Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, It Fixes Several Bugs

Apple AAPL +0.65% has officially released iOS 8.1.3. The update can be downloaded by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You can also download and install the update through iTunes by plugging in your iPhone to your Mac or PC. The iOS 8.1.3 update contains bug fixes, stability enhancements and performance improvements. The download size of iOS 8.1.3 is 246MB.

What are some of the specific changes? The updates include:
1.) The amount of storage required to perform a software update has been reduced.
2.) An issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime has been fixed.
3.) iOS 8.1.3 addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results.
4.) The iPad issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working has been fixed.
5.) There are new configuration options for education standardized testing.

Unfortunately, Apple iOS 8.1.3 does not fix the “GMT bug.” The GMT bug causes appointments created in one time zone on an iOS device to incorrectly show another timezone due to server syncing issues. The appointments with the GMT bugs likely originated from Google GOOGL -0.82% Calendar or Microsoft MSFT -0.12% Exchange.

Apple launched iOS 8 in September when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was announced. Apple Pay support was added about a month later. There were a few bugs when iOS 8 launched so Apple quickly launched iOS 8.1.1 in November and iOS 8.1.2 in December. iOS 8.1.1 added improved performance for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. And iOS 8.1.2 contained other bug fixes, including issues that affected ringtones.

ios 8.1.3

Later this year Apple will release iOS 8.2, which will enable the iPhone and Apple Watch to communicate with each other. Test builds of WatchKit have already been sent to developers for building Apple Watch apps. The Apple Health app will also have improved descriptions when iOS 8.2 is released. 

Apple has also released several other software updates for its other products recently. Apple TV has received a new “120 Sports” channel and OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 has been released for Mac devices. 120 Sports is a service that updates daily with over 10 hours of free content from the MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, NCAA and NASCAR.

Have you downloaded iOS 8.1.3? Let us know what you think of the changes in the comments section below.

Amit Chowdhry Contributor

5 Free Apps For The Selfie Photo Fan

f there is one thing about the Internet that remains constant, it’s that there is always a trend, a fad, going on. Whether it’s the latest meme, or filtering your photographs through various Instagram-like filters, there’s always something happening, which either annoys you or amuses you. So where do you stand on the latest fad? That would be the selfie.

Yes, the selfie. God’s gift to all vain and self-absorbed people everywhere. There’s nothing wrong with making the odd snap here and there, but some people take it to extreme levels. And Justin Bieber loves it, which definitely makes it worse! Ellen did it at the Oscars though which was kind of cool.

If you count yourself as a selfie junkie, here are 5 apps which will help you enjoy your hobby.


When you view a photo, do you ever wonder what is on the other side? If you do, Frontback exists to give you a glimpse behind, and in front, of the camera.

I managed to get a rather handsome Scottish fellow to pose for me, to test the app. It worked flawlessly, as the app just walked me through the stages. A must for any selfie fan.

Download: iTunes (Free) | Android (Free)


Once you’ve taken the selfie, do you instantly whoosh it off to Instagram, Flickr, or Facebook? Don’t be silly! No, first we need to get rid of the pimples, remove the second chin, and the third eye…and the hair has to change colour. Blonde is so…yesterday.

This is why Perfect365 belongs on your phone. Once you have snapped your selfie, you can run the picture through Perfect365 and get a “magazine-worthy digital makeover” (their words).

Download: iTunes Link (Free) | Android (Free)


If you fancy something different, then why not make a caricature selfie? This is when you make a funny image of yourself, based on a photo you take with the app, or that you upload.

Here’s me. They are all GIF images so prepare to see yourself dancing around. It’s worth a few laughs at least.

Download: iTunes (Free) | Android  (Free)


Shots is actually a fledgling social network on the rise, a kind of rival to Instagram, except this one is dedicated to selfies. This is the one that Justin Bieber endorsed, in case there are any Bieberites (or whatever you call yourselves) are out there reading this.

You can contact the person who made the selfie, via the app. But what is nice about Shots is that it doesn’t have a public commenting feature, in order to stop cyber-bullying.

Download: iTunes (Free) | Android (Free)

Selfie Cam App

This one is only for iOS, and allows you to use iOS7 face detection technology to take your selfie. Just smile at the camera and the picture is taken. Or use your thumb to rotate a rotary dial to snap a picture, which may be more comfortable for some.

Plus there arealso the usual stickers that all selfies need. You can export the finished photos to Instagram, and you can share to Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.

