MyAppleMenu - Mon, Jun 1, 2015

Mon, Jun 1, 2015The Bait-And-Switch Edition

Keeping Promises

Did Apple Bait And Switch Apple Watch Customers With Fitness Tracker Feature Promises?, by Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

To many users, it looks like Apple pulled a bait-and-switch, promising a certain feature and not delivering it. Apple needs to say whether the change is because of faulty heart rate sensors – which means they have a bigger issue – or because of battery life. And if it’s the latter, they should allow users to choose whether or not the Apple Watch checks their heart rate every ten minutes. Let users decide how they want their battery usage to work.

However, if the heart rate sensors are faulty, simply turning them off, after promising this feature, is a mistake. They should fix them, whether through a software update, or by exchanging the devices. They promised a feature, and they can’t simply pretend that they never did so.

Security Matters

Apple Vulnerability Could Allow Firmware Modifications, Researcher Says, by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

A zero-day software vulnerability in the firmware of older Apple computers could be used to slip hard-to-remove malware onto a computer, according to a security researcher.

Vilaca found it was possible to tamper with an Apple computer’s UEFI (unified extensible firmware interface). UEFI is firmware designed to improve upon BIOS, which is low-level code that bridges a computer’s hardware and operating system at startup.


Encrypto Review: Shields Files From Prying Eyes Before They’re Sent, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Available free for OS X and Windows, Encrypto wraps files with AES-256 encryption prior to you sending them on their merry way. Drag-and-drop one or more files onto a small window, add a password (and optional hint), click Encrypt, and within seconds the files are securely swaddled and ready for electronic delivery.

Tally, by Dr. Drang, And Now It's All This

The basic idea behind Tally is to let you tap the screen to increment a counter.

How Long Until You Lose The World's Smallest 128GB USB Drive?, by James Vincent, The Verge

SanDisk unveils new hard drives including Type-C portable SSDs.


Web App Speed, by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

It’s frustrating to see people complain about bad web performance. They’re often right in practice, of course, but what’s annoying is that it is a completely unforced error. There’s no reason why web apps have to be slow. The technology to make fast web apps is here — we just have to take advantage of it.

Too Much Excitement

"the most exciting part of computer programming"

— Neil Williams (@neillyneil) May 31, 2015


Woman Who Left Rare Apple 1 For Recycling Has $100,000 Check Waiting, by Reuters

Senate Impasse: NSA Spy Tactics—including Phone Records Collection—expire, by David Kravets, Ars Technica

The Man Behind Yahoo’s Plan To Become The Most ‘Trustworthy’ Tech Company, by Andrea Peterson, Washington Post


Don't read comments anymore.

I wonder if that also applies to Twitter.

Parting Words

I just want to be as happy as a character in the first half hour of a horror movie

— Megan Amram (@meganamram) May 31, 2015

Thanks for reading.