iOS

Apple Says Masque Attack Security Flaw is a Non-issue

9:57 AM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple has responded to the news of the Masque Attack threat targeting iPhone and iPad users by saying it isn't an issue at all, and that it hasn't found any reports of people falling victim to the security flaw.

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Masque Attack doesn't look like a serious threat to iPhone and iPad users, and so far it seems that no one has been hit by the threat. Still, it's important that Apple continually evaluate its security measures and always work to make them better.

Monument Valley’s Forgotten Shores: Quick Fun (and Controversy)

8:45 AM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

Monument Valley, which may just be one of the finest iOS games ever released, has been updated with eight new levels. Hooray! In this article, Melissa Holt will tell you what she thinks of the new content (hint: we can hear her squealing happily all the way over here), and she'll also discuss the App Store fallout over the developers deciding to charge for the additional levels.

FTC Talks to Apple about HealthKit, Seems Serious about Privacy

7:20 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · iOS

HeakthKit

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been in talks with Apple about privacy when it comes to HealthKit, the company's system level health data platform in iOS. According to Reuters, the FTC was seeking assurances that Apple would not sell that data to third parties or allow developers to do so. There are little or no regulations on how health data in apps can be used, something the FTC appears to be concerned about.

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The takeaway is this: Some of the health apps you're getting on even Apple's App Store are selling your personal health information. Apple's HealthKit is designed to protect your privacy and give you control over who you share your data with. Buy devices and apps that work with HealthKit.

Bernstein Raises AAPL Target to $120 on Apple Watch Potential

10:33 AM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple's entry in the smartwatch market won't come until spring 2015, but Bernstein analysts are already raising their target price for the company's stock from US$110 to $120 based on the Apple Watch's potential. The investment firm sees higher App Store margins thanks to Apple Watch apps, and that's going to help drive revenue even higher.

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Interest in Apple Watch is clearly high, and it seems everyone wants to use Apple Pay. Once Apple Watch ship, Apple Pay opens up to even more iPhone owners, and that should translate into even more revenue for the company.

Masque Attack: Why Your iPhone is Probably Safe

10:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · · iOS

Masque Attack sounds like an ominous threat to the iPhone and iPad because it lets attackers replace legit apps with their own malicious versions. Getting those on your iOS device, however, involves some trickery and interaction on your part. The security flaw is serious, but it isn't likely to hit you.

Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

10:59 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · iOS

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

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Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.

Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad Adds Editing Features, Drops 365 Subscription

10:55 AM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · iOS

Microsoft is full of surprises recently, and the latest is an update for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Office suite that add in loads of editing features while dropping the requirement for an Office 365 subscription. The tech giant also rolled out a cross-platform fitness tracker and added Dropbox cloud storage support to its products in the past week.

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A cross platform fitness tracker, Dropbox support, and now Office for free on the iPhone and iPad? This is a new Microsoft.

iOS 8: Hiding Your Location with Siri

8:45 AM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · · iOS

Today's Quick Tip is about using Siri to disable and re-enable your location sharing through Find My Friends. It seems like a small thing, right? Well, you might change your tune if your best friend ever sees you out shopping for Christmas presents at That Store He Likes. We'll teach you how to keep your gift-giving secret!

Microsoft Shows It Can Think Differently, Adds Dropbox to Office for iOS

6:08 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · · iOS

Office for iPad with Dropbox

Microsoft demonstrated that under CEO Satya Nadella, the company can think differently than it has in the past. Not only has Big Redmond released Office for iOS, on Tuesday the company announced with Dropbox that it was adding support for Dropbox to those iOS apps, but that it was doing so because that's what customers wanted.