MyAppleMenu - Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Wed, Jun 17, 2015The Steal-Passwords-From-Keychain Edition

Security Matters

Major Zero-Day Security Flaws In iOS & OS X Allow Theft Of Both Keychain And App Passwords, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Researchers from Indiana University and the Georgia Institute of Technology said that security holes in both iOS and OS X allow a malicious app to steal passwords from Apple’s Keychain, as well as both Apple and third-party apps. The claims appear to have been confirmed by Apple, Google and others.


As ever, the best practice is never to allow either your browser or a password manager to store your most sensitive logins, such as for online banking.


Apple Watch: My Most Personal Review Ever, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

This is where the review gets very personal for me. This is how I lost over 40 pounds using HealthKit and Apple Watch.

How My Apple Watch Brought Me A Serenity I Haven’t Had In Years, by Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

Some Apple Watch naysayers have predicted that users could become dangerously addicted to their new gadget. Over the last week, I discovered the exact opposite: My watch has helped me unplug from technology more frequently and more meaningfully.

Apple And Its T&Cs

I Do Not Agree To Your Terms, by Mike Ash

Let me get this straight, Apple: you send me an e-mail outlining the terms under which you will redistribute my content, and you will just assume that I agree to your terms unless I opt out?

The world of RSS feeds and RSS clients is complicated when viewed through a lawyer's eyes.

Apple Music Has Yet To Contact Indie Publishers, But Will Probably Pay Them More, by Ed Christman, Billboard

With the launch of Apple Music exactly two weeks away (set to launch on June 30), indie music publishers say that they have had no contact from the company seeking licenses, leading many in the music publishing community to suspect that the Cupertino, Ca. giant will send a bulk email to publishers with an opt-in contract attached.

Be Inspired, Be Creative

What’s It Like At A Top-Tier Conservatory? There’s An App For That, by Stuart Isacoff, Wall Street Journal

The world of education has become a rapidly expanding universe. Thanks especially to developments in technology, distance learning is now commonplace, both in and out of academia, and offerings in the arts are especially plentiful. Want to paint like Jackson Pollock? The Museum of Modern Art offers a course through its website. Interested in honing your skills in jazz and rock keyboard? Check out the online opportunities at the Berklee College of Music.

So it’s unsurprising that the Juilliard School—a brand with instant recognition—has joined the revolution. On June 11, the arts institution presented its recently launched subscription-based iOS app, “Juilliard Open Studios,” at the Apple store in SoHo. Yet, unlike most educational programs on the market, Juilliard’s interactive software is premised not on delivering instruction, but on offering the tantalizing prospect of peeking behind the doors of the school’s legendary studios. Viewers are invited in not to acquire skills, but to become witnesses to the intricacies of the creative process.


Put Away Your Reading Glasses With Viskey, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

A new keyboard for those who use reading glasses or just need larger keys has arrived. Recently released, Viskey provides several features to make typing on your device much easier.

The Apple Watch Begins To Arrive At Retail Stores, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Auto-Playing Videos Come For Your Twitter Feed, by Caitlin Mcgarry, Macworld

Mac Not Booting Or Display Not Working? Here Is How To Get Your Files., by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

The solution here is to have another Mac handy, and then start the faulty one in Target Disk Mode. This mode starts the system to a basic hardware level that in essence turns your Mac into an external hard drive. From here, you can use a Firewire or Thunderbolt cable to connect your system to another to access your data.


Apple To iOS Devs: IPv6-Only Cell Service Is Coming Soon, Get Your Apps Ready, by Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

You Have Ideas, by Shawn Blanc

The ability to solve interesting problems is an integral part of doing our best creative work. And doing work that matters means having the guts to try things that might not work.

If we’re a slave to every single new idea then we’ll never have the focus to finish a single thing. And if we’re afraid that our idea might be a bad one, we’ll never even get started.


