Posts Tagged ‘ipad’
Imagine, you’re slumbering happily, and then suddenly you wake up to a message on your phone from some mysterious dobber/s calling themselves ‘Oleg Pliss’, telling you you’ve been hacked. Not only that, but your phone will be locked until you pay them a ransom of $100 via Paypal.
Well, this is what happened to Apple users across Australia in the early hours of Tuesday morning, who found themselves phoneless and iPad-less thanks to the hackers. Some were woken to alerts in the night, and others, when they came to use their devices, found that they were locked.
So who, or what, is Oleg Pliss, and how did they manage to lock random devices across a whole country? Well, users reported a breach of the ‘Find My Phone’ app – which means they could have accessed devices through the iCloud and then set them to ‘lost mode’.
Or if they users had the same passwords across a number of devices, that might explain it, too. But at the moment, nobody knows.
As for who Oleg is, there are a few theories – there’s a guy called Oleg Pliss who works as a software engineer at tech company Oracle, and a few dotted about on Linkedin in Ukraine and Russia.
Unfortunately, victims of the hacking have reported getting short shrift from Apple and mobile providers. And apparently Vodafone told one customer that ‘Apple can’t be hacked.’ (Hmm, REALLY?).
Apple have yet to comment, probably because they have no idea how Oleg and his pals actually did it…
If you’re concerned that your child is spending so much time on the iPad that they’ve started to swipe the air and regard three dimensional objects with suspicion, then worry no more.
Osmo is a new crowdfunded app for kids that encourages ‘real world’ play. Yes, it will make the little bleeders actually pick up some blocks and build something, thanks to a mirror attachment which turns the ipad’s camera down to the surface where your kid is playing.
It comes in three parts, – software, game pieces and ipad stand. There will be three games available at first – Newton, which asks children to create structures that will link up to on-screen orbs, Tangram, where puzzle pieces must be matched to the shapes on screen, and Words, which is a spelling game, like ipad/3D mirror Scrabble.
Osmo’s crowdfunding campaign will be launched today, and if you help out, you can get the kit for $50 (it will go on sale for $100).
OR, you could confiscate the iPad and kick them out of the back door to go and play a ‘real world’ game of playing in the road and getting you 20 Lambert and Butler from the Co-op.
What could it be? Well, rumour has it that new CEO Satya Nadella wants to unveil the new Microsoft Office for the iPad. Writers and freelance layabouts in cafes rejoice!
If it happens, it puts an end to Microsoft’s long and involved iPad snub. Like a sulky teen, they’ve been pretending for years that iOS wasn’t happening. But last year they launched software for iPhone/iPad so you can look at Word docs on your phone for free.
But they’re not going to let you have anything else for free. Oh no. If/when Office comes to the iPad it will in the form of Office 365, cloud based software for which you pay a monthly or yearly fee. Many businesses already use Office 365 for multiple computers (rather than getting a licence), but they’re likely to start doing a version for us drones if the rumours are true.
This of course, is all conjecture until the big event. Perhaps Microsoft’s new CEO won’t be unveiling Office for iPad at all. Maybe the ‘cloud and mobile focussed event’ will be an hour of him noxiously farting the Intel Inside theme tune while filming it on his phone?
Colin Marsh went to Tesco and bought an iPad for £470. That, in itself, is a very boring story. However, when he opened it up, he was rather surprised to find three lumps of clay inside the box, rather than an Apple tablet.
He then returned the item, as you would, only to have the staff report him to the police on suspicion of attempted fraud. Our Colin was whisked off to his local police station and was held there for hours before being released on bail.
The missing iPad was found 200 miles away in Wales almost two months later and Marsh was told that he wouldn’t face charges and, unsurprisingly, Tesco have yet to apologise.
“You just can’t treat people like that. It’s absolutely disgusting. I’ve not even had so much as an apology from Tesco. It’s disgraceful,” he said.
Tesco did issue a statement: “We were very disappointed to learn that the product we sold to Mr Marsh had been tampered with. We would of course never knowingly have sold it to Mr Marsh and we apologise sincerely for the problems this has caused him.”
Apple have officially announced that they’ve be having an event on the 22nd October with the tagline, ”we still have a lot to cover”. That probably means that they’ll be announcing yet more new products.
