iOS

Apple: iCloud Wasn’t Compromised in iPhone Ransom Attack

11:03 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · · iOS

Following news that some iPhone owners in Australia were locked out of their smartphone and presented with a demand for a ransom, Apple has said its iCloud servers weren't hacked. The ransom attack, called Oleg Pliss, demanded US$100 from victims and raised questions about how the attackers gained the necessary passwords to lock users out of their iPhones and iPads.

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It's good to know Apple's own servers weren't compromised, and it's a great reminder as to why reusing passwords is a bad idea.

Australian iPhone Owners Wake Up to Ransomware Threat

8:42 AM, May. 27th, 2014 · · iOS

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.

iOS 7: Search by Email Attributes

8:38 AM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · iOS

Within iOS 7, you can find emails that match certain criteria—such as, say, unread messages or those with attachments—very quickly and easily. Within this Quick Tip, we’ll reveal the secrets for doing so, with a bunch of examples of the types of things you can find in your email. 

Apple Pulls Weed Growing Game from App Store, lets Others Stay

9:57 AM, May. 22nd, 2014 · · iOS

Growing weed may be easy in places like Colorado and Washington, but not so on Apple's App Store. Apple recently pulled the iPhone game Weed Firm from the App Store, while leaving many similar games available for download.

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Consistency in the App Store screening process has been an ongoing issue for Apple. With the recent rejection of HappyPlayTime, and now Weed Firm, it's clear Apple needs to reevaluate its process because the similarly themed games that are available prove it's a gamble getting into the store.

Apple Promises Lost iMessage Bug Fix is Coming

9:14 AM, May. 22nd, 2014 · · iOS

What appears to be a long standing issue with lost messages in Apple's iMessage system may finally be coming to an end because the company has said it will release a bug fix in an upcoming iOS update. The issue some text messages sent to people who switched to Android or Windows smartphones from the iPhone to fail to arrive, and even led to a lawsuit against Apple.

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Considering the missing iMessages issue seems to be something that's been a problem for quite a while, it would've been nice for Apple to do something about it earlier. It may only be coincidence, but it is interesting that Apple said a fix is coming shortly after it was hit with a lawsuit over the issue.

Apple Already Faces Lawsuit for iMessage-to-Android Text Loss

9:01 PM, May. 19th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple in Court

Apple is already facing its first lawsuit for vanishing iMessage text messages. The problem affects users who switch from iPhone to Android and find text messages from other iPhone users don't reach them. According to Bloomberg, Apple was sued by Adrienne Moore in San Jose, CA, who is seeking class action status for the suit.

Hands Off: Apple Blocks Female Masturbation App from iPhone

4:57 PM, May. 19th, 2014 · · iOS

A quick search at Apple's App Store for the iPhone will reward you with a long list of apps for sex positions, sex games, sex facts, premature ejaculation remedies, sex-related social networks, controlling your vibrator, and lesbian erotica stories. What it won't find is an app for female masturbation because that's a topic Apple apparently doesn't want to get its hands on.