The Ex-Nihilo Edition Tuesday, October 12, 2021

iOS 15.0.2, iPadOS 15.0.2, And watchOS 8.0.1 Fix Bugs, Major Security Flaw, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 have one security fix for a bug that could cause memory corruption and allow arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges. Security Editor Rich Mogull tells us this is a zero-day that has already been exploited in the wild, so we recommend updating immediately.

When Will Offices Open?, by Cal Newport, New Yorker

The new reopening dates that companies like Apple are setting are clearly meant to be provisional, but their announcements do not provide additional details about what specific metrics they’re monitoring and what numbers they would need to see for the new opening plans to stick. An e-mail from Sundar Pichai, the C.E.O. of Google, simply read, “We will enable countries and locations to make determinations on when to end voluntary work-from-home based on local conditions.”

Given the stakes, in terms of both health and logistics, employees deserve to know more about what goals employers are trying to achieve with their office-closure policies and what metrics they are using to guide their thinking. Right now, too many workers are waiting around for executives to pronounce ex nihilo, like the groundhog seeking its shadow, whether offices are safe or need to stay closed for another six weeks. Even the apparent generosity of being given thirty days’ notice of a return to the office is insufficient if, for example, you moved closer to family during the pandemic and now must decide when to move back, or if the end of remote flexibility requires you to arrange after-school care.


Experience Your Music In New Ways With Mixtapes, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

One of the best features os the ability to create multiple queues of music. That allows you to create a queues for a specific album or playlist. You can switch between them to listen easily and your spot will always be saved.


Apple Promotes Third Turkey Store In Istanbul With Giant Artwork, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple is preparing to open a new store in Turkey, with the Bagdat Street outlet in the middle of Istanbul promoted by a giant mural covering the front of the store.

16-inch MacBook Pro Unavailable Or Delayed At Many Apple Stores, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

While there’s no one who would be happier than me to see the launch of the 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon, there is an alternative explanation for the lack of immediate availability: supply chain issues.

Apple Pulls Ad Tracking Blocker From China App Store Under False Pretense, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple has killed ad tracker-blocking app 1Blocker in the China App Store saying that it is an unlicensed VPN — but it does not offer VPN services.

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I like the color blue. If money is no object, I will get the blue Apple Watch.

Also, at least to my wife, I am also known to be seriously lacking in the fashion color-coordination department.


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