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  • Apple sues NSO Group over spyware abuses

    Nov 24, 2021, 6:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the Israeli NSO Group, maker of government surveillance tools. The spy tools leverage undiscovered exploits in hardware and software. Some of the most public exploits have targeted Apple devices. Apple####s…
  • Apple announces customer self-repair services

    Nov 18, 2021, 8:37 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple made a surprise announcement that it will soon provide repair support directly to customers. The new self-repair program would allow customers to perform certain repairs on limited devices.Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow…
  • Apple and crypto

    Nov 10, 2021, 5:18 pm By Mike Flaminio
    In a New York Times interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed he holds crypto assets personally, but it appears Apple won't be adding crypto assets to its balance sheets any time soon. While Apple doesn't appear to be planning to hold crypto assets, that doesn't…
  • Apple, Meta and the metaverse

    Nov 10, 2021, 5:07 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Axio:Mark Zuckerberg is leading the metaverse charge because he wants to make sure that Apple doesn't own whatever comes after the smartphone -- which Silicon Valley assumes will be some mix of headsets and goggles, mixed-reality applications and remote…
  • Thoughts on the iPhone 13 Pro Max

    Oct 1, 2021, 12:31 pm By Mike Flaminio
    This is from the perspective of improvements over the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It's not practical to upgrade phones every year, so saying the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a modest incremental upgrade doesn't take away from the fact it's a great device. It is certainly a…
  • iOS 15 new and improved security/privacy features

    Sep 24, 2021, 11:52 am By Mike Flaminio
    iOS 15 introduces several privacy features that all are not enabled by default and are worth trying out. Many settings are contextual to iCloud or individual app preferences and not consolidated into the Privacy subsetting, so it may take a little hunting to…
  • Apple issues round of updates to fix zero-day exploit

    Sep 13, 2021, 9:27 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple has issued updates to its operating systems addressing a zero-day fix related to an iMessage hack. The hack reportedly requires no user interaction and is related to the NSO Group. Citizen Lab is credited with reporting the exploit while investigating an…
  • Judge orders Apple to allow third-party payments in App Store

    Sep 10, 2021, 5:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple lost one argument and won another in a court decision today. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by Epic Games alleging unfair practices in gaming.…
  • Apple pumps the breaks on child protection controls

    Sat 9:20am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple issued a statement that it now plans to delay the implementation of controls intended to protect children from sexual abuse.…
  • Right to repair and choices for cheaper repairs

    Aug 31, 2021, 9:07 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Wall Street Journal investigated repairing two Mac laptops inoperable with water damage. Joanna Stern shopped the computers around and found Apple and an Apple authorized repair shop cost nearly as much as a new computer. The prospects were worse when…
  • Report: Satellite SOS features in the works for upcoming iPhones

    Aug 31, 2021, 8:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg is reporting Apple is developing satellite communications for upcoming iPhones. Reportedly, the features have been in the works for years. The new rumors are generated by speculation of satellite capabilities in modems expected to turn up in upcoming…
  • Privacy considerations with Apple's planned CSAM changes

    Aug 11, 2021, 5:28 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Last week Apple revealed that it is implementing new features in the next versions of its operating systems to address the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Reaction to this has been strong and divisive.…
  • Magic Keyboard with Touch ID now available

    Wed 11:08am By Mike Flaminio
    Magic Keyboards with Touch ID and now available as an accessory from Apple. Touch ID keyboards are only compatible with Macs with Apple silicone CPUs running macOS 11.4 or later. This may be an attractive upgrade for the new Mac mini or an external keyboard…
  • Steve Jobs job applications auctioned off in both physical and virtual NFT form

    Wed 10:58am By Mike Flaminio
    Last week a job application for Steve Jobs went up for auction. The application is from 1973 for an unknown company. This is the time between Steve Jobs left college and founded Apple. The collectable was sold a few times. It last changed hands in March 2020…
  • Apple's comments on reported NSO Group iPhone exploit

    Jul 23, 2021, 9:31 pm By Mike Flaminio
    A major story from journalist and human rights groups and a consortium of media outlets indicate the Israeli NSO Group may have been used to improperly spy on mobile devices. The Pegasus malware product is delivered via a no-click exploit on iPhones (Android…
  • Biden administration pursues right to repair regulation

    Jul 12, 2021, 8:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    President Biden issued an executive order directing the Federal Trade Commission to create new regulations supporting the so-called right to repair movement. Right to repair discourages practices by manufacturers to restrict owners' abilities to service…
  • Firms see ad spending drop with new iOS privacy features

    Jul 7, 2021, 1:58 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The impact of a new feature that limits an app's abilities to track activity across apps is still coming into focus. Adoption continues to roll out as weeks pass since the iOS release. The results are not surprising. Users appear to be declining to be tracked…
  • Apple's case for the App Store

    Jul 7, 2021, 1:45 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The iOS app store has been under scrutiny by competitors and regulators. Launched in 2008, momentum feels like it's shifting for Apple. The company recently published a privacy primer for the advantages of its closed software system.Security researchers agree…
  • Apple TV+ Foundation series get new teaser, release date

    Jun 29, 2021, 5:22 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The highly anticipated Apple TV+ series Foundation got a premiere date of September 24. Foundation is based on novels from Isaac Asimov. The series stars Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, Cassian Bilton, and Alfred…
  • Airtag speaker removal

    Jun 29, 2021, 5:18 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Predictably, Apple's Airtag has been met with some controversy. Airtags work really well for their intended purposes but pose risks. Even after Apple beefed up anti-stalking features, privacy concerns persist. One countermeasure for stalking is an Airtag will…
  • The world of spare Atari parts

    Jun 20, 2021, 9:09 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Vice posted a look at the current world of Atari parts. Much of the column is devoted to the colorful Soup Nazi-like character who delivers scorn and sometimes bans if you annoy him. Whether you pester him too much for an order status, orders that are too…
  • iCloud Private Relay feature

    Jun 15, 2021, 5:37 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The upcoming Private Relay feature is an add-on to paid iCloud accounts. iCloud Private Relay brings a layer of privacy protection for certain applications in iOS and macOS. Specifically, Safari browsing can be shielded from ISPs and everywhere between you and…
  • Apple launches podcast subscriptions

    Jun 15, 2021, 5:22 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple today released the announced update for its Podcasts app supporting premium subscriptions. The service allows listeners to subscribe to premium feeds for podcasts. Premium subscriptions include exclusive content and ad-free versions of podcasts.Listeners…
  • Apple and cryptocurrency

    May 31, 2021, 5:09 pm By Mike Flaminio
    A job posting at Apple indicates the company is looking to expand the payment process for "alternative payments." The posting includes cryptocurrencies as a qualification, but not the only skill.…
  • Stephen King gives inside look at upcoming Apple TV+ series Lisey's Story

    May 31, 2021, 4:31 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple posted an inside look at its upcoming series Lisey's Story. The series is based on the 2006 Stephen King novel of the same title. In the video, Stephen King discussing the inspiration for the novel and the upcoming series.…