• A new malware targeting jailbroken devices has been discovered by Reddit users. While very little is know about the malware itself, Cydia creator saurik has released instructions on how to find out if your jailbroken device has been affected.

    Unflod Malware

    According to Reddit user minilover11, the purpose of "Unflod" is to steal people's Apple IDs and passwords. German security consulting firm SektionEins also took a look at the problem and this is what they found:

    "This malware appears to have Chinese origin and comes as a library called Unflod.dylib that hooks into all running processes of jailbroken iDevices and listens to outgoing SSL connections. From these connections it tries to steal the device’s Apple-ID and corresponding password and sends them in plaintext to servers with IP addresses in control of US hosting companies for apparently Chinese customers."

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  • Gameloft has just launched the second installment of the Amazing Spider-Man series of iOS games. Recently announce to launch sometime ahead of the movie premier, this web-slinging sequel is a pleasant surprise for this Friday afternoon. Similar to the original, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars the shy but lovable masked wall crawler Peter Parker and [...]
  • Thinner, faster, lighter has been the mantra spoken with each iPad hardware update. The successor to the iPad Air is no different, with analysts predicting an A8 processor and Touch ID in Apple's next full-size tablet. Now a parts leak purported to show the front bezel assembly of the iPad Air 2 looks to confirm an integrated LCD panel.

    iPad Air 2 parts

    Apple currently uses this technology on the iPhone 5s, which fuses the front panel and display components into one part. Not only does this configuration shave off device thickness, but the integrated LCD can improve image display quality. Both the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display have separate front panel and display components, making this a key area for improvement on the next generation iPad Air 2.

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  • Apple device owners who have not upgraded their devices to iOS 7 are reporting a shutdown of FaceTime. From the community forums, it appears that iOS 7 is unaffected, while devices running iOS 6 are most affected, no matter which device they are using. According to one forum poster, Apple’s advice is to update your [...]
  • Dutch site One More Thing recently published supposed leaked photos of the second-generation iPad Air predicted to launch this fall. According to the source, Apple is planning on integrating the LCD layer in the display panel, which is currently not part of the iPad assembly. According to One More Thing, interpreted from Google Translate, the [...]
  • Ahead of each of Apple’s fiscal quarters, Fortune publishes a list of predictions from analysts, both professional and amateur. The iPad maker’s second quarter is just about to end, so the news organization has just released its quarterly list of predictions. Not surprisingly, analysts are expecting a decline for Apple’s tablet line. However, this time, [...]
  • A couple of weeks ago, Hunter Island went free as Apple’s App of the Week. I decided to check it out since I had heard it was a pet collecting game similar to PokémonI’ve been playing it fairly regularly and I really enjoy it. It may not be as good as Nintendo’s pocket monster classic, [...]
  • For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 18 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 11 game apps in today’s bundle. We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of [...]
  • Saving money is smart. Anyone in the market for an iPad mini with Retina display now has the option to get a refurbished unit from Apple at a discounted price. Savings up to 16 percent is possible at the time of this writing, shaving $80 off the normal cost of a 32 GB model.

    refurbished discount iPad mini Retina

    While 16 GB versions are currently sold out, the 64 GB iPad mini with Retina display can be had for $90 off retail, saving 15 percent. These discounts put the 32 GB model at $419 and the 64 GB at $509 with free shipping from Apple. Not only this, but the company offers the same one-year warranty on refurbs as it does on brand new hardware.

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  • Although it is currently the world's largest music seller, Apple plans to bolster this side of its business in order to compete with growing competition. According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino company is working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd. to develop song identification software that would be integrated into the next major iOS update.

    Apple partner with Shazam for song identification software for iOS

    Song download sales have dropped off industry-wide, most likely due to the rising popularity of streaming internet services like Pandora, Spotify and Google's YouTube. Apple introduced its own streaming service, iTunes Radio, last year, but it wants to boost its download sales and plans to do so by incorporating song identification software into iOS 8. Shazam's app has 90 million monthly users and, according to Bloomberg, has "steered millions of song downloads through iTunes." Apple believes that if

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  • Last November, Apple launched the first ever iPad mini with Retina display. Although the company was able to keep up with demand, it was still a difficult task as consumers flocked to purchase the device during the holiday season. Today, refurbished versions of the tablet have started showing up in Apple’s online store. For the [...]
  • Time management games have been a popular genre of games for about as long as computers have been available in the home. You can play at being a short order cook, candy maker, or traffic controller. Gamers can regulate cars, boats, planes, and trains in a variety of traffic situations. City Rush is a traffic [...]
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published two patent requests from Apple that refer to a system for locking and unlocking iOS devices. The patents, titled “Gesture entry techniques” refers to drawing patterns and shapes on the screen to unlock an iPhone or iPad. Right now, the default passcode unlock for iOS devices is [...]
  • Stolen Couch Games today released a trailer for Castaway Paradise, which looks a lot like Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing community simulation game. The developers have been testing the game in Canada since November, and plan to release an iPad version followed by an iPhone version sometime this year.

