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The folks over at digital agency Simply Zesty have been thinking about what iOS 7, the upcoming new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, will – or should – look like based on the typical rumours and speculation that precede every major Apple event.

With Apple’s WWDC 2013 conference just around the corner, many have started postulating what the future has in store for both iOS and Mac OS X, but it’s always just a bit more tangible when it gets conceptualized in visual form – especially when it’s done by a professional designer.

Enter Simply Zesty’s Art Director, Philip Joyce, who has come up with a way to present what he thinks the next version of iOS should be like. As you may have heard, iOS 7 is expected to be a huge revamp on many levels, including a fresh UI with a very ‘flat’ design.

Bearing that in mind, here’s Simply Zesty’s pretty impressive conceptual take on the forthcoming iOS 7 (screenshots below):

As you can see, it features completely redesigned app icons, a brand new lock and a customizable, widget-rich home screen, and a fresh look for oft-used apps like Calendar, Music, Camera, Siri and Facebook.

I, for one, very much like the concept designs, particularly that of the Music application (see visuals and SlideShare presentation below).

What’s your opinion?

Source: thenextweb.com

A five-year-old boy in the UK accidentally made £1700 ($2550) of in-app purchases in a freemium game in just 15 minutes after asking his father to type in the password for a free download, reports the BBC (via Gizmodo).

The Zombies vs Ninja game was a free download, but with £70 ($105) in-app purchases for game keys and weapons packs. Neither the 5-year-old, Danny Kitchen, nor his parents were aware of the charges being racked up as the child played. His mother Sharon Kitchen said:

He was very upset when he realised what he had done. His brothers and sisters were telling him off, but of course he didn’t know what he did – he’s only five.


Apple refunded the charges, but the incident does highlight the dangers of freemium games aimed at young children. As for Danny:

I was worried and I felt sad. I’m banned from the iPad now.

The publicity comes just days after Apple settled a U.S. lawsuit over the same issue, offering affected customers iTunes credits of at least $5, with cash payments available to customers with claims over $30.

app purchase password restrictions

It is not entirely clear how Danny Kitchen was able to purchase in-app content if his father had only entered the account password to download an app, as Apple separated app and in-app purchases with iOS 4.3 two years ago. The Kitchen’s password should have been required a second time before in-app purchase could be downloaded.

Apple also provides a variety of parental controls and restriction tools to help minimize the possibility of such issues, allowing parents to restrict what types of content may be used on the device, turn off app downloads or in-app purchases, and require the account password for every app or in-app transaction.

Source: http://www.macrumors.com/

The tech giant's new "Brilliant" and "Discover" ads home in on apps that let users solve complicated math problems, dim a lamp, and tune a guitar.

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Apple released a set of snazzy new iPhone commercials today dubbed "Brilliant" and "Discover" to show off various features and apps on the smartphone. Choreographed to upbeat music -- the same as its recent iPad ads -- the commercials display the phone in a pair of hands that click, tap, and swipe through various games, apps, and videos.

"Brilliant" highlights how people can use the smartphone to pay for a Starbucks coffee with the Passbook app, use the scientific MyScriptmath calculator, and control the dimming of a lamp with the new Hue Lighting app. "Discover" focuses on Apple's maps app and also shows features like how users can tune a guitar with the smartphone and find new restaurants, music, and locations with numerous other apps.

iphone5vsgalaxys3The iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S each outsold the Galaxy SIII in the last quarter of 2012, refuting suggestions that consumers are getting bored of the Silicon Valley company's products.

The figures showed Apple's current smartphone models soared ahead of Samsung's flagship mobile to become the first and second biggest sellers toward the end of the year.

Nevertheless, figures from tech market research firm Strategy Analytics showed Apple sold 27.4million iPhone 5s in Q4 and 17.4million iPhone 4S handsets, the Daily Mail reports.

That compared to sales of 15.4million for the Samsung Galaxy SIII, a whopping 12million fewer shipped than Apple's top-of-the-range smartphone, the report said.

According to the paper, with the Galaxy due for an update, it perhaps does not seem surprising that the latest Apple device outsold it.

But what did surprise observers was that the older 4S model also outsold the more highly specced Samsung phone, the paper added.

354754-8-simple-tips-for-mac-securityThe list of high-profile tech companies victimized by hackers is growing.  

Just days after Facebook revealed that its systems were "targeted in a sophisticated attack," Apple has now made the rare admission that it too was the victim of hackers. The Cupertino tech giant's computers were attacked by the same online miscreants who targeted Facebook. No data appears to have been stolen in the Apple hack.

"Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers," Apple said in a statement to PCMag.com. "The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers."

A "small number" of Apple employees' Mac computers were breached, though "there was no evidence that any data left Apple," the company said. Upon discovering the intrusion, Apple isolated the infected computers from its network and began working with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.  

Apple said it will release a software tool on Tuesday to protect Mac users against the malware leveraged by attackers.

"Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days," the company said. "To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found."

The attack on Apple employee computers was first reported Tuesday by Reuters.

The news comes after Facebook on Friday said its systems were breached after a handful of employees visited a compromised mobile developer website. The website in question was hosting an exploit that installed malware on the computer of anyone who visited it. The social network said it found no evidence that any user data was compromised by the malware.

Apple and Facebook aren't alone. Earlier this month, Twitter said that it detected "unusual access patterns" on its network, which indicated that attackers might have accessed the user data of approximately 250,000 users.

Meanwhile, security researchers on Tuesday revealed they have traced a prolific group of computer hackers to a government-backed, military building in Shanghai, China. According to a new report from Mandiant, the People's Liberation Army Unit 61398 is located "in precisely the same area" as a section of APT1, an advanced persistent threat group that has stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations worldwide.

Update: As promised, Apple on Tuesday released a Java security update to address the flaw. Java for OS X 2013-001 is available in the Software Update section of the Mac App Store. It is also available for download from Apple's website.
Apple advised users to quit any Web browsers and Java applications before installing the update.

Audible

Amazon-owned audio book provider Audible on Wednesday updated its iOS app with full support for Apple's iPad and a new design for the iPhone.

Version 2.0 supports the 9.7-inch screen on the iPad and the 7.9-inch display found on the iPad mini. Until now, Audible's iOS app has only been optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The new iPad-friendly version takes advantage of the tablet's larger screen for a "visually stunning and more engaging library browsing and playback experience," the company said in a news release. The app features a grid-view library layout showing audiobooks' cover art, allowing users to easily peruse titles and manage their library.

"More than 20 percent of Audible customers already use Audible's iPhone app on the iPad," Ajay Arora, Audible's vice president of mobile applications, said in a statement. "We're now delivering a vastly improved listening experience for this quickly growing segment of Audible customers, which is also great news for anyone who's always wanted to try the Audible service on an iPad."

Meanwhile, Audible's iPhone update delivers a fresh look and feel that is consistent with the new iPad app. Besides the new look, the revamped Audible iPhone app now lets users sign in using an existing Amazon account for easer startup.

It also boasts some additional library filtering features, such as letting users mark titles as finished and hide them in library view. Users can also download the first 50MB of an audiobook over cellular networks for on-the-go listening.

"Audible customers download audiobooks to their iPhones so that they can listen wherever they are, so that they'll have more time to enjoy books," Arora said. "We want to help make this listening time the best it can be. Our new iPhone interface is designed to deliver a more streamlined, intuitive, and engaging listening experience."

Source: pcmag.com

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