How do you feel about full-screen iAds?

iad-200x200As AdAge reported yesterday, Apple will soon be bringing full-screen video iAds to a free-to-play game near you. Free games will of course not be the only place you’ll find the ads, but games in general are where the money is if developers want to make money on a free app (see: Flappy Bird, etc.). As users become more aware of ads and the tricks developers use to get you to tap them, though, ad services have to make their ads a bit more intrusive to keep clients… (more…)

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Ayeris for iPad now available

Ayeris-iPad-1024x599We told you about Ayeris for iPhone and iPod touch less than a month ago, but Surenix isn’t stopping. His beautiful new theme for iOS 7, which made a splash with its original remakes of standard iOS 7 icons, is now available for iPad. Many argued that the original version didn’t deliver for its price, but if you’ve already purchased the iPhone and iPod touch version, grabbing Ayeris for iPad might be worth it. (more…)

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iOS 7.1 due “any day now”

ios-7-1-logoJohn Gruber, one of the most reliable Apple-related tech pundits, says that the iOS 7.1 update is bound to launch “any day now.”

Apple’s first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin. Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app, but I’ve heard from a little birdie that the app requires iOS 7.1 (which explains why the app isn’t out yet). That means iOS 7.1 should ship any day now. (more…)

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Android makes gains, but iPad remains best-selling tablet of 2013

iPad Air sideAccording to research firm Gartner, the iPad remained the best-selling tablet in 2013 thanks to worldwide sales of approximately 70,400,159 units on the year. The latest figures aren’t all good news for Apple, however, as the iPad saw its market share dip from 52.8% in 2012 to just 36.0% percent in 2013…  (more…)

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How bad is Apple’s SSL security bug?

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Apple yesterday released iOS 7.0.6 (and iOS 6.1.6 for devices that didn’t support iOS 7), and it contained a massive fix. At the time, it wasn’t clear how necessary this patch was. But today, it’s obvious that literally everyone should be updating to iOS 7.0.6. Don’t believe me? Ask pod2g, a famed developer/hacker that has helped bring various jailbreaks into existence:

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Apple releases iOS 7.0.6

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Apple has released iOS 7.0.6, and it contains a “security update.” The update is very small, so not much has changed. Apple also released iOS 6.1.6 for the fourth-generation iPod touch and the iPhone 3GS, presumably to fix the same security issue that involves SSL connections. (more…)

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iOS 7.1 to be released in mid-March with additional enterprise features

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AppleInsider is reaffirming a December report from of BGR that Apple is planning to release iOS 7.1 in mid-March, following a very long beta testing period. iOS 7.1 carries countless bug fixes and overall enhancements to the iOS 7, which was released in September. It also will patch the exploit used by evasi0n7 to jailbreak the latest OS.  (more…)

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Developer David Smith on background fetch in iOS 7: An unexpected botnet

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Developer David Smith — creator of my personal favorite M7-based health tracker, Pedometer++ — recently wrote about the server-side cost of iOS 7′s new background fetch. His comparison of a botnet may sound extreme, but some of his graphs back up such a dire comparison.

Also related: I recently wrote about a tip involving closing iOS apps out of the multitasking view. By closing an app out of the multitasking, it disables background fetch, which more and more apps make use of in order to refresh content.

[david-smith.org]

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iOS 7 tip: Don’t close your apps if you want updates, notifications

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Here’s a quick iOS 7 tip that may not be clear to everyone — it wasn’t clear to me until fairly recently. Under iOS 7, the multitasking APIs changed so that apps have more flexibility. They can take better advantage of the powerful specs of modern iOS devices. However, these changes have resulted in at least one major — and often unknown — break from past versions of iOS. (more…)

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