Dan Goodin for Ars:
KeyRaider, as the malware family has been dubbed, is distributed through a third-party repository of Cydia, which markets itself as an alternative to Apple's official App Store. Malicious code surreptitiously included with Cydia apps is creating problems for people in China and at least 17 other countries, including France, Russia, Japan, and the UK. Not only has it pilfered account data for 225,941 Apple accounts, it has also disabled some infected phones until users pay a ransom, and it has made unauthorized charges against some victims' accounts.
Obviously a jailbreak means you're flying without a net, but it's always a good to remember what could happen. Everyone should evaluate their risk/reward tolerance.
Apple and Cisco announce enterprise collaboration
Apple and Cisco are also working together to make iPhone an even better business collaboration tool in Cisco voice and video environments, with the goal of providing employees with a seamless experience between iPhone and their desk phone.
With Apple's support, Cisco will deliver experiences specially optimized for iOS across mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience.
Apple has been busy collaborating with enterprise customers. Whether the IBM app initiative or this deployment announcement, Apple is obviously making an effort to strengthen its foothold in business IT.
Upcoming app promises Matrix-like visual of wireless networks
The architecture of radio app is a realtime, location based visualization of cell towers, wifi routers, communication, navigation and observation satellites and their signals. A site specific version of the app includes wired communication infrastructure embedded in the exhibition space. It's aim is to provide a comprehensive window into the infosphere.
The iOS version is expected to ship in December. Cool concept.
Report: Next Apple TV to cost more
Apple's next-generation Apple TV will include a number of new features to differentiate itself from the older version, including Siri support, a new remote control, an App Store with a Software Development Kit for developers, and a refreshed user interface.
The report also claims Apple will retain the current generation Apple TV to continue offering content streaming and may also support the rumored cable TV offering in store for 2016. Biggest difference will be it won't run apps or Siri and will continue to use the same remote.
If I had to guess, a big part of the price hike may be related to a fancy new remote. The rest of the features being held back are most likely software related and Apple simply isn't investing the resources to update. The Apple TV's A5 CPU is the same as in the iPhone 4s, and the 4s handles Siri and obviously apps.
Apple event announced for September 9th
Caitlin McGarry for Macworld:
Apple just sent out press invitations to its annual iPhone event, to no one's surprise. The date: Sept. 9. Time: 10 a.m. Pacific. Location: The spacious Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
This year Apple tagged the event "Hey Siri, give us a hint," which is a prompt to query Siri about the details. As usual, nothing is confirmed about the event, but also as usual the September event will most certainly involve the next iPhone and release info on the latest iOS and OS X iterations. Other popular rumors are an updated Apple TV hardware, among other things.
Griffen launches Survivor Tactical Case for Apple Watch
Survivor Tactical Case's easy snap-on/snap-off design is applied without having to remove the watchband. The watch's Digital Crown is protected from above while still remaining accessible from the underside. Griffin's Survivor Tactical Cases are color-matched to the Apple Watch Sport bands in White, Black, Blue, Pink and Green for the 38mm and 42mm watches
Pricing is $29.99.
Now that I've used the Apple Watch a few months, I think I better appreciate the need for occasional protection. Day to day, I wouldn't want anything on my watch, but there's usually a couple times a week when I opt to take the watch of to keep it safe. I'm not sure I'd bother putting on a case vs just going without, but it would be an option.
Evernote discontinues specialized Food app
As of September 30th, we'll no longer support Evernote Food for iOS and Android. This means the apps will no longer be available for download and we won't be making any further updates to them. It also means that features within the apps, including sync with the Evernote service, will no longer work.
I love Evernote and keep all my recipe and cooking notes in there, but I never got into the Food app. Just personally, regular Evernote worked for me. But, if you enjoy it, look for it to stop working soon. At the linked Evernote blog, the company offers some suggestions for alternatives.
Pocket adds custom recommendations feed
Recommendations deliver the best content being saved to Pocket by millions of users. They're personalized just for you, based on what you save, read, and watch in Pocket.
Pocket is my go-to read-it-later service basically because I tried it and it works well. The new recommendations are neat, although the articles seem a bit dated. At least in my feed. I guess that doesn't matter as long as the info isn't topical.
There's an option to remove a recommendation from your list. When you do so, there's a feedback system that would seem to indicate Pocket will fine tune your preferences.
AT&T Hotspot ad injections
AT&T has an (understandable) incentive to seek consumer-side income from its free wifi service, but this model of advertising injection is particularly unsavory. Among other drawbacks: It exposes much of the user's browsing activity to an undisclosed and untrusted business. It clutters the user's web browsing experience. It tarnishes carefully crafted online brands and content, especially because the ads are not clearly marked as part of the hotspot service.3 And it introduces security and breakage risks, since website developers generally don't plan for extra scripts and layout elements.
Re/Code reports an AT&T statement saying the ads were a limited trial and that trial has completed. Timing of closing the trial immediately following some bad publicity could be a coincidence... or not.
If you're just hooking up with free WiFi, you're pretty much at the whims of the provider for reasonable security, privacy, and user experience. Still this is an AT&T hotspot that was presumably accessed by an AT&T subscriber. That kind of smells.
LeVitus: How Not to Waste Your Time With the iPhone 6 Plus Camera Replacement Program
Bob LeVitus for The Mac Observer:
The moral of the story is that even if your serial number is among the affected, unless your iPhone 6 Plus camera is producing blurry photos or its auto focus isn't focusing properly, don't bother wasting your time trying to get the camera replaced under this program.
So, basically the fact your iPhone 6 Plus falls within Apple's batches of serial numbers, it may be perfectly fine. If your device shows up as potentially defective using Apple's online serial number tool, it doesn't hurt to get it checked out either way. But if the phone isn't taking blurry photos, there's no rush.