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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Senior Correspodent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Official Apple Announcement:
macOS High Sierra now available as a free update
 
Apple today announced macOS High Sierra, the latest release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free update.
 
 
 
 
macOS High Sierra, First Take: Solid foundations, but light on eye candy
 
Apple told us that APFS is primarily designed for use on the Mac's boot drive, and will retain compatibility with external drives using HFS+, so there should be no problems continuing to use older external drives that contain all your Time Machine backups. However, third-party disk utilities will need to be updated to support APFS.
 
 
 
 
Will your Mac run macOS High Sierra?
Here is the official list of supported hardware:

• MacBook - Late 2009 or later 
• iMac / iMac Pro - Late 2009 or later 
• MacBook Air - 2010 or later 
• MacBook Pro - 2010 or later 
• Mac mini - 2010 or later 
• Mac Pro - 2010 or later 
 
 
 
 
Patrick Wardle, ex-NSA analyst and now head of research at security firm Synack, found the problem Monday, warning that it could allow anyone able to run malicious code on a Mac to pilfer passwords from the keychain. Apple uses the keychain to store user passwords and should only be accessible to the owner of the Mac. All those logins are typically unlocked with a master password. But Wardle, as shown in the video below, was able to carry out an attack that sent all the contents of the keychain to an attacker without the need for that password.
 
He claimed it wasn't hard to get malicious code running on a Mac today. Indeed, he's repeatedly shown how to execute attacks on Apple's operating system in recent years.
 
 
 
 
Wardle tested the exploit on High Sierra, but said that older versions of macOS and OS X are also vulnerable.
 
 
 
 
Video of KeyChain Stealer app in action.
 
Note that when this web page opens, only the video is visible.
This is unlike youtube.com, which has other things visible in addition to the video being played.
 
 
 
 
MacOS Keychain issue shows that even if you install the latest OS update, security is never a guarantee so take appropriate measures, researcher says.
 
A security researcher posted a video showing that malicious applications running on the new OS can silently steal usernames and passwords stored in users' keychains.
 
Another requirement for his attack to succeed is for the keychain to be unlocked, which is the default state of the keychain after the user logs on. Even in this state, applications still need user confirmation to access it so Wardle's attack violates the keychain's expected behavior.

Users can manually lock their keychains using the Keychain Access tool provided by macOS.
 
 
 
 
9 reasons you should buy an iPhone 8 instead of an iPhone X
 
 
 
 
The best iPhone for every type of person and budget
 
This article has good advice on whether you should buy a new iPhone or not and,
if you should, which iPhone is best for you.
 
 
 
 
Video:
Here's why your iPhone has a tiny hole next to the camera
 
 
 
 
Video:
I won't trade in my iPhone 6s for an iPhone 8 or iPhone X — here's why
 
I bought the iPhone 6s Plus when it was first released and I skipped over the iPhone 7 generation. And now I think I'm going to skip over the iPhone 8. So Apple is still selling the iPhone 6s even though it's a two-generation old phone now. That’s testament of how good the iPhone 6s is.
 
 
 
 
APPLE HAS released the kernel of its iOS and macOS operating systems into the open source.

Both are now available on GitHub, representing the first time that Apple has released such integral code into the public domain.
 
Apple is known to contribute to the open source community already, with Swift being a prime example, but this is a big gift.

https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3018430/apple-releases-ios-and-mac-os-source-code-to-github-ahead-of-iphone-x-launch
 
 
 
Is it Worth Buying AppleCare+ for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?
 
Since it only takes one accident to pay for itself, if not save you money, many users feel AppleCare+ is ultimately worth it.
 
AppleCare+ will save you at least $120 if the rear glass on your iPhone shatters even once.
 
 
 
 
AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple’s extended warranty program
 
Lots of interesting information about AppleCare in this article.
 
 
 
 
iPhone 8 Plus Displays Are Popping-Out, Literally
 
What could be giving sleepless nights to Apple’s engineering team are three reports of battery swelling in the iPhone 8 Plus, and that the deformed batteries caused displays to pop-off.
 
iPhone 8 owners need not panic yet, as three faulty devices out of the millions of iPhone 8 sold so far, is not really a cause for concern. However, if you own an iPhone 8 and see any signs of swelling, stop using it, and contact Apple Care right away.
 
 
 
 
Tim Cook Jumps to No. 3 in Vanity Fair’s ‘New Establishment List’
 
 
 
 
Apple iOS 11.0.1 Starts Causing Problems
 
Both Reddit and Apple’s official @applesupport Twitter account are currently being swamped with complaints about Apple’s latest iOS update. 
 
 
 
 
Warning: Latest iOS 11 Update Making Life Hell For Some
 
Apple will likely release a fix to the problems.
 
 
 
 
Apple Watch Series 3 review: better late than never
Apple has finally brought cellular service to the Apple Watch, and with this latest iteration it looks like the wearable is at last delivering on some our earliest hopes for the series
 
We've seen smartwatches with cellular connectivity before, of course, but most have fallen far short of making it work well. This is where Apple usually swoops in, late to the party, but with a solution that is reliable and simple to use.
 
This killer app of the new Watch is the cellular service, so don't scrimp on that £70 and go for that version.
 
 
 
 
How to use Apple’s terrific document scanner in iOS 11
You don’t need a separate app anymore
 
To try out Apple’s built-in scanner for yourself, open Notes. Inside of any note, hit the + symbol above the keyboard. The menu that comes up will offer a few options — this is also the tool you’d use to add a photo or sketch to your note — but the “Scan Document” option is the one you want.
 
Don’t worry if you end up snapping the picture of your document from an angle, as Notes will automatically correct for this and straighten everything out. That’s one of the most impressive aspects of Apple’s tool. So if you’re in a situation where you don’t have time to square things up, it’ll still work great.

 
 
 
iOS 11's Most Obnoxious Features
 
 
 
 
The Good and Bad in Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad
 
Apple’s iOS 11 isn’t perfect but, overall, it’s an outstanding operating system.
 
 
 
 
How to Use Instant Notes on iPad in iOS 11
 
If you have an iPad Pro, there's a new feature in iOS 11 that's designed to let you open up a new document in Notes just by tapping the Apple Pencil on the iPad's display. 

The feature, Instant Notes, works even when the iPad is locked, so you can pick up the iPad and get right to writing without having to go through the hassle of unlocking the device, opening the Notes app, and creating a document.
 
If you don't want to allow the Apple Pencil to open the Notes app, you can turn off Instant Notes in the Settings app.
 
 
 
 
How to Use Instant Markup to Quickly Edit Screenshots in iOS 11
 
Instant Markup is a feature that's present on the iPhone and the iPad in iOS 11. There is no way to turn it off at the current time, so if you dislike those little screenshot popups, the only option is to wait the few seconds for them to disappear or swipe them away to the left of the display.
 
 
 
 
Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn’t Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
And it’s a feature, not a bug.
 
Apple’s documentation says:
“When  you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available.” That is because Apple wants the iPhone to be able to continue using AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Location Services, and other features, according to the documentation.
 
 
 
 
Apple iPad (2017) review
It might look like more of the same – from 2013, no less – but this iPad gets the power-to-price ratio just right

https://www.stuff.tv/in/apple/ipad-2017/review
 
 
 
Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 11
 
While this fall’s release of iOS 11 doesn’t provide some of the flashy new improvements that past iOS versions have, it does add some nice quality of life improvements for iPhone users, and — probably most fittingly for the tenth anniversary of the operating system — matures the iPad into a whole new realm.
 
This article has a list of devices that are supported by iOS 11.
 
