The Saved-My-Life Edition Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How Apple Watch Saved My Life, by Jason Perlow, ZDNet

I had the ablation in late August. I'm still in the recovery phase, and my doctors will be monitoring me over the next few years using the loop implant to determine how often the Afib comes back and when. It will take a few months before the arrhythmia subsides and my heart rate returns to normal levels.

I had a huge team of very talented and attentive people at Boca Regional and I'm incredibly grateful to them. Rosenbaum and his associates at Cardiac Arrhythmia Service are extremely talented and their bedside manner is of the best I've ever experienced.

Ultimately, though, I owe my life to my Apple Watch. Because it started this whole machine rolling. And I was very lucky to have my Afib caught during the last three months of public enrollment in the Heart Study, which ended in early August.

When Your Phone Sucks You Into The Void, This App Notices, by Sarah Scoles, Wired

Calling attention to an unwanted habit is just the first step. Fixing it often depends on understanding how the habit works—the cue that triggers your compulsion and your state of mind when you succumb to it.

That's one reason recently unveiled time-management features from tech giants could ultimately fall short. Since May, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Instagram have all released tools that show users how much time they spend inside specific apps. Those tools might help users understand how they use their phones after the fact, but they do little to help them change their habits in the moment. By contrast, Flipd's pause feature introduces friction and mindfulness to an otherwise mindless and friction-free reflex, giving users a moment to consider what they're doing and why.

Game Changer, by Jennifer Middleton, Texarkana Gazette

Third-graders at Mineral Springs Elementary School are the first students in the nation to use Q-Neuro's MathLab app, which adjusts the iPad game to respond to brain activity recorded through EEG headsets.


"It is a math game that uses their brainwaves to adjust the intensity of the game," he said. "As they struggle, the game gets a little easier. As they get bored or distracted, it gets a little harder and it does it in real time to maintain a certain level of engagement."

Designed To Be Very Secure

Why There’s No Antivirus For iOS, by Victor Yablokov, Kaspersky

It might seem strange that Kaspersky Lab doesn’t offer an antivirus app for iOS, but there’s a good reason: Apple doesn’t allow any proper antivirus apps into the App Store, saying “Apple designed the iOS platform with security at its core” and that the operating system does not need an antivirus utility.

That sounds rather arrogant, but it’s not marketing nonsense: Apple iOS is indeed designed to be very secure. iOS apps are executed in their own sandboxes — secure environments that seclude the apps, keeping them away from other apps’ data, not to mention from tampering with the operating system’s files. Under iOS, a wanna-be-malicious app won’t be able to steal or compromise anything; it won’t be permitted outside its own sandbox, where only its own data is stored and processed. That’s really helpful in terms of security.

Mojave’s New Security And Privacy Protections Face Usability Challenges, by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

Don’t get me wrong. Apple is moving in the right direction. These features have measurable security benefits and the potential to make attacks against Mac users dramatically harder, which will result in increased safety for us all. Mojave’s security and privacy enhancements are a natural progression from Gatekeeper, sandboxing, restrictions on kernel extensions, and the under-the-hood hardening of recent years. Combine these software changes with Apple’s recent inclusion of special security hardware in the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro, and you can see how the company is driving Mac security closer to where iPhones and iPads are today, all while striving to maintain the flexibility that makes the Mac essential.

But to achieve that goal, Apple must put more work into striking the right balance between security, privacy, and usability.

App Stores Can’t Protect You From Apps Abusing Your Data, by Chris Hoffman, HowToGeek

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other companies running app stores don’t necessarily have your back when it comes to your data. Even when the store’s policies are clear and on your side, they aren’t necessarily enforced. Apple might take six months to pull down an app that’s misbehaving, and that’s for the apps we know about. Google is continually removing bad apps from Google Play, too. Chrome and Firefox extensions frequently abuse the trust users place in them.

Just because you get an app from an app store, that doesn’t mean the app store is protecting your data. You should still only download apps you trust and be careful about what data you share with those apps. If you don’t trust a company, don’t give its app access to your contacts or other private data you don’t want to share.


Apple Pay Now Available In 10,000+ U.S. 7-Eleven Stores, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

7-Eleven today announced that Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted at nearly all of its 10,000+ locations across the United States, following a rollout that began in August.

Sphero Intros LED- & Sensor-laden Bolt Robot With iPhone Control, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Sphero on Monday launched its latest programmable robot, the Bolt, characterized mainly by a translucent, waterproof design and an 8-by-8 LED display.

Scuba Calendar Is An Essential Companion App For Scuba Diving Aficionados And Newbies, by AppAdvice

This neat little app lets you get the most out of your scuba diving experience, from planning it beforehand to sharing it with others and reminiscing about it afterwards.


New Apple Video Encourages App Developers To Switch To A Subscription Model, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple advises developers to make a clear pitch and ensure the sign-up process is simple.


​Trend Micro Says Sorry After Apps Grabbed Mac Browser History, by Liam Tung, ZDNet

Trend Micro blamed the behavior on the use of common code libraries and has now removed the browser data collection feature and deleted logs store on the AWS servers.

"[W]e believe we identified a core issue which is humbly the result of the use of common code libraries. We have learned that browser collection functionality was designed in common across a few of our applications and then deployed the same way for both security-oriented as well as the non-security oriented apps such as the ones in discussion. This has been corrected," the company said.

The Effectiveness Of Publicly Shaming Bad Security, by Troy Hunt

Shaming. Or chastising, putting them in their place or taking them down a peg or two. Whatever synonym you choose, the underlying criticism is that the outraged group is wrong for expressing their outrage towards the organisation involved, especially if it's ever construed as being targeted towards whichever individual happens to be the mouthpiece of the organisation at the time. Shame, those opposed to it will say, is not the way. I disagree and I want to explain - and demonstrate - precisely why.

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