Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.
Yesterday we brought you the story of two Dutch hackers who managed to find a way around the Activation Lock Apple introduced to curb iPhone theft, and now Cult of Mac reports that the duo deleted an e-mail from Apple asking for more information. One of them, AquaXetine, also announced the deletion in a tweet from yesterday.
You know that old myth about Mac computers being invulnerable to viruses? Well, it really is a myth; Macs are vulnerable to malware and security breaches, it just happens less often. And lest you think the fine folks at Apple HQ don't have to worry about such issues, think again. According to Apple, some of its own employees suffered an attack via a Java plug-in.
If you haven't already read the harrowing story of what happened to a Wired editor when hackers exploited a few security flaws, then you owe it to yourself. It's rather terrifying, how porous our online digital lives can be, but luckily we also have an article on there to help boost your online security a little and give you a bit more control. It's the least we could do.
Soon you will be able to purchase themes and skin your iOS devices right from one application available for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches. Theme It is a brand-new store that will soon allow more customizations for iOS users.
Apple released the Apple TV IPSW yesterday and the hackers have already jailbroken it. Robbie wonders if Apple might be watching the jailbreaking community to see what features its regular users might like.
Eric Schmidt scares us with his vision of cars. The Retina Display is pitted against other smartphone displays and the Remote app gets updated just in time for the Apple TV.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.
Security researcher Jeremiah Grossman discovered a security vulnerability that could give any website the ability to steal user information from Safari's AutoFill feature that grabs user information from Address Book on the Mac. Apple countered Grossman by releasing Safari 5.0.1 that supposedly corrected the issue, but Grossman has found another potentially dangerous way to grab user information from Apple's flagship web browser.
If you've had a hankering for on-the-go hotspot action but aren't quite ready to jailbreak your iPhone in order to rock the exception MyWi wireless hotspot App, Clearwire's iSpot is a very viable option. For those unfamiliar with the device, the iSpot is a pocket-sized cellular device that allows you to hook up to eight devices to it in order to enjoy some 4G WiMax goodness for the low cost of $25 per month.
Where's the catch? The iSpot was designed to only work with Apple-branded gear like the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.