Apple Admits iOS 9 Has Third Problem

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple lists 25 most popular malware-tainted apps in wake of mass infection.

The new Siri in iOS 9 isn’t just a question-and-answer machine — she can predict what you want to do or who you want to talk to before you even ask. Characters Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” (Emmy-winner Uzo Abuda) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks) discover an Apple iPhone mysteriously waiting on a bunk in Litchfield Penitentiary,where they meet Siri. The tech giant announced Sunday that it was clamping down on its App Store after multiple cybersecurity firms reported that malware, dubbed XcodeGhost, can exploit a vulnerability in a counterfeit version of Xcode, Apple’s suite of app development tools. Since 2011, Apple has imposed a 70-30 cut on in-app purchase revenue, so if someone subscribes to Netflix for $7.99 per month from inside the iOS app, Apple will get 30 percent.

Apple is currently blocking apps created with unofficial tools that can be used to inject the malicious code, but said that they could be re-added to the App Store if updated using Xcode. HBO also inked a deal with Apple to allow for exclusive HBO Now sign-ups via Apple devices to start, though it has since branched out to Android, too. Also included in the hundreds, or perhaps thousands of compromised apps were Baidu Music and the multiplayer game ‘Heroes of Order & Chaos.’ “We have no information to suggest that the malware has been used to do anything malicious,” the company said on its XcodeGhost Q&A Web page on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Instead, it is likely an acknowledgement of the growing mobile video viewing market, especially among youngsters who often prefer the small screen to a big one for watching movies and TV shows. Chinese app developers unwittingly tainted their apps with the unofficial development kit because it was easier for them to download than the legitimate version, due to Apple’s servers being located overseas. But while you were binge-watching Narcos and How to Get Away With Murder, Netflix was compiling data about which episodes were most likely to inspire a binge-watching session. By analyzing global streaming data across the inaugural seasons of popular shows—Netflix originals and network programs—the company determined which episodes helped launch full-on fandom. Hint: It’s not the pilot. “Given the precious nature of primetime slots on traditional TV, a series pilot is arguably the most important point in the life of the show,” Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “However, in our research of more than 20 shows across 16 markets, we found that no one was ever hooked on the pilot,” he continued. “This gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made.” Breaking Bad and Dexter, for instance, took about two episodes to hook viewers; Orange is the New Black required three.

The Dutch tend to fall in love with a series the fastest, while Australians and New Zealanders hold out for at least two episodes. “There’s a unique sense of intimacy with creating a show for Netflix,” said Marta Kauffman, writer and producer of Grace and Frankie. “Knowing you have an audience’s undivided attention and that in essence, they are letting these characters in their home, we unfolded storylines at a more natural pace.”

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