A Bright Idea: Why Not Have Light Bulb Apps?

By Robert Vamosi | 3/11/13 8:03 AM

On Monday, Philips introduced an SDK for its Hue wireless LED light bulbs. Yes, you read that right: Philips wants developers to create apps for its LED light bulbs.

According to Technology Review "the APIs let programmers write custom iOS applications for Hue" to control the color of the light or set lights to go on and off on a schedule.

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Podcast: Erik Peterson On MAP 2.0

By Robert Vamosi | 4/10/12 2:52 AM

This week's podcast, Erik Peterson, Principal Engineer at Mocana, discusses MAP 2.0 with Robert Vamosi, and relates his experience bringing Mocana's unique mobile app protection solution to Apple's iOS.

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Apple's Flaws

By Robert Vamosi | 7/7/11 7:17 AM

JailbreakMe.com is a website that allows iPhone, iPod and iPad users to easily jailbreak their devices—which means it allows users to download applications that do not come from the Apple App Store. Unfortunately, it also exploits a PDF vulnerability in the mobile Safari web browser—but the exploit may serve prove a larger point.

Apple's walled garden has failed, says ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes. In a Thursday blog, he notes that the jailbreak community already has a patch for the PDF vulnerability—days ahead of the official patch from Apple. He concludes, "This means that the minority who jailbreak their devices are offered protection from this vulnerability, while millions who don’t jailbreak are left waiting on Apple for a fix." In other words, in this particular case, it is better to go against Apple's security policy and have a jailbroken iPhone.

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Mobile Malware Heats Up

By JDavis | 3/29/11 8:53 AM

Malicious mobile attacks have become more numerous and complex during 2010, according to the latest report from Kaspersky Labs.

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The Cone of Silence: Apple iPhone Glitch Causes Audio Lockdown for Thousands of Toyotas

By JDavis | 2/10/11 7:33 AM

Toyota, one of the world’s top auto makers, issued an alert to 200 dealers that a software glitch in the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano 6G can affect the audio in many of their cars. Upon discovery of this technical issue, Toyota warns that Apple’s operating systems are incompatible with the car’s audio. When used, the iPod displays a “Loading” message, and the USB input for the device is completely unusable, leaving the consumer in unexpected silence.

This software glitch with iPhone and iPad devices, which occurred when the iOS4.1 iTunes software update was released last fall, has already impacted tens of thousands of Toyota’s best-selling models that include the Yaris, Corolla, Prius, and LandCruiser.

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New Mobile Apps, Coming Soon to a Ford Near You

By JDavis | 10/11/10 10:11 AM

Ford Motor Company has announced the release of a software development kit (SDK) for their AppLink platform, which allows their in-car Sync system to communicate and interact with connected devices. The public availability of the SDK will encourage developers to submit apps to Ford who, according to a recent CNET blog post, are actively seeking apps and have even gone as far as to suggest to developers some of the high hopes they have for AppLink apps. As posted on CNET,

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New User Privacy Concerns for iPhones, iPads

By JDavis | 10/4/10 11:19 AM

As recently reported on The Register, a new report from Eric Smith at Pennsylvania's Bucknell University looks at privacy concerns in Apple's iOS -- used by their iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices. The concerns are centered around Apple's Unique Device Identifier ("UDID"), a serial number present on these devices that can be collected by installed apps.

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New Software Promises iPhone Passwords Without Jailbreak

By JDavis | 8/16/10 3:27 PM

A new utility has been released by a Russian software developer who claims it can deliver the passwords stored on an iOS 4-based iPhone without any modification to the device itself. Based in Moscow, the company called "Elcomsoft Proactive Software" has previously specialized in password-cracking software that makes use of video graphics processors in consumer-level systems to conduct its high-volume number crunching and "password recovery."

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Apple Security Breach Allows for Total Unauthorized iPhone Access

By JDavis | 8/2/10 2:18 PM

As reported on Gizmodo, an easily exploited security vulnerability has been discovered that affects all iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches running iOS 3.1.2 and later, including the most recent iOS 4. All that's potentially necessary to render a device vulnerable to this breach is visiting an online PDF file--an extremely common occurrence. As reported on Gizmodo,

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Good Technology Standardizes on Mocana to Secure Mobile Offerings

By JDavis | 7/25/10 7:44 AM

Mocana today announced that Good Technology has licensed its NanoCrypto cryptographic engine for use on supported mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Palm webOS. Good for Enterprise enables IT administrators to easily define and distribute configuration profiles and enforce compliance policies for devices using the web-based Good Mobile Control console. With solutions that combine a great user experience with the tools that IT needs to manage and protect its mobile enterprise, Good Technology will implement Mocana's NanoCrypto as their universal security client, protecting against increasingly sophisticated attacks directed specifically at non-PC smart devices.

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