Download: iTunes (Free)

So there you go, 5 apps for selfie lovers the world over. Do you count yourself as a selfie fanatic? If so, what apps do you use, and why do you do it?

The 25 Apps You Must Download First on Your Hot New iPhone

The 25 Apps You Must Download First on Your Hot New iPhone

The 25 Apps You Must Download First on Your Hot New iPhone

So, some superstar family member or significant other gifted you an iPhone for the holidays, huh? Congrats!

Now it’s time to download some great new apps. Here are the ones recommended by Yahoo Tech:

1. Facebook: The social networking app for posts, pokes, and polemics is a great time-waster.

Facebook logo


2. Twitter: 140-character bursts of knowledge, humor, news, and more. “Never be bored again,” as Twitter once put it.


3. Instagram: A photo-sharing app that’s all about filters. Filters and puppies. And coffee.


4. Google Maps: Apple’s Maps, though improved a bit this year, is still — how do we say? — in development. Stick with Google’s trusty app instead.

Google Maps logo


5. Seamless/GrubHub: These apps take the “call-in” part out of getting great eats delivered to your home.


6. Amazon Kindle: Bring your Kindle ebook collection to your iPhone by simply installing this app and signing in.


7. YouTube: The most popular video site on the planet. Download this app to your iPhone and never miss out on the latest and greatest music video or cute animal clip.


8. Vine: Addictive looping six-second videos. Funny, cute stuff.

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9. Evernote: Create, save, and sync notes across all your mobile and desktop devices with the Evernote iPhone app.


10. Venmo: A cool, easy, and social way to send money to online friends. Essential for splitting the bill.


11. Gmail: These days, if you have a pulse, you have a Gmail account. And now, with the improvements Google has brought to its iOS Gmail app, iPhone owners can finally enjoy the full Google mail experience the same way Android phone people always have.

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12. Facebook Messenger: Facebook has made it necessary to download a second app for sending and reading private Facebook messages on your phone. So you might as well just download it.


13. Hyperlapse: From the makers of Instagram, this app is probably the best mobile tool for easily creating professional-looking time-lapse videos.

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14. Spotify: The iPhone app for the best streaming music service around is a must. Stream virtually any song you can think of (aside from anything in the Taylor Swift discography) while you’re on the move.

Spotify logo


15. Feedly: Use this gorgeous RSS reader app to catch up on all your news in one place.


16. Heads Up! You may recognize this Password-like game from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but the iPhone/iPad app version topped the App Store’s 2014 “Top Paid Apps” list, too.

Heads Up game


17. Chrome: Google’s Web browser is preferred by some over the iPhone’s default, Safari. The mobile version will sync with all your Chrome desktop browsing history and bookmarks, too.


18. Yelp: Read and post ratings on this wildly popular business-rating service while on the go.

Yelp logo


19. Foursquare/Swarm: These apps connect you to Foursquare’s popular social “check-in” service. Its new Swarm breakout makes it easier to see what your friends are up to.


20. Google Hangouts: Google’s Hangouts lets iPhone owners text, send pictures, and video chat across other computer and mobile device platforms, and without a carrier texting plan.

Google Hangouts logo


21. WhatsApp: WhatsApp has more users around the world than any other mobile texting app. Join the largest instant messaging party on the planet!


22. 2048: Drive yourself mad with this incredibly popular puzzle game. (We promise it’s a good time.)


23. Snapchat: The most popular way to send sneaky messages on iPhone, Snapchat is a staple. Get silly or get scandalous; just download this app.

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24. CamScanner: Pack that bulky, power-wasting scanner away and import documents painlessly using just this app and your iPhone’s camera.


25. RunKeeper: Strap your iPhone on and track all your walking, jogging or biking miles. Compare workouts with friends right from the app, too.

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Why WireLurker, the iPhone’s Most Advanced Malware Ever, Shouldn’t Terrify You

Why WireLurker, the iPhone’s Most Advanced Malware Ever, Shouldn’t Terrify You

You may have heard that a new strain of malware called WireLurker has attacked Apple’s OS X operating system for Mac and iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. You might have also heard that it’s incredibly dangerous and that you should be very, very scared.

But the truth is, the malware itself has already been addressed and subdued by Apple. It also was never that big of a threat to most people, despite what you may have read elsewhere. The real issue, according to Palo Alto Networks, the security company that found the malware, is how it infected your iPhone, and what that could mean for future attacks.

