The Accessible-and-Appealing Edition Sunday, February 16, 2020

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging To The Masses, by Andy Greenberg, Wired

"The choices we’re making, the app we're trying to create, it needs to be for people who don’t know how to enable airplane mode on their phone," Marlinspike says.

Marlinspike has always talked about making encrypted communications easy enough for anyone to use. The difference, today, is that Signal is finally reaching that mass audience it was always been intended for—not just the privacy diehards, activists, and cybersecurity nerds that formed its core user base for years—thanks in part to a concerted effort to make the app more accessible and appealing to the mainstream.

Apple Accused By Ex-Exec It’s Suing Of Poaching His Staff, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Gerard Williams III, who last year left his job as lead chip architect at Apple and co-founded Nuvia Inc., fired back with counter-claims against his former employer over its breach-of-contract lawsuit. He claims Apple tried to stop his firm from hiring its engineers while simultaneously recruiting staff from Nuvia.


Williams failed in January to persuade a judge to dismiss Apple’s complaint accusing him of using company resources to create an idea for Nuvia in violation of a contractual agreement. The Cupertino, California-based company declined to comment on Williams’s latest filing.

7 Reasons Why Apple Creates The Most 'Unhackable' Devices, by Mike Peterson, iDropNews

Apple devices have a reputation for being secure and privacy-respecting. And while Apple has certainly played up that angle in recent years, there is undoubtedly truth to that reputation.

To be clear, Apple devices aren’t "unhackable" — there’s no such thing as an "unhackable" device. But Apple's security features, and the software decisions it's made with its software, has created some of the most secure consumer devices in the world. Continue reading to browse seven reasons why that's the case!


Rules To Run A Software Startup With Minimum Hassle, by Jói Sigurdsson

Avoiding hassle is especially important for a bootstrapped company. As discussed in my previous post about the spiderweb entrepreneur, in the early stages of bootstrapping, nothing happens unless YOU do it, so it’s incredibly important to conserve your time and energy.


Apple Launching Program To Store Content Closer To Consumers, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The Apple Edge Cache system is by invitation only, and applications can be sent in via the website portal for the service for consideration. Minimum requirement for applications include a minimum of 25Gbps of Apple traffic during peak usage. The network must also operate exist to primarily serve end users rather than some network operator.

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It's Sunday night as I am typing this... and I haven't prepared anything for tomorrow... and I am not feeling good about that... but let me play another round of Plants vs Zombies first.



Thanks for reading.