Apple Opens iOS to Developers through Extensibility

2:54 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · iPad

Apple made both developers and end users happy on Monday with the introduction of extensibility as a new feature in iOS 8. Extensibility will let developers build apps that interact with each other and share information, but without giving up the security sandboxing brings to the iPhone and iPad.

GoSmart Crossover 400 Stylus is Beautiful and Still a Leap Ahead

2:30 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · · iPad

Review: GoSmart Crossover 400 Stylus

GoSmart is introducing a new member of its line of styluses, the Crossover 400.  It's shorter than previous models, looks beautiful, and includes a replaceable ballpoint pen. It retains GoSmart's unique filament tip that glides over Gorilla Glass better than any other tip we've tested. Plus, it's not all that expensive.

Apple: iCloud Wasn’t Compromised in iPhone Ransom Attack

11:03 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · · iPad

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 · · iPad

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 · · iPad

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.