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More Than 75,000 Jailbroken iPhone and iPads Infected With AdThief Malware

8/19/2014 07:03:00 PM - 0 comments

You may be under the illusion that because you have an iPhone or iPad you are safe from malware. This could possibly be the fact if you kept your device as it was when you purchased it, but if you start to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you open yourself up to malware threats. AdThief Malware was created by a Chinese hacker and was discovered back in March of this year, and it looks like it has been going on quite an infection spree. If you have a jailbroken iOS device, then you need to pay attention to the rest of this post.

Security researchers Axelle Apvrille has revealed that AdThief, or Spad as it is also known, has managed to steak advertising revenue from over 75,000 iOS devices. It has managed to hijack a massive number of ads, approximately 22 million, and this means that they have really reaped the rewards financially too.

AdThief malware gets installed as part of certain untrusted Cydia repos and packages, likely the pirated ones, and it disguises itself as a Cydia Substrate extension. Once it has been installed, it replaces legitimate affiliate codes from a range of ad networks with its own, meaning that all taps that generate revenue, do so for the person behind the malware.

AdThief is a technical and malicious piece of code that hijacks revenue from 15 different adkits. It is built on top of the Cydia Substrate platform, available for jailbroken devices. This provides this malware with an easy way to modify advertisement SDKS.

What is important to remember is that this malware cannot infect devices that are not jailbroken, and those who do jailbreak their devices, should always be aware of any potential security and privacy implications that can arise as a result. Jailbreaking may bring you a lot of benefits including customization, tweaks and themes, but if you aren't careful and ensure that you only install tweaks from legitimate sources, you can compromise your device. If you have a jailbroken device, we recommend that you avoid tweaks that don't come from a trusted Cydia repository.


Leaked iPhone 6 Photos Show Scratch Resistant Apple Logo

8/14/2014 09:00:00 AM - 0 comments

The iPhone 6 is nearly upon us and the rumors and leaks have become incessant at this stage. We are also starting to hear some confirmed reports from reliable sources at this stage too. We've seen images of the iPhone 6's rear shell so many times now since the details of the revised form factor began to emerge, but a new, high-quality image has been leaked that really gets up close to this particular component.

We are fairly certain that the iPhone 6's housing will follow a similar design language to that of the iPad Air/iPod touch, we haven't seen such a magnified view of it before. This image comes from Feld & Volk and what is really noticeable is that the area where the volume buttons are going to be is ever-so slightly indented, making it just that little bit easier to press them down.

The images from Feld & Volk also let you take a close-up look at the embedded Apple logo that everyone has been talking about over the past couple of weeks. The accompanying report goes on to state that the logo is comprised of some scratch-resistant metallic compound which sounds pretty interesting.

According to Re/code's John Paczkowski, the iPhone 6 will be announced at a special event on the 9th of September, and if this is the case, we should see invitations going out shortly. At this launch we should see the 4.7 inch and the 5.5 inch variants of the new iPhone 6 being unveiled, although the larger model is not expected to hit the retail market for several weeks after.

We are still waiting on official confirmation but for now, why not take a look at the leaked images from Feld & Volk and see what you think.


Beats Gets Its Own Dedicated Section On Apple's Online Store

8/12/2014 09:32:00 AM - 0 comments

Apple acquiring Beats Electronic was a major story so far this year and it came very much out of the blue. Apple usually stay away from big money buyouts so the decision to snap up the Dr. Dre-founded company was a big shock to a lot of people. Now that the $3 billion agreement has been given the stamp of approval, Beats has been given its very own special space on the Apple retail site, where you will find headphones, speakers and more.

As has been speculated, it was Beats Music service that Apple saw the most value in, despite a relatively modest user base. The fledgling service boasts a neat design and impressive catalog, and although Apple has struggled since introducing a similar offering with iTunes radio, Beats Music could actually hold the key to Tim Cook and company mounting a substantial assault on this very lucrative market.

Beats to most people however is known for their hardware, and although many people have been consistent in their criticism of the sound quality of these premium-priced accessories, their role in combining music, fashion and technology is undeniable.

The new section on the Apple site still includes the “Beats by Dr. Dre” slogan which shows that the hip-hop mogul himself still has an important role to play. He and Jimmy Iovine, who co-founded Beats Electronics, are now significant members of Apple's expansive team, and the collaboration of these two well-recognized brands seems to be a fruitful and mutually beneficial one.

