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Our latest #SwitchToiPhone winner is...

Yesterday, 02:14 AM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News


Apple has not only released the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus but also released an all-new Move to iOS app that makes switching to iPhone simpler and easier than ever. That means, if you're still on Android but looking for a way out, there's never been a better time to #SwitchToiPhone. We wanted to help, so we gave everyone a shot at winning a $600 Apple gift certificate!

We asked you to send a tweet with the hashtag #SwitchToiPhone, letting us know why you wanted to be chosen as the winner of a $600 U.S. Apple Store gift certificate. There were a ton of responses! It's time now to see who the lucky winner is!

@iMore I want to #SwitchToiPhone because the 3d touch is a truly new form of interaction for smartphones that adds productivity and depth.

— Justin Shultz (@Justin_Shultz) September 24, 2015

Congratulations Justin! You're the winner! I'll be in touch soon to get your prize sent out. Thanks for entering everyone, and be on the lookout for the next great giveaway her on iMore!





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How to turn off system integrity protection on OS X (but...

02 Oct 2015

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...p-malware-away'title="How to turn off system integrity protection on OS X (but don't)"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/09/os-x-el-capitan-macbook-pro-privacy-hero.jpg?itok=zdcAsyne' /></a></p> <p class="intro">El Capitan makes it harder than ever for malware to be a problem on the Mac thanks to System Integrity Protection.</p> <p>System Integrity Protection (SIP) is a new way of managing access to essential system files in <a href="http://www.imore.com/os-x-el-capitan">OS X El Capitan</a>, but it's kicking some older software to the curb. So why is Apple implementing it?</p> <!--break--> <p>Malware is a really serious problem not just on Windows but the Mac too—it seems like almost every week, we get a new report of some sort of malware or adware that's attacking Apple users. Most of these outbreaks are contained quickly, fortunately, and mitigated by the built-in anti-malware and technologies like Gatekeeper.</p> <p>Apple can always do better, and in El Capitan, they have. To help bolster the Mac's security against malware infections, Apple's come up with System Integrity Protection</p> <p>Before El Capitan, people could easily modify, or allow to be modified, core system files used by OS X by entering their administrator password. It's how, for example, we grant software installers "root" access to setup apps.</p> <p>That's why, El Capitan has gone "rootless". System Integrity Protection makes sure the vital system files are safe from modification. This is a <em>good</em> thing: It should reduce the likelihood that you can accidentally infect yourself with malware, or that someone can gain access to your Mac or your files by escalating privilege exploits remotely.</p> <p>If you use system-modifying utilities and system extensions that made essential changes to the way OS X works, however, you may notice that they no longer function or need to be updated.</p> <p>SIP created problems for some developers during El Capitan's public beta development period over the summer. In many cases those problems have either been straightened out or are getting straightened out now. So <em>check with the makers of the apps you use</em> to see if they have updates.</p> <p>And of course stay tuned to iMore, because we'll report on key updates as they become available.</p> <p>Of course, you <em>do</em> have ultimate control over what happens on your Mac, so you can deactivate System Integrity Protection if you want to. I strongly advise <em>against</em> doing this, but I completely understand that you may be dependent on software that <em>has</em> to work regardless. I'll just reiterate one last time that SIP has been instituted in El Capitan for a reason: To protect you and to protect your Mac. Apple takes your privacy <em>very</em> seriously.</p> <h2>How to turn off System Integrity Protection in El Capitan</h2> <ol><li>Click the <strong></strong> menu.</li> <li>Select <strong>Restart...</strong></li> <li>Hold down <strong>command-R</strong> to boot into the Recovery System.</li> <li>Click the <strong>Utilities</strong> menu and select <strong>Terminal.</strong></li> <li>Type <tt>csrutil disable</tt> and press <strong>return</strong>.</li> <li>Close the Terminal app.</li> <li>Click the <strong></strong> menu and select <strong>Restart...</strong>.</li> </ol><p>If you decide later you want to re-engage SIP (and I <em>earnestly</em> hope that you do), repeat these steps, changing <tt>csrutil disable</tt> to <tt>csrutil enable</tt> instead.</p> <p>Again, SIP has been instituted in El Capitan for a reason — to improve OS X security, and reduce the risk of anyone who isn't supposed to from getting to your data. But as in all things, your mileage may vary. Just be careful!</p> <p>[custum:elcapbox]</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225340334/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4a5cede3/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/8VXOC9FIHlk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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App Store bug fixed, apps returning to purchase history

Yesterday, 01:49 AM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News


If you were missing apps in your purchase history, good news—they're coming back!

