2 September

I’m curious to see how they negotiate next week’s keynote. And annoyed that the scandal will overshadow product launches. But it’s deserved.

I’m reminded of a comment I saw on Reddit yesterday: not only can Apple be maddeningly slow at fixing security vulnerabilities after they’ve been reported, but it also doesn’t offer bounties for reporting them. You know, just the kind of thing that might motivate a hacker to contact Apple instead of downloading a copy of Jennifer Lawrence’s iCloud backup. (Or, more likely, just after downloading it, but that would still be progress.) I’m not so good at business, but I kinda feel that Apple could afford it. And, evidently, so do all the hackers who prefer to exploit a vulnerability rather than be, at best, graciously credited in the patch notes by one of the richest companies on Earth.

You can’t be lazy or complacent when it comes to security; you can’t be stingy, either.

RT @BenedictEvans: Load your bank & transit card into your phone. Go to a bar. Run out of power. Now you have no money, no way to get home, can’t call anyone.

“Common iOS App Rejections”

As MacStories points out, what this page really says is “we’re fucking inconsistent.”

1 September

Vulnerability in Find My Phone service and weak passwords may explain alleged celebrity photo leaks

As vulnerabilities go, it’s not the worst. But this is exactly what I was tweeting about last night: anyone at Apple whose work remotely affects the filesystem or drives should have it drilled into their heads that user data is sacrosanct, and anyone whose code touches iCloud that security is paramount. It needs to be integral to the corporate culture, rather than something a few of the engineers care deeply about.

Rather than choosing my podcast client for its audio filters, how about I just buy Instacast and unsubscribe from poorly produced podcasts.

If Apple gets in trouble over this, maybe they will finally begin to care about the security of our data?

Ah, iCloud Photo Stream — never working when you want it to, but good for making celeberities’ nude selfies available to hackers.

The technology behind Instagram’s Hyperlapse app

When I first read about the app and tried it, I thought they were being clever and accelerating the video by dropping the frames that got the farthest out of an ideal, stable camera movement. (Which is why I was surprised that the app offered to save the video with no acceleration at all.) Turns out their stabilization algorithm runs separately from the acceleration itself — and is in fact the same that’s used in the main app. I couldn’t have known, I’ve used Instagram for video.

31 August

The latest rumors of multiple price points make me wonder if Apple’s wearables will be a complete from simple Fitbit bracelet to proper watch.

30 August

RT @tonyarnold: The lack of attention to detail in Yosemite: if Apple doesn’t care, there’s no use in the rest of us getting upset! [switches to Comic Sans]

29 August

I have poor eyesight so I wouldn’t know, but is anyone really bothered by the pixels on an iPhone’s anti-aliased graphics?

RT @jamesthomson: Interesting… UIImage on iOS 8b5 will load a @3x image in preference to an @2x one, even on a @2x device. Not so on iOS 7. Bug, but also hmm…

28 August

RT @reneritchie: Reminder: This is when Apple’s graphic design department breaks open the adult beverages and laughs silly over invite tea-leaf reading.

27 August

Ahh, apparently Twitter Analytics doesn’t count impressions in third-party clients. Fine for brands, not so much for geeky users. (Also not great for end users: Analytics doesn’t give a fuck about the stuff you retweet.)

24 August

Pour une fois que j’avais une idée de jeu iOS dont je pouvais faire les règles, les graphismes, et l’app… je ne sais pas faire le serveur.

23 August

I feel like at this time last year I had grown much more accepting of iOS 7’s design than I have today of Yosemite’s. Am I misremembering?

22 August

21 August

RT @Jaimes: Finally, see through solar panels. Now windows can be energy sources. [sciencedaily.com][pic.twitter.com]

20 August

RT @monkbent: All of my wife’s friends switched from iPhone to Android for the bigger screens. Every single one intends on buying the iPhone 6.

Google Photo Sphere is really impressive. I’m not gonna post a picture of my bedroom on Google Maps, so why don’t you try it for yourself instead.

Brazilian judge tells Apple and Google to pull Secret from people’s devices Oops, I don’t think anyone envisioned that when they both announced that their App Stores had remote kill-switches.

I have a vague recollection that my main gripe with Mailbox was its lack of a desktop counterpart, making it useless since I do almost none of my email handling on iOS.

It’s ironic that the Mac version is coming out now that I’ve switched my main e-mail away from Gmail. Damnit.


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