The Persistent-Fingerprint Edition Thursday, January 23, 2020

Flaws In Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention Safari Feature Let People Be Tracked, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Google researchers say that Safari left personal data exposed because the Intelligent Tracking Prevention List "implicitly stores information about the websites visited by the user." Malicious entities could use these flaws to create a "persistent fingerprint" that would follow a user around the web or see what individual users were searching for on search engine pages.


Apple appears to have addressed these Safari security flaws in a December update, based on a release update that thanked Google for its "responsible disclosure practice," though full security credit has not yet been provided by Apple so there's a chance that there's still some behind-the-scenes fixing to be done.

Can Apple Live Up To Apple’s Privacy Ads?, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

This might sound like I’m railing against Apple for hypocrisy. I am not — yet. As I mentioned, data security is a spectrum and it’s difficult to understand how everything works in the first place. If I’m unhappy with Apple for anything, it’s for talking about data security and privacy in such absolutist terms.


Apple Store Displays Redesigned With Greater Apple Arcade Focus, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple Arcade is leveling up in Apple Stores across the world with eye-catching new displays and a sharper focus on accessories to enhance the gaming experience. The new merchandising designs began appearing today at Apple’s latest stores in countries where Apple Arcade is available.

MindNode Releases Version 7, Introducing Visual Tags And Changing Business Model, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

The biggest design change in MindNode version 7 is the addition of visual tags. Tags are a great way to categorize and organize your ideas and thoughts inside your mind map. For example, you might use visual tags to indicate priority or to group related ideas in separate branches of your mind map document that aren’t otherwise connected. Tags are displayed visually by colored dots at the end of node titles, and each node can have multiple tags applied to it.


Apple’s Newest Safari Technology Preview Release Officially Drops Support For Adobe Flash, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

This year officially marks the end of an era: as announced in 2017, Adobe will stop supporting the once-ubiquitous Flash by the end of 2020. With the newest release of its Safari Technology Preview browser today, Apple has taken the next step as part of its efforts to end all usage of Flash in Safari.

Procrastination Is About Managing Emotions, Not Time, by Christian Jarrett, BBC

Experts like Tim Pychyl at Carleton University in Canada and his collaborator Fuschia Sirois at the University of Sheffield in the UK have proposed that procrastination is an issue with managing our emotions, not our time. The task we’re putting off is making us feel bad – perhaps it’s boring, too difficult or we’re worried about failing – and to make ourselves feel better in the moment, we start doing something else, like watching videos.


The next time you’re tempted to procrastinate, “make your focus as simple as ‘What’s the next action – a simple next step – I would take on this task if I were to get started on it now?’”. Doing this, he says, takes your mind off your feelings and onto easily achievable action. “Our research and lived experience show very clearly that once we get started, we’re typically able to keep going. Getting started is everything.”


My AirPods Fell Through A Subway Grate. Here’s How I Got Them Back., by Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times

Shortly after rummaging through leaves and paper, he poked his head out of the hole and extended his hand. He was holding my AirPod.

I gasped. King had slightly restored my faith in the M.T.A. I knew that my next train would probably be delayed, but in that moment I didn’t care. The M.T.A. had taken care of me this time.

After I thanked King, he replied, “This is what I do.”

Apple Met With Ukraine's Foreign Minister At Davos And It Looks Like They Discussed Apple's Controversial Decision To Alter Its Maps To Please Russia, by Charlie Wood, Business Insider

Apple executive Lisa Jackson met with Ukraine's foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko at Davos, two months after Apple controversially altered two apps to display annexed Crimea as part of Russia.

His tweet said the pair discussed Apple's "next steps" in the Ukrainian market, with a follow-up tweet hinting that the Crimea issue was also discussed.