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Following electrocution controversy, Apple to offer USB power adapter replacements
Following controversy in recent weeks regarding the safety of counterfeit and third-party USB charging adapters for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, Apple has announced a new trade-in program for these adapters. Apple also shares that customer safety is its top priority.
The replacement program will allow anyone who feels uncomfortable with their adapter to replace it with an official unit for a discounted price of $10. The option will be available until October 18th of this year. Customers must bring in their corresponding device in order to be applicable.
Apple Plans to Restore Majority of Developer Center Functionality This Week
Just over a week after Apple began bringing its Developer Center back online after being down for eight days, the company has emailed developers with an update on its progress. Apple has brought a majority of its developer services back online and plans to reinstate most of the remaining services by the end of this week.
Apple Releases New ‘FaceTime Every Day’ Ad
Apple has released a new iPhone ad called “FaceTime Every Day,” the third in the popular people-oriented ad series the company launched earlier this year. The previous ads, “Music Every Day” and “Photos Every Day” highlighted the iPhone’s Music and Camera apps.
Nokia Launches Lumia 925 Advertisement Bashing iPhone Camera
The ad focuses on the phone’s photographic capabilities and is based on Apple’s well known “Photos Every Day” commercial.
Nokia’s Lumia 925 offers an 8.7-megapixel camera that comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and an f/2.0 aperture. In comparison, the iPhone 5 has an 8-megapixel camera with a five-element lens and an f/2.4 aperture. Nokia has included a dual-LED flash on the Lumia 925, which, along with a lower aperture, allows for superior performance in suboptimal lighting conditions.
Apple Asking Internet Radio Providers to Submit Cover Art for Future Use
Apple has sent an email to streaming Internet radio stations asking them to submit cover art for future use on iTunes and mobile devices. It appears that Apple will soon feature independent streaming music stations more prominently, including making them available on iOS — perhaps in iOS 7.
Apple’s Share of Tablet Market Sinks on Lack of Product Launches in Early 2013
Research firm IDC today announced its preliminary estimates of worldwide tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2013, finding that Apple’s share of the market has fallen to under a third. According to IDC’s numbers, Apple held a 32.4% share of the market for quarter, compared to 39.6% in the previous quarter and a 60.3% share in the year-ago quarter.
Researchers sneak ‘Jekyll app’ malware into App Store, exploit their own code
Tielei Wang and his team of researchers at Georgia Tech have discovered a method for getting malicious iOS apps past Apple’s App Store review process. The team created a “Jekyll app” that seemed harmless at first, but after making it into the App Store and onto devices, is able to have its code rearranged in order to perform potentially malicious tasks.
Jekyll apps – likely named after the less malicious half of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde pairing – are somewhat similar to previous work done by Charlie Miller. Miller’s app had the end-result of being able to execute unsigned code on a user’s device by exploiting a bug in iOS, which Apple has since fixed. Jekyll apps differ in that they don’t rely on any particular bug in iOS at all. Instead, authors of a Jekyll app introduce intentional bugs into their own code. When Apple reviews the app its code and functionality will appear harmless. Once the app has been installed on a person’s device, however, the app’s vulnerabilities are exploited by the authors to create malicious control flows in the app’s code, performing tasks that would normally cause an app to be rejected by Apple.
Wang’s team submitted a proof-of-concept app to Apple and were able to get it approved through the normal App Store review process. Once published, the team downloaded the app onto their testing devices and were able to have the Jekyll app successfully carry out malicious activity like snapping photos, sending emails and text messages. They were even able kernel vulnerabilities. The team pulled their app immediately after, but the potential for other, similar apps to get onto the App Store remains.
Samsung Loses $1 Billion in Market Value After U.S. Veto on Apple Ban, Files Appeal Against Patent Ruling
After the Obama administration vetoed a partial ban on the import and sale of some Apple products, Samsung announced that it has been granted a hearing in a US appeals court next year against the original ruling, as reported by the Financial Times. Concurrently, The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung has lost $1 billion in market value after the weekend veto. The South Korean government has also criticized the decision, saying it had “concern over the possible negative impacts that this kind of decision could have on Samsung Electronics’ patent rights”
Originally, the ban of Apple products was granted back in June in response to a ruling made by the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) and applied to AT&T models of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, as well as the 3G models of the iPad and iPad 2. The USITC ruled that all four products infringed on a Samsung patent, specifically Patent No. 7,706,348, titled “Apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system.”
