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The waning weeks of spring as summer comes into view is one of the best times of the year in mobile. It's not the weather, though that is certainly a perk, especially if you live in a part of the country that has been batting cold fronts, snow, and rain. Beyond the upgraded weather that awaits, Google has its upcoming Google I/O 2019 event, and Apple is prepping for this year's WWDC. We already reported on the former earlier today. So, what's on tap for the latter? Arguably the most interesting thing to look for is an update to watchOS 6. That may not seem like a big deal on the surface, though what has our attention is Apple is embedding its App Store directly onto the Apple Watch with watchOS... Read more...
Malware is rampant on the Google Play store and is something that Google is trying to get a handle on. Apple has much less of an issue with malware on its App Store because it forces a review process for every app that wants to be distributed on the app store. That doesn't mean that malware and nefarious apps can't make their way through. Mobile security firm Lookout says that a developer has been able to abuse Apple-issued security certificates to bypass the App Store and target Apple devices. The app hid as a carrier assistance app, and once it was installed, it has wide-ranging permissions that allow it to silently capture the compromised device contacts, audio recordings, photos, videos,... Read more...
The mobile gaming industry can sometimes be a strange place. Gamers will put up with tactics to squeeze money out of them in the mobile gaming realm that would never fly on the PC or traditional game consoles. There would be an immense uproar if Bethesda launched a console game that required players to wait three hours for a chest to open. Yet, in the mobile game world, gamers accept such tricks, which are simply ways for the free-to-play games to generate money by charging players to open chests more quickly. Despite the annoyances with The Elder Scrolls: Blades, the game has proven to be popular with iOS gamers. A new report from Sensor Tower shows that Blades is the number one game on the... Read more...
Elder Scrolls fans who have been waiting for the mobile game in the franchise, Elder Scrolls: Blades, to land will be glad to hear that the game has now entered Early Access. Bethesda confirmed the game Early Access status via a tweet from the official The Elder Scrolls Twitter account. To get into the Early Access portion of the game requires an official invite from Bethesda. Early Access is available on both iOS and Android platforms; those who signed up for Early Access are being chosen in a seemingly random manner. Invites come via the email address used to register for access. Bethesda has stated that all progress or purchases made in the Early Access stage will carry over to the final game... Read more...
Activision announced it is bringing its popular Call of Duty franchise over to smartphones and tablets with a new free-to-player version appropriately called Call of Duty: Mobile. It appears as though Tencent Games is in charge of the mobile experience, which will feature online multiplayer matches on "iconic maps," including the popular Nuketown map. "Call of Duty: Mobile is a new, standalone mobile title that features a collection of fan-favorite maps, competitive game modes, familiar characters and signature weapons from across our beloved franchises, including Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, into one epic experience," Activision explains. Full details are still be... Read more...
Nike was the brand that Marty McFly wore on his feet in the classic science fiction flick Back to the Future II. Next to the hoverboard he rode in that film, the shoes that lace themselves are what many fans wanted. Fast forward a few decades and Nike launched a version of those self-lacing sneakers that consumers could buy with the first pair landing in 2016. The catch was that the first pair of self-lacing shoes were very expensive, but a cheaper pair came later. The most recent self-lacing Nike shoes are the Adapt BB sneakers, and they work with an Android or iOS app. The Android version of the app landed last week, and reports are flooding in from owners of the fancy sneakers that the app... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors of merger between Apple's iOS and macOS apps for a while now, but a new report suggests that that efforts to make this possible are well under way. In fact, these so-called universal apps could be made available to the public starting in 2021. This reporting comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, he in particular seems to have the pulse on the inner workings at Apple. The program has been underway using the codename Marzipan, and would see apps originally designed for the iPhone and iPad make their way to macOS devices. According to the report, Apple will initially only allow iPad app developers to port their apps over to Macs thanks to a new SDK. It's expected... Read more...
