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Official iOS 8 User Guide For iPhone And iPad Now Available

9/18/2014 06:48:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple has added an iOS 8 User Guide to iBooks for all iPhone and iPad users. This guide is ideal for anyone who is looking to get the most out of the new software and it covers every aspect. You'll find information on simple things like sending emails to other quirks such as using customizable keyboards. Apple has described it as an essential part of any iBooks library.

While a lot of the significant features in iOS 8 are abundantly clear, the lesser obvious features often go unnoticed. Those of you who take the time to read the user guide are going to enjoy some great information and whether you have just applied the update to your current iPhone/iPad or you are waiting on the release of the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus, this guide is going to be really useful.

The last couple of days has been pretty hectic as far as iOS 8 is concerned and although some iPhone 4s users might disagree at this stage, there doesn't appear to be any major incidents. It is still early days though and if any problems are reported we will soon hear about them. It looks for now that iOS 8 has been delivered to the masses quite painlessly and if you are among the early adopters, be sure to grab the iPhone user guide from the iBookstore.

IOS always arrives with the launch of a new iPhone and with two handsets getting ready to hit retail stores this Friday, those who have pre-ordered or are planning on queuing up should also take the time to familiarize yourself with this new Apple guide. This guide is applicable to all iPhones and iPads running on iOS 8 and it is completely free. If you do spot anything really cool that you think is worth mentioning, please be sure to let us know in the comments below.


Apple’s iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Top A Record 4 Million Pre-Orders In First 24 Hours

9/16/2014 07:51:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple announced yesterday that they have received a record number of pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in its first 24 hours of availability. The number has actually surpassed 4 million, putting this release on track to be the biggest launch in the company's 38 year history. The decision to move to two larger-screen devices appears to be a stroke of genius by Apple as consumers from ten territories ensured that the initial stock was completely depleted.

Two years ago when Apple launched the iPhone 5, there were 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hour. This was the first iPhone model to move away from the standard 3.5 inch display across to a 4 inch offering. Last year when we had two models to choose from, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c, 9 million units were sold during hte first weekend of actual availability in digital and brick and mortar stores. Yesterday's announcement of 4 million units sold as part of a pre-order offer puts Apple on track to completely obliterate those numbers.

Judging by initial stock level updates when pre-orders went live, it looks like the jumbo-size iPhone 6 Plus model is proving to be the most popular. This is potentially down to a large number of Android users decided to take advantage of the power of iOS 8 on a larger screen device. This theory has also been backed up by announcements from buyback services relating to a huge increase in Samsung devices being traded in after the Apple announcement.

To coincide with the initial success of the iPhone 6, it is being reported that Apple has already instructed a number of manufacturing partners to ramp up their production schedule by 30 to 40% on last year's initial run of the two available iPhone models. Apple also announced via an official press release that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available in an additional 20 countries on Friday, 26th September. Tim Cook has also described the iPhone 6 models as being better in every way and he is thrilled that customers love them as much as he does. If all these figures are anything to go by, it looks like 4 million people are in agreement with Mr. Cook. What about you, have you pre-ordered your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus model yet?


5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked In Latest Hack, Check If Yours Was Compromised

9/11/2014 11:14:00 AM - 0 comments

Okay so this isn't really Apple or iPhone related but it is important and that's why we have posted it today. Despite the most stringent of measures being put in place, large scale security breaches remain a black cloud over the technology that we use today. It has just been reported that a Russian Bitcoin site has leaked a total of 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. It was thought that these passwords were specific to the Gmail accounts in question but now it seems that the credentials have been snatched from external websites of users who signed up using a Google email.

No one knows how this massive inventory of emails and passwords has been captured, although according to information that has come to light via Reddit, it's unlikely that Google is at fault. It is being claimed that up to 60% of the leaked emails and passwords are still valid, and may have been collected over a number of years. If you are a Gmail users, particularly one that uses the same password when signing up to certain sites and services, you need to go and change your passwords immediately and check to see if you have been caught up in this latest breach.

