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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One of the top apps on the App Store was just rescinded by its developer.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 releases iTunes 12.3, adds support for iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 13:54
Category: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, iTunes, News, Software


Amid a day of muchos updates, it should come as no surprised that iTunes has also been boosted a it.

Apple on Wednesday released iTunes 12.3. The new version adds support for iOS 9 and is also designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which is scheduled to arrive later this month.

Other changes include the following:
– Improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver.

-Resolved a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next.


Apple releases iOS 9 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 12:53
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


You’ve been waiting for iOS 9.

And it’s here.

Apple released its iOS 9 operating system update today. The update, a 1 gigabyte download available over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive.

– Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask.


Apple discovers watchOS 2 bug, delays operating system release

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 12:39
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables


If you were hankering for watchOS 2 today, you might have to wait a bit.

“We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson was quoted as saying. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”

Not the best news you want to hear, but it’s still better than the operating system heading out into the wild – and onto your Apple Watch – without it being fixed.


Beta testers point out possible “Hey Siri” feature, individualized voice recognition possible in iOS 9.1

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Siri, Software


This could be interesting.

A number of users who had the chance to test the first public beta of iOS 9.1 on Thursday, along with the GM version on Wednesday, have stated that the operating system allows for a set-up process for voice customization with Siri. A new “Hey Siri” feature coming to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to a built-in M9 motion coprocessor, enables the phones’ always-on functionality.

Although unconfirmed by Apple, the discovery in iOS 9.1 suggests that Siri will be able to begin detecting specific user voices and determine whether or not the owner of the iPhone in question is speaking to her. Similar in vein to the way Apple aimed its Touch ID feature to work better and better the more you unlocked an iPhone using the fingerprint scanning sensor, it seems the set-up process will guide users into stating words or phrases to better acclimate Siri with each iPhone owner.


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.


Apple, Cisco, announce collaboration to create “fast lane” for iOS products in enterprise environments

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Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 13:31
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News


You can usually mend the fences when money’s involved.

Apple and Cisco announced on Monday that they have partnered up to integrate iOS products more tightly into the kind of enterprise networks sold by Cisco. Together, they will create a “fast lane” for iOS products in enterprise networks.

The companies also announced a plan to release developer tools that would enable iOS devices to take advantage of Cisco’s products and services.

By tightly integrating iOS and Cisco products, the end result could make iPhones and iPads perform better in corporate environments, as well as kickstart sales for the iPad, which has been experiencing declining sales for six consecutive quarters.


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.


Rumor: New iPads, including “iPad Pro”, to debut at September 9th media event

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Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 05:42
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Rumor


Apple might be debuting its long-awaited next-gen “iPad Pro” come the media event on September 9th.

The rumor mill currently has it that besides a pair of new iPhones, the substantially revamped Apple TV set top box, and new bands for the Apple Watch, Apple is currently planning to debut a a refreshed version of the iPad mini and the iPad Pro at the event.


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.