Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Apple rolls out another security update iOS 4

Apple has rolled out iOS 4.3.5, a security update that fixes a vulnerability with SSL certificates. Threatpost has a good description of the problem.

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News round-up

Thanks to a crazy week, I haven't had a chance to update iMerlion for a while so here's a quick round-up of the important news of the past week.

- Lion is now available for US$29.99. For more about Lion, Macworld has the review as well as an overview of what's new. Don't forget to read their excellent Lion installation guide first.

- Apple has released new Macbook Airs with Core i5 processors and Thunderbolt and a new Mac Mini. Decisions, decisions.

- Apple had another amazing quarter. It reported revenue of US$28.57 billion and a net profit of US$7.31 billion, up 82 percent and 125 percent over the same period last year. Revenue from the Greater China region grew more than six times. The iPad brought in US$6 billion, twice as much as Dell's consumer PC business.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Apple plugs security hole that allows easy jailbreak

Apple's latest iOS update fixes the PDF bug that allows the latest jailbreak.

If you don't plan on jailbreaking your iPhone, update your iPhone soon. As Apple notes, this bug means that merely "(v)iewing a maliciously crafted PDF file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution."

If you have jailbroken your iPhone, do apply the patch that fixes this bug (but not, presumably the update from Apple).

Apple has a note about 4.3.4 here.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

DL apps this week: myENV; Capture; Marathon 1; Tiny Tower

Apps I featured in this week's Digital Life:

Tiny Tower (free) -- Very addictive Sim Tower-like game with quirky graphics and music.

myENV (free) -- Get updates on the PSI and track if it is raining based on weather station data around Singapore. Very useful.

Marathon 1 (free) -- If you want to know what Bungie did before making Halo, check this oldie-but-goodie. Brings back memories of lunch hour when I worked at Sembawang Media.

Capture (US$0.99) -- Launch this app and it starts taking video immediately. Much faster than the built-in camera.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New features in iOS beta 3

Apple has released a new beta version of iOS 5. Here are highlights of what's new in iOS beta 3, thanks to it's all tech:

1. Better control over location services
2. You can turn off voice roaming (good for people who live in Woodlands or Tuas)
3. Reminders has a new icon
4. You can create a new mailbox from within the Mail app

it's all tech has more details and screenshots. (Via MacRumors).

AppleInsider also reports that the new beta also has Assistive Touch, to make it easier for people with physical disabilities to use iOS devices.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Local iPhone photographer a winner at 2011 iPhone Photography Awards

Local iPhone photographer Chia Aik Beng has an amazing eye who manages to capture the most remarkable scenes. His ability to compose, and his sensitivity to colour, light and shadow undoubtedly come from his background as a designer but it is his patience and willingness to wait for the ideal shot that marks his work as a photographer.

He has been shooting with his iPhone for a while and he is now beginning to get the recognition he  deserves. A few days ago, it was announced that three of his photographs, taken with his trusty iPhone 4, were winners in this year's iPhone Photography Awards.

One of his photos received an Honourable Mention while another two were selected in the People category and the Others category.

We spoke to Aik Beng to get the story behind these shots.

Apple to fix security hole in iOS

Apple has told AP that it will be fixing the security hole that is allowing people to jailbreak their phones.

According to AP, Apple spokeswoman Bethan Lloyd said Thursday that the company was "aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update."

Ironically, the only way to fix the security hole now is to jailbreak your iPhone and then apply a third-party patch.

So far, a million jailbreaks have been recorded, an astounding number given that the new jailbreak has only be available for about a day.

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Report says iPad HD coming in the fall

This is my next reports that Apple is working on a new iPad with double the resolution of the current one.

According to the site, "As hard as it might be to believe, the new tablet is said to sport a double resolution screen (2048 x 1536), and will be dubbed the “iPad HD.” The idea behind the product is apparently that it will be a “pro” device aimed at a higher end market — folks who work in video and photo production possibly — and will be introduced alongside something like an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture."

The idea is not to replace the iPad 2 but to complement it, the way Apple has the MacBook and the MacBook Pro. This is expected in the fall.

The site also report that Apple has been testing the smaller, lighter upcoming iPhone within the casing of an iPhone 4, presumably to disguise it if it gets left in a bar again.

Full story here.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Jailbreak available

Thanks to a new browser-based jailbreak, you can now jailbreak your iOS device easily now.

All you need to do is visit the site JailbreakMe site on a supported device and tap on the Free/Install button.

Supported devices are:

- iPad 1: 4.3 through 4.3.3
- iPad 2: 4.3.3
- iPhone 3 GS: 4.3 through 4.3.3
- iPhone 4: 4.3 through 4.3.3
- iPhone 4-CDMA: 4.2.6 through 4.2.8
- iPod touch 3G: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
- iPod touch 4G: 4.3 through 4.3.3

The jailbreak works by exploiting a bug in Apple's PDF renderer. After jailbreaking, it is recommended that you close the security hole immediately with the patch provided.

Jailbreaking will allow you to install apps that have been disallowed from Apple's App Store and thus give you functionality that Apple has not permitted. Notable jailbreak apps include My3G, which will allow you to use FaceTime over 3G because it tricks FaceTime into thinking it is on a Wi-FI network when it is actually on a 3G network.

However, jailbreaking can result in your device becoming less secure and less stable. And if you have problems, you have to rely on the goodwill of the community to get it fixed because Apple won't help, obviously. This site, iMerlion, won't be much use either if you encounter problems.

The Dev-Team has an FAQ that you can read before deciding whether to jailbreak your iOS device. They also have a useful blog post about it.

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WSJ: New iPhone will be thinner, lighter

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's new iPhone will be "thinner and lighter" than the iPhone 4 with an eight megapixel camera and is expected to arrive at the end of September. However, there may be a delay because the manufacturer, Foxconn, is finding that the new phone is "complicated and difficult to assemble."

According to the WSJ, Apple had originally planned to launch the new iPhone in the summer but the device was not ready in time.

(Via MacRumors).

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This week's apps in Digital Life

Apps I featured in this week's Digital Life:

iPUBOne (free) -- Report flooded roads, weird smelling water coming out from your pipes, or stolen manholes. Also find out where other people have reported floods.

Roadshow (free) -- This is a DVR for Internet video. Pity it doesn't work for YouTube videos.

iCatcher (US$1.99) -- A great way to find and manage podcasts and podcast subscriptions.

RWS (free) -- Don't get lost when you go to Resorts World on Sentosa. This app has a map of the place and information about waiting times for rides.

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