The As-Safely-As-Possible Edition Saturday, April 4, 2020

Every Zoom Security And Privacy Flaw, So Far, And What You Can Do To Protect Yourself, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

TidBITS contacted Zoom for its insights about how it has handled security and privacy issues, but the company didn’t reply. As I finished this article, however, Zoom publicly responded to disclosures of several new security problems. This response, unlike most previous ones, was a blog post with an apology and a full explanation. A subsequent post laid out the company’s plans for how it will improve its software and its culture around security and privacy. It’s a glimmer of hope for the future.

In this article, I walk through the many software, security, and privacy issues Zoom has encountered and its response to each.

You may prefer to not use Zoom after reading this article. For my part, I continue to rely on it, sometimes daily. However, many people—perhaps tens of millions—have to use Zoom for school and work. Given that not using it isn’t an option for them, I want to offer advice on configuring it as safely as possible.


App For Journalists: Emulsio, For Stabilising Shaky Camera Footage, by Daniel Green,

Not all reporters working from home are masters of mobile journalism. Emulsio removes the shakiness of handheld footage to make it look more presentable for social media or broadcast.

No need to create an account; simply download the app, select the footage you want to stabilise and the app will automatically adjust your video to smooth out any shakiness.

YouTube Live And Twitch Streaming Now Available In Audio Hijack From Rogue Amoeba, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Audio Hijack has the tagline “If you can hear it, you can record it,” and now the functionality has improved the arrival of live streaming support to services like YouTube, Twitch, Periscope, and more.

University Of Nebraska Students Create App To Help Local Businesses Go Mobile, by Mackenzie Huck,

"For us, it's not a business opportunity," Bogus said. "It's an opportunity for us to give back to the community, really help people in need right now, and really try and help keep a lot of these places, keep them on and keep them going and keep paying their employees and keep getting revenue."

The goal for Peddicord and Bogus is to help local businesses compete.

"People are pretty familiar with, like, the Starbucks app, getting on and re-ordering your favorite drink right there," Bogus said. "A lot of times, local businesses can't compete with that, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to do so."


The CDC Suggests Deep Breathing To Stay Calm. Try It. It's Oh-so Soothing, by Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking deep breaths to improve your emotional health during the coronavirus outbreak. But how? There’s a technique to making the most of your deep, cleansing breaths — and it’s pretty easy to learn.

Here are four steps to shed stress and anxiety, and find that oh-so soothing comfort in every breath.

Apple Acquires AI Startup To Better Understand Natural Language, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. acquired Voysis, an artificial intelligence startup that developed a platform for digital voice assistants to better understand people’s natural language.

Dublin, Ireland-based Voysis focused on improving digital assistants inside online shopping apps, so the software could respond more accurately to voice commands from users. A now-removed company webpage said the technology could narrow product search results by processing shopping phrases such as “I need a new LED TV” and “My budget is $1,000.” Voysis provided this AI to other companies to incorporate it into their own apps and voice assistants.

Tim Cook Keeping Commencement Address Streak With Virtual Ohio State Graduation On May 3, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Tim Cook is known to deliver a commencement address in front of graduating college students every spring. This year is no exception, although the global health pandemic calls for unique measures: a virtual appearance.

The Ohio State University announced today that the Buckeyes will hold a virtual spring commencement for the class of 2020 on May 3. Apple CEO will deliver the virtual commencement address while large groups of people gathering is prohibited to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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