The NSA developed a tool 6 years ago to let it attack the then-new iPhone, according to documents from that time, revealed on Monday by journalist Jacob Appelbaum and Der Spiegel. The tool, DROPOUTJEEP, gave the agency “the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device, SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc.” Other documents also published on Monday describe software implants for extracting phonebook, SMS, call log and geolocation information from SIM cards, as well as for targeting the now-defunct Windows Mobile OS. Der Spiegel said in September that the NSA could hack into iPhones, as well as Android and BlackBerry devices.
Google and Audi are gearing up to reveal a partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The tie-in would see the creation of infotainment systems, based on Android, that rival Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car feature. This fits well with an EE Times report earlier in December that said Google would launch an industry consortium around such technology at CES, using Miracast to wirelessly screencast Android apps from the phone to the in-car screen.
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Apple has renewed its motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung smartphone sales in the United States. Read more »
Apple’s 12 Days of Gift App brings a free gift to your iOS device daily from now through January 6. If you download it today, there are still 11 gifts coming your way. Read more »
Nokia recently removed its Here Maps app from Apple’s Store due to changes made in iOS 7. Read more »
In addition to its many noted acquisitions, it also looks like Apple acquired mapping firm BroadMap and note-taking service Catch this year. Read more »
PKPKT utilizes iPhone technology to enable players to “steal” game money from each other. Read more »
If you’re getting a new iOS device for Christmas, App Santa can get you up to 60% percent off of some popular apps. Read more »
With 760 million subscribers and a brand new 4G network, China Mobile is ready for the iPhone. Apple is happy to oblige. Why? Selling iPhones to just 10% of China Mobile subscribers would be twice that of the 33.6 million sales worldwide last quarter. Read more »
Mac OS X users may be surprised to find out how well a Microsoft Windows Phone 8 integrates and synchronizes content with a Mac. Read on how to invite the Windows Phone 8 into the Mac ecosystem. Read more »
The innovation of the new Mac Pro leaves a gap between the old and the new. This gap could cost old Mac Pro users a significant investment as they switch to alternative data storage solutions. Read more »
The real challenge for any size thief is finding all of the hidden treasure that is out there for the taking. This weekend’s Tiny Thief will have you searching high and low. Read more »
What’s in store for wearables in 2014? A design and wearables software expert offers up the forecast which includes the elusive Apple smartwatch, multiple app store land grabs and more data for Facebook thanks to connected devices and life-logging. Read more »
Phew! That was a crazy year for technology. But before we leave it all behind, enjoy some of the highlights with us. Read more »
Looking for some last-minute gifts? Target has deals on the iPhone, iPad Air and iPad mini. Here are the complete details on the offers which include gift card bonuses. Read more »
Maybe mobile shouldn’t always be first: Showyou saw huge grow after it revamped its website, which it previously ignored because of an app-centric approach. Read more »
Finally, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime says the company is considering bringing content to mobile. Read more »
The latest update to Final Cut Pro X brings full 4K support, along with some optimizations for the new Mac Pro and a number of other new features. Read more »
The USPTO has published a new patent application from Apple that shows some advances to its Maps app. Read more »
The new Mac Pro is available to order today, though shipping has already slipped to February 2014. A fully loaded model will cost you $9,599 – without a monitor. Read more »
Beyonce has scored a major coup with her newest album, which was released exclusively on iTunes and sold nearly 830,000 copies in three days. It also is a sign of the times and an apt epitaph of the physical media. Read more »
Pebble plans to provide one-stop shopping for smartwatch apps in the Pebble appstore early next year. Developers get an early look now and can start working with Pebble to prep their apps in seven unique app store categories. Read more »
Get ready to add one more item to your holiday wish list. Apple has announced that its new Mac Pro goes on sale starting Thursday, December 19. Read more »
Just in time for the holidays, Apple has finally added the option to send e-books from its iBookstore as gifts. Read more »
When Apple posted its year in review on Tuesday, it did something it has never done before: award an education app the top prize. Duolingo, the translation app that was recently updated with more gamified features, was named iPhone App of the Year — beating out VSCO Cam, Endless Alphabet, and other non-gaming apps for the top prize. A rep for the company indicates that this is the first education app that Apple has awarded with the honor, and that the 18-month-old app has more than 16 million users worldwide. The app is available for free on both iPhone and iPad.
Got Glass? The newest monthly software update is available and includes support for the new iOS MyGlass app plus a number of new features including Hangouts and video uploads to YouTube. Read more »
Tomb Raider I is now available in Apple’s App Store for $0.99. Read more »
Using Google Glass to its fullest extent before now meant pairing with an Android phone for the MyGlass app. Google now has a version for iOS, bringing much deeper integration between the wearable computer and a phone. Read more »
Apple’s latest ad is certain to put you in the Christmas spirit. And maybe put some iPhones and Apple TVs under the tree. Read more »
It looks like MLB.com has hit a home run once again with its At Bat app. The iOS app on Tuesday was named the highest-grossing sports app by Apple for the fifth consecutive year in its annual Best of iTunes rankings. It’s also the only sports app to place among the top 100 highest-grossing applications for both the iPhone and iPad, placing 19th and 37th, respectively. The app was downloaded more than 10 million times in 2013, with 60 percent of subscribers accessing its premium features daily. The app is free to download and use, though premium features cost $2.99 per month.
Apple’s iPhone 5s was Google’s third highest-trending search term in 2013. Other gadgets that made the top 10 list include the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony PlayStation 4. Read more »
Apple has unveiled this year’s iTunes Best of 2013 list, showcasing the most downloaded apps, books, movies, music, podcasts and TV shows. Some of the results might surprise you. Read more »
Get ready to fire up the Mac App Store if you run OS X Mavericks: There’s a new software update waiting for you. Released on Monday, OS X 10.9.1 includes Safari 7.0.1 and improved support for Gmail in the OS X Mail app. The new software also fixes a few issues in Apple’s desktop software: VoiceOver will now properly speak sentences with certain emoji characters and Apple’s iLife and iWork apps can now be updated on non-English systems. For a full list of the issues OS X 10.9.1 addresses, check the complete release notes.
The larger display of Apple’s iPad is the perfect palette for Yahoo Weather. The new app makes its way from iPhone to iPad today and provides stunning photos relevant to your location. Oh, and it’s pretty good at weather forecasts too. Read more »
The death of the tablet magazine has been heralded for months, but here’s how publishers need to rethink their digital offerings for the tablet age. Read more »
Apparel brands and digital platforms are competing to make consumer wearables that weave technology into life. Read more »
Best Buy and Sam’s Club are the two latest retailers to offer up holiday sales on Apple’s new iPhones, something that didn’t happen much in the past. Read more »