iPhone’s SMS database got hijacked in 20 seconds!

Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf Philipp Weinmann took part in Pwn2Own 2010, and managed to hijack iPhone’s SMS Database withing 20 seconds!

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This duo used an exploit previously unknown and created a webpage. By luring targeted iPhone to the site, it will hijack the iPhone’s SMS database within 20 seconds.

Although this exploit will cause iPhone’s Safari to crash, but Weinmann said with more codes and effort, he could successfully attack without crashing the browser.

Weinmann explained :

Basically, every page that the user visits on our [rigged] site will grab the SMS database and upload it to a server we control

Weinmann, a 32-year-old from the University of Luxembourg, collaborated with Iozzo (a 22-year-old Italian researcher from Zynamics) on the entire hijacking process, from finding the vulnerability to writing the exploit.

The entire process took them about two weeks.

Iozzo and Weinmann received $15,000 for writing this contest-winning exploit, but no details of the hack will be released until Apple has been notified and is able to patch the vulnerability. [ZDNet]


Opera Mini for iPhone speed up mobile browsing on slow network!

Gizmodo recently posted a video on the browsing on iPhone using Opera Mini.

We have talked about how fast Opera Mini will be, it uses Opera’s Server to download the page content, render it into a “mobile” version before sending it back to iPhone.
Thus reducing the data/size of the page.

Enjoy the video, and hope that Apple approves the App!

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Lock iPad Screen rotation mute button

Apple did a minor tweak to the original iPad hardware, no! not adding a front-facing camera, but a Screen Rotation lock!

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If you have noticed previously, the button was designed for muting the device, but Apple did a update on it and change it to a Screen Rotation Lock.

So what does it do? It actually lock the screen in the orientation that it is currently at when u click on it. Thus the screen will not change it orientation when you move while browsing the web or watching a video clip.

From my opinion, I think it is a very good idea, as most people will be using iPad as their main reading or browsing device. And most people will do the browsing or reading or watching on the most comfortable place – The Bed. With this orientation lock, users can lay on the bed, sit on the bed or any position they like and still be able to enjoy the iPad without worrying about the orientation changes.

Very good job Apple to understand use case by users!

Apple started their iPad Pre-Order, now users can purchase iPad and it will ship by April 3!




Apple will replace your iPad battery for $99

Apple is moving all its product, including the new iPad, to non-removable batteries as these sets of batteries are R&D by Apple and their Battery performance really good.

In New Macbook/Macbook Pro, the batteries can last 4-5hours with Wi-Fi on, surfing webs and doing your daily stuff. This kind of battery life is not seen in alot of other laptops.

Although most of the new batteries now can be recharge up to 5000 times before it become unuable, but I am sure alot of macbook users experience a drop of battery life after around 1000 times of recharge.  So how can you change your iPad battery?

Apple have launched the iPad Battery Replacement Program, which allows you to replace your iPad battery if they stop holding charge.

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It costs $99 for each iPad battery and $6.95 for shipping charges. But you still need to bring your iPad down to Apple Retail Store to replace the battery! We are not sure how easy or hard it is to replace the iPad battery now. But I’m sure youtube will have video to coach you on that when iPad is launch.  But it is still recommended for you to bring down to Apple Store to change it!


iPad Pre-order now, shipping on April 3!

Apple is accepting pre-orders for iPad, not only for the Wi-Fi Version, you can also pre-order the 3G version now. But for 3G iPad, you got to wait till late April where as Wi-Fi will be ship out by April 3!

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iPad start selling at USD$499 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi only.  The 32Gb and 64Gb Wi-Fi version runs at $599, $699 with free shipping.

To purchase iPad with 3G, you got to add $130 on top of the Wi-Fi model you wish to get.

Both 3G versions and Wi-Fi version’s battery are reported to run for 10hours with video running!

Pre-Order now @ Apple Store!

Please note that this iPad launch is US only, other countries like Singapore got to wait till they have a release date.

iPad comes with telephone technical support up to 90 days after shipment date, and 1 year of Apple Care warranty, the Apple Care can be extend to 2 years with a top up of $99 (Same as iPhone).

At the same time of iPad pre-orders, Apple also included iPad accessories for your purchase!

ipad-accessiPad accessories available on Apple Store are:

  • iPad keyboard Dock $69
  • iPad Case $39
  • iPad Dock $29
  • iPad 10W USB power adapter $29 (Let you charge directly to an electrical outlet)
  • iPad Dock connector to VGA Adapter $29 (Let you connect to TV, monitor or projects)
  • Apple In-Ear Headphone with Remote & Mic $79

Inside iPad box there will be iPad device, a dock connector to USB Cable, 10W USB Power adapter, documentations and a SIM eject tool(3G model only)

Syncing can be done like iPhone through iTunes both on Mac and Windows.


iPhone users freeze, everyone is waiting for iPhone 4G?

Shares of iPhone has not moved up from October 2009 to January 2010.  Whereas RIM and Android moved up. Is iPhone losing its attraction?

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From our point of view, Android was very strong in the last quarter and first quarter of SmartPhone. They pushed out Droid, Nexus One and varies other phone within a short period of time. Not only that most of the Android Phone that were pushed out were very very good phone. On Par or maybe even better than iPhone 3Gs which has been in market for almost 1.5yrs.

What’s more is that iPhone lovers are all waiting for new updates on iPhone rather than buying back the 1 yr old iPhone 3GS which rumored to be coming out around June July period.

What’s your say on this? Are you waiting for the new iPhone or iPhone don’t attract you as much as before? Please leave your comment or reply to us @usingapple

[Chart from Gizmodo, stats from ComScore]