As well as the main site, the Apple Store app also has its own Beats section, where you can browse through the growing number of options available. Since being bought by Apple, Beats has released a couple of new products including the Beats Solo2 over-ear headphones and the Powerbeats2 wireless earphones. We are really looking forward to seeing what is to come of this collaboration and as always, we will keep you updated with any information we receive.


iTunes 11.3.1 For Mac and Windows Now Available

8/08/2014 09:28:00 AM - 0 comments

Apple has just released a new version of iTunes for Mac OS X and Windows. This new version looks at fixing a number of bugs and below you can find out more about what to expect with this new updated version. There are no new features as part of this release, but Apple confirmed via the software's release notes that this was all about fixing a couple of bugs that have been plaguing those who use iTunes as their podcast manager.

If you do still use iTunes as your app of choice for subscribing and listening to podcasts then you may want to pay attention to this particular update because it is being pushed out by Apple in order to correct one big issue that caused some podcasts not to update with new episodes as well as another bug that simply causes iTunes to become unresponsive when browsing those podcasts.

According to the official release notes, “iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcasts episodes in a list.”

As well as the newly updated iTunes, Apple has also released a new update for its Digital RAW Camera support with new cameras being added to the compatibility list for both iPhoto and Aperture. Cameras from the likes of Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic are included in the full list.

Both of these new updates are available via Software Update inside the Mac App Store right now. If you are doing a fresh install, all you have to do is point your browser to apple.com/itunes and from there you can grab the latest iTunes release. The download is quite small too which is great. We do recommend that you go ahead and update your iTunes even if you aren't having any problems, because these updates bring with them a lot of performance enhancement that you won't realize until you get them.


Apple To Hold iPhone 6 Event On September 9

8/06/2014 08:34:00 AM - 0 comments

We've all read the rumors, looked at the mock-ups, and viewed the leaked images. Yes we're talking about the highly anticipated iPhone 6. We have suspected that we would see a release date being announced in September and it looks like we might now have a real date too. There has been so much speculation about the release date with many sources claiming it would be the 19th or the 26th of September. Now a reliable source has suggested that an event will actually be held on the 9th of September.

This new information comes from Re/code's John Paczkowski and although the date can't be confirmed, it does make sense given the past releases. After the iPhone 5s's percievably rudimentary upgrade, Apple is expected to really up the ante this time around, with a redesigned handset borrowing much of its design traits from the iPad Air and iPod touch. Apple is also said to finally increase the amount of display real estate available, with a 4.7 inch model also said to be accompanied by a 5.5 inch “phablet” model.

Inside the iPhone 6, we are anticipating an enhanced, Apple A8 processor, improved camera, and if some reports are to be believed, Apple may also indulge in NFC. Apple have stood by and watched as Android vendors planted NFC into their smartphones as a matter of standard procedure. Having remained cautious, it looks like this might finally be bundled into the iPhone 6.

From the information we have gathered, the larger iPhone 6 may be subject to delay and although Paczkowski seems well informed of the September 9th announcement, it remains to be seen whether or not the larger of these devices will also be unveiled. Considering earlier reports, we might see both being showcased on the day with the official release of the 4.7 inch model coming just a week or two after the event. At this stage though it is still merely speculation as we wait for an official announcement from Apple themselves.

There is just one month to go before we finally get to see what the next generation iPhone is going to look like and after seeing so many mock-ups and leaked images, we really can't wait to see what the official iPhone 6 is going to look like. We will of course keep you updated on everything we hear in the run up to the launch so be sure to check back regularly so you don't miss anything.


Save $32 With Our Paid iPhone and iPad Apps Gone FREE Today

7/31/2014 01:50:00 PM - 0 comments

We love these posts and they seem to be getting more and more regular too. Developers are obviously seeing the benefits of making their apps free from a limited period and for you, our readers, you get top apps without any cost to your pocket. Today the FREE apps are valued at $32 and are definitely worth downloading for your iOS device.

Tap to Unlock ($5 to FREE – iPhone / iPad)

Tap to Unlock is an addictive little game that you can enjoy on your iphone and iPad. This app ususally costs $5 and is today available free. This app was updated this month too with a brand new game design and graphics. Get it from the iTunes store now.

Stickyboard 2 ($5 to FREE – iPad)

Stickyboard 2 is a popular whiteboard app that lets you effortlessly take quick notes in a simple and well designed user interface. Normally $5, this little gem is free for a limited time only and can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

Angry Birds Star Wars II ($1 to FREE – iPhone / iPad)

Angry Birds Star Wars II has finally gone free on iOS. Normally $1, you can get your hands on this addictive game right now without it costing you a things. Get ready to spend hours defeating those little pigs again.

