Move Over Google, Don’t Be Evil Apple. We Welcome Our New Apple Overlord

May 13, 2010, By Dorina Graham

Once so secure and also secretive, Apple is a hot target now. Their prototypes manage to leak out to the public, their sensational iPad is a target for spyware and untethered jailbreaking. The wildly popular Apple has been applying for patents right and left as if it will give Google a run for its money in the Don’t-Be-Evil and take-over-the-world department. At this rate, we will soon be welcoming our new Apple overlord.

Dissected Next Generation iPhone: 4G Prototype

(source: mashable)

Apple was again unable to keep an upcoming product a secret from the public. This iPhone 4G prototype appeared on Vietnamese site There are some slight difference in this prototype from what Gizmodo bought. It lacks the screws at the bottom and when turned it has on an image of an explosion and the sign “Inferno” on the screen. When torn down, it appears as if the 4G iPhone prototype has an Apple A4 microprocessor much like the one in the iPad.

‘ClamCase’ lets you to turn your iPad into a laptop

(source: Christian Sciene Monitor)

ClamCase, a new concept iPad case, contains a built-in keyboard and a folding design that turns your tablet computer into a netbook. The ClamCase takes advantage of the iPad’s ability to connect to keyboards wirelessly via Bluetooth, yet users will still need to touch their iPad in place of using a mouse. The stand offers functionality, but the ClamCase also offers protection by the hard clam-like shell. The idea of turning an iPad into a laptop with ClamCase was met with so much enthusiasm, the screenshot shows that’s servers were overwhelmed with requests.

Untethered Userland Jailbreak for iPhones, iPods and iPads

(source: darknet,spiritjb)

Jailbreak iPad video

An all-in-one untethered iDevice jailbreak App is available for the iPad 3.2, iPhone 3.1.3, and iPod touch. The jailbreak software is called Spirit. Spirit is not a carrier unlock, but an untethered jailbreak for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch on the latest firmwares. If you currently are using a tethered jailbreak, you have to restore to use Spirit. Do not upgrade if you use an unlock on an iPhone 3G or 3GS. (You can, however, restore to 3.1.2 if you have SHSH blobs for that version.) The video shows how to quickly and simply jailbreak the iPad with Spirit.

Mobile Spy – 1st Spyware for iPad

(source : mobile-spy)

Beware bosses bearing jailbroken iPad presents because there is every possibility that the iPad will have the first ever iPad spying software installed on it. The Mobile Spy App can record all e-mail messages, Web site history, and contact information from an iPad. It stores the info online for someone else to view. The “authorized” user must first have access to the iPad to install Mobile Spy. However, there is no record that the program was installed, meaning you could be clueless that you are a target being spied upon. The person who installed Mobile Spy software can log onto a special site that displays all the recorded information. Info is stored in real-time and cached, so even if the iPad user clears their browser history immediately after viewing a site, that site will still appear on the Mobile Spy interface. This spyware for the jailbroken iPad has a ton of features as seen here.

Phishing Apple Gift Card

(source : symantec)

Here phishy, phishy, Apple fanboys . . . phishing websites are spoofing the Apple brand. Spam email messages claim to provide an online facility for checking the balance amount for Apple gift cards, including a link to the phishing website. Genuine Apple gift cards are an option to give family and friends as presents for their Apple computers or other Apple electronics. These cards can also be used for shopping on Apple’s websites.The fraudulent phishing sites were created to steal legitimate Apple gift card numbers. The above screenshot is from the phishing site spoofing the Apple brand and is hosted on servers based in the USA.The phishing site asks for the gift card number and its pin number in the hopes of tricking customers into believing that they could view their balances. Upon entering a card and pin number, an error message is returned, stating that the balance enquiry is currently unavailable.

According to Symantic security, “The domain name of the phishing site was a typosquat of “Apple,” so customers may have entered the phishing site from typographical errors made while typing the legitimate website address.” They advise not clicking via email, double-checking the URL you type, and updating security software to protect you from online phishing.

Apple Applied for these recent patents:

Apple Applied For ‘Disappearing Button’ Patent

(source : Apple Insider)

AppleInsider discovered Apple’s new patent application for a “Disappearing Button or Slider.” The patent application reads, “Taken to its extreme, seamless design would have an invisible input. Since a metal housing is advantageous for aesthetic, environmental, and manufacturing reasons, this presents a particular challenge. One method to overcome this challenge is to include a plastic input painted to look like metal. However, this will not match the metal look and finish exactly, so the truly seamless design is not realized.”

Apple Reveals Extraordinary Multifunctional 3D Widgets

(source : ubergizmo)

Apple seems to be mirroring Google, since Google acquired 3D desktop manager BumpTop. Apple filed a patent as if planning to use 3D widgets on its OS dashboard in the future. These 3D widgets could provide different features, attributes, or functionalities depending upon which side of the widget users click. Users would be able to lift and to rotate the widgets in order to expose these functions.

