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Upgrade to iOS 9 Now, Your Android Password Is Useless… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 17-09-2015

Apple releases iOS 9, bypassing Android passwords, Apple helps you Move to iOS, Amazon Prime subscribers get another freebie, Hulu adds picture-in-picture, and emoji in the wild.


Apple Releases iOS 9 to the Public

Apple fans can now upgrade to iOS 9, with Apple having released the latest version of its mobile operating system to every iOS user around the world. Anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 can upgrade their device for free, which makes doing so a bit of a no-brainer. The iOS 9 update clocks in at just 1.3GB, a lot less than the 4.6GB required to install iOS 8.

We have already covered iOS 9 in some detail What's New in iOS 9? Want to know what features your iPhone will be getting with the release of iOS 9 in September? Curious as to whether your device will be compatible? You're in the right place. Read More , but here is a quick reminder of the main features it brings to iOS: New and improved apps including the new News replacing Newsstand, new abilities for Siri and Spotlight, true multitasking that allows you to use two apps side-by-side, an improved on-screen keyboard, and two-factor authentication (2FA) What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More for iCloud.

To upgrade to iOS 9, go to Settings, and download the update. Then tap General and select Software Update. Assuming your device is already up-to-date and has enough free space, iOS 9 should install without any issues. However, some people are experiencing issues, so don’t blame us if iOS 9 fails to install correctly!

Android Passwords Are Rendered Useless

Your Android password may have been rendered absolutely useless thanks to a bug discovered in Android 5.0 (Lollipop). No matter how strong your password may be How To Create Strong Passwords That You Can Remember Easily Read More , the lockscreen can be bypassed by typing out an extra-long string in the password field. This causes the handset to crash to the homescreen, thus opening your phone up to anyone.

The vulnerability was discovered by researchers at the University of Texas, who published the details on Tuesday (Sept. 15). They said, “By manipulating a sufficiently large string in the password field when the camera app is active, an attacker is able to destabilize the lockscreen, causing it to crash to the home screen”.


Google has already patched the flaw, which means owners of Nexus devices Google Nexus 6 Reviews, Say Thanks Via Facebook, & More... [Tech News Digest] Also, YouTube Music Key, open source .NET, Facebook followers used as cash, and PS One games played on Android Wear. Read More can manually install the patch. Unfortunately, everyone else will have to wait for their carrier to push the update out to users. In the meantime, switch from using a password to either a pattern or pin, as neither of these methods are affected by the flaw.

Apple Wants You to ‘Move to iOS’

Apple has released its first Android app, and it’s one designed to help you switch from Android to iOS New iPhone? How to Transfer Your Data From iOS or Android Transferring data to your new iPhone? Migrating from Android? Relax, it's easy to take your data with you. Read More . Move to iOS is compatible with all recent iPhones and any device running Android 4.0 (KitKat) or later. It moves your content and settings using a private Wi-Fi network, migrating the data after requesting a security code from the user.

The app’s description reads, “With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app. No need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android. The Move to iOS app securely transfers all kinds of content for you.” This includes contacts, emails, messages, and your camera roll.

Apple is just trolling Android users at this point, right?!


Amazon Prime Adds The Washington Post

According to TechCrunch, Amazon is adding a new reward for Amazon Prime subscribers Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More : six months of the digital edition of The Washington Post for free. This is an immediate saving of $9.99-per-month, with reduced rate subscriptions of $3.99-per-month offered after the six months come to an end.

This is a no-brainer for Amazon, as its CEO and founder Jeff Bezos actually owns The Washington Post, having purchased the esteemed organ in 2013 for $250 million. This should therefore be a win-win for Bezos, who could see Amazon Prime memberships and subscriptions to The Washington Post rise as a result.

Hulu Adds Picture-in-Picture to iPad

With iOS 9, Apple has added a picture-in-picture video mode, which means you can watch TV while checking Facebook. However, the individual streaming services still need to update their iOS apps to make this kind of multitasking possible.


