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iOS 8.4.1 more secure, iPhone sales, iOS 9 Maps, Swatch, Baidu, 7 annoying iOS features

Image from Apple Insider.
Image from Apple Insider.

With iOS 8.4.1, Apple patches app sandbox vulnerability that could lead to enterprise data theft — Last week’s release of iOS 8.4.1 brought more than just Apple Music fixes — it also patched a previously undisclosed hole in the app sandbox that made it possible for iOS devices operating in managed environments to unknowingly leak configuration and credential data to other third-party apps.

iPhone sales stay strong amid worldwide smartphone market slowdown — Apple’s iPhone continues to gain marketshare despite a slowing global smartphone market during the second quarter, doing particularly well in China – where the overall market actually shrunk by 4% year-over-year. And it’s still creeping into Samsung’s market share.

Apple outs iOS 9 Maps transit data sources, new business listing aggregators — In a change to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage, Apple

used to populate the upcoming transit mapping feature in Maps for iOS 9, as well as two new aggregators of business listings.

Swatch trademarks the ‘one more thing’ phrase made famous by Steve Jobs — Swiss watch brand Swatch has acquired a trademark on the phrase “one more thing,” an expression often used during Apple press events by the company’s late cofounder Steve Jobs. [I’d like to trademark the phrase ‘How dare they!’]

Apple’s Siri to use Baidu as its default search engine in China — Apple has set Baidu as its default search engine for Chinese users of Siri, according to Feng.com, a tech blog based in China (and as as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire). [I had to Baidu that to find our what it meant.]

Seven truly annoying iOS features, and how to make them stop — Nope, you’re not the only one who’s ever barked “stop it!” to your iPhone or iPad because it was being, well, a little too helpful. Luckily, you can tweak or turn off many of iOS’s most nagging and intrusive features.

App Analytics, iPhone sales, Watch protector, Amplitude free for 3 days

The Speck CandyShell FIT protects the watch from impacts while the silicone softens the blow.
The Speck CandyShell FIT protects the watch from impacts while the silicone softens the blow.

Apple expands App Analytics beta to all developers — Apple on Wednesday opened up the App Analytics beta to all registered iOS developers, moving beyond an early system in which people had to request access and briefly wait for their chance to participate.

Apple on track for another 51+ million iPhone sales this quarter, research says — Demand for Apple’s iPhone continues to stay extremely strong, even as the life cycle of the current iPhone 6 series begins to wind down heading into the fall, new data from UBS reveals.

Speck CandyShell FIT keeps your Apple Watch looking new — There’s a fear common to anyone who owns an Apple Watch – the fear of scratching that beautiful little device by unexpectedly bumping it into something. Speck’s new CandyShell FIT (it will cost US$29.95) might make you feel a lot less fearful by offering dual-layer protection and a raised bezel to protect your investment.

Full Amplitube free for a short time — IK Multimedia is giving away the FULL version of AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad app for free (normally €19.99) until 18 May, 2015. Three days … AmpliTube for iPhone & AmpliTube for iPad is the most popular mobile guitar/bass multi-effects processor and recording studio/editing suite, providing digital versions of the most coveted analog amps, effects and recording gear. For more information on AmpliTube, please visit:

iPhone as big as Coke & McDonalds, mistaken app purchases, doctors & apps

Modern Combat looks surprisingly impressive on an iPhone 4s
Modern Combat looks surprisingly impressive on an iPhone 4s

Apple’s iPhone business is as big as McDonald’s and Coke combined — The bulk of Apple’s revenue comes from the iPhone. During the company’s most recent quarter, for example, 53% of its $37.4 billion in quarterly revenue came from its iconic smartphone. In fact iPhone, as its own business, now compares to a number of blue chip companies – revenue wise, the iPhone business makes as much money as McDonalds and Coca-Cola combined.

Smartphone sales still growing, but Apple’s and Samsung’s share is slipping — Global smartphone shipments increased by nearly 25 percent year-over-year, new data released Tuesday indicates, with Chinese vendors accounting for the lion’s share of the growth at the expense of established heavyweights Apple and Samsung.

iPhone 101: How to request a refund from the App Store for mistaken purchases — If you have browsed through the App Store and inadvertently purchase an app that you really didn’t intend to buy. It’s one of those costly fat finger moments that you wish you could take back.
Thankfully, Apple provides a way to for you to request a refund in these circumstances. It’s not an immediate return and the restoration of your funds is subject to Apple’s approval, but it is nonetheless helpful when you’ve made a mistaken purchase, as TUAW explains.

Doctors freaking out about med apps — Doctors spend years learning about various ailments, equipment, and medications before ever being allowed near a patient, so it’s no surprise the glut of health tracking apps available today is giving them fits. The complete lack of oversight and unverified claims of many medical apps make them a real danger, and this increasing concern comes at a time when Apple’s own HealthKit framework is getting ready for the spotlight.

5 unexpectedly useful apps — These days, there really is an app for almost anything – even things you may never have thought of. Want to connect two previously unlinked web services? An app can help. Want to link two previously unconnected devices? Rhere’s an app for that, too. Read on for information on five of Liane Cassavoy’s favourite unexpectedly useful apps.

Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App — Facebook is officially going to move messages to the separate Facebook Messenger app, a separate (free) iPhone app, artificially preventing users from messenging within the Facebook app by simply removing the feature.

How different is Modern Combat 5 on an iPhone 4s compared to a 5c — Modern Combat 5 has finally hit the iTunes store, bringing fiery action to your iOS devices (main picture). The folks at AppSpy have put together a comparison video showing how the title plays on the iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5c, and the answer is remarkable: the 5c version is noticeably sharper than the same title running on a 4s, the graphics on the 4s are still incredibly impressive considering the title is running on a device nearly three years old.