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Posts Tagged ‘ios’

Last year I wrote a piece poking fun at Apple’s marketing campaign claiming its iPad Pro can replace a laptop. I was hardly the only tech writer who felt that way at the time — after all, the iPad’s OS is basically a blown up version of a mobile phone OS, lacking the ability to truly multi-task more than two apps at once or basic (yet crucial) PC things like having access to your files. But that still didn’t stop devoted Apple fans from getting upset with me.

Well, Apple has worked hard in the past year to make even doubters like myself shut up. I’m currently typing this article on the relatively new (released a month and half ago) iPad Pro 10.5-inch with a beta version of iOS 11, and … everything is going fine. In fact, I’ve been using this device as my work laptop for the past few hours and I haven’t pulled my hair out.

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Apple has been big on strong encryption lately, but it’s not immune to making missteps. Security researchers at Elcomsoft have discovered thatiOS 10’s local encrypted backups (that is, the ones you create in iTunes) use an older password protection algorithm that’s much easier to crack than the one used in iOS 9 — about 2,500 times easier, according to the team. If intruders can get to your iTunes backups and use a brute force cracking tool, they could have a much simpler time breaking the security and getting access to sensitive info like account passwords or your Health app data.

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By nature, iOS is not a permissive operating system. Apple started from a position of not trusting third-party software developers, fearing those outsiders could screw up the company’s platform (a completely reasonable position to take, incidentally). Every new version of iOS since the second one has been very cautious and deliberate about what new capabilities are given to third-party apps.

iOS 10 offers a lot of new stuff for users, including several redesigned apps, a new design for notifications, an improved Control Center, and more. But it’s also got a lot of under-the-hood changes for developers in the vein of iOS 8: it opens up notifications, the UI for making and receiving voice and video calls, the Maps app, and Siri, and it re-imagines Messages as a sort of platform-unto-itself complete with its own branch of the App Store.

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Apple has released an unexpected update to iOS which deals with something that is rare in Apple circles – a zero-day exploit of iOS that would allow a handset to be remotely jailbroken and run malicious code.

Version 9.3.5 of the mobile operating system patches three critical exploits that, when chained together, would allow an iOS device to become infected. Forbes’ Amit Chowdhury has more details on the changes to in the code.

 

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Apple  has released iOS 9.3.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. This means that three updates have been made to iOS 9.3 since March 2016. And Apple tested five betas of iOS 9.3.3 since it was released on May 23rd, according to MacRumors. The major features that were added to iOS 9.3 back in March included Night Shift, Touch ID support for Notes, additional News app personalization, new Health app categories, enhancements to the Music app on CarPlay and new Education apps.

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Microsoft promised to bring its Cortana digital personal assistant to iOS and Android in May this year, and public beta for Android came out in July, with a private iOS beta following a few months later. Now both versions have been released, with Cortana available in the App Store and in the Google Play Store, at least for US users.

 

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Software organisation Open Whisper Systems has launched an open beta version of its free encryption app Signal, available from Google’s Chrome store.

The Signal app is available on both iOS and Android, and is now in testing phase for desktop. Testers can send completely encrypted private group, text, picture and video, although voice messaging is not yet possible. For the moment, the desktop app links to a Signal account on an Android device, although iOS is coming soon.

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Apple TV is fantastic for playing games or viewing media. When it comes to text entry, the set-top box falls short. Next time you log into an app on your TV, it may be with Facebook.

Today, Facebook made an SDK available for Apple TV apps, meaning developers can allow users to authenticate themselves via a social log-in. The tvOS SDK is roughly the same framework as its iOS counterpart, making it fairly easy to implement, but uses Apple TV’s process of forcing you have to visit a website to verify your initial session.

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Android-powered smartphones extended their lead in the global marketplace in the third quarter, helped by growth in emerging markets, a survey showed Wednesday.

The Google-powered operating system was used in 84.7 percent of smartphones sold worldwide in the quarter, up from 83.3 percent a year earlier, the Gartner survey showed.

 

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Despite the iPhone 6 problems, Apple sells 10 million due to fanaticism, not revolution. No smartphone experience is as wonderful as the fanatics who advance it.We’ve been hearing about the problems with iOS 8, but it seems that even the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren’t without their problems. Not only is iOS 8 proving to be a pain for battery life and Wi-Fi, but iPhone 6 Plus models are bending after being in pants pockets for some extended period of time.

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