• Quote of the Day: Bruce Schneier

    “Metadata equals surveillance; it’s that simple.” — Bruce Schneier

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  • ‘Another iOS 7 Bug Lets Anyone Make Calls From Locked iPhones–And This One Has No Quick Fix’

    Just as the headline says, someone can use your iPhone to call anyone, but it’s not by unlocking your phone. Honestly, if someone gets a hold of your phone do you really care if they use it to call someone? That’s the least of my worries. Anyways. I am linking to this post from Andy […]

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  • ‘Chaos Computer Club Breaks Apple TouchID’

    Frank from the Chaos Computer Club on their workaround for Apple’s TouchID system: The method follows the steps outlined in this how-to with materials that can be found in almost every household: First, the fingerprint of the enroled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser […]

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  • Touch ID is the Future

    I personally believe that Touch ID, and future systems like it, are going to prove just as important to smartphones as multi-touch has proven. It’s something that seems so logical, so magical that when you use it, as Jony Ive says: True simplicity is, well, you just keep on going and going until you get […]

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  • LinkedIn Scumbags

    A nice report from Bloomberg’s Linda Sandler on LinkedIn’s incredibly shady practices. The report stems from a lawsuit filed against LinkedIn alleging (very generally) two things: That LinkedIn sent emails asking people to connect with users without user permission. More seriously, that LinkedIn hacked (in someway) into external email addresses of their users and scraped […]

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  • Identically Sized Circles

    Dustin Curtis remarking on the space grey iPhone 5s: The outer part of the new home button is exactly the same size as the Phone and passcode keypad number circles in iOS 7, which are in turn also identical in size to the holes in the back of the new iPhone 5c rubber case. He […]

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  • OmniFocus 2 for iPhone

    In his review of OmniFocus 2 for iPhone, Don Southard concludes: I think the Omni Group did an excellent job improving on an already great product while keeping it relevant on an entirely new operating system. OmniFocus 2 is being released as new app for all customers but is still highly recommended. While I fully […]

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  • Begin

    The bookkeeper at my company used to (she is now retired) have this routine — it was something like this: Sit down at her desk with coffee in hand. Grab a stack of recycled paper bits that are about 2/3 the size of a full page of paper — all unlined — held together with […]

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  • ‘iOS 7 Locks Stolen iPhones to Prevent Resale’

    Glenn Fleishman on changes to ‘Find my iPhone’: So even if you wipe your iPhone remotely, you don’t have to worry about anyone else ever being able to use it again. If it’s later recovered, you can easily restore from your most recent backup, entering your Apple ID and password when prompted. Read his entire […]

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  • A Few Thoughts on iOS 7 That Others May Not Touch Enough On and Thus Will Make Me Cranky If I Don’t Post About Them

    The Good The lock screen is fucking gorgeous — I don’t care what anyone says. Control center negates the need for any flashlight apps and generally makes me a very happy man. The Today view in notification center is near perfection and eerily accurate. It’s the best way to keep your day on track and […]

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  • ‘Obama Administration Urges FCC to Require Carriers to Unlock Mobile Devices’

    Hayley Tsukayama: Several months after calling for legislation to unlock cellphones, the White House filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices so that users can easily switch between carriers. Nice.

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  • Copy-Catting

    Justin Williams: If Path or App.net can show verifiable success in their respective ventures it will likely lead to other services copy-catting the idea of charging their users for the service they are offering. I can certainly think of worse things to copy. While I can’t bring myself to trust Path (what is this of […]

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  • ‘Surviving Whole Foods’

    Kelly MacLean: Next I see the gluten-free section filled with crackers and bread made from various wheat-substitutes such as cardboard and sawdust. I skip this aisle because I’m not rich enough to have dietary restrictions. Ever notice that you don’t meet poor people with special diet needs? A gluten intolerant house cleaner? A cab driver […]

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  • Perfect Weather

    This morning Contrast launched Perfect Weather for iPhone. A weather app — oh — I must take a look at it. Perfect Weather is $2.99 — so it is looking right at me and daring me to install it — blue icon and all. Background Time First a little bit about the current state of […]

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  • ‘What Is Apple’s New Secure Enclave and Why Is It Important?’

    Brian Roemmele on Quora: To use Touch ID you will also have to create a passcode as a backup. Only that passcode can unlock the phone if the phone is either rebooted (example full battery drain) or hasn’t been unlocked for 48 hours. This is a genius feature that is meant to set a time […]

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  • Blur.

    Get yourself ready for iOS 7 and install this little gem. All the app does it takes an existing picture and adds iOS 7 style blur. I thought it was gimmicky at first, but truly (as someone who has been using iOS 7 for a while now) it is needed for the home screen background. […]

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  • Jumping the Gun

    Joseph Menn for Reuters: Despite emphatic predictions of waning business prospects, some of the big Internet companies that the former National Security Agency contractor showed to be closely involved in gathering data on people overseas – such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. – say privately that they have felt little if any impact on […]

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  • CatPaint

    I am not kidding at all when I say this: this app really makes me smile. If you follow me on App.net you have seen my “artwork” from this app already. The screenshots say it all, but the grins don’t come until you start using the app. No, I am serious.

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  • The Best V-Neck Undershirt, Part One

    I really hate shopping for undergarments of any sort — be it socks, boxers, or undershirts — it’s all a gamble that rarely pays off. It seems to me that the market is pretty well set by one factor: price. You either pay $19 an item, or you pay $19 for a pack of that […]

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  • ‘If I had to leave the Mac? I’d switch to Elementary OS’

    John Moltz takes a more in-depth look at Elementary OS for Macworld. I really like the vision behind Elementary and think it is worth keeping an eye on.

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