The Security-Intrigue Edition Sunday, February 21, 2021

New Malware Found On 30,000 Macs Has Security Pros Stumped, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

A previously undetected piece of malware found on almost 30,000 Macs worldwide is generating intrigue in security circles, which are still trying to understand precisely what it does and what purpose its self-destruct capability serves.


We Challenge You Take Better Photos With The Apple iPhone 12 Mini, by Geek Culture

So if that’s the thing holding you back from pulling the trigger on a pocket powerhouse, the Apple iPhone 12 mini is more than up for the challenge.

7 Apps To Make The Most Of Your Streaming Music Subscription, by David Nield, Wired

There are plenty of music streaming services to choose from, and these services are inspiring a growing number of add-ons and companion apps designed to help you get even more bang for your subscription buck, either by finding new things to listen to or helping you save songs you enjoyed.


The Tech Industry Is Looking To Replace The Smartphone — And Everybody Is Waiting To See What Apple Comes Up With, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

Today, the most common use cases are much more mundane, including smartphone-based games and apps like Pokemon Go or Apple's Ruler app, which use the phone's screen and camera rather than relying on glasses or another set of screens sitting on your face. The few companies who are actively producing AR glasses are mostly focused on work scenarios, like manufacturing and medicine.


Here's what the biggest companies in tech are doing to try and make augmented reality the next big thing.

What Problem Is The Apple Car Trying To Solve?, by Imad Khan, Tom's Guide

The Apple Car won’t be unveiled until it’s ready. It’s the slow-and-steady approach Apple often takes when working on a new product. The Cupertino-based company usually opts to stand back and evaluate the marketplace, carefully dissecting problem areas and finding ways to improve. This is most evidenced by the iPhone.

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I like physical buttons. No, I don't need a lot of buttons. As Steve Jobs explained during the unveiling of the iPhone, physical buttons cannot adapt to different apps' interface requirements. Nevertheless, there are still quite a few physical buttons on an iPhone. These buttons are useful and great, because they don't change meaning. The volume buttons remain as volume buttons no matter what is the current app.

In fact, I wish Apple can add one more physical button: a play/pause button, just like what we've had on the iPod. But, not everyone is using the iPhone as much as a wide-screen iPod like I do, so I sort of understand why this button has never appeared on an iPhone.

And, with the increasingly good haptic engine, the iPhone screen can also have a lot of semi-physical buttons too.

So, now the question is this: why would I want to replace my iPhone with an AR glass that has no buttons?


I don't drive.

Even if I do drive, I don't think I can afford an Apple Car.


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