South Side Chicago native Kathy Stevens was arrested today after the Chicago Police Department received a tip that the woman was looking to sell or trade her child on Craigslist in exchange for a iPhone 5 with the Flappy Bird App.
The Hugely popular mobile app Flappy Bird was removed from the market by the creator Dong Nguyen and has caused the price of phones still containing the App to go as high as $20,000 and more on ebay.
Police say the woman was a troubled 28 year old who was determined to leverage her child to obtain the Flappy Bird App.
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At the recent WWDC keynote speech Apple introduced a raft of upcoming features set to be included in its Mac OS X and iOS operating systems (for Apple Mac and iPhone, iPad devices respectively). One surprise was just how many new features were being introduced to the Messages apps on both Mac OS X and iOS. Apple has announced major updates to the iMessage system (the service that enables Apple device owners to send free messages to other Apple owners). In this article, we’re going to look at 10 amazing new Messages features to look forward to.
1. Handoff Messages between iOS and Mac OS X
The new Messages apps are set to include Apple's Handoff, a new feature that enables you to start on an iOS device and carry on a Mac. You can start typing a Message on an iPhone and switch to a Mac to continue.
2. Send SMS Text messages on Mac with Continuity
Continuity will bring SMS Text messages to the Mac. When your iPhone is near a Mac you will be able to view, and send regular SMS text messages to non-Apple devices from Mac OS X.
3. Sync all your SMS text messages on Mac
Another neat part of Continuity is that when your iPhone is on the same network as your Mac, it will automatically sync all of your text messages (both SMS and iMessage) with a Mac. So now you’ll be able to see all messages in Mac OS X Messages.
4. Add people to group conversations in Messages
In Mac OS X 10.10 and iOS 8, you can add new people to a group conversation. So if you want to invite somebody to join in a text conversation, you can.5. Exit group conversations
If you’re fed up with getting pinging alerts from a group conversation, you can now leave it.6. Record short audio clips in Messages for iOS 8
A neat new feature is that you can now send short audio messages instead of typing out text. Touch and hold with your thumb to record your message, and then swipe up to send it.7. Lift to hear
If you want to hear a message, you can simply hold the iPhone up and listen to it like it’s a phone call.8. Share location in a conversation
You can now share your location in a conversation, and you can automatically share your location with every text you send in a conversation (this can be set to turn off after one hour or at the end of the day).
See:9. See every attachment from a conversation
With Messages for Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8, can now view every attachment to a Message conversation. It’s a great way to view all the attachments from a busy conversation at once.10. Send multiple photos and videos at once.
You can now select multiple photos and videos from the Photos app and send them all at once.
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Apple has kept malware out of its App Store but iOS devices, like their Android rivals, are still susceptible to all sorts of attacks.
iOS might not be the magnet for malware that Android has become, but that doesn't make it inherently more secure than the Google OS in the enterprise.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has poked fun at Google for Android's fragmentation turning devices into a "toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities", but in a new report from Marble Security, the company contends that "neither iOS nor Android is inherently more secure than the other".
Apple's tighter control over app distribution has pretty much kept it free of malware, while the same can't be said for Google Play despite its Bouncer technology, though most Android malware still originates from third-party app stores.
Also, Apple's OS update practices mean that five months after releasing iOS 7, 80 percent of its users' devices were running the most recent version. By contrast, KitKat, the latest version of Android, currently runs on 13.6 percent of Android devices.
Despite the differences, when it comes to bring your own device (BYOD), both Android or iOS carry similar risks to the enterprise.
"The major security differences between iOS and Android are largely that Android is a much more open operating environment, more easily allowing users to download apps from app stores that have poor or non-existent app analysis and vetting procedures," it said.
The attack surfaces of iOS and Android are basically the same, the company added, including malicious apps, SMS or through compromised wi-fi hotspots.
While Android apps can be installed from dozens of stores, the company also points out that non-jailbroken devices can escape Apple's walled garden — and do so to access enterprise app stores — via third-party testing apps such as TestFlight. Notably, Apple acquired that app earlier this year.