Hulu is the first to add support for PIP viewing, updating its iOS app accordingly. This means you can binge-watch the entirety of Seinfeld Apple iPad Crashes Down Planes, Google Buys Up Patents, & More... [Tech News Digest] Grounded by malfunctioning iPads, Google purchases patents, Dropbox adds comments, Star Wars games land on Steam, stream Seinfeld on Hulu, and the Apple Watch gets blended. Read More while responding to emails or tweeting random nonsense. Now we just need Netflix to follow suit.

See Emoji Captured In the Wild

And finally, does emoji imitate life, or does life imitate emoji? That is the question asked and answered by Daniel McKee, who put together this video showing emoji as seen in the wild What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More . It turns out that emoji are everywhere in the real world; you just need to know where to look.

McKee spent six months trawling Instagram New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More to find these photos of emoji in the wild. In the end, he found 817 of them, and posted them all in a video lasting just five minutes. Having so many scrolling past your eyes in quick succession makes it tough to spot your favorites, but it’s still a work of genius. [H/T The Awesomer]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have you upgraded to iOS 9 yet? Do you use a password, a pattern, or a pin on Android? What do you think of Apple’s Move to iOS android app? Does six months of The Washington Post make you want Amazon Prime? Will you now multitask while watching Hulu on your iPad?


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  1. Anonymous
    October 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Been punking them for 2 years about a migration tool - They have listened haha :)
    Samsung made one years ago - IOS to Android - Now they just need to make one that migrates your text messages

    As for the IOS 9 - I read about the tracking part - Seeing that Apple don't get the main income from adds they decided to cut down on the information needed by letting the phone cache it

    It is mighty clever from their side 'cause this will be a major issue - when people in the future decide what phone to have, but

    Is apple doing this because they have concerns - What they started have gotten out of hand?

    or is there another reason related to the Ashley Madison site hacked and the lawsuit that followed?

    That way Apple and IOS 9 can reject any liability and lawsuits - with words like " it is your responsibility to "keep your phone safe" we can't be held responsible bla bla

    Interesting that is comes at a time where European Union a making passing a law making it possible for people to sue companies for privacy breach

    Could be interesting to know

  2. Anonymous
    September 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Just checked my Google Nexus Player but it says everything is up to date so no update needed. As for iOS 9, coming on the heels of the iOS 8 update, in the words of Waylon Smithers "But she has a new hat!" other words, so what? Nothing much changed for my daily use on my IPads. Might be different for you phone users but for me, it's business as usual...

  3. Anonymous
    September 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    "Android Passwords Are Rendered Useless" ?? Who writes this click-bait crap. Seriously, it is only a small segment of the Google version of Android that is exposed (and there are a number of simple temporary fixes). It does not affect phones from Samsung and other manufacturers.

    Any chance someone could do a little homework before spouting off like Donald Trump.

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Now this is the article you could have written...

      "The issue is limited to phones that use a password rather than a PIN or pattern. That’s a small fraction of the millions of potentially vulnerable devices."

      or this one...

      So rather than creating inappropriate potential hysteria, you could get your facts straight and actually provide some useful information.

    • Anonymous
      September 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      If you want to read an article from wired, read the damn article from wired, don't complain about a damn article that is not written to your specifications, this person could write whatever they wanted, they chose this so keep your trap shut if you have nothing good to say, or if your going to say "you should have written it this way"

      • Anonymous
        September 18, 2015 at 4:03 pm

        Geez Alex, maybe it's time to up the meds. I'll say what I want, when I want, any way I want. The article is incomplete and misleading. That's sloppy, click bait induced, journalism (and I use the term journalism loosely here).

        I don't have to (and won't) justify my response to you but thanks for letting me know at least one person read it.

        Good luck with detox.

        • Anonymous
          September 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

          Cant up zero meds ;), plus your welcome on reading the comment, however here at makeuseof is seems more like these are articles written by people who just want to write and hope it helps someone. And you could use any article and say it is incomplete and misleading because usually people don't have all of the details or they might seem to be missing a couple of key things, thats why there is a link that goes to another article talking about ios 9 and all of its updates. Click Bait is not really what I would use for this article. It is however a good article that is quite useful and seems to be simple enough for an average person to read.

        • Anonymous
          September 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm

          Again, you miss the point.
          Stating "Your Android Password Is Useless…" is factually incorrect. Its highly emotional wording intent on drawing people into the article (based on FUD).

