Apple defends its iOS against Accusations of Forensic Snooping

Apple has finally given its official response to the surveillance claims which were made public by Jonathan Zdziarski, a person having expertise in both forensic and iOS security domains.

Mister Zdziarski says that the iOS is quite protected in front of attacks coming from hackers. However, the operating system produced by Apple has some sort of a backdoor mechanism for security which has made the system extremely weak to snooping.

The experts claim that certain services should not be running on iOS. They have been introduced by Apple with the purpose of being part of the firmware. These services manage to pass backup encryption. Furthermore, the services copy too much more personal data than a common smart phone.

It is obvious that the electronics company denies all accuses brought by Zdziarski. The company hs given an official declaration to Tim Bradshaw, one of the most reputed technology reporters working for the famous Financial Times. Apple claims that the diagnostic functions of the iOS do not put in danger the user’s security or privacy. However, the functions provide all the information needed by the various departments of the company. A user has to have his/her device unlock and has to grant access to another computer before the respective computer is actually capable of gaining access to the diagnostic information. The information is obtained with the user’s consent. Moreover, no information or data is transferred without having the user’s permission.

Apple denies having collaborated with government agencies in order to make a backdoor in its services and products. Once again Apple points out that its location tracking feature is not at all a menace for the national security of any country, as state Chinese broadcaster pretended earlier this month.

The uncovering of the DROPOUTJEEP project conducted by the National Security Agency created a lot of buzz at the end of 2013. The exposure determine Apple to make an official statement in which it said that the company had never collaborated with the American intelligence services in order to spy people using iOS gadgets.

Samsung’s Strategy to beat Google Play: Rebranding and Numerous Exclusive Applications

The Korean electronics giant tries hard to beat its rival Google Play. Thus, it has renamed its application store, calling it Samsung Galaxy Applications and making it available to more than 130 million customers living in 161 countries world-wide.

A post on the company’s official blog announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Applications Store, which offered countless applications to people being in the possession of Samsung Galaxy gadgets. The company declared that the new store was in fact an improvement of the former Samsung Applications and it would allow a higher customization of smart phones and tablets while also functioning as a platform for different discounts and promotions.

The Samsung Galaxy App has three sections: Top, For Galaxy and Best Picks. Each of these sections has its own subcategories. Best Picks deals with recommended promotions and applications and the Top comprises popular applications. For Galaxy is the most developed sections being divided into: Galaxy Gifts (it offers premium applications made especially for the Galaxy type gadgets), Galaxy Essentials (it contains applications labeled as must-have), Applications of Professionals (it contains applications for business and various other services) and last but not least the Galaxy Specials (it contains applications which were created with the help of Samsung SDK).

The President of the Media Center belonging to Samsung Electronics, Won Pyo Hong, reassured the users that Samsung continuously strived to offer value to its clients by giving them varied solutions as well as innovations together with innovative gadgets. He also said that the rebranded Samsung store was an extension of their promise, since it offered users exclusive applications to boost their mobile experience.

During the first months of 2014, Samsung teamed with Amazon and launched on the market a service of custom built ebook, named “Kindle for Samsung” which was created for all its Galaxy gadgets. In early spring (in March to be more precise), the Korean company hit the market with a free music service created for the users of Galaxy smart phones. The service is similar to iTunes produced by Apple, to Pandora or Spotify. Samsung’s service called “Milk Music” offered about two hundred free radio stations to its US located customers having Galaxy labeled gadgets.

Developers Receive an Apple Treat: the Launch of iOS Beta 3

On July 7th 2014,  Apple manages to launch its iOS 8 Beta 3 for towards its developers; at a three weeks’ distance after the release of the second beta upgrade and at a month’s distance from presenting its new programming system with the International Developers Conference.

The upgrade having the number 12A4318c is available on the iOS gadgets and it can be downloaded from the iOS Dev Center as well.  The electronic giant has launched a brand new beta alternative for Find My iPhone, an entirely new version of Find My Friends for iOS 8, a recent Apple television beta, some new Swift upgrades and the software presented at the Developers’ Conference.

The iOS 8 has many new characteristic like an improved integration by means of Continuity with OS X. To this, the company has added some Health applications, Family specific features, a modern Quick Type Keyboard and interactive type notifications. Improvements were brought to applications like Messages, Mail as well as Safari.

The recent iOS 8 has some tweaks into its operating system. These include the newly created options for iCloud Drive, some changings in the Settings toggle of Handoff and of course the new feature that allows the users to either enable or on the contrary disable the Quick Types. The weather application has undergone some design changes and the same happened to some of the wallpapers.

