Apple posts support document detailing iOS “backdoor” allegations

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 16:26
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The timing’s a bit strange, but Apple seems to be trying to explain what its assortment of “backdoor” services are doing on its iOS devices only days after forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski disclosed the services during a speech at a hacker convention.

Per AppleInsider, a recently published support document on Apple’s web site.

In what appears to be a response to allegations of installing “backdoor” services with the intent to harvest data from iOS devices, Apple on Tuesday posted to its website an explanation of three diagnostics capabilities built in to the mobile OS.

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Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences shows backdoors on every iOS device, questionable services being run

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 16:25
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

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There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.

Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.

Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is the author of five iOS-related O’Reilly books including “Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.”

In December 2013, an NSA program dubbed DROPOUTJEEP was reveled by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum that reportedly gave the agency almost complete access to the iPhone.

The leaked document, dated 2008, noted that the malware required “implant via close access methods” (presumably physical access to the iPhone) but ominously noted that “a remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release.”

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South Korea may inspire global App Store policy change

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 08:52
Category: Android, App Store, Apple, Apps, Developer, iOS, iPhone, Legal, Mobile Phone, Software

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According to CNETSouth Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Google and Apple to remove specific clauses pertaining to refunds contained within applications’ terms and services on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store (for iPhone and iPad). The Commission declared that the clauses were, “explicitly unfair and responsible for damages to the consumer”.

In a press release, South Korea’s FTC said;

‘‘We expect the measure, aimed at protecting consumers, will have a ripple effect on similar cases throughout the world.”

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Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 update

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 16:41
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This could prove helpful.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 7.1.2, the latest version of the operating system for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

The new version, a 1.44 gigabyte download via Software Update, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.

- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners.

- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.

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Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8 beta 3 to developer community on July 8th

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 12:02
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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iOS 8 is coming that much closer to fruition, but may be a bit behind schedule.

Per Boy Genius Report and AppleInsider, a new rumor has the third beta of Apple’s iOS 8 operating system as scheduled for release to the developer community on Tuesday, July 8th.

The report cites “trusted sources”, while the publication itself has been accurate as to this kind of story in the past.

If true, the release date would be later than expected, as Apple traditionally issues new beta builds to developers on a two week schedule. The second beta of iOS 8 was release on June 17, just over two weeks after the launch of beta 1.

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Rumor: iOS 7.1.2 update to include fixes to Mail, security issues, iBeacon support

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 10:46
Category: iOS, Rumor, security, Software

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Apple’s forthcoming iOS 7.1.2 update may fix an email attachment encryption issue, a lock screen vulnerability and improve iBeacon support along with other minor bug fixes.

Per MacRumors and AppleInsider, an anonymous source has claimed that Apple has distributed iOS 7.1.2 to carrier partners for testing ahead of a release sometime within the next two weeks.

The update supposedly contains a number of bug fixes and security patches, including a resolution to an email encryption issue discovered in April. Security researchers proved the flaw, which prevents email attachments to be saved with proper encryption protection, exists in recent iOS releases as far back as iOS 7.0.4.

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2nd Gen Apple TV support is dropped in iOS 8

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Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 08:18
Category: Apple, Apple TV, Hardware, iOS, News

2ndgenappletvBeing an owner of said version of the Apple TV (also formerly of the 1st gen), I find this very disappointing, but not altogether unexpected. The second beta of iOS 8 dropped on Tuesday and according to those who like to dig out any hints of the future that new code may reveal, there is no sign of the 2nd generation Apple TV. For those of you who didn’t know, starting with the release of the first black, hockey puck sized Apple TV, Apple started using the same A4 chip (or a version of it) that was used in the iPhone 4.

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Amazon introduces Prime Music – more value for your $99

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Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 08:49
Category: Amazon, Announcement, iOS, Mac, music, Opinion, Review, Services

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Amazon just announced the latest service in its Prime family, Prime Music, which together with Prime Instant Video and Prime Shipping will cost $99 a year. Earlier this year, Amazon increased the the price of a Prime subscription from $79 to $99, but at the time there was no indication that there would be any new features to offset the higher price-tag (unless you count the promise of a sky full of drones).

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Apple is pushing music downloading apps out of the App Store

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 08:38
Category: App Store, Apple, Apps, iOS, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Radio, music

music-download-appIn what appears to be an aggressive move to promote iTunes purchases and iTunes Radio, and possibly a Beats-related subscription service, Apple has been systematically removing any music downloading apps from the App Store according to MacRumors. Any search previously for “music download” in the App Store would show a number of apps that could download music and audio files from websites such as Soundcloud and YouTube, obviously taking a bite out of iTunes sales. Now the same search displays a message inviting users to try out iTunes Radio, with the first few results for apps include those for streaming services such as Spotify and other music-based apps that lack downloading capabilities. Apple has also asked developers to remove audio downloading functionalities from their apps. 

 

 

Doctor sets the bar for Apple’s Health app

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 08:24
Category: Apple, Apps, Features, Health, iOS, Software

482887779JS023_APPLE_HOSTS_Do a search for “health tracker” in the App Store and you’ll get a list of 500 apps before the search truncates the list. Health apps are a dime a dozen. The apps track everything from diet (calories, weight) to activities (running, biking) to vital body readings (blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate), some integrated with hardware such as Withings Blood Pressure Monitor. When Apple finally releases its Health app, what will make it any different or more valuable than the other 500 apps? Well, according to Dr. Thomas J. Morrow who holds the position of Chief Medical Officer at Next IT, developers of virtual assistant technology for healthcare, Apple needs to include 3 vital functions if the Health app is to set itself apart from the crowd.

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