The Listening-Apps Edition Friday, March 5, 2021

Apple Clarifies You Can’t Actually Set A ‘Default’ Music Service In iOS 14.5, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

More broadly, the feature is an attempt to help Siri to learn the listening apps you want to use for different types of audio content — not just music. Perhaps you want to use Spotify to listen to music, but prefer to keep up with your podcasts in Apple Podcasts or some other third-party podcasts app. And you may want to listen to audiobooks in yet another app.

Apple’s New Find My Feature Could Let You Know If You’re The One Being Tracked, by Ian Carlos Campbell, The Verge

The feature seems designed to counteract a scenario where a Find My-compatible device is hidden in a pocket or bag and then used to track someone’s movements.

Apple Launches 'Apple For Kids' Support Portal For Parents And Guardians, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today added a new “Apple for Kids” portal to its support website, offering parents and guardians a one-stop hub for getting their children set up on Apple’s devices, services, and platforms, and managing their usage.


Are Cheap MagSafe-Like Adapters For USB-C Worthwhile?, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

Magnetic charging nubbins, which are readily available on Amazon from a variety of random Chinese manufacturers, have two parts. A tiny USB-C nubbin sticks out slightly from the side of the laptop, and an L-shaped magnetic connector connects to your existing USB-C charging cable on one side and grabs onto the nubbin with the other.

Plex Now Integrates With Apple's TV App On iPhone, iPad, And Apple TV, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Plex today confirmed that it now supports Apple’s TV app, allowing you to keep track of what you’ve watched using the built-in “Up Next” feature.


Developers Start Receiving $500 Credits For Returning DTK Mac Minis, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Developers have now started mailing in their DTKs, with Apple rewarding the promised $500 USD credit once the DTK has been received.


Thousands Of Android And iOS Apps Leak Data From The Cloud, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

The researchers found almost 84,000 Android apps and nearly 47,000 iOS apps using public cloud services—like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure—in their backend as opposed to running their own servers. Of those, the researchers found misconfigurations in 14 percent of those totals—11,877 Android apps and 6,608 iOS apps—exposing users' personal information, passwords, and even medical information.

OpenHaystack Is A New Open-source Tool That Lets You Create DIY AirTags On Apple’s Find My Network, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

OpenHaystack is a new open-source tool developed by security researchers at the Secure Mobile Networking Lab, who have essentially reverse-engineered the way Apple devices register themselves to the Find My mesh network.

It is, in short, a way to create your own DIY AirTags today.

Researchers Reverse-engineer Find My, Detail Potential Privacy & Security Issues, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

"While we find that [offline finding's] design achieves its privacy goals, we discover two distinct design and implementation flaws that can lead to a location correlation attack and unauthorized access to the location history of the past seven days, which could deanonymize users. Apple has partially addressed the issues following our responsible disclosure. Finally, we make our research artifacts publicly available," the researchers wrote.

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