If you are worried that your details may have been leaked and out there in the open, you need to go to isleaked.com and enter your email address. From here, you will quickly be able to see if your account is in any danger. The site is a little hit and miss at the minute because of the high amount of traffic visiting so keep trying if you can't get it at first. The site does load in Russian so make sure to hit the flag at the top of the screen to get the site in English.

If you find that your details have been leaked and are out in the open, the next thing you need to do is change your password immediately. Try to ensure that you pick something completely different and where you can, use a two-step verification process.

With so many security breaches and scandals of late, it makes you wonder whether anywhere is safe. This was demonstrated only a couple of weeks ago with the leaks of ill-obtained celebrity photos. No one can afford to be complacent about their security at the moment and you need to make sure all your devices are kept as safe as possible and that you change your passwords on a regular basis. We will keep you updated should any more information on this breach be released.


What To Expect From Apple’s September 9 Event

9/09/2014 02:37:00 PM - 0 comments

The iPhone 6 event is just hours away now and we wanted to take a look at what we can think might appear in today's keynote. This is being billed as one of the biggest announcements in Apple's history and we know there is a lot to look forward to today. Below is a look at what is in store.

4.7-inch iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases from Apple since the very first iPhone hit our stores back in 2007. The new iPhone 6 has been given a design overhaul similar to the iPad Air, and will also feature the A8 processor, improved camera and Touch ID and of course, a larger display. All the iPhone 6 leaks and reports we have featured over the last couple of months also suggest a repositioned power button and a new offering in the 128GB storage configuration.

It is anticipated that the color options will remain the same and the front of the display is expected to be laden in sapphire glass, a clearer, more robust material that should hopefully reduce the probability of scratches. The device itself is expected to measure just 7mm thick. We will also see improvements to other hardware as well as NFC which will be used to allow mobile payments.

5.5-inch iPhone Plus / iPhone 6L

Along with the 4.7 inch iPhone 6, we are also going to see the launch of the 5.5 option which is being called the iPhone Plus. Anyone who has wanted Apple to compete with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Note is going to be delighted with this model. This 5.5 inch iPhone 6L/Plus is going to offer stronger internal features when compared with the 4.7 model and this will include a larger battery and a possibly better processor. It will also have an iPad like landscape mode. Aside from this, the larger iPhone 6 should be more or less the same in terms of colors, major features and general performance.


iOS 8 was first announced back at WWDC, and offers a bunch of new features. As well as HealthKit and HomeKit, third party keyboards will allow users to customize the typing experience. It is expected that Apple will announce the GM build for developers tomorrow with a public release in a week's time.


Apple's iWatch will most certainly be packed with a myriad of sensors as it integrates with the new HealthKit infrastructure, and from what we have heard, will also be coated in sapphire glass. Reports have suggested that it will be a squarish device with rounded corners, and will arrive in 1.3 inch and 1.5 inch size options to suit the styles of men and women. Reports have also suggested that there will be 8GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. It isn't due to hit the market until next year though so we will have to wait for that.

That is it for our roundup of today's keynote event and we can't wait to report back and let you know everything that happened.


iWatch To Have Curved Display, Wireless Charging; iPhone 6 To Get One Handed Mode

9/05/2014 05:46:00 PM - 0 comments

We are now just days away from the unveiling of Apple's major new releases. These will include the smartwatch and the iPhone 6. We have been receiving a great deal of information on the iPhone 6 but when it comes to the iWatch the details have been pretty scarce. The main reason for this is that the iWatch has apparently gone into production yet. Still, the official announcement is only days away and small bits of information do seem to be trickling through. Ming Chi Kuo revealed earlier that the iWatch may include 8GB of storage and 512MB RAM.

The latest report we have seen comes from The New York Times and it implies that the iWatch/iBand will feature a flexible display, and although this isn't the first time that we have heard this, the fact that it is coming from The New York Times just days before the Keynote speech does make us think it is the real deal. Allowing the device to have a curved display would mean that it would fit more comfortably on your wrist, and with numerous reports touting two separate configurations to suit both men and women, it is clear that Apple won't be straying too far from its ethos of delivering fashionable products.

