“Two solid sources” told TechCrunch that Apple is likely to break its pattern of unveiling the latest features for iOS, which is set to move from a 4.X increment to version 5. This would mean that instead of getting a brand-new iPhone 5 this summer, along with a refreshed OS, “a major revamp” of iOS would be introduced separately later in the autumn (read delayed), possibly in September.
iOS 5 Moves To The CloudAssuming TechCrunch’s sources are correct, what can be new in iOS 5? Apparently, it would be “heavily built around the cloud,” with some new services added to iPhones and iPads. One of them is said to be a music locker service, basically a way of storing and accessing all your music (purchased from iTunes) wirelessly, without the need to sync with a primary computer (like it is the case now).
Another of these cloud services is expected to be a location-based service that would allow users to find friends and family members. On top of that, a revamp of Apple’s MobileMe service is anticipated, potentially free (currently per year), which would give every iDevice holder free access to Apple’s cloud email, calendar, and storage service.
Next Up: iPhone 5Details about the iPhone 5, expected either June or July, are just as sketchy as iOS 5 rumors. But if the iPad 2 is any indication, we can expect the new A5 dual-core processor powering the next iPhone, as well as an improved graphics engine. Repeat rumors say we can also expect an aluminum back too, again, like the iPad 2, including the tapered edges.
Also on the table for the iPhone 5, possibly a bigger screen (4-inch) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, allowing users to link payments through iTunes when waving the phone in front of a dedicated NFC reader. Now that Verizon is selling iPhones too, some say that the iPhone 5 could be a GSM/CDMA world phone, making it easier (and probably cheaper) to produce just one iPhone model that could handle almost any network.
iOS 4.3.2 in progress, due in two weeks, source claims
Hot off iOS 4.3.1 release, Apple is already in the middle of developing iOS 4.3.2, says a source connected to the company. The release is expected to hit iPhones, iPads and iPod touches within about two weeks. There is no word though on whether the update will apply to CDMA iPhones, which are still stuck on v4.2.6….
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Report: iOS 4.3.2 coming soon
Apple is said to be nearing a release on another minor update for iOS 4.3, which will bring with it a handful of bug fixes and patch some security holes.
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Mac games get a shot in the arm from iOS
With the advent of the Mac App Store, games which started their lives on iOS have been trickling on to the Mac. Ease of porting and a simple, Apple-managed distribution system built in to…
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Slice It! from Com2us Gets 10 Million Downloads
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–iTunes App Store, Android, Slice It!, Com2us, mobile games
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Toyota pulls ad from jailbroken iPhones after Apple complaint
Toyota has pulled an ad campaign from the iPhone jailbreak app store Cydia after the carmaker received complaints from Apple.
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ComiXology announces Comics4Kids iOS app
ComiXology’s app to introduce children to the joy of comics, Comics4Kids, now available free through the iTunes App Store, collects and offers titles from 15 publishers, including popular names like Archie, Atomic Robo, Sonic the Hedgehog and The Secret of Kells among others. The app offers a App Store-like front end that makes it easy to buy parent-approved comics from dozens of choices (over …
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Air Video 2.4.6
Play DivX and other video formats on your iOS device iOS App of the Week My continuing quest for an app that will allow me to play Flash video content from UK-based sites such as LoveFilm has proved fruitless thus far, so I’ve recently found myself playing with Air Video once more.…
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Remove the Barriers Between the Cloud and an iPad or iPhone:
ActiveCloud gives users the ability to move files between their Cloud storage services (Box.net, DropBox, iWork.com Beta), and their iOS device either in local private storage or iTunes File Sharing.
Familiar Desktop Class File Management Functions:
Use functions on an iPad or iPhone that users are already used to on desktop or laptop platforms to manage files. Functions like Copy/Cut/Paste to move and copy files between Cloud and local storage locations, as well as folders within those locations. Preview documents including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, photos, and many other common document types.
Quickly and Easily Open, Send, and Print Documents:
Users have all these documents stored in their Cloud storage and on their devices. But they want to do more than just store them. With ActiveCloud users can quickly and easily open their documents in other apps on their iPad or iPhone that are capable of reading them. Or if users need to share a document with a friend or coworker, they can easily send these documents to them as email attachments. Or if a user needs a hardcopy of documents, they can send the file directly to an AirPrint compatible printer.
Features of ActiveCloud:
Manage files in local file storage, iTunes File Share, Box.net, and DropBox
Seamlessly copy and paste files between local and cloud based storage services
Access files in an iWork.com account
Easily send files to others via Email
Print documents using AirPrint
Compatible with iPad: iOS 4.0
iPhone/iPod touch: iOS 4.0
Pricing and Availability:
ActiveCloud Pro 1.0 is $ 3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
IOS Health Systems, President and CEO Andrew Carricarte, states, “We believe this reaffirms our commitment to our Clients and Partners by providing a now certified product that combines the industry-leading service and innovation IOS is known for.”
The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.
“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.
