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Apple iMessage switch under legal fire

Apple iMessage switch under legal fire

It was realized several years ago that iMessage users were in a bit of a bind if they ever wished to switch to a non-Apple smartphone. Once you used iMessage with your phone number to accept messages, you were sort of stuck there. You couldn't switch to an Android phone, for example, and expect to keep getting messages - iMessage continued to get said messages, even if you weren't using iMessage. Apple released a tool to fix this - you can now de-register numbers from iMessage. Apparently they did not release said tool fast enough, as Judge Lucy Koh is on the case.

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Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

There's a brand new warrior app out today released to do battle with the likes of Vine, Instagram, and maybe even Twitter itself. This is Ocho, a social networking app that allows you to record and share 8-second videos with your friends. This app is free for iOS users - that's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included - and it has backing from some of the most powerful funders in the industry - Mark Cuban and Matthew Brimer included. This app was made for iPhone first and foremost - 16:9 aspect ratio recording made to fill up your whole screen.

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New ‘Masque Attack’ iOS phishing vulnerability sideloads apps

New ‘Masque Attack’ iOS phishing vulnerability sideloads apps

On the heels of WireLurker, a new iOS threat has been discovered. This one, called Masque attack, could be a lot more problematic, too. While the previously discovered WireLurker vulnerability required users to be tethered to a Mac before anything nefarious could happen, Masque Attack is one that occurs in-app. Discovered by security research firm FireEye, Masque Attack could pose a much bigger risk to anyone using apps that didn’t come pre-loaded on their iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

This week the folks at Pangu have expanded their jailbreaking software for iOS 8 to Mac. Before now, their jailbreaking solution worked just fine - just so long as you had a Windows PC to use it. Now you'll be able to use your Apple computer which, if you're a die-hard Mac user like most iPhone owners are, you'll have been waiting for. All of this hacking action is at your own risk, of course. You'll need to use all caution and understand the risks before you do anything.

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Praise be! Apple fixes iMessage’s biggest snafu

Praise be! Apple fixes iMessage’s biggest snafu

Apple is addressing the iMessage bug that has caused confusion and annoyance - not to mention prompted a lawsuit - for ex-iPhone users, launching a simple tool to deregister a number from the messaging service. The new support page, quietly added to Apple's site, answers one of the biggest complaints those switching away from an iPhone often have about the process: that their cellphone number remains associated with the Cupertino firm's SMS-bypassing system and so future texts don't make it to their new handset, Android or otherwise.

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Dungeon Hunter 4 expansion “Descending Depths” now available

Dungeon Hunter 4 expansion “Descending Depths” now available

The massively popular mobile game Dungeon Hunter 4 has received a new update bringing the expansion Descending Depths, and with it gamers are gifted with three new dungeons, as well as new features, additional gear, and all new bosses to take on. The game is available on both the App Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users, with the update being available to download now. Excited? We've got all the update details, as well as a video of the expansion, after the jump.

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Nest pulls iOS app over widespread force-close problem

Nest pulls iOS app over widespread force-close problem

Nest owners on iOS have been noticing issues with the latest version of the Nest app, which is currently version 4.4.0. Force-close seems to happen right from the start, but it might not be affecting everyone. In diving through the Nest community support forums, there seems to be a lot of this force-close going on with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Others note their older iPhones — also running iOS 8.1 — aren’t affected. Still, it seems as though Nest pulled the app from circulation for the time being.

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Microsoft Word tops the iOS app store charts

Microsoft Word tops the iOS app store charts

Not 24 hours after Microsoft announced they'd be switching from a paid model to a free model of business for their Word app on iOS, the app has become the topmost Free app on the market. Imagine that! Ahead of Facebook, ahead of Facebook Messenger, and well ahead of Google Docs - which currently sits at the 93 spot. Word is currently beating out Instagram and YouTube downloads as well. Office 365 no longer needs a subscription to work, while Microsoft's battle aims to trounce its Google and Apple software competitors.

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Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Secure messaging is a big deal to many, with ephemeral services like Snapchat a popular choice. Still, that service has been violated many times, leading some to search for a new path forward. The last time we talked about Wiper, the service was new, and pretty amazing. For a messaging platform, the encrypted app-to-app pipeline and ability to clear the chat on both ends is special. The company has recently released version 2.0 of their app, bringing the encrypted platform full circle.

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