Apple Removes 250 Apps that Spy on Users from App Store

Believe it or not, but I’ve moved past the false claim by many that Apple products are immune from virus attacks. That claim just isn’t true, but like I said, I’ve more on.

Yes, viruses do attack Apple products, but at least the company is finally doing something about it.

Apple today removed more than 250 apps from its App Store that were using software from a Chinese advertising company that secretly accessed and stored users’ personal information. The firm, called Youmi, provided app makers with a software development kit that would glean which apps a user had downloaded, that user’s email address, and the serial numbers of their smartphone, according to mobile security company SourceDNA. The apps in total received 1 million downloads.


Malware Attacking iOS Devices

We were always told that iOS products were special for a number of reasons, but especially because they were impervious to virus and malware. Boy oh boy how times have changed.

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks has identified new malware, which it calls YiSpecter, that infects iOS devices by abusing private APIs. Most affected users live in China and Taiwan.

Once it infects a phone, YiSpecter can install unwanted apps; replacing legitimate apps with ones it has downloaded; force apps to display full-screen advertisements; change bookmarks and default search engines in Safari; and send user information back to its server. It also automatically reappears even after users manually delete it from their iOS devices.

Palo Alto Networks says YiSpecter is unusual for iOS malware—at least ones that have been identified so far—because it attacks jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices by misusing private APIs to allow its four components (which are signed with enterprise certificates to appear legitimate) to download and install each other from a centralized server.

In the post, Palo Alto Networks’ security researcher Claud Xiao wrote that by abusing enterprise certificates and private APIs, YiSpecter is not only able to infect more devices, but “pushes the line barrier of iOS security back another step.”


HTC makes Rap Sony Dissing iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 – Video


Well,  when no one’s talking about you anymore what do you do? You diss the competition with a heavy pumping bass rap song. Pump this in your ride G!

This is HTC’s version of the diss rap geared towards Apple and Samsung and it features Greg Carr (aka “Doc G”) of the musical group P.M. Dawn.


Instagram Intentionally Deletes Millions of User Accounts


I just checked, my account is still up and running. Whew! I started the account over 2 years ago and I’m yet to share my first post. I should really share something…

But Rapper Akon lost more then half his followers in what has been dubbed the “Instagram rapture.”

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users.

People who lost a lot of followers criticised the action, dubbing it the “Instagram Rapture”.

Like its parent company Facebook, Instagram routinely removes accounts to limit spam and prevent users buying followers to appear more popular.

Rapper Akon reportedly lost 56% of his followers in the cull.

Figures collated by developer Zach Allia – not affiliated to Instagram – totted up the impact of the purge on the site’s top 100 accounts.

The big losers were Justin Bieber (minus 3,538,228 followers), and an online marketing specialist called Wellington Campos, which lost 3,284,304 followers overnight.

One account, chiragchirag78, lost 99% of his followers – 3,660,460 – before he himself was deleted.

Instagram’s own account on the site lost 18,880,211 followers overnight.

Instagram had warned its users that the deletion was coming in a blog post earlier this month.

“We’ve been deactivating spammy accounts from Instagram on an ongoing basis to improve your experience,” wrote chief executive and founder Kevin Systrom.

“As part of this effort, we will be deleting these accounts forever, so they will no longer be included in follower counts. This means that some of you will see a change in your follower count.”


So Apple Is Trying to Compete With Samsung’s Big Screen Phones – My Take

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I have a Note 3 and I’m already too accustomed to friends calling it “a flat screen TV!”

“How can you walk around with that thing by your ears,” they’ll asks, always laughing and joking about how big the thing is. “I can’t even fit it in my pocket” is often the next phrase and the jokes will continue. Then they’ll pull out their little iphones and the comparisons would start.

But I’m always the last one standing, because at the end of the discussion or argument in some cases, they all gravitate to my big screen, usually speechless by the quality of my pictures, high-definition videos, the exceptional processing speed and the ease at with everything flows. By this time, their little iphones with sub par processing and below average picture quality are tucked away in their pockets, hidden from sight.

All hail the Samsung!

So Apple unveiled their big screen iphone 6 and iphone 6 plus today, and a small screen smart watch because the big screen Samsung with their Galaxy and Note products is a big hit with consumers. People don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for a device they have to squint their eyes to see, so with today’s release Apple is finally getting with the times and attempting to cut into Samsung’s hold on the big picture.

The iphone 6 comes in with a 4.7 inch screen, a tad smaller than the 5.1 inch Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iphone 6 plus has a 5.5 inch screen. And they also unveiled a smart watch or “AppleWatch too!

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To my friends, welcome to your very own personal flatscreen TV! I doubt your resolution can compare to mine though! I’m pretty sure you will still be in awe, watching HiDefination programming on my TV Note!

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How To Get Media Into iTunes Faster [OS X Tips]

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I’m all for getting my stuff into iTunes more efficiently, aren’t you? Jordan Merrick is, too, and he’s come up with a brilliant way to do just that. He’s also got a great site full of clever tips there as well. Really, go check it out.

The default way, says Merrick, for media to get to iTunes is like this: drag and drop a folder full of music or a video you’ve converted from DVD to iTunes. iTunes takes said media, copies it, and places it into its own special folder structure.

What happens in this case is that you’re left holding two copies of that album or video — one in your iTunes folder and one wherever you pulled it from. That’s kind of silly, if you ask me, especially if you back up regularly. No one needs two copies of anything on their hard drive.

Luckily, there’s a cool folder in your iTunes folder that lets you add stuff directly to iTunes. Sadly, it’s pretty buried, but Merrick will show you a better way.

Open up the Finder, he says, and navigate to the Music folder in your Home folder. Open the iTunes folder, then the iTunes Media folder. You’ll see an folder called Automatically Add to iTunes. Drag this folder over to the sidebar in the Finder for easy access.

Automatically Add to iTunes

Now, every time you want to put music or video into iTunes, simply drag it over to the sidebar and into the Automatically Add to iTunes folder you’ve placed there. iTunes will then add it to its own system.

If it’s not a file that iTunes can handle, the app will place a folder called Not Added into the Automatically Add to iTunes folder that can clean out later.



The New iPhone, Same Old iPhone


The new iPhones look like the old iPhones. They sound like the old iPhones. They do the same things as the old iPhones. Just slightly better, more colorfully, and less expensively than the old iPhones. This might seem disappointing: even Apple’s phones are boring now. But this is an ideal state of affairs.

The original iPhone, released in June, 2007, gave birth to the modern smartphone era: browsing restaurant menus on a sidewalk, watching a movie on a bus, tweeting from the subway and posting photos of a newborn to Facebook the second it opens its eyes. What we can do now, six years later, has not fundamentally changed since then. It’s easier or faster—forty times faster, according to Apple—or higher resolution, or all of the above. To wit, the iPhone 5S has few genuinely new features, and those that it does have are nearly invisible. In order of importance, they are: a built-in fingerprint scanner to replace passwords, faster chips, a higher-quality camera, and a gold body. The iPhone 5C is essentially the exact same as the current iPhone 5, but shoved into a brightly colored plastic, rather than aluminum, shell and sold for a hundred dollars less than before.

Fundamental technology, like manufacturing processes for processors and imaging sensors and displays, have evolved to the point that the basic shape and sense of a phone—a thin rectangle with a four-to-five-inch high-resolution touch screen stuffed with a variety of sensors—is determined now largely based on its merits rather than its outright technical limitations, much the same way that the basic shape of a knife is defined by its function rather than our ability to produce it. (The biggest technical limitation for mobile devices now is battery technology, which has not seen a true breakthrough in decades.)