By and large, jailbreaking is a relatively safe affair to perform, and as long as you abide by the precautionary steps that must be taken when opening areas of the ecosystem ordinarily shut off by Apple, you’re generally safe. However, given that third parties can access root files, things can sometimes go horribly wrong, and with the jailbreak scene having been afflicted by two widespread incidents in the past five months, another piece of malicious software is said to be capable of stealing your Apple ID and password to buy apps without your consent.

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Apple’s close relationship with U2 has been long-standing and, from an outsider’s point of view, pretty harmless. Indeed, the fact that the Irish band’s latest album Songs of Innocence was to be released for free as an iTunes exclusive was clearly a win for the consumer. The move, which was announced after Apple’s iPhone 6 event last week, presumably meant that U2 fans could get their fill for free – excellent – while non-U2 fans could just skip the release. Much to the surprise of just about everyone outside Apple, though, the album was pushed out to just about everyone with an iOS device, much to the bemusement of those who don’t happen to like U2.

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We know that everyone’s all super excited about getting their new iPhones on Friday, but when all the deliveries have landed and everyone’s finished lining up all night, we’re going to need some fancy new apps to install on those shiny new handsets. The App Store’s rather full of great apps to download, both free and paid-for, but where do you start?

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Apple took the wraps off a number of great software features at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and among them, Continuity seeks to allow users to work between devices with as few seams as possible. Incorporating OS X Yosemite as well as iOS 8, Continuity has promised to strengthen ties between Apple’s two major platforms, and SMS Continuity, which allows SMS and MMS messages to be managed through the Messages app on iPad and Mac, is one of the most useful of them all. Unfortunately, though, this feature will not roll out until next month, meaning that while iOS 8 is just days away, SMS Continuity won’t make the initial cut.

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With iOS 8 now well on the way – it’s set for release in just five days’ time – now’s a golden chance to stock up on apps and games ready for the new software. Alongside iOS 8, Apple will also be rolling out two new iPhones, and given the high pricing, here’s a welcome opportunity to penny pinch on apps worth a total of $17.

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Via its official Google for Work Blogspot page, Google has announced a new feature for iPhone and iPad users by the name of iOS Sync for Google Apps. As the name implies, the feature will serve as an all-in-one management tool for Apple devices, and will be baked into Google Drive and Gmail. It will essentially operate as the Apple-based alternative to the Android device management tool, and full details can be seen right after the fold.

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In a fortnight that has seen Apple’s iCloud slandered and deemed culpable for the spate of celebrity image leaks, it’s certainly been a test of the online storage service’s mettle. But with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch having all appeared during the past 48 hours, all seems forgiven – at least, for now – and so with the world completely distracted by these shiny new gadgets, the Cupertino company has taken this opportunity to bring its new pricing structure into effect.

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Given the recent spate of celebrity phone compromising, allied to the fact that Apple is about to roll out its new mobile payment system with iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, and it’s fair to say that these are testing times for the company. From a security point of view, the Mac maker will want to avoid any more high-profile gaffes as it looks to win the trust of the consumer market, and although the new iOS 8 GM has fixed some vulnerabilities first highlighted by a seasoned security researchdf, a few still continue to linger.

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In preparation for next week’s launch of the iPhone 6 and the public rollout of iOS 8, Apple has today officially released its TestFlight app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the App Store. The Cupertino company’s official beta distribution app has been in the works for quite some time after it acquired parent company Burstly back in February and is now officially available to download via the iOS App Store.

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Social network Path is a beautiful, functional and cross-platform app that is used by many, but despite its credentials and promise, has been somewhat crowded out by Facebook, Twitter et al. It’s hard not to check out from time to time because it’s simply such a pleasure to use, but ultimately, it’s quite dormant, with users generally only checking in when they remember to. An acquisition by a big-name company could soon rejuvenate Path and turn its fortunes around, and according to a report, Apple is planning on buying the app and integrating it with its own Messages infrastructure.

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Whew! It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride today by all accounts, and as we finally catch our breath as the world reacts to the major announcements made by Apple earlier on this morning, we take a quick check back at everything that was discussed. If you missed out on the coverage due to work or other commitments, come join us after the break for a recap!

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Apple’s mammoth launch today of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch may be done with, but with so much having been announced in a short space of time, only now do we get the chance to take a step back and digest the new features. Amid the fallout from today’s proceedings at the Flint Center, Apple has rolled out iTunes 11.4 for those on OS X Mavericks, which, as you might imagine, includes support for the all-new iOS 8.

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The GM release links of Apple’s iOS 8 is now ready to download, and although, strictly speaking, this is not the final release, it’s identical to the build that end users will be receiving in about a week’s time. As ever, we’ve got the details and download info right here.

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As you know by now, iOS 8 GM download links are live for iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, iPad 2 and over, iPod touch 5G on Apple’s Dev Center. Apple unveiled iOS 8 to the world for the first time at WWDC 2014. iOS 8 brings a ton of new features to supported devices. More information on the features new in iOS 8 can be found here.

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Even though Google’s Android is a fierce rival to Apple’s iOS, the search giant recognizes the value of its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch-owning user base, and as such, most of its broad range of apps and services can be found over at the iTunes Store. Today, the Play Movies & TV app has been given quite a significant update, adding a handy offline mode allowing users to download videos and play them even when a connection is not present.

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We may be completely swamped what with Apple’s big iPhone 6 launch event close by, but nevertheless, there’s always time to check out some of the latest deals gracing the company’s App Store. Once again, we’ve got a nice selection of paid apps gone free for a limited time, and even if you feel like your device is a bit of a relic given all of the new devices on the way, these freebies should bring a smile to your face.

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For all our dedicated readers, this post marks the culmination of our day when they get a chance to get a number of otherwise paid iPhone and iPad apps for free. Our findings on a daily basis range from utilities to tools to games and purely entertainment apps. Today, we have 6 such titles that you can download for free for a limited time.

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Logitech is one of Apple’s official accessory partners, and invests a great amount of its developmental man-power in creating some exciting new products. But aside from dreaming up some wondrous gadgets for devices bearing the Apple logo, it also caters to the wider market in general, allowing those on Android and Windows Phone to reap the benefits of its creations. In the latest, it has unleashed a quirky new keyboard capable of docking a smartphone and tablet at the same time, and with a very agreeable price tag to boot, it’s the perfect all-in-one solution for traditional typists.

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It’s the weekend once more, and after a busy week, we’ve some welcome respite in the form of five apps gone free over at the App Store. The value of today’s haul is just a few cents shy of $22, so check out the details below if you want to make some very tidy savings!

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TestFlight has just made an appearance on the App Store for the very first time, and with the beta-testing app looking ready to roll ahead of the imminent launch of iOS 8, iPhone and iPad developers will soon reap the benefits of this renowned infrastructure for testing out unfinished applications.

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