Microsoft declares ’10 Days of 10 Cent Deals’ in Windows Store a success, adds one more day

Microsoft says its 10c Deals promotion was a big hit, and is celebrating with a Bonus Day of content, including movie rentals like ‘Tomorrowland’ and ‘Furious 7’, plus various apps, music and games. Read more…

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International Star Wars trailer debuts with tons of new footage

There are only 5 more Fridays left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts in theaters. Director JJ Abrams swore he wouldn’t give fans any more trailers, but a new international trailer for the film was released this morning, and oh boy is it filled with a bunch of new scenes. This might be the […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Google doubles down on dongles with new Chromecasts

Google’s inexpensive TV dongle is finally getting a much needed update today as the tech giant revealed two brand new Chromecast models at its press event in San Francisco. Google also loosed a redesigned Chromecast app, Photos support, and Spotify for the video device. The newly-designed TV-centric Chromecast dongle (which comes with an integrated HDMI […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Apple Lists Top 25 Apps Compromised by XcodeGhost Malware

Apple has updated its XcodeGhost FAQ on its Chinese website with a list of the top 25 most popular App Store apps that were compromised by the malware. The list includes some notable apps such as WeChat, Heroes of Order & Chaos and a localized version of Angry Birds 2.

Apple advises that users should update the affected apps to fix the issue, noting that if a listed app is available on the App Store right now, it has already been updated. Apps with an asterisk are currently not available on the App Store, but Apple says they should be updated very soon.

DiDi Taxi
58 Classified – Job, Used Cars, Rent
Gaode Map – Driving and Public Transportation
Railroad 12306
China Unicom Customer Service (Official Version)*
CarrotFantasy 2: Daily Battle*
Miraculous Warmth
Call Me MT 2 – Multi-server version
Angry Birds 2 – Yifeng Li’s Favorite*
Baidu Music – Music Player with Downloads, Ringtones, Music Videos, Radio & Karaoke
DuoDuo Ringtone
NetEase Music – An Essential for Radio and Song Download
Foreign Harbor – The Hottest Platform for Oversea Shopping*
Battle of Freedom (The MOBA mobile game)
One Piece – Embark (Officially Authorized)*
Let’s Cook – Receipes
Heroes of Order & Chaos – Multiplayer Online Game*
Dark Dawn – Under the Icing City (the first mobile game sponsored by Fan BingBing)*
I Like Being With You*
Himalaya FM (Audio Book Community)
Flush HD
Encounter – Local Chatting Tool

Apple has been working to remove all apps compromised by XcodeGhost from the App Store, but some affected apps may remain available for download. Apple has also outlined steps for developers to validate Xcode and said it would alert users to let them know if they have downloaded apps that could have been compromised.

XcodeGhost is a new iOS malware that arose from malicious versions of Xcode, Apple’s official tool for developing iOS and OS X apps, downloaded by some developers in China. Chinese developers then unknowingly compiled iOS apps using the modified Xcode IDE and distributed those infected apps through the App Store.

MacRumors posted a detailed XcodeGhost FAQ over the weekend that explains more about the malware, who is affected and how to keep yourself protected, although Apple has downplayed the severity of XcodeGhost compared to what some security firms initially reported.

We have no information to suggest that the malware has been used to do anything malicious or that this exploit would have delivered any personally identifiable information had it been used.

We’re not aware of personally identifiable customer data being impacted and the code also did not have the ability to request customer credentials to gain iCloud and other service passwords.

Chinese developers initially disclosed XcodeGhost on microblogging service Sina Weibo last Wednesday.

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Stress-busting app will engross your inner child

One way I can often determine if an app is worth my time is by putting it through a specific test. If I get so sucked into an app that I forget I’m actually supposed to be gathering thoughts to write up a review, it’s because that app is generally pretty awesome. I had this somewhat rare experience […]

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Angry Birds 2 flings its way onto the App Store

Rovio has churned out more sequels to its Angry Bird franchise than any developers on the planet. They even have sequels to the sequels (we see you Angry Birds Star Wars II), but six years after the original was released, Angry Birds 2 is finally here. The thirteenth title in the Angry Birds franchise is […]

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