PDF Connect ($6 to FREE – iPhone / iPad)

Free today, PDF Connect is a well known app that lets you scan, view and edit PDF documents on your iOS device. It usually costs $6 so this really is a great savings and you can get it from iTunes today.

Open Home Pro ($15 to FREE – iPad)

Now this really is a gem. Open Home Pro is available for the iPad and is a premium app that has been designed for real estate agents. It normally costs $15 and for a limited time you can get it free on iOS. This is a massive saving so be sure to grab it today while you can.

It is worth noting that all the free apps that we post are only free for a limited period of time. You need to download them as soon as possible because they usually don't stay free for more than 24 hours. If you see something you like, grab it now before its too late.


Stream Torrent Files To Apple TV Via AirPlay

7/29/2014 01:22:00 PM - 0 comments

Today we want to let you know about a new app that is sure to really annoy Apple. The app we are talking about is TorrentTV, a cross-platform streaming app that allows users to stream torrents directly to their Apple TV. Apple TV currently only allows users to view content that is provided or directly curated by Apple and this is fine, but a lot of people like to do a lot more.

In a bid to provide more, the developers behind TorrentTV have come up with a clever way of interacting with Apple's AirPlay protocol to allow torrents to be streamed directly to the attached TV set. The newly created software available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, uses the same underlying streaming code that was found in the Popcorn Time app that hit headlines a couple of months back. The TorrentTV app also uses an extremely simple interface that allows media to simply be dragged and dropped on the UI for the streaming process to begin.

We can't say that we approve of what the developers behind this app are trying to achieve, but the fact that it doesn't acutally index or save any files should give it an extremely small amount of leeway when the legal teams of the big companies come looking for them. By downloading sequential parts of the provided file in the background, the service is able to stream the embedded media immediately to Apple TV, and even the Roku.

Even though we are letting you know about this app, we do get the feeling that it won't be long until this app suffers the wrath of the big boys and we all know that torrents are really frowned upon, so download this at your own discretion.


Paid App Gone FREE For iPad/iPhone – Save $19

7/24/2014 03:45:00 PM - 0 comments

We love these freebie posts, as we're sure you all do too. Today we have a whopping $19 in saving for you all. That's right, we have 6 different iPhone and iPad apps that have gone FREE over on the iTunes Store today. They include games, camera apps and more so take a look and see what bargain you fancy getting your hands on.

Pou ($2.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

Pou is a virtual pet game that's hours of fun. Your little pet is an alien that is very needy and you have to feed him and play games. The mini games are great and even adults might find that they quickly become addicted. Check it out on the iTunes store.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run ($3.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

This is a real little gem of a find. If you are, or were, a TMNT fan, this is for you. You have to run, jump, dive and fight your way across New York rooftops as one of the turtles. It's an action packed game and hours of great fun. Again it's free on the iTunes store.

Fjuul – Fitness Tracker ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

Here's a great fitness tracker that is also unique. It's doesn't just count the steps you've taken in any given period, it also calculates the intensity of your movements and can be used for walking, jobbing, running and more. Free today over on iTunes.

ArtRage ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

Ever wanted to paint on your iPhone? Well now you can with ArtRage. It allows for realistic painting and really does stand out amongst its competitors. What more can we say, take a look it you like painting and give it a go.

CameraBag 2 ($4.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

CameraBag 2 is a feature rich photo editor for the iPhone and iPad. It has a lovely interface and plenty of great features. There are separate apps for the iPhone and iPad so be sure to get your hands on these today.

Makanim ($2.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

This is another app for artists and it allows you to create abstract art on your phone. It really does give a great graphic experience thanks to its multi-touch gesture system. It's definitely worth trying out especially when its free.

That's all we have for you today but be sure to check back regularly because we love posting about free apps and try to do it at least once a week. If you come across any apps that we haven't featured here today, be sure to let us know in the comments.


New Features Added To iOS 8 Beta 4

7/22/2014 02:55:00 PM - 0 comments

We're getting very close to the final version of iOS 8 and with the release of Beta 4, we have found some great new features that improves the overall functionality of Apple's mobile operating system. Below you will find some information on the new features that we have found in iOS 8 beta 4.

Brand New ‘Tips’ App

The Tips app, which was supposed to be part of the initial iOS 8 beta has finally made it into beta 4. The new Tips app is perfect for new users and allows them to find their way around iOS 8. It includes some useful tips that will help all users become pros. New tips coming directly from Apple are going to be added every week so this is going to be a very useful app.