A couple of weeks ago Mac App Store apps disappeared from the purchase history tab, making re-downloads impossible. It was a bug, Apple fixed it, and purchase histories were restored. Now a similar bug has been fixed on the iOS App Store, and purchase histories there are also being restored.

Just like with the Mac App Store, iPhone and iPad owners began noticing apps and games were missing from their purchase history earlier this week. Since the App Store is often a black box, lots of speculation followed. Fortunately, the simple answer in this case was the correct one.

Not all apps are back yet, but should be as the fix rolls out.

Note: Developers can still remove apps permanently if they choose to, for example if web services shut down or the code no longer works with modern devices. In those cases, when the apps wouldn't work anymore anyway, there's nothing to be done, even by Apple. It's the developer's call.

Otherwise, if you noticed you couldn't re-download some old apps and games, hang tight. They're on their way back!





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App Store removes VPN-based ad blockers over privacy conc...

Today, 02:12 AM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News


VPN profile apps don't just block ads, they deeply inspect all your traffic, even private and secure traffic.

While Apple has provided a mechanism to create safe, private content blocking extensions for Safari on iPhone and iPad, in the last few days apps have taken it a step further, installing root certificates in order to block ads inside apps as well.

The problem with these blocker apps is that they work by installing VPN profiles, which means they intermediate secure connections and "see" all your private internet traffic. They are, essentially, a voluntary person-in-the-middle attack. For that reason, Apple is removing them from the App Store. Here's the statement Apple provided me:

"Apple is deeply committed to protecting customer privacy and security," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "We've removed a few apps from the App Store that install root certificates which enable the monitoring of customer network data that can in turn be used to compromise SSL/TLS security solutions. We are working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk."

I was surprised the VPN profile-based ad blocking apps were approved to begin with. Marketing a VPN is one thing. It's crystal clear what it is what's happening when you use it. Marketing an in-app ad blocker that happens to work through a VPN isn't so clear. People may really want the former and not understand the consequences of the latter.

In other words, deep packet inspection of everything done on the internet by the ad-blocking app, even secure financial transactions and communications, on their servers and any servers involved in their chain, and in a way that's not easily toggled on or off.

Again, Apple is still allowing VPN apps on the store. iOS 9 introduced new network extensions for both personal and corporate VPNs. They're just not allowing ad-blockers based on VPN profiles.

There will no doubt be complaints from people who think they want these apps and these types of services, and from developers who make the apps. But the potential risk of abuse is simply too high.

Some will also question Apple's choice in allowing content-blockers for Safari but not for apps. The difference is that the WebKit/Safari team spent time creating a private, secure way to block content in Safari that doesn't allow the blocker to do any tracking of its own. They're precompiled and at no point to they get to see what you're doing or where you're doing it.

While Apple has done things like ban the use of cross-app tracking through mechanisms like UDID, there's not yet a similarly private, secure way to block content in apps.

Unless and until that changes, allowing these VPN profile-based content blockers in the App Store goes against Apple's privacy and security policies, which the company has made a major, top-down, front-facing feature of the platform.





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Save 50% today on Incipio Feather Shine Cases for iPhone...

06 Oct 2015

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...ses-iphone-66s'title="Save 50% today on Incipio Feather Shine Cases for iPhone 6/6s"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/10/R19026.jpg?itok=GxtuktNl' /></a></p> <p>Lightweight and durable, the <a href="http://store.imore.com/incipio-feather-shine-ultra-thin-shell-with-aluminum-finish/4A123A19026A.htm&amp;utm_medium=blogroll&amp;utm_campaign=navigation&amp;utm_source=im?utm_campaign=community&amp;utm_source=d_im&amp;utm_medium=content">Feather SHINE Case</a> for iPhone 6/6s is engineered to provide inconspicuous protection with an eye-catching brushed aluminum finish. Choose one of six different colors for only $14.95 today!</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225510576/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4a72fd6b/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/fbEeA_cqRqI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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iSkelter's Tray Desk makes it more comfortable to con...

Yesterday, 02:20 PM

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iSkelter, the company behind a number of desks and docks, has released a new product to help you comfortably control your Mac from a distance, the Tray Desk. The wooden tray is built to perfectly hold an Apple Wireless Keyboard, and features a dedicated area for a mouse. You can also purchase a model specifically for Apple's Magic Trackpad.

