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Hacker Circumvents iOS In-App Purchasing Mechanism



A new report has highlighted the efforts of a hacker who has managed to find a relatively straightforward way to circumvent the iOS in-app purchasing system, without jailbreaking an iOS device (via 9to5Mac). Apparently, the Russian hacker called ZonD80, found that by installing a couple of new security certificates as well as changing DNS settings for a Wi-Fi connection, any in-app purchases could be made without going through Apple’s service. The trick is, that the in-app purchase goes through servers maintained by the hacker himself. This then enables the person who is using the hack to get in-app content that would normally be paid for free-of-charge.
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‘Where’s My Perry?’, Sequel To ‘Where’s My Water?’ Hits Number One On iOS App Store



Disney, no amateur at cranking out movies, seems to have a bit of a knack for cranking out top rated and highly popular iOS games as the latest release from the company affirms. Disney’s new game, called ‘Where’s My Perry’, has quickly reached the top of the paid apps chart on the iOS App Store, following its release on June 28. The game is the pseudo-sequel to the other massive Disney game, ‘Where’s My Water’ which has sold millions of copies and regularly hovers around the top ten chart on the iOS App Store.
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A Great Fix For A Broken iPhone Power/Lock Button



A family member recently discovered that the Power / Lock button on the top of his iPhone was damaged and would no longer register a contact when pressed in. As a result, he was unable to lock his iPhone or even turn the power on and off, so he made an appointment with a Genius at an Apple Store, only to be told that a replacement would run to $149. This would, perhaps, not be the best investment, particularly given that it was an iPhone 4 and was due for an upgrade in two months, so he decided to hold off.

However, the Genius did give one potential fix to this problem, which was free and would tide him over for a couple of months until the purchase of a (rumored!) iPhone 5. The fix was really simple and involved invoking a new ‘Gesture’ which made a small virtual button appear on the iPhone screen. To access it, head into Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch and toggle it to ‘On’. Hit Create New Gesture and a small white button will appear permanently on your screen, until you turn it off of course.
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Brand New Podcast App From Apple Hits The App Store



Apple has today released an app that allows users to discover and play podcasts in iOS devices. The app is called Podcasts and is available free on the App Store, weighing in at just under 9MB. The app is designed as a podcast explorer and lets users browse both video and audio podcasts, with an option to subscribe to favorite podcasts. The app also allows searches for popular podcasts as well as offering a ‘top stations feature’.
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Why We Need ‘Like’ Buttons For The App Store



Despite the fact that there is an overwhelming selection of apps available on the iOS and Mac App Stores, one of the chief complaints that many people have is that it’s getting increasingly more difficult to find good quality, but less popular, apps. While there are some alternatives to this such as scoping out the Editors picks on the App Store, looking at the top seller lists, or even going to websites to look at what others are using,

Recent reports have suggested that Facebook will be getting similar treatment in iOS 6, that Twitter received in iOS 5 i.e. full system-wide integration in Apple mobile devices. Perhaps one of the most useful aspects of this integration would be the ability to ‘Like’ apps on your device. This would enable other people in your social network to see the apps that you actually like instead of the ones that people are simply buying, which would be a fundamental change in how apps are recommended to users.
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Apple Releases A New Version Of iOS 5.1.1 For The iPhone 4


Apple has reportedly, and rather quietly, issued a new version of iOS 5.1.1 for the GSM version of the iPhone 4. As spotted by 9to5Mac, the updated build is two build numbers newer than the original version that was released to the public on 10th May. The new version of the software is for the GSM version of the iPhone 4 only, and does not apply to the CDMA version. Notably, it was not issued as a software update to the iPhone 4, so existing iPhone 4 users that are using the previous iOS 5.1.1 build will not see a software update indication when checking for iOS updates.
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Facebook Releases ‘Camera For iOS’ on iOS App Store



Hot on the heels of their billion dollar purchase of Instagram, Facebook has released a brand new camera app on to the iOS App Store which enables users to take pictures, edit them and then upload them to Facebook in a one silky smooth and fast movement. The app is available free of charge and, aside from the easy Facebook upload functionality, is pretty similar to lots of photo apps on the App Store. It has the standard range of filters, allowing for a fair amount of tweaking.

When you first launch the app, you’ll find that, if you have already been using Facebook on your iOS device, the app recognizes this and asks you if you want to continue as the person that you have signed in as. After that, it’s just a case of snapping the picture, applying a filter to it, or not, cropping the piccy and then firing it into Facebook.
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Jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 Now Available



As expected, a new jailbreak for Apple devices running iOS 5 has been released. The jailbreak, developed by Chronic Dev Team and Pod2g, is Absinthe 2.0 and allows users to jailbreak all of their iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1. The only device that isn’t supported is the Apple TV 3. The jailbreak is a full untethered jailbreak and is available now from the Chronic Dev Team website. There are versions that are compatible with OS X, Windows systems and Linux.
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Rumor: Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 5.1.1 To Be Unleashed On Friday



The first full untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 5.1.1 is expected to be unveiled tomorrow at the Hack in the Box security conference. That’s according to the iDownload Blog (via CultofMac) who have spotted that the official Twitter account for the conference has just posted a new ‘Jailbreak Live’ event scheduled for Friday. This suggests that Pod2g, who posted to Twitter this week that the jailbreak would be getting released within days, will be unveiling the iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak tomorrow at the conference.

The conference is now selling passes for the one day jailbreak event for the staggering price of 700 Euros to give people a chance to witness what will be a significant moment in iOS history. According to the original report the jailbreak event will take place between 9am and 6pm local tomorrow (translating to a 3am EST start). There is no word on how long it would take to issue a full public release of the jailbreak but if it’s unveiled tomorrow, expect to it to be issued pretty quickly.
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Kaspersky Suggests Lack Of iOS Antivirus Will ‘Mean Disaster For Apple’


The head honcho of the Kaspersky Labs security company, Eugene Kaspersky, is suggesting that the fact that Apple will not allow endpoint security software on iOS devices is a disastrous move (The Register via TNW). Obviously disappointed that we won’t be installing Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 software on the iPad and iPhone any time soon, Kaspersky said “We as a security company are not able to develop true endpoint security for iOS….That will mean disaster for Apple”.

He further goes on to suggest that Android will control up to 80% of the market share in 2015 due to security issues on other platforms like iOS (they’re gonna have to increase market share by over 30% in 3 years if that’s the case). Kaspersky also made the news recently for suggesting that Apple were 10 years behind Microsoft in security.
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