How Apple’s Transcendent Chihuahua Killed The Revolution, by Ian Bogost, excerpt by Longreads

When one is enervated by future ennui, there’s no vigor left even to ask if this future is one we even want. And even if we ask, lethargy will likely curtail our answers. No matter, though: soon enough, only a wrist’s glance worth of ideas will matter anyway. And at that point, even this short book’s worth of reflections on technology will be too much to bear, incompatible with our newfound obsession with wrist-sizing ideas. I’m sure I’ll adapt, like you will. Living with Apple means marching ever forward, through its aluminum- and glass-lined streets and into the warm, selfsame glow of the future.

The Times, On Becoming An 'Airplane Company', by Joe Pompeo, Capital New York

"The biggest risk is to not go where your readers are," Times executive editor Dean Baquet said Monday night at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse, "to not go to places where there are millions and millions of people who want to reach you, and I think that's why we felt we had to experiment with people like Facebook and Apple."

Apple Revokes Monster’s Authority To Make Licensed Accessories, by Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal

Monster said Apple revoked its authority to make licensed accessories for Apple devices after Monster and its chief executive sued Beats Electronics LLC in January. Monster said the move was retribution for the lawsuit against Beats, which Apple acquired last year for $3.2 billion.

Apple Loses Taiwan Anti-Competitive Practices Court Case, by Michael Gold, Reuters

"Apple limited telecoms from setting contract price for its 4, 4S, 5 and 5S models, which is against the law," commission spokesman Chiu Yung-ho told Reuters. The court noted that Apple can still appeal.

DuckDuckGo Has Grown 600% Since Apple Made It A Search Option (And NSA Revelations), by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

A variety of factors likely played a role in this explosion of growth, but it is mainly attributable to the NSA’s surveillance program, which was revealed two years ago, and Apple adding it as a default search option with iOS 8 and Safari 7.1 on the Mac.

What Will The New Yorker’s Creative Director Be Doing At Apple?, by Mark Wilson, Fast Company

The Creation Of The Modern Laptop, by Sebastian Anthony, Ars Technica

Pick up your laptop. Actually, scratch that—read this paragraph first, then pick up your laptop. You are holding one of the most advanced machines ever built in the history of humanity. It is the result of trillions of hours of R&D over tens of thousands of years. It contains so many advanced components that there isn't a single person on the planet who knows how to make the entire thing from scratch. It is perhaps surprising to think of your laptop as the pinnacle of human endeavour, but that doesn't make it any less true: we are living in the information age, after all, and our tool for working with that information is the computer.

Do You Really Need To Take 10,000 Steps A Day To Keep Fit?, by Chris Stokel-Walker, BBC

Tudor-Locke agrees that the 10,000-step target is "laudable". She says: "Go for it if you want to. In fact, go for 12,000 - go to 14,000. There is no limit we know of that is detrimental to health."

But, she warns, don't treat it as an absolute target. "Rather than be obsessed with a number," she says, "it's just important to not be sedentary."


In other news the quick brown fox FINALLY jumped over that lazy dog

— iphone cat (@absrdst) April 29, 2015

Still Waiting For The Smart Chalkboard Revolution

Why Mathematicians Are Hoarding This Special Type Of Japanese Chalk, by Sarah Zhang, Gizmodo

So what’s so great about Hagoromo chalk? I tried doing a little math with it on some chalkboards at UC Berkeley. The first thing you notice is a shiny, clear coating on the outside — it feels like a thin layer of enamel. That sounds like a minor design element, but it cuts down on the biggest annoyance with chalk: dusty fingers. The chalk is also a tad thicker and sturdier than your typical American sticks. But I’m no chalk connoisseur, and I’ll admit any subtler differences eluded me. “It’s hard to articulate but when I’m using it, I can feel it’s nicer,” said Conrad. “It both flows nicely and it lasts much longer, too.”

Parting Words

Found my section of the drugstore

— jersailles (@jersing) June 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.