Boffins over at PVD+ in Taiwan have created a new app for the Apple Watch which allows complete control over the flight of a drone. Seen below in the video, the pilot, dubbed to be “using the force” uses his Jedi powers (and his Apple Watch app) to pilot the drone!
Researchers over at Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have stumbled across a strain of particularly nasty iOS Malware, now dubbed as KeyRaider, because it raids victims’ passwords, private keys and certificates. (Just like “Lurker” and “Reaper”, Raider is also a unit in Blizzard’s real-time strategy games.). The Malware is believed to have been written to harvest device IDs from jailbroken Apple iOS devices. Although the strain has only yet been seen in the wild inone of Chinese cydia repositories, Weiphone, where it’s believed to have successfully lifted 225,00 IDs, thousands of certificates, private keys, and iTunes and AppStore receipts from infected devices!
It was first discovered by device owners when they noticed unauthorised purchases on their Apple accounts, and shows no signs of infection on the device itself.
Devices believed to be infected are in the following 8 countries China, France, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and South Korea.
The Malware uses MobileSubstrate to latch onto low-level system process and then go on to steal Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID when the device is hooked up to a computer and syncing with iTunes.
WeipTech go on to say that the idea behind the Malware is to enable unscrupulous users from using stolen account credentials for making purchased in Apple’s online stores. Its thought that over 20,000 user have already started abusing the stolen 225,000 stolen credentials!
If you do decide, or have already jailbroken your phone – you need to ensure you only download packages from trusted repositories. Although this is only known to inhabit one repository currently, theres’s a good chance that this, or similar malware strains will spread to other cydia repositories. Especially if it proves as fruitful as it has to date.
There’s currently no way, besides users discretion, to protect against such iOS infections. This is largely due to the fact that software is unable to perform background OS level scans on iOS. Which is something which is unlikely to change in the near future.
Standzout is proud to announce that their newest product, Helix Apple Watch Dock, is now raising funds on Kickstarter. Helix is a compact housing for the Apple Watch charging cable and USB charger that makes charging Apple Watch simple and easy, and taking it to go even easier. Helix is the first of its kind, an Apple Watch accessory thoughtfully designed to fit the way people are using and charging the Apple Watch.
Helix uses the USB charger and magnetic charging cable that comes with the Watch to create a charging platform that plugs directly into an outlet. It eliminates the clutter of an extra charging cable, making it the perfect product for travel or home.
Helix is easy to use: simply wrap Apple Watch’s charging cable around the barrel, insert the charger, and plug it in. It is compatible with any of Apple’s one- or two-meter magnetic charging cables.
The last thing any of us needed in our lives was another cable, says Helix co-founder Blake Frazier, Helix is the solution that makes it easy to grab your charger and go. No mess, no tangles, no fuss.
Helix was built on real-world testing of the Apple Watch, observing the way that users are interacting with and charging the device, and carefully considering feedback.
Once we had the Watch in hand, we quickly realized that the nightstand isn’t necessarily the only place to charge Apple Watch, says Brandon Barnard, Standzout CEO, Helix lets you charge wherever works best for you, and keeps another charging cable off of your already-cluttered nightstand.
The Kickstarter campaign for Helix will be live until Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Backers of the project can pick up a Helix in any of three colors black, white, or clear at reduced Kickstarter-only prices
A new scam targeting iPhone owners has been spotted out in the wild, the phishing scam entices users to click through to a link – claiming their devices have been hacked and data is being stolen. The scam presents its self in a pop up message purporting to be from Apple.
The message requests the user hand over £50 or risk loosing all of their devices data. The user is prompted to dial either 0800 6524895 or 0800 2796211. Should a user fall for the message and submit their card details, nothing will change on their device, but the users bank balance will deplete by at least £50.
There are a few important things to note; firstly Apple would never contact iPhone owners using push messages, secondly they’re unlikely to pick up on the fact someone is stealing your data. Whats more, it would be almost impossible (unless jailbroken) for someone to connect on remotely and steal data stored on iPhones
The message seems to have foxed some users, however its quite an easy fix to get rid of it without having to pay the premium.
From the home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone then switch the device to Airplane mode. Now, head over to Settings and Safari, scroll down and tap ‘Clear History and Website Data’. Now scroll back up the screen and swipe to turn on ‘Block Pop-ups’ this will prevent any future pop-ups occurring.