It is expected that there’s going to be new versions of the iPad range, and as ever, they’ll be slimmer and lighter and will invariably have the fingerprint sensor that everyone has been parping on about/unlocking with their nipples.
Rumour has it that the 9.7in iPad is going thinner and there’s mutterings about bezels, so it looks like the iPad mini. Meanwhile, the iPad mini is expected to have a higher resolution for the display and there’s retina-based whispers too.
There’s also a lot of talk about the release of the latest version of the OSX “Mavericks”, not to mention chatter about the MacBook Pro line getting an update with Intel’s latest generation Haswell processors.
Looks like Apple are trying to crush the opposition, just in time for Christmas.
Speculation suggests that there’s going to be an October 22nd unveiling, and it looks like the new tablet will have a thinner, lighter design, not to mention a better camera and a new A7 processor (the one in the iPhone 5S).
The iPad Mini is also rumoured to be getting a higher quality Retina display, which is nice.
Apple said: “We don’t discuss future products, we have not disclosed anything.” They’re weirdly cagey aren’t they? They’re worse than drug dealers.
With this, Apple appear to be trying to stay on top of the growing sales of cheaper Android-powered tablets. However, it seems like there’s a new Apple product every 5 minutes at the moment – are they getting a bit jumpy in the post-Jobs era?
Apple are looking at making screens larger, according to reports, on the new iPhones and iPads.
The iPhone 5 has a four inch display and the newest iPad has a screen that measures 9.7 inches, and looking to go larger. Looks like Apple are entering the realm of the ‘phablet’. With sales looking to grow to 60.4m by the end of 2013, it isn’t surprising.
And it looks like Apple’s latest iPhone will be out around September. Apart from larger screens (and presumably, it’ll be thinner and lighter), what else will they have in store?
Well, there’ll be the newest version of the the iOS software – iOS 7. App icons have been redesigned and the operating system will have a new look and feel.
There’ll also be Spotify rival, iTunes Radio, which will come built into the Music app, and there’ll be a new Control Center menu for mucking around with your settings. It’s likely that these new devices will be 4G ready too.
Five-year-old Danny Kitchen asked his beloved mother and father if he could have the passcode for their iPad, which they duly gave to him. What damage could an infant possibly do?
Well, the little money drain promptly ran up a bill of £1,700 in what was probably the best ten-minutes of his little life. And all he wanted was to play Zombie v Ninja.
When he got the game (clever little sod), he found his way to the game’s online store and promptly ordered dozens of pricey add-ons which came in at a whopping £1,710.43.
His poor mother knew nothing about all this until she saw all the iTunes emails listing what he’d done. And then her credit card company phoned-up to see what the bloody hell was going on.
She explained: “Danny was pestering us to let him have a go on the iPad. He kept saying it was a free game so my husband put in the passcode and handed it to him. It worried me when he asked for the password but I had a look at the game it said it was free so I didn’t think there would be a problem.”
“We had lots of visitors in the house and were both a little preoccupied. I woke up Monday morning and looked at my emails and had loads from iTunes. I thought it must be a mistake, so I checked my bank balance online and nothing had been taken out.”
“I thought nothing of it until I my credit card advisor phoned and told me they had authorised the transaction.”
Mrs Kitchen then added, sinisterly: “I realised what happened and told Danny he’d better get ready for bed and run and hide before daddy got home. He was crying, as the rest of the children were telling him we could have bought a house with the amount he had spent.”
“He started to run and through his tears he turned back and said ‘But where can I hide?’ Bless him – that stopped me being angry but of course it’s a lot of money.”
Danny said: “It was a good game.”
Apple have said they’ll refund the money, which is nice of them.
It’s been mooted for a while now, and sing Hosannas, because it’s finally happening. Yes, it’s the 128GB iPad!
Presumably it’s aimed at people who have been addicted to tablets for a few years now and are looking for more storage for their mighty app collection. Either that or Apple have just looked at the fact that there isn’t a 128GB iPad yet, figured that there might be some money to make out of such a notion, and bunged one out in the hope it’ll be a hit.
