YiSpector malware: Apple says issue was already fixed in iOS 8.4

Just a day after US-based cyber-security firm Palo Alto Network released details of the newly-discovered YiSpecter malware, Apple issued a formal statement on the matter, effectively indicating that the malware isn’t a major threat.

“This issue only impacts users on older versions of iOS who have also downloaded malware from untrusted sources,” the Cupertino-based company said. “We addressed this specific issue in iOS 8.4 and we have also blocked the identified apps that distribute this malware.”

The iPhone-maker also urged users to install the latest version of iOS and to only download from trusted sources like the App Store.

For those who aren’t aware, the YiSpecter malware is capable of downloading, installing, and launching arbitrary iOS apps, as well as displaying full screen advertisements whenever you execute a normal app. Researchers claimed that it targets both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS…

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BlackBerry’s Android-powered Priv will feature 64-bit processor and 4K video recording, new images confirm

Less than a couple of weeks after BlackBerry officially confirmed that it will be launching an Android-powered smartphone dubbed Priv, a set of leaked images has confirmed some key specs of the device.

As you can see in the image above, the handset will be powered by an SoC (expected to be Snapdragon 808) with 64-bit processor.

Another image (shown below) confirms that the smartphone’s 18MP Schneider Kreuznach main camera unit is capable of recording 4k video.

It was also revealed that the Priv will include a security app dubbed BlackBerry Safeguard that will show your device’s security status.

As clear from the image above, the app will also allow you to take a look at how other apps are using your information, set a pattern-based screen lock, scan your device for malicious software, and…

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Latest YouTube for iOS update brings design overhaul, in-app editing tools

YouTube’s iOS app has started receiving an update, bumping it to version 10.38, and bringing a redesigned user interface, in-app editing tools, and some other features.

“With a new design, you can now have fun exploring videos you love more easily and quickly than before,” the app’s App Store description reads.

Similar to the Android update that rolled out a few months ago, the iOS update also adds three new tabs: Home, Subscriptions, and Account. While the first one lets you browse personal recommendations, the latter two allow you to see the latest from the ones you follow and look up videos you’ve watched, respectively.

The updated app also features new editing tools, allowing you to trim a video, as well as add filters and music to it. You can download the updated app from the App…

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Smartphone Underdog HTC Suddenly Gets A Chance To Bite Apple’s 6s

HTC, despite years of setbacks, hasn’t given up its old ambition to beat Apple at smartphones. The vendor normally releases high-end models only early in the year. But last month, as Apple came out with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, HTC updated its own latest “plus” model with a few hard-to-ignore features. HTC isn’t expected to take a big bite out of Apple but should get in a few nibbles with its relatively cheap $643 Android device.

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HTC unsurprisingly posted an operating loss in Q3 2015

HTC posted an operating loss of $138 million in Q3 2015. The troubled Taiwanese manufacturer recorded a small profit during the same period last year.

The company’s quarterly revenue came in at NT$21.4 billion (about $659 million). A year ago, HTC made NT$41.9 billion in revenue.

HTC has seen its sales and profits drop significantly over the past few months due to increased competition in all segments of the smartphone market. Recently, the former industry heavyweight announced major job cuts and dropped out of the TWSE 50 stock index in Taiwan.

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Co-founder Jack Dorsey returns as Twitter’s new CEO

A few months after Twitter’s former CEO Dick Costolo stepped down from his position, the micro-blogging company has named co-founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey for the post.

Dorsey – who had been Twitter’s CEO in the company’s early years, too – is currently also the chief executive and chairman of Square. In a securities filing, Twitter said that he will continue with his responsibilities at the payment start-up, and won’t be taking any compensation for his new role.

“I am honored by the trust the board has put in me to continue to run the company,” Dorsey said, adding that his focus would be on disciplined execution, simplifying the service, and communicating the company’s value to users.

While Dorsey will continue to be on Twitter’s board, he will no longer act as the company’s Chairman.

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Verizon cancels the Sony Xperia Z4v

If you’re a fan of both Verizon and Sony smartphones, this is not good news for you. The carrier just abruptly announced that it’s canceling the release of the Xperia Z4v.

This handset was made official back in June as a Verizon-exclusive slightly improved version of the internationally-sold Xperia Z3+ and the Japan-only Xperia Z4. It was first supposed to go on sale in August, but that didn’t happen. Its release then got pushed back to October, and here we are.

Verizon hasn’t given a reason for its decision. It has, however, said that it will continue to have “ongoing discussions” with Sony for its future portfolio of devices. The Xperia Z4v was supposed to be a hero device for Sony in the US, a market in which it hasn’t been very successful lately.

The Xperia Z4v would have had a 5.2-inch QHD touchscreen, 20 MP rear camera, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC at the helm, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh…

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