A reporte that hit the web in the month of June, spread the rumour that the third version of IOS 8 beta would be released on the 8th of July. However, we see now that it all happened a day in advance. The 7th July update has arrived just after Apple’s announcement referring to wiping out all the data belonging to the CloudKit for Yosemite and iOS betas. The company claimed that wanted to get rid of the data extant in the Library of iCloud Photo, Mail Drop and iCloud Drive.

For the time being, iOS 8 is not available for the public at large, but only for developers. However, it is expected that the new iOS version to be launched somewhere in autumn. Considering the launching habits and marketing strategy of Apple the new iOS 8 has high chances to be launched at the same time with the new iPhones and the iWatch.

Rude Samsung Commercial for the New Galaxy S5

The new advertisement for the Galaxy S5 mobile phone has had its release today. The commercial, makes fun of the iPhone for having an unchangeable type of battery whose energy runs out short. The advertisement represents desolate iPhone customers sitting near white walls in an international airport while they are recharging their iOS gadgets, while the Galaxy S5 customers avoid battery energy recharging because of Samsung’s energy preserving feature and of the exchangeable battery belonging to Galaxy S5.

An iPhone customer who is in the process of researching the battery of his mobile device looks enviously at a relaxed Samsung customer, asking him in disbelief if he is changing the battery and if the device he has in his hands is the new Samsung? All these happen while some other Samsung customer changes on energy preserving module to save the battery energy. The advertisement tells viewers to stop being wall huggers.

Presented in February this year, the Galaxy S5 produced by Samsung is leading device with a finger mark indicator, a waterproof covering, and a pulse rate indicator. One of the unit’s most appreciated functions is the Saving Power Mode, which triggers a grey scale display with limited application accessibility when the cell phone’s battery energy is low.

In the new energy preserving mode, customers only have accessibility to primary cell phone functions, such as giving and receiving phone calls, obtaining email access, and web surfing. It limits the cellular connection to 3G by shutting off the LTE, and it hinders WiFi and Wireless as well. Samsung claims that all these provide an additional 24 hours stand by time with the battery having only 10% of its initial energy.

Apple lacks a similar energy preserving feature on its iPhone. Moreover, it does not have detachable battery energy like the one coming in with Samsung Galaxy S5. However, customers do have fast accessibility to WiFi and of course Bluetooth, along with options to turn off battery energy depleting functions such as background application usage and services used to identify location. iOS 8 has an additional function that allows customers to see which applications are sucking the most energy out of their batteries.

Samsung has the habit make use of iPhone mockery in order to advertise its Galaxy line of mobile phones, with its world renowned advertising series illustrating iPhone possessors waiting in extremely long queues for their new iPhones while enviously giving an eye to the new Samsung gadgets.

Outstanding Improvements for Android L5.0

Recently, Google flaunted its Android L portable working framework. The fifth significant cahnge of the versatile OS, Google has incorporated various new Apis in Android L that will definitely make smartphones photographic artists exceptionally cheerful.

The main of these is the so-called local RAW support — particularly DNG help — that we heard was en route for a long while. This implies no additionally hacking or tweaking to attempt to obtain “RAW” pictures out of your gadget through indirect systems. Future Android telephones will effortlessly have the capacity to catch RAW pictures as they do now with Jpeg files; something numerous Android clients have been request.

The second viewpoint worth specifying is not so much an individual gimmick, as it is another methodology to utilizing the Polaroid gear. With the updated Camera 2 API, your imagination will know no boundaries and the only limit to your camera will the hardware. Previously, Oems could constrain the access to the phone camera.  However, in Android L, the world famous Google wants to sidestep their endeavors to reduce the abilities of certain gadgets.

The third is another Burst mode characteristic. The user no longer needs to compose an outsider script to proceed in such a way. Thus, by combining with the speed upgrades spoken about previously, a blast mode feature is currently included in the list that the Apis designers can make use of.

It is obvious that all users will be thrilled by the total manual control. Until recently, the manual control of cameras on Android smartphones was executed by tweaking the open-sourced type working system and the existent Apis. However, now the entire process is done at the OS level. From the first step to the last, they truly do mean total manual controls. Exposure times as well as the curves of tone maps are all controlled by the phone possessor.


Generally speaking, Android L gives a sweet suite to all new Apis and characteristics which will cheer up the versatile photographic artists who have given the name home to the platform. These progressions are definitely pertinent to cell phones. However, with important camera producing companies such as Nikon or Samsung, which officially incorporate the Android systme into some of their recent camera, these overhauls could have a noteworthy effect on the expert photography around the globe.