We talked last week about a flaw in iOS and OS X Mavericks called "Goto Fail" that would allow a malicious user to intercept the traffic of any secure transaction. Apple patched the bug on iOS with iOS 7.0.6 quickly, and just earlier this week they patched Mac OS X Mavericks. Make sure to update both iOS and OS X so that your computers and mobile devices are secure.
Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen tweeted: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore." He also says it's not related to legal issues, and that he still makes games. Leo predicts this is a marketing ploy, and that he expects it to come back up in a week or so.
Since Apple released iOS 7, there hasn't been a jailbreak available for it -- Until now. But it doesn't come with a recommendation from Leo. There's only ever really been one reason to jailbreak an iPhone, and that's to install apps that haven't been approved by Apple. Instead, all previous iOS jailbreaks have come with an app store called "Cydia," which is well-known and fairly safe, or at least as safe as a jailbroken phone can be. The new iOS 7 jailbreak, however, comes with an unknown secret Chinese app store installed.
Andrew has been noticing that when he shuts down Android apps, they still appear to be running when he goes into Manage Apps. Leo says on all mobile devices, there's no need for programs to actually shut down. On modern versions of Android, iOS, and even on Windows 8.1 or RT, apps don't necessarily close. The operating system just takes care of it on its own. When the user does something else, the OS will halt the CPU for that app, reclaim the memory, and eventually close it. It will still be in the "recent apps" section, though, but that's more for the user's convenience.
Susan is looking to get a tablet that will handle ebook reading, games for the kids, and working the internet. Leo says that while you can get a cheaper Android iPad, Leo says that Susan should get an iPad. It's got great apps, is well supported, and very easy to use. It's a little more expensive, but it's worth it. But wait until Tuesday, October 22, because it's likely Apple will announce new iPads and she could save money on the previous version. 3G or Wifi?
Sam has a mobile phone and wants to download ringtones. Leo says that ringtones are a huge business and people are buying ringtones of songs they already have. 1/3 of all music revenue was from ringtones. He shouldn't have to pay again just for the ringtone. It's really easy to create a ring tone from a song he already has. It's just a music file stored in a special directory.
Securing your smartphone is simple, quick, and very important in the event that it gets left behind somewhere or stolen.
The first thing you can do is put a friend or spouse’s phone number on the lock screen of your Android or iOS device. Create an image with a simple message such as “If lost, please return to Me (212)-555-1212.” Then set that image as the lock screen. If your phone lands in the hands of a good samaritan, this will help them get the phone back to you.
Securing an iOS device
Julien is blind and he uses an Android phone. It's gotten to the point where it does just as good of a job with accessibility as the iPhone. He recommends a pure Google phone because overlays from companies like HTC get in the way of it. The Nexus phone is the best one for those needing accessibility. Leo also says the Moto-X would be good for that reason as well.
Julien is a trainer for visually impaired people using smartphones, and his website is TechJV.com.
Cliff recently bought a Motorola Moto-X for his wife. He's holding out for the Note 3. Leo says that the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced Sept 4th.
The problem is that they are an iPhone family, and text messages won't send via SMS. Leo says that to go into the person's contact entry and uncheck the box that says 'iMessage'. Then it'll go to SMS. Leo says that iMessage has a flaw that prevents it from knowing when to send a text as iMessage. Leo also says that this is part of Apple's way to keep users in the Apple ecosystem.
The second edition of Plants Vs Zombies from PopCap, a very popular iOS game, is now out. The premise of the game is to fight the zombies that are marching toward your house with various types of zombie-killing plants. It originally was a Flash game online, but when the iPad came out, it was a natural fit for it.