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  • Facebook plans to launch new experimental apps under NPE Team name

    In my world NPE stands for NullPointerException... I guess that applies here as well if I were to consider using anything from this team.
  • Used Google Nest cameras connected to the Wink hub are spying on users [u]

    In regards to my previous post I would ideally want all of these devices on their own physical network only accessible through a vpn device, but that would severely inhibit the convenience factor and score low on the Wife Approval Factor.  It would also make the Apple TV not super useful for streaming.  In either setup, deploying updates to the devices can sometimes be a hassle, if you’re wondering.

    i still try to only get IoT devices I could “trust” even if they are segregated... so these cameras are right out or anything from google for that matter.
  • Used Google Nest cameras connected to the Wink hub are spying on users [u]

    jbdragon said:
    There are a few IoT devices out there that are quite secure like the RING Doorbell.
    Does the Ring thing phone home or need an external network connection of any kind? What happens if RING goes bust? Will your door refuse to open? etc etc etc

    Sorry but not even Homekit is coming into my home.
    Call me a luddite if you wish but I'm one of those people who really cares about their privacy.
    Security and privacy is all about trust and who you can put it in.  Technology is just the tool and can be used rightfully or wrongfully, it still boils down to who you trust.  IoT devices in general are some of the most insecure devices on the market because they want to rush them to market and security just hasn’t been sexy.  Even homekit enable devices could fall into this trap... the homekit protocol may be using industry standard encryption, but the device makers themselves may not secure their devices very well.  What if ssh was left open with default passwords?  What if there were exposed ports on the device?  Homekit has no control over this.  These devices could make remote requests to phone home outside of homekit without your knowledge.  What do you have to alert you if this fact?  It boils down to trust (even encryption requires trust that the algorithms don’t have a flaw, backdoor, etc... we trust the experts in this regard) I trust Apple and I trust their protocols; I do not trust IoT or even just homekit enabled devices.  I do enjoy their conveniences however; i have had enough network training (CCNA) and proper gear to setup my home network such that these devices are segregated on essentially their own private network with no internet access.  The only device allowed to bridge my networks is the Apple TV, which allows the homekit requests in and out.  I’d like to think this is secure, but even this requires trust in Apple, in my router vendor, my WAP vendor, my modem vendor (end of day everything passes through it).  I probably don’t have the average setup, and it may break at some point and it’s not with the hassle to most to have the convenience in a sandbox of sorts with only one way in or out.

    all this to say your distrust is not unwarranted, but there are things you can do to mitigate it and to have a better peace of mind while enjoying the convenience.  It all comes down to what/who you want to trust and how much time and money you want to spend to set something up that you can be confident with and alleviate concerns of personal data being leaked.

    Side note, I’ve always hated the term IoT, just don’t have a better general name for these stupid devices.
  • Renders of '2019 iPhone' depict square camera bump as part of rear glass

    It would be less offensive if the bump was more central, maybe where the Apple logo is on the back.
    1STnTENDERBITS said:
    darren mccoy said:
    It would be less offensive if the bump was more central, maybe where the Apple logo is on the back.
    It does look better more centrally located, but I doubt Apple would do that since it would make the iPhone look far too similar to the Mate Pro 20.  Some would probably say it would only be fair since others copy Apple all the time.   Pretty sure Apple wouldn't think of it that way though.  
    Even though it looks better centrally located, it's still an ugly design imo.  Apple should do something else.  Considering these are still just rumors, chances are they will. 

    May it’s more functional in the corner base on how people hold there phone in portrait and landscape positions as well as not interfering with Qi charging and how it “balances” on a table without a case.
  • Apple project lead Ted Kremenek discusses Swift 5 & how it is used internally

    I’m reminded of the movie ratatouille: he didn’t mean “anyone can cook”, but “a good cook can come from anywhere”