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Valve cofounder and software engineer Gabe Newell, who is attempting to create a new era of open-source gaming with the Steam Box project, sees the proliferation of the Apple TV as more of a threat than console giants Sony and Microsoft.
According to new data from research firm IDC, Apple’s iPad led worldwide tablet shipments hit 51.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, but dipped in overall marketshare amid booming sales from rival Samsung.
iOS app developers are seemingly taking notice of the trouble picture-sharing app “500px” faced earlier in January, as App Store veteran Tumblr is now warning users of possible exposure to adult content with its latest update.
Darpa Warns: Your iPhone Is a Military Threat By Noah Shachtman There's a growing threat to the US military, according to the Pentagon's premier research wing. No, it's not Iran's nukes or China's missiles. It's the iPads, Android phones and other gadgets we all carry around with us every day. Read more on Wired News
SeeUnity Mobile for iPhone Enhances Enterprise Content Mobility 29, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — SeeUnity is pleased to announce the immediate availability of SeeUnity Mobile for iPhone. SeeUnity Mobile mobilizes Enterprise Content Management (ECM) through the iPhone, and complements the recently released iPad version. Read more on Sacramento Bee
Margaritaville Mobile Brings the Jimmy Buffett Experience to the iPhone AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced the release of the new free mobile app Margaritaville(R) Mobile(TM) for iPhone(R). Players of virtual paradise Margaritaville(R) Online(TM), available now on … Read more on MarketWatch (press release)Related Posts:
Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman and former chief executive, admitted to the U.S. Senate antitrust subcommittee that Apple’s new Siri personal assistant technology is a “significant development” in search and could pose a threat to his company’s core business.
A 70-minute interview from 1995 featuring the late Steve Jobs and the journalist Robert Cringely was presumed lost, but has since reappeared, and will be shown as a limited theatrical release in November.
Apple’s new Siri voice control on the iPhone 4S can answer questions, access information and deliver search results without displaying any advertising, which one analysis says will hurt search providers like Google.
When Apple addressed a congressional inquiry on privacy in July, the company claimed that it couldn’t actually track a particular iPhone in real time, as its transactions were anonymous and thoroughly randomized. Bucknell University network admin Eric Smith, however, theorizes that third-party application developers and advertisers may not have the same qualms, and could be linking your device to your name (and even your location) whenever they transmit data. Smith, a two-time DefCon wardriving champ, studied 57 top applications in the iTunes App Store to see what they sent out, and discovered that some fired off the iPhone’s UDID and personal details in plaintext (where they can ostensibly be intercepted), including those for Amazon, Chase Bank, Target and Sam’s Club, though a few were secured with SSL. Though UDIDs are routinely used by apps to store personal data and combat piracy, what Smith fears is that a database could be set up linking these UDIDs to GPS coordinates or GeoIP, giving nefarious individuals or organizations knowledge of where you are.
It’s a scary idea, but before you direct hate Apple’s way, it’s important to note that Cupertino’s not necessarily the one to blame. iOS is arguably the best at requiring users to opt-in to apps that perform GPS tracking; transmitting the UDID and account information together publicly is strictly against the rules; and we’d like to think that if users provide their personal information to an application developer in the first place, they’d understand what they’re doing. Of course, not all users monitor those things closely, and plaintext transmission of personal details is obviously a big no-no.
Smith’s piece opens and closes on the idea that Apple’s UDID is like the unique identifier of Intel’s Pentium III processor, which generated privacy concerns around the turn of the century, and we wonder if ths story might play out the same way — following government inquiries, Intel offered a software utility that let individuals manually disable their chip’s unique ID, and removed it from future CPUs.
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