Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to FREAK attacks — Hundreds of iOS and Android apps are still vulnerable to a dangerous attack revealed two weeks ago that can compromise encrypted data, a security vendor said Tuesday. FREAK is a flaw that can allow an SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Security Layer) encryption key to be downgraded to 512 bits—much weaker than the 2,048-bit keys typically used today.
Autodesk’s insanely fun Tinkerplay app lets you easily design your own 3D-printable action figures — Autodesk, makers of AutoCAD design software and the Spark 3D printing platform, want to make it easier for children of all ages to design their own 3D-printed items. The company recently released a new app called Tinkerplay that makes it easy to design your own army of killer robots. It’s free for iPad and iPhone.
Top-selling recipe app quietly removed from App Store amidst fraud allegations — Popular recipe app The Whole Pantry has been quietly pulled from the Australian and US app stores amidst allegations of fraud by app creator Belle Gibson, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The 20-something entrepreneur rose to fame, even working closely with Apple on a Watch app, following her pronouncement that she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer using a healthy lifestyle. This has now been called into question.
Retailers report strong customer interest in Apple Pay after first weeks of service —It appears Apple Pay is off to a good start as participating retailers nationwide report the service is generating high levels of interest from customers looking to try it out, something heretofore unheard of in the mobile wallet space.
Apple’s A8X iPad chip causing big problems for Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia — Apple’s A-series Application Processors that power iPads, including the latest and greatest A8X in iPad Air 2, are inciting billion dollar losses for Intel and threatening major problems for rival tablet chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia, along with all the companies that depend upon those vendors for their mobile chips.
Apple assures FTC that it will keep Apple Watch health data secure — With the Apple Watch capable of collecting sensitive health data, Reuters reports that the FTC has sought assurances from Apple that said data will not be used without the consent of the owners, will not be sold to third-parties, and above all, will remain safe and secure. Naturally, Apple has obliged, pointing out to the FTC that health data on the Apple Watch is encrypted.
Microsoft’s health tracking, iOS-compatible Band — The competitive price, strong feature set, and universal compatibility of the Microsoft Band will make it a compelling product for anyone in the market for a wearable fitness and health tracking device, though it does suffer from some of the expected shortcomings of a first-generation product.
The Scout navigation app adds chat, meetups and personalized traffic — Scout has always been a worthwhile free alternative for people looking for something beyond Google and Apple Maps. A just-issued update gives users predictive, intuitive traffic push notifications for users’ everyday trips, eliminating the need to manually check for traffic delays.
Distiller proves booze apps are no flash in the bottle — Communities of booze connoisseurs have existed on the Internet for ages, but they weren’t exactly easy to find or join. If you’re a casual whiskey drinker, you’re not going to ask a forum full of diehards if Jim Beam or Wild Turkey will go over better at your next dinner party. But a new breed of apps proves booze — from delivery to discussion — pairs well with technology.
BRUVELO would be your iPhone-powered coffee powerhouse — What is it with Apple fans and coffee? Perhaps it’s the fact that you can totally “geek out” on the process, the beans, the hardware and so on. Add your iPhone to the mix and you’ve got Apple-loving Coffee Nerd Nirvana.
App Store gamers are cheap, angry and whiny — Monument Valley developer Ustwo learned a harsh lesson about App Store customers this week when the group released a large update to its highly regarded iOS title. ‘Forgotten Shores’ added a further eight chapters to the popular puzzle game for $2.29, and if you had read any of the glowing user reviews for the game ahead of the expansion’s launch you’d probably have guessed more paid levels were exactly what everyone wanted. But no …
UK iPhone 6 ad features Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade of The IT Crowd — Along with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came a pair of ads featuring Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, in America. In the UK the ads are basically the same, just with one major and important difference — their ads feature Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade (but not Katherine Parkinson ) from The IT Crowd. (You have to click on either Health or Duo to see them – well, hear them, actually – it’s only their voices.)
Video app shoots HDR — Live HD/R (US$2.99) is an app that can shoot High Dynamic Range videos in real time, made possible by the faster processor and re-worked camera sensor of the iPhone 6. It just takes special software to unlock the HDR video features.
Yves Behar’s iPhone-controlled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple Stores — The August Smart Lock, created by famed designer Yves Béhar, is now available at retail through a partnership with Apple, which is selling the HomeKit-connected device at all of its locations across the US. [And if you get home during a power cut?]
Make sense of expenses and spending habits with MonSense — If you want a money management app that’s a step above basic, but not overly complicated, Monsense is a great choice (says TUAW).
Rediscover treasure hunting with Figibox —Figibox is a location based messaging app. A user goes to a location of their choosing and can drop a Figibox message that can include text and photos for another user to access. You can also locate other Figiboxes left by other users and open them on location like you would with a classic treasure hunt. There is an option to send both public and private messages. [Is FigiPudding next?]