Apple : OS X Mavericks 10.9 goes live, Free download available

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in General, iOS

The tenth release of the OS X Mavericks kicked off at the Apple event today. This new version of the operating system focuses on technologies, features and apps.  The features highlighted at the event were : Mavericks’ power efficiency enhancements- which means up to an hour longer web browsing and 90 minutes longer video playback on the latest MacBook Air. Compress Memory- instantly compress inactive parts of memory and fit 6GB of data in 4GB of RAM Integrated GPUs with dynamic allocation of memory depending on load OpenCL support to allow integrated graphics processor to take tasks from CPU and run upto 1.8 times faster Other features and apps include : Enhanced notifications Finder tags Improved multiple display handling New Maps app iBooks. OS X Mavericks will be available for free. Click here to download OS X 10.9 Mavericks from the App Store. It is not only free on the App Store but also available to anyone running OS X all the way down to 2009’s 10.6 Snow Leopard. Via :...

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Apple iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display now official

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in General, iOS

Apple announced the new retina display iPad Air and iPad Mini at the Apple event. CEO, Tim Cook said at the event “Apple has sold 170 million iPads making it one of the most successful products in Apple’s history”. Let’s have a quick look at the specs: iPad Air features : 9.7 inches Retina Display 20% thinner that previous full size iPad 43% thinner bezel Very light at just 1 pound making it the lightest tablet in the world M7 motion coprocessor Powered by 64 bit A7 chip Graphics performance doubled than previous model 72 times faster thatn original iPad 5MP camera that can shoota a HD video Better front facing FaceTime camera Dual microphone and Siri 10 hour battery life remains the same Available in Silver/White and Black/Space grey Priced at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for the cellular model iPad Air will be available in a lot of countries including China on November 1st.  iPad Mini features: It is a 7.9 retina display model Runs on 64 bit with Apple’s A7 chip 4 times fater CPU performance Graphics are 8 times faster than before Features a 5MP camera Improved front facing FaceTime camera 10 hours of battery life remains the same Will be available for $399 for 16 GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the cellular version. The 128GB configuration model is priced at $699. Available in Silver/White and Black/Space grey iPad Mini will hit the market by late November. Via :...

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Apple can decrypt private iMessages

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in General, iOS

Quarklabs, a security research firm has released data that iMessages are not fully secured as Apple has full control over the encryption keys making it possible for the company to review the messages. Apple had recently stated that they cannot decrypt the data and conversations that take place on iMessage. The data is protected so that no one apart from the sender and receiver can see them. The recent findings however prove it wrong as Apple is very much capable of decrypting all private messages if they are forced by government agencies to do so. QuarkLabs prefaced its findings by stating that it has no evidence that Apple is or has already exploited this vulnerability. Apple has refrained by out-rightly refuting the claim made by Quarklabs and is maintaining it initial statement by saying that “research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so.” Independent cryptography experts and security research sector has accepted the data findings and concepts as valid. Does that leave us with another security issue with Apple ? What are your views? Do write to us in the comments section below. Via :...

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Nike’s top designer Ben Shaffer joins Apple to work on wearables- iWatch

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in General, iOS

One of Nike’s top designers Ben Shaffer who served as Nike’s Studio Director of Innovation Kitchen is all set to join Apple to work on the iWatch. Ben shaffer will most likely work on wearables like the long rumoured iWatch, although his position has not been announced by Apple yet. Apple has been aggressively hiring talent across the industry to work on the smartwatch design. Ben has worked on products like the Nike Fuelband which is said to be popular amongst Apple executives. iWatch was likely to make an appearance by year end but it now seems that the smartwatch may not launch until late 2014. Apple was one of the first rumoured to be working on a smartwatch. Via : Techspot...

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Secure platform – Android Vs iOS

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Android, General, iOS, Security

Android Vs iOS Daniel Miessler who tests the security of mobile applications is faced with a most common question, “Which platform is more secure? Android or iOS?” To test security you have to check the malware stats, look at marketshare and the list of vulnerabilities. Equal comparision at all times may not be feasible though. Other factors include the user bases. Daniel Miessler states in an article for HP, “Are people buying the cheapest phones available making the same security choices as those buying the more expensive and popular options? And if not, then aren’t we then dealing with poor security choices instead of an insecure platform? He points, there are two reasons iOS will continue to be the more secure platform going forward, and its security lead will actually grow. 1) Marketshare In terms of devices being purchased and activated, Android has left iOS behind. In May, IDC showed that Android’s marketshare increased from 59% of all phones sold in the first quarter last year to 75% of all phones sold the same time this year. The problem here is,  this does not help security,  in fact it harms it exponentially. Daniel says, “A good security practitioner knows, a platforms security problems only partially come from it’s own weaknesses. Perhaps even more important is the question of, “Where is the atttention of the worlds most motivated attackers?” Simply put, when the goal is to make money, the focus is on the platform with the most users. And this makes Android an increasingly insecure platform. 2) Open vs. Closed One of the key differences between the iOS and Android platforms is that Android is a largely open platform, with lots of freedom for developers and users alike. Apple’s sales strategy, on the other hand, is all about cultivating an experience of exclusivity and quality. They control their platform–both for their users and for their developers. A platform that is permissive is far more likely to allow mischeif on their platform than one that is restrictive. Comparision between the security of App Store vs. the Google Play store has shown that 92% of malware was created for Android, and that malware for iOS was “noticably absent”. The attackers favored Android because it was easier to get malware into apps through the Google Play Store. Conclusion Android has over 90% malware with over just half of the overall marketshare of smartphones.  Android has over 70% of the marketshare, again attackers go where the users are. Also, numerous reserachers who break into security systems to make a living have pointed out “Windows is actually far more secure than OS X”. This leads us to asking a fews questions “What’s safer, living in the middle of nowhere with your doors unlocked, or living in a bad part of town with bars on your windows?” And the answer is it’s generally safer to be...

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Lockscreen bypass bug fixed with iOS 7.0.2 rollout-Apple

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in General, iOS

Exactly seven days after Apple had assured everyone that it was working on a fix to the iO7 lockscreen bypass bug,  the said update iOS 7.0.2 is hitting handsets. This update is a fix for the bug that allows users to bypass the lock screen. There’s also a Greek keyboard option for passcodes thrown into the update for good measure. Via : Engadget...

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