 
 
 
iOS 11 and Apple Watch Series 3, the good, the bad, and the insecure
 
Security problems fixed by the latest version of iOS 11.
 
 
 
 
iOS 11 Update Patches Multiple Potentially Dangerous Exploits
 
The details in this article are technical.
 
 
 
 
How to use iCloud Drive's new sharing features

With MacOS High Sierra and iOS 11, iCloud Drive is finally catching up with Dropbox and Google Drive in terms of sharing ability. You will need to convince your collaborators to start using iCloud Drive, however, if you want to share files on Apple's cloud service, a dubious proposition given the head start that both Dropbox and Google Drive enjoy.

Still, if you've got friends and family all using Macs and iPhones, there's lots to like about the new and improved iCloud Drive. Plus, you can now share an iCloud account with your family for more than just app and iTunes purchases.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-icloud-drives-new-sharing-features/


 
Scams bites Apple customers
 
Several ways the hackers conned people into giving up their personal private information.
 
 
 
 
iOS 11 solves one of the biggest issues with having multiple Apple devices in your family
 
The new version of iOS, the operating system that underlies the iPhone and iPad, solved an annoying problem in my family.

As the family IT administrator, one of my jobs is to make sure each of the devices we own is backed up. That task just got a lot easier with iOS 11.
 
 
 
 
With a Stolen iCloud Password, Your Mac Can Be Held Hostage
 
Apple designed macOS’s Find My Mac feature to help those who have lost a Mac or had one stolen recover their machines while simultaneously rendering the computers inaccessible. Unfortunately, Find My Mac has recently been subverted by extortionists relying on usernames and weak passwords leaked from account breaches at major sites like Yahoo and LinkedIn — not iCloud itself.
 
If you use the same password for iCloud and other sites or if you haven’t changed your iCloud password in years, change it immediately.
 
To be crystal clear, iCloud has not suffered a major breach. Rather, this attack was made possible thanks to breaches at other sites that revealed usernames and passwords. 
 
 
 
 
Hackers Are Using iCloud's "Find My iPhone" Feature To Lock Apple Devices Remotely For A Ransom
 
All the hackers need to make use of the “Find My Device” is your iCloud username and password. It doesn’t matter that you may have two-factor authentication, seeing as that precaution would be useless when the code is sent to the device you’re trying to locate.
 
 
 
 
Hackers are locking people out of their MacBooks – here’s how to stay safe
 
Hackers using stolen iCloud credentials have been able to use Apple’ Find My Device features to remotely lock down computers and demand Bitcoin ransoms from affected users. However, that doesn’t mean Apple’s iCloud was hacked. Instead, hackers are likely trying their luck with some of the many available username and password combinations that resulted from recently publicized hacks.
 
 
 
 
Hackers are using iCloud to remotely lock MacBooks
 
This has happened to countless Apple customers in recent weeks, the author if this article included.
 
 
 
 
Hackers are using Apple’s “Find My” service to remotely hold devices for ransom, reports MacRumors. Multiple people have tweeted about stolen accounts in the past week. Two-factor authentication does not prevent the hack.
 
But how did hackers get these people’s passwords? As MacRumors reports, it’s likely that the hacked users had been using the same password for their Mac and for other sites. So when some third-party site was breached and passwords were exposed, hackers pored through the list, trying the same login info on iCloud accounts. And they found the poor suckers who re-use passwords.
 
So how do you prevent this happening to you? As MacRumors suggests, if you’ve ever re-used your iCloud password for some other service, change your password immediately.
 
 
 
 
Apple’s two-step verification goes away with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra
To be replaced by two-factor authentication.
 
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a method of protecting an online account. The two factors—things that identify you—in 2FA: Something you yourself know, like a password; and something you have that can receive a token to confirm who you are, such as a smartphone.

Apple’s original two-step system relied on its Apple ID site for set up and management, and could only send codes to iOS devices and via SMS. Its update in September 2015 left two-step in place for those who continued to want to use it, but the 2FA revision was far better. 
 
If you’re still using two-step verification, Apple converts your account to 2FA with iOS 11 or High Sierra. 
 
 
 
 
Why You Should Set Up IOS 11’S Emergency SOS Now
 
So how do you get this life-saving tool on your own iPhone?

First, make sure you’ve installed the latest update so that you’re working with iOS 11. Next, go to Settings and click on “Emergency SOS.” From there, you can turn on the “Auto Call” option. Once it’s on, you will be able to receive help by clicking the “Power” button five times.
 
 
 
 
The iOS 11 32-bit Apocalypse Actually Isn’t That Bad
 
While iOS 11 leaves 32-bit apps behind, the move hasn’t taken developers by surprise. 
 
That developers have had nearly three years to get in line, and that doing so wasn’t particularly taxing, matters more than you might think in gauging why Apple’s banishing 32-bit boffins in the first place.
 
The mandatory overhaul acts as a mechanism to purge abandoned apps from the App Store en masse. If developers can’t be bothered to go 64-bit, they likely haven’t put much TLC into their software in general.
 
"Apple wants to get rid of dead apps," says Eliran Sapir
 
 
 
 
Are You Ready for a Browser Cleanup?
Here’s How to Clear Cookies on an iPad
 
AW comment:
This should also work on iPhone and iPod.
 
Cookies are small files that websites store on your device.
 
Before you choose to delete all your cookies remember that many websites need cookies.
 
This article has instructions for deleting the cookies of four different web browsers.
 
 
 
 
Hands On: OmniGraffle gains drag and drop for iOS 11 on iPad and iPhone
 
 
 
 
Inside Hong Kong's Wanchai computer market, where unofficial iPhone repairs are a cottage industry
 
China’s Shenzhen market is famous for the unofficial iPhone repairs and upgrades available from the many stalls there. Hong Kong’s Wanchai electronics market may be smaller, but in the five floors of tightly-packed stalls, you can’t turn around without bumping into an iPhone repair service.

The market sells everything from phone cases through cheap-and-nasty Windows laptops to expensive drones and high-end cameras. But there’s one thing that really stands out, and that’s the ubiquitous and entirely unofficial presence of everything Apple …

The stalls are basic, but the services are comprehensive.
 
Would I risk using their services? Definitely not – but I have the luxury of being able to pay Apple’s prices if I need to. Not everyone can, and I’m sure that there are a great many devices repaired here which would otherwise be landfill.
 
 
 
 
Apple has finally realized that some people may need more than 24 hours to watch a movie. Or that they may want to watch a movie more than once after renting it. So, with that in mind, you can now watch any movies you have rented through iTunes for a full 48 hours after you first click “Play”.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/longer-watch-itunes-movie-rentals/
 
 
 
How to add a fast new SSD to your old Mac or MacBook for only $150
 
Replacing your old 500GB hard drive with a same-sized SSD from a reputable manufacturer costs only $150, while 1TB drives are under $330.
 
With this week’s release of macOS High Sierra, Apple has officially made SSDs its preferred Mac storage solution, introducing the new APFS standard to further optimize SSD performance over Fusion and traditional hard drives. So this is a perfect time to revisit the topic of SSD upgrades; if you held out before, now’s the time to jump in!
 
This articles has instructions for do-it-yourselfers on how to install a new SSD drive into various MacBooks and desktop Macs.
 
If your Mac is too old for installing an SSD drive, you can buy an external SSD that plugs into your FireWire or, better yet, your ThunderBolt port.
 
