Common iPhone Passcodes Could Put Your iDevice At Risk

Mobile devices have become the lifeline of our existence. From making simple calls, these devices have now transformed into smartphones allowing us to keep in touch with family and friends, checking our email, check our favorite websites, read news, banking online and more.

However, when we are increasingly using our mobile devices to do almost everything that we did on a desktop, we still do not protect it that well. Every mobile device including an have a feature which allows us to lock the device. This ensures that the device can only be accessed if a pass code is entered.

While many tech savvy people might use strong passcodes or symbols, a majority of users still prefer to use very weak passcodes. A recent study by Daniel Amitay, he found that the top ten iPhone passcodes are really easy to crack.

Most Common iPhone Passcodes

Out of 204,508 passcodes he had access to, the top ten iPhone passcodes were 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, 1998. Most of these were easy to crack and were used very frequently. The most common one was 1234 which is also part of one of the most common internet passwords.

Interestingly passwords like 5683, which do not seem to follow any pattern is actually the numeric value for the word "LOVE" when typed on a phone keypad.  Another common password usage was to use the 4 digit year. For example, 1998, 1999 and so on or birth years.

These trends are pretty disturbing as it gives intruders an easy chance to access the content of your phone. Having memorable and difficult passcodes is not hard at all.

In addition to that, you can also use a much stronger protection for your iPhone, or by visiting our guide for Setting stronger passcodes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Asus EEE Pad Transformer to See Record Sales in June; Second Only to the iPad 2

The iPad 2 has seen the highest sales, much higher than any single Android tablet since it launched. While there have been several tablets available in the past months, only a few have been selling well.

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer was launched a couple of months back, but has been in short supply. There have been supply shortages due to high demand. It’s also priced quite well, at $399, which makes it a budget Android tablet.

Today, Jerry Shen, CEO, Asus, stated that the company will be shipping 300,000 units of the Asus EEE Pad Transformer, which is much higher than the expected sales of most other Android tablets, except maybe the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which may see an initial bump in sales in its launch month.

Johnny Shih, Chairman, Asus, said that the demands for the EEE Pad Transformer remain strong even when other tablet suppliers have cut shipment goals.

Asus EEE Pad Transformer

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1 GHz, and comes with 1 GB RAM. It has 16 GB internal storage and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, with an upgrade to Android 3.1 on the way. It also has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel, IPS display. It comes with a keyboard dock as well, which converts it into a usable laptop.


Download iOS5 Golden Master Firmware For iPhone 4, iPad And iPod Touch

Yesterday at WWDC, Apple introduced the next major version of its mobile operating system iOS5 with more than 1500 new APIs and 200 new features.

iOS5 includes a new Notification Center, a new Camera app, more info on the lock screen, Wi-Fi sync with iTunes and much more. Readers can read this article to know all about iOS5.


iOS5 will support iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd Gen and 4th gen along with the iPad 1/2. For the general consumers, iOS5 is expected to be released sometime during this fall, presumably with a new iPhone.

However, Apple has already released a beta of iOS5 for developers to develop apps on. The beta can be downloaded from here. Only developers who have a developer account with Apple can download the beta.

General users, who are interested in trying out iOS5 on their iDevice, should ask some iOS developer for help. If a developer registers a UDID of an iDevice, then he or she can legally install iOS5 on their device.

iOS5 – Everything You Need To Know About It

Apple has just announced the next major version of iOS at the ongoing WWDC. iOS5 is a major release for developers with more than 1500+ APIs and tools, as well as for general users with more than 200 new features.

Notification Center

First and foremost, Apple has finally gone ahead and over-hauled the notification system is iOS. The new notification style in iOS5 is called the Notification System, and can be accessed from anywhere by just swiping down the screen (Android style). The Notification center also takes some cues from the popular Mobile Notifier app from the Cydia App store. Apple has also updated the lock screen to display notifications and music control buttons.


Twitter Integration

Apple has also tightly integrated Twitter into iOS5. iOS device owners can simply sign-in to Twitter once under Settings and they are done! Their Twitter contacts will be linked to their phone contacts. Core apps of the iOS5 like iPhotos, Maps, and Safari etc. will also feature Twitter integration. Users can now share an image or a link to an article by simply tapping the Tweet button in iPhoto or Safari.


With iOS5, users can read magazines available on the newsstand right on their iTouch device. The Newsstand’ app will show users a list of all the available magazines, and will also download the latest magazines in the background for offline reading. The App Store will also get a dedicated category for the Newsstand magazines.