With the Tray Desk, you can sit at a distance from you Mac and still control it comfortably, without having to worry about keeping your keyboard or mouse steady. The Tray Desk is built out of hand-finished bamboo.

iSkelter is currently holding a sale on the Tray Desk, offering it for $59.99, rather than its regular price of $79.99. Additionally, orders placed before 8:00 a.m. will ship on the same day.

You can order the Tray Desk directly from iSkelter now.

Purchase the Tray Desk from iSkelter / $59.99





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Netflix raising price of most popular plan to $9.99...

Yesterday, 06:20 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...-new-customers'title="Netflix raising price of most popular plan to $9.99 per month for new customers"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/10/netflix-30-rock-iphone6s-plus-hero.jpg?itok=1ST_c3AB' /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.imore.com/./netflix">Netflix</a> will soon raise the price of its most popular streaming option by $1 per month. Currently $8.99, Netflix's option that allows you to watch two screens at a time with HD quality will soon cost $9.99 for new members.</p> <!--break--> <p>Existing members currently paying $8.99, or in some cases, $7.99, will be able to keep their current pricing for varying amounts of time. Netflix has two other subscription options: a $7.99 per month plan that lets you watch on one screen at a time in standard definition, as well as a $11.99 per month plan that lets you watch on four screens at once, and provides streaming in both HD and Ultra HD. The prices for these plans will remain unaffected.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-08/netflix-said-to-raise-price-of-most-popular-plan-by-1-a-month">Bloomberg</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225619868/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a851179/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4a851179/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/yNFeV4eSyJk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Facebook Messenger updated with native Apple Watch app, s...

Yesterday, 10:35 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

Facebook has pushed out a new update to its Messenger app for iPhone and iPad, finally bringing along a few notable features. First and foremost is that you can now use Messenger on your Apple Watch thanks to a native watchOS 2 app. Facebook has also added in support for split-screen multitasking on iPad, and Spotlight integration in iOS 9.

You can now use Messenger on watchOS 2! Send and receive voice clips, Likes, stickers and more. With iOS 9, you can now find Messenger contacts and conversations from your phone's search screen, and access Messenger from the list of multi-tasking apps on your iPad.

Overall, this is a pretty great update if you find yourself constantly inside of Messenger, and it's good to see the native Apple Watch app finally arrive after being teased on stage in early September at Apple's "Hey Siri" event.





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Apple features apps with VoiceOver for Blindness Awarenes...

Yesterday, 10:06 PM

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October is Blindness Awareness Month, and for the occasion, Apple is highlighting a collection of apps on the App Store that use VoiceOver. From the description of the collection:

For more than 20 years, Apple has provided innovative solutions for people with disabilities. Built into iOS, VoiceOver is the world's first gesture-based screen reader, allowing people who are blind or have low vision to enjoy the touchscreen simplicity of iPhone and iPad. Using VoiceOver, you can interact with objects on the screen and intuitively gauge their location and context from audio cues. These popular apps deliver a great VoiceOver experience for all users.

The collection features a total of 33 apps from a wide variety of publishers. Some new apps to grace the collection include Facebook, Twitter, Chit Chat, Curious, and Coursera. Also featured is Workflow, which won an Apple Design Award this year for its fantastic use of VoiceOver.
Apple's support of VoiceOver in iOS, and the third-party apps that support it, has gone a long way towards helping those with visual impairments take part in the digital age, and this collection helps to highlight those efforts. If you'd like to learn more about retinal diseases and Blindness Awareness Month, you can visit Blindness.org to learn more about raising awareness and the research that is going on around the medical community.





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Scanner Pro, Documents 5, and PDF Expert 5 updated with 3...

Today, 12:16 AM

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Readdle, the developer behind several popular productivity and document handling apps, has pushed out updates to Documents 5, Scanner Pro, and PDF Expert 5 this evening, adding support for 3D Touch quick actions and peek and pop on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

In Scanner Pro, you can now press on the app's icon to access quick actions to make a quick scan from your camera or photos. You can also use Peek and Pop when browsing your files and folders. Similarly, Documents 5 and PDF Expert 5 support quick actions for quick access to your favorite and recent documents, along with Peek and Pop when browsing your files.

All three apps also carry support for other iOS 9 features, including split-screen multitasking support on iPad, along with the ability to search for your files and documents using the improved Spotlight search. If you'd like to check out the latest versions of each app, be sure to hit up the App Store links below.





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