 
 
 
Some MacOS Users Aren't Getting the Firmware Security Patches They Think They Have
 
Apple's security updates for macOS sometime include patches for serious vulnerabilities in the firmware that runs beneath the operating system. So you might think you're safe if you keep your OS version up to date, but that's not always the case. Depending on your Mac model, you might get the firmware patches or you might not, a team of researchers found.
 
Apple's security updates for macOS sometime include patches for serious vulnerabilities in the firmware that runs beneath the operating system. So you might think you're safe if you keep your OS version up to date, but that's not always the case. Depending on your Mac model, you might get the firmware patches or you might not, a team of researchers found.

Duo Security researchers Rich Smith and Pepijn Bruienne found 16 Mac models that appear to have never received any EFI update in the past three years, over the lifetime of OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X El Capitan (10.11) and macOS Sierra (10.12). During that time, other models received patches for serious vulnerabilities.
 
The Duo researchers told me that despite the identified problems, Apple actually does a much better job of patching EFI security issues than other computer makers.
 
It's not entirely clear why EFI updates fail on some systems, but the more concerning finding is that there's no indication to users or Apple when this happens.
 
 
 
 
Most New iMacs Can't Benefit From macOS High Sierra's Best Update
 
The new Apple File System (APFS) is made to improve performance with Solid State Drives (SSD).  Unfortunately, many Macs don’t have an SSD.  Instead, they have an older Hard Disk Drive (HDD).  And APFS doesn’t do much for HDD.
 
APFS is built for SSD storage, ditching the 19-year-old HFS+ file system that was built for old spinning-disk tech like that found in HDD and floppy drives. It encrypts your data and uses less memory and resources when retrieving and saving files.
 
 
 
 
The Real Problem with Voice Assistants Like Siri Is Your Brain
 
The human brain does not multitask well.
 
Even when it seems like we’re able to do two tasks at once, we’re likely only shifting the focus of our attention rapidly back and forth between the two tasks, and that comes with a cost to speed and accuracy.
 
Fumbling around the real world while blundering through the digital one is not the hands-free, intuitive, more intentional future of our dreams. It's attentional slavery by another name.
 
 
 
 
How to Discreetly Disable Touch ID and Face ID on an iPhone in iOS 11
 
There's an Emergency SOS feature built into iOS 11 that has hidden functionality -- it automatically disables Touch ID and makes it so your passcode has to be entered to unlock your iPhone. 

Because it essentially shuts down the biometrics on your device, you can't be compelled by a police officer or malicious person to unlock your iPhone with a fingerprint, nor can your fingerprint be used to get into your device should you be unconscious after an emergency. On iPhone X, this also applies to Face ID.
 
Detailed instructions are provided in this article.
 
 
 
 
iPhone X: Sorry Apple, but I just can't face using Face ID
 
Apple promises that using facial recognition will be more secure than using a fingerprint.
 
But there are still a few things that make me reluctant to use it.
 
First, for a smartphone I'd argue that a fingerprint is actually the easiest replacement for the password.
 
If we start using facial recognition in a controlled scenario like unlocking our phones, do we then encourage its use elsewhere -- in scenarios where we have less control?
 
 
 
 
The newest iCloud threat is preventing some people from using their Apple devices. Here are five steps to shore up iCloud security and protect Apple devices from being exposed to ransom attacks.
 
 
 
 
How to Back Up Your iPhone
 
If your phone is loaded with pictures, songs, apps, and years worth of text messages, a basic iCloud backup isn’t going to cut it. If you have a computer with some gigs to spare, all you need to do is plug in your iPhone, install iTunes on your Mac or PC, and click a few buttons to make sure all your phones data is tucked away, safe and sound.
 
 
 
 
Google Is About To Start Tracking Your Offline Behavior, Too
 
It’s no secret that Google already monitors its users’ online shopping activity, but now it will follow them out of their homes and keep a close eye on every interaction they make. The tech giant announced a new system to track users’ in-store credit card purchases Tuesday in a statement published on the company’s official blog.
 
Google rolled out the new tool at Google Marketing Next, an annual event geared toward advertisers where the company unveils its newest innovations in marketing. “Store sales management” works by pulling data from Google’s third-party partnerships, which capture approximately 70% of credit card transactions in the United States. The system then streamlines user information in order to generate reports automatically sent to merchants who opt in. The reports will measure the effectiveness of online advertisements by matching in-store transactions back to Google ads.
 
 
 
We introduced store visits measurement back in 2014 to help marketers gain more insight about consumer journeys that start online and end in a store. In under three years, advertisers globally have measured over 5 billion store visits using AdWords.
 
Integrations with AdWords, Google Analytics and DoubleClick Search make it easy to bring together data from all your marketing channels. The end result is a complete view of your performance.
 
 
It’s far too common that people encounter annoying, intrusive ads on the web—like the kind that blare music unexpectedly, or force you to wait 10 seconds before you can see the content on the page. These frustrating experiences can lead some people to block all ads—taking a big toll on the content creators, journalists, web developers and videographers who depend on ads to fund their content creation.

We believe online ads should be better.
 
“Looking at the past few years, we’ve come to realize that to the rise of ad blockers has negatively impacted potential revenue across all of our properties, particularly in Europe. 
 
 
 
 
Why so many spam phone calls come from your area code
 
When you see an incoming phone call from a number you don't know, but has the same area code as you, it's understandable why you would drop your guard and pick up the phone.

Spam callers can make it seem like they're calling from your hometown's area code with a tactic called caller ID "spoofing." Indeed, the word "spoof" means both to imitate something, as well as to trick someone.
 
The most popular way that miscreants spoof their caller ID is with voice-over-IP (VoIP) services. Some of these VoIP services let spam callers choose what number they want their victims to see on their phone's caller ID.
 
 
 
 
Google: Yes, we blew it. But we cannot clean up digital advertising alone
 
From ads ending up next to hate videos on YouTube to having to refund advertisers after showing their ads to bots instead of humans, Google has been in the thick of an advertising maelstrom this year.
 
 
 
 
Britain has passed the 'most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy'
The law forces UK internet providers to store browsing histories -- including domains visited -- for one year, in case of police investigations.
 
It's the "most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy," according to Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group.
 
Scroll down to the end of the article to see a video.
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

What you can do to help the situations we face

My Fellow Mac enthusiasts:

 

I try to keep my posts as apolitical and on the topic of the Macintosh. Now is not that time.

 

1. The Caribbean is a mess. It needs our help. Start by going here to this PBS Newshour page listing sites for contributions. 

I don’t want to see your fingers typing out tweets about the President when you could donate to relief efforts. DO IT NOW.

 

2. Las Vegas. What happened at that country music festival, which should have been a fun time for all, is now a national horror. If you read this blog in the Las Vegas/Henderson area,

Sign up to Donate blood. They’re going to need it by the 55 gallon drum load. Again, hold your tweets until you’ve done your part.

 If you want to donate blood in the local San Fernando Valley area, the Red Cross donation center is on Variel Street in Woodland Hills. Their phone number is (818) 992-2020. 

And yes, I am donating just as soon as I get past an embargo they placed on my blood due a prostate prescription. Check on-line to see if your prescriptions or past medical history prevent you form donating. Go to the Red Cross Blood site for eligibility criteria

3. Tom Petty. I got to him last of all because, well, he’s in the hospital receiving the best of care. My thoughts and prayers are with him tonight. I hope he’s up and around for the 60th Anniversary tour in ten years. 

 

Tom Briant

Editor, MacValley Blog

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tom's initial review of macOS High Sierra: Read the Reviews and Look forward to the future. No need for hasty action

To start with, I read these three reviews of High Sierra:

 

Roman Loyola at Macworld.com This is a one page summary

Andrew Cunningham at Arestechnica.com  This gets into the details

Jason Snell at Sixcolors.com Jason knows the most about the Photos app, so read this if that’s your interest.

