The Encryption-Bypass Edition Friday, March 27, 2020

Unpatched iOS Bug Blocks VPNs From Encrypting All Traffic, by Sergiu Gatlan, Bleeping Computer

A currently unpatched security vulnerability affecting iOS 13.3.1 or later prevents virtual private network (VPNs) from encrypting all traffic and can lead to some Internet connections bypassing VPN encryption to expose users' data or leak their IP addresses.

While connections made after connecting to a VPN on your iOS device are not affected by this bug, all previously established connections will remain outside the VPN's secure tunnel as ProtonVPN disclosed.

Apple Says MacBook Air With Retina Display Can Exhibit Anti-Reflective Coating Issues, Unclear If Eligible For Free Repairs, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple this week acknowledged that MacBook Air models with Retina displays can exhibit anti-reflective coating issues, as indicated in a memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacRumors.

"Retina displays on some MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers can exhibit anti-reflective (AR) coating issues," the memo states.

Zoom iOS App Sends Data To Facebook Even If You Don’t Have A Facebook Account, by Joseph Cox, Motherboard

The Zoom app notifies Facebook when the user opens the app, details on the user's device such as the model, the time zone and city they are connecting from, which phone carrier they are using, and a unique advertiser identifier created by the user's device which companies can use to target a user with advertisements


Zoom is not forthcoming with the data collection or the transfer of it to Facebook. Zoom's policy says the company may collect user's "Facebook profile information (when you use Facebook to log-in to our Products or to create an account for our Products)," but doesn't explicitly mention anything about sending data to Facebook on Zoom users who don't have a Facebook account at all.


Apple Music Rolling Out Feature That Displays New Music Notifications From Favorite Artists In Your Library, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

The new feature first appears as a splash page in ‌Apple Music‌ on iOS, telling users that they can "see new music from artists you like." This will let you get updates about new releases from artists you listen to, with notifications appearing above your library of albums and playlists.

CarPlay Dashboard Gets Third-party Maps Support In iOS 13.4, by Taylor Lyles, The Verge

The CarPlay dashboard displays information from multiple apps at once, like music and maps, which can help you get to your destination, but you could only use Apple Maps until now. Third-party map apps had to use a full-screen view instead of appearing as a split screen on the dashboard. With iOS 13.4, third-party apps can finally be made to work on the dashboard, too.

Moment Pro Camera iOS App Gets Big Update To Shoot Next-level Time-lapses, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The headline change is a pro-level time-lapse feature that comes with granular control over interval and frame count, duration, exposure bracketing, the ability to include motion blur/light trails, and more.

Looom Brings Carefree Animation To iPad, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

When is the last time you drew something for fun? Projects for your job, assignments under a deadline, parts of a larger work — those can all be fun. But when is the last time you drew something just for the sake of drawing? Looom is a new iPad app that encourages imaginative drawing — no strings attached.


Apple Extends Developer Deadline For Various App Store Update Requirements Until June, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple had originally set a deadline of April 30 for requiring apps for iPhone and iPad be built with the iOS 13 SDK. In a new developer blog post today, however, Apple has extended that deadline and many others.

In order to “accommodate developers who may need additional time to update their existing apps on the App Store,” Apple has extended the April 30 deadline until June 30.

Apple Updates 'Apple Developer' App With New Video Features Ahead Of Digital WWDC, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Today's update introduces multiple playback speeds for watching videos, an option to interact with full video transcripts, and a feature for sharing stories from the Discover tab and viewing them on the web.

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It rained this afternoon while I am working (from home), and that sort-of brightened my day. Nature doesn't care what we are doing, what we are thinking, what we are afraid of. It will continue doing what it is doing.


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