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iFixit app pulled from App Store following fourth-gen Apple TV teardown

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 07:36
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Legal, News


This kind of falls under the category of “Invoking the Wrath of Apple”.

Or at least its legal department.

The coolest of cats over at iFixit, famous for providing amazing hardware teardown and repair guides for assorted gadgets, had their developer account canceled after publishing a teardown of the new Apple TV developer unit in violation of Apple’s terms and conditions.

As such, iFixit’s app has been pulled from the App Store.


Apple to offer refund for all purchases of Peace app

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Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015, 08:38
Category: iOS, News, Software


You don’t have to go through developer Marco Arment himself for a refund on the Peace app, Apple will send you a refund.

As of now, Apple is refunding the money spent for the best-selling Peace content blocker app. The app was pulled by Arment two days after going online.

“Apple notified me this afternoon that they’ll be proactively refunding all purchases of Peace,” Mr. Arment said in a blog post. “As far as I know, this effectively never happens. When I decided to pull the app, I asked some Apple friends if this was even possible, and we all thought the same thing: iTunes billing works the way it works, period, and no special cases can be made.”


Apple to begin providing better Xcode development tool hosting for Chinese developers in wake of XcodeGhost incident

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Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Developer, News, security, Software


In the wake of developers downloading a malware-filled copy of your development tools and inadvertently uploading tons of malware-filled apps to the App Store, it helps to put some money into infrastructure and make sure the slow download speeds for the genuine version of the development tools are sufficient, thus removing the need to download the fake version in the first place.

Apple’s Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said on Tuesday that steps are being taken to prevent any such occurrence of the conditions that caused the XcodeGhost issue in the future.

The source of the tainted apps was a program called XcodeGhost, a counterfeit version of Xcode, the platform used by developers to create programs for iOS and Mac. Developers in China often download Xcode from local sites due to the slow download speeds associated with sourcing it officially from Apple’s US servers. The spurious version of Xcode was slipped in amongst the authentic ones on Chinese sites and downloaded by many programmers, unbeknownst to them.


Peace ad-blocker app pulled, developer offers refunds, explanation

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Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015, 11:43
Category: iOS, News, Software


One of the top apps on the App Store was just rescinded by its developer.

Developer Marco Arment has just pulled the Peace ad-blocker application from the App Store. Arment went on to offer the following explanation via his web site:


Apple announces fourth-gen Apple TV, points out enhanced Siri features, new remote control

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 13:03
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, Processors


It looks like the Apple TV just became more than a “hobby” over at 1 Infinite Loop.

Over at today’s media event, Apple announced the fourth-generation Apple TV. The new unit, which appears to be measurably thicker than the previous generations, sports a new user interface, an operating system written for it (known as “tvOS”), a Touch surface to its new remote control, A8 processor, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Lightning connector at the bottom of the remote and full Siri connectivity capable of searching across multiple apps such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO and Showtime to find content via criteria such as cast, director, movie name and age rating.


Firefox for iOS preview released in New Zealand, full iOS version available before end of 2015

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Date: Friday, September 4th, 2015, 07:23
Category: iOS, News, Software


If you’ve been hankering for Firefox on your iOS device for years, it looks like it’s on its way.

Mozilla has launched a limited trial program of the web browser in New Zealand to shake out bugs and gather data ahead of a planned worldwide debut later this year.

Mozilla announced availability of the first Firefox for iOS preview on Thursday, noting testing will expand beyond New Zealand to other unnamed countries before a full public launch.


KeyRaider malware steals credential information for 225,000+ jailbroken iOS devices

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Date: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 04:07
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


The bad news is that more than 225,000 Apple IDs and passwords were taken from assorted iPhones via a chunk of malware dubbed “KeyRaider”, which can also remotely lock iOS devices in order to hold them to ransom.

The good news is that this only occurred with jailbroken iOS devices and probably didn’t happen to you.

According to reports, the KeyRaider software will hijack app purchase requests, download stolen accounts or purchase receipts from the C2 server, then emulate the iTunes protocol to log in to Apple’s server and purchase apps or other items requested by users. The tweaks have been downloaded over 20,000 times, which suggests around 20,000 users are abusing the 225,000 stolen credentials.


Rumor: Fourth-gen Apple TV to be priced under $200, will debut in October

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:12
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


It’s the rumor mill that keeps things interesting.

With Apple’s September 9th media event coming up, sources have stated that a fourth-gen Apple TV will be available for under US4200 and will become available this October. Apple executives are apparently still finalizing the price of the revamped living room device, but the latest options call for a starting price point of either US$149 or US$199, both higher than the third-generation Apple TV…

The next-gen device will arrive at a premium price compared to the US$60 to US$99 price range found on the current model Apple TV, is anticipated to be similar to the current model in appearance, but will be thicker and slightly wider, sources say.


Apple releases OS X 10.10.5 update

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 14:05
Category: News, Software, Yosemite


If you were waiting for the OS X 10.10.5 update, it’s here.

On Thursday, Apple released OS X 10.10.5. The update, an 815 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail.


Rumor: Apple to launch fourth-gen Apple TV, updated App Store this fall

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Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple TV, Developer, Processors, Rumor, Software


We’ve been around this rumor before, but it seems to be picking up steam again.

A new report says that a fourth-generation Apple TV, App Store and all the trimmings will arrive in September. The new Apple TV will be unveiled along with the latest iPhones, and sport Apple’s A8 chip along with a slimmer look.

The new Apple TV will reportedly feature a control with a touchpad input, and feature Siri on board.