Remember when Barack Obama fought tooth and nail to keep his BlackBerry after being elected President of the United States? Judging from comments made this week, it sounds like he'd gladly trade it for an iPhone, if only he could.
It's often said that there's nothing more rewarding than being a parent. However, bringing a child into the world is a huge responsibility, and knowing you'll someday have to expose that child to the contents of that world can be a scary proposition. You'll want to use all the resources at your disposal to keep your kid safe. To help you make the most of your mobile devices on this mission, we've collected eight apps that let you keep tabs on your children, communicate with them, protect them from potentially dangerous situations, and more. You can give your kids access to technology and seem like the cool parent when secretly it helps you know they're safe.
Knock, knock, who’s there? It’s your iPhone, unlocking your Mac! Knock is a clever solution pairing a paid iPhone app with free OS X host software, which allows owners of late-model Mac computers to log into their user accounts by simply "knocking" twice on the handset – even if it’s sitting locked and idle in your pocket. The iPhone and iPod touch app performs this trickery by communicating with the Mac in question using the latest low-energy Bluetooth 4.0.
Evernote is a great service, but over the years it's worked a little too hard to become a jack of all trades when it comes to saving scraps of data. A new app called Mustbin promises a return to the basics.
The debut of Avira Mobile Security is something of a head-scratcher: iPhone owners generally have little reason to worry about the security of their device, at least on the software front. Apple works hard to keep its mobile operating system locked down tight (often to the dismay of developers), and quickly plugs any holes that do crop up. Avira’s app scans any device it’s installed on for malicious processes, along with offering tips on how to make the most of available storage and battery life conservation.
You might recall that last week we reported on a nasty vulnerability issue with iOS 7 in which other people could bypass your iPhone's lockscreen and access your photos, e-mail, and social networking accounts by exploiting the Control Center. Today Apple released a fix for it with a 17.4 MB update that also introduces a Greek keyboard for our friends in the Mediterranean.
On the heels of iOS 7's launch, a particularly nasty vulnerability issue has been discovered by user Jose Rodriguez of Spain, who sent a video detailing the problem to Forbes. By exploiting the design of the Control Center by swiping up on the lock screen, someone else can access the iPhone's photos, e-mail, and social networking accounts without even worrying about the passcode.
Do you use a passcode on your iPhone? Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller thinks you should, and even has a new feature on the iPhone 5S that will let you make iTunes purchases with the touch of a finger.
As two-factor authentication becomes more widespread, users start relying more on apps like Google Authenticator, which thankfully received a much-needed facelift — and, less thankfully, one show-stopping bug.