Medios EHR v4.62,’s certification number is CC-1112-831770-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
The clinical quality measures to which Medios EHR v4.62 has been certified include: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, and NQF 0575. The additional software relied upon for testing includes: Medios PHR and eRx Network, LLC.]]>
iOS 4.3.1 jailbreak available, iPad 2 left out in cold for now
The hackers behind the jailbreaking and modifying of iOS devices have released their jailbreak tool for iOS 4.3.1. The tool, named redsn0w, is up to version 0.9.6rc9, and provides an untethered (read: the jailbreak remains even when the device is rebooted) jailbreak for the iPhone 4 (GSM version), 3GS, 3G, iPod touch 4G, iPad (original), and the Apple TV 2G. As of now, the iPad 2 is not …
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Arxan Technologies®, a leading provider of software security solutions that protect applications from attack in distributed or un-trusted environments, recently announced the availability of EnsureIT for Apple iOS, the newest addition to its multi-platform suite of application hardening solutions, to harden Apple® iOS for ARM mobile applications against reverse-engineering or tampering for unauthorized access, piracy and compromise.
iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system was developed originally for the iPhone®, and has since been used on the iPod touch®, iPad® and Apple TV®, as well. Given the popularity of these Apple computing platforms and application downloads for Apple devices now numbering in the billions, content developers consider Apple iOS support a must for their mobile and connected home applications development. As of Oct. 20, 2010, Apple’s App Store contained more than 300,000 iOS applications which have collectively been downloaded more than 7 billion times.
This rapid adoption has not gone unnoticed by hackers who are being drawn to Apple iOS-enabled mobile devices in an effort to pirate, steal intellectual property (IP) and jeopardize business models. Readily available toolkits can be used today by hackers to compromise the integrity of Apple iOS code through reverse engineering, disassembly and debugging, and jailbroken iPhones further increase the risk of app tampering, piracy and malware insertion. Software protection is needed to maintain the integrity of the application, and the protection of business models, IP and digital rights management (DRM) robustness rules against âMan-at-the Endâ attacks on the binaries.
According to Paul Roberts of Threatpost.com, âwe think there are a lot of reasons to expect that the security of mobile devices will be big news in 2011. However, as weâve reported, security often takes the back seat in the go-go world of mobile application development. SMS Trojans may be the dominant form of mobile malware, but thereâs ample reason to believe that attacks focused on mobile Web applications will surge ahead of device-specific attacks in 2011.
EnsureIT for Apple iOS provides automated defend, detect and react capabilities by deploying various security techniques (called Guards) such as obfuscation, checksum and anti-debug directly into the software code of each app to harden binaries against discovery and compromise. Like the rest of Arxanâs proven code hardening products, EnsureIT for Apple iOS is architected for durability and resilience with a tunable layered network of diverse Guards that offer control, trust and tamper-resistance for the app. This newest expansion to the Arxan product line also provides code security without changing the source code and without disrupting app functioning.
âApple iOS continues to power application development for the smartphone and mobile device markets, delivering rich applications for both the consumer market and the enterprise,â said Kevin Morgan, chief technology officer of Arxan. âCustomers are demanding protection for their apps across multiple mobile, embedded and desktop environments, and we are pleased to expand our solutions to cover the popular Apple iOS app market with durable and low-impact security against piracy and compromise.
EnsureIT for Apple iOS builds upon Arxanâs patented, proven and award-winning application hardening technology to secure distributed code in mobile apps.
Key features of EnsureIT for Apple iOS include:
Tunable security for mobile platforms and associated application offerings
Layered network of protections, with no single point of failure
Self-healing capabilities in the event of an attack, through restoration of protections
No changes to source code required
Support for a broad range of emulators and devices, and the ARM processor
With its EnsureIT and GuardIT® product lines, Arxan provides an unprecedented cross-platform software protection suite for desktop, server, mobile and embedded environments, with application security solutions that target multiple threat vectors. Other members of Arxanâs EnsureIT Family of Products for mobile and embedded software protection include EnsureIT for Android on ARM, EnsureIT for Linux on ARM , and EnsureIT for PowerPC.
This comprehensive software security portfolio enables application providers with a single vendor to meet their security needs to protect code and keys. Arxanâs application hardening technology solutions are available for multiple operating systems, platforms, architectures and languages including Android, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, C/C++, Objective C/C++, .NET, Java, ARM, PowerPC and others.]]>
The TasteTimer series of apps now require a minimum OS of iOS 4. Version 2 of the TasteTimer series take advantage of a new feature in iOS 4 called Local Notifications. The user will now hear and see an alert when the timer has finished, even if TasteTimer is no longer running. This was not possible with earlier versions of the iPhone OS.
This new feature will work on any iPhone or iPod touch that uses iOS 4, including the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 2nd generation (late 2008), and iPod touch 3rd generation (late 2009). Local Notifications are not really a multitasking feature, so TasteTimer will not use battery or memory resources while in the background.
The TasteTimer series of Apps has also been enhanced to support the new iPhone 4 Retina display. All TasteTimer 2 icons and other graphics look crisp and sharp! Conversions for Cooking and Substitutions also have Retina display enhancements.
âI love the new iOS 4 and iPhone 4 featuresâ, said Duane Fahey, co-founder of Gormaya, LLC. âOur TasteTimer 2 series of apps are now much more useful.â
TasteTimer Prime 2, with over 800 recipes, is now available for $ 2.99 in the U.S. and is priced accordingly in other regions. TasteTimer Tea, TasteTimer Coffee, TasteTimer Eggs, and TasteTimer Grill are available for 99¢ in the U.S. iOS 4 is required. The TasteTimer series is available world-wide from Appleâs App Store for iPhone and iPod touch, or by visiting: http://www.tastetimer.com
Conversions for Cooking and Substitutions are now available for 99¢ in the U.S. iOS 3.0 is required for Conversions for Cooking. Substitutions requires iOS 3.1. Both apps have been tested and enhanced for iOS 4 and are available world-wide from Apples App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch, or by visiting: http://www.gormaya.com
Gormaya, an independent app developer based out of Grand Ledge, Michigan, was formed in 2008 by Duane Fahey and partner for the purposes of creating Apps for Cooks for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.]]>