Apple Revises iTunes Terms and Conditions to Allow Educational iTunes Accounts for Children Under 13
Apple on Thursday altered its iTunes Terms and Conditions to permit children under the age of 13 to operate individual iTunes accounts created at the request of an “approved educational institution,” reports Macworld.
Previously, Apple restricted iTunes accounts to children aged 13 or older, but the company announced it would be changing its policy with the release of iOS 7.
Apple E-Book Price Fixing Decision Could See Return of Direct Links from Kindle and Other Apps to Their Stores
The U.S. Department of Justice today announced its proposed remedy in the e-book price fixing case that saw Apple found guilty last month. The proposed remedy includes nullification of Apple’s existing “agency model” deals with a number of major publishers, as well as a requirement that competitors such as Amazon allow direct links to their own e-book stores from within their iOS apps.
BlackBerry Messenger Beta Starts Rolling Out for iOS and Android Devices
According to BlackBerryOS.com, the beta version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has started rolling out in the Beta Zone for Android and iOS devices. The Beta Zone, which is similar to Apple’s Developer Center, started sending out the invites to select registered users today, with more expected to follow in the coming days and weeks. BlackBerryOS.comhas also leaked several screenshots of the Android version of the app, but screenshots of the iOS version do not yet appear to be available.
‘iPhone 5C’ Case Shows Up On Amazon
The rumors about the new “plastic” iPhone (may be called the iPhone 5C, according to a recent leak) have been ramping up over the past couple of days, and now an enterprising case manufacturer has released a set of “iPhone 5C” cases on Amazon.com (via Nowhereelse.fr).
The three cases, which are available in black, navy, and white, appear to be in line with low-cost iPhone dimensions that were leaked by another case maker in June.
Kylie from Bondi Junction (Sydney) NSW
Sometimes my messages say delivered and sometimes they say read. When they say delivered has the other person seen it?
No the other person sees it only when it says read. Sometimes people don’t want other people to know that they’ve read the message so they turn that feature off. That’s called “Send Read Receipts” and you can turn it on and off in the settings app under messages. And when it says delivered it’s obviously delivered, but they might have seen the message but not have the red receipts feature enabled.
Cool Things/Picks of the Week
Tiles and Tile App
What if you lost your keys in-between your couch cushions last night and now you’re late for work? What if you could pull out your phone and wander around your house to track where the keys were, or even better, how many times have you wished that your lost keys or wallet could call out to you when you lose them? Meet Tile: a nifty little gizmo to counter your stuff getting lost.
Tile sounds pretty simple: attach a Tile to your laptop, your keys, your wallet or even your bike and have it communicate via Bluetooth 4.0 with your iPhone to indicate distance and help you find stuff when it gets lost. Why didn’t we think of this, right?
It’s especially interesting when your Tile-tagged stuff gets stolen. Each Tile is marked with what it was attached to on the phone app, and if your bike gets stolen for example, you can mark the Tile as Lost. That then flags the Tile in the back-end, and if any Tile user goes near your lost Tile, it discreetly communicates with the back-end that it has been found. Then your app gets notified that some kind stranger has passed by your lost item, and marks it on a map for you. That’s seriously nifty, but it’s all going to depend on the range of Bluetooth 4.0, which Tile says is up to 150 feet.
Tile runs on Bluetooth 4.0, which means no Android support just yet. Sorry Googlers. Another weird pseudo-flaw with Tile is the battery situation. The Tile doesn’t need to be recharged. It’s a set and forget system, but it does only have a battery life of a year, which means you’ll need to keep buying new Tiles every year to keep using the system. That’s an interesting new take on a subscription model.
Right now Tile is available for pre-order, shipping in late 2013. You can still order a Tile for as little as $US18.95, or you can get multi-packs ranging up to 10 Tiles for $US170.55. Take my money!