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  • Enterprise certificates still being abused to spy on iPhone users

    Unlike this report, other larger outlets resorted to far more hysterical headlines to make this seem a lot more serious for iOS users than it was. The bottom line on this is that -- while developer abuse of certificates is definitely a problem that Apple's going to have to find a better way to address -- due to some of the in-built protections in iOS, this was far less of an issue on iOS than it was on Android, where the app was able to capture pretty much anything it wanted.

    In the iOS version, users had to give permission for each of the areas where it wanted to gather data, for example, which might raise suspicions ("why does my carrier need permission to access my voice memos or contacts?"). The Android version installed a rootkit, meaning it had full access to everything.

    In addition, the iOS version of the app was not distributed in the App Store, even in Italy and Turkemenistan (where the app pretended to be the official app of one of the local carriers), The iOS version was given out only to people willing to "side-load" a dev-only app; the Android version was distributed in the Play Store and other outlets for anyone to download.

    Finally, Apple's revoking of the certificate means the app can no longer run at all, even if users granted permissions. The Android version was kicked off the Play Store, but the installed versions are still happily ticking along, having used the rootkit to gain full access.
  • Here are all of the biggest changes coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 6

    I do see the "I'll tap you when I'm ready" message from time to time (maybe once in 50, certainly not the problem you're having), but let me tell you what the problem is and a potential fix.

    The reason for the difficulty is that your iPhone is trying or has connected to a non-working open Wi-Fi connection, and can't reach the internet to process some aspects of your request. The fix is to go into your iPhone settings -> Wi-Fi, and tell it to ask to connect to unknown networks (known networks will still be joined automatically). If there's a notoriously bad "known" network you've joined before that doesn't work (I have this problem in some parts of town with the carrier's hotspots), tell the iPhone to "forget" that network. This will cause your iPhone to rely on LTE data when you're not on a known-good Wi-Fi network, and thus the connection between your iPhone and the Watch will be stronger and thus Siri will work much more reliably. It made a huge difference for me, I hope it does the same for you.

    Regarding pronunciation ... I agree that there could be more done in the area of fixing bad pronunciations, there is a way to correct names, here is the method I use to train it from scratch:

    1. Ask Siri for the phone number of the name you know it will mispronounce.

    2. After it says the name incorrectly aloud, say "that's not how you pronounce it."

    It will then ask you to say the name, listen, and offer you choices of pronunciation. Select the one that is closest, and then it will pronouce it correctly next time.
  • Anti-robocall legislation sails through House by a landslide

    dysamoria said:
    "Today, the House of Representatives voted to restore Americans' confidence in the telephone system and put consumers back in charge of their phones," 

    I’ll believe it when I see it.
    Well, just as a refresher on US lawmaking, this is the start of the process. The House has passed literally hundreds of bills on all manner of topics this session -- indeed it would be considered by far the most productive House session in recent memory, but for one thing: the Senate Majority Leader is simply not taking up these bills. At all. The last time I checked, there was over 200 bills stalled by the Senate leader.

    NORMALLY, the Senate passes its own version of House bills (or rejects them by voting), then a committee reconciles the two versions to send on for the President's signature (or veto). This hasn't happened for nearly all bills passed by the House. There is apparently no penalty for this behaviour.
  • Study upends theory that 'night mode' UIs are good for sleep patterns

    I like Dark Mode, but the point that both the study and users seem to be missing is that you should put down all screens at least an hour before bedtime -- like when Apple's Bedtime feature tells you to wind down (if you've set it up to remind you and hour before ...).

    I have no doubt whatsoever that using Bedtime to achieve a regular sleep schedule, and shutting off the screens before bed, will aid sleep.

  • Epic argues Apple has 'no rights to the fruits' of its labor in 'Fortnite' filing

    Holy cow, where to even START with this new line of bullshit!

    How did Epic seemingly not know anything about the contract with Apple they signed, including a) what the rules were and b) what the commission fee was? Oh wait, they knew it perfectly well and agreed to it, that's why they signed it.

    As a matter of contract law, this case is so open-and-shut it should have taken a short afternoon to decide it (and will, when the actual trial begins). Epic broke its contract, Apple triggered the mechanisms built into said contract for non-compliance.