Completely Redesigned Control Center

The Control Center has been given a makeover with iOS 8 beta 4 and it now ties in very well with the overall look and feel of iOS 8.

Bug Reporter App Removed

The Bug Reporter app has been removed. This did allow users to send bug and crash reports to Apple.

New HomeKit Icon

The HomeKit icon has been given a very small makeover. It's nothing major just a little tweaking.

New Display and Brightness Setting

Small changes have been made to how brightness is altered from the Settings app with the inclusion of a new “Display & Brightness” setting. This section also includes the option to alter text size, or turn bold text on or off.

Separate Expiry Options For Audio / Video Messages

Under Settings > Messages, beta 4 has a new option that allows you set expiry time for video and audio messages separately. This is great if you like to hold on to certain messages of videos and should prove very useful.

New Handoff & Suggested Apps Feature

A new option Handoff & Suggested Apps has been added under Settings > General. This will let you turn on or off the ability to show apps that are relevant to your location on the lock screen or the app switcher. It includes suggestions from apps that are installed on your device, or from the App store.

New ‘Show In App Switcher’ Option

This is going to be very welcome and it is something that users have been asking for for quite some time. You can now customize whether or not you want to see your recent or favorite phone contacts in the app switcher. To access the setting all you have to do is go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then tap on Show in App Switcher under the Contacts headings.

New Swipe Options Setting In Mail

Under the same Mail, Contacts, Calendars setting in iOS 8 beta 4, there’s a new feature called Swipe Options under the Mail heading. This is going to let you customize what different swipe gestures do in the Native Mail App.

Notification Center And Control Center Options Added In AssistiveTouch

If you use the accessibility features, you are going to love this change. AssistiveTouch will now allow you to access the Notification Center or Control Center with a simple tap of a button. You can access AssistiveTouch in Settings > General > Accessibility and then tapping on AssistiveTouch under the Physical & Motor heading.

That's the main changes that we have noted for iOS 8 Beta 4, but if we have missed anything that you feel is worth noting, please be sure to leave us a note in the comments below.


Save $18 With These FREE iOS Apps for iPhone and iPad Today

7/17/2014 05:59:00 PM - 0 comments

We love posting freebies and today we are going to save you a massive $18. That’s right, we are delighted to be able to share with your 6 paid apps that have gone FREE today and you can grab them all from the iTunes store. These are for all iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad. Normally costing you $18 if you get in fast you can get these absolutely free and let’s face it, who doesn’t want something for nothing? Here’s today’s best paid app gone free.

Dapp the App Creator ($9.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

This really is a gem. Want to create your own apps? Well if so you can save yourself $10 today because this little beauty is free. Dapp lets you create complete Xcode projects on your iPhone or iPad – including code, images, videos and Xcode storyboards. Considering that this is a great bargain, make sure that you don’t miss out on it.

MiniatureCam – TiltShift Generator ($0.99 – FREE / iPhone)

This has to be one of the best photography app around at the moment. It lets you create amazing tilt shift effects out of your normal photos. The app works best with cityscapes and supports videos with background music too. You can get it free right now on the iTunes store.

Splitter Pro ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

This is another really cool, feature rich, photo editor that let you split your iPhone camera into multiple lenses. Each of the lenses has its own customizations allowing you to clone objects, swap faces, add levitation and so much more. You can do so much with this app and today you can save yourself $2 by getting it free from the iTunes store.

Ghost Radar ($0.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

This is a true entertainment app that lets you identify paranormal activity around you. It uses the various sensors in your iOS device. While this app targets things that go bump in the night, the developer warns that it is basically an entertainment app, and as such, the accuracy of the results isn’t guaranteed. If you just want to have a little bit of fun, you can get this for free over on the iTunes store.

Week Calendar ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone)

This is a really cool calendar app that puts you in full control of your entire week’s schedule. It puts all your appointments and events into one screen so they can be viewed easily. It also has some other really cool features too and yes you’ve guessed it, it’s free today.

Wake Alarm ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

Lastly we have Wake Alarm. According to its developer, it is the most elegant alarm app for iOS that you will find. This app features a number of unique features such as slap to snooze, flip over to turn off and more. It gives you the power to wake up your way and today you can get it free on the iTunes store.

That’s it for today. Be sure to check back often because we love posting free apps, and of course if you do use any of the above, be sure to share your experiences in the comments below.