Update addresses Target app crashes, even as company continues to investigate hack

Cygnus Business Media updates its B2B magazine apps for Adobe DPS upgrades

This hasn’t been a good past few months for the retailer Target. Following first word that customer information had been hacked at the start of the holiday shopping season, things seemed to only get worse as the news of the hack kept becoming more dire. Meanwhile, users of this iPad app, Target for iPad, were complaining that an updates issued had only made their iPad crash happy.

Late last week Target finally addressed its crash problems with its third update this year.

It is hard to understand how the most recent update, issued on January 23, could have been released. But the problem probably derives from the development team not testing the app on older iPads, ones with iOS 6 installed, rather than iOS 7. Developers have found iOS 7 particularly troublesome, issuing bug fix update after bug fix update. But then, some are finding, their updates introduce problems for users with older tablets and operating systems.

As for that hack of its system, Target says that hack was originate when the credentials for one of its vendors was stolen, possibly BNC Software, an IT management software company. A default password apparently still existed in the system, giving the hackers easy access to Target’s system.

AA-iPhone5-lg70 million customers had their personal information, including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses, compromised in the Target hack.

Meanwhile, more and more credit card information is being moved online and into apps, making hacks all the more attractive.

American Airlines on Friday issued an update to its mobile app that encourages users to store their credit cards online with the airline. The update allows for upgrade opportunities for purchase through the app if the customer is storing a credit card with the airline online.

B2B publisher Cygnus Business Media has been updating its portfolio of magazine apps as a result of a recent update to Adobe DPS. Their apps, including Firehouse Magazine, are designed to be read in landscape, and are all stand-alone apps.

Cygnus is one of the few B2B publishers to produce a customer magazine and launch it into the Apple App Store, having launched Walker Talk Magazine for the lawn mower company back in August.

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