 

 To get to the meat of the matter, you don’t need to upgrade your Mac, particularly your production Mac, to 10.13 right this minute.

Oh, it has some features that will bear fruit in the future, but for now, install it on a second Mac or on a partition/hard drive that you can afford to erase later.

To begin:

 

Apple File System (APFS): Apple has work to do on this. Right now, it only works with SSDs. Now since Apple still sells the majority of desktops with spinning hard drives and the Fusion Drives, it needs to finish work on APFS so that it works with both spinning hard drives and those Fusion Drives. Look for that in a future update to 10.13. 

Photos: This is the reason to install 10.13 right now. Apple has significantly improved this app. 

Metal 2 graphics: This needs work. When it works, it’s great. But it’s still not ready for those nifty external GPU’s you’ve read about. Look for that in a future release. Besides, you’ll need a Mac that supports the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C interface and standards. That old Mac mini with Thunderbolt 1 or 2 won’t cut it.

Virtual Reality: See Metal 2. Coming soon to a ridiculous looking headset hear you. 

I’ll roll out more review of 10.13 High Sierra as time progresses. I’m particularly interested in how it supports answers to running old 32-bit software that future releases of MacOS won’[t support, but that you need to run for whatever reason.

Tom Briant

Editor, MacValley Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Special Update!

REVIEW: The iPhone 8 is incredible, but you should wait for the iPhone X instead
 
The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are actually great. But an even better phone is on the way.

The iPhone x.
 
Apple has never offered an iPhone lineup as broad as the one it's about to have. You can get an iPhone SE for as little as $349 or, come November, go all the way to the max with the $999 iPhone X. You almost can't make a bad choice; they're all really, really good phones.
 
But if the price tag doesn't scare you away, hold off on the iPhone 8 and go for the X.
 
 
 
 
Video:
The 5 best hidden features from the latest iPhone update
 
 
 
 
Reviewers say the new Apple Watch is pretty bad
 
 
 
 
Video:
I spent a week using the iPhone 8 and I think you should wait for the iPhone X — here's why
 
 
 
 
Your iPhone's camera just got an upgrade thanks to iOS 11 — here are all the ways it changed
 
 
 
 
Why the Apple Watch won't replace your doctor anytime soon
 
• Apple is working with Stanford to study whether its Apple Watch can detect a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. 
• Most cardiologists say screening a general population isn't advisable. 
• Regulatory experts say that it won't be easy to convince the FDA.
 
FDA regulations are a big barrier to most medical uses of the Apple Watch.
 
 
 
 
Apple Becomes a Chipmaker to One-Up Smart-Phone Foes
 
The prominence of the new A11 “bionic” chip reflects Apple’s deepening investment in chip design. Last week the company also revealed it had built new custom chips or chip components for artificial intelligence, graphics, and video. And Apple highlighted two new chips in its refreshed smartwatch.
 
Industry watchers say Apple’s strategy of designing chips itself has given it a big advantage—and arguably made its mobile chips the best on the planet.
 
 
 
 
Video:
Apple Watch Series 3 review: The smartest smartwatch yet
 
 
 
 
The watch's LTE cellular connectivity, which is supposed to let users make phone calls directly from their wrists and has been touted by Apple as a key selling point, doesn't always work very well.
 
Apple is working on a fix, which will be delivered in a future software release, an Apple spokesperson told Business Insider.
 
 
 
 
Apple Watch Series 3 with LTR Review:  Missed Connections
 
The biggest difference between the Apple Watch Series 3 and older Apple Watches is that this model comes with the option of a built-in cellular modem. That means that even if your phone isn’t nearby, and even if your Watch isn’t connected to a known Wi-Fi network, you should still be able to make and receive calls and messages on the Watch.
 
A smartwatch with LTE will, in theory, let you call a ride home when your smartphone dies before your watch does. In reality, my Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE failed at the LTE part.
 
All four of the big wireless carriers in the US — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — will offer Apple Watch plans, and they’re all $10 per month on top of your phone service plan.
 
 
 
 
Apple Watch fails to reliably connect for some reviewers
 
This article quotes statements from several different reviewers, and also has links to their reviews.
 
 
 
 
Apple is working on a fix for Watch Series 3 LTE issues
 
An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the problem with TechCrunch, stating, “We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”
 
 
 
 
The Apple Watch is still the one to beat
 
LTE aside, there’s little or nothing here that justifies the price of upgrade over last year’s model. Apple got the smartwatch thing pretty right on its first stab, and each generation makes the product that much better.
 
 
 
 
The iPhone 8: A Worthy Refinement Before the Next Generation
 
Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are very good phones.
 
The best thing about the 8 and 8 Plus is what’s most hidden: It’s the processor that powers everything else.  The fastest Android phones, though, are painfully slower that the iPhone 8.
 
The iPhone 8 represents Apple’s platonic ideal of that first iPhone, an ultimate refinement before eternal retirement.
The iPhone X represents the future.
 
 
 
 
Apple Watch Series 3 Excels, Even if You Don’t Need Cellular
 
After testing the cellular watch for a week, I found it to be an excellent smart watch that is a significant improvement over the first Apple Watch, which was slow, confusing to use and deeply flawed.
 
But the cellular version is a luxury that most people probably will not need. The price you pay for those brief moments of respite from your iPhone is steep: at least $399 for the hardware, plus $10 a month for access on your cellphone plan for some carriers. And I seldom found reasons to use the watch without my iPhone to justify the extra cost.
 
 
 
 
Uber users on iPhones can now block the app from always tracking their location, thanks to Apple's new iOS update
 
Good news, Uber users: If you have an iPhone, you can now limit the company's ability to keep tabs on your whereabouts.
 
Uber has a rocky history when it comes to users' privacy.
 
 
 
 
Meet the NASA Engineer Suing the Government for Searching His Smartphone
 
Side Bikkannavar is one of 11 plaintiffs — including journalists, a military veteran and an independent filmmaker — who say they were detained at the U.S. border, coerced by agents and subjected to illegal searches.
 
The ACLU's lawsuit comes after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 2014 that police may not search the cellphones of criminal suspects upon arrest without a warrant. The court said that smartphones and other electronic devices are not in the same category as wallets, briefcases and vehicles — an exemption, Bhandari says, that applies equally to inspections by border authorities.
 
"People might say, 'If you have nothing to hide, why are you worried?'" Bikkannavar says. "It's not about having nothing to hide — it's about having to think about this stuff each time I travel. Being apprehensive about travel is not a great way to live your life. If I find myself in this situation for having done nothing wrong."
 
 
 
 
Video:
How Facebook Is Changing Your Internet
 
Behind the scenes, Facebook is involved in high-stakes diplomatic battles across the globe that have begun fragmenting the internet itself.
 
Facebook has made the leaders of many governments feel threatened.  So they have started to push back to regain some control over how their citizens communicate.
 
The fight between governments and companies has begun fragmenting the internet.
 
Facebook is subsidizing internet connectivity in the developing world to make Facebook accessible to all.
 
Problem:
Facebook’s free version for third world people only allows access to Facebook and a few other sites. Those third world people can’t seek out alternative sources of information.
 
Facebook is a space where protests flare up around lies and measured voices are shouted down by more radical groups.
 
China is the ultimate example of fragmenting the internet.

 
 
 
As nations try to grab back power online, a clash is brewing between governments and companies. Some of the biggest companies in the world — Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Alibaba among them — are finding they need to play by an entirely new set of rules on the once-anarchic internet.
 
