PDF Expert Now a Universal App for iPhone and iPad

Readdle, the maker of PDF Expert, recently updated the iPad version of PDF Expert to version 5.1. In addition to promised speed increase, the most notable addition is that the app is now universal. This means that if you buy (or have previously purchased) the iPad app, you also now receive the iPhone version. Continuous Scroll was also added to the newest version (meaning that you don’t have to wait for pages to load as you scroll larger documents).

PDF Expert has long been one of my favorite PDF annotation and editing apps, and this update makes it even easier to recommend. In addition to no longer needing to purchase a separate iPhone version of this app, Readdle promises that the iPhone version is just as powerful as the iPad one.

The only bad news is for users that previously used only the iPhone version, unfortunately that app has been retired and you will need to purchase the universal app for the new features. iPad users will receive a free update if they previously purchased PDF Expert 5.

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Download PDF Expert 5.1 from the Apple App Store.

Use Emoji on Your iPad or iPhone

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Place this link strictly in the “for fun” (or effectively communicating with the youth) category. Apple Insider has an article explaining how to enable an Emoji keyboard on iOS devices. If you don’t know what Emoji are, consider yourself lucky, but so you feel more hip, they are the “cute” little smiley faces and other pictures that you see in text messages and email.

If you enable the Emoji keyboard, just remember that use the globe icon on the keyboard to switch keyboards, and that once you are in the Emoji keyboard, there are several categories of Emoji available, each with several different screens of “cute” smiley faces or pictures (just swipe left or right on the keyboard to get to the additional screens).

iPhone Reset Options Explained

2014-05-09 11.29.40Have you ever looked at the reset menu on your iPhone, and thought, “what does it all mean!!!!!”. If so, Redmond Pie has an excellent article that explains what all the reset options do in iOS 7. The Reset options are located in the Settings App, General Settings, then Reset.

Most of the time these setting will just be used before you are switching devices, but if you are running into weird problems on your iPhone or iPad, some of the reset options may help solve your problem without doing a full “Erase All Content and Settings”. Head over to Redmond Pie for a full description of each option.

Siri Will Let Anyone Access Your Contacts from the Lock Screen

openlockA new “feature” of iOS 7.1.1 has been discovered by Egyptian Neurosurgeon Sherif Hashim. With a simple work-around, Siri will help anyone access your contacts, even if your phone is locked. The bug allows a user to launch Siri, and say “Call”, “Text” or “Email”, and then after using the keyboard to type a single letter, the user is prompted to “Clarify, at which time selecting “Other…” will provide them with the contact list on the device.

Beyond possibly revealing confidential client lists for attorneys (that keep clients in their contacts), once the contact list is seen, Siri can be used to “Text”, “Call” or “Email” anyone that was identified from browsing your contacts. This means that the malicious user can send messages as YOU to contacts on your device!

For those that want to prevent themselves from being a victim of this vulnerability, disable the use of Siri on the lockscreen. This can be done by going into the Settings App, choosing “Passcode” (or on iPhone 5s, “Touch ID & Passcode”), then disabling Siri access in the “Allow Access When Locked” section. No word on when a fix will be released.2014-05-07 09.59.23

For more information, see Gizmodo.

Another Week, Another iOS Security Bug

Today another reminder has come that your telephone operating system is never as secure as you may think it is. 9To5 Mac has a story indicating that a security researcher has discovered that several versions of iOS 7 (including the current version 7.1.1), are not encrypting email attachments in the bundled Mail application. This is a major issue, because adding a passcode to your iPhone or iPad, is supposed to add this extra layer of security to your attachments.

What this means to the end-user in the legal community, is that it is possible that if your device falls in the wrong hands, your attachments may be accessible even if your device is password-protected. There does not appear to be any solution to this issue at this time. The security researcher, Andreas Kurtz, reached out to Apple and it claims to be aware of the issue, but has not indicated when a fix would be issued.

In the meantime, be careful if you are using a corporate, Government or personal email account on your device, and you are exchanging documents with confidential information.