Where there is a will, there is a way, and that is proven time again when it comes to pirated software. In earlier days, that entailed cracking copyright protections on an assortment of programs—games, productivity tools, and so forth. That still exists, of course, but nowadays some of the focus has shifted to mobile. Case in point, software pirates have found a way to dole out hacked versions of popular apps to iPhone devices. Apple has mechanisms in place to prevent this sort of thing, but several software distributors are using digital certificates to push hacked apps through Apple's Enterprise Developer program. Those distributors include AppValley, Panda Helper, TutuApp, and TweakBox,... Read more...
Although it's arriving later than originally promised, Apple has just issued iOS 12.1.4, which fixes the widely publicized Group FaceTime bug that was revealed early last week. In short, the bug allowed anyone to eavesdrop on your iPhone's microphone by initiating a FaceTime call, and video could even be obtained (without the receiver’s permission) via the exploit. Apple initially disabled Group FaceTime on its servers to immediately shutdown the exploit, and last Friday it instituted a server-side fix for the problem. The release of iOS 12.1.4 now brings relieve on the consumer side for iPhones and iPads. The bug was initially discovered by a teenager, Grant Thompson, who stumbled... Read more...
Google released the latest update to its popular Chrome web browser that has a notable change in feature set. This new version has a handful of improvements, but unfortunately it also removes one feature from the web browser. Starting with Chrome 72, you can no longer setup Chromecast devices using the Google Chrome web browser. You will still be able to stream content from your web browser to your Chromecast device, but you will first need to initialize and setup your Chromecast with an Android or iOS device. It's unclear why Google opted to remove this feature from the Chrome web browser, but as virtually everyone has a smartphone nowadays, it shouldn't pose a serious inconvenience. Google... Read more...
Over the past year, Google has put considerable effort into bolstering its Gmail service on the web with new features and capabilities. For example, Gmail now utilizes machine learning techniques to help draft emails with Smart Compose, and it can remind you to follow up on emails that still need attention. That's all well and good, but what about the mobile experience? Rest assured, Google has not forgotten about Gmail on mobile devices. In a recent blog post, Gmail product manager Nikolus Ray explained that Gmail is getting a fresh new look on Android and iOS. "As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments—like photos—without opening or scrolling through the conversation.... Read more...
Epic Games just pushed out the v7.30 update for its hugely popular Fortnite battle royale game, which brings with it a number of changes, new weapons, bugfixes and performance improvements. However, the most important update is for mobile users, and that comes in the form of official support for Bluetooth gaming controllers. Just the fact that Fortnite is able to run reasonably well on Android and iOS smartphones is quite the achievement; especially so with the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max which can run the game at a steady 60 fps. But controlling the game -- even with the rather expansive 6.5-inch display of the iPhone XS Max -- using on-screen controls is just not as... Read more...
We're sure that all of you have encountered this scenario at some point. You have guests over that need access to your Wi-Fi network to download a large file quickly quickly to avoid hitting their metered LTE connection. You then have to go fishing around for your network password that they would need to input. A new device called Wifi Porter is looking to make hopping on to your network dead simple for folks that come over to your house for a visit. The relatively small block of wood houses an embedded NFC chip. All you have to do is program the Wifi porter once with your login in credentials, and it is then saved for future use. There are no batteries and no need to charge the device, so you... Read more...
Remember the Windows 10 Mobile operating system? Just a few years ago, Microsoft was billing it as a credible alternative to Android and iOS and delivered some relatively cool features like Live Tiles on the lock screen and its Continuum mode that allowed users to extend their smartphone to a desktop experience. However, Microsoft has for the most part abandoned new feature update to Windows 10 Mobile and long shuttered production of its Lumia line of smartphones. So, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft has announced a final end date support: December 10th, 2019. The last major release of Windows 10 Mobile occurred way back on October 2017, and Microsoft has only provided security updates... Read more...
Christmas has come and gone, but there's a good chance that many Americans received some form of Amazon Echo device under the tree. With so many new Echo owners joining the fray for the first time, they are inevitably heading to the iOS App Store to download the companion app so that they can get started with the setup process on their iPhone. However, an unofficial app has somehow made it near the top of the charts in the App Store, and it is by no means harmless. The app is called "Setup for Amazon Alexa" and was first spotted by 9to5Mac earlier this morning. As of this writing, the app is still available as a free download and is currently trending at #6 under the Utilities section... Read more...