    As for their latest nonsensical argument, I suppose the grocery store should operate for free because they are not entitled to the fruits (literally) of the farmer's labour. Indeed, the entire distribution chain there should be working for free. In other news, the bank that holds your mortgage or your car loan is forbidden from charging interest or fees in the Epic universe because doing so would cause them to (gasp) profit from your purchase of a house! And when you sell your house, certainly the real estate agent who did all the work to close the deal deserves nothing for his efforts, as that would be profiting off "the fruits" of your investment.

    WHAT are these guys (and their lawyers) smoking?? And more to the point, aren't these lawyers criminally profiting of the fruits of Epic's labour, or are they peddling this folderol pro bono? Not only should Epic lose this case, they should be fined triple Apple's legal bill as punitive damages for wasting everyone's time. Welcome to capitalism, Epic!
  • Prepear revises logo to settle Apple trademark dispute

    Trust me this sort of thing is VERY standard in trademark disputes. If ANY ELEMENT of a trademark is close to the element in another trademark -- including such minutia as the exact SHADE of colour or the exact THICKNESS of a line used similarly in another trademark, this is legally worthy of dispute.

    Normal people see a pear that looks nothing like an apple, but the leaf component is similar to Apple's leaf. The revised logo proves that it was Prepear, not Apple, that was trying to bully (through bad publicity) their way into using a logo with a similar element. Apple would have told them on the first meeting "you need to change the leaf, everything else is fine" but apparently Prepear didn't want to, resulting in costing THEMSELVES thousands of dollars etc.

    I know it is hard for non-industry people to understand, but Prepear would certainly have lost their case had this gone to court, because they were unwilling to change the similar leaf element only very slightly to avoid objections.
  • A year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models

    VinceR said:
    I hate what is mistakenly called a "Pro" keyboard. The keyboard is absolute junk for fast touch typists, especially in a quiet room or library.
    I hesitate to say "you're doing it wrong," but this is the exact opposite of my experience, and I am a fast touch typist and journalist/writer for a living, so to say I use the keyboard a lot would be a wild understatement. I own a 2012 MBP and had to resort to buying a silicon key cover to get the noise of my typing down to acceptable levels in my quiet office from the built-in "chicklet" keyboard (the silicon key cover also has other advantages too, like keeping the keys clean). At home, in fact, I generally use the Magic Keyboard (again with a key cover) rather than the built-in keyboard.

    I also get to use a 13" MBP fairly often these days at one of my gigs, and find there to be no need for the key protection/noise dampening. My hands are constantly a millimetre or two above the keys, so I don't do the "strike" technique that I see a lot of, um, "veteran typists" use. I prefer the larger keys of the MB/MBP 2017 keyboard, and for me this is VERY quiet and provides greater typing accuracy than most of the external BT keyboards I use (for example on my iPad). You want a noisy keyboard, try the Logitech K480 (even though I love it in a weird way).

    Maybe I'm the one doing it wrong, but for me the result is quieter typing with greater accuracy on the 2017 MB or MBP built-in keyboards.
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  • Apple's 'iPhone 8' to replace Touch ID home button with 'function area,' start at $1,000

    Is it really too much to ask that you include the word "Rumor" or similar language in your headline? Because that's what this is. Ming-Chi Kuo was *way off* on his last round of predictions, though he has made some good guesses in the past. Please stop stating speculation as fact in headlines. Journalism 101, guys.
  • New York Times leaves Apple News over a lack of reader connection

    palmlag said:
    Readership down because they are ultra left mouth piece press

    Ah, the ignorant American turns up right on cue.

    A) You haven't got the FAINTEST idea of what "ultra left" actually means.
    B) The NYT is barely rated as ever-so-slightly left, but that's only because they continue to print fact-based articles.
    C) Readership is way up for the paper generally, in point of fact -- which proves:
    D) You're the one in the bubble, spouting right-wing parrot points.

    Also: I note the article does not say they are leaving Apple News+. It's an odd omission.
  • Apple offers Walmart "everyday low cost" in IT savings. IBM estimates a deployment of 100,...

    Just for some clarity (that was left out of the article): Walmart is not "switching to Macs." It is allowing some of its executives to choose to be supplied with Apple products (iPhones, iPads mostly, but yes Macs) if they prefer to use them. This is great news for Apple and great news for Walmart, which will indeed see lower support costs for those individuals who choose Apple products, BUT it is not a company-wide switchover or anything even remotely resembling that.