5 new iOS games that are more fun than Black Friday

It’s hard to find the best games out there. Every month, there’s a list as long as, well, a really long list of games on iOS that you might like but might actually suck. Even the sheer volume of the vaunted Editor’s Choice picks can get overwhelming. That’s why we’re here — to give you […]

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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.

WeChat
DiDi Taxi
58 Classified – Job, Used Cars, Rent
Gaode Map – Driving and Public Transportation
Railroad 12306
Flush
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)
CarrotFantasy*
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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Apple Discounts ‘Amazing Fantasy Games’ for New iOS App Store Promotion [iOS Blog]

Apple today updated its iOS App Store with a new „Amazing Fantasy Games“ section, discounting a wide selection of popular iOS games in the fantasy genre by 50 percent or more. Most of the 16 games universal, and all are available on both iPhone and iPad. The games range from puzzle games to platformers to full RPGs.

Discounted titles are listed below:
BADLAND
Terraria
Oceanhorn
LIMBO
Block Fortress
Radiation Island
Goblin Sword
Final Fantasy IV
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Final Fantasy V, Evoland
The Bard’s Tale
Final Fantasy III
Heroes and Castles 2
Hero Emblems
Ravensword: Shadowlands

Several of the games on the list are highly popular award-winning titles and are well worth picking up at a discounted price. Apple’s sale lasts for „a limited time,“ which typically means that it will run from today until next Thursday, when the App Store is updated again.

Along with discounting several fantasy games, Apple has also made Warhammer: Snotling Fling its app of the week, and as a result, that game will be free to download for the next seven days.





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‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ Launches on iPhone [iOS Blog]

Blizzard Entertainment’s popular card battling game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft today finally launched on iPhone, after becoming available on tablets, including iPad, nearly one year ago. The new support comes as a universal update to the existing iOS app.

The game made the leap to Android and iOS tablets following its initial Mac and PC launch in March of 2014, with MacRumors‘ sister site TouchArcade reporting numerous stories throughout the year regarding the game’s much-rumored launch on iPhone.

Hearthstone is free-to-play, but users can opt in to purchase card packs when their personal bank of in-game gold is sufficiently lacking. The game tasks players with collecting and organizing a constantly shifting array of card types for each one of its drastically different nine classes, aiming for an opponent’s weaknesses in a battle to whittle down each others’ 30-point health system to zero.

As with all versions of the game, iPhone users with previous experience in the Hearthstone world will be able to sync all of their custom decks, gold count, and experience to the new iPhone app by signing into their Battle.net accounts. Though some die-hard fans remain skeptical about the game’s proper transition to such a small screen, the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year can undoubtedly provide a more comfortable Hearthstone experience while still maintaining a bit more portability over its tablet-focused counterparts.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]




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