But at £639 for a wi-fi version and £739 for a cellular data one, you’ll probably either have more money than sense or be ripe for sectioning if you buy one.
It looks as though we can expect to see fewer of those irritating Apple launch events from now on. That’s because the Cupertino-based gadget pushers have finally cottoned on to the fact that people buy loads of stuff at Christmas and have pumped out a range of new and upgraded stuff in one blast last night.
Top of the list was the iPad Mini, which is smaller than your standard iPad but not quite as good, what with it not having the Retina display. Also, it’ll have 4G capabilities, but only with EE’s 4G and not the 4G that will come later from the other providers.
Also, it has the new Lightnight connector that was unveiled on the iPhone 5 a month or so ago. Pricing starts at £269 for the 16GB version, and with increasing numbers of Google’s Nexus 7 knocking around for about £100 less, it’s all fairly underwhelming.
But wait! There’s more! Did you buy the new iPad 3 when it was launched earlier in the year? Well now it’s OBSOLETE! Yes, there’s an iPad 4 coming, with a twice-as-fast processor and not much else that’s new. Oh, apart from the Lightning connector. You can’t escape the Lightning connector. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIGHTING THE LIGHTNING CONNECTOR.
Woah! There’s even more! The 13” MacBook Pro will now come with Retina display (it was previously only available in the 15” model) along with some other minor spec-tinkering. The iMac has been made even slinkier and sexier – yet somehow it’s still got a computer inside it. Then there’s the Mac Mini – that’s also been boosted with the inclusion of an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and some other upgrading as well.
So will this be the shape of things to come from now on? Fewer launches throughout the year with a bumper crop of new goodies ahead of the Christmas spend-spurt? Very possibly.
What about you, dear readers? Does any of this new Apple kit float your boat? Or is Apple just another tech company now, with Google and Samsung catching up with stuff that is just as good while being considerably cheaper? Tell us what you think about things. We need to know!
Here’s some ‘interesting’ information about how the iPad Mini was created…
The latest upgrade to iOS 6 has been fraught with problems, making a mockery of the ‘just works’ mandate from Apple devotees. Well publicised, is the problem with maps (with Google having a chuckle about it all) and now, a number of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners have been left without basic WiFi connectivity after upgrading to iOS 6.
Feel free to assume that this wouldn’t have happened if Steve Jobs was around.
Users have been moaning on Apple’s official support forums, currently standing at over 150 pages of bitching about WiFi.
Some have noted that their device will connect on some networks but not on others, while other users have said that, since the upgrade, they’ve been unable to connect to a Netgear router (you’ll need to download new firmware for the router if you’re finding this to be the case). Others have been saying that everything is just “persistently slow” Wi-Fi.
There have been other Apple users who have said that the AirPlay connectivity on the iPad has stopped working on iOS 6.
Are you having grief with your Apple products since the update? Have a moan in the comments if you want.
Last week, UK Nova, a popular resource for downloading the latest British TV shows, was closed down following some legal pressure. Today, the BBC have announced that their iPlayer service will be improved very shortly, allowing users to download shows to their mobile devices.
Previously, iPlayer content could only be downloaded to an unwieldy computer or laptop before being watched offline at the user’s leisure. But NO LONGER. From Tuesday, you’ll be able to download classic shows like Doctors and Pointless to your iPhone or iPad, with an equivalent Android app on its way in the not-too-distant future.
Daniel Danker, the BBC’s general manager of on-demand programmes, said: “This fundamentally changes one of the most annoying restrictions about viewing programmes. It means audiences are liberated from the constraints [of online-only viewing] and it fundamentally changes what it means to go on holiday.”
Warming to his theme, Danker said even more, adding: “With mobile downloads, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC programmes, then watch them on the road, on the tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill.”
Your device will need to be in range of a wi-fi connection in order to download shows, but 3G capabilities are said to be coming soon. You can stop being excited in about three minutes
Well now. Have you got an iPhone? Or an iPod or iPad? Think you know it pretty well? In fairness, you might, but chances are, you weren’t aware of the secret controls that your headphones have. You can use the ‘phones controls and microphone for all manner of stuff, like ignoring calls or using your controls to take photos.
To show it off, here’s a dead-eyed American lady to talk you through them all.