Apple blocks WireLurker apps to help stop malware threat — Apple was Johnny-on-the-spot Thursday morning with its response to the WireLuker malware threat for the iPhone, and has already blocked the trojan horse apps that install it so they can’t launch. WireLurker is a malware threat out of China that uses Apple’s own provisioning tools to install itself on iOS devices.
If you aren’t sure how to protect yourself from WireLurker, be sure to check out our article detailing just what you can do.
Microsoft offers Office 365 refunds to iPad users after launching free version — If you recently forked over US$70 or more to edit Office documents on an iPad, you can now switch to the free version and get a partial refund.
The iPad version of Office previously required an Office 365 subscription for document editing, priced at $70 per year for the “Personal” edition and $100 per year for the “Home” edition. That changed on Thursday, when Microsoft made basic editing free on all mobile devices, including iPads.
CBS launches news channel on Apple TV, quietly — CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a “digital streaming news network” called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn’t announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple’s device now [it’s not on mine though].
Facebook says 66% of Android phones it sees have iPhone 4 era specs from 2011 (or worse) — The world’s most popular mobile app has developed a new way to manage Android fragmentation, targeting users’ hardware capabilities rather than devices’ installed OS versions. Facebook’s new efforts note that two thirds of the Android phones it sees “are equivalent to something released in 2011 or earlier.”
Apple drops Fitbit products from Online Store — Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit’s fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn’t any official word on why Fitbit’s products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.
Smash Champs is stunning, unique and action-packed — Smash Champs (pictured above) is a unique action/adventure game in which you must train your fighters to battle their opponents and gain power and success. It sounds clichéd but it has a few tricks up its sleeve that make for some interesting gameplay. The iOS game is free with in-app purchases and universal for iPhone and iPad.
Swype keyboard for iOS is free for a limited time — One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It’s called Swype and it’s wonderful. [I have it.]