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Just when you thought that addiction to Flappy Bird was over, the creator of the mobile gaming sensation is threatening to return the time sucking title to App Store virtual shelves. But there's plenty more news to be had in our daily recap, so hit the link and read on to find out more...
MacRumors reported Wednesday that while iOS 7.1 appears to have fixed what ailed many users, iPhone owners who use the Personal Hotspot feature on unsupported networks are finding the update delivered nothing but grief. The problem appears to stem from the inability to save manually entered APN settings, a dilemma that's racked up more than 15 pages worth of posts on Apple's Support Communities as users find themselves unable to tether. AppleInsider claims the issue is caused by Apple cracking down on users abusing tethering from unauthorized carriers, suggesting the problem is actually a "feature" rather than a bug.
CNET reported Wednesday that Electronics Arts servers have apparently been hacked in an effort to grab credit card and Apple ID credentials. According to security expert Netcraft, an EA-owned web server has been hosting a phishing site which asks for Apple ID login details as well as credit card data, date of birth and even your mother's maiden name, which is commonly used to recover passwords. Ironically, the hackers didn't gain access through one of EA's game properties, but rather "an outdated version of WebCalendar software" that has since been patched. Be careful out there, folks, and make sure you're entering sensitive information where you actually intend to.
No one likes to hear that their favorite services are going to cost more, and this week it's Pandora One dishing out the bad news. Starting in May, new subscribers to the internet radio service's ad-free, premium experience will pay $4.99 per month instead of the current $3.99 per month, which existing customers will continue to enjoy for the time being. Pandora is also ditching the annual subscription option, meaning listeners will be forced to pay up each month rather than save nearly $1 per month on the yearly option. Pandora claims the move will only affect roughly 3.3 million of their total 250 million registered users.
Say goodbye to productivity! Gawker reported Wednesday that Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is again hinting at the return of the mobile game that put him on the map, although he appears to be in no hurry to actually pull the trigger. "Yes. But not soon," Nguyen tweeted in response to a recent Twitter inquiry about a potential future for Flappy Bird in the App Store. The developer previously shunned the attention he received for the game, eventually pulling it altogether, claiming that players had simply become too addicted to its ridiculously simple gameplay.
What a difference a year makes: This time last year, Google was the dominant force in RSS, even as they announced plans to close up shop on Reader that summer. It was into this uncertain future that services like Feedbin were born, and founder Ben Ubois is celebrating with a look back at how the company was founded and where things stand on its first anniversary. "Timing was everything for Feedbin’s success," Ubois writes. "I think having a halfway decent product only went so far as to not actively hurt Feedbin’s chances," citing early support from popular iOS app Reeder as helping to give the service an audience.
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