Apple Takes A Giant Leap in Biometrics With Heart Sensors

(source : Patently Apple)

Hello scifi, brought to you by Apple. Another newly filed patent indicated that iPhones will not be using the typical password security system. In fact, by using biometric security, the iPhone will be equipped with an embedded heart rate monitor to identify its owner’s beating heart profile as the password system. The heart rate information would be acquired by external sensors. It might also be used to figure out the user’s mood and tweak media playback, or even to amass workout data.

iPhoto Patent To Benefit Amateur Digital Photographers

(source : Patently Apple)

Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty newly granted patents for Apple Inc. One of those patents granted to Apple was for the iPhoto application. Apple’s abstract states that the patent is about better realizing “the great potential of amateur digital photography.” Amateur photographers will be able to acquire and manipulate images by cropping, rotating, and removing red-eye, before tagging them with keywords. The image publish system will be intuiative. “A selected group of images may be published in a photobook, published onto the World Wide Web, or published as individual image prints with minimal computer knowledge on the part of the user.”

iTravel – Moving Closer to ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’

(source: Patently Apple,Patently Apple)

Apple is moving into the travel industry. An Apple patent covered an iPhone application called iTravel.  Shortly thereafter, it appears as if Air Canada will be the first trial run for this iPhone App. The Air Canada iPhone App currently functions as Mobile Check-In, Electronic Boarding Pass, My Messages Service, Mobile Flight Pass, Self-Tagging/Self-Service Kiosks, Notification Services, and Matrix-like Bar Codes.

To be further developed are features like a Near Field Communications (NFC) interface which may enable the iPhone to communicate with RFID tags. iTravel will allow a person to breeze through a kiosk. Also,”traveler identification information, such as a photograph, fingerprint, or retinal scan, may be accessed from the local server or the web service for verification of the traveler’s identity. The camera, a fingerprint scanner, and/or a retina scanner may also be incorporated into the traveler interface to enable enhanced traveler identification for security purposes.”

Visa payWave Mobile Payment Functionality On iPhone

(source : engadget,ubergizmo,gadgetvenue)

Visa and DeviceFidelity are teaming up with Apple for more iPhone market features. They intend to create a new iPhone payment system. The iPhone will sit in a protective case which has a secure memory card that is the brains to this contactless payment application. Efforts are currently centered upon creating a protective iPhone shell with a secure memory card that hosts Vista’s contactless payment App, payWave. As it stands, the product would only function on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS

Next Generation Virtual Store

(source : Patently Apple)

In Apple’s continuing efforts to create a more positive environment for online shopping customers, Apple filed a continuation patent. They seem to be building upon previous patents in order to create a next generation 3D online virtual store. According to Patently Apple, ‘The patent titled “Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere” illustrates that the virtual store will involve some 3D dynamic whereby “Apple Reps” will greet online visitors to assist them with their purchases and/or answer questions about specific products.’

Live Video Access For iPhone OS 4.0

(source : lejournaldusmartphone)

When Steve Jobs and Apple announced some of the new features and APIs that would be available in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 upgrade, “Full access to still and video camera data” was displayed at the bottom of the screen. This new API will offer an opportunity to improve the Augmented Reality experience. Developers are excited to discover how to advance mobile AR so that it is more like a desktop-based application using live video data via webcam. With a rumored front-facing camera coming to the next generation iPhone, developers and mobile AR could advance quickly thanks to Apple’s new API.

Apple ViP Program

(source : TechCrunch)

Apple’s new ViP (Verification of iTunes Purchase) program should give its new iAds for the iPhone and iPad the competive advantage over any other mobile ad networks. According to a TechCrunch scoop, ‘The VIP program is aimed at app developers who use iPhone ads to drive downloads and purchases of their own apps. It will tie the ad directly into purchasing data from iTunes, letting app developers measure the conversion rate of ad impressions to downloads. As the slide indicates, this tracking is made possible with a “proprietary direct link from the ad to App Store” and once a “user downloads your app, they won’t ever see your ad again.”’

iAd May Land Apple In Hot Water with FTC

(source : Patently Apple,dailytech)

Apple’s new iAds may, however, land them in hot water with the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission is concerned about Apple’s push to create ad products that “cannot be duplicated by any” competitor on the fourth generation iPhone hardware and operating system. It’s not that the FTC takes exception to the iAds themselves, but that Apple is currently refusing to share any analytic information with Microsoft or Google.

Cupidtino – Matchmaking For Machearts

(source : cupidtino)

Cupidtino is launching in June, exclusively on Apple platforms, and aiming specifically for Apple fanboys or girls. “Cupidtino is a beautiful new dating site created for fans of Apple products by fans of Apple products! Why? Diehard Mac & Apple fans often have a lot in common – personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, taste, and of course a love for technology. We believe these are enough reasons for two people to meet and fall in love, and so we created the first Mac-inspired dating site to help you find other Machearts around you.”

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