Apple’s Passcode-Based Security Fairly Useless

Apple’s security as of late is as effective as a one-armed man clapping. Not only can anyone access a password-protected iPad if it has a Smart Cover, Apple’s new brainchild Siri can be used to pilfer personal information despite a passcode lock.

Damn You Siri

A fatal flaw in Siri was recently discovered, tarnishing the reputation of the iPhone’s newest claim to fame. The flaw allows anyone to access an iPhone via voice-activated commands despite screen and password locks, access that includes personal information. By hitting the home screen button a person, using Siri, could have access to texts, the calendar and other services — all without having to unlock the home screen.

Email luckily is not accessible, “the positive thing is that accessing some of the more sensitive services in this manner, such as email, is forbidden,” says Alan Goode of Goode Intelligence, a mobile security firm. “But I could still run up a pretty impressive and annoying phone bill if I had malicious intent and if Apple missed this pretty easy to find vulnerability then what other security threats are hiding in Apple’s latest mobile OS?”.

Users can protect themselves from Siri by manually disabling the option to enable Siri at the password lock. The default setting however makes users vulnerable and should never have been the default to begin with.

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5 Reasons the Android Tablet is Better than the iPad

The Android tablet may prove to be better than the iPad in many aspects. Here are the top 5 reasons why Android Tablets will be challenging the iPad stronghold as the consumers’ preferred tablet. It’s important to keep in mind that some features that don’t matter at all to one user, might mean everything to another user. In addition, since the Android Tablet is newer than the iPad, it was able to function beyond design flaws that existed earlier. All of these devices are bigger than a cellular phone but not as bulky as a notebook computer.

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Is iSolar the Wave of the Future?

Apple sure has given us a lot of funky and awesome tech. And the surprises certainly ain’t over, even after the untimely demise of Steve Jobs, Apple still has trick up its iSleeve. The future innovation from the innovation king is coming in the form of uber-chic, solar-powered Apple products (including laptops, tablets and smartphones). New patents filed with the US Patent and Trademark office clearly state plans to use an “apparatus and methods for harnessing external light to illuminate a display screen of an electronic device.”

These newest solar patents from Apple intend to use sunlight to light-up the screen of their Macs, iPhones and iPads (as the patent was filed for laptops, smartphones and tablets). The screens will be illuminated using one, or a combination of, light harnesses, reflectors and/or translucent surfaces.

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Why are iFans shocked with iPhone 4S Release — it is standard Apple operating procedure

iPhone 4S

Millions of loyal iFans held their bated breath while waiting for the release of the much-anticipated iPhone 5, but unfortunately instead of breathing a sigh of relief their expelled air was used to form their favorite curse word as they gazed on the iPhone 4S. Son of a…

Apple surprised the world, and shocked the hell out of their users, by releasing the iPhone 4S, instead of the more-anticipated iPhone 5 — but this shouldn’t have been a surprise really. The release of the iPhone 4S falls right into the typical release pattern from Apple, which also happens to coincide with the product life-cycle created by cellphone carrier contracts — two years.

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Digital Book Rental Service Threatens iPad Services

Amazon, which initially started as a online book store that shared exclusive non-fiction stories and other short stories, went on to sell CDs, DVDs, softwares, toys, video games, apparels, furniture and MP3 downloads.

Amazon is planning to launch a Netflix-like service which allows users to pay an annual fee so that they can get the book for rent. However, Amazon Prime, a premium membership service where the user pays $79 through which they speed up the process of shipping movies and TV shows is in the process of creating a digital library of older books that will be made available exclusively to them. They include aggressively paying off publishers and attaching of subscription plans to Amazon prime. Currently Amazon has planned to offer publishers a substantial fee which is greater than for what Apple pays for access to books. Attaching subscription plans simply attracts users to sign up for Amazon prime membership.

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Apple iOS5 – Brand New Features

Apple has rolled out its brand new version of its operating system, iOS 5, which will be available Fall 2011. On June 6th, Apple announced the release of the fifth upgraded version iOS5.0 beta version, during the WWDC annual event. Packed with some cool revolutionary features, not few, but around 200 brand new features to it. Well, that’s a huge upgrade to its previous versions and a big leap in the family of iOS enabled devices. It’s already been said that iOS5 would be fully integrated with iCloud. The major upgrade to it is an overall performance boost and the speed.

