The Long-Term-Pairing Edition Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Smartphones, Laptops, IoT Devices Vulnerable To New BIAS Bluetooth Attack, by Catalin Cimpanu, ZDNet

The flaw can allow an attacker to spoof the identity o a previously paired/bonded device and successfully authenticate and connect to another device without knowing the long-term pairing key that was previously established between the two.

Once a BIAS attack is successful, the attacker can then access or take control of another Bluetooth Classic device.

Timing In SSH, by Dr Drang, And Now It's All This

Apparently, in its neverending quest to save battery, Apple is powering down the wifi system between packets, which means a delay when new packets arrive or need to be sent. This doesn’t materially affect file transfers or streaming because the packets keep coming, but it plays havoc with intermittent communication like a terminal session.


A better question might be why Apple is trying to save battery life on a Mac that doesn’t run on battery.

Tom Hanks WWII Film ‘Greyhound’ Alters Course In Apple Deal: Film Will Premiere On Apple TV +, by Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline

In a real shocker, the WWII naval drama Greyhound that Tom Hanks wrote and stars in has abruptly changed course and will berth at Apple. Originally on the Sony Pictures theatrical calendar for Father’s Day weekend, the film instead will become the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+. It is the latest in a growing indication that Apple is making its move, and becoming as aggressive as any streamer or studio in auctions for the acquisition of films and TV projects.

Apple News+ Audio Articles, by Benjamin Mayo

My understanding is the situation is slightly more nuanced. Whilst most of the magazines have seen almost no growth in readership compared to the status quo before Apple acquired Texture, the newspapers are pretty happy. Not ecstatic or blown away, but generally pleased with the revenue News+ is making for them.


One of the fears Digiday raises about the audio push is that this effect will only be increased. The smaller outlets are concerned that Apple will mostly commission audio stories from the ‘big guys’ and their content will be marginalised further.

Easily On My iPad

Three Ways The iPad Beats The Mac, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Committing to the iPad to get work done has always involved some compromise. There are moments when I’m working away on my iPad and I realize that there’s something I need to do that would be done far more easily on my Mac. Those moments are a lot less frequent they were even a couple of years ago, but they do exist.

What’s funny is that in the last year or so, I’ve noticed an increasing number of incidents when I find myself sitting at my desk, staring at my iMac, realizing that the task I need to perform would be done far more easily on my iPad.

A Roundup Of Apps With Great iPad Trackpad Support, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

Here’s a roundup of our favorite implementations of trackpad and cursor support so far, along with a few we’re hoping see an update sooner rather than later.


Apple Subsidiary Claris Debuts FileMaker 19 With Third-party Libraries And More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Claris, the Apple subsidiary formerly known as FileMaker, has today announced the next-generation of its low-code FileMaker platform. FileMaker 19 will enable developers to build custom applications while integrating with third-party libraries for the first time.


Other new features of FileMaker 19 include the ability to create applications directly in FileMaker Cloud as well as to host FileMaker Server on Linux in addition to Mac and Windows.

Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge Set For World Environment Day Next Month, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has scheduled its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for June 5 in celebration of World Environment Day. This challenge encourages Apple Watch owners to fill their Stand ring by standing and moving around for at least one minute during 12 hours that day.

Adobe Brings Curves To Photoshop On iPad, ProRes RAW Support In Premiere Pro And After Effects, More, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Adobe updated several of its Creative Cloud apps on iPadOS and macOS today, bringing highly requested features to iPad users and powerful tools for pros on the desktop. The new releases of Adobe Fresco, Photoshop on iPad, and all Creative Cloud video and audio apps are rolling out today.

Drafts 20 Introduces Advanced Wiki-Style Linking, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Drafts 20, the latest update to the powerful text editor and capture tool, introduces an excellent feature for creating in-line links to other drafts, workspaces, or even searches.


Linking to other drafts is certainly the primary appeal of the new bracketing syntax, but developer Greg Pierce has included a handful of advanced options too that make the feature even more valuable.

Nifty File Lists Review: Easily Turn Files And Folders Into Metadata Spreadsheets, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

If you’ve ever wanted to make an Excel-compatible spreadsheet from files on your hard drive, that’s exactly what Nifty File Lists does. Add files or folders, choose your desired columns from an extensive range of options, and this utility outputs a list as common CSV or TSV files which can be opened by number-crunching apps like Microsoft Excel and Apple Numbers, or popular database software FileMaker Pro.

MusicSmart Puts The Spotlight On Music Credits, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Where MusicSmart absolutely shines – and where, I believe, it shows modern music services how credits and additional details can become part of the experience – is the extension, which you can use inside Apple’s Music app for any track from Apple Music. As long as a song being shared via the share sheet comes from the Apple Music catalog, you can share any song from anywhere in Apple Music to MusicSmart’s extension, wait a couple seconds, and the app will pop up a screen with details for the selected album, tracks contained in it, and selected artist.

Here’s the amazing part – the “aha” moment that brought back the same feelings I had as a kid when reading through liner notes: in the Tracks section, you can tap any of the listed songs to view detailed credits for the selected song.


Stanford To Make Its 'Developing Apps For iOS' Course Available Online, by Stephen Warwick, iMore

Stanford University has announced that it will make its 'Developing Applications for iOS' course available online via YouTube.


iPhone Spyware Lets Police Log Suspects’ Passcodes When Cracking Doesn’t Work, by Olivia Solon, NBC News

In order for this feature to work, law enforcement officials must install the covert software and then set up a scenario to put a seized device back into the hands of the suspect, said the people familiar with the system, who did not wish to be identified for fear of violating their NDA with Grayshift and having access to the device revoked.

For example, a law enforcement official could tell the suspect they can call their lawyer or take some phone numbers off the device. Once the suspect has done this, even if they lock their phone again, Hide UI will have stored the passcode in a text file that can be extracted the next time the phone is plugged into the GrayKey device. Law enforcement can then use the passcode to unlock the phone and extract all the data stored on it.

Apple Whistleblower Goes Public Over 'Lack Of Action', by Alex Hern, The Guardian

Following the revelations of Le Bonniec and his colleagues, Apple promised sweeping changes to its “grading” program, which involved thousands of contractors listening to recordings made, both accidentally and deliberately, using Siri. The company apologised, brought the work in-house, and promised that it would only grade recordings from users who had explicitly opted-in to the practice.


But, Le Bonniec argues, the company never really faced the consequences for its years-long programme in the first place.

When SimCity Got Serious: The Story Of Maxis Business Simulations And SimRefinery, by Phil Salvador, The Obscuritory

Maxis didn’t want to make professional simulation games. But for two brief, strange years, they did.

From 1992 to 1994, a division called Maxis Business Simulations was responsible for making serious professional simulations that looked and played like Maxis games. After Maxis cut the division loose, the company continued to operate independently, taking the simulation game genre in their own direction. Their games found their way into in corporate training rooms and even went as far as the White House

Almost nothing they developed was ever released to the public. But their software raises questions about the role we want games to play in society.

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