Despite keeping the iWatch fashionable, Apple also plans to grab a piece of the fitness and health market and HealthKit will be at the heart of the iWatch's functionality. It is expected that the flexible panel will be protected by sapphire glass, a material that has popped up as nauseam over the last few months and that is strongly suspected to be covering at least some of the iPhone 6 as well.

The New York Times has also suggested that the upcoming iPhone 6 will feature a “one-handed mode”, which will allow users to complete tasks and actions while holding the device with one hand. It won't be compulsory, but given that some users will no doubt struggle with basic tasks over a 4.7 or 5.5 inch screen, it is good to see that Apple has taken the time to refine some of the functionality.

So with both the iWatch and the iPhone 6 only days away from their official announcement we really are beginning to get excited. Apple has also confirmed the live stream, which will be available via Safari on OS X and iOS as well as Apple TV, so no matter where you are on the 9th of September, you will be able to see what is happening and of course we will have all the updates as well.


iCloud Hack Sees Celebrities Have Their Private Photos Stolen, Posted Online

9/02/2014 02:44:00 PM - 0 comments

Breaches in security are always an issues to be aware of and in Apple's case, this is something that has spread around the globe. It turns out that the iCloud was hacked and many celebrities had their private photos stolen and posted online. As you are probably aware, iCloud holds all kinds of personal data and when this is breached it can cause all sorts of problems as Apple is finding out today.

If you have been online in the past 24 hours, you will probably already have heard about this hack and it seems a collection of photos and apparently videos showing various celebrities in various states of undress have managed to find their way into the public domain. All this media was apparently stolen from hacked iCloud accounts and at least one of the celebrities involved has confirmed that these stolen images are real and law suits have been threatened if anyone is found sharing these images online. According to the celebrity, the pictures were believed to have been deleted a long time ago and it leaves us all wondering what actually happens to our photos when they are deleted, especially when you consider the fact that they are automatically uploaded to iCloud, Dropbox or whatever cloud storage you are using. Are they ever really deleted?

Reports have suggested that a Python script released on GitHub about two days ago made use of a vulnerability in iCloud's Find My iPhone service which resulted in this massive leak. The script allowed hackers to brute force passwords of a target's iCloud account. Apple have now patched this vulnerability but there is still no concrete evidence that the leak was caused by an iCloud vulnerability and Apple have refused to comment on the matter.

Whatever the big question, it is worth remembering that a lot of ladies have had their privacy invaded including the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Avil Lavigne and more. At this point it is worth ensuring that all your online storage passwords are strong and that you have two-step verification turned on wherever possible. It is always better to be safe than sorry.


New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6L To Cost More Than Previous Models

8/29/2014 05:35:00 PM - 0 comments

It's getting very close now and most of the rumors that will fill our news feeds over the next couple of weeks are probably going to be things we have read before. The fact that we have received official confirmation of the iPhone 6 event will however place renewed emphasis on what has already been said. For example, it has been suggested that the next generation iPhone will cost more than the current iPhone 5s and with carriers now coming through with figures for the retain run for the iPhone 6, we can see just how much this new device is going to cost.

A report over at MovilZona, has revealed that Telefonica has let it slip that the new 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is going to sell for €750, while the 5.5 inch model will start at a whopping €950. This is quite an investment for anyone to make even with the increase in real estate, bumped processor and all the other features, especially when you take into consideration that the base level iPhone 5s is priced at $649 in the US. According to these figures, it looks like the new iPhone 6 is going to be a very expensive purchase indeed.

An analyst has suggested that the lower end variant of the iPhone 6 will include a Gorilla Glass panel as opposed to the sapphire glass we've heard about continually, but we don't know which version Telefonica's numbers relate to. Given that Telefonica is still in discussion with Apple, there are no guarantees associated with this report, but for those hoping to get their hands on the new iPhone 6 for the same price as the current iPhone 5s, it really is a bit of a downer.