Whether you primarily use Siri or Google Assistant (assuming you use a digital assistant) likely comes down to which platform you're invested in—Android or iOS. It doesn't have to be one or the other, though. Google recently updated its Assistant app for iOS to support Siri Shorcuts, which allows users to call up Google's virtual assistant without having to fire up the app. Once the app is updated, the best way to take advantage of the feature is to record a familiar phrase like "OK Google" or "Hey Google." After you do that, you can tap into Google Assistant without having to open up the app. It's sort of an end-around solution, though. It's not quite the same as on Android handsets, in... Read more...
When it comes to big data, Apple CEO Tim Cook has drawn a line in the sand with regards to what it will and will not do when it comes to customer data. Apple vows not to share its customer data with third-parties and takes great pain to store as much customer user data in a secure enclave on-device with products like the iPhone instead of sending information to its servers. Because of this policy, Cook has been rather outspoken about criticizing tech giants like Google and Facebook for their lapses in protecting user data. With that in mind, in an interview with Axios on HBO, Cook was asked why Apple feels comfortable taking billions from Google to place... Read more...
Apple recently began pushing out a new update to its mobile operating system, iOS version 12.1, and unfortunately it comes with a bug that allows an attacker to access an iPhone's full contact information without ever having to enter a passcode. It's a rather simple exploit that doesn't require any programming experience. All it does require is physical access to the phone that is being targeted. The exploit is rather simple—an attacker just needs to initiate a phone call and then switch to FaceTime as soon as it connects. From there, they can go to the bottom of the screen and select "Add Person," then press the plus (+) icon to view the full list of contacts. Using 3D Touch reveals more... Read more...
To say that Apple and law enforcement around the world have a contentious relationship is an understatement. Each time law enforcement gets a tool that allows accessing iPhones with a court order when the owner can't be compelled to unlock the device, Apple works hard to break that tool. Such is the case with the GrayKey iPhone cracking tool that police around the world have been using to gain access to iPhone devices. Until iOS 12 launched, the GrayKey tool allowed the unlocking of iPhone devices by law enforcement. On any device running iOS 12 or higher, the tool reportedly no longer works. Multiple sources that are familiar with the GrayKey tech have told Forbes that the tool can no longer... Read more...
Doctors and researchers have used MRI machines for over forty years to create detailed images of internal organs and tissues. But do MRI machines play well with other modern inventions? One Reddit user recently reported that an MRI machine zapped every iOS and watchOS device in his facility. Redditor u/harritco remarked that he had experienced the “most bizarre issue I've had in my career in IT”. A medical facility had installed a new MRI machine and by the end of the day every iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch had been disabled. More than forty people were affected by the issue, but no other devices, other than iOS devices, seemed to be impacted. All Android devices and other electronics... Read more...
Amazon's Alexa companion app for iOS and Android is the central hub for discovering, setting up, and controlling Alexa smart devices installed within your home. However, no one could credibly describe the app as being easy to use or that it made controlling those devices straightforward. This week, however, Amazon has unleashed an all-new Alexa app that greatly simplifies how you control your smart devices. There is now a dedicated Devices tab, which gives you quick and easy access to all of your smart devices. You'll see your accumulated device Groups right off the bat, which are presented by large, colorful cards. Each Group has its own on/off button and gives an overview of the devices controlled.... Read more...
When it comes to the default search on web browsers -- be it on mobile or on the desktop -- most people don't bother switching to another provider. That's why it's so important for companies like Google or Microsoft to have their search engine as the "default" for as many browsers as possible. Google Chrome is the most popular browser on the planet, so there's no question that it has Google Search set by default. However, what about the Safari browser in iOS? Apple might only hold around 15 percent of the global market with regards to smartphone operating systems, but that still represents hundreds of millions of devices. Google wants its search engine primely positioned as the default in the... Read more...
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