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Game Over for Russian iPhone hacker until iOS 6

Game Over for Russian iPhone hacker until iOS 6

This week the Russian fellow known for his hacking of the in-app purchase function for Apple's mobile operating system has declared that "it's all over." He added "...for now" to his chat on the subject, saying that he'll still be keeping his exploit up for download even though it no longer works in the current version of Apple's iOS. Alexey Borodin, as he's known, will be working to keep security strong in the system - such is his ultimate goal, or so he says.

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Fox films now available through iTunes in the Cloud

Fox films now available through iTunes in the Cloud

Following the big international roll out of iTunes movies in the Cloud, it looks like Apple and Twentieth Century Fox have finally made films available for U.S. users via iTunes in the Cloud after months of waiting around for it. iTunes movies in the Cloud was initially launched back in March, but Fox and Universal had agreements in place with HBO that restricted films from being included. It had been said that the studios were in negotiations to work something out.

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iTunes Movies in the Cloud expands to 37 countries

iTunes Movies in the Cloud expands to 37 countries

iTunes movies are sold in multiple countries across the world, but the iTunes in the Cloud feature for movies was previously restricted to the United States. Apple has now rolled out the feature to 37 new countries, including the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Not everything that users have purchased will be available due to licensing agreements, but it’s good to see the feature expanding to additional territories.

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Apple in-app purchasing hack blocked in part

Apple in-app purchasing hack blocked in part

Last week there was a bit of break in Apple's in-app purchasing rules with a Russian developer pushing a mechanism that bypassed in-place locks: this weekend, Apple fixed it up real nice. It appears that the developer, Alexey V Borodin, has had the server for his app blocked by Apple, while Apple also followed up with a takedown request on the original server, took down third-party authentication of it, and issued a copyright claim with the YouTube video used to document the method used to break the system. At the moment, the method itself is being reported as still working - just not through anything Borodin has made.

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Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Today Google has been so kind as bump up their official Google+ app for iPhone (and iPad) that'll allow people around the world to explore the social network with great ease. This version of Google+ is made for iPhone, but is perfectly suited for the iPad's larger display as well. Graphics come through sharp and well-tuned for the most part, with only a few bits and pieces left for a future version to clean up - gray borders around small images, and other such small matters.

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iOS app DRM error rectified by Apple

iOS app DRM error rectified by Apple

This week there was a bit of chatter on the fact that a "small number of users" as Apple put it were affected by an issue in the iTunes app store - today Apple has a fix. This issue included several apps crashing intermittently after they'd been updated, but today's update straight from Apple's iTunes representatives notes that all is well once more and that every app that's been crashing should simply be able to be updated or re-downloaded from iTunes for a fully operational version, no worries included.

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Def Leppard re-recording entire catalog while originals freeze

Def Leppard re-recording entire catalog while originals freeze

Band members of the legendary metal band Def Leppard have announced that they've reached an impasse with their record label and will be freezing sales of all original recordings of their music. What they've done instead of accepting an unfair amount of royalties, so they say, they've decided to record what are effectively covers of all their original songs that'll then be pushed to iTunes et all in a much more direct way that'll have them cashing in as much as possible. One would hope that they'll do a bit better than KISS did with their latest double-album (one of which was all covers of old songs too) Sonic Boom.

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Apple iTunes app crashes get official response

Apple iTunes app crashes get official response

Though this week we've heard a bit of an outcry in regards to the iTunes store issuing a few apps that ended up crashing due to no fault of developer, Apple has pushed a set of tiny statements on the matter. This information comes from developers speaking on responses they'd received from Apple's Developer Forums from an Apple service representative (or someone cleverly posing as said representative) with a couple of relatively bottled replies - have a peek below at their content.

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