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AppleID – Out of step with the world

Once upon a time you only needed an AppleID for the iTunes store and MobileMe, important to some but not all. Now, with IOS apps, the Mac App Store, a download-only OS and who knows what in the iCloud, it is becoming increasingly important, practically the cornerstone...

What is your lockcode?

If it is one of those on this list of common lockcodes from Lifehacker then you should probably change it ASAP. This illustrates the difficulty that many people seem to have in memorising even simple passwords and codes. What is mine? Actually I have two and neither...

OMG this is astonishing

I am gobsmacked by this information from the Wall Street Journal. Why would a game on your iPhone need to transmit¬† your phone number “back to base”? Why does a dictionary want to send your location? Why would they not tell you? I cannot imagine a good...

Smartphone security

A sobering post from Rory Cellan Jones on the BBC website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/11/iphone_cracking_wifi.html I confess that I do leave my wifi on when outside the house but am careful(ish) about which public networks I connect...

iOS4, first impressions

The much awaited version 4 of the iPhone operating system, now named iOS4, has arrived on iPhones across the world. New iPhone4s are due later this week but Apple has wisely decided to spread the load on its servers by releasing the new OS a couple of days early. I...