March 10, 2015 Last Updated 9:03 am

Apple issues iOS 8.2, users report glitches; Al Jazeera America and CBC Local see app updates

The Intercept reports that the CIA has created its own version of Xcode and have conducted a ‘sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads’

The events Apple hold rarely hold any surprises these days, what with all the tech sites reporting leaks ever day. But Apple’s new Macbook caught a number of reporters by surprise as few expected a new addition to the company’s laptop line.

AppleiOS82updateAs for the Apple Watch, there were no surprises, unless you didn’t believe the previous rumors regarding pricing – in which you case you are probably shocked. This isn’t your father’s Apple Inc. (now it’s your stock broker’s Apple Inc.).

Yesterday Apple raised the price of several of its hardware products in Europe due to the strong U.S. dollar, a phenomenon that may ultimately effect Apple Watch prices, as well.

Apple also yesterday issued an update to its mobile operating system, bringing it up to version 8.2. In addition to planting a new app onto your iPhone that you can not delete, the update includes a long list of bug fixes.

AppleWatch-iconIf you have not updated your device I would proceed with caution. My first attempt to update the software ended in an error. The second time installed straight away, but then the installation ended with a message appearing on the screen saying “Your SIM sent a text message.” No record of the message appears in Messages. iPhone owners started a thread in the Apple support forums, though no answers as to why this is happening have been posted as of yet.

The Intercept is reporting this morning that the “Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads.”

In an article posted very early this morning by Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley, the two say the CIA are targeting essential security keys that are used to encrypt data, and have created their own version of Xcode, Apple’s development software.

The modified version of Xcode, the researchers claimed, could enable spies to steal passwords and grab messages on infected devices. Researchers also claimed the modified Xcode could “force all iOS applications to send embedded data to a listening post.” It remains unclear how intelligence agencies would get developers to use the poisoned version of Xcode.

Coincidence or not, today Apple released a security update for OS X.

AlJA-iPhone-lgOnly a few media app updates were released in the past 24 hours. One of those is for Al Jazeera America, which updated its universal app.

The update changes the look by enlarging the photos, and introducing a new menu system. The app also adds a new Trending Topics section.

The app has received mostly positive ratings since its introduction a little over a year ago. But the negative reviews are not reflective of the app but of people’s opinion of the new network itself, with some reviews accusing Al Jazeera America of supporting terrorism. In fact, one of the very first reviews simply states “First Review!” and then proceeds to give the app a 1-star ratings. Looking at the users who gave their ratings, several have targeted apps from organizations they dislike to give negative ratings – one of the hazards the App Store.

Also updated today is the CBS Local app, also universal.

The update fixes issues with the push notifications, as well as some bugs.

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