    The game is a resource management title where players can customize their own character and "decorate" a village while interacting with other players. The developers of Castaway Paradise said they are "not hiding" where they got their "inspiration, and cited Animal Crossing as their muse on the TouchArcade forums.

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  • New Apple Retail executive Angela Ahrendts is able to officially take up her post in Cupertino having completed the six month transition period required by her contract but may postpone the move until early summer to receive substantial bonuses. How much are money are we talking about? £8 million!! ($13.4 million) Apple seems to be [...]
  • Duckie Deck Development has released Sandwich Chef, a mobile app geared towards "picky eaters". The new game for iOS devices is designed to promote wholesome eating habits while offering a safe ad-free experience for toddlers.

    Duckie Deck Sandwich Chef

    Sandwich Chef's kid-friendly interface and colorful graphics are reminiscent of Toca Boca's popular iOS games for children. The app allows kids to create a variety of cute sandwiches while using healthy nutrient-rich ingredients.

    The game is simple to play, a child just selects one of the ten sandwich options then uses simple touch-based controls to decorate it with fun faces. Children can then "eat" their finished sandwich by tapping it a few times until it disappears before moving on to their next creation.

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  • Less than two months from now, Apple will likely demonstrate features for its next big update to iOS at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June. While much is still unknown regarding what Apple will “wow” us with in 2014, rumors are starting to pop up here and there. Today, Bloomberg reported that Apple and Shazam [...]
  • Thank goodness for Bluetooth technology. It makes it possible to connect your iPad to a sweet sounding speaker system instead of trying to hear your beats through those tiny speakers. We’ve been able to test some fantastic mobile Bluetooth speaker systems for Sound Stage, but thanks to Logitech, we don’t need to invest in new [...]
  • Blizzard Entertainment's digital card battling game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for the iPad. Early reviews claim that the free-to-pay title is not a pay-to-win game. According to TouchArcade, new cards are easily earned by playing the game and leveling up. Players can also earn gold by completing quest and purchase card packs via the in-game store. Of course being a freemium title Hearthstone is not without IAPs, but it looks like they are not necessary to build a competitive deck. This is great news since some gamers were expecting the worst after it was announced that the title would be free.

    Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

    Hearthstone is a lot like Wizards of the Coast's popular Magic: The Gathering collectible card game, except it takes place in the Warcraft universe. Players build decks of digital cards to fight in one-on-one battles against other players or computer controlled heroes. The cards are used to cast spells or summon minions to strategically defeat opponents in unranked or ranked matches.

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  • Phosphor Games Studio's action adventure game Horn is now free on the Apple App Store. The critically acclaimed game follows a young Blacksmith’s apprentice named "Horn," who wakes up to discover that his entire village has been transformed into monsters. Players control Horn and his uncooperative sidekick as they attempt to solve the mystery of the unexplained curse.

    Horn

    Horn is a 3rd person action adventure title that features puzzle and combat scenarios. The game has been praised for its impressive visuals, touch-powered controls and fun combat system. It also features a score written by Austin Wintory, hidden side content and three different lands to explore in a freely navigable world.

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  • Last August, Blizzard officially revealed that a new free-to-play collectable card game (CCG) based on the World of Warcraft lore. The PC and Mac version came out a few months later and was a big success. Today, Blizzard has announced that the iPad version is finally ready and available for download in the App Store. [...]
  • Google's Helpouts site debuted last year as a rendezvous point for common folk and experts from a variety of fields. If you want to learn how to play guitar, take a walk-through of photography basics, or want to sharpen your programming skills, take a look at Helpouts - it is a treasure trove of quality information. It went mobile last November when Google released it for Android, and now it is available for your iOS devices.

