Did you preorder an iPad Air 2 last week? If so, it's probably already on the way to you, and now the critics have weighed in with their own thoughts, and our Wednesday Morning Report has pulled the best quotes so you don't have to read them all. We've also got details of Tim Cook's latest trip to China, and a settlement between Apple and GT Advanced over the latter's abrupt trip to bankruptcy court. It's all just a click away!
Over the last couple of days you may have heard of the looming danger of "Shellshock" to Mac users. This new tech scare centers on Bash, a behind-the-scenes tool that's been used for many years now on Unix- and Linux-powered machines. Essentially, the root of the problem is an exploit that allows outside users to run code on your machine without your consent, and it could thus has devastating consequences if tackled by unscrupulous individuals. But the good news is that even though OS X runs on Unix, Apple itself says the bulk of us don't have to worry about it.
The Apple Developer Center has now been down since Thursday, making our initial surprise on Friday that it'd been down for 30 hours seem almost silly. And now the plot thickens further. After Apple finally announced last night that a security breach was responsible for the delay, a self-proclaimed "security researcher" named Ibrahim Balic came forward to admit he may have been responsible.
Security was on the minds of many readers over the weekend, and on that front, we've got all the details of how the seemingly simple SIM card has finally been hacked. But it wasn't all gloom and doom — we saw some nice app updates, and those still playing the original Angry Birds can now sync their game activity across all of their devices at long last. Let's dive in and get a quick recap, shall we?
Happy Friday the 13th! Be sure to stay away from black cats, ladders, sharp knives and campgrounds with the words Crystal Lake in them, lest you wind up like one of the characters in a Final Destination movie. We've got a rousing start to your mid-July weekend, so let's not waste one precious moment talking about it and dive headfirst into the news for this Friday, July 13, 2012!
We're fans of wireless anything. After AirPlay debuted, we were doing anything we could to use it for whatever applications were compatible. But the native 720p resolution streaming cap is a little irking, especially for media hoarders. Enthusiasts Eric Govoruhk and Kelly McAteer solved this issued by figuring out a way to stream full HD 1080p video mirroring for the iPad 2 by using a wireless HDMI transmitter and USB battery pack. It's pretty awesome, and seeing it put to use is even more so. Check out the video after the cut.
Apple's latest Apple TV set-top box is not just a device for streaming movies and television shows, it's also a device that hackers and jailbreakers love to tinker with. Wired's Brian X. Chen reports that the recent release of the second-generation Apple TV has revitalized the idea of popping open the device, both literally and figuratively.
The cat and mouse game between Apple and the iOS hacker community took an interesting turn this week, with the return of a simple, one-click jailbreak that hasn’t been seen since the early days of the iPhone’s existence (iPhone OS 1.1.1, to be exact). Now that it’s so easy to do -- and so easy to undo with a simple restore -- we have a list of the top ten reasons you should go jailbreak your device, right now. Or, you know, right after you read this article first.