Upgraded Camera App

Apple has also made taking pictures and videos on the iPhone easier and quicker, with a shortcut of the camera app right on the lock screen. The volume up button on the iPhone will now act as a physical shutter button. Users can now pinch and zoom right inside the camera app and select a particular scene where they want to lock the focus to. The new version of iOS will also allow users to do some basic editing with their photos like cropping and red-eye reduction.


Safari, Game Center And Mail With New Features

Safari for iOS has also been revamped in iOS5. It now features tabbed browsing, and also looks similar to Safari for OS X. The new Safari Reader’ feature will strip down a webpage from all the junk and ads, and present the main article in a readable, scrollable text format. For example, a 20 page article can be stripped down to just one page by this feature in a simple scrollable text format. The new version of Safari also features Reading List’ which is similar to the popular Read It Later service. The Reading List’ also syncs across all iOS devices and OS X based devices.


The popular Mail app has also been upgraded in iOS5. The app now features drag able addresses, indentation control, S/MIME support, the ability to search within messages, and to flag messages. There is also a Swipe to Inbox gesture for the iPad.


iOS5 will also include a new To-Do list app called Reminders’. The app will be location aware and can trigger functions depending on a user’s location and the time.

Game Center for iOS has also been enhanced with new features. Users now have the ability to view friends of their friends, find new games and purchase them right from within Game Center. Game Center now also features the ability to play turn based games like Scrabble and Chess etc.

iMessage The BBM Killer

Apple is also introducing a new messaging system with iOS5 dubbed as iMessage’. This service is similar to BBM, and will be available for the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. The app will allow users to share messages, images, and videos etc. and will work over Wi-Fi as well as 3G.


Users will also be provided with typing notifications, and the messages will be pushed to all the iOS devices of a user. The messages sent via iMessage will be totally encrypted for enhanced security.

Wireless Syncing and OTA Updates


With iOS5, iDevices will become true PC free devices or rather Post-PC devices. iOS5 will incorporate wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi, which will include syncing your music library and apps. iOS updates will also be pushed OTA (Over-The-Air) from now on, and they will only update the needed parts of the OS a la Symbian and Android. Also, when users first start their iOS device, they will be greeted with a setup screen instead of the Connect To iTunes screen.


iOS5 will also include multi-tasking gestures which we saw back in iOS4.2. iPad users will also get a new split keyboard for thumb typing; along with a new music app. Dictionary has also been integrated in the whole OS. Users can tap a word anywhere inside the OS to find its meaning. Other new features of iOS5 include AirPlay Mirroring, improved Facetime video call quality, typing shortcuts, and Emoji emoticons.


The developer’s tool has also been updated with new features and is available for download beginning from today itself. iOS5 will be available for the iPod Touch 3G and 4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2 sometime this fall.

Samsung Asks Apple to Turn Over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3

We already know about Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung about the Galaxy Android devices, as well as Samsung’s counter lawsuit in retaliation, but here’s the most interesting part.

As part of Apple’s lawsuit, Samsung was ordered to hand over pre-production samples of the Samsung Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 2, Droid Charge, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 over to Apple, so that Apple could decide if those products were also a part of the lawsuit and seek an injunction against their release.

On Friday, Samsung filed a motion asking Apple to turn over final samples of the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2, along with the retail packaging. It claims that it needs to examine those devices in order to check for any similarities with the Galaxy S 2 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1, so that it can prepare for any potential legal action by Apple.

The problem is, while most of the Samsung products have either launched or have been revealed, Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are strictly under wraps. It’s highly improbable that Apple will agree to the request, but it’s a very bold move by Samsung. This lawsuit is definitely getting interesting.

Samsung vs Apple Lawsuit

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Opera Mini 6 Lands on the iPad and the iPhone

The wait is over. Opera Mini 6 for iOS is finally here. Back in March, Opera Software released Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 for a host of platforms including Android and Symbian. However, iPhone and iPad users were left in the lurch as Opera awaited App Store approval from Apple.


The iOS edition benefits from the same improvements that Opera introduced to other mobile platforms. The new release is optimized for the higher resolution offered by iPhone 4 and the iPad. It also features a super smooth and fast pan and zoom. The shades of red that have long characterized Opera’s mobile releases have made way for sleek black gradients, the menus has been redesigned, and a new share button has been added. It’s now possible to share the web page you are currently surfing on My Opera, Facebook, Twitter and vKontakte.


