The Serious-Security Edition Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How The iPhone Earned Its Security Record, by Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

Apple’s security team, led by Ivan Krstić, has won increasing respect from researchers in the field over the past few years. Typically, as the volume and variety of a company’s devices on the market increases, the security can often deteriorate. With Apple, even after more than 1.2bn iPhones have been sold over 10 years, its security has been improving.

iPhones and iPads “are legitimately the most secure phones and tablets out there”, says Rich Mogull, chief executive of Securosis, an independent security research and advisory firm. “I don’t know if I can put a timeline on when Apple’s culture changed, but it did,” he says. “They take security and privacy very seriously now and they are getting a little better with every release of hardware and software.”

Why Are iPhones Still So Fragile?, by Christina Bonnington, Slate

he first is recyclability: Apple is dedicated to making its products increasingly environmentally friendly and recyclable. Both glass and aluminum are far more recyclable than typically more scratch- and crack-resistant plastics. [...] Perhaps, with its current suppliers and manufacturing systems, it’s also more cost effective for Apple to stick with these materials. But the third, and perhaps most likely explanation, is that sticking primarily with glass and aluminum is a bow to Apple tradition, to the precedent and design set forth when Steve Jobs was still at the company’s helm. With the rare exception of products like the iPhone 5c, Apple sticks with aluminum and glass because that’s what it’s always done. That’s the signature iPhone design aesthetic.

E.U. Competition Chief Asks Apple For Details On Tax Arrangements, by Hamza Shaban, Washington Post

European authorities have asked Apple to share details of its recent tax arrangements as the company faces an order to pay $14.5 billion in back taxes while leaked documents have revealed new details of its alleged tax planning.

“I have been asking for an update on the arrangement made by Apple, the recent way they have been organized, in order to get the feeling whether or not this is in accordance with our European rules but that remains to be seen,” Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's commissioner for competition, said Tuesday at an international tech summit in Lisbon.


What To Do When Breaking Up A Shared Apple ID Account, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

First, you’ll want to copy all media and other items that aren’t purchases that are tied to the account. If you’re using the Apple ID just for iTunes, that’s everything. With apps and videos, usage is tied to an Apple ID login, and you can use them without logging in. (The music files have no protection on them, but if both you and your partner retain copies, that’s a copyright violation.)

If you’re also using iCloud sync for contacts, calendars, email, photos, or music, you’ll want to make sure you have the copies you want of all your stuff stored locally before deleting it. The last stage of what you’ll after the below bullet points is log out of the iTunes or iCloud account you’re using.

Warby Parker’s App Is Cleverly Using The iPhone X’s Face Mapping To Recommend Glasses, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

The glasses company is cleverly using the iPhone’s camera to take maps of people’s faces, and use that data to recommend styles of glasses that will best fit your face.

BetterZip Is A Useful Archiving Solution For macOS, by Aaron Lee, Apple World Today

One of its coolest features is the Direct Mode, which speeds up working with large archives by making archive preparation and recompression obsolete.

The 5 Best Ad Blockers For iOS, Ranked, by Matthew Byrd, The App Factor

[Purify] allows you to completely customize your browsing experience by eliminating not just harmful content, but online annoyances as well.

Time Zone Converter And World Clock, by Preshit Deorukhkar, Beautiful Pixel

Available as Time Zone Converter and Clock on the Mac App Store, it’s a really elegant app that sits in your menubar and allows you to quickly glance at the current time across multiple cities that you’ve chosen. You can manually change the slider to a set time and it’ll automatically figure out the corresponding time in each of the cities.

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Today, a bunch of people and I were having a meal together and we took a bunch of portrait photos using my iPhone X, and we were all happy with the quality of the photos.

The still-in-beta portrait lighting effects thought -- well, the photos are not so good. (Some are downright horrible.)


Eight years ago, the iPhone 3G that I was using could only take decent photos, where by decent we all meant photos taken by a phone camera. That phone could not even record videos.


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