Why the iPad won’t replace the MacBook as my main work tool any time soon

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Apple Watch apps won’t install? Here are some possible fixes.

One million dollars is a princely sum to pay for a previously unknown – or “zero day” – software vulnerability, even for one in Apple’s mobile operating system.

Apple has made some big changes to Apple Watch via a spanking-new operating system, though you may have missed it among all of the hoopla about the iPhone 6S and iPad Pro. These apps would begin to install, even showing an icon on the Watch’s home screen, but would then get stuck halfway through the process and eventually disappear. But that’s the carrot that newly formed cybersecurity firm Zerodium is dangling in front of hackers, researchers, developers, or anyone else who can deliver a method for compromising the security of iOS or “jailbreak” it by defeating the company’s notoriously tough content protection technology. 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. The offer, announced Monday, sent ripples through a global marketplace in which technology firms, government agencies, even a few cybercriminal groups pay handsomely for exploits.

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. In what amounts to a technology grey market, spy agencies buy vulnerabilities from brokers such as Zerodium to use in attacks or defend themselves from other buyers. This makes paying for a $2 bottle of water at Starbucks (after you get over sticker shock) is simply a matter going to the Wallet app, scrolling to your Starbucks card, and tapping to bring up the bar code. 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. Security researchers and digital rights groups alike say the company’s hunt for iOS vulnerabilities threatens to make security worse for everyone, setting off a gold rush for flaws in iOS 9 that could end up in the wrong hands.

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. Keep in mind that this will wipe out all data from the Apple Watch, but it also automatically creates a backup of that data on the iPhone. (If you’re feeling anxious, you can make a backup of your iPhone using iCloud.) Once the reset is complete, set up your Apple Watch again. At VUPEN, Bekrar employed some of the world’s best technical talent to uncover exploitable holes in commonly used software for the benefit of VUPEN’s clients. And though the iPhone is still necessary, you don’t have to be tethered to it, so you can just leave it on your kitchen counter and then roam anywhere in the home (or office) to take calls. You can check if you have this feature by going into your phone settings and looking for “Wi-Fi calling” and then enabling it, if it isn’t already enabled. (Note: though this started rolling out on a trial basis earlier from some carriers, it is expected to accelerate on watchOS 2).

While competitors such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft have all launched vulnerability “bounty” programs in recent years, Apple has stuck to a policy of not paying for information about holes in its software. Litchfield said that the company wouldn’t have to offer anywhere near $1 million to tap into what he sees as pent up demand among researchers to crack their knuckles on Apple’s products. “Clearly they would never offer [$1 million] but if they can give some reasonable bounty amounts I am sure they would have some great issues reported to them responsibly,” he said. Now if you place it on its side and connect the charger, the Watch will automatically go into Nightstand mode – a digital display that lights up whenever you touch the screen and shows the time, date, and battery status. But if you’ve already found something that you can’t wait to try, the nuclear option of resetting your iPhone and Watch is at least confirmed to work. She said such bounties “appeal to those who want to make a nontrivial amount of cash, plus get all the glory for helping to secure the ecosystem.” The $1 million Zerodium bounty “can’t be outbid effectively in the defense market,” said Ms.

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