China outpaces U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

Posted by:
Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: App Store, iOS, News, retail, Software


The Chinese user base is apparently even more app-crazy than its U.S. counterpart.

According to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie, the country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010.

Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior.


Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5, makes reverting from iOS 10 to iOS 9 that much harder

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 05:59
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software


It just got that much harder to revert from iOS 10 to iOS 9.

Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3.5, effectively preventing anyone already on iOS 10 from downgrading to iOS 9.

The company has stopped digital signing on iOS 10.0.1, making the latest versions of iOS —iOS 10.0.2, and 10.0.3 on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus the only releases anyone can install without unsupported workarounds.


Apple releases iOS 10.0.3 for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, looks to resolve cellular connectivity issue

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 05:49
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software


If you’re rocking an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the iOS 10.0.3 update is just for you.

Apple on Monday released its iOS 10.0.3 update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. The update addresses an issue that could cause the iPhone 7 to “temporarily lose cellular connectivity.” The workaround to the issue before the update was to turn off Voice over LTE.


Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units via U.S. online store

Posted by:
Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:14
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless


Following tradition, Apple is now offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handset via its online store in the United States.

The SIM-free option allows customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 Plus in all capacities list shipping estimates of three to four weeks, with the exception of the Jet Black SIM-free iPhone 7 Plus, which lists a shipping estimate of six to eight weeks.


Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, informs users not to turn devices on

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung


Well, Apple’s faulty batteries never caused a company to tell its users to discontinue use of their product outright.

Electronics maker Samsung issued an alert to customers on Monday asking them to turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphone units. The units have been spontaneously catching fire. As such, the company halted production of the devices over the weekend.

In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the fires.
It also said, “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.”


Apple Pay added for New York Rail customers via MTA eTix app

Posted by:
Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 05:54
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, News, retail, Software


Apple Pay has arrived for users of the New York state commuter rain.

Customers can now use either Apple Pay or Masterpass to buy tickets and passes through the MTA eTix app, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The two payment options can be used for rides on both the Metro-North Railroad as well as the Long Island Rail Road and a full range of purchases are available, from one-way trips through to weekly or monthly passes.


Former NSA staffer, security researcher releases paper demonstrating how Mac malware can capture, redistribute live video and audio feeds

Posted by:
Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 05:57
Category: News, security, Software


Malware on the Mac is becoming something to worry about, as demonstrated by security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle. During a presentation at Virus Bulletin, Wardle yesterday showed how Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone on a MacBook Pro. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.

Although any unauthorized access to the webcam will light the green LED – a firmware-level protection that is exceedingly difficult to bypass – Wardle’s presentation shows how a malicious app can tap into the outgoing feed of an existing webcam session, like a FaceTime or Skype call, where the light would already be on.


Some iPhone users encountering Activation Lock error upon entering wrong Apple ID email address

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:36
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security, Software


It appears that inputting the wrong Apple ID email address could lead to an Activation Lock with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

A number of users have stated that, after entering the wrong Apple ID email address, they cannot sign in and are therefore unable to proceed with setting up the iPhone. The issue has primarily affected new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models upon being turned on for the first time, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models upon being restored to default settings, although older models appear to be affected to a lesser extent.


Apple launches Spoken Editions section of iTunes, provides narrated content from dozens of publishers

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 05:45
Category: iTunes, News, Software


If you love audiobooks, this could be nifty.

On Monday, Apple announced its new “Spoken Editions” section of iTunes, which will feature narrated content from a number of online publishers in the form of audio-only podcasts. These Spoken Editions are available both in the iTunes storefront, as well as in Apple’s Podcasts app, for easy access.

With the launch, more then 40 publishers will be distributing content, including the Huffington Post, Reuters, Slate. .Mic, Wired, IGN, Bustle, Fusion, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, TIME, Skift, TechCrunch and Playboy.


iPhone 7 to launch in wider array of international markets on October 14th

Posted by:
Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016, 05:11
Category: iPhone, News, retail


The iPhone 7 is about to hit the road with a wide international debut over the next 10 days.

Following an October 7th debut in India, the handset will be available in Turkey, Malaysia, and South Africa, as well as smaller markets like Macao, Macedonia, and Montenegro and possibly other regions on October 14th.

A South Korean launch is “tentatively” set for Oct. 21st as well. The target was allegedly arrived at in talks between Apple Korea and three phone carriers on Thursday, but still has to be approved by Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.