New Apple iOS 5.1.1 update ( Fixes serious vulnerabilities )

Apple have released the latest version of iOS. The latest release is not just cosmetic however , it patched at least 3 serious security flaws.7
The official information can be found here : http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1521 , but the security reasons for updating are hard to find from DL1521. The article shows a list of five “improvements and bug fixes”, none of which is a compelling reason on its own to update now. To see the security issues – you need to visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5278, and if you have an iDevice, I strongly suggest you read it.

A brief summary of the security issues :
 
(1) Address-bar spoofing. Site X could direct you to site Y, but make it look as though you’d gone to site Z. Although this sounds like a minor issue, it isn’t. The address bar is supposed to be accurate at all times, because it’s the primary indicator of whose site you’re actually visiting. Indeed, the browser is supposed to ensure that untrusted content – such as JavaScript – inside a web page can’t write into or affect the surrounding user interface (the so-called “chrome”) itself. Address-bar spoofing is very useful to scammers, phishers and peddlers of malware because it lets them masquerade their bogus websites as the real deal.
 
(2) Cross-site scripting. When you visit site X, code pulled in from site Y could execute as though it had been served from site X. XSS (short for cross-site scripting) is always a cause for concern. Web browsers are supposed to enforce a “same-origin” policy. Content from site Y should only be able to see cookies set for site Y, and scripts served from site Y should only be able to connect back to site Y to exchange or request further data. If a script from site Y can view cookies set for site X, then a crook in control of site Y may be able to recover session authentication data (set by site X when you logged in), and thus to impersonate you online.
 
(3) Remote code execution. A maliciously crafted web page might crash your browser in such a way that it ends up running program code secretly embedded in the page. Executable machine code served up in an untrusted web page should never be able to get near to the CPU without provoking one or more do-you-really-intend-to-do-this dialogs. This helps to protect you from installing malware by mistake. Any time a hacker gets hold of an exploitable remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, they’re laughing. They can sneak malware onto your computer or mobile device without consent or warning.
 
So in short update to iOS 5.1.1 as soon as you possibly can.

Apple Denies Tracing iPhone & iPad Movements

 

Ever lost your iPhone ? Set up a find your iPhone for free

Step 1 – Make sure your iPhone is running iOS 4.0.2 , to do this , plug your iPhone into your computer , fire up iTunes and click on the ‘Check for Update’ button

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Step 2 – Click the settings icon , and choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars

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Step 3 – Click the ‘Add Account’ icon and choose the type as ‘Mobile Me’

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Step 4 – Enter your Apple ID and password. If you have an iTunes Store account or have ordered from the Apple Online Store, you already have an Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, tap Create Free Apple ID and follow the onscreen instructions. If you’re already a MobileMe subscriber, enter your me.com or mac.com email address and password.

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Step 5 – Check if your account needs verifying . If your MobileMe account says “Not Verified,” check your email inbox for a message from Apple. Click Verify Now and sign in with your Apple ID.
 If you don’t see a verification email in your inbox, select your MobileMe account and tap Resend Verification Email.

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Step 6 – Return to the MobileMe screen and switch on Find My iPhone. When the Find My iPhone message appears, tap Allow.

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Step 7 – This is the cool bit ! Goto your PC or Mac , goto www.me.com and sign in with your Apple id.  You will now see the location of your iPhone AND you can lock it , wipe it or simply send a message or play a sound on it.. VERY COOL.

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Apple announces ITunes 10 with ping…

Apple has announced a new version of iTunes with ping ( Apple’s version of social networking ) , a new layout and a new logo.

 

 

The New iTunes  Logo

 

New layout….

 

 

 

 

Hereis  Apple’s press release  :

Apple Introduces iTunes 10 With Ping

Ping Social Music Discovery Now Available to 160 Million iTunes Users in 23 Countries

SAN FRANCISCO-September 1, 2010-Apple® today introduced iTunes® 10 with Ping, a new music-oriented social network for following your favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. iTunes Ping lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. iTunes 10 also features HD TV show rentals* for just 99 cents an episode and AirPlay wireless music playback.

