The Possible End of Apps as We Know Them

2:30 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · · App Store

Chatbots vs apps

WIth over 1.5 miilion apps in the Apple App Store, where will it all end? Someday, we might not even need to run apps. That is, if chatbots do what we think they might be able to do. 

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar for 40% Discount

4:40 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · App Store

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar and iPad App

We have a deal today on Jamstick, a device that lets you play guitar through an iPad app without having a full-sized guitar. At 16.4 inches long and weight of 1 pound, 9 ounces, it's easy to carry. Its built-in battery can go up to 8 hours between charges, and you don't have to tune it (it's not a real guitar, after all). It also comes with a teaching app and two other apps on the App Store. You can get it for 40 percent off retail at $149.99 through our deal.

Mackie Master Fader v4 Adds Split View & Real Time Analyzer to iPad-Controlled Mixers

10:00 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · App Store

Mackie Wednesday released Master Fader version 4, the app used to control their DL-series iPhone- and iPad-controlled mixers. The update adds a slew of new features including real-time analyzers on all outputs, the ability to copy and paste channel settings, split view support for compatible iPads, iPad Pro support, an enhanced iPhone UI and much more. Additionally, version 4 now consolidates the My Fader and Master Fader functionality into one app, making updates easier for people using both iPhones and iPads.

InstaAgent Pulled from App Store for Stealing User Names, Passwords

9:28 AM, Nov. 11th, 2015 · · App Store

Uh oh! More malware found on the App Store!

Apple has pulled the popular InstaAgent app from the App Store after discovering it was harvesting Instagram user names and passwords. The app was touted as a tool to show who had viewed your Instagram profile, but instead was sending user's logins unencrypted to a remote server.

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More egg on Apple's face. The consolation is that Apple is a quick learner, so hackers hoping to slip through the process with similar techniques are most likely out of luck.

Apple Removes Hundreds of Apps for Snooping after They Got Past App Store Review Process

8:26 PM, Oct. 19th, 2015 · · App Store

Monster with Chinese flag in front of iPhone

Apple allowed hundreds of apps into the App Store even though they were scraping personal information directly in violation of Apple's developer guidelines. The company has since pulled the apps and banned the compromised third party advertising SDK responsible for the snooping, but it shows Apple's walled garden can't keep the bad guys out with 100 percent accuracy.

Apple: Developers Shut Off GateKeeper to Install Counterfeit Xcode

9:08 AM, Sep. 24th, 2015 · · App Store

Apple says developers shut of OS X's security failsafe before installing malware-loaded Xcode

Apple has a list of the top 25 iPhone and iPad apps infected with XcodeGhost, and an explanation for how counterfeit versions of its Xcode tools were installed: developers in China intentionally shut off OS X's Gatekeeper feature. Without Gatekeeper running, there wasn't a failsafe in place to alert developers that they installed malware on their own computers.

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Developers downloaded Xcode from non-Apple servers and disabled Gatekeeper. How could they not expect to be writing malware-laden apps? Still, that doesn't let Apple off the hook for failing to catch the infected titles.

Tainted Xcode gets Malware onto App Store, Apps Pulled

9:39 AM, Sep. 21st, 2015 · · App Store

Unofficial Xcode installers led to the biggest App Store malware incident to date

Apple has pulled a long list of iPhone and iPad apps from the App Store after discovering they contained malware that could steal personal data. The titles—including the popular WeChat— were created using versions of Xcode downloaded outside of Apple's developer site that injected the malware, dubbed XcodeGhost, into apps without developer's knowledge.

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You'd think developers, of all people, would understand the importance of making sure the tools for coding apps come from safe and legit sources.