Opera Mini offers a faster alternative to the excellent Safari browser that every iOS device ships with. The restrictive nature of the App Store ToS (Terms of Service) makes it impossible for third parties to publish browsers that don’t use the inbuilt Safari rendering engine. Opera Mini skirts around this restriction by offloading all the code crunching to its remote servers. When you request a web page, that web page is rendered on Opera’s servers, and a highly compressed static representation of the page is sent back to the browser. This can significantly speed up browsing on slower networks, and also save bandwidth. However, it also has some notable disadvantages. Opera Mini’s handling of dynamic webpages is clumsy. For example, every time you click on a link that performs some JavaScript action, the entire is reloaded as the script is run on Opera’s servers and the result is sent back to your device. Nevertheless, Opera Mini does have some nifty features like save, text search, opera link (profile synchronization), and speed dials (visual bookmarks) that makes it a worthwhile alternative. You can grab the latest version from the App Store.

Mobile App Dev Firm SourceBits Posts $6.5M Revenues; Raises $10M Funding

If you have been using the iPhone or the iPad for quite some time then you must have used the Night stand or the Skyfire apps. Both are most downloaded and top apps in their respective categories on the iTunes app store. Skyfire is famous for the fact that it brings the ability to play flash videos while browsing the web on the iPhone or the iPad. Well, both of the above mentioned apps have been developed by Bangalore based SourceBits technologies.

Sourcebits has developed over 300 apps for various mobile platforms like iOS Android, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Windows Phone 7. The company recently posted it’s revenues for the year 2010-2011. The figures were a whopping $6.5 Million. The Night Stand app for iPhone (developed by SourceBits) has already been downloaded more than 5 million times fetching $1 Million in revenues alone for the company.

Sourcebits has also raised a total sum of US $10 Million from top investors – Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures ($5M each) in their first round of investment. The company now plans to set up engineering and sales centers in the United States and a design engineering center in India and Europe.

via Medianama

iOS 4.3.3 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has just released iOS 4.3.3 for the iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2. This new version of iOS is mainly aimed at clearing all the location data of a user, which the OS saves by default.

The location data of a user is cleared, once a user turns off the location sharing option.

Here is the iOS 4.3.3 change-log via BGR :

  • Location database will no longer be backed up to iTunes
  • Location database size will be reduced
  • When Location Services are turned off, location database will be deleted entirely
  • Battery life will improve
  • iPod bug fixes

iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone owners can update their iDevice to iOS 4.3.3, by connecting to their PC/Mac and firing up the latest version of iTunes (10.2.2). Alternatively, iPad 1 owners can download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file from here, while iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) owners should click here.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G owners can click here, and iPad 2 owners using the tablet under the Verizon network, should click here to download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file. iPhone 4 (AT&T) owners should head over to this link, while iPod Touch 4G owners should click on this link. Owners of Verizon iPhone 4 should click here, whereas iPod Touch 3G owners should click here to download iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file.

After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and  selectthe IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.

Apple iPad 2 Coming To India On April 29

Last week, we reported that there is a very strong possibility of Apple officially launching the iPad 2 in India. Well, it’s official now!

Apple has just announced that they will be officially selling the second generation iPad in India. The magical tablet device will be available across India beginning from April 29th.


Along with India, the iPad 2 will also be available in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel, South Africa, UAE, Turkey and Mac on April 29th. The iPad 2 packs in a dual-core A5 processor, a GPU which is nearly 9x times more powerful than its predecessor, and 512MB of RAM.

Apple has also gone ahead and unveiled the prices of the iPad 2 in India. The 16GB Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 will carry a MRP of Rs. 29,500, while the 32GB and the 64GB will retail for a MRP of Rs. 34,500 and Rs. 39,500, respectively.

The 16GB 3G+Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 will cost Rs. 36,900, while the 32GB and 64GB will set back users by Rs. 41,900 and Rs. 46,900.

It is really nice to see Apple launch the iPad 2 in India, in line with the rest of the world. Apple was heavily criticized for not launching the original iPad in India.

iOS 4.3.2 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has just released another small update for the iOS, which bumps up the version OS to 4.3.2.  The update is a minor one, and aims at fixing some bugs along with some FaceTime vulnerabilities. The iOS 4.3.2 update is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2 and the iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners.

iOS 4.3.2 Update

iTouch device owners can download the update automatically by connecting their iDevice to iTunes, and updating its software via the Check For Updatesbutton.

Alternatively, original iPad owners can download iOS 4.3.2 for their device from here, while iPhone 3GS owners should head over to this link. iPad 2 Wi-Fi model owners can download the latest version of iOS 4.3.2 from here, while 3G+Wi-Fi model owners should click here.

iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners should click here and here, respectively for downloading iOS 4.3.2. After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and select the IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.

Once you download the iOS 4.3.2 IPSW file, you can follow our earlier instructions on  manually upgrading iOS 4.3.1. on your device.