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Apple blocks WireLurker iPhone malware apps

Apple blocks WireLurker iPhone malware apps

Apple has blocked the suspect apps behind the WireLurker malware discovered targeting iPhone users in China, effectively minimizing the likelihood of casual infections. The exploit made headlines yesterday for its supposed virulence, watching out for iOS devices being connected to compromised Macs and then grabbing data from them. According to Apple, however, the issue has already been addressed for the most part, while a little common-sense could prevent anyone still at risk from succumbing.

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Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

The team behind Scribd want to make their service as accessible as possible. To do this, they've seen it necessary to expand beyond the Kindle - to move past the Amazon environment. To do this, they've decided, they'll need to open their platform to Audiobooks. According to Scribd, this $1 billion a year market is just ripe for expansion - 30,000 audiobooks are on the way to their service right this minute. This will be the single largest unlimited-access offering of e-books and audiobooks available in the world today.

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Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Microsoft refuses to slow down on its software push, with a new free Office suite for iPhone and by dropping its Office 365 subscription requirement for its iOS and upcoming Android apps, as it redoubles its efforts to grab mobile user share. The new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone - taking on Apple's own Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - arrive alongside updates to the same apps for iPad, but also see Microsoft announce a new Office for Android tablets beta program. Though not quite open for business yet, Android tablet owners can sign up for when the apps are released in early 2015.

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Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

A new version of Opera Mini is available for users of iOS devices that promises to make loading video faster and reduce the amount of buffering you have to sit through. The new version is called Opera Mini 9 with video boost. Opera also says that the browser will help you reduce data usage, which is great for people who are on a data limited account.

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“Unprecendented” new strain of iOS, OSX malware discovered

“Unprecendented” new strain of iOS, OSX malware discovered

Just when you thought only Windows received the bulk of horrifying viruses and crapware, here comes WireLurker, a new family of malware, not even just a single one, that targets both Apple's desktop and mobile platforms for maximum reach. Palo Alto Networks, the cybersecurity company that discovered and reported this situation calls this an "unprecedented" type of malware, at least as far as iOS and OS X are concerned, hinting at the developing, or rather worsening, situation when it comes to malware and hackers' abilities to infiltrate our computers.

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Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google has been on a roll recently, updating its core app suite with Material Design style, and next in line is Google Maps. Both the Android and the iPhone versions of the popular navigation app are getting a revamp, with cleaner graphics, more intuitive controls, and a look that meshes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop aesthetic. Although the most obvious changes are to the design, though, that's not to say there aren't new features tucked in there as well, including closer integration with third-party services like OpenTable and Uber.

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Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

At no surprise to anyone, the least expensive version of the Apple Watch has been tipped to be the "Sport" version. Based on what we've seen of the device range so far, the Sport edition of the Apple Watch will be akin to the lower tiers of the iPhone. The mid-range will of course be the steel models, while the highest-end "Edition" will be made with gold, coming with price tags reaching $5000 USD - unofficially, of course. This information comes well before Apple even taps an official release date.

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Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

After a year in development, the team at OnBeep have created a device by the name of Onyx. This device closely replicates the abilities of a walkie-talkie, a push-to-talk phone, and of course - a Star Trek communicator. One from The Next Generation, of course, not one of those old-school communicators you had to hang on your belt. That'd just be madness... or a smartphone. The Onyx was made to work in emergency situations at first, but it's prepared to work in any environment in the real world.

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iOS 8.1.1 beta brings performance boost for older devices

iOS 8.1.1 beta brings performance boost for older devices

Apple’s iOS 8 rollout has been — interesting. After a false-start for HealthKit and download problems that caused some devices to lose cellular connectivity, we all seem to be on the right track. Though some hefty improvements to iOS are expected with iOS 8.2 and/or 8.3, Apple has iOS 8.1.1 in beta form, and has begun seeding it to Developers. Whether you’ve upgraded or not, this update is one you’ll want to look for, and it could pave an important path for the iOS faithful.

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Concept app Intuitive Voting wants you to vote from your phone

Concept app Intuitive Voting wants you to vote from your phone

Here are a few questions for you: Do you know who your district council-members are? What topics are on your ballot? Where is your local polling station? If you couldn’t answer those, don’t feel bad. We’re not a hyper-politicized society, but we are hyper connected. Even if you couldn’t answer those questions, you could probably tell us where your smartphone is. Oddly enough, election day and your smartphone still haven’t made themselves know to one another, but there’s an app concept that would change that, and it’s amazing.

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