For a limited time, Walmart.com is offering a $100 downloadable Apple iTunes/App Store gift card for just $80. These popular gift cards can be used on iBooks, iTunes Movies, Videos, music, Mac and iOS Apps. We’ve heard these do work internationally if paid for with a US source and used in the US iTunes/App Stores.
You are basically getting 20% off every Apple media purchase you make. Also makes a great gift…we imagine.
AT&T recently revealed to us that they were going to block Apple’s built-in FaceTime over cellular unless users signed up for an expensive Mobile Share plan.
According to internal documentation forwarded to us by an AT&T employee, AT&T will only allow FaceTime on iPhone 4S and iPad 3rd Generation. That means people with an AT&T iPhone 4 and/or iPad 2 won’t be able to use Apple’s built in FaceTime software regardless of whether they are on AT&T’s Mobile Share plans.
Update: This is an Apple imposed limitation, not AT&T’s.
As for the competition, Sprint already announced that it will not hinder FaceTime over cellular, and Verizon is being forced not to mess with it because of a Net Neutrality promise.
Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they’re directed to an unknown website or address over SMS.
Interesting statement from Apple which seems to throw the blame for the SMS vulnerability over to the SMS protocol. That actually might be the case though Pod2G’s assessment is that Apple could fix it in an upcoming release.
iMessage, though it sometimes goes down for days at a time, is a good means of communication between your Apple using buddies. However, with Apple not even at a quarter of total phone penetration, SMS is unfortunately something that still needs to be used.
Other ways to avoid the built-in SMS app vulnerabilities are to use third party SMS applications like Google Voice.
Pod2G’s assessment of the issue below:
I mentioned it on twitter a few days ago, I found a flaw in iOS that I consider to be severe, while it does not involve code execution. I am pretty confident that other security researchers already know about this hole, and I fear some pirates as well.The flaw exists since the beginning of the implementation of SMS in the iPhone, and is still there in iOS 6 beta 4. Apple: please fix before the final release.
Google’s new Motorola Division has filed a patent lawsuit against Apple with the United States International Trade Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal. In this lawsuit, Motorola claims that Apple violated seven patents with its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch iOS products and even Macs.
As detailed by Bloomberg, the specific patents in question involve Apple’s Siri voice-control system, location-based reminders, push email notifications, media playback on phones.
Earlier this year, Apple’s case against Motorola over four patents was dismissed. Notably, todays claims by Motorola comes just after the close of the high-profile patent trial between Apple and Google Android-partner Samsung. The two company’s completed their closing remarks today, with jury deliberations scheduled for next week.