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By releasing new versions of Google Maps and Gmail for iOS this month, Google helped make the iPhone the best mobile phone on the planet. Why is Google, the owner of Android and Motorola, helping its ostensible rival? The answer boils down to advertising.
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App developers on both Apple and Android platforms have been targeted in the latest patent infringement claims. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images Another patent-owning company has targeted app developers on both Apple and Android platforms, intensifying concerns among developers that smartphones are the new hunting ground for so-called "patent trolls".
Top ten iPhone passcodes: [1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, 1998] Naturally, 1234 is the most common passcode: mimicking the most common internet passwords. To put this into perspective, these 10 codes represent 15% of all passcodes in use. Most of the top passcodes follow typical formulas, such as four identical digits, moving in a line up/down the pad, repetition. 5683 is the passcode with the least obvious pattern, but it turns out that it is the number representation of LOVE (5683), once again mimicking a very common internet password: “iloveyou.”
The tweets today are making me laugh. Not just a chuckle, but that deep, room-filling laugh that you get when you understand something that others don’t.
New Version of iOS Includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Twitter Integration Among 200 New Features Available to iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Users This Fall SAN FRANCISCO―June 6, 2011―Apple® today previewed iOS 5, the latest version of the world's most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members.
A deep integration of Twitter and iOS 5 was among the many things announced by Apple today but it's not just that you'll be able to post to Twitter from inside official Apple apps like photos and maps. Any 3rd party iOS developer will be able to leverage a number of Twitter Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to make their apps better and more social. After email, SMS and iOS messaging, Twitter will now become a key social layer over the top of many of the apps on iOS devices. The features that app developers will have access to closely resemble what other platforms make possible with Facebook integration, and Twitter's being the one to land this deal is a pretty big deal for the world's 2nd place social network.
Researchers have discovered that the iPhone is keeping track of where you go and storing that information in a file that is stored - unencrypted and unprotected - on any machine with which you synchronize your phone. It is not clear why Apple is collecting this data. Data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden came across the file - "consolidated.db" - while they were thinking about the potential trove of mobile data stored on a cellphone and thinking about ways to visualize this data.
It's been a week since data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden published their discovery that the iPhone has been keeping track of users' locations and storing the data - unencrypted - on the phone as well as any machine with which you sync the device. Although the news spread like wildfire, Apple has remained silent until now. The company has finally issued a statement on its collection and use of location data. We've reprinted the press release in full below. Apple insists it is not tracking the location of your iPhone. "Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so."
I'll admit that an Apple cell phone is one of the rumored iGadgets that I'm most looking forward to.