Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

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Badlands is one of my personal favorite games on my iPad, and on mobile devices in general. The game features simple controls, and beautiful art. Gamasutra went behind the scenes, and spoke to its developers about how it has sold on the various platforms. (more…)

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Photowall for iOS turns the Chromecast into a photo frame

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Google today released Photowall, an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that allows you to display your photos on any TV connected to a Chromecast. In my testing, Photowall is very slick, and makes the Chromecast that much more useful. It’s great to see that its features are being expanded beyond the initial streaming video support. For $35, the Chromecast is quickly becoming the best way to display content on your TV.

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Listen to this deep dive in iOS security

Listen to this deep dive in iOS security

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Interested in the underpinnings of iOS security, but not savvy enough to understand that massive white paper Apple published? Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte discussed the paper as their main topic on episode 446 of Security Now, a weekly podcast that discusses and explains topics revolving around the security of computers. If you have any interest in Apple’s efforts to keep iOS secure, give the show a listen.

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Do not update to iOS 7.1 if you value your jailbreak

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iOS 7.1 was released today, but it isn’t jailbreakable. If you want to keep your jailbreak, stay on iOS 7.0.6. iOS 7.1 brings various tweaks and refinements, as well as general improvements to the stability of iOS 7, but for many jailbreakers, the changes likely aren’t worth the tradeoff.

Various notable iOS developers and hackers are warning their followers on Twitter that iOS 7.1 isn’t jailbreakable, and that you shouldn’t update regardless of if you have your SHSH blobs saved.

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iOS security white paper details how Apple keeps your data safe

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Apple recently released a white paper describing the methods they take to keep certain information safe, including fingerprints stored from TouchID. The white paper is 33 pages long, and is available for everyone to view at Apple’s website.

The release of this is somewhat ironic in the face of the just-patched SSL bug, but still — it’s an interesting read, and it’s good to see a large company release such documents.

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You can check your heart rate with these iOS apps

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The Galaxy S5 was launched earlier today at Mobile World Congress, and one of its headline features was the inclusion of a heart-rate monitor. You can already check your pulse with these iOS apps, both of which currently go for $1.99.

Both operate by placing your finger over the camera, and the app then takes a pulse from there. In my quick testing, both were very accurate, though you do need to have your finger placed flat against the lens. Heart Rate Monitor by Plus Sports also includes the ability to check your pulse by just looking at the front-facing camera. (more…)

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Disney’s new Movies Anywhere app integrates with iTunes to fight UltraViolet

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While the digital music world is mostly great right now, digital movies are another matter entirely. UltraViolet is great in concept, but awful in practice. iTunes is fine if all you have are Apple devices, but it falls short in multi-platform support with its studio-mandated DRM. Disney’s Movies Anywhere is an attempt to integrate with iTunes, but also to bring better support.

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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

iOS 7.0.6

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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