 
 
 
If you see this mysterious code on your boarding pass, get ready to be searched
 
"SSSS stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection and it appears on a passenger’s boarding pass when they’ve been selected by TSA’s Secure Flight system for enhanced security screening," a TSA spokesman told Business Insider in a statement.
 
 
 
 
Video:
Equifax Has Been Pointing People to a Knockoff Phishing Site
 
Equifax has been inadvertently spreading at least one knockoff scam. The company has been directing people to a fake, copycat version of its own hacking help page instead of the real one for the past couple of weeks. (Thankfully, it was a benign one created by a concerned citizen.)
 
This particular knockoff site was created by Nick Sweeting, a software developer who has made it his cause to raise awareness about the dangers of phishing.
 
"As it stands, their site is dangerously easy to impersonate, it only took me 20 minutes to build my clone," Sweeting wrote to Fortune in a direct message on Twitter. "I can guarantee there are real malicious phishing versions already out there."
 
 
 
 
Equifax sends breach victims to fake notification site
Mixup shows that even company officials can be fooled by look-alike names.
 
It turns out Equifax has linked to the same fake domain since at least September 9.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/equifax-directs-breach-victims-to-fake-notification-site/
 
 
 
More Useful Information for Dealing with the Equifax Data Breach:
What’s the Difference Between a Fraud Alert, Security Freeze and Credit Lock?
 
A credit lock gives you the power to block access to your Equifax credit file like a security freeze. However, the difference is that this credit lock allows you to lock and unlock your account online easily rather than having to verify your identity every time you want to lift or place a security freeze.
 
If you want a credit lock (or credit freeze) from all three credit reporting companies, you must contact each one separately and pay a fee to each one separately.
 
 
 
 
Should You ‘Freeze’ Your Credit Files to Lock Out ID Thieves?
 
You can stop a thief from using that stolen information to open new financial accounts in your name. To do that, you simply put a “security freeze” on your credit file at the three big credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. 

Most creditors will not issue credit without checking your credit score. A security freeze prevents them from accessing your file or generating a credit score based on that file. 

That’s why U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) now advises everyone to put freezes on their accounts, even if they haven’t had their sensitive personal information stolen.
 
“This is the only way to prevent new account identity theft, where someone opens a new account in your name,” said Mike Litt, PIRG’s consumer program advocate. “If the bad guys gets your Social Security number and tries to open a new account, they won’t be able to if the account is frozen.”
 
 
 
 
Equifax moves to fix weak PINs for “security freeze” on consumer credit reports
 
A number of customers discovered that the PINs generated by enrolling in Equifax's TrustedID Premier Service were non-random and apparently sequential—in fact, they were essentially date-time stamps of the time of enrollment. Such PINs could potentially be brute-forced by someone attempting to unlock a credit report for the purpose of identity theft.
 
Equifax is moving to improve the PIN generation process. In response to an inquiry from Ars, an Equifax spokesperson said.
 
 
 
 
What Equifax Was Lobbying Congress for Before the Hack Will Sicken You
 
The day Equifax reported it had been hacked, a House Financial Services panel was discussing a bill being pushed by Equifax to limit credit-reporting companies' liability if hacked.
 
We know Equifax was aware of the breach. We know executives dumped stock. We know the company had legislators in Congress trying to pass a bill. And we know the purpose of that bill: to limit a credit company's liability in the event of a hack. But we don't know if the timing was purely coincidental or when Equifax disclosed the hack to regulators. Hopefully all of that will come out in the not-too-distant future.
 
Rep. Barry Loudermilk denied the bill was "a credit bureau protection act," saying it was intended "to protect consumers and all Americans."
 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for Monday 9-18-2017

Apple announces 3 new iPhones, a 4K Apple TV, and the Apple Watch 3
 
Apple announced three new iPhones, a 4K Apple TV, and a new Apple Watch 3 with a built-in cellular connection on Tuesday at the newly unveiled Steve Jobs Theater.

This year's event celebrated the tenth anniversary of the iPhone with a brand-new model called the iPhone X, which features an all-new design, wireless charging, and a facial scannerthat unlocks your phone in place of a fingerprint sensor.
 
This article has a minute-by-minute blog of Apple’s announcements.
 
 
 
 
Here's how Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone X compare with the top Android smartphones
 
The backs of the new phones are made of glass rather than metal, allowing them to support wireless charging.
 
This article has a table that compares Apple’s latest three iPhones with the four leading Android smart phones.
 
 
 
 
Video:
Apple announced an iPhone 8 and iPhone X — here are the most important differences
 
The iPhone X has an “edge-to-edge” screen.
The iPhone 8 has a screen similar to the iPhone 7.
 
The iPhone 8 keeps the Home button.
The iPhone X got rid of it.
 
Your fingerprint unlocks the iPhone 8.
Your face unlocks the iPhone X.
 
Just to name a few differences.
 
 
 
 
Video:
Hands-on with the new $999 Apple iPhone X
 
This video show off some of the newest features of the iPhone X.
 
 
 
 
I used the iPhone X, and I can already tell it'll be worth its $1,000 price
 
You should always get the very best phone you can afford. Your phone is the only thing you use all day, every day, and it's one of the few things in life where you shouldn't be thrifty.
 
The iPhone X offers:

• A gorgeous screen and beautiful design.
• Great cameras, wireless charging, better battery life, and water resistance.
• The best mobile operating system.
• All on a device that you'll end up using several hours a day.
 
Sounds as if it's worth $999 to me.
 
 
 
 
Video:
The Best Way to Buy a New iPhone
 
If you are planning on making monthly payments to finance your iPhone, it is better to go to Apple than to a wireless service.
 
AppleCare is the best warranty for your iPhone.
 
 
 
 
Apple’s official web page for the iPhone Upgrade program
 
Monthly payments allow you to upgrade your iPhone every year.
 
 
 
 
Apple’s official web page for trading in your old iPhone for a new one
 
Trade in your eligible smartphone, and then use the credit to lower the full cost of a new iPhone.
This web page lists eligible iPhones and how many dollars of credit for each model.
 
 
 
 
Video:
I’ve been using the new iOS on my iPhone — here are the new features that impressed me the most
 
 
 
 
13 things everyone is going to love about iOS 11
 
 
 
 
The 13 biggest ways your iPhone will change on September 19
 
 
 
 
You can buy the iPhone X without completely emptying your wallet through Apple's upgrade plan
 
 
 
 
Everything you need to know about buying the iPhone X through Apple's iPhone upgrade program
 
 
 
 
Forget the $1,000 iPhone X — Apple's best iPhone is now its least expensive, at just $350
 
millions of people will excitedly plunk down a full stack for the iPhone X. It's more than just a phone — it's a status symbol. I get it. It's a much more affordable version of a Ferrari. Fine.

But I'm a Honda Civic kinda guy.

I want something affordable, powerful enough, and long-lasting. I'm not trying to impress anyone, nor am I the kind of person who lives on the bleeding edge of tech gadgets. That's why I was excited to see that, alongside the announcement of the iPhone X, Apple quietly made the iPhone SE $50 less expensive.
 
 
 
 
Apple officially bans scammy antivirus apps from iOS App Store
 
Fake “virus scanning” apps have plagued the iOS App Store for a while, and Apple seems to finally be banning them once and for all in updated developer guidelines.
 
Apple did remove numerous fake anti-malware and anti-virus apps from the App Store earlier this year, but the new guidelines mark the first time the company has codified a ban on fake apps from its store.
 
