The US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it no longer considers text messages as secure enough when used as part of a two-factor identification method (2FA).

Currently, when you opt to use 2FA on your iPhone or iPad, you can choose to have a code sent to you via SMS. That is set to no longer be the case, however, as NIST is soon to bar its use.

9to5 Mac notes that while NIST’s guidelines are not enforceable by law, most companies do usually choose to obey their rulings, so that could mean that Apple will soon drop SMS authentication from its list of options for 2FA, which currently include a phone call to a trusted number, a code sent by SMS to a trusted number, or a code sent to a trusted device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Mac.

Source: Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication

The incredibly successful launch of Pokémon Go around the world marches on, with the game arriving in App Stores in France and Hong Kong over the weekend, with Hong Kong being the first Asian location other than Japan to have the game.

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports that at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed some snippets of information about what new features fans can expect in future updates for the game. It’s fair to say that he didn’t give all that much away, but he did reveal that we can look forward to new Pokémon, and also the ability to be able to trade Pokémon with other players.

The names of the team leaders for Team Mystic, Team Valor, and Team Instinct were also revealed as Blanche, Candela, and Spark, respectively, along with their pictures rather than the silhouettes that appear in the game (because they weren’t finished in time, apparently!). Hanke said that the team leaders will soon be given a more prominent role in the game, communicating with players and offering advice.

Finally, it appears that Nintendo’s recent statement that it didn’t expect the massive success of Pokémon Go to have much impact on its quarterly earnings as it only has 32% of The Pokémon Company didn’t go down very well at all with investors, sending Nintendo stock falling 17% at its lowest point, knocking $6.4 billion off their value, representing Nintendo’s biggest decline since October 1990.

Source: Pokémon Go Debuts in France and Hong Kong as Nintendo Shares Dive

AppleInsider has posted two photos that it is claimed were taken by an employee working in Apple’s Asian supply chain, and that are said to be of the iPad Pro 2.

The images show an iPad with an unknown device identification number (MH1C2CD/F), but one that does follow Apple’s device numbering protocol.

The anonymous source who sent the images to AppleInsider claims to have obtained them from a Chinese supplier who is currently working on an iPad Pro model that will enter production in late September 2016.

The images don’t give much away about the finished product at this early stage; for example, the iPad Pro pictured only has 12 gigabytes of storage, which suggests that it is some sort of prototype or pre-production testing device.

AppleInsider says that it cannot vouch for whether or not the photos are genuine, although it does believe that Apple is planning to launch a refresh of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro sometime this fall.

Source: First photos of alleged 'iPad Pro 2' surface in China

Polish indie developer Bulbware’s 2D point-and-click horror adventure game Bulb Boy has arrived in the App Store! The game already has a great reputation and following on Steam, and has won many awards, including the prestigious Best Character Design award at the 2015 Intel Level Up contest.

Bulb Boy is the adorable star of the game; when he wakes up from a terrifying nightmare on a gloomy night, he finds that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family are gone, and there are scary monsters lurking in the shadows. It’s up to you to help Bulb Boy use his glass head to save all those he loves.

The game’s style, which has received many plaudits from the industry, was inspired by classics such as Machinarium and Gobliiins, with gameplay including puzzle-solving and fighting wicked monsters.

Bulb Boy is set in the mysterious bulbhouse, which is infested with dangerous creatures that you must defeat in a bid to restore light to Bulb Boy’s world, as well as save his Grandparaffin and Mothdog.

While Bulb Boy faces many challenges in the game, he has a lot of advantages on his side, including the fact that his head lights up, so that you can survive electric shocks, and which can also be unscrewed to use in some strange places. The further you progress in the game you’ll also be able to play as other family members as you relive your childhood memories and uncover more about the back story.

If you love classic 2D gaming with a horror twist, this is the game for you, it really is fantastic!

Click here to download for $2.99: Bulb Boy on the App Store

Source: Bulbware

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reports that Apple has told him that Pokémon Go has smashed the record for more downloads in its first week than any other app in App Store history. Apple also revealed that it had paid out $50 billion to developers overall.

Dalrymple says that Phil Schiller told him back in June that Apple is not content to rest on its laurels as far as the massive success of the App Store is concerned, with Schiller telling him that his team had already made changes to make the App Store even better, and that more improvements were on the way.

Both big and small developers are saying that engagement with their apps is growing over time, according to Dalrymple, meaning that users are spending more and more time in apps, with the time spent in apps since Q2 2014 having almost doubled.

Growing categories in the App Store include video and music streaming and in particular apps such as Netflix. With this in mind, Apple is planning to roll out an expanded subscription model, according to Schiller.

Source: Apple confirms Pokemon Go sets App Store record

Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, has appeared on ABC7 News, via 9to5 Mac, talking about 9-year-old Joshua Gomez who is able to hear again as a result of a new type of bone-conduction hearing-aid that works in tandem with a companion iOS app. “Technology can transform lives [and] 9-year-old Joshua is a great example,” said Jackson.

Joshua began to lose his hearing when he was 3 years old, and went through several surgeries to try and restore his hearing over a 5-year timeframe, but all to no avail. And unfortunately, even conventional hearing-aids were unable to help in his particular case.

It was the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford that finally came up with a way to restore Joshua’s hearing. They outfitted him with the Cochlear Baha 5, new technology that enabled him to hear out of both ears clearly for the first time. The device is made specifically for iPhone.

The main difference between a regular hearing-aid and the Cochlear Baha 5 is that it is able to transmit sound directly to the inner ear via bone conduction, thus avoiding those parts of the ear that would not be able to tolerate such a device.

The iPhone app can then be used to tune the sound to various environments, such as making it easier to pick out speech in a noisy room, and boosting a child’s softer voice to make it easier to hear. Sound can also be transmitted directly to the device from an iPhone or iPad.

Apple has won many awards for its efforts at making devices that are as accessible as possible, and has just this year created an accessibility accessory section in the Apple Store and new accessibility features in iOS 10.

Source: 9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years thanks to bone-conduction implant & iPhone app


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