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  • You may recall Anki from last June when Apple held its annual keynote address at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The company showed off its upcoming toy battle racecars, track, and interactive app. The company successfully launched Anki DRIVE last October. Today, Anki announced it would be adding two new cars to the lineup, plus [...]
  • These days, smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are all the rage for petty thieves. Last year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman put out a call to action for tech companies to do something that would make stealing gadgets a waste of time. Implementing a kill switch program into smart phones and tablets [...]
  • City building games can be lots of fun, but they can also be a bit of a pain. No matter how patient you are and how frugal you are with your money, you always hit a pay wall. And, it’s not like a single purchase of gems or coins or whatever the in-game currency is, [...]
  • Texas Instrument is adopting Apple’s proximity notification technology with a new Bluetooth connected iBeacon transmitter. The SimpleLink SensorTag and compatible SensorTag app makes it possible for brick-and-mortar stores to push location-based alerts to costumers. The transmitter has been specially designed for retailers to pepper their establishment with information and special deals that can be sent [...]
  • When it comes to crafting your own iPad case or sleeve, the most important thing is to ensure it is protected. When you shove your tablet into your stuffed backpack, you don’t want those loose marking pens to scratch your brushed aluminum backside. Once you’ve got the basics covered, it is nice to have some [...]
  • Television sets are quickly being replaced by mobile devices as the hot electronic purchase. NPD DisplaySearch recently released a report showing the trend in mobile flat panel displays (FPD). Smarphones, tablets, and laptops are on schedule to surpass LCD TV displays by five percent this year. By 2016, more than half of all FPD revenue [...]
  • The widespread Heartbleed virus that rocked the Worldwide Web last week is not done infecting the Internet. Today, Ars Technica is reporting that mobile devices running Android 4.1.1 and some versions of 4.2.2 have a vulnerability that effects end-users. This attack could potentially steal passwords, personal messages, and other private information from a device’s memory. [...]
  • Thanks to some ethically questionable shenanigans from Apple’s top executives, the company was found guilty of violating antitrust laws last July. Since then, the ruing judge assigned a monitor to the iPad maker to ensure that an antitrust compliance program is active and progressing. Today, Michael Bromwich submitted a 77-page report to the U.S. District [...]
  • A new subscription option called Office 365 Personal has been announced by Microsoft for its Office 365 service and while it is cheaper, it may not have the features you need. The biggest difference is that you can only use the apps on one computer and tablet, which is reduced from the 5 of the [...]
  • Microsoft today announced that Office 365 Personal is now available for $69.99 a year, or $6.99 a month through the Microsoft Online Store and through its retail partners. A subscription to the service gives iPad users the ability to edit and create documents using Microsoft's Word, PowerPoint and Excel iOS apps. An Office 365 Personal account can also be used on one additional computer, and it is cheaper than a $99.99/year subscription to Office 365 Home.

    Office 365 Personal

    As of right now, Office 365 Home is the only subscription being offered as an in-app purchase. An Office Home subscription allows for up to five computers and five tablets to be connected to the service. Office 365 Home is also available for purchase through MicrosoftStore.com.

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  • The rumor mill is ramping up for the iPhone 6 and it looks like it’s going to be all about size this time around. A photo has emerged that claims to show the new iPhone 6 case and if it is accurate then it seems instead of a new iPhone, Apple might actually just be [...]
  • Last year, Apple pushed iOS 7 to the iPhone and iPad. Since then, the newest operating system has been adopted on 87 percent of all Apple devices. One special feature that Apple included in iOS 7 was the ability for third-party companies to create game controllers that are certified for use with Apple products. At [...]
  • I guess I’m feeling a bit sentimental today. Normally, I’d skip past any parenting app in the App Store for an action-packed stunt racer. You’d think that was a no-brainer. However, within the past year, a few friends of mine have brought bundles of joy into the world, and another close friend has just announced [...]
  • For a long time, gadget owners and tech bloggers complained that Apple didn’t use near-field communication software in its mobile operating system. When iOS 7 came out, it included Apple’s version of the proximity notification system called iBeacon. Within a few short months, more users are iBeacon ready than Android device owners are by a [...]
  • The San Jose Mercury News recently put together a list of the top revenue companies in Silicon Valley. Based on information from Bloomberg’s data, in conjunction with company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it turns out that Apple’s profit during 2014 was higher than Hewlett-Packard, Google, Intel, and Cisco combined. The Silicon Valley [...]
  • Apple's MFi game controller support in iOS 7 allows third party developers to create external gamepads that support the iPad and iPhone. This should have opened many doors for mobile gaming on Apple devices, but unfortunately, most of the MFi game controllers on the market are too expensive. Not to mention, there are only a few that support both the iPad and iPhone, and most require a Lightning connection for them to work. This is why the jailbreak tweak Controllers for All was such a welcome addition to Cydia.

    Controllers for All v.1.2

    Controllers for All allows iOS gamers to use console controllers, such as the DualShock 4, to play games on their jailbroken devices. The tweak originally only supported Sony PlayStation controllers, but as promised, it has now been updated with Wii U and iPEGA 9025 support. The tweak works with all iOS 7 devices and is only a $1.99. That is a lot cheaper than shelling out $60 to $100 for a MFi-enabled gamepad from a third party developer.

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  • I wear a fanny pack. It is a specially designed bag from a small company in San Francisco called Fabric Horse that specializes in making accessories for bicyclists. They call them utility belts, but that’s just because no one wants to admit that it is just a tough looking fanny pack. I love fanny packs. [...]
  • Griffin Technology's Airstrap Case for the iPad Air is now 30% off when you use the promo code AIRSTRAP during checkout. The promotion starts today and is only available through Griffintechnology.com. This offer ends on Saturday (04/19/14), so make sure you take advantage of it now.

    Airstrap Case for iPad Air

    The Airstrap Case for the iPad Air features a built-in hand strap that allows you to hold your tablet with one hand. This is great for reading or when using your iPad on the go, since it frees up one hand for navigating the display. The case is a thick molded frame that protects your iPad from edge-to-edge, and it also includes contoured edges for an easier grip.

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