A Bright Idea: Why Not Have Light Bulb Apps?

June 25, 2014

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

June 24, 2014

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

June 24, 2014

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

June 24, 2014

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

June 24, 2014

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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