Evasi0n, the Latest iOS Jailbreak, Crosses 7 Million Downloads!

Within days of its release, Evasi0n, the latest and one of the most touted iOS jailbreaks, has become the fastest to be adopted ever, crossing 7 million downloads since its release on Monday.Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 11.15.06 AM

Evasi0n gives owners of iOS devices much more flexibility and access to the software and allows users to install third party software as well.

Evasion also happens to be the first untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5, which itself has sold in record numbers across the globe.

Apple is most likely to fix some of the exploits used by Evasi0n to Jailbreak iOS 6. Meanwhile, Apple has issued an updated warning, recommending users not to jailbreak their devices saying that it might reduce battery life and might cause app and system instabilities.

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US reaches a Settlement with Macmillan in Infamous Apple e-book Case

Macmillan, one of the five publishing firms accused of being in cahoots with Apple in an e-book price-fixing conspiracy, has now reached a settlement with US authorities.Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 10.31.55 AM

In a official statement, The justice department said that now that the five publishing houses lave settled, Macmillan being the last, the case against Apple will proceed with a trial set to commence in June.

Macmillan followed Penguin Group, Hachette Book Group Inc, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, who earlier reached a settlement in the charges of an illegal conspiracy to raise e-book prices.

“As a result of today’s settlement, Macmillan has agreed to immediately allow retailers to lower the prices consumers pay for Macmillan’s e-books,” quoted Jamillia Ferris from the Antitrust Division at Justice.

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Australian Treasury Department adopts Apple, Leaves BlackBerry by the Wayside!

Close on the heels of becoming the largest Smartphone vendor in the US, Apple has added another feather in its illustrious cap by scoring a major win in Oz. The Australian Department of Treasury will replace its entire fleet of BlackBerry mobile phones with iPhone 5s.Screen Shot 2013-02-07 at 1.08.54 PM

The department in the past has always provided BlackBerry devices to its staff as it was one of very few Smartphone devices certified by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD). Recently, however, iOS devices made that cut recieving DSD certification for government use. Almost immediately, the department decided to jump the iOS bandwagon.

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German Student gets 10k from Apple to celebrate 25 billionth iTunes download

When Phillip Luepke downloaded the techno song Monkey Drums from iTunes he had no idea he would be presented a gift card worth 10,000 euros ($13,500) from Apple.Screen Shot 2013-02-07 at 11.04.20 AM

 Phillip, 22, of Hanover, Germany, was gifted the card for having the 25 billionth download from iTunes. The iTunes music store hit its 25 billionth download in just under 10 years after being launched in the April of 2013.
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Business Users start Mass Exodus from iWork to MS Office

It seems Apple Mac users are now growing weary of iWork, which is Apple’s office suite and the chief rival of Microsoft Office for Mac. Although receiving a strong start, iWork hasn’t been updated significantly since 2009.Screen Shot 2013-02-07 at 10.31.11 AM

 Several business owners say that they are fed up with the second-class treatment dished out by Apple and the severe dearth of updates. Not just that, iWork has now started to lag. Some businesses have already abandoned iWork altogether, finding greener pastures in Microsoft Office.

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Evasi0n, the First Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 5 has now been released

Great news for Apple users with devices running iOS 6.x- “Evad3rs”, a dedicated team including some of the best iOS jailbreak authors, has just released Evasi0n, a brand-new jailbreak for iOS 6.x. This will be the first time users will be able to get an untethered Jailbreak on the iPhone 5.Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 12.38.18 PM

Evasi0n will provide users a quick and efficient method to jailbreak their devices so that they can apply unauthorized third party themes, apps and tweaks to the UI from sources outside the App Store.

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Apple, others score a win in California privacy protection suit

A California high court ruled on Monday that Apple Inc and other online retailers did not break the law by mandating consumers to supply their address and phone numbers as a condition of accepting credit card payments.Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 11.56.59 AM

 In a surprise decision, the Court iterated that state privacy protections for credit cards do not extend to purchases made online that are downloaded electronically.

This comes from the same Court that had earlier ruled in 2011 that privacy protections are applicable to brick and mortar stores, who are now not permitted 
to request a customer’s ZIP code during a credit card transaction.
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Apple topples Nokia to become leader in the global mobile Internet usage market

Close on the heels of becoming the No1 mobile phone vendor in the US, Apple has crossed another milestone by dethroning Nokia to become the leading Smartphone in terms of Internet usage worldwide on handsets, according to a report.Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 10.13.35 AM

The Mobile behemoth from Finland which lead the mobile devices Internet usage market with a 37.67 per cent share last year, has now dropped down to third place, having been overtaken by Apple and Samsung for the 1st and 2nd spot respectively.
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FTC issues stringent guidelines for Mobile Applications

In a much anticipated move, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a set of guidelines for mobile phone makers and mobile app developers, in a bid to safeguard users’ privacy.Screen Shot 2013-02-04 at 12.49.23 PM

The report includes recommendations such as advising companies to obtain consumers’ consent before including location tracking in software and applications, consider designing icons with some symbol depicting the transmission of user data, and offering users a ‘Do Not Track” mechanism.

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