Some of the main threats common to both platforms come in the form of phishing attacks, especially in an enterprise environment where an attacker had gained access to the corporate directory and then sent SMS messages or email to targets.
The company also points out a risk that can be introduced through mobile device management profiles, which can be delivered to an iOS device via a website.
"This attack strategy requires a user to visit a web page on their iPhone or iPad. If that user installs a hostile configuration profile, then the enterprise is at risk for intercepted traffic, fake app installation, sophisticated phishing, and APTs," it said.
Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was introduced on June 2.
iOS 8 beta 2 also includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered a list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below.
Podcasts: Following iOS 8 beta 2, the Podcasts app is a default iOS app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices. This means it can no longer be deleted.
Safari: According to the release notes, Safari will now block ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction. Safari also includes a new pinch to tab view.
App Store Purchases: Apps in the App Store's purchased tab are once again sorted by purchase date. In iOS 8 beta 1, they were sorted alphabetically. It's also possible to leave reviews in the App Store again, a feature unavailable in beta 1 due to a bug, and the App Store now displays Family Purchases.
QuickType Keyboard: Apple's QuickType keyboard is now available on the iPad as well as the iPhone, but does not appear to be available on the iPad 2.
Brightness: In beta 1, the Brightness toggle in the Settings menu under Wallpaper and Brightness was broken. It is now functional again.
Messages: Icons for the camera and the microphone in Messages are now gray rather than blue and there's a new setting to mark all messages read.
Settings: There's a new "Raise to Listen" setting for Messages.
Privacy: There's a new Home Data section within the Privacy menu of the Settings app.
iCloud Photos: When entering the Photos app, there's a new "iCloud Photos" popup that activates Apple's new iCloud Photos feature, replacing a user's existing Photo Stream settings.
Notifications: There's a new "Allow Notifications" setting available for each app, which works as a sort of global mute to let users to mute notifications from an app on an individual basis. Previously, there was only an option to disallow apps from showing notifications in Notification Center.
Battery Usage by App: The Battery Usage by App menu in the Settings menu now includes a setting that lets users know how much battery their phones used when no coverage was available.
Handoff: According to several of our forum members, Handoff between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is now far more functional.
Additional features in iOS 8 beta 2 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is likely to continue pushing regular updates to iOS 8, bringing minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's public release, which is expected to come in the fall. For more information on iOS 8's features, big and small, make sure to check out our roundups.
If widely-circulated release date rumours are to be believed, we're just over 100 days away from the launch of Apple's next smartphone.
With the milestone comes a fresh slew of rumours, reports and leaks to feast upon, with potentially the world's first glimpse of an actual iPhone 6 emerging from Taiwan.
We've scoured the web this week to find out the latest and most ludicrous rumours surrounding the iPhone 6.
Wireless charging and NFC
A list of features that include wireless charging, near field communication (NFC) and an improved 4G antenna have been reported by Venture Beat.
Citing sources "close to the situation", the tech news site states that the iPhone 6 is nearing completion and is currently undergoing final tests.
While the inclusion of NFC has been speculated before, the inclusion of wireless charging is perhaps the most exciting feature revealed.
"The new iPhone 6 design includes a surface under the shell which connects to an inductive charging surface for energy transfer," Venture Beat reports. "These charging surfaces can live on a free standing pad, but are more often built into preexisting fixtures like countertops and dashboard trays."
iWatch gets October launch
Apple's fabled iWatch will go on sale this October for between $199 (£117) and $299, according to reports from Japanese news service Nikkei.
The much-rumoured device is expected to feature sensors to monitor heart rate and glucose levels, with the data being transmitted to a corresponding iPhone or iPad device and integrated into the recently announced iOS 8 HealthKit.
Around three to five million smartwatches a month are reportedly planned for production in the build up to the launch.
A former Taiwanese pop star, arguably more famous for leaking early shots of the iPhone 5s than for his musical career, has posted pictures of what he claims is the iPhone 6.
