The Security-And-Privacy Edition Friday, April 22, 2016

How iMessage Distributes Security To Block “Phantom Devices”, by Securosis Blog

Apple could have easily decided to push the notifications from the server, and used that as the root authority for both keys and registered devices, but instead they chose to have the devices themselves detect new devices based on new key registrations (which is why the alerts pop up on everything you own when you add or re-add a device). This balances the need for a central authority (to keep the system usable) against security and privacy by putting the logic in the hardware in your pocket (or desk, or tote bag, or… whatever).

A Guy Who Hacks Macs In His Free Time Thinks He’s Found A Way To Stop Ransomware In Its Tracks, by Dan Turkel, Business Insider

RansomWhere? runs in the background, watching for the creation of new files by any new or untrusted applications. It then assesses whether the file was encrypted [...] and whether the process that made it also looks to be encrypting other files. If all these boxes are checked, it pauses the suspicious process and alerts the user, letting them decide whether to allow it to continue or stop it in its tracks.

Earth Matters

iTunes Store Accepting Donations To Support Earthquake Relief In Japan And Ecuador, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Donations made through iTunes and the App Store can be placed using credit cards already on file with Apple, making the donation process simple.

Apple Rings In Earth Day With Video Highlighting iMessage And Renewable Energy, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The ad, entitled “iMessage – Renewable Energy,” highlights the company’s renewable energy efforts and encourages every one to “show some love for the earth.”

Apple's Ecosystem

Adobe Scrambles To Untangle Itself From QuickTime After Apple Throws It Under A Bus, by Iain Thomson, The Register

"Unfortunately, there are some codecs which remain dependent on QuickTime being installed on Windows, most notably Apple ProRes. We know how common this format is in many workflows, and we continue to work hard to improve this situation, but have no estimated time frame for native decode currently."

Apple's Potential Switch For Key iPhone Component Hits Qualcomm, by Adam Satariano, and Ian King, Bloomberg

Qualcomm Inc., the world’s largest maker of chips that go inside smartphones, indicated on an earnings call Wednesday that it may be losing some orders from Apple for modem chips that link the iPhone to the web. Qualcomm Chief Executive Officer Steve Mollenkopf told analysts he is “assuming” that a major customer will give orders to a rival, indicating a potential loss of business for the company.

Analysts said they think the customer is Apple. Apple and Samsung Electronics Co., are the San Diego-based chipmakers’ biggest customers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Samsung already uses multiple suppliers, leaving only Apple to make this change.

Selling In China

Apple No Longer Immune To China’s Scrutiny Of U.S. Tech Firms, by Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez, New York Times

Last week, Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies were shut down in China, just six months after they were started there. Initially, Apple apparently had the government’s approval to introduce the services. But then a regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asserted its authority and demanded the closings, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

[...] The about-face is startling, given Apple’s record in China. Unlike many other American tech companies, Apple has succeeded in introducing several new products — like its mobile payments system Apple Pay — in China recently. New resistance from the Chinese government to that expansion could potentially hurt the Cupertino, Calif., company.


Griffin's Magnetic USB-C Charging Cable Is Now Available, by Micah Singleton, The Verge

The cable comes with an adapter that acts as the magnetic hold for the breakaway mechanism.

Blink Notifies You When Your Mac Wakes Up Or Sleeps, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

Ever wonder if someone’s trying to guess your password? Or just curious about exactly how often the cat walks on your keyboard? Blink is a little app that’ll send a notification to your phone when your Mac wakes up or goes to sleep.

Nextdoor App Is As Strong As Its Neighbors, by Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post

One winter day, I saw a message in Nextdoor about someone who had lost a couple of dogs. Shortly thereafter, I received a message from our homeowners’ association saying that someone had found a dog. It was like a Venn diagram, and I appeared to be the only one in the overlap. I put the two parties in touch, and the dog was reunited with its owner(the other dog was found via another Nextdoor overlap, this one involving a book club). I belatedly realized how useful Nextdoor could be.


Looking At The Future, by Craig Hockenberry, Iconfactory

As with most things released by Apple, there is an amazing amount of underlying technology that makes this new display shine. This new product is also a glimpse of how our screen technology will evolve over the coming years, so now is a good time to start understanding how these changes are going to affect our products.

As a developer, you’ll quickly realize that the scope of these changes will make your update to Retina graphics look like a walk in the park. At the end of this piece, you’ll also learn how I can help guide you through this process.

A Man Who Knows Nothing About Football Is Accidentally Making A Great Football Game, by Julian Benson, Kotaku

Here's the thing: Dan knows nothing about football.. And yet, seemingly accidentally, it looks like he might have made one of the best football games since Sensible Soccer.

Bottom of the Page

But be contented: when that fell arrest
Without all bail shall carry me away,
My life hath in this line some interest,
Which for memorial still with thee shall stay.
When thou reviewest this, thou dost review
The very part was consecrate to thee:
The earth can have but earth, which is his due;
My spirit is thine, the better part of me:
So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life,
The prey of worms, my body being dead,
The coward conquest of a wretch's knife,
Too base of thee to be remembered.
    The worth of that is that which it contains,
    And that is this, and this with thee remains.

William Shakespeare


Thanks for reading.