The Unauthorized-Control Edition Friday, December 8, 2017

Zero-day iOS HomeKit Vulnerability Allows Remote Access To Smart Accessories Including Locks, Fix Rolling Out, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevent unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality.

What Can Apple Learn From Its Terrible Week Of Bugs?, by Jason Snell, Macworld

My hope is that these missteps lead to an analysis of Apple’s internal processes that leads to changes that improve the quality of Apple’s software. I believe that Apple can effect that change if it wants to. It’s got the cash, it’s got the talent, and—quite frankly—it’s Apple. It can do it, if it’s got the will and if its structure allows it to. Those are big ifs, but... I want to believe. I hope is that this is something that can be mitigated and fixed by making changes to Apple’s processes.

So that’s my hope. Here’s my fear: That this stuff is what emerges from a ridiculous complex system from time to time, and that despite all analysis, it’s not really clear why they happened. Of course they’ll nail down the very specific issues that caused the bugs that emerged last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can find the larger structural issues that caused these things to emerge, so that they can fix them.

Apple Is Leading A Revolution In Office Chairs, by Cliff Kuang, Bloomberg

But the Pacific has already racked up what might be the highest honor any design can receive in 2017: Its first customer was Jony Ive, Apple Inc.’s chief design officer. Ive is friends with Barber and Osgerby; during a social visit soon after they landed the Vitra commission, they sketched their early idea for him. Ive, as it happened, wasn’t finding any chairs he liked for Apple’s new 12,000-person headquarters designed by architect Norman Foster. “He looked, raised an eyebrow, and said, ‘That’s interesting,’ ” Osgerby recalls. Ive eventually ordered one for every office desk on campus, each fitted with a custom-made fabric in a serene, deep-sea blue.


Apple To Transition Brazilian iTunes Sales To Local Currency In Early 2018, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

In email notifications sent out to Brazilian customers on Thursday, Apple said it plans to transition iTunes pricing from U.S. dollars to the Brazilian real in 2018, offering potential savings on music, apps and more.

Apple Adds First New Aerial Screensaver For Apple TV 4K, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

With this latest update, Apple has included one wholly brand new video of the Los Angeles skyline at night.

Apple's Favorite App Of The Year Wants You To Unplug, by Jefferson Graham, USA Today

The Calm app is all about relaxing visuals and sounds (which can be adjusted to wood in the fireplace, flowing waters, evening crickets and more) to calm you down, and a choice of three tabs: music, meditate and sleep.

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I am not interested in any smart-home internet-connected accessories (yet). Because if I can turn on or off stuff from the Internet, someone else probably can too.

But I will appreciate any help that I can get to not get that nagging feeling whenever we are out and my wife asks me, 'so, you've checked that the iron has been turned off, right?'


My current project at work requires me to deal with Excel. Its many deviation from the published User Interface guidelines as well as all the 'quirks' (especially dealing with CSV files) frustrate me to no end.

And I'm using the app on its native motherland of Windows 10.


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