MyAppleMenu - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

Wed, Mar 4, 2015 The Freak-ing Edition

Apple Plans Fix Next Week for Newly Uncovered Freak Security Bug

Jim Finkle, Reuters:

The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple's Safari browser and Google Inc's Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw.

Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer [maker] had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week.


The exploit takes about seven hours to carry out and costs as little as $100 per site. The so-called FREAK attack—short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys—is possible when an end user with a vulnerable device—currently known to include Android smartphones, iPhones, and Macs running Apple's OS X operating system—connects to a vulnerable HTTPS-protected website. Vulnerable sites are those configured to use a weak cipher that many had presumed had been retired long ago.

Life After Cancer: How the iPhone Helped Me Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle

Federico Vitcci, MacStories:

Last year, I decided to regain control of my body, my life habits, and my health. I started tracking everything I could about my activities, my exercise routine, the food I ate, and the time I spent working with my iPad instead of walking, sleeping, or enjoying time with my family. Since then, I've made a decision to not let cancer and its consequences define me any longer.

I want to be healthier, I want to eat better, and I want to take the second chance I was given and make the most of it. What started as an experiment has become a new daily commitment to improve my lifestyle and focus.

And it wouldn't be possible without my iPhone.


At first it feels like a handy note-taking app or convenient syncing service but if that is enough for you to carry on using it, there suddenly comes a moment when it changes. At some point Evernote becomes a ubiquitous part of your working life.

Shipping a Non-Trivial App in Swift

Parker Wightman, Lucid Software:

Developing an app in Swift feels very much like a game of “Hurry up and wait.” At first it seems so nice that the language syntax is clean and expressive, and you’ll be buzzing right along until you run into a show-stopping problem that could take hours to fix. We don’t regret doing Swift—we feel confident our gripes will be better 3 – 6 months from now. Swift 1.2 looks to be a breath of fresh air when it’s released in a few months. But in the meantime, make sure you have good tests and a QA team to test your Swift app thoroughly.


Apple to Make Many Security Guards Full-time Employees

Julia Love, San Jose Mercury News:

The move comes as advocates are calling upon Apple and other tech companies to extend their wealth to service workers who cook, clean and monitor security on tech campuses but see few of the industry's lavish perks.


Parting Words

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