BARCELONA, Spain -- At MWC 2014 I managed to sit down with former Summly founder and recent A-level Yahoo hire Nick D'Aloisio. He spoke to me hot on the heels of Yahoo bringing its News Digest app to iOS device users in the UK. Edited automatically by brainy software but curated by real, live people, Yahoo's graphically flashy mobile application apparently still needs a human touch. I just hope things stay that way. … Read more
Every tap, touch, and press you make on your iPhone and iPad could be monitored and captured remotely due to an iOS security flaw. At least, that's the claim from security firm FireEye.
In a blog posted Monday, FireEye researchers said they conducted a test on non-jailbroken iOS 7.0.x devices in which they installed a "monitoring" app. This app was able to record all touch and press events in the background, including screen touches, home button presses, volume button presses, and TouchID presses. Based on its findings, the team concluded that an attacker could use … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will expand to voice communications in the second quarter, co-founder and chief executive Jan Koum announced Monday.
"We want to make sure people always have the ability to stay in touch with their friends and loved ones really affordably," Koum said in a speech here at Mobile World Congress. "We're going to introduce voice on WhatsApp in the second quarter of this year."
The startup has steadily risen in importance through a simple text-messaging service based on people's mobile phone numbers but avoiding carriers' common text-messaging charges. … Read more
RealNetworks today announced the global roll-out of RealPlayer Cloud, a service that lets people watch and share videos on a variety of devices and operating systems.
RealPlayer Cloud was first announced in September 2013, but was only available in the US and Canada. With today's announcement, people will be able to share videos internationally.
"We're excited to bring RealPlayer Cloud to consumers worldwide. In just five short months, we've experienced extensive user growth and now have more than 500,000 users in the US and Canada," said Rob Glaser, interim CEO of RealNetworks. "Clearly … Read more
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week, app maker ALK Technologies is showing off its most recent additions to its CoPilot GPS app, a free app with downloadable maps, turn-by-turn navigation, and directions. The company has added two new features that aim to make your commute better.
The first new feature is CommuteMe, which learns your daily commute route as you drive, tracking the streets and freeways you prefer to use. Once it gets a good picture of your daily commute to and from work, it will start to alert you about traffic problems on that route. It … Read more
Apple said it will fix a bug "very soon" that allows hackers to spy on financial, e-mail, and other personal data on computers from its Mac desktop and notebook lineup.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant confirmed in an e-mail to Reuters that it was aware of the issue and already has a software fix that will be released likely in the next few days.
SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is one of the most basic forms of encrypting Internet traffic. Without it, almost anybody can see what you're doing online. According to Apple's full description of the update, the software previously had problems validating the authenticity of the connection, and the software fix restores steps that were missing in the validation process.
The company said the fix would stop an attacker from capturing and modifying … Read more
Apple is said to have acquired the app-testing and analytics startup Burstly and on Friday all but confirmed it:
"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," an Apple spokesperson told CNET.
Burstly is the operator of popular developer services like TestFlight, which lets app makers deploy an app to a small amount of users for field testing before wider release. That way, developers can work out kinks and monitor things like in-app purchases and the app's durability against crashing, without having to put the product … Read more
Still waiting for Microsoft to release Office for the iPad? Don't bother. Here's another app that fits the bill, and it's free.
Released in November for the iPad, HopTo lets you view, edit, and create Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, and view PowerPoint presentations. You can access and edit those and other types of files from your local computer and from Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. And thanks to the latest update, you can now tap into your Microsoft OneDrive files.
Independent developer Riley Testut released on Wednesday a long awaited update to his polished Game Boy emulator, GBA4iOS, and it's far and away the easiest and best looking way to power up your childhood nostalgia and do some classic Nintendo gaming on the iPhone. The emulator now supports Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and original Game Boy games.
Beyond its game playing capabilities, the 2.0 update contains all new features, a refreshed design, and, as was the case with Testut's previous effort and the primary source of its notoriety, it can be downloaded on any iPhone … Read more