iPad and iPhone Ransom Hackers Arrested in Russia

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Two weeks ago, word started to spread that a malicious hacker or group of hackers had figured out a way to invade unsuspecting iOS device users’ software systems and were locking people out of access to their devices. The hackers would gain access to a device’s system and would send a notification to the victim’s iPhone or iPad that read, “device hacked by Ogel Plis. For unlock device OK.” The attackers were asking for victims to send money through a PayPal account in exchange for release of the locked system.

Today, Re/code reported that Russia’s Interior Ministry’s cyber crime department, Directorate K, claims to have arrested two of the hackers involved in the incident. One cyber criminal is still a teenager while the other is only in his early 20s. Read More »

Criminal Hackers Attack Feedly, Demand Ransom for Release of Website

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I use Feedly to keep up on all my RSS feed blogs. It works perfectly across all of my iOS devices and is accessible from any computer. Every morning, the first thing I do when I wake up is open Feedly to see what’s been going on. I check it throughout the day, and finish my night with one last overview of the day’s stories from my favorite blogs and news sites.

This morning, when I tried to check Feedly, nothing happened. The page didn’t load on my MacBook Pro. Assuming it was some kind of Wi-Fi issue on my laptop, I tried accessing the RSS service on my iPad. Nothing. Something must be wrong.

A quick search query lead me to Forbes, where I discovered that Feedly had been hacked.

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iOS Suffering from ‘App Overload,’ Study Shows Android Users More Engaged

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A new report from Localytics shows that engagement in app use has increased overall in the mobile market with 20 percent of apps only opened once. That’s down six percent over the past four years. Even though Apple has the market for Web browsing on mobile devices, it turns out iPad and iPhone users are more likely to download and open an app only once compared to Android users, who also appear to be more engaged in the apps they download.

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SurfacePad Case for iPad Air Protects your iPad Air in Style

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Accessory maker Twelve South has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on its newest iPad Air case. Just like the SurfacePad for iPad mini, the larger sized SurfacePad looks great and protects your iPad Air with a look that is sure to impress your boss.

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Top Five iPad Games for Dad this Father’s Day

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With Father’s Day right around the corner, it is not too soon or too late to start shopping for the big guy. Dads are getting tired of the same old tie and shirt routine. This Father’s Day, why not get him some fun games to keep him busy while you avoid mowing the lawn. We’ve got a list of awesome games we think dad’s everywhere will love.

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Homekit Creates the Smart Home of the Future

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The new HomeKit platform in iOS 8 is designed to unify the various smart home products which are in the marketplace. Instead of releasing a product line of iOS connected items, Apple has opted to create a bridge between services that existing manufacturers can use in their designs.

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Gameloft and Marvel Announce Spider-Man Unlimited, the First 3D Web-Runner for Smartphones & Tablets

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E3 is getting underway and if you are able to attend then you should check out Gamloft’s booth 5522 in the West Hall to see a preview of the up and coming Spider-Man Unlimited. The introduction trailer on YouTube (see below) looks amazing and I personally think this game has the potential to single handedly reshape the face of mobile runner games.

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Apple Tackles Weightlifting with New Patent

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Apple has been awarded a patent for a tracking system used when weightlifting and the patent details suggest that readouts can be sent to a variety of devices, including a wearable watch. While this doesn’t confirm anything, the evidence continues to mount in support of a yet to be announced iWatch.

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Honeywell Takes on Nest with Geofencing Capable Smart Thermostat

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Honeywell is reputable name in A/C and thermostats and so it isn’t a surprise that they are getting in on the app enabled home trend. In fact, it is refreshing to see that new companies such as Nest are finally getting some solid competition, which is going to begin the process of lowering prices and creating a diverse market.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Enable Two-Step Verification on iPad or iPhone

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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about iPad and iPhone owners in Australia whose devices were ransomed off by a hacker or group of hackers that figured out a way to get into the software program and lock users out. If you recall, Apple’s response to the situation was to recommend that everyone enable two-step verification in order to protect devices from future attacks. If you’ve never enabled two-step verification on your iPad, or don’t know what it is, we’ve got a tutorial that will help explain it all and show you what to do.

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