“iTunes is the number one music community in the world, with over 160 million iTunes users in 23 countries, and now we’re adding social networking with Ping,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With Ping you can follow your favorite artists and friends and join a worldwide conversation with music’s most passionate fans.”

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists to see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. You can also create a profile on iTunes to let your friends know who you’re following, what you’re listening to and which concerts you’re going to. There’s no better way to discover new music than to find out what your friends are listening to, and Ping’s Recent Activity feed shows you their posts about artists, albums, songs and concerts, plus a consolidated Top 10 list of the songs and albums your friends and the artists you follow are downloading from iTunes. In addition to using Ping on your desktop computer, you can take it with you on your iPhone® or iPod touch®,** so you’re always plugged into your personal music scene.

With iTunes 10, you can rent your favorite HD TV shows commercial free from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America and watch them at home or on the go for just 99 cents an episode. Thousands of episodes are available, many the day after broadcast, to watch on your Mac® or PC, iPhone, iPod touch and the all-new Apple TV®, and you have 30 days from the moment you rent an episode to start watching it, and 48 hours after that to finish it.

iTunes 10 also features AirPlay wireless music playback to listen to your music on remote speakers using Apple’s AirPort Express® base station. In addition, AirPlay now works without AirPort Express, using speakers, receivers and stereo systems from companies including Bowers & Wilkins, JBL, Denon and iHome, so you can enjoy your entire iTunes music library wirelessly from any room in the house with no extra gear required.

iTunes 10 is available immediately as a free download at www.itunes.com.

The iTunes Store® has a catalog of over 14 million songs, over 65,000 TV episodes and over 10,000 movies including over 3,000 in stunning high definition video. With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iTunes Movie Rentals, integrated podcasting support, the ability to turn previously purchased tracks into complete albums at a reduced price, and seamless integration with iPod®, iPad™ and iPhone, the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.

*HD TV show rentals require iOS 4.1, which is a free software update available via iTunes 10 or later for iPhone and iPod touch users. iOS 4.1 works with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and second, third and fourth generation iPod touch. 99 cent HD TV rentals only available in the US.

**Ping for iPhone and iPod touch requires iOS 4 or later, which is a free software update available via iTunes 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch users. iOS 4 works with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and second, third and fourth generation iPod touch.

***Tour info for Concert pages is provided by Live Nation Entertainment, a provider of live recordings to iTunes.

How to create custom ringtones for iPhone 3G using iTunes for free?

The following steps show how to create free ringtones for your iPhone using only iTunes and songs you already have on your computer.

Note: This method only works with songs that are DRM free. To make iPhone ringtones using DRM protected songs please follow this guide to remove the DRM protection first.

To make iPhone ringtones using only iTunes:

1. Right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select “Get Info”.

2. Go to the “Options” tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” check boxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringer to start/stop. The ringer has to be 30 seconds or less. Click “OK” when you’re done.

3. Right click on your newly “clipped” song and select “Convert Selection to AAC”. The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times determined (If your menu item does not read “Convert Selection to AAC” and reads “Convert Slection to MP3” (or some other format) please go to iTunes -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Importing and change the “Import Using” drop down menu to “AAC Encoder”).

 

4. After the song is done encoding navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop. After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won’t delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).

5. Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and chose “Properties”. Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop).

6. After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library under the ringtones section. Sync your phone with iTunes and you’re done!

Note: Remember to go back into iTunes and uncheck your custom start and stop times for the original version of your song.

How to Remove the iPhone SIM Card

The SIM card in the iPhone is removable, but it’s hidden. To remove the SIM card, you need the sim card removal tool that came with your iPhone.

 1. Locate the SIM Card Slot

The slot is located at the top of the iPhone, between the headphone jack and the power button. 

2. Open the Slot

Take your removal tool and insert it into the little hole. Then firmly push down until the slot pops up, as shown below.


 3. Remove the SIM Card

The SIM card is in a cradle. You can pop the card out of the cradle. To replace the SIM card, put the card back in the cradle. The cradle and card are notched in a way that forces you to replace the card on the proper side. Then just slide the card back into the iPhone.