Members of Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 uncovered WireLurker earlier this week. This piece of malware, which may have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times, required you to take very specific actions for it to get onto your iPhone.

First of all, you had to go to a third-party Chinese OS X app store called the Maiyadi App Store — a dangerous Web store known to host pirated and infected OS X software. You then had to ignore a host of warnings from OS X asking whether you really wanted to run software from an unknown developer or source.

Those steps alone mean that the vast majority of OS X and iPhone owners were safe from WireLurker from the start. You’re probably not downloading too much software from third-party Chinese app stores. (And if you are: Stop it.)

Even if you are frequenting the Maiyadi App Store, it would take another step for this malware to get onto your iPhone: You would have had to plug your phone into your infected Mac via USB. WireLurker would then jump to your iPhone and start mining data.

What the ultimate purpose of the malware was has yet to be uncovered. But, needless to say, only a small minority of people were ever in danger of seeing their devices infected by WireLurker.

The thing that makes WireLurker a problem, and the reason it deserves so much attention, is that it was able to impact iPhones that weren’t “jailbroken.”

Jailbreaking an iPhone basically gives a person the ability to install and run apps and extensions that Apple’s iOS normally doesn’t allow for a variety of reasons, including security. Jailbreaking is also popular for those who want to use a device on their local carrier, which may or may not support Apple devices.

Jailbreaking is capable of enabling a lot of cool stuff on your phone that Apple otherwise blocks. The problem with jailbreaking an iPhone is that, if you’re not careful, it can put your phone at risk of being infected by malware or other malicious software.

Malware on jailbroken iPhones, in other words, isn’t new. WireLurker, however, managed to infect iPhones that hadn’t been jailbroken. It did so by exploiting enterprise provisions within Apple’s iOS, which are normally used by businesses to create custom apps for their employees.

That’s the reason WireLurker is dangerous. It’s not some super piece of malware that will destroy your iPhone, as it’s been made out to be. The scary thing is the means by which it was able to install itself on non-jailbroken iPhones.

According to Palo Alto Networks, WireLurker is only the third piece of malware that’s managed to infect non-jailbroken iPhones. What’s more, this is one of the first instances of malicious software being able to jump to non-jailbroken iPhones via a USB connection.

In other words, this likely won’t be the last type of malware that attacks iPhones in such a way. Where the next attack will come from is one of those pesky known unknowns.

So how do you keep your iPhone safe from such an attack? Just follow the usual rules for device safety. Don’t download software from places you don’t know you can trust, install an antivirus suite on your Mac, keep your Mac and iPhone up to date, and don’t jailbreak your iPhone if you aren’t sure how to avoid malware. If you do all that, you’re likely safe.

Now stop panicking and get back to taking selfies, or playing Flappy Crush Saga, or whatever it is you kids do.

Source: Follow Daniel on Twitter at @DanielHowley

iOS 8 Rolls Out With Oodles of Goodies

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iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad

iOS 8, codenamed Okemo, was announced by Apple at WWDC 2014 on June 2, with the first developer beta seeded the same day. The current beta, beta 2, was seeded on June 17, and it’s expected to become publicly available this fall. If Apple sticks to the pattern established over the course of the last two years, that would peg the iOS 8 release date as on or around September 17, 2014. (Apple, of course, doesn’t always stick to patterns.) Major new features include Continuity, Extensibility, QuickType, Health, iCloud Drive, and Family Sharing, as well as major improvements for Photos, Messages, Spotlight, and more. There will likely also be more, hardware-dependant features announced alongside the iPhone 6 this fall.

Continuity: Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot, calling and SMS/MMS

Continuity is all about providing a seamless, secure experience between iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As long as you’re logged in under the same Apple ID, and your devices are in proximity, you can Handoff activity in an app on iOS to continue it right where you left off on OS X, or vice-versa. There’s also a new, cross-compatible version of AirDrop so you can push data between all your devices, and Instant Hotspot, so your Mac or iPad Wi-Fi can use your iPhone or iPad cellular connection to get online automagically. Continuity also lets you make or take phone calls and SMS and MMS messages from your iPhone on your iPad or Mac.