As well as bringing out two new smartphones, Apple will apparently roll out its first major wearable in the form of the iWatch, although like the 5.5 inch iPhone 6, general availability is not anticipated until October at the earliest.

The fact that Apple have decided to host the keynote at the larger-capacity Flint Center for the Performing Arts as opposed to the Yerba Buena suggests that this will be an event to remember. It all takes place on the 9th of September and we can't wait to report on the outcome.


Free Apps Worth $20 Available To Download Now

8/26/2014 03:21:00 PM - 0 comments

These free paid app posts always seem to garner a lot of interest and for good reason too. Who doesn't love a freebie? Today we have some great paid iOS app that are available for a limited time for free. Today's bunch will save you $20 in total and there really is something for everyone in our list. Check them out, see what you want, and then head over to the iTunes store and grab them while you can.

Instacast 4 ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

This freebie is for all the podcast lovers out there. It is a feature rich app that does just about everything. The user-interface is rather nice too. If you like listening to podcasts and you want an all-in-one solution, Instacast 4 could be just what you have been looking for.

Full Screen Private Browsing ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

What can we say, the name of this app really does say it all and if you are fed up with Mobile Safari and that fact that it really isn't as functional as it could be, then this little gem could be for you. Available right now for free on the iTunes store, why not see just what it can do.

F18 Pilot Simulator ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

Want to fly a plane? Well now you can with this life-like simulator. The visuals in this app are stunning and the app is really amazing. We've all had a go of this one and it gets a big thumbs up from our team. It's a bit addictive though so make sure you have some spare time when you test it out.

SharpScan Pro + OCR ($6.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

In today's busy world, we are always looking for ways to do things and one of those things that always seems to crop up is scanning documents. The SharpScan Pro + OCR app usually costs $7 and is well worth it with all the things it can do. Today, however you can get your hands on this little beauty for free so make sure you do.

Letters From Nowhere 2 ($6.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

Gamers who enjoy a bit of mystery are going to love the Letters From Nowhere app. You have to venture through a haunted town trying to uncover sinister secrets. There are more than 50 locations so you get a really in-depth experience and if you get it today, you also save $7.

It is worth remembering, that all these apps are only available for free for a limited period of time so if you see anything in the list that you would like, be sure to get it right away because if you leave it till tomorrow it could be gone.


A New iPhone 6 Schematic Shows Protruding Camera

8/21/2014 05:42:00 PM - 0 comments

The next generation iPhone, the iPhone 6, is set to make its official appearance in the next couple of weeks. According to reports, Apple is set to make the official announcement for their latest smartphone on the 9th of September. If this is true, we are sure to see a lot more leaks and reports surfacing in the next couple of weeks. The latest leak is a new sketch that apparently details a protruding rear-facing camera component.

We all know that Apple are renowned for smooth design, so while reports that the iPhone 6's camera would stick out have been incessant, many people have brushed them off. As with any rumor, though, if they stay around for long enough people start to believe them. There is no telling whether this leaked schematic drawing is legitimate or not, and in it, the camera part of the device clearly poking out can be seen.

As we have seen with every iOS device that Apple has released to date, the shooter has sat flush, and this leaves a smooth feeling when holding the device, and it looks better too. We personally can't imagine Apple changing this and this new schematic suggests that the 4.7 inch model and the 5.5 inch variant will have a stick out camera lens. Like most of the iPhone 6 related information that is hitting the web right now, this new information hails from Apple.club.tw, and shows a schematic of the 4.7 inch iPhone sporting this protruding camera ring.

The 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is expected to be announced along with the larger 5.5 inch model which could be called the iPhone 6L. We still have no official proof of any of this and only time will tell what exactly will be announced by Apple. It's not too long to wait now either and the 9th of September will come around very quickly. What do you think of the next iPhone having a protruding camera? Will it be something that will please the eye or do you think this is just another of the rumors that are just being put out there for shock value? Leave your opinions in the comments below.


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.