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iTunes 10.3 available with iCloud beta

iTunes 10.3 out nowApple have rolled out iTunes 10.3 which includes a beta of their upcoming iCloud, Apple’s online storage solution.

iCloud, which is a replacement for MobileMe will not have full functionality until a later release but some of its features are being introduced now; like ‘Automatic Download’ to ensure all your music, apps and everything else you purchased from iTunes is downloaded/synced to all of your devices running version 10.3.

This new release also lets you download previously purchased material (at no extra cost), depending of course if the music, app or whatever it may be is still available. For more of the nitty gritty head on over to Apple’s support page.

Download iTunes here (64-bit version here).

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Apple rolls out iOS 4.3.3

Apple rolls out iOS 4.3.3.Although much earlier than previously expected, Apple has updated its iOS software to version 4.3.3.

There have been calls for the company to fix the location tracking bug for the last few weeks. The controversy started when it was discovered that iPhones were storing unencrypted data of a person’s movements; data that could easily be read by anyone, giving details of an iPhone user’s whereabouts for up to one year, with timestamps to boot.

The company claims the information was never meant to be stored on the iPhone (let alone unencrypted) and the only purpose it serves is logging of WiFi hotspots and cell tower data, which in turn enables faster GPS triangulation. But with 4.3.3 a number of changes have been made to reduce the size of this cache, which will also be deleted when ‘location services’ are turned off.

Below are some of the changes made in iOS 4.3.3:

  • The update will no longer back up the location database to iTunes.
  • The size of the location database will be reduced.
  • The location database will be deleted entirely when Location Services are turned off.
  • Battery life improvements.
  • iPod bug fixes.

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iOS 4.3.3 coming soon

According to a source inside Apple, the company will be releasing iOS 4.3.3 in under a fortnight's time.According to a source inside Apple, the company may be releasing iOS 4.3.3 in under a fortnight’s time.

The lads over on BGR have been given the impending release, which is expected to fix the location tracking bug that started off a tornado of controversy back in April.

According to BGR’s source the update will include the following:

  • The update will no longer back up the location database to iTunes.
  • The size of the location database will be reduced.
  • The location database will be deleted entirely when Location Services are turned off.
  • Battery life improvements.
  • iPod bug fixes.

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Apple: We have no plans on tracking the location of your iPhone

Apple CEO Steve Jobs.According to Apple, the data stored on the iPhone that keeps records of a user’s location and even timestamps for up to one year is a software bug. The unencrypted data can be read from the iPhone giving anyone access to details of a person’s whereabouts. Privacy advocates have been up in arms about the issue; including US Senator Al Franken, who sent a pressing letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

But it seems all the emotion may have been slightly out of proportion. The company claims the information was not meant to be stored on the iPhone (let alone unencrypted) and the only purpose it serves is logging of WiFi hotspots and cell tower data, which in turn enables faster GPS triangulation. There is still the issue of consumer privacy and Apple clearly botched it, but at least it appears there was no nefarious intentions on the part of Apple and they are taking steps to rectify the matter.

The company will be addressing these issues and more in the next iOS update, which is coming out in a few weeks time:

Software Update
Sometime in the next few weeks Apple will release a free iOS software update that:

  • reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
  • ceases backing up this cache, and
  • deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.

In the next major iOS software release the cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone.

You can also find a Q&A on Apple’s website with 10 of the most common questions surrounding this matter answered.

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Apple’s profits almost double, helped by rising iPhone sales

Apple nearly doubles profits, thanks to a rise in iPhone sales.Apple has reported quarterly net profits of $5.99bn, almost double what it made 1 year ago.

This massive profit spike is being attributed to a large rise in iPhone sales. The company sold 18.65 million iPhones, causing Apple’s stock to go up 2.5%.

According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs the company is “firing on all cylinders”, and promised that Apple will “continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year”.

Meanwhile the iPhone maker is coming under fire from all fronts because of its recently discovered tracking activities. iPhone and iPad users’ whereabouts have been tracked secretly by Apple, and uploaded to the company incognito; raising a few eyebrows from privacy advocates.

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Al Franken takes on Steve Jobs over iPhone tracking

Al Franken worried about the privacy implications of Apple's tracking.You may not have been aware of it but if you own an iPhone it may be secretly keeping track of your every movement, wherever you have been. This information is allegedly stored on a secret file on the iPhone and then uploaded to your PC when you sync it. Your whereabouts including time and date is then passed on to Apple.

Because this information is not encrypted on the phone you can download an application that reveals the details of your whereabouts, including timestamps; raising legitimate privacy concerns.

Some politicians are extremely irked by the non-disclosure of such a policy and the privacy implications. In a open letter to Steve Jobs, Senator Al Franken is demanding answers from the Apple CEO.

Dear Mr. Jobs,

I read with concern a recent report by security researchers that Apple’s iOS 4 operating system is secretly compiling its customers’ location data in a file stored on iPhones, 3G iPads, and every computer that users used to “sync” their devices. According to the researchers, this file contains consumers’ latitude and longitude for every day they used an iPhone or 3G iPad running the iOS 4 operating system-sometimes logging their precise geo-location up to 100 times a day. The researchers who discovered this file found that it contained up to a year’s worth of data, starting from the day they installed the iOS 4 operating system. What is even more worrisome is that this file is stored in an unencrypted format on customers’ iPads, iPhones, and every computer a customer has used to back up his or her information.

Franken basically wants Apple to explain why they are tracking users’ movements (which isn’t limited to the iPhone; the iPad also exhibits the same behaviour), how the data is generated, the frequency of this information gathering, why the data is not encrypted and also if this practise is permissible under the terms of its privacy policy.

The details of Apple’s tracking activities were discovered by security researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warren and made known at O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference.

Update: It’s looking more likely that this is a bug in the iOS software, one that will be fixed soon. Although Apple hasn’t publicly commented on the matter, reliable sources have cast doubt over the initial privacy concerns.

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Apple updates iTunes, addresses sync issues

Apple addresses sync and other issues with iTunes 10.2.2.Apple has released an update to their popular iTunes software, bringing the media player up to version 10.2.2.12.

This small update fixes a number of issues including a problem with hanging while syncing. Some users have been experiencing hanging issues with their iPhones and iPads while using iTunes to sync their devices.

There are also a number of security exploits that have been plugged. If you haven’t been prompted to download the new iTunes from your desktop, grab the manual download here.

From Apple:

About iTunes 10.2.2

iTunes 10.2.2 provides a number of important bug fixes, including:

  • Addresses an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad.
  • Resolves an issue which may cause syncing photos with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to take longer than necessary.
  • Fixes a problem where video previews on the iTunes Store may skip while playing.
  • Addresses other issues that improve stability and performance.

iTunes 10.2 came with several new features and improvements, including:

  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.
  • Improved Home Sharing. Browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

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