Incipio & AT&T finally launch NFC-enabled Cashwrap iPhone case for ISIS payments

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A little over a year ago at CES 2013, we first got a look at a new case from Incipio that would allow iPhone users to take advantage of the NFC-based ISIS mobile wallet service that rolled out back in October 2012 for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers. While ISIS is usually restricted to NFC enabled Android devices, Incipio teamed up with AT&T to create a case for iPhone called Cashwrap that builds-in the NFC chip and allows iPhone users to make payments using ISIS. Today the company has finally made things official announcing that The Cashwrap will be available online starting today for $69. It will also land in AT&T retail locations starting January 31.  Read more

Apple mood-based advertising patent is another hint of company’s new obsession with body sensors

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An intriguing patent application by Apple to deliver mood-based advertising contains what could be read as a strong hint that the rumored iWatch will, as we’ve speculated in the past, major on sensor technology.

In addition to describing ways of assessing mood by such clues as likes in social media, type of applications used and music playing, the patent also lists physical characteristics that could be used:

Mood-associated physical characteristics can include heart rate; blood pressure; adrenaline level; perspiration rate; body temperature; vocal expression, e.g. voice level, voice pattern, voice stress, etc.; movement characteristics; facial expression; etc …  Read more

Analysts estimate iPad sales up 10 percent year-on-year, to 25M last quarter

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A couple of days after Fortune did its roundup of analyst estimates of iPhone sales, it has now done the same for the iPad, with the average forecast coming out at 25M sales in the final quarter of last year (Apple fiscal Q1) – up 10 percent from the previous year.

iPads were a more challenging market to forecast, observes Fortune‘s Philip Elmer-Dewitt:

The iPad Air didn’t ship until Nov. 1, missing one third of the quarter; the new iPad Mini (with Retina display) showed up 12 days later and was in short supply all the way through Christmas …  Read more

A look at some of the most interesting tweaks for jailbroken iOS 7 devices

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Now that the iPhone 5s and iOS 7 have been jailbroken for a while, tweak developers have had some time to evaluate the current state of iOS and find some great ways to improve on the existing features.

Below you’ll find a bunch of great iOS 7-ready tweaks for your newly-jailbroken iOS 7 devices. Most of them are free, but the ones that cost are worth the price (or maybe even more).

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Developer activates Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car system, shows different interface

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Ahead of Apple’s launch of iOS in the Car later this year, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has seemingly activated the feature inside what we presume is the iOS Simulator. iOS in the Car allows an iOS 7 user to connect their iOS device to their car’s built-in center console display. On the console, they can use Apple Maps, read Messages, make phone calls, and control music…

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Apple SVP Phil Schiller shares report showing Android had 99% of mobile malware last year

Like he has done before, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller has taken to his Twitter account to share a new report highlighting a much higher amount of security threats on Android compared to iOS. Schiller linked to Cisco’s 2014 annual security report covering mobile malware trends over the last year, which happens to highlight a rise in malware on Android as one of its key takeaways:

Ninety-nine percent of all mobile malware in 2013 targeted Android devices. Not all mobile malware is designed to target specific devices, however… Many encounters involve phishing, likejacking, or other social engineering ruses, or forcible redirects to websites other than expected. An analysis of user agents by Cisco TRAC/SIO reveals that Android users, at 71 percent, have the highest encounter rates with all forms of web-delivered malware

That 71% encounter rate for web-delivered malware on Android mentioned above compares to just 14 percent for iPhone users, according to the report. The report’s finding that 99 percent of all mobile malware last year targeted Android marks an increase for Android when comparing to the last report Schiller shared. In March of last year, Schiller shared a report from security firm F-Secure that estimated Android had around 79% of all mobile malware for 2012 compared to just 0.7 percent for iOS.
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