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The average selling price of tablets continues to drop, according to the latest research from IDC, as sales growth in the tablet market is reportedly being driven by low-end, low-cost devices, just as Apple has entered the sub-$250 market with the first-generation iPad mini. Total tablet shipments in the third quarter of 2014 are estimated by IDC to have grown 15 percent year over year to 56 million. The figures were spotlighted on Friday by analyst Katy Huberty of...
Coming days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability called "Masque Attack" was made public, Apple late Thursday issued a statement regarding the potentially malicious software, saying default OS X and iOS security settings are enough to thwart attacks. In a statement provided to iMore, Apple responded to media reports propping up Masque Attack as a major threat to iOS security, which many consider to be one of the safest consumer solutions in the world. We designed...
Sprint on Thursday expanded its hardware leasing options beyond Apple's iPhone to include the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, with pricing for 16GB models pegged at a respective $20 and $17 per month for 24 months. With Sprint's iPad for Life, customers effectively lease a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, paying set monthly installments for a period of two years. Once the 24-month term is up, they can either swap the device out for a next-generation model, purchase the...
The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly deployed specialized equipment to gather mobile phone data, including unique device identifiers and other sensitive data, from spoofed cell phone towers installed in planes. Source: The Wall Street Journal As outlined by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the supposed secret spy program equips small aircraft with a device dubbed a "dirtbox," which pulls data from mobile phones by masquerading as a cell tower. The project...
Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam received an extensive update on Thursday, bringing a newly built native iPad version, access to "Journal" publishing, filter comparisons and cloud syncing across devices. Arguably the biggest addition to VSCO Cam version 4.0 is support for the iPad. Users familiar with the app will feel at home with the iPad version as many features are carry overs from the iPhone build, but with a much larger workspace afforded by Apple's tablet...
Apple on Thursday pushed out a batch of new Safari builds for developers covering OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, as well as new firmware for the company's standalone Thunderbolt Display. Safari betas 8.0.1, 7.1.1 and 6.2.1 bring a few new areas of focus for their corresponding Mac operating systems, being Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion, respectively. For OS X Yosemite, Apple asks developers to test Safari's cross-device...
According to a report on Thursday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking Apple about its handling of sensitive health data gathered and stored by the company's new iOS 8 HealthKit framework, especially as it applies to possible dissemination to third parties like advertisers. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Reuters reports the FTC is looking to ensure health data processed by HealthKit and the forthcoming Apple Watch will remain under user control, a...
Samsung this week announced its answer to Apple's Continuity: a new cross-device sharing feature called "Flow," intended to allow users to move activities and content between Samsung smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, PCs, and more.  In a presentation at Samsung's developer conference in San Francisco, company Vice President of Research Pranav Mistry announced the new feature, which will enable users of Samsung's wide range of devices, including smart television,...
Raise.com, a website that allows consumers to buy and sell gift cards, has introduced a new Passbook-like app for Apple's iOS, allowing shoppers to access on-the-spot savings at over 750 stores. The recently launched app allows consumers to quickly and easily trade gift cards from their mobile device. Users are able to sell gift cards they own in return for cash or credit towards another gift card. The app allows people to search for a discounted gift card specific to...
The newly unveiled PlayStation Vue TV streaming service from Sony is set to launch this month on the company's home game consoles, but shortly thereafter will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad. In an announcement on Thursday, Sony said that PlayStation Vue will debut this month in an invite-only beta preview for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners. The service will then launch on iPad "shortly thereafter," the company said, though a specific launch...
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