Researchers reveal how to hack an iPhone in 60 seconds

August 1, 2013 · Posted in Techy News and Tips · Comments Off on Researchers reveal how to hack an iPhone in 60 seconds 

Three Georgia Tech hackers have revealed how to hack iPhones and iPads with malware imitating ordinary apps in under sixty seconds using a “malicious charger.”

Today at a Black Hat USA 2013 press conference, the researchers revealed for the first time exactly how the USB charger they built can compromise iOS devices in less than a minute.

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Photos on iPhone may be at risk for security breach

February 29, 2012 · Posted in Techy News and Tips · Comments Off on Photos on iPhone may be at risk for security breach 

The private photos on your phone may not be as private as you think.

Developers of applications for Apple’s mobile devices, along with Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people’s address book information without their knowledge.

As it turns out, address books are not the only things up for grabs. Photos are also vulnerable. After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.

It is unclear whether any apps in Apple’s App Store are illicitly copying user photos. Although Apple’s rules do not specifically forbid photo copying, Apple says it screens all apps submitted to the store, a process that should catch nefarious behavior on the part of developers.

But copying address book data was against Apple’s rules, and the company approved many popular apps that collected that information.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment. If you are stupid enough to buy an Apple product, who cares about your security!!!

iPhone secretly tracks user location

April 20, 2011 · Posted in Techy News and Tips · Comments Off on iPhone secretly tracks user location 

A pair of researchers have found that Apple iPhones and iPads track users’ locations and store the data in an unencrypted file on the devices and on owners’ computers.

The data, which appears to have been collected starting with iOS 4, which Apple released last summer, is in a SQLite file on iPhones and iPads with 3G capability, said Pete Warden, the founder of Data Science Toolkit and a former Apple employee, and Alasdair Allan, a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter.

“iOS 4 logs up to 100 locations daily in unencrypted file on iPhone, iPad and syncing computers”

“If you’re not around, someone else can access the information on your home or work computer,” said Cluley.

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iPad2 vs. Android Honeycomb

March 3, 2011 · Posted in Techy News and Tips · Comments Off on iPad2 vs. Android Honeycomb 

So with the launch of the Apple iPad2 and the Android Honeycomb version of the Motorola Xoom, they can finally be compared. Here are some snippets from the article from JR Raphael.

Quick Analysis: Apple’s iPad 2 matches the competition in terms of hardware basics, but it lags behind in features, flexibility, and customization potential.

What I found impressive is the Xoom’s higher resolution display (10.1 inches at 1280-by-800 vs. 9.7 inches at 1024-by-768); support for expanded storage via MicroSD cards; and support for USB connections. For those of you that will buy one of the tablets with connectivity thru a Sprint, AT&T or Verizon, the Xoom is upgradeable to 4G in the near future, while the iPad 2 is 3G forever.

Android’s strongest advantages, though, come via the innovations found in the Honeycomb operating system — innovations that will be present in all Android 3.0 tablets, not just the Xoom. So as other models become available from multiple manufacturers. In addition to creating a far wider spectrum of prices, that’ll present a far larger choice in size and form factor — something Apple’s single iPad can’t offer

Read the full analysis and come up with your own opinion.

Top 5 Apple iPad2 Contenders

February 22, 2011 · Posted in Techy News and Tips · Comment 

With 2010 being a year of the Phones (Android, iPhones, Window Phone) and the introduction of the iPad, technology took a huge leap with the capabilities of these person devices. The introduction of Apple’s iPad sailed through 2010 without much opposition as a worthy competitor from either Android or Windows camp failed to emerge.

However, 2011 will be a different year. Apple is planning on releasing the iPad2. Google has plans for the Honeycomb version of Android for the tablet market. HP has their new operating system to the tablets. So there will be more and more competition in the tablet market.

So what do the experts think will be the top 5 contenders to the new iPad2? Read the Full Story and find out.

Android Honeycomb (Android 3.0)

February 5, 2011 · Posted in Techy News and Tips · Comments Off on Android Honeycomb (Android 3.0) 

Google announced the latest upgrade for the mobile OS, call Android Honeycomb, which was launch event in Mountain View, California on February 4, 2011.

With the release of Honeycomb and Motorola’s excellent tablet (Xoom), Cupertino will have some serious catching up to do with their iPad 2. Because with a device like Motorola’s Xoom, you realize just how limited the iPad experience remains.

Read the article Why Android Honeycomb should have Apple scared