So just how safe is your Apple.com account from intruders? Pretty darn safe, according to Dashlane (via Ars Technica), at least if you're talking about password protection. Dashlane studied the password protection policies of over 100 companies ranging from Microsoft to Dick's Sporting Goods and found that only Apple deserved a perfect score of 100.
The news over the last year has been stuffed with tales of stolen iDevices and the measures used to present those thefts, but it's been woefully silent on whether such techniques actually work. But they do, as Stuff.co.nz reports (via Cult of Mac), and they do it well. Using Apple's Find My iPad feature, father and son duo Chris and Markham Phillips of New Zealand were able to hunt down the thief who took their iPad and even retrieve it.
One of today's big surprises is the sudden appearance of what appears to be leaked screenshots from the long-anticipated "iOS in the Car" taken by app developer Steven Troughton-Smith. As MacRumors reports, it's possible that Troughton-Smith managed to find them lurking in the new beta build for iOS 7.1 that was released today, but if he did, he's not saying how.
So here's an odd one for you. Should you wish, you'll soon have the option to control your Mac "Chromotely" through your iDevice--at least, if a leaked document from Google turns out to be legit. Google announced that it was working on its own remote desktop service for Android last year, but according to the documentation for developers on Chromium (via Cult of Mac), we may get to see the app for iOS as well.
Adobe's had a hard time convincing customers to use its could-based Creative Suite with subscriptions, but it shows no signs to doing away with that approach. The latest salvo comes from its apparent efforts to get its Lightroom photo editing program on the iPad, and if the accidentally posted listing uncovered by 9to5Mac is correct, it'll come with a $99 subscription fee.
Looks like the age of the iBeacon may finally be upon us, or so Shopkick hopes, anyway. After an apparently successful trial with stores like Macy's, other retailers such as Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores plan to use the technology at around 200 locations, and today American Eagle Outfitters announced that it'd try it out at 100 stores throughout the country.
Google Play Music finally made its way to the iPhone after an long wait last last year (and you can read my review here), and now it looks as though Apple's rival has finally followed up that offering with its Google Play Movies & TV for iOS. Similar to Google Play Music, the app lets you playback and stream content bought through Google Play or on an Android device.
Back in June, we passed along the news that the Los Angeles Board of Education had approved a controversial measure to spend $30 million on iPads for students at a select group of schools. And now, as the L.A. Times reports (via Cult of Mac), the board is expanding the initiative to include 38 additional campuses, as well as buying laptop for students in seven high schools.
Earlier this week we reported that New York City was still struggling with a staggering tide of iPhone thefts, but the petty thievery involved in most of the instances pales in comparison to an incident yesterday in Germany. Likely traveling at full speed, a band of thieves stole around 70,000 Euros' worth of Apple products (or $95,200) in a truck. As Germany's N-TV reports (via 9to5Mac), it's the kind of thing you'd expect to see in James Bond films.