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The Apple App Store is regarded as being more a lot more secure than Google Play, but it's not perfect. An app was discovered last month that had bypassed Apple's security and was spying on users. Now, cybersecurity experts are worried that more unsecure apps might be sold to Apple customers after a Supreme Court ruling this week that will allow iPhone users to proceed with a class-action suit against Apple. The class-action alleges Apple's monopoly on the downloading of apps from the App Store drove prices up. While the Supreme Court approved the suit, the actual suit does have to go back and work its way through the lower courts. The case has the potential to force Apple to open its walled... Read more...
There are a lot of people out there who like iPhone hardware and software, but don't like the way Apple locks them inside the App Store walled garden. For these folks, the alternative to the App Store was to jailbreak their iPhone and then use the third-party Cydia app store that provided both free and paid apps. The apps on the Cydia store that sold for a fee used PayPal for payments. Cydia founder Jay "Saurik" Freeman announced on Reddit that the Cydia app store was shutting down its payment system. He went so far as to say that he wanted to shut down the entire Cydia Store before the end of the year. I have to recommend that everyone removes their saved paypal info from their cydia... Read more...
We all know that when you buy into the iOS ecosystem, you’re restricted to installing what Apple has deemed “fit and appropriate” for its devices. Compared to more open operating systems like Android, iOS can sometimes feel like you’re being strangled with a straight-jacket. Unfortunately for Apple Watch users — and probably fortunately for the design tastes of Apple VP Jony Ive — you won’t be able to install your own third-party watch faces on the Apple Watch. Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines for the Apple Watch, and it states “Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected.”  That means that you won’t be seeing any third-party watch faces for the Apple... Read more...