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Apple Responds to UDID Leak

A couple of days ago, it was reported that hacker group AntiSec claimed to have obtained millions of unique device identifiers for Apple devices (UDIDs) from an FBI laptop. The group posted download links to an 89 megabyte file to PasteBin, which consisted the list of UDIDs. Today, AllThingsD reports that Apple has responded by saying that the company did not provide the FBI with the information.

The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID,” Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD.

However, where the data exactly came from still remains unknown. Apple has been working to get rid of the use of UDIDs. The company has created tools to allow developers track usage of their apps on a per-device basis.

iPad Replacing PC Sales in Education

A new analysis (via AppleInsiderfrom Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company said that PC education shipments saw a decrease of 265,000 units, or 13.9 percent, from the June quarter a year ago. During the same time period, Apple sold nearly a million iPads in the K-12 market in June, which he said is “definitive evidence” that the iPad has been “cannibalizing” PC sales in the U.S. education market.

The market data from the June quarter shows that for the first time ever, Apple’s iPad is replacing sales of PCs to schools and students. iPad sales in the June quarter were double from the previous year. The iPad also sold nearly double the number of Macs Apple sold to the education market during the same quarter.

Wolf believes that the sales of the iPad in the education market are only the beginning and will begin to put a dent in PC sales in other larger markets in the near future. Welcome to the “post-PC era”, folks.

Watch Nokia’s Lumia WP8 Event And Motorola/Verizon Event Live Here

September has turned out to be major tech month with quite a lot of big companies holding major tech events. Samsung started September by announcing the Galaxy Note 2 and the first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ativ S. Today, Nokia will be announcing its hotly anticipated next-generation WP8 running Lumia handsets with PureView technology.

Along with Nokia, Motorola is also holding an event today to announce the much leaked RAZR M and RAZR HD. Tomorrow, Amazon will be holding an event to announce a new version of the Kindle Fire.

Next week, the mobile industry will see new standards being set when Apple announces the next-generation iPhone along with iOS6.

Motorola will once again be holding an event in New York on September 18th, this time with Intel, to announce a new Intel powered Android smartphone. This will be the first time a major Android OEM will be using an Intel SoC in their Android smartphone.

On the very next day, i.e. on September 19th, which is again a Wednesday, HTC also has an event scheduled in New York where the company will presumably announce some new WP8 handsets. There is still no confirmation whether the Taiwanese maker will be announcing some new Android based devices or not at the event.

While Apple and HTC won’t be live streaming their events, Nokia and Motorola will be doing a live webcast of their events today. The Nokia Lumia WP8 event can be watched live from here, but make sure your browser has the required Silverlight plugin installed.

The Motorola event, thankfully, will be streamed live on the company’s YouTube channel. The event is scheduled to start in 11 hours from now, and can be watched live from here.

 

Over a Million Apple Device UDIDs Leaked by Hackers as Part of AntiSec

Back in August this year, NSA general Keith Alexander addressed the DefCon crowd for the first time and called upon hackers to join the NSA and strengthen the cyber-security infrastructure of America. However, on being asked whether the government keeps profiles of Americans and spies on them, he went into the usual denial mode. However, William Binney, a former Technical Director at the NSA (also present at DefCon) assured that this spying was indeed happening and that is the reason he left NSA back in 2001.

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Now, hacker groups have gotten hold of clear proof that the FBI is spying on people. They have released a huge announcement, as part of the #AntiSec movement, and the FBI is trumped. This Pastebin announcement has a long rant and a list of doxes that were obtained from the FBI laptop.

During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS  devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device,  type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.

The hack is so popular; it has become the most visited Pastebin paste ever, within 24 hours. However, it also raises questions. What is the FBI doing with 12 million Apple UDIDs? Why is the data lying on a laptop, unencrypted? There are too many unanswered questions here. Apple and the FBI should come out with a response.

Update: The FBI denied possessing any such file.

comScore: Android, Apple Continue to Rule U.S. Smartphone Market in July

It’s that time of the year when comScore releases its report on the U.S. mobile phone market. It has revealed numbers for the quarter ending July 2012, and the numbers aren’t really surprising.

Apple was the only OEM which gained in terms of mobile phone market share last quarter. It managed to increase its market share by 1.9% to 16.3%, while both Samsung and LG lost less than 1% each, ending up with 25.6% and 18.4% of the market respectively. Motorola shed some market share to end up with 11.2% of the market, while HTC, surprisingly, gained 0.4% share to end up with 6.4%. The overall mobile phone market expanded to around 234 million.

Smartphone users increased to more than 114 million in the U.S., and the market was dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone. Google increased its share of the smartphone market by 1.4% to 52.2%, while Apple increased its share by 2% to 33.4%.

