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Apple added web tool to deregister phone numbers from iMessage

Apple on Sunday introduced a new website that will allow users to deregister their phone number from iMessage service to an Android device or other non-Apple product.

Apple added the new web-based tool after it had faced a lawsuit over Android users having undelivered text messages from other iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users still using iMessage.

To deregister a phone number from iMessage, they are just required to enter their phone number in Apple’s web tool, receive a free text message with a confirmation code, and submit the code to complete the procedure. Users who still own their original iPhone are also allowed to transfer their SIM card back to the device and go to Settings -> Messages to turn iMessage off. Doing so will make it possible to receive all the messages sent from iOS devices in a form of standard SMS or MMS messages rather than iMessage.

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The issue dates back to 2011, when iMessage first launched. It has even been documented and widespread. Apple has also faced a lawsuit from one user, although the company claimed that it was aware of the problem and could not fix it.  Over the years, users replacing the iPhone with another device found out that iPhones owners trying to send them a text message are still having the messages intercepted by Apple and sent as iMessages, which can’t be received and read by Android and Windows Phone owners.

Unlike similar services, like Google Hangouts or BlackBerry’s BBM, which are available to access on competing devices via third-party apps, Apple’s iMessage service is available only as an exclusive product for Apple users, as well as the company’s FaceTime video chat.

Apple’s web tool for deregistering phone numbers from iMessage is available now. 

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Pangu jailbreak to avoid sending messages to a wrong person

Have you ever sent a text message to the wrong person by accident? I’m sure you had.

Frankly, it’s a good way to encounter a mild disaster if you’re not careful.

To protect youself from such cases, there is a jailbreak tweak DoubleCheck, worthy to be noticed.

This new feature provides you with an opportunity to check a recipient before sending the message.

The video below demonstates how it works.

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When you install DoubleCheck there are no need to configure. After it simply just open your Messages, and you’ll see the recipient in the text entry field for ongoing conversations.

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Aaron Sorkin reveals more details of Steve Jobs biopic

During the interview to Bloomberg Televesion, Aaron Sorkin revealed a few plot details on his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.

The Academy Award winning screenwriter said, that the new film will feature seven other characters, including cofounder Steve Wozniak, former CEO John Sculley and Joanna Hoffman, Apple’s original head of Mac marketing. 

“In in this movie Jobs has conflicts with all of them that get dramatized and worked out in a very compressed, very claustrophobic environment,” Sorkin said.

The biopic will include three half-hour segments set directly before major Apple product announcements with Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame as director. 

Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, while Jessica Chastain may also take a role in the biopic. 

Previous reports said Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper were considered for the leading role, and just a couple weeks ago Sorkin stated Christian Bale was selected without audition for the part. The actor has, however, reportedly declined the offer to participate in the project and Michael Fassbender is now reportedly in talks for the role. Sorkin-l

Finally, in the interview, Sorkin added that Steve Jobs’ life could offer content for at least ten movies. 

I think that you could do ten more movies about Steve Jobs, and I think if you lined up ten writers and said “write a movie about Steve Jobs”, you’d get ten different movies, all of them worth going to see.”

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Sleep analizer from Runtastic

Runtastic is the company has already released many fitness apps.

Now, Runtastic offers a new one — the app to analize your sleep. Meet Sleep Better − Smart Alarm Clock & Sleeping Cycle Tracker by Runtastic.

Instead of using a wearable or bedside sensor, the app uses an iPhone which you should put next to your while sleeping to track sleep patterns.

The app can detect such sleep information as Duration, Cycles and Efficiency. There are Smart Alarm & Wake-Up Window features, Moon Phase tracking, and so on.

The app is compatible with Apple’s HealthKit and Health app in iOS 8:

”Sleep Better is the result of dedicated work over the course of several months, during which the Runtastic team not only developed the app, but also perfected sleep algorithms by spending countless nights in sleep labs and gaining insights from sleep specialists, doctors and individuals struggling with sleep quality. The result is a unique, high-quality app, packed with features that will help users fall asleep more easily, achieve higher sleep efficiency and awake at the perfect moment during light sleep cycles – ensuring a smooth transition into the day.”

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Runtastic explains how it works:

”For sleep tracking and monitoring, Runtastic relies on body movements. Tests conducted on different subjects and in several phases to further improve the tracking algorithm confirmed that EEG evaluations in a sleeping lab correlated with the values measured by the Sleep Better app. A physician from the sleeping lab corroborates that if an individual does not move within a certain period (approx. 15 minutes), it is safe to assume he or she is in a deep sleep phase. Major deflections in the graph, on the other hand, indicate a wake phase.”

Look at the list of features the app provides:

-Track sleep duration, cycles and efficiency
-Develop a better understanding of light and deep sleep cycles, as well as time spent awake
-Use the Smart Alarm to wake up at the ideal time within your personalized Wake-Up Window
-Enjoy a variety of alarm sounds and snooze functions
-Enter daily habits & variables, such as caffeine consumption, exercise info, alcohol consumption and stress levels, to determine the effects of these variables on sleep quality
-Monitor moon phases
-Use Dream Notes to learn what you dream about most and what percentage of your dreams are good, bad or neutral
-View sleep history, including daily stats and overviews for longer time periods (i.e. a selected week or month)
-Filter history taking daily variables into account to determine when you’re sleeping best.”