 
 
 
New App Store guidelines crack down on iOS ‘virus scanners’, require alternatives to Face ID for under 13’s
 
There is new stronger wording regarding banning apps that have misleading functionality. For example, iOS apps that claim to remove viruses and malware from the system are now explicitly called out as not being allowed, as technically there is no way for them to perform those tasks.
 
This article also mentions several other new rules as to what apps will be allowed in Apple’s App store.
 
 
 
 
Apple's iTunes update removes the desktop iOS app store
You'll need to manage apps directly on your iPhone or iPad.
 
Of course, if you absolutely need to restore a ringtone or app that's no longer available, Apple says that will still be possible if you plug the device into your PC with a USB cable.
 
 
 
 
Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 12.7 for Mac and Windows, an update that removes the iOS App Store from the desktop software. That means iOS users can no longer download iOS apps from their desktops, as Apple now pushes them toward the iOS 11 App Store.
 
"If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones on your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac," Apple has notified users in an update prompt.
 
 
 
 
24 Things You Can Do in iOS 11 That You Couldn't Do Before
 
 
 
 
The price of AppleCare+ coverage for iPhone Plus models has increased
 
At $999, the iPhone X is Apple’s most expensive smartphone so far and if you want AppleCare+ for it, you’ll also be shelling out more money—$199 to be exact.
 
 
 
 
 
 
AppleCare for iPhone X is most expensive phone coverage ever. Is it worth it?
 
 
 
 
Leaked Apple warranty guide shows what it will and won't repair

Business Insider has unearthed a 22-page "Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide," or VMI, that shows what qualifies as an "eligible repair." It's reportedly used to conduct a physical damage inspection and assess cost, "basically half the training for iPhone techs," an anonymous Genius told BI.
 
 
 
 
Face ID will work with Apple Pay, third-party apps
 
With the introduction of Face ID, and the removal of the Touch ID button ... You will now be able to buy goods using your new iPhone X, authenticating your identity with facial recognition.
 
Until the iPhone X is in security researchers’ hands for testing purposes, we won’t know the true extent of its hardened nature. But it is worth pointing out that Face ID’s system works locally on the device and stores data in a secure enclave – it’s not sending data to the server.
 
 
 
 
Opinion:  Apple, what happened to you?
 
The iPhone X release comes on the back of a number of growing issues I have had with Apple products. Each one is utterly brilliant on a technical level. But they also seem to lack an understanding that humans need to use them.

The name used to say it all. Apple. Warm, organic, friendly.

There are too many design issues now for a company that still sets out its stall as the design that everyone follows.

Where once Apple had a family, it now has a bunch of products.
 
 
 
 
The new $999 iPhone X proves 2 important things about the future of technology
 
#1: The great slowdown
First, and most importantly, the iPhone X is a signal that smartphone innovation is slowing way down.
What Apple is implicitly saying is that the "future of the smartphone" is better screens and cameras, every year, forever.
 
#2: Smartphones rule everything
The second, related point is that the $999 price is a reflection of just how vital the smartphone has become to our everyday lives.
 
For lots of people at home and abroad, a smartphone is their first-and-only computing device. You may not be able to do everything with a smartphone you can with a PC, but that gap is rapidly narrowing.
 
 
 
 
The new Watch 3 and iPhone X interfaces are examples of a classic Steve Jobs insight
 
I’ve always thought of Jobs’ UI design as following a simple rule: create products that work for the user, don’t make the user work for the product.

Apple’s unveiling of the Watch 3 and iPhone X this week were notable advances toward that goal.

The moment that became clear for me was when Apple introduced the new Watch 3. In the demo, Apple’s Deidre Caldbeck talked on a phone call through her Apple Watch while paddling a standup paddle board. The audio was excellent. She didn’t need to speak differently, the Watch just heard her. The watch captured her audio seamlessly and evenly without her holding her wrist near her face. The watch was working for her, not the other way around.
 
Apple investors would be wise to consider that the company’s UI revolution—its pursuit of the magical user experience—is the primary driver behind the 150x stock appreciation over the past 15 years.
 
 
 
 
iPad Pro And iOS 11: The Walled Garden Opens Up
 
With the promise of even greater productivity friendly features in iOS 11, I had to jump in on the beta and give it a shot. What I found is a mobile OS which removed many of the primary productivity pain points iOS 10 presented.
 
iOS 10 was not user friendly when it comes to accessing files on your device unless you use iCloud Drive. Even then, it was only passable. That was always my primary issue with using iOS devices and why I kept an Android for my smartphone needs. The new Files app is one of the most functional improvements in iOS 11.
 
iOS 11 takes mobile multitasking to new levels of functionality with two new features: Slide Over Mode and the dock.
 
 
 
 
The Secret Message In The Apple Keynote For Entrepreneurs
 
Apple is notoriously secretive. So, if there was ever a coming out party on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI), in my opinion, this week’s product launch event was it. Apple has staked its claim and its future on AI with a myriad of AI-powered features from facial recognition with its applications of neural networks in animated emojis to live lighting adjustments in photographs and the introduction of a new custom-built chip called A11–a neural engine that can process 600 billion operations a second.

AI is the future, and Apple (along with every other big company) knows it. And here’s the message to entrepreneurs: Apple may not be first with AI, but who says you have to be first to be best? 
 
 
 
 
Apple will sell 4K movies via iTunes, and upgrade your HD purchases
 
Apple is now selling and renting digital 4K movies via iTunes, in addition to its HD and SD resolution versions.
 
This is Apple’s incentive for getting users to upgrade to a new Apple TV.
 
 
 
 
How the iPhone X and its 'notch' will handle videos
 
We saw during Apple's September event on Tuesday how apps will look with the notch, and it doesn't look like it'll be much cause for concern. The iPhone X's large 5.8-inch display looks like it offers enough room for app content that the notch won't hide anything important.
 
And it doesn't look like video will be much of an issue, either.
 
 
 
 
iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?
 
The iPhone X’s notch sparked a conversation this week between designers, users, naysayers, and notch-lovers alike.
 
AW comment:
It took me a few minutes of looking at the pictures in this article to figure out what the author meant by “the notch”.
Turns out it’s actually very simple:  A notch taken out of the visible screen area of the iPhone X.  See for yourself.
 
A few clever artists reacted to “the notch” with humorous art.
 
 
 
 
Do you really need a new iPhone? My video report attempts to answer that question.
 
If you currently have an iPhone 6 or 7, probably not.
 
Meanwhile, Apple's new $399 Series 3 Watch adds cellular connectivity, meaning you're no longer tied to the iPhone for listening to streaming music or answering a call. But it will cost you $10 a month for an extra wireless plan once the promotions from the carriers end.
 
 
 
 
How long should a $999 iPhone last?
 
I usually spend about $1,300 on a new computer, and I usually expect it to stay in good shape for about four years — if not more. So if I’m spending over $1,000 on an iPhone, how long should I expect to use it for?
 
There’s almost an implication here that the iPhone X isn’t built to last. At $999, this is a phone for tech enthusiasts and people with large amounts of disposable income, who will buy this in part to have the flashiest phone they can get.
 
Chances are, the iPhone X won’t grow dated through the introduction of revolutionary new features within the next two or three years. But that doesn’t guarantee it’ll remain a snappy performer with all-day battery life that far down the road.

And that’s really the problem I worry about. Even if you want to hang onto an iPhone X for three or four years, I think there’s an open question of how well it’ll run at that point.
 
 
 
 
The iPhone X Isn't Overpriced, It's A Massive Bargain
 
One feature stood out for me - video. I'll explain. For some time now I've been making a portion of my income as a video producer. Video is massively expensive, cameras that perform well are still incredibly costly.

