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Google launches Google Keep note-taking app for iOS

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Date: Monday, September 28th, 2015, 08:21
Category: iOS, News, Software


If you were looking for Google to create a note-taking service and launch it for iOS, this is the day you’ve been waiting for.

More than two years after launching Google Keep for Android and the Web in March of 2013 and Android Wear in June of 2014, Google Keep has now launched on iOS.

The software allows the following bits of niftiness:
– Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere.

– Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.


Apple posts guide to activating, deactivating Private Browsing in iOS 9

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Date: Monday, September 28th, 2015, 08:45
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software


This could come in handy.

Recently, Apple posted full instructions as to how to activate and deactivate Private Browsing in iOS 9. Private Browsing mode protects your private information and blocks some websites from tracking your behavior. Safari won’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.


iOS 9 “App Skinning” feature delayed, iCloud backup bug to blame

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Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015, 13:41
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


Well, this is sort of a kick in the pants.

One of iOS 9’s major new features, App Thinning (or “app slicing”), has been delayed due to an issue with iOS 9. App Thinning was announced at WWDC as a way to help trim down the size of large applications by letting developers mark assets for each specific type of device. When users download the app, the App Store will determine which device they have and only require them to download the assets necessary to run on their device.

Although App Thinning has been examined in TestFlight for the past few weeks, Apple has said that App Thinning will not appear until the company resolves an issue in the way iCloud handles backups.


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.


Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, 14:31
Category: iOS, News, Software


This is probably worth snagging.

And, with any luck, it’ll take care of some of the larger issues users have been having.

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.1. The update, a 34.2 megabyte download (or 1 gigabyte download from a pre-iOS 9.0 version), offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup after updating.


iOS 9 privacy settings you should change immediately

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 10:52
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

iOS-9-manage-locationWhether you just purchased a new iPhone or you selected “set up as new phone” while restoring you’ve essentially got a clean or “new” iOS install, just as Apple intended.

In its default configuration iOS 9 will share your device’s location and other data when you might not want it to. Luckily it’s easy to turn off may settings that control the flow of your personal information on the Internet.

Here’s our list of the most important iOS 9 privacy settings that you should check right now, especially if you are using a new or restored device.


DataMan Complication updated for watchOS 2, offers warnings when data cap is about to be exceeded

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 08:36
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables


This could be useful.

DataMan Next has just been updated for watchOS 2.

The new version shows a Smart Forecast icon, meaning a tick icon means “safe” and you’re not at risk of overage. This feature works along with DataMan Glance, which gives you a quick way to get your usage stats quickly from your watch face.


XcodeGhost malware affecting hundreds of iOS apps, Apple pulling infected versions from App Store

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Date: Monday, September 21st, 2015, 07:06
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software


This is where things get a bit messier.

Apple has admitted that it is App Store integrity was compromised as apps were secretly infected by fake Xcode tools before submission to the App Store. The company has now officially acknowledged the problem and is now removing apps affected by the malware from the App Store.

Developers were inadvertently submitting malware by using counterfeit versions of Xcode, Apple’s development software, to submit apps. The fake Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost, would inject malicious code into otherwise-legitimate apps during the submission process.

The malware seems to have infected hundreds of apps on the App Store, Apple releasing the following statement:


Palo Alto Networks cites XcodeGhost malware’s presence in 39 iOS apps

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Date: Monday, September 21st, 2015, 07:47
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


Well, this is kind of a mess.

Research associate Palo Alto Networks has posted an analysis on a novel malware XcodeGhost that modifies Xcode IDE to infect Apple iOS apps. The report mentions that at least two popular iOS apps were infected. We now believe many more popular iOS apps have been infected, including WeChat, one of the most popular IM applications in the world.

The malware itself seems to stem from the fact that some iOS developers use crowd-sourcing techniques which adds to their apps being more vulnerable.

As last count, roughly 39 iOS apps were infected, some of which are extremely popular in China and in other countries around the world, comprising hundreds of millions users.