HONG KONG: For Apple in China, trouble seems to be the new normal. Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said on Monday that Apple’s online data storage service, known as iCloud, was the target of a new attack that sought to steal users’ passwords and then spy on their activities. Starting over the weekend, when many users across China tried to sign into their iCloud accounts, they may have been giving away login information to a third party, in what is called a man-in-the-middle attack.
KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd and DiGi Telecommunications announced separately that they will be offering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the same date — Friday, Nov 7. Pre-orders for both iPhone models will start from Friday, Oct 31 at store.maxis.com.my for Maxis customers and http://www.digi.com.my/iphone for DiGi customers. No word on pricing plans as yet.
WASHINGTON: Apple said on Tuesday (Oct 21) its iCloud server has been the target of “intermittent” attacks, hours after a security blog said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system. Apple did not specifically mention China, but posted a security bulletin citing the hack attempts, and indicating its cloud computing platform had not been breached.
Apple has revealed its newest earnings report (for fiscal Q4 2014), showing disappointing drops in revenue from greater China, its third largest geographic segment. Apple’s Greater China revenues for the past quarter (July to September) fell to US$5.8 billion, down 2.7 percent from US$5.9 billion in fiscal Q3. Its newest number is alarmingly flat from a year ago, in fiscal Q4 2013, when it recorded US$5.7 billion.
TAIPEI–Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan’s export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record US$43.3 billion, the government said Monday. It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement. Orders for information and mobile devices rose 16.3 percent from a year ago to US$12.9 billion, “mainly due to the launch of international brand name mobile devices that led to the significant increase of orders,” the ministry said.
If you love your skinny jeans, then the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is probably not the best choice for you, considering its 5.5-inch length. However, if you are planning on overlooking the new Apple product just based on its bulky size, think again, because a Chinese tech store has just the perfect solution for this size trouble. Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India and China on Friday, and while the former would not have any issue fitting into an average pants pocket, as it is just 4.7 inches large, the iPhone 6 Plus, is at the best, going to be a bit snug in most pants pockets, if it does manage to slip in.
Just days after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, anti-censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports the country’s authorities are staging a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud. The attack is limited to users who access iCloud on a desktop or mobile browser where they are required to enter their username and password. A MITM attack happens when two parties – iCloud users and iCloud, in this case – believe they are communicating directly to each other, when in fact a third party is collecting and relaying all the messages in between them.
A “techman” in Hanoi said that before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple had patched vulnerabilities and upgraded the security level of iCloud, which contains a feature that allows users to locate and find their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac in case they are lost or stolen. This made it more difficult for them to unlock Apple’s products. However, in mid-October, the techmen announced that iCloud on iOS 8 had been successfully unlocked, one month after iOS 8 was launched in the market on September 17.
SHANGHAI, Oct 18 ― Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China yesterday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.
[Shanghai] Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China Friday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.
BEIJING: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi today refuted Apple’s allegation of stealing iPhone technology, saying one can only judge its products after using them. Responding to Apple’s design head Jony Ive’s accusation that Xiaomi has stolen iPhone technology, President Lin Bin said Ive should use a Xiamomi phone to know the difference between the two gadgets.
‘Pay with Amazon’, the ecommerce giant’s attempt at making online and mobile payments far more convenient and secure, launched in India today, well before the much-anticipated Apple Pay. This payment tool from Amazon is for other ecommerce companies to integrate a smoother and more convenient payment system on their own sites. This means that third-party online retailers and merchants can outsource their financial transactions infrastructure to Amazon. Shoppers, in turn, can use the information stored in their Amazon account to make purchases on those other ecommerce sites.
Indian ecommerce portals Amazon, Flipkart, and Infibeam are taking preorders of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With a promise of an assured delivery on launch day (October 17), the listings also reveal the price – iPhone 6 starting at INR53,500 and iPhone 6 Plus starting at INR62,500. Users can preorder the iPhones online from today to avoid waiting in the queues to purchase one later (Flipkart , Amazon , Infibeam).
Seeing that demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is much stronger than expected, Apple has already adjusted its supply ratio for the two new smartphones, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. But the retail channel is unlikely to feel any immediate changes since it normally will take a while for adjustments on the production side to start affecting the retail, the sources said.
Instead of partnering with a big services company to help business users, Samsung has decided to go it alone. The South Korean electronics giant on Tuesday unveiled its first entrée into services, called Samsung 360 Services for Business. The operations will allow it to support enterprise customers using everything from smartphones to printers — and the devices don’t even have to be made by Samsung. It will be a one-stop-shop for enterprise customers who need tech help as more of their employees bring their own devices to work and as the company supports more technology vendors.
Well, that was fast. After selling 2 million iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses during the first six hours of preorders in China, the train has kept on rolling. Now, according to Tencent Digital , Chinese consumers have preordered more than 4 million of the devices. That number does not include preorders from Apple’s website or China’s Apple stores, which will not begin accepting preorders until October 10.
Japanese company Pioneer is rolling out a firmware update to add Apple CarPlay support in its NEX 2014 series dashboard panels. Post update, the owners of iPhone 5 or above need to simply plug-in their device in the CarPlay supporting dashboard to launch the iOS-like user interface. With Apple CarPlay, users can make calls, send and receive text messages, and explore compatible apps from the dashboard panel. Drivers will be able to use Siri voice controls for getting directions as well. Earlier today, music streaming service Spotify updated its official app to support the Apple CarPlay.
Weeks after the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus first went on sale, Apple’s newest phones finally have full approval from China’s regulators. The last remaining rubber stamp comes from MIIT , which has approved the devices after analyzing both the hardware and iOS 8. (Update 3 hours after publishing: Apple has just confirmed its China launch for October 17 for both iPhone 6 variants, arriving on all three Chinese telcos. That’s the same date as for India. Online pre-orders in China begin October 10. We’ve updated the article’s headline with this new information.)
MUMBAI/BANGALORE: A new software security threat is giving sleepless nights to India’s information guardians and has prompted companies such as ITC and Future Group to take swift action to protect their systems. The Bash bug, or Shellshock as it is popularly known, is said to be more dangerous than the Heartbleed computer security flaw discovered earlier this year. Unix-based operating systems such as Apple’s Mac OS X and Linux are vulnerable to the bug, which allows hackers to gain control over a user’s computer remotely without authorisation.