Extensibility: Interactive notifications, inter-app communications, widgets, DocumentPicker, third-party keyboards

Extensibility fundamentally changes the way iOS works. While maintaining privacy and security, Extensibility adds a wide range of new features to iPhone and iPad. These include interactive notifications, opening up sharing and actions to third party apps (the options available on Share Sheets), enabling photo filters and editing tools to present themselves in other apps, access to the Today view in Notification Center for third party widgets, iCloud Drive and DocumentPicker so your files can be opened in any app that supports them, as well as the ability to specify an alternate storage provider, if you so wish, and support for third-party custom keyboards, system-wide.


In addition to the Continuity SMS/MMS sending and receiving, and interactive notifications, Messages has gained several other new features. Thanks to new touch-and-hold radial controls, you can quickly create and send video and audio messages. You can also lift to your ear to listen. For existing photos and videos, you now get large thumbnails making them easy to add, even in volume.

There’s a new Details section that lets you see and share location as well as all photos and videos that are part of the conversation. In addition, for group messages, you can now easily invoke do-not-disturb on specific conversations, and even drop out entirely with just a couple of taps.

Family Sharing

With Family Sharing, up to 6 people can co-mingle their iTunes music, movies, TV shows, books, apps, and games, all together, all at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you have different Apple IDs and passwords, all that matters is that you have the same credit card on all the shared accounts.

If you have children, you can also approve every in-app purchase they make — a notification appears on your iOS devices telling you a child wants to make an in-app purchase on one of their iOS devices.

What’s more, Family Sharing automagically sets up a shared Photo Stream, shared Calendar, and allows shared location and shared Find my iPhone/iPad when and if you choose to enable it.


iCloud Photo Library is the big new feature in Photos. In theory, every photo and video you take with your iPhone or iPad gets store in iCloud so you can access it from any iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC, anywhere and any time you want. Apple even promises RAW files will be stored, if that’s the original format. In practice, however, the amount stored will depend on how much space you have in your iCloud account, which still starts at a paltry 5GB.

What’s more, iCloud Photo Library also stores non-destructive edits, so if you make a change to a photo or video on one device, those changes are synced to any and all other devices logged into the same Apple ID.

Smart search and smart suggestion tries to make it easier for you to find your photos later, with time, location, and album sorting.

There’s a new time-lapse mode for the Camera app, and smart composition tools so you can quickly crop and straighten photos. There are also smart adjustments so you can either automagically fix a photo, or manually tweak brightness, contrast, exposure, highlights, shadows, and colors.

Thanks to Extensibility, you can now access third-part filters as well. Thanks to manual camera controls for third-party apps, you will also be able to set everything just the way you like it as well.

iCloud Drive

iOS doesn’t expose, and doesn’t need to expose a file system. They’re horrible relics of inhuman computing days past. However, iOS has always needed a file repository so that documents weren’t jailed inside apps. iCloud Drive provides just that. Create a document in any app, on any Apple device, and access it from any compatible app on any other Apple device.

It works for text files. It works of iWork documents. It just works.


Much like Passbook collects all your passes, cards, tickets, etc. all in one place, Health promises to collect all your health and fitness information in one app. In addition to sections of fitness, nutrition, sleep, medication, and more, you can also create an emergency card for first responders so any critical information about you is readily available when you need it most.

HealthKit, the developer side of Health, will make it easy for App Store apps and accessories to share their information, and for you to share it with medical professionals if and when you so choose.


Spotlight has gotten much smarter, and much more able, in iOS 8. In addition to the classic on-device results we’ve all come to know and expect, Spotlight now provides Wikipedia results inline. So too news and even Maps data like landmarks, restaurants, and movies. iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store results are provided for both stuff you’ve already downloaded and stuff you haven’t, in case you want to buy or download it immediately.

It’s not quite Siri’s sequential inference engine, at least not yet. But it’s getting there.


Where previously you could double-click the Home button to get the card-view interface for recently used apps, now you can do the same to get a horizontal list view of favorite and recent contacts as well


Mail gets new, more powerful gestures so you can mark as read, flag, or trash. Data detectors get highlighted right at the top of an email so you can more quickly and easily add contacts, calendar events, and more. There’s also a new, special multitasking mode for mail so you can keep multiple drafts open at the same time in a new, tabbed interface.


Safari on the iPad gets the same visual tab feature that the iPhone version got in iOS 7, and the same new transparent sidebar OS X Yosemite enjoys, better organizing bookmarks, reading list, and shared links.


S/MIME has now been enabled on a per-message basis, and Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages apps, as well as account credential are now, like Mail and App Store apps, encrypted following a reboot unless and until a passcode is entered.

