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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up

The inside story of how Apple’s new medical research platform was born

Apple has a lady problem: the new version of HealthKit still doesn’t track periods

How can an app that promises to let you “see your whole health picture” neglect to include one of the most important aspects of a woman’s health?

10 facts about the Apple Watch that show Apple's obsessive attention to detail

It doesn't matter how much Apple's TV service costs because cable is so bad people will sign up anyway

If Apple truly has "cracked" how to get all those channels and streaming services to you without a confusing, clunky interface, that'll solve the biggest problem cable subscribers have to deal with today.

21 of the most expensive iPhone and iPad apps in the world

Some good and some bad - despite the high prices.

A little black box makes it easy to unlock almost any iPhone even when it's secured with your fingerprint

The main device used is called an IP-BOX. It works by "bruteforcing" iPhone passcodes, repeatedly guessing the password until it finds the right one.

When an IP-BOX is connected to an iPhone, it tries every passcode, from 0000 through to 9999. That could take over 100 hours, but it's a surefire way of getting into the phone.

Interesting pictures.

TIM COOK: The main problem that ruins technology companies is 'almost a disease'

Tim Cook said:
"There's this thing in technology, almost a disease, where the definition of success is making the most. How many clicks did you get, how many active users do you have, how many units did you sell? Everybody in technology seems to want big numbers. Steve never got carried away with that. He focused on making the best."

"The company is one of the most amazing inventions of humans, this abstract construct that's incredibly powerful. Even so, for me, it's about the products. It's about working together with really fun, smart, creative people and making wonderful things. It's not about the money. What a company is, then, is a group of people who can make more than just the next big thing. It's a talent, it's a capability, it's a culture, it's a point of view, and it's a way of working together to make the next thing, and the next one, and the next one."

-- Steve Jobs

Here's why you should turn on two-factor authentication

There are a few really good reader comments that explain when you should NOT use two factor authentication.

Five Important Things to Know If You’ve Never Read Apple’s Privacy Policy

Epic Google snafu leaks hidden whois data for 280,000 domains

Google Apps has leaked hidden names, phone numbers, and more since mid-2013.

The 282,867 domains counted by Cisco Systems' researchers account for 94 percent of the addresses Google Apps has registered.

Google's breathtaking failure is a potent reminder why in most cases people do well to provide false information when registering for anything online.

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