RIM, Microsoft and Symbian all lost market share. While I wouldn’t bet on the same for RIM and Symbian, Microsoft could reverse the trend in the next quarter with the holiday season coming up, and Windows Phone 8 coming next month.

With the iPhone 5 launching in the next week, expect Apple’s share of the market to shoot up again when comScore reports the numbers in November.

via comScore

Samsung Galaxy S III Overtakes iPhone 4S in August; Victory Short-lived

The Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone, has apparently become the top smartphone in the U.S., in terms of sales. While surpassing the most popular smartphone — the iPhone 4S — in the market may seem like a huge achievement, it’s really not.

Apple is expected to launch the next version of the iPhone – the iPhone 5 – on September 12. As users gear up to buy the latest iPhone, many have been holding off their iPhone purchases in the last couple of months, which has led to a decline in iPhone 4S sales.

However, September is expected to be a very good month for Apple, as scores of customers buy its latest iPhone, should it launch it then.

We expect the iPhone 5 to help Apple easily reclaim its throne in the U.S. and multiple international markets for the remainder of 2012, as consumers clamor to buy the newest iPhone.

Samsung’s victory will be short-lived. The Galaxy S III’s prospects may also be diminished by the fact that Apple may now try to get a ban on sales of the device in the U.S., following its success with getting Samsung’s other devices banned last month.

For now, just brace yourselves. The iPhone 5 is coming.

Apple Announces Special Event for September 12th

via AppleInsider

Apple Announces Special Event for September 12th

The Loops reports that Apple has just sent out media invites for an upcoming media event scheduled for next week Wednesday, September 12. Apple’s event will be at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern. The tagline for the invitation is simply “It’s almost here.”

On September 12th, Apple is expected to reveal the next-generation iPhone and give a final preview of iOS 6 at the event. The rumored “iPad mini” is also nearing a launch, but rumors have suggested that Apple is planning a second media event for October to introduce that product. On the invitation, there’s a “5” which would suggest that Apple’s next iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5.

Apple’s iPod lineup is also rumored to see an update at one of two events, while rumored iMac updates and the launch of a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro are rumored to appear separately.

 

Bruce Willis Not Considering Lawsuit Against Apple Over iTunes Store Music Transferability

Over the weekend, reports from  The Sun and the Daily Mail claimed that actor Bruce Willis was considering taking legal action against Apple. The legal action was supposedly was regarding a transferability of iTunes Store music purchases. According to the report, Willis wanted his daughters to be able to inherit his iTunes music upon his death, but Apple’s terms prohibit any transfer of ownership.

Willis was apparently upset when he learned that he doesn’t own the tracks he buys online, but instead is borrowing them under a license, which was said to have led him to consider a lawsuit against Apple. Willis was originally said to be considered supporting ongoing legal action in five U.S. states, in which users are hoping to expand their rights with respect to digital music.

However, after the story began gaining attention, the actor’s wife, Emma Hemming-Willis, denied the rumor via Twitter. “It’s not a true story,” she said.

Apple’s OS X Passes Windows Vista in Worldwide Usage

A new report about desktop operating shares from analytics firm Net Applications reveals that Microsoft’s Windows Vista fell in August to 6.15 percent of traced web usage. During the same time period, Apple’s latest operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion increased to 1.34 percent of all tracked web usage.

For the first time ever, Apple’s OS X operating system dethroned Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Also, for the first time, Windows 7 has passed Windows XP to become the world’s largest operating system.

Apple’s most popular Mac continues to be OS X 10.7 Lion. OS X Lion 10.7 represents 2.29 percent of computers tracked on the web. Snow Leopard accounted for 2.23 percent of usage and Leopard accounted for 0.65 percent. The total share of OS X was 6.51 percent, which beat the 6.15 percent held by Windows Vista. In addition, Apple’s OS X 10.4 Tiger, which first launched in April of 2005 represent 0.15% of operating systems seen online.

Apple’s share of devices is of course much higher when the iPhone and iPad are included. Net Applications found that the iPad represented for 3.37 percent of web traffic, while the iPhone was 2.42 percent. The smallest share listed in the report was Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which accounted for 0.04 percent of devices.

 

 

 

Apple to Introduce Redesigned Headphones for New iPhone?

Vietnamese website  Tinhte.vn (via MacRumors) has published a video and high quality images of what it claims to be redesigned headphones for the new iPhone which is expected to be revealed soon. The site claims that the in-ear headphones came from a Vietnamese Foxconn plant as cable labeling reads “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Vietnam.” However, since the validity of the claims can’t be verified, the site says that the build quality of the part has them convinced it is a legitimate Apple product.

The “leaked” in-ear headphones seems to be a significant change from the current earphone models from Apple. This new design seems to feature a teardrop shape and is supposedly more comfortable than the previous set supplied with the iPhone.

Apple is widely expected to announce the next-generation iPhone on September 12th.