplayed, Steve Jobs once vowed to spend every last dime of Apple's to destroy Android. Nevertheless, it makes sense in certain situations to support your rival, which is why you may see an Android Wear app in the App Store for iPhone and iPad devices. Right now it's considered a rumor, one that originated from French-language website 01net. According to a rough translation, Google may announce Android Wear with iOS... Read more...
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