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.

Apple Gets Smart, Blocks iOS 9 Beta App Store Reviews

10:00 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · · App Store

iOS 9 beta testers blocked from App Store reviews

If you're running the beta version of iOS 9 good luck leaving App Store reviews. Apple finally disabled the ability to leave app reviews from devices running beta versions of iOS, which means third party developers getting hit with one star reviews because they can't release iOS 9 compatibility updates can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Thanks for finally listening, Apple. Developers shouldn't have ever had to suffer through inappropriate negative app reviews from public beta testers. It's good to see they won't have to any more.

Apple Pulls Games with Confederate Flags, but Leaves Games with Swastikas

11:05 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · App Store

Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes Confederate flags, Castle Wolfenstein includes swastikas

Apple is pulling games from the iPhone and iPad App Store that include Confederate battle flags in the wake of rising public distaste in the wake of recent hate motivated killings in South Carolina. While Confederate flags are disappearing from the App Store, however, apps with other symbols with hate-related symbols such as swastikas are still available.

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The Confederate battle flag was created and has represented racial hatred since its inception, so it's easy to see why Apple is taking a hard line stance in the App Store following the recent killings in South Carolina. It's odd, however, that Apple's anti-hate campaign is limited to only the one symbol instead of including others such as the Nazi swastika.

Apple Introduces News App with ‘Apple News Format’ for Publishers

4:28 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · App Store

Apple Introduces News App with 'Apple News Format' for Publishers

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple has cast out Newsstand in favor a new app called simply "News" for iOS 9, which is scheduled for a fall release. News offers a Flipboard-like interface for browsing news, but Apple also announced the "Apple News Format" for publishers to deliver their content to the app with "rich typography," images, and "beautiful layouts."

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This could be a dynamite combination for everyone concerned.

Texas BBQ and High Technology…

4:50 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · App Store

Texas BBQ Technology Remote Thermometer

Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week --  a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out. 

Apple’s App Store Needs Cold Storage

10:10 AM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · App Store

Apple's App Store Needs Cold Storage

There are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it. 

Apple Invites Developers to App Analytics Beta

6:48 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · App Store

Apple and Developers

Apple began inviting developers participate in a beta program for App Analytics, an other unannounced service that gives developers more information about how and how often their customers are engaging with their apps. The invitation was posted to Twitter by developer Ryan Hoover, and is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.