The video features of the new iPhone are incredible. The fact a phone can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second is insane. To give you an idea, for most TV applications you'd shoot 30 frames per second.
 
Even more remarkable is the phone's ability to record slow-motion video, at 1080p, with 240 frames per second. It's hard to explain just how mindblowing a feature like this is.
 
 
 
 
The iPhone X from an Android user’s perspective
 
It’s been almost a year since the Google Pixel made me put down my iPhone.
 
But even though I’m an Android user, I was definitely curious about the iPhone Xand the future it paints for the Apple ecosystem. As it turns out, though, the iPhone X really isn’t a phone designed to draw me back in; it’s more customer service to existing iPhone users than an appeal to new ones.
 
In summary, I’m glad the iPhone X exists, and I’m optimistic about it making positive waves in the wider smartphone market, but I am not myself attracted by it.
 
 
 
 
iPhone X: Forget the experts, here’s what real people think
 
The author interviewed two people at a local Starbucks. Neither of them were interested in the iPhone X.
The first said she couldn’t work her iPhone 7.  The second was happy with her iPhone 4.
 
The author went to a restaurant and talked to the entire staff. Many expressed benign indifference.
 
The author’s entirely non-scientific research suggests that real people have no idea what all the fuss is about. They're not resentful, just faintly indifferent.
 
 
 
 
How Face ID Works On iPhone X
 
AW comment:
This article is a bit technical, but still a very worthwhile read.
 
 
 
 
Apple's iPhone X provides a nice little illustration of how sensor and processing technology has evolved in the past decade.
 
A very interesting article on how Apple’s Face ID came into existence.
 
 
 
 
Apple is eliminating a feature from the iPhone X that 55% of people say they use
 
No physical home button means no more "reachability."

Reachability was introduced three years ago with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple's first larger-screen devices. The feature lets you navigate the larger display with one hand by tapping on the home button twice. It pulls everything halfway down the screen so you can reach everything using just your thumb.
 
 
 
 
Apple is still selling the iPhone 6s for a lower price, and it's a steal
 
Here are the prices from  from Apple's refurbished store.
 
iPhone 6s:
    $370, the 64GB model for $430, and the 128 GB model for $470.
 
iPhone 6s Plus:
    $450 for the 16GB model, $509 for the 64GB model, and $550 for the 128GB model.
 
 
 
 
The chip inside the iPhone X and iPhone 8 makes them more powerful than a 2017 MacBook Pro
 
The latest official benchmarks from Geekbench (which we first saw via AppleInsider) are in, and the results show that Apple's A11 Bionic system on a chip — or SoC — is more powerful than this year's MacBook Pro models.

The A11 Bionic SoC powers the newly announced iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.
 
 
 
 
Apple has a surprisingly wide range of iPhones for all types of people right now
 
Do you feel that $1000 is to much to pay for a smart phone?
 
Apple has several lower priced options.  Read about them in this article.
 
 
 
 
A list of iOS 11 compatible devices is provided at the bottom of this web page
 
 
 
 
Apple’s Official List of “Vintage” and “Obsolete” Products
 
 
 
 
Why I ordered an iPhone 8 Plus instead of the iPhone X
 
1.  It will arrive sooner.
2.  Plenty of new features
3.  I like the Home button
4.  Cheaper and more flexible — for example, SIM card options
 
 
 
 
Getting Apple's iPhone 8 or iPhone X? Here's your upgrade checklist
You do have an upgrade checklist, right? If not, let us help you prepare for the newest iPhone.

Wait until your 

1.  Research your upgrade options before you buy
2.  After your get your new iPhone but BEFORE you use it, create an encrypted backup of your OLD iPhone.
     This is NOT the same as the regular automatic iPhone backup.
3.  Move all old iPhone data to your new iPhone
4.  After step 3, wipe your OLD iPhone clean — remove all personal info from it before you sell it.
5.  Optional — repurpose your old iPhone
6.  Optional — get some cash for your old iPhone.
 
 
 
 
7 Tips to Prepare Your iPhone and iPad for iOS 11
 
1.  Verify that your device is iOS 11 compatible by checking Apple’s list
2.  Back up your iOS device
3.  Free up space (if necessary) by removing apps or photos or data.
4.  Remove 32 bit apps — they are obsolete under iOS 11.
5.  Update all your apps for iOS 11.
6.  Check the iOS 11 release time in your time-zone.
7.  Install iOS 11 — there are two ways to do it.
 
 
 
 
How to Get Your iPhone and iPad Ready for iOS 11

1.  iOS 11 Compatibility Check
2.  Reclaim Device Storage Space
3.  Create an Archived iTunes Backup
4.  Archive the Backup
5.  Installing iOS 11

https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/get-your-iphone-ipad-ready-ios-11/
 
Reader Comment:
One more crucial step was omitted in the article above:
Wait at least 2 weeks after it becomes available to let the smoke settle before (maybe) installing it. Apple does not have a perfect track record of rolling out brick free OSes.



Prepare your iPhone or iPad for the iOS 11
 
Similar instructions to the articles above, but also a few additional steps.
 
 
 
 
Apple blocking ads that follow users around web is 'sabotage', says industry
New iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra will stop ads following Safari users, prompting open letter claiming Apple is destroying internet’s economic model
 
iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile devices, will hit users’ phones and tablets on Tuesday. It will include a new default feature for the Safari web browser dubbed “intelligent tracking prevention”, which prevents certain websites from tracking users around the net, in effect blocking those annoying ads that follow you everywhere you visit.

The tracking prevention system will also arrive on Apple’s computers 25 September, as part of the High Sierra update to macOS.
 
Tracking of users around the internet has become crucial to the inner workings of many advertising networks.
 
the new Safari feature uses a “machine learning model”, Apple says, to identify which first-party cookies are actually desired by users, and which are placed by advertisers. If the latter, the cookie gets blocked from third-party use after a day, and purged completely from the device after a month, drastically limiting the ability of advertisers to keep track of where on the web Safari users visit.
 
Six major advertising consortia have already written an open letter to Apple expressing their “deep concern”, saying:
“Apple’s Safari move breaks standards and replaces them with an amorphous set of shifting rules that will hurt the user experience and sabotage the economic model for the internet.”

Apple responded to the letter saying: “Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the internet.”
 
 
 
 
Apple is releasing macOS High Sierra on September 25
 
As usual, macOS High Sierra is a free update. It’ll be available in the Mac App Store.
 
If you’re a Safari user, my favorite change is that there is a new feature in the settings that lets you automatically block autoplaying videos around the web. Many websites have abused autoplaying video, it’s time to stop it.
 
 
 
 
14 Things You Can Do in macOS High Sierra That You Couldn't Do Before
 
Lots of new features.
 
 
 
 
Attackers Can Bypass SKEL Protection in macOS High Sierra
 
AW comment:
This article was written before the official release of MacOS High Sierra.
Hopefully, this issue will be fixed before the official release.
 
 
 
 
Siri Therapy: Coming to an iPhone Near You
 
A study by Stanford University last year found that people are asking Siri about mental health and domestic violence issues, and the assistant couldn’t provide the necessary information.
 
So now Apple is looking for new employees who understand both writing software for Apple products and psychology.
 
 
Reader Comment:
No. Despite the headline Apple does not want Siri to be your therapist. Apple wants Siri to be smarter at dealing with questions posed by troubled people and people who have been victims of violence.
 
