The Just-Say-Thanks Edition Saturday, February 2, 2019

Apple Says iOS Fix For Group FaceTime Bug Now Coming Next Week, Issues Apology, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The company says it has patched the flaw on its servers and will roll out an update to iOS users next week to bring back Group FaceTime with the bug fixed.

Meet The 14-year-old Who Discovered Apple’s Shocking FaceTime Bug, by AP

Apple has declined to say when it learned about the problem. The company also wouldn’t say if it has logs that could show if anyone took advantage of the bug before it became publicly known this week. The company reached out to the Thompson family on Tuesday offering to give some public credit for their efforts, according to an email Michele Thompson shared with The Associated Press.

“It would be cool to just have Apple say thanks to me,” Grant Thompson said before Friday’s announcement from Apple. “And of course, the bug bounty, that would be pretty awesome to get, but as long as we got rid of this pretty groundbreaking bug, and Apple said thank you, that would be pretty cool.”

Apple Removes Siri Team Lead As Part Of AI Strategy Shift, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Information reports Stasior is no longer in charge of Apple's virtual assistant team, though the executive is still employed at the company.

Apple SVP of machine learning and AI strategy John Giannendrea reportedly made the decision in an attempt to shift the Siri program toward research rather than incremental updates. Giannandrea is anticipated to start a search for a new head of Siri, the report said.


Best Habit Tracking Apps For iPhone And iPad, by Christine Chan, iMore

It's a new year, so that means some healthy new habits, or keeping up with old ones. Whether you believe in New Year's Resolutions or not, it's always good to build up some positive habits, but keeping up with them can be a chore. That's why we've gathered up some awesome apps to help you keep up with your goals this year!

Apps And Services To Help You Get Around On Your Next Trip, by Sarah Amandolare, New York Times

The first challenge you face on arriving somewhere new is usually how to get around, but the right technology can make it easier. There are tools suited to specific destinations, or to modes of transport, whether you want to hail a ride in Tel Aviv, explore Paris by scooter or catch a bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Here are some free transportation apps, beyond the usual Google Maps and Google Translate, to consider downloading before your next trip.


Whatever Happened To Microsoft?, by Spencer Kelly, BBC

On Monday, it will be five years since Satya Nadella was announced as Microsoft's chief executive.

Since taking charge he has turned the tech firm's fortunes around, making it the most valuable company in the world for the first time since 2002.

Spotify Is Said To Be In Talks To Buy Gimlet In A Quest For More Podcasts, by Mike Isaac, New York Times

Spotify is in advanced talks to buy the podcast studio Gimlet Media, according to two people briefed on the proposed deal, a move that could help the music streaming service improve its profit margins and reduce its dependence on the major record companies.

Is It Really That Bad To Tweet At Authors Whose Books You Hated?, by Heather Schwedel, Slate

Giovanna Pompele is, in addition to being an adjunct professor in Miami, an avid reader who spends time on literary Twitter. It was there that she once committed the ultimate literary-Twitter faux pas: “I tagged [an author] on Twitter on a four-star review in which I explained why I docked the star,” she told me in an email. “I have regretted that ever since.”

If you didn’t know, now you do: “Don’t tag authors in reviews that criticize them” is the latest addition to the largely unwritten rules of Twitter etiquette, and it’s one for which authors have started banging the drum.