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You can get Sleep Better − Smart Alarm Clock & Sleeping Cycle Tracker in iTunes for free.

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See life of genius in photos

Doug Menuez, the documentary film director presented a book about life of Steve Jobs.

The book is called «Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000».

Each photograph has its own history, the inscription under it shows.

You can look at some photos below.

Citing Menues, “I saw something uncontrollable, hungry, and wild – something human – that still exists in Silicon Valley today. That strain of fearless genius can and will drive a new technology revolution, perhaps even fulfilling the promises of the last one as it lifts its gaze to a world we have only begun to imagine.”

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You can visit the site of the author, where other materials can be found.

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Get the book on Amazon for $24,82.

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‘WireLurker’ malware infects Macs and iOS devices

Security experts at Palo Alto Networks have revealed a malware new family that’s capable of infecting both Mac OS and iOS systems. Called WireLurker, the malware has infected more than 400 apps in the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party Mac app store in China.

The researchers say that 467 infected apps have been downloaded 356,104 times in the last six months, and “may have impacted hundreds of thousands of users.” The problem is the malware can run on a connected iOS device, regardless of whether the device is jailbroken or not.

According to the experts’ statement, the malware can infect iOS applications similar to an ordinary virus, and it is the first malware capable of installing third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices “through enterprise provisioning.”

“WireLurker monitors any iOS device connected via USB with an infected OS X computer and installs downloaded third-party applications or automatically generated malicious apps onto the device, regardless of whether it is jailbroken. This is the reason we call it wire lurker,” researchers said.

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Once a user installs WireLurker on a Mac, the malware looks for a USB connection to an iOS device, and infects it. After that, it can collect information such as addresses, contacts and iMessages. Additionally, the malware is capable to download updates to itself, without requiring the user to do anything.

Even though the malware seems to be coming mostly from Chinese sources, Palo Alto Neworks offers some recommendations for avoiding apps infected by these types of software. First of all, users are recommended to download applications from reliable sources like the Mac App Store and avoid third-parry app stores, download sites, or other untrusted sources and jailbreaking.

Palo Alto Networks has already informed Apple of the malware, but there are still no comments from the company on the issue. 

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Apple Watch rumored to start at $500 for steel version, $4,000 for gold

According to the rumor from French website iGen on Tuesday, Apple’s expected Watch will be available at $500 for the mid-tier steel model and up to $5,000 for top-end gold “Edition” versions.

The amount is much higher than previous estimates, when the Apple device was said to start at $349.

The French website claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will be priced at $500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive model varying between $4,000 and $5,000. While the website has been reliable in predicting previous Apple device launches, the claims aren’t officially confirmed. iGen.fr accurately reported that Apple would launch both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at its September event and has also attached information that proved true regarding an iPod touch update in the past.

In addition, the site’s sources also said that the company still plans to release the Apple Watch by Valentine’s Day 2015. According to early claims from Apple, the Watch would come in Spring 2015.

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Ahead of the Apple Watch announcement, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo accurately predicted that the new product would be available in two sizes and different models spread across a wide range of price points. Additionally, he said the device could cost into the “thousands of dollars.”

Apple announced its upcoming watch in September, stating only that pricing would start at $350. 

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Michael Fassbender is to play Steve Jobs

Sony Pictures didn’t still find a person to perform Steve Jobs’ role in his biopic. Leonardo di Caprio refused to play the legendary Apple chief, then Christian Bale did the same.

Press has already praised the choise of the video, writing about Bale’s appearance is the most appropriate, as Christian looks like young Steve.

But nature abhors a vacuum, that’s why Sony Pictures announced a new candidate for this role – Michael Fassbender, who is famous for pictures ”Inglourious Basterds”, ”Centurion” and ”X-Men: First Class”.

His answer isn’t known yet, film studio’s offer amazed him and now he thinks it over.

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Actor Michael Fassbender arrives for the BAFTA awards ceremony in London

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Xiaomi has become popular on the market

Smartphones market broadens constantly. 327 millions smartphones were sold suring last three months.

5% of them are Xiaomi models. Half a year ago quantity of Xiaomi sales was close to Apple sales quantity.

Now Xiaomi is on the honourable third place in Asia, while Samsung sales fell around 8,2% last year.

Korean company has saled 78,1 million smartphones, what is 6,9 million less than a year ago.
The quantity of Apple released smartphones increased to 5,5 million.

Xiaomi sales results were 5,6 million last year, following Lenovo and LG.

A year ago Xiaomi took 2,1%, this year it takes 5,3%, compare with Samsung – 23,8 % and Apple – 12,0%.

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The major sales of Xiaomi are on China market. However the company becomes more and more popular all over the world.

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So, it seems Apple now has a serious competitor.

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Apple chief admits being homosexual

According to Tim Cook’s words he had to veil his homosexuality during his life. He wanted to keep buyers attention focused on Apple products instead of attracting attention to himself.

Many of his colleagues have already known about his sexual orientation, haven’t change attitude to him.

Cook has never confirmed this information before:

”Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences, not everyone is so lucky.”

“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” those are his words. Being gay has given him ”the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple”

Cook said he doesn’t consider himself to be an activist, though Apple’s recent efforts against discrimination have been well documented.

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He hopes that hearing that the Apple CEO is gay ”can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality.”