Friday, March 27, 2015

The Pangu Team talks about discrimination and more in open letter

The Pangu Team, which has been responsible for multiple iOS 7 and iOS 8 jailbreaks, posted an open letter to its website on Friday. The letter is entitled “Jailbreak Should not Tolerate Regional Discrimination,” and it talks about discrimination, rumors regarding Pangu, and more.

The letter is worth reading in full, which you can do here.
 we’ve highlighted some of the more interesting information about the letter below
  • Pangu doesn’t use stolen/leaked certificates – addressing rumors that it has stolen enterprise certificates from other hackers, the team says that it has only ever used expired/donated enterprise certificates. These certificates are used to initiate the jailbreaking process.
  • Regarding the obfuscation of its code – “we did obfuscate the code of our jailbreak tools,” Pangu says, referencing the accusations that it did so out of malicious or selfish intent. “But was mainly to prevent the jailbreak exploits from being used, and to prevent Apple from easily understanding and fixing the vulnerabilities, and thus far it has really worked.”
  • Moving forward without discrimination – “Yes, we are Chinese. We are grateful to the jailbreak community, and we are also proud of being a member of the jailbreak community and being able to contribute to the community. We were so excited that Pangu 7 and Pangu 8 were downloaded by many millions of times from all over the world. We hope the jailbreak community should not judge a work for its developers’ race, creed, color, or religion.”

  • The $1 million rumor – it’s been said that the Pangu Team’s sudden interest in jailbreaking stemmed from the desire to make money—the rumored $1 million figure comes up quite often. But Pangu says this is completely untrue, and that the little sponsorship money it does receive mostly goes towards testing devices, software development and servers to facilitate heavy traffic and downloads.
  • Pangu doesn’t buy vulnerabilities – “in the first version of Pangu 7, among a number of other vulnerabilities, we used kernel information leaks discussed in Stefan Esser’s training course,” the team explains. However, Pangu removed these exploits after receiving criticism from Esser, and it has since relied mostly on its own exploits. “We have the ability and knowledge to continue to find more vulnerabilities and develop untethered jailbreak tools. We are very confident that we do not need to buy any vulnerability.”

  • Addial Dialer Jailbreak Tweak Makes its Way to Notification Center in iOS 8 via the App Store

    Addial, a popular jailbreak extension for Notification Center and Control Center that has been available in Cydia for a very long time thanks to iOS developer Raviraj Minawala, has officially made it to the App Store in the form of an iOS 8 Notification Center Today tab Widget.

    It's interesting to see things like this come to the App Store after being in the Cydia Store for so long. Yesterday, we showed you a new application called Favorite Contacts Launcher that also was derived from a jailbreak tweak.

    The Addial Dialer allows you to dial phone numbers directly from your Notification Center interface. It adds a number pad directly to Notification Center in the form of a widget, as shown above. After dialing a number, you can either tap on the phone button to call the number, or you can tap on the message bubble button to iMessage/text message the number.

    Moreover, there is a "+" button to the left of the "0" button in the keypad that allows you to add new contacts to your contact list. 

    Minawala has also hinted on Twitter that you can tap and hold on the number "1" on the keypad to copy the phone number to the iOS clipboard, which might be helpful if you're trying to add the phone number to a contact or create a new contact in iOS.

    If you want to give Addial for iOS 8 a try, it's available in the App Store for 99¢ at this link.

    Sources: App Store

    Apple Announces April 10 Grand Openings for Apple Watch Shops in London, Paris, and Tokyo

    Apple today officially announced April 10 grand openings for its three dedicated Apple Watch shops located in high-end department stores in London, Paris, and Tokyo. As previously outlined, the store-within-a-store locations are at Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and Isetan in Tokyo. 
    apple_watch_selfridges_openingThe new locations appear set to handle only Apple Watch viewing and sales, with customers being directed to other Apple retail stores for their support needs. 

    The Selfridges Apple Watch shop will be located near the entrance to the iconic Wonder Room, a massive shopping hall that houses a wide selection of luxury jewelry and watch brands alongside a concept store and mezzanine wine bar. Apple has reportedly been drawing employees from other retail stores in London to staff the new shop. The Galeries Lafayette shop will take over four balcony sections overlooking the main rotunda of the department store. 
    Paris Galeries Lafayette Apple Watch
    Apple Watch shop at Galeries Lafayette in Paris (Source: Getty Images via

    Apple will begin in-store previews and pre-orders for the Apple Watch on April 10, with launches in the first wave of countries coming two weeks later. The high-end gold Apple Watch Edition models will only be available at select Apple retail stores, and the dedicated Apple Watch shops at these luxury department stores will almost certainly also be featuring the gold watches, which are priced from $10,000 to $17,000.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks Out Against Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

    Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a series of Tweets condemning Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law, saying Apple is "deeply disappointed" in the move and "open for everyone." 

    The religious freedom legislation that was approved by Pence on Thursday could let businesses turn away gay and lesbian customers by citing "religious freedom." The approval of the bill has earned Indiana national attention, and much of it has been negative, with organizations and companies throughout the United States vowing to stop supporting the state. 
    Senate Bill 101 prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person's ability to exercise their religion -- unless the government can show that it has a compelling interest and that the action is the least-restrictive means of achieving it. It takes effect July 1.
    Along with Apple's condemnation, the NCAA has questioned the impact the legislation will have on future sporting events, Salesforce has vowed to halt expansion plans in the state, several conventions typically held in Indiana have said they will find other venues, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke out against the decision and barred all non-essential publicly funded City employee travel to the state. 

    In his tweets, Cook also called for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto H.B.1228, a similar bill that was recently passed by the Arkansas state senate, and he reiterated Apple's own commitment to equality and its efforts to treat every customer the same, regardless of "how they worship or who they love." 

    Cook came out as gay last October, but even before then, he's had a long history of supporting equality and speaking out against discrimination. In 2013, he lectured on equality at his alma mater Auburn University, and during that same year, both he and Apple publicly supported the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. 

    Under his direction, Apple released a statement in support of Supreme Court gay marriage rulings, and Cook also led Apple to march in support of the LGBT community during the 44th annual Pride parade in San Francisco.

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    AAA Foundation Releases Video Clips of Teen Driver Crashes While On Smartphones

    We all know that texting and driving has become a huge issue as smartphones have become more popular. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has recently released real video clips of teenage drivers from the ages of 16-19 using their smartphones behind wheels during the day and night. The clips of car crashes shown have both the view of what the road looks like while texting and of the driver. 

    Although there are no injuries involved in the video clips, you can definitely see the distractions and dangers of taking your eyes off the road to text. There are approximately 3,000 cases a year involving people between the ages of 16-19 getting killed in a car crash, from being “inattentive or engaged in some other non-driving-related activity.”

    Driving while texting is not only dangerous for the person behind the wheel, but for others on the road as well. Take a look at the video the AAA Foundation provided below. 


    Source: Youtube via AAA Foundation