          Also, stating the Android has a password issue then spending the majority of the article on the benefits of iOS9 seems equally questionable. If I am an Android user, why would I care about anything iOS?

          No matter how you try and skew it, this is possibly the worst thought out article in MakeUseOfHistory.

          Don't get me wrong, I follow/read/enjoy MakeUseOf but I'll call a spade a spade regardless of who writes/posts it.

        • Anonymous
          September 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm

          you should care about the fact that your android has a few security troubles that he tells you what they are.

        • Anonymous
          September 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

          I am experienced enough with IT (20+ yrs) to have already known about the issue. My concern is for the variety of less experienced people that come here (and those I have recommended this site to previously).

          Fact: It was poorly done, misleading and played on FUD

          I have come to expect better from MakeUseOf as a source.

        • Dave Parrack
          September 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm

          Please read the actual section of the article you have an issue with (not the headline), and tell me what the problem is? I have told the truth, which is that a bug in Android 5.0 was discovered which allowed people to bypass password lock screens, informed readers what Google is doing about it, and then offered some advice, namely to switch to using a pattern or PIN until the issue is fixed. I stand by that as a solid tree paragraphs of informative reporting.

        • Dave Parrack
          September 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm

          It's always nice to meet a fan! All I can advise is for you to either avoid Tech News Digest or even all articles written by me, but please don't abandon MakeUseOf because you disagree with one headline of one article written as part of a daily column.

        • Dave Parrack
          September 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

          Thanks for your support, Alex. The point of this article, and every edition of Tech News Digest, is to provide a brief overview of the current tech news, and I think we do it well. As you say, it's written for the average user, not someone who is already so technically minded that they have probably already seen all of this news reported elsewhere.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      John, you're entitled to your view, but as the author of this article I disagree with your assessment. There's a huge difference between clickbait and an engrossing headline. Sure, I could have written a long headline such as "Some Android Passwords on Certain Handsets Can Be Bypassed By Typing In a Long String of Characters" but it would be wholly unnecessary. This headline tells you that there's a problem with Android passwords, and if you want to know more you should probably read the whole article.

      You have also taken issue with this article also talking about iOS 9. This is daily news digest, and as such it covers multiple news stories. One was the Android password problem, and another entirely different story was the launch of iOS 9. I don't know if you noticed but there are four other stories in there too. Our Security section may address the Android password issue in greater detail in the coming days, but that is not what this column does.

      • Anonymous
        September 18, 2015 at 10:33 pm

        Don't make it worse by being ridiculous. No editor worth his snuff would have allowed such a headline to begin with. That said, "Android exploit, Is your device Affected" or "Some Android devices exposed by bug" or something like that would have been far more accurate/appropriate.

        My apologies for the misquote, I was responding to the previous posters comment "...because usually people don’t have all of the details or they might seem to be missing a couple of key things, thats why there is a link that goes to another article talking about ios 9 and all of its updates."

        I stand by my assertion of Click bait however. You can fiddle with the semantics all you want but the "urgency" associated with "Android Passwords Are Rendered Useless" is far higher than something like "Android exploit, Is your device Affected"

        • Anonymous
          September 18, 2015 at 10:47 pm

          Well I am now opting out of this comment thread, I understand your point of view John I just choose not to accept it

  4. Anonymous
    September 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Don't mean to seem like a clod here but did you really mean to refer to the Washington Post as an "esteemed organ"?

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      @Sahate Ubiol,

      Organ is a valid but seldom used English-language synonym for newspaper or communiqué. I'd say there's usually a mildly negative connotation, since it's often indicate a source of bias, e.g. "Pravda is the organ for the Russian Communist party."

    • Dave Parrack
      September 18, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Oh yes, that was intended. I see now that it may be very British, and therefore not the best line to use on MakeUseOf, but it is at least proper English, as likefun butnot said :)

  5. Anonymous
    September 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Dave, you forgot to discuss the only feature of iOS 9 that is actually important: Proper letter case on the on-screen keyboard.

    I might even dig my iphone out from under my desk and take the time to update it, just so I can see it in person.

    • Anonymous
      September 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      if need be just get a shovel, i hear they work wonders