Australian iPhone Owners Wake Up to Ransomware Threat

8:42 AM, May. 27th, 2014 · · iCloud

Many iPhone and iPad owners in Australia woke up Tuesday morning to an unfriendly site: On screen demands for money to unlock their devices. The warning said their device had been hacked by Oleg Pliss and demanded a US$100 ransom before it would be unlocked so they could use it again.

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This doesn't look like a security flaw in iOS for the iPhone and iPad, but instead seems to be some other attack that involves account user names and passwords stolen from somewhere else. Those login credentials may have come from data breaches at other companies, or through some server spoofing attack. Changing your iCloud password seems to be the easiest way to protect yourself for now.

3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

4:30 PM, Mar. 28th, 2014 · · iCloud

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.

3 Free iOS Note Apps

7:38 PM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · · iCloud

Free on iTunes

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.

3 Free iOS Apps That Will Smarten You Up

6:24 PM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · iCloud

Free on iTunes

Got a question? Vern Seward points out 3 free iOS apps that will help you find the answer in this week's Free on iTunes. Duck Duck Go, Merlin Bird ID, and Learnist.