iPhone Malware Spreads, Spotify Beats iTunes, Free Nest Thermostats [Tech News Digest]
Also, a handheld Raspberry Pi games console, a new (old) Zelda game on the 3DS, and the true extent of iPhone 6 BendGate.
WireLurker Infects iPhones Across China
This is the part of WireLurker that scrapes phone number, serial number, and your iiTunes Store ID from your phone. pic.twitter.com/RAFv50slPy
— Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) November 6, 2014
A nasty new piece of malware is targeting iOS devices, but there is no need to panic quite yet. WireLurker, as discovered by Palo Alto Networks, is a trojan capable of attacking both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones.
Wirelurker first infects Mac OS X, being spread via third-party Mac applications , primarily though the Chinese Maiyadi App Store. It then spreads to iOS devices connected via USB using the enterprise provisioning system.
Once installed onto an iPhone, WireLurker sends identifying information to a remote server and attempts to install benign-looking apps onto the device. These are likely to be testers, setting up for more malicious programs to be installed at a later date.
Unless you have downloaded pirated software from a Chinese source recently, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. But if you are concerned about this nasty piece of malware, Palo Alto Networks has released a WireLurker detector you can run on your Mac.
Spotify Beats iTunes, In Europe
Spotify is now paying more royalties to songwriters than iTunes, at least in Europe. This is according to Kobalt Music Publishing, a company which collects royalties for songwriters including Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, and Dave Grohl.
Kobalt claims that in the last quarter, Spotify paid, on average, 13 percent more royalties to its clients than Apple (iTunes). This suggests the tipping point has been reached when streaming music is now more lucrative for artists than paid music.
Apple iTunes is still a big part of the overall music industry, with $4.6 billion in sales during the last quarter, but streaming music is clearly the future. These figures from Kobalt merely back what people within the industry have been saying for some time.
Free Nest Thermostats With Utilities
You may soon be able to get a free Nest thermostat by signing up for a contract with selected utility companies. According to CNET, the Google-owned company has inked such a deal with Electric Ireland, which means people in the Republic of Ireland can already make use of the offer.
Announcing the deal at the Web Summit in Dublin, Nest CEO Tony Fadell promised to “bring it out to hopefully many more countries,” boasting, “this is a seminal event in Ireland [that] we think is going to change the world.”
Nest products aren’t cheap, so giving one away as a bonus for choosing one utility company over another could be a massive boon for all concerned.
A Handheld Raspberry Pi Games Console
One budding hobbyist has created a handheld Raspberry Pi games console, and is looking to fund its development through Kickstarter. The eNcade features a Raspberry Pi with arcade inputs inserted into a cute, colorful case. And it’s capable of playing any old ROM you can get your hands on.
A fully assembled eNcade requires a pledge of $160 or more, but more capable hardware hackers can pay less and 3D-print their own case instead.
Majora’s Mask Coming To Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is coming to the 3DS. Majora’s Mask was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000, but is now being remade exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS . The 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is set for release in Q2, 2015.
While announcing the release, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said, “As we worked on the remake version, we set out to maintain the original level of challenge, while keeping the game accessible for anyone. So we also focused on making sure the gameplay experience was as smooth as possible.” Which suggests this version may be dumbed-down ever so slightly.
300 iPhones Affected By BendGate
And finally, the furore surrounding BendGate may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still people out there seeking the truth. This video, compiled by the website One of the Nine, suggests Apple was being economical with the truth when it stated “a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus.”
I haven’t watched Sesame Street for many years, but I’m pretty sure the number nine and the number 300 are quite some way apart from each other. [H/T BGR]
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