The Hardware-Based Edition Saturday, July 18, 2020

Apple Has Finally Embraced Key-based 2FA. So Should You, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

The larger point is that, as long as iPhone and iPad users were left out, prospects were dim for hardware-based security keys and other forms of MFA. For the first time, iOS and iPadOS have native support for a widely embraced standard that has the potential to make logins easier and much more secure.

Getting iPhones and iPads onboard could well serve as a tipping point—not just for APP but for hardware-based security keys and other newer forms of MFA. Whatever platform you're on, now is a good time to get acquainted with hardware keys. APP is as good a place as any to start.


Review: The Eve Cam Is A Solid, Privacy-first Option For HomeKit Fans, by Christopher Close, iMore

The Eve Cam, which I have been testing in my home for the past couple of weeks, provides an easy to use, consistent experience, and does so with an emphasis on privacy. This gives me peace of mind that very few indoor cameras can provide.

VOCOlinc PureFlow Adds HomeKit To A New Category, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

When you think of HomeKit enabled products, most people think of light switches, cameras, and door locks. Have you ever considered what an air purifier with HomeKit would look like in your home? I hadn’t until I tried the VOCOlinc PureFlow Air Purifier, but it’s confirmed my thinking that I want everything in my house to controlled with HomeKit.

Five Homeschooling Apps For Young Children, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Just remember to relax, try to have fun with homeschool, and don’t beat yourself up. You’re going to have good days and bad days, strong subjects and weak subjects. The key is to be flexible and keep trying different approaches until you find what works best for your children.


Fun With Charts, Apple Silicon Edition, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

It wouldn’t be surprising, then, for Apple to announce a new Mac processor that’s got a large number of processor cores, some of which would be able to sip power to extend MacBook Pro battery life, and some of which would crank up as fast as possible in moments of true power-user need.

At least, that’s how I read Apple’s chart. We’ll all see how reality matches up later this year.

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I sure hope, in the years to come, there will be a low-end Mac that is less expensive than a high-end iPad.


Thanks for reading.