Jimmy Lin uploaded photos of a 4.7in device to his Weibo page, with most of the features that can be seen in the pictures fitting in with previous rumours surrounding the device.
These include curved edges, a repositioned power button and the coating for the built-in antenna no longer being on the outside. What Lin does add, however, is that the phone has a "good grip".
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- The California company is offering an exchange programme for adapters
- iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S USB chargers have flaw that can cause overheating
- Problem affects customers in the EU - but owners in the UK are unaffected
- Affected adapters have 'Model A1300' written between the two pins
- Apple will exchange the faulty adapters for free at any of their stores
Apple is urging European iPhone customers to exchange their power adapters after an overheating issue was discovered.
Adapters for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models, shipped from October 2009 to September 2012, ‘may overheat and pose a safety risk’ the company said.
Customers in the EU with a 5W USB power adapter matching this description are urged to take it to an Apple Store, where they will be given a replacement free of charge.
Customers in the UK are not affected.
To find out if an adapter is susceptible to the fault, customers are told to look at the label between the pins of the plug.
Affected adapters are ‘Model A1300’ and have the letters CE in solid grey.
This will be replaced with a Model A1400, with the letters CE outlined in grey.
‘Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange every affected power adapter for a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge,' the company wrote on its support page.
‘We encourage customers to exchange any affected adapter for a new one as soon as possible using the exchange process below.'
They continue: ‘If you have an affected adapter, discontinue use and exchange it for a new one.’
‘Apple has voluntarily introduced a program for customers to exchange the Apple 5W European USB Power Adapter which came with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models through September 2012.
This, they say, is ‘because in rare cases the adapter may overheat and pose a safety risk.
WHICH COUNTRIES AND MODELS ARE AFFECTED?
The European USB power adapter came with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models shipped from October 2009 to September 2012.
It was also sold as a standalone accessory.
The charger was sold in 37 countries including Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel and Italy.
It was also sold in Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam.
The announcement follows similar problems for the tech giant.
In late April, the Cupertino-based company admitted to the existence of a problem with the sleep/wake button on the iPhone 5.
Two years after customer complaints began appearing online, the Cupertino-based company launched a free replacement scheme for any users affected by the power button issues.
Apple said a ‘small percentage’ of iPhone 5 handsets had faulty mechanisms that can lead to problems with the switch.
The fault prevents the device from being turned on and off, or locked in the usual way.
This caused some iPhone models to stop working intermittently.
Success in business is largely about taking credit.
Just ask the co-founders of Twitter. Or, more accurately, those who say they're the co-founders of Twitter.
It is said, indeed, that Steve Jobs used to take credit for too much at Apple. But now that he's gone, a new creditor has stepped into the limelight he so appears to enjoy.
Donald Trump, he whose name is on hotels and the "Celebrity Apprentice," seems to be taking credit for Apple's latest iPhone.
True, no one's actually seen Apple's latest iPhone. But Trump revealed on Monday that he knows what's coming. And what's coming has been thanks to the deep and influential pressure he has massaged and kneaded into Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In a tweet that was a forthright as it was human, Trump wrote: "I wonder if Apple is upset with me for hounding them to produce a large screen iPhone. I hear they will be doing it soon -- long overdue."
I may have a response to his wonderment.
Apple is as upset with Trump for his hounding as it's upset with Simon Cowell for no longer being on "American Idol." He's made Cook as cross as has the man who invented the cronut.
Indeed, I suspect that Cook has felt as hounded by Trump as he's felt hounded by the Lumberjack Marching Band at Stephen F. Austin State University.
True, Trump has used his megaphonic platform to call for a larger iPhone. In October of last year, he used Twitter to ululate: "As an addition, Apple must go to a larger screen now -- asap! They're losing their standing in the market!"
It's clear since then that Apple has, indeed, lost much of its standing in the market. Apple stores are closing all around the world and people are keeping their iPhones in their purses and pockets, for fear of being seen with them.
The fact that Trump has revealed that Apple is releasing a large screen iPhone "soon" surely means the company will be doing it "soon."
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