The Different-Kinds-of-Attacks Edition Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Apple's AWDL Protocol Plagued By Flaws That Enable Tracking And MitM Attacks, by Catalin Cimpanu, ZDNet

While most Apple end users might not be aware of the protocol's existence, AWDL is at the core of Apple services like AirPlay and AirDrop, and Apple has been including AWDL by default on all devices the company has been selling, such as Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple watches, Apple TVs, and HomePods.


To study it, researchers reverse-engineered the AWDL protocol and then re-wrote it as a C implementation named OWL (Open Wireless Link), which they later used to test the real AWDL protocol for various attacks.

"Our analysis reveals several security and privacy vulnerabilities ranging from design flaws to implementation bugs enabling different kinds of attacks," the research team said.

Dark Mode Isn't As Good For Your Eyes As You Believe, by Laurie Clarke, Wired

If truly concerned about eye strain or dryness, you might be better off investing in artificial tears or a matte screen for your device. For the device itself, recommendations include raising the contrast of your screen, or adjusting the brightness so it’s no lighter or darker than your surroundings. You might want to check light sources around you too – glare from overhead lighting reflected on your screen can make it harsher. Adjust your screen at or below eye level – having your screen above eye level can dry your eyes out further.

But the best solution might be to drag yourself away from your computer altogether. Limiting screen time is the top tip from the Mayo Clinic. You can also make use of the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Apple, Microsoft And Google To Test New Standard For Patient Access To Digital Health Data , by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

A newly released data model and draft implementation guide for providing directly to patients digital access to historical health insurance claims data could mean you have better access to this info from the devices you use everyday. Called the CARIN Blue Button API, it’s a new model developed by private sector partners, including consumer organizations, insurance providers, digital health app developers and more. This new draft implementation will be in testing with participating companies beginning this year, including a number of different state-specific BlueCross/BlueShield providers, the State of Washington — and Apple, Google and Microsoft.

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Strength Of Apple's Wearables Category Makes Up For Waning iPhone Sales, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple's Wearables, Home, and Accessories category, which includes devices like the AirPods and Apple Watch, set a new June quarter revenue record of $5.5 billion, up from $3.7 billion in the year-ago quarter.

Sales from Apple's wearables category helped make up for weak iPhone sales this quarter. iPhone revenue came in at $26 billion, down from $29.5 billion in third quarter of 2018.

Apple Finds Life After The iPhone While Still Banking On The iPhone, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. generated less than half of its total quarterly revenue from sales of the iPhone for the first time since 2012 -- a sign the company is entering life beyond its flagship product.

While Apple reported a record $11.5 billion in sales of services in the fiscal third quarter, and demonstrated strong performances from wearables such as the Apple Watch, it can’t cut loose from its iPhone dependence quite yet. While those two product categories are growing, they’re still tied to the smartphone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He Wants To Make Mac Pro In The US, by CNET

Apple wants to stay committed to assembling the Mac Pro in the US. That's according to CEO Tim Cook, who said the tariff exclusions he was seeking from the US government had to do with the intent to make its high-end Mac in America.

Apple Third-quarter 2019 Results And Charts!, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Apple’s latest quarterly results are out and the company generated $53.8 biillion in revenue, up 1 percent versus the year-ago quarter. It was (ever so slightly) the largest third quarter in Apple history.

This Is Tim: Transcript Of Apple's 2019 Third Quarter Analyst Call, by Six Colors

On so many fronts there’s an enormous amount to look forward to over the next few months, including the launch of new services like Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and Apple Card. And without giving too much away, we have several new products that we can’t wait to share with you. Until then, thanks for joining us today.


Shot On iPhone Campaign Captures 16 Artists On Tour Including Florence + The Machine, FKA Twigs, More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The behind the scenes look at some of today’s most popular artists includes new YouTube videos and billboard ads of Florence + the Machine, FKA Twigs, Kacey Musgraves, Skrillex, Travis Scott, Kamasi Washington, and more.

Apple's Online Store Now Offering New 5K 27-Inch LG UltraFine Display, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The display connects to a Mac using a Thunderbolt 3 cable, and this version of the monitor can connect using USB-C, which means that it's also compatible with the iPad Pro.

Apple Details Products Eligible For Upcoming State Sales Tax Holidays, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Virginia all have sales tax holidays coming up in August, with Apple outlining which products are eligible for the sales tax break in each state.


Apple Joins Google, Facebook, And Microsoft In Data-sharing Project, by Russell Brandom, The Verge

Just over a year after its official launch, the Data Transfer Project is announcing a new set of partners and features. Today, Apple announced that it will be joining the project, developing interoperable systems to bring data in and out of iCloud. A number of alternative social networks have also joined the project, with Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid project enabling the import and export of contacts, and Mastodon allowing for the import and export of posts.

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