The next iPad mini could be delayed til 2015 to differentiate it from the iPhone 6 Plus

September 23, 2014 in Security News by News Bot

Despite KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s usually excellent track record on Apple predictions, he messed up his last prediction that the iPad Air 2 would make its appearance at Apple’s iPhone 6 launch event two weeks ago.

Obviously, that didn’t happen. But if you’re eager for an iPad Air boasting an A8 chip, a new report corroborates a rumor we’ve heard before: it’s coming in October. Don’t wait for an A8 iPad mini though: it’s at least three months away.

Tripadvisor site coughs to card data breach for a potential 800k users

September 23, 2014 in Security News by News Bot

TripAdvisor has suffered a data breach at its Viator tour-booking and review website.

An estimated 1.4 million Viator customers are potentially affected by the compromise, which the firm admits may have exposed payment card data.

The compromise also potentially aired the email address, password and Viator "nickname" associated with accounts. Viator only became aware of the breach after investigators looking into incidents of credit card fraud made the link that victims were also users of its site.

As iPhone 6 units are smuggled in ‘Twinkie boxes,’ Chinese government says regulatory approval coming soon

September 23, 2014 in Security News by News Bot

Appearing on CNBC Tuesday morning, reporter Eunice Yoon said that just hours ago, the Chinese government said the review of the license for the iPhone 6 would be "completed soon." That, she said, has helped to temporarily drive down prices for Apple's new handset on the black market, with locals believing that sales through official channels could begin.

Lyft acquires ride-sharing startup Hitch

September 23, 2014 in Security News by News Bot

Car-sharing service Lyft has acquired Hitch, a startup in the mobile app-enabled car-pooling business, to integrate the service with its own shared rides business that it set up last month.

"Similar to Lyft, Hitch has always believed the shared rides experience is inherently social, and we're excited that they're joining the team to accelerate this movement together," Lyft wrote in a blog post Monday.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: In deep with Apple’s thinnest phones

September 23, 2014 in Security News by News Bot

Big-screened iPhones are what the people want, and Apple has acquiesced. After months of part leaks and rumors, you can finally buy the newer, bigger, faster iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it looks like plenty of people are doing so.

How to master Messages in iOS 8

September 23, 2014 in Security News by News Bot

I’ve pretty much become a full-time texter these days, using Apple’s Messages app on my Mac and iPhone to send iMessages (to friends and contacts who use iOS or OS X) as well as regular text messages (to people outside the Apple ecosystem).

iOS 8 brings great new changes to the mobile version of the Messages app, some of which might not be immediately apparent. Here’s a look at the new features and how best to use them.