The From-the-Get-Go Edition Saturday, October 28, 2023

iPhones Have Been Exposing Your Unique MAC Despite Apple’s Promises Otherwise, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 17.1. Among the various fixes was a patch for a vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-42846, which prevented the privacy feature from working. Tommy Mysk, one of the two security researchers Apple credited with discovering and reporting the vulnerability (Talal Haj Bakry was the other), told Ars that he tested all recent iOS releases and found the flaw dates back to version 14, released in September 2020.

“From the get-go, this feature was useless because of this bug,” he said. “We couldn't stop the devices from sending these discovery requests, even with a VPN. Even in the Lockdown Mode.”


Keyboard Maestro 11, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The major upgrade for the popular automation and clipboard utility introduces a new Macro Wizard and a new keyboardmaestro command line tool for triggering macros.

Google Maps Gains Immersive View For Routes And Other AI Features, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Google Maps is getting a new Immersive View for routes that uses artificial intelligence, Street View, and aerial images to preview every step of a journey ahead of time.


Sofia Coppola Says Her Five-Hour Apple TV+ Series Got Axed Because ‘The Idea Of An Unlikable’ Female Lead ‘Wasn’t Their Thing’, by Zack Sharf, Variety

“The people in charge of giving money are usually straight men, still,” she said earlier in the interview. “There’s always people in lower levels who are like myself, but then the bosses have a certain sensibility… If it’s so hard for me to get financing as an established person, I worry about younger women starting out. It’s surprising that it’s still a struggle.”

Apple did not return Variety’s request for comment. The company did not entirely abandon Wharton, however, as it has an adaptation of the author’s unfinished novel “The Buccaneers” set for a streaming debut next month. Apple has a variety of shows featuring female protagonists, from “The Morning Show” to “Bad Sisters.”

Google Paid A Whopping $26.3 Billion In 2021 To Be The Default Search Engine Everywhere, by David Pierce, The Verge

The US v. Google antitrust trial is about many things, but more than anything, it’s about the power of defaults. Even if it’s easy to switch browsers or platforms or search engines, the one that appears when you turn it on matters a lot. Google obviously agrees and has paid a staggering amount to make sure it is the default: testimony in the trial revealed that Google spent a total of $26.3 billion in 2021 to be the default search engine in multiple browsers, phones, and platforms.

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It does seem logical< that Apple will be releasing M3 computers this coming Monday, because doing an event with M2 doesn't seem like the right thing to expect. It also seem logical that there will be no new computer form factor, because it is only an online pre-recorded event, and no one seems to be invited to Apple Park to touch and try out new stuff.

But, somehow, back in my mind, these two becausees doesn't add up.

Oh well, and that's why nobody is paying me to be a pundit.


Thanks for reading.