The Behind-the-Scenes Edition Thursday, August 1, 2019

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

The Guardian Firewall app runs in the background of an iOS device, and stymies data and location trackers while compiling a list of all the times your apps attempt to deploy them. It does so without breaking functionality in your apps or making them unusable. Plus, the blow by blow list gives you much deeper insight than you would normally have into what your phone is doing behind the scenes. Guardian Firewall also takes pains to avoid becoming another cog in the data machine itself. You don't need to make an account to run the firewall, and the app is architected to box its developers out of user data completely.

"We don’t log IPs, because that’s toxic," says Will Strafach, a long-time iOS jailbreaker and founder of Sudo Security Group, which develops Guardian Firewall. "To us, data is a liability, not an asset. But to think that way you've got to think outside the box, because it means you can't just choose the simplest solutions to engineering problems a lot of times. But if you are willing to spend the time and resources, you can find solutions where there isn’t a privacy downside."

Apple Maps In iOS 13: Sights Set On Google, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Last year, Apple announced a coming change that had been years in the works: Maps would soon contain the company’s own maps, and they would be transformative. The new maps started rolling out in the US last fall with iOS 12, and Apple claims they’ll cover the entire US by the end of 2019.

Timed with the spread of its first-party mapping data, Apple is giving the Maps app a big upgrade in iOS 13 that represents the company’s biggest push yet to overtake Google Maps as the world’s most trusted, go-to mapping service. Apple Maps in iOS 13 represents – if you’re in the US at least – Apple’s purest vision to date for a modern mapping service. Here's everything that it brings.


Castbox Launches Livecast For Live Audio From Podcasters, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Livecast is a free audio streaming service that lets podcasters go live to their audiences with the tap of a button. Livecast is available on Castbox mobile and desktop apps, so users can join wherever they are.


The Best Career Advice: Learn To Be More Coachable, by Cate Huston, Quartz

One of the biggest things that any individual can do to escape the fate of the Peter principle is to invest in becoming more coachable. It’s a powerful catalyst for individual growth, and it offers long-lasting effects—because coachable people are easier and more rewarding to help, they get more help and do more with it.


Google’s Chrome Update Just Unlocked Lots Of Newspapers’ Metered Paywalls, by Chip Brownlee, Slate

The release of Chrome 76 on Tuesday closes the “loophole” that allowed sites like the Times and the Post to detect when a user is in private browsing mode in order to block their content. Closing that loophole opens up the other one. Google said its update is about privacy. “We want you to be able to access the web privately, with the assurance that your choice to do so is private as well,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the update. For news organizations already struggling to stay afloat, though, the change is another curve ball thrown by the tech giant. And it could mean changes for how you get your news.

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