 
 
People are using Siri as a therapist, so Apple is seeking engineers who understand psychology
 
The position requires a unique skill set. Basically, the company is looking for a computer scientist who knows algorithms and can write complex code, but also understands human interaction, has compassion, and communicates ably, preferably in more than one language. The role also promises a singular thrill: to “play a part in the next revolution in human-computer interaction.”
 
 
 
 
Apple assures us that Face ID on the iPhone X is as reliable and secure as Touch ID
 
Craig Federighi unequivocally stated that all of the face print data used by Face ID will never leave the iPhone X.
 
“We do not gather customer data when you enroll in Face ID,” Federighi explained. “It stays on your device, we do not send it to the cloud for training data.”
 
 
 
 
How to disable Face ID on the iPhone X
Don't worry, Apple made a shortcut to quickly disable Face ID in emergency situations.
 
Face ID can be completely disabled if you'd prefer to use a standard passcode instead.  The article has detailed instructions.
 
Apple states Face ID is even more secure than Touch ID, allowing only a 1 in 1 million chance for someone to be able to unlock your iPhone with their face, versus a 1 in 50,000 chance with Touch ID. It's so secure, in fact, that Apple is confident enough to use it as an authentication method for Apple Pay.
 
 
 
 
Apple’s clever strategy for forcing partners to use Face ID
To make sure companies use Face ID in their apps, Apple simply didn't give them any practical choice.
 
 
 
 
No, Apple's Face ID Is Not A 'Secure Password’
 
No authentication system is unbeatable, and new ones are especially vulnerable. A hacker group defeated Touch ID within weeks of its release.
 
Apple can't rest on its laurels if it's to stay ahead in the cat-and-mouse game. Although Face ID has only just been announced, strategies that could potentially beat it already exist. Some security researchers aim to unlock iPhone X by 3D-printing a head.
 
It's easy to change a passcode but not your identity, so it's a bad idea to return to face authentication once your features have been compromised.
 
 
 
 
Sen. Al Franken has questions for Tim Cook about the iPhone X’s FaceID
 
The lawmaker wrote a letter to Apple querying how it would protect users’ privacy and comply with requests from law enforcement authorities
 
Since being elected to the Senate, Franken has positioned himself as a keen defender of consumer privacy.
 
 
 
 
Apple Gets Mixed Reactions To New iPhone's Facial Recognition Technology
 
In Russia, face recognition has been used to scan anti-government or anti-corruption protests, identify and then publicly name the people at those anti-government protests. What this means is these people will be subject to intimidation, if not arrest, for their political beliefs. Now, before someone says, well, wait, that's Russia. Why should we in the U.S. care about that?

The fact remains in the U.S., it's very much a rules-free zone when it comes to face recognition. Law enforcement across the country use this technology in various ways without any laws governing its use.
 
As face recognition becomes normalized, we may stop worrying about the very real concerns that we should be worrying about as we increasingly are subjected to face recognition that we can't opt out of.
 
 
 
 
Apple's iPhone Facial Recognition Technology Is Nothing Special to These People
Apple's new iPhone facial identification feature has made headlines. But for some in China, it's old news.

Facial identification is old hat, at least for customers of China Merchants Bank and the Agricultural Bank of China.
 
Merchants Bank has enabled 1,000 of its automatic teller machines (ATMs) in 106 Chinese cities since 2015 to dispense cash by scanning their customers' faces. 
 
For now, facial verification remains a novelty that's kept to selected locations among a small group of banks that are more eager to get the start on their competitors.
 
It remains to be seen whether the feature will expand to become the norm.
 
 
 
 
So you thought two-factor authentication is secure, did you?
 
Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.
 
In a growing number of online attacks, hackers have been calling up Verizon, T-Mobile U.S., Sprint and AT&T and asking them to transfer control of a victim’s phone number to a device under the control of the hackers.

Once they get control of the phone number, they can reset the passwords on every account that uses the phone number as a security backup — as services like Google, Twitter and Facebook suggest.

“My iPad restarted, my phone restarted and my computer restarted, and that’s when I got the cold sweat and was like, ‘O.K., this is really serious,’” said Chris Burniske, a virtual currency investor who lost control of his phone number late last year.
 
 
 
 
Here’s a good editorial on insecure two-factor authentication.
 
The author mentions one case when hackers made 13 requests to transfer a victim’s phone number and the cell carrier did NOTHING.
 
 
 
 
Federal agents can search your phone at the US border — here's how to protect your personal information
 
The Supreme Court decided in 1976 and 2004 that people have fewer claims to their Fourth Amendment privacy rights granted by the Constitution when entering the country, because the government has to protect its borders.

While the court has ruled that police can't search peoples' phones inside the country without a warrant because they contain troves of personal information, it hasn't yet decided on a case about phone searches at the border.
 
First, Wessler says, travel only with the data that you need. That may mean using burner phones or laptops for traveling.
 
 
 
 
Federal agents can search your phone at the US border — and the ACLU is now suing over it
 
 
 
 
Part I of Dealing with the Equifax Hack
 
$4 Trillion in Profit Potential when “Big Data” Becomes Too Big…
 
Equifax announced last week that the intensely private personal data it had in its possession for 143 million Americans had been hacked.

That’s 1 in every 2 people — — even if you NEVER did business with Equifax and NEVER became their customer.  Not a single American signed up for this and there is not a single regulatory body that is likely to put the company out of business.
 
And the breach is vastly worse than other hacks.  Equifax maintained the financial equivalent of the “Holy Grail.” Social security numbers, driver license numbers, addresses, bank accounts, date of birth, and more.  Everything needed to create a “new you.”

What really chaps my hide is that criminals can now use this information to file tax returns, claim refunds, access medical records, rent apartments, buy houses, take out loans and more – all without you knowing for years to come.

This goes waaaaaaay beyond simple identity theft.
 
 
 
 
Part II of Dealing with the Equifax Hack
 
What's happened to Equifax's databases goes far beyond simple data theft. 
 
It is extremely important you protect yourself and your money NOW.

Equifax, unfortunately, doesn’t want to make this easy. 

The company’s website stinks. What’s more, it’s clearly written by corporate lawyers who appear more interested in protecting Equifax’s interests than yours.

You can’t change your social security number so that’s out.

But you can “freeze” your credit.

If you’ve never heard the term before, that’s a process that creates a permanent hold on your credit files that prevents the credit bureaus from releasing your credit to any company except those that you specifically designate (or those that already have you as a customer), law enforcement and the court system, or specific government agencies under the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
 
This article has four links to help you get started.
 
A few more data thefts a la Equifax is all it’ll take to bring Big Data to the forefront.
 
The problem will get worse before it gets better. It also means that individuals, companies, and entire countries will spend whatever they must to protect themselves.
 
Companies that profit by selling computer security products will be good investments.  Equifax is only one of dozens of attacks to come and, as nasty a thought as that may be, it’s also a sign of tremendous opportunity.
 
 
 
 
Here’s a simple way to protect your kids from cyberbullying
 
Cellphone owners in third and fourth grade are significantly more likely to fall prey to cyberbullying. It gets worse: Third, fourth and fifth graders with cell phones are more likely to admit having cyberbullied others.

“Parents often cite the benefits of giving their child a cell phone, but our research suggests that giving young children these devices may have unforeseen risks as well,” study author Elizabeth K. Englander, a professor of psychology.
 
A “Wait Until 8th” campaign currently urges parents to hold off until their kids reach at least the eighth grade, blaming kids’ smartphone ownership for distraction, difficulty sleeping, exposure to sexual content, risk of anxiety and depression, and cyberbullying.
 

 

 

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