The Saved-State Edition Saturday, August 13, 2022

A Single Flaw Broke Every Layer Of Security In MacOS, by Matt Burgess, Wired

Every time you shut down your Mac, a pop-up appears: “Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?” Nestled under the prompt is another option most of us likely overlook: the choice to reopen the apps and windows you have open now when your machine is turned back on. Researchers have now found a way to exploit a vulnerability in this “saved state” feature—and it can be used to break the key layers of Apple’s security protections.


The researcher says that while Apple fixed the issue for Macs running the Monterey operating system, which was released in October 2021, the previous versions of macOS are still vulnerable to the attack.

The Zoom Installer Let A Researcher Hack His Way To Root Access On macOS, by Corin Faife, The Verge

A security researcher has found a way that an attacker could leverage the macOS version of Zoom to gain access over the entire operating system.

Details of the exploit were released in a presentation given by Mac security specialist Patrick Wardle at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas on Friday. Some of the bugs involved have already been fixed by Zoom, but the researcher also presented one unpatched vulnerability that still affects systems now.

On App Stores

Apple Held Up Telegram’s Latest Update Over Emoji, by Jay Peters, The Verge

“After extensive media coverage of my previous post, Apple got back to us with a demand to water down our pending Telegram update by removing Telemoji — higher quality vector-animated versions of the standard emoji,” Durov wrote on his Telegram channel on Friday.

Pushing In-App Subscriptions

Apple And Facebook Reportedly Discussed 'Revenue-Sharing' Ideas In Past, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

According to The Wall Street Journal, which claims that most of the discussions occurred between 2016 and 2018, one idea that Apple discussed was Facebook creating a subscription-based version of its app without ads. Apple would have collected its standard 15% to 30% commission on Facebook’s in-app subscriptions through the App Store, but Facebook ultimately decided against the idea, the report claims.

A Short History Of Apple And Facebook Digging In Their Heels, by Nick Heer, Pixel Envy

If Apple was, indeed, planning a relentless and self-preferencing campaign against Facebook beginning in 2016, as Rodriguez reports, for a feature previewed in 2020, that would be pretty terrible. But 2016 is the time when Apple enabled subscriptions for all types of apps and launched its Search Ads initiative. Apple executives, including Phil Schiller, explained these changes in press briefings, and the company privately discussed them with developers, too.


New Apple Ad Says That Apple One Bundle Offers 'The Best Of Apple' In One Place, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

The quick thirty-second video dubs the Apple One subscription as a way to get "the best of Apple" all in one package. It gives an overview of the included services, ranging from Apple Arcade to Apple News.

This Timer App Is The Answer To Your Focus Woes, by Mary-Elisabeth Combs, CNET

Forest is a "gamified timer," meaning you're rewarded for using the timer. Start the timer by planting a digital tree and then, while the timer runs, the tree grows.

What makes this so powerful for focus is that while the tree is growing, your phone is essentially locked. You can still access all of your apps, but doing so will be at the expense of your tree. That's right, if you play on your phone while the timer is running, your tree will die. Each tree that you grow, or don't, is saved into a forest where you can see all of the time you've spent focusing quantified as a cute digital forest.

How Remote Workers Can Use The Serene App To Focus, by Blathnaid O’Dea, Silicon Republic

Serene is not just for those of us who are easily distracted. It’s for anyone who needs to carve out time for deep focus periods at work.

The app has several features that enable a user to harness their “productivity superpowers” using three different techniques.


Apple For Teachers A Recipe For Corporate Creep, Expert Warns, by Adam Carey, Brisbane Times

Tech giant Apple is embedding itself in Australian schools, accrediting “Apple teachers” and awarding its most devoted schools “distinguished” status, in a move one expert says risks distorting established recognition of teaching expertise.

Apple has awarded almost 50 schools in Australia “Apple distinguished school” status for demonstrating the company’s “vision for learning with technology”. Teachers out to gain Apple teacher accreditation must complete online modules that prove their proficiency with Apple products.

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Okay, I am done with Swift Playground. Switching back to Xcode for this weekend.


Thanks for reading.