Apple Says iCloud Not Hacked in Recent Australian iPhone Ransom Incidents

iOS Ransom Hack

Yesterday, we told you about the iOS and OS X users in Australia who reported being locked out of their devices due to a hacker who asked for a ransom in exchange for relinquishing control. Today, Apple released an official statement regarding the incident, stating that iCloud was not compromised and users should change their Apple ID password.

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NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s Largest Wireless Provider, to begin Selling iPad Air and iPad mini

iPad Air

Apple announced some big news today regarding expansion across the globe. Starting June 10, Japan’s largest wireless provider, NTT DoCoMo, will begin selling the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The company is the last carrier to add Apple’s tablet line to its catalog.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Mini Photobooth for iPad and DSLR Camera

DIY Photo Booth 4

Summer, traditionally is an optimum time of the year to get hitched. The weather is usually better (at least you don’t have to worry about snow). Families can come from far away because the kids are out of school. It is a bit easier to plan and execute the whole thing during the three months of the year that the sun shines the longest.

In honor of those who will be making the plunge this summer, we found a very simple tutorial for another type of photo booth that doesn’t require as much set up.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 8 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 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 these apps are up to 67% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

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Apple Confirms WWDC 14 Keynote Address Will Be Streamed Live

WWDC Keynote Live Stream

We are less than a week away from the much-anticipated keynote address that Apple has scheduled for the first day of the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). As the days tick by, rumors of what the iPad maker will unveil continue to swirl. While we don’t know any official information regarding the content of the event, we do know that Apple will hold the keynote at the Presidio on June 2, at 10:00 a.m. PT. Today, we know one more bit of official information. Apple will live stream the keynote from a variety of devices for your convenience.

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Touch ID Probably coming to iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 in 2014

Touch ID 3New analyst predictions suggest that Touch ID is definitely coming to the next generation of iOS devices. We’ve been hearing the rumor for months now, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is adamant that we will see the security feature this fall.

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Apple Releases the Next Chapter in the ‘Your Verse’ Campaign

Your Verse King

Apple has been releasing a new Your Verse advertisement every month since the campaign launched in January 2014. We’ve seen how the iPad has been used to climb the highest mountain, protect athletes, and create beautifully choreographed dance routines. Today, Apple takes us on a trip around the world with a hearing-impaired travel writer. We also find out how an orchestra conductor writes his music.

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Australian iPads and iPhone are Being Hacked and Held for Ransom

ransom_note_case_for_the_ipad_mini-ra812a80235344c9587dc5cdc9b6f7f42_w9k37_8byvr_324You’ve probably heard all kinds of stories of tourists being kidnapped and held for ransom while on vacation in unfamiliar countries. But, have you heard any stories about technology being stolen and held for ransom? In Australia, hackers have found a way to gain access to iOS devices, lock them, and demand a ransom in return for release of control.

That’s right, according to The Age, hackers have been making the rounds in Queensland, SWN, Western and Southern Australia, and Victoria. Owners of iPhones, iPads, and Macs have reported having their device held hostage.

One victim in Sydney reported that she woke at 4:00 a.m. to the sound of an alarm with a pop up message on her iPhone that read, “Device hacked by Ogel Pliss. For unlock device OK.” After tapping the “OK” button, she was instructed to send $50 to a PayPal account before the device could be unlocked.

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Apple Reportedly Working on Home Automation System Ahead of WWDC

Nest Protect

The rumor-mill is in full swing ahead of the WWDC keynote next week and one rumor in particular is suggesting that Apple is going to enter the smart home market. A number of companies already have items such as thermostats, lighting, security systems, and weight scales which are app connected but if Apple jumps on board then we can expect tighter iOS integration with all of the polish for which Apple products are known.

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Retro Instagram Viewer for iPad Gets Video Download, Night Mode, and Complete UI Redesign


Because Instagram doesn’t offer an iPad-optimized version of their service, we are relegated to using the 2X zoom method or finding a third-party app that works. Retro is a third-party iPad app specifically designed to make your Instagram feed look like a million bucks. It was recently rebuilt with a better user interface, video downloads, and a new night theme.

Retro for Instagram lets you connect your Instagram feed so you can view your friends’ posts, “like” pictures, comment, and follow new users. You can view posts by hashtags, see uploads from other users, and discover new Instagramers with the curated trending now section.

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