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Jobs to Gates, Royce and McNealy: A Historical Look at if Apple Will Survive

Steve Jobs has left Apple. I have expected to see stock prices crumble, Apple Geniuses to go rogue and iPhones to fall out of the sky; but despite the near-panic of nearly every Internet news station — its really not that big a deal, we will be fine (unless you own large amounts of Apple stock, in which case it is time to panic).

If history has taught us anything, and it hasn’t, its that changes in leadership are rarely as dramatic as we fear — just look at Obama.

Looking at this issue historically may give the issue more perspective, as many large tech innovators have changed leadership in the past: Microsoft with Bill Gates, Intel and Robert Noyce, Sun and Scott McNealy.

Bill Gates

Microsoft and Billy Gates

The best historical comparison we can use for enigmatic Steve Jobs, is enigmatic Bill Gates. In terms of company size, they are both high-value firms with Apple’s current valuation at $349 billion and when Billy left Steve Balmer in charge of Microsoft it was valued at $600 billion. Microsoft is currently valued at just $201 billion. And I think Gate’s valuation dropped the same amount (after he gave a huge chunk of his fortune to the Gates Foundation).

The succession of Jobs is similar to the story of Gates, as he will stay on the board of directors, however; it is unlikely that Jobs will hold Tim Cook’s hand for a decade like Gates did for Balmer.

Perhaps we do have reason to worry with the massive devaluation of the other high-profile regime change. Or perhaps this will simply be Microsoft’s year to bounce back and reclaim its throne as Supreme-Ruler-of-the-Tech-Monpoly.

On a personal note maybe we will see the creation of the Jobs Foundation — providing starving children everywhere with iPads.

Robert Noyce

Intel and Robbie Noyce

Unlike Microsoft, Intel’s tale of change is more positive. When Robert Noyce passed the reigns to engineering-superstar Gordon Moore, the company’s 43-year success story continued. When Moore gave way to cut-throat businessman Andy Grove, they thrived. The succession to Craig Barratt and Paul Otellini only continued the strong leadership patterns. Intel also has a long-standing tradition of moving their CEOs to board leader positions so perhaps Apple’s story will mimic Intel’s.

Take into consideration of course that none of them were the strong face-of-the-company or sexy-poster-child and cancer-survivor like Steve. Nonetheless Intel did fine. It is currently valued at $115 billion.

Scott McNealy

Sun and Scott McNealy

Spoiler: this one is worse than the Microsoft example. In 2006 Scott McNealy gave up his 22-year carer steering Sun Microsystems to success when he passed the helm to Jonathan Schwartz. Schwartz then ran the ship aground. Schwartz never had much of a chance with his two years of executive management experience, despite his decade-long commitment to the company. Schwartz lasted only three years as leader before the financial crisis of 2008 dry-docked the ship forever, and they were taken over by Oracle.

Think for Yourself

Despite the rampant rumors about the future of Apple, think for yourself. Who knows whether Apple will go the route of Intel, Sun or Microsoft — but does it really matter (other than for large-scale Apple stockholders)?

But — just in case you are a true Mac-head — stock up on your Apple gear now.

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How to wiggle and arrange/delete apps in Launchpad in Mac OS X Lion

Apple introduced Mac OS X Lion with a gradual shift towards iOS or an iOS-ish experience. Here is how you can wiggle, arrange, delete Apps on your Launchpad on Mac OS X Lion, pretty much like how you do on you iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or the iPod).

Here’s how:

  • Launch Launchpad or do the three finger swoop-in.
  • Click and Hold on an App till they started to wiggle.
  • Now, you can arrange, group them into folders or even delete Apps.

Mac OS X Lion knows you!

Mac OS X Lion assigns the right icon for your places.

Another one of the many finer little details that makes the Mac OS X stand apart from everything else. I was tweaking my screensaver when I noticed that the places mentioned in my iPhoto Album are marked with the right icons.

India have an Indian flag while USA’s got the US flag. An address is marked with a pin on the globe, California and Karnataka got their sign-boards, while the cities of Mountain View and San Francisco got skyscraper icons.

Apple eyeing Hulu?

What did I say about Apple in my previous articles? I always say that the name Apple itself sounds like King. Be it either of the Apples (fruit and smartphones), both of them are enticing. I guess Apple products get enticed day by day. Now the recent enticement to its throne is Hulu. Hulu is an on-demand streaming source for movies and TV shows or soap operas on desktop PCs and mobile phones.

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