Apple has recently added a new app to the App store. Apple Clips essentially allows you to create videos. I will get into more detail later, but I want to talk about the premise of the app. Not only does it allow you to create a video but it also allows you to add some fun emoji’s or text into the video. I should note that the videos don’t necessarily have to be of yourself. You have the option of grabbing a video from somewhere else and using it, but only if it’s saved on your device. You can also apply filters to either images or videos to give them a cool comic book look for example.
Overall, I think Apple Clips is really great. Lately I’ve been “in charge” of making slideshows for family get togethers – mostly birthdays. Which can take a lot of time and effort. What’s nice about this is that I can make said slideshow on the go. I am super keen on cramming as much as I possibly can into my day. Having this app on my phone would let me work on that. However, the downside to this is that I don’t know how large of a video file you can create. Presumably it would be based on how much storage you have on your phone. And I do not have a lot. Thus limiting me in this capacity. But still super cool.
As far as some of the other cool features , you can add words on top of you image or video – such as these:
As of this posting Rovio is the only company that has confirmed that its app was in fact infected. Angry Birds 2 was infected with the XcodeGhost Malware.
We all know that Android is filled with malware almost as bad as Windows 95 was back in the day. The saying has always been Macs don’t virus and iPhones don’t malware. Both of those statements are false. Mac can and do get virus. iPhones are not immune to the world of malware just because Apple keeps a tall walled garden up. Claims that approving apps keeps you safe are over rated. The AppStore ecosystem isn’t as safe as you 1st thought. Millions of iPhone and iPad users have been affected by a major App Store hack. The XcodeGhost Malware was just uncovered by Palo Alto networks.
Here’s the bad news: There are some very popular apps on this list, and the odds are pretty good that one or more of them are on your phone right now.
Apple has confirmed that the App Store suffered its first ever large-scale attack. They only did so after multiple security firms reported finding malware. Below is just a list of some of the apps that have been infected with malware. Expect more to come out in the next few days and weeks. If you have any of these apps installed. You should uninstall it until the developers confirm that the coast is clear.
Apple did a refresh of their AppStore last week. The focus was on the Games. They have combined all the previous game bundles collections which will be called..wait for it, wait for it..Game Collections. Game Collections is something that should have been there from the start and that AppAdvice does very well already on their site. The organization was much needed. Looking for games was like looking in a mosh pit for an iPhone. These pages are a quick helpful guide of types of games are available. Apple also says the collections will be updated on a regular basis.
Apple gave Google Maps the boot. I know Google is feeling the pain considering it got a reported $2 Billion from Apple every year to use it. The new Maps app that will come bundled with iOS 6 is pretty responsive and easy to use. The load time however is still at the mercy of your data connection. I was hoping that they would do what SkyFire does with browsing to speed up the download of maps. Alas it does not. The new Maps app uses data from TomTom. Today TomTom confirmed that it has a deal with Apple to get paid for doing something it already does anyway without having to up date its own app that is in the store. Alright, they didn’t say that but it’s only a matter of time before it kills its own map app.
TomTom (AEX:TOM2) has signed a global agreement with Apple® for maps and related information. No further details of the agreement will be provided. There was a concern that companies like TomTom that offer standalone turn-by-turn navigation apps in the App Store for quite a premium are going to find it extremely difficult to compete with Apple’s free Maps app. So the deal should come as a relief for TomTom shareholders.… Read the rest
When you hear the Hackstore; the first thing that comes to mind i s well…Hacks. That however is not the case with this off the grid store. HackStore is one a centralized place for third-party developers of OS X applications to showcase applications that Apple will not approve. This of it as Cydia but for software. Cydia is the alternative to app store on your jailbroken iDevice. Apple may not approve of jailbreaking or the Cydia store but that has not stopped them from blatantly stealing ideas from its developers. The most recent example is Wifi Sync for the iPhone. It was such a good idea that Apple incorporated it into iOS 5. They even kept the same logo that the developer came up with.
The point is that alternative app stores are where developers can get their apps out into the world. Its a way around the wall garden that Apple has setup. Also known as Apple’s approval process. The developers of Hackstore say that piracy will not be tolerated in their app store. Although just like Cydia, there are a lot of “crack” repos. If you want to give the Hackstore a try. You can Download it for the Mac OS X.… Read the rest
Facebook post information on Project Spartan then takes it off; We say staged
Information on Facebook’s new HTML mobile Web interface was posted online. Who would leak such information? Facebook was the person behind its own leak. It posted the info to its own developer webpage. We are going to go ahead and say that this was staged to build more hype for the project. It’s a clear outline of Project Spartan. The only thing missing was a timeline. I mean the post even had screenshots of Web app. it has already been removed by Facebook but TechCrunch pictures as a PDF file. Thank you guys… Read the rest
Padzilla Interactive Case turns your iPad to a 70″ touchscreen
This might be just a little over the top but hey, whatever. This interactive case allows you to use your iPad/iPhone with a massive screen that is multitouch capable. Shown in the video is a 70″ version but can be made in any size up to 150″. Jailbreak is not required. This unit can be positioned vertically or in a table mode with a special mounting system from Crunchy Logistics.… Read the rest