Meeting availability is now shown in Calendar and there are now new tools available to manage PDFs and books. IT can manage which apps can open enterprise documents, MDM in general has been made better and more granular.

You can even AirPlay directly, without having to get on the business network first.


In addition to everything mentioned above, developers also get HomeKit to better integrate with home automation and connected devices, and CloudKit to store key values and blobs on Apple’s servers. SceneKit, for easier 3D game creation, has now been ported from OS X to iOS, and Metal, for writing more directly to the GPU, promises Apple A7 — and future A-series processor — performance never before possible.

There’s also Swift, a brand new programming language that promises to take the C out of Objective-C, and provide REPL and Playground features to make programming more accessible to everyone.

Viber Adds Video Calls to Mobile

Viber video calling

The popular app Viber, which offers free messaging and HD phone calls over Wi-Fi or 3G, is getting a new feature — video calls.

With the latest version of the app, Viber 5.0 for iOS and Android, you can now make video calls from your phone. The feature is also available from the Viber desktop app for Windows, Windows 8, and OS X.

“We’re delighted to bring video calling to mobile,” Viber CEO Talmon Marco, said in a statement. “Now that you can make video calls from your phone as well as on your PC and Mac, you can always talk in the way that’s most convenient for you, wherever you happen to be.”

Besides video calling, the update brings an easier way to manage your contacts. You can now add friends by simply adding their Viber number or scanning a special QR code.

The update also offers a number of OS-specific enhancements, including photo and video message forwarding and easier sticker pack management on iOS. The Android version has a new design, making the app “easier and more fun,” Viber said.

On the desktop, Viber v4.3 has a new and improved design, a fun backgrounds gallery, and other improvements and bug fixes. Meanwhile, Viber for Windows 8 v3.2 brings an updated snap mode with stickers, emoticons, and notifications, an easier way to search contacts, the ability to see online contacts from the home screen, and PNG support for photo messages.

The update comes after Viber in June announced it now has 100 million-plus active users and more than 360 million unique registered users. Viber estimates more than 200 million people are reachable via the platform at any time.

With the latest version of the app, you can now make video calls from your Android or iOS phone.

iPhone is the most secure smart phone with highest level of core security protocols.

While Android phones are constantly targeted by cybercriminals, the iPhone is considered more secure. Now, leaked documents from one of the world’s leading surveillance companies have reaffirmed the idea.

As spotted by the Washington Post, a leaked document from Gamma Group, a secretive seller of surveillance tools, emerged on the Internet last week. Hosted on Netzpolitik, the document (.PDF) reveals interesting information concerning Gamma Groups’ extensive range of surveillance tools, but in particular, notes that the iPhone is notoriously difficult to infiltrate — the only exception when a user has jailbreak their device.

A particular piece of software is called FinSpy. According to Gamma Groups’ FinSpy software specifications hosted by Wikileaks, the spyware can be used to monitor Skype conversations, take screenshots and photos using a device’s camera, record microphone use, emails, voice-over-IP and extract files from hard discs. FinSpy can be controlled remotely as soon as the compromised device is connected to the Internet.

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Source: Wikileaks

According to the latest Gamma Group document leak, while FinSpy has the capabilities to infiltrate Android, Blackberry, and older Microsoft handsets, iPhones are out of reach unless the device’s core security protocols have changed through jailbreaking.


Dated April 2014, the document states that the spyware “is designed to help law enforcement and intelligence agencies to remotely monitor mobile phones and tablet devices,” and get full access to calls, SMS, MMS, address books and make silent calls to remotely listen to microphones. If a user of FinSpy wishes to infiltrate a phone, the support details are as below:

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An iPhone user can jailbreak their device using a number of free tools, and by doing so, they gain root access which the iOS operating system does not allow by default. Doing so allows for unsigned apps to run and heavy customisation of the OS — something Android allows as an open-source, free ecosystem — but if unsigned code is permitted to run, then this provides a channel for tools such as FinSpy to enter.

Last year, researchers from The Citizen Lab said the spyware had been discovered in use by 25 countries, including being linked to the monitoring of dissidents in Bahrain. While developed by Gamma Group in Munich, Germany and sold through a UK subsidiary as a law enforcement tool, it is also believed to be used to target opposition groups and activists by governments worldwide.

Source: Charlie Osborne ZDNet

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