Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

EDGAR Wrong: Ukrainians hacked SEC, stole docs for inside trading, says Uncle Sam

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:55
Crooks banked $270,000 in just one move, it is claimed

A pair of Ukranian hackers broke into America's financial watchdog to swipe insider info for stock traders, it is claimed.…

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:27
Yes, it plans to appeal again

Apple has, for the fourth time now, lost an appeal against a $440m patent-infringement damages award, payable to VirnetX – and pledged to appeal the decision.…

iOS Music Application

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:18

I am reaching out to you regarding a unique opportunity I have available. I am looking for someone to develop an iOS application, that will disrupt the Music/ Streaming industry. I want someone to not only develop the application, but maintain, and lead the charge for a Start-Up application. This is an idea that is in its very early stages. Looking for an optimist, who is looking to grow and help this Music App EXPLODE.

Pay is Negotiable, with a base structure plus equity. If you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity , please let me know I would love to connect.

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Apple Launches $129 Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Daring Fireball - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:48

Lory Gil, writing for iMore:

For anyone that’s been waiting for Apple’s Smart Battery Case for the latest and greatest X series of iPhone, your wait is over. Apple just launched a new version for all three in the current model iPhone X line, that the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

This year’s model also supports Qi wireless charging. So, you can set it and forget it and your case and iPhone will charge at the same time.

The Smart Battery Case can be charged with and USB-PD compatible chargers (not included in the box), which will improve charging time significantly.

I didn’t hate the humpback design of the old Smart Battery Case the way some people do, but this clearly looks more elegant. What isn’t obvious from Apple’s photos is how the Lightning ports align. I think what’s going on is that because the cases are much thicker at the bottom, the case’s Lightning female port is behind its internal male jack. The old Smart Battery Case needed a chin because the Lightning connectors were on top of each other. I also don’t see any holes for audio from the speakers to pass through.

Interesting too that the whole thing works with Qi — keep your phone in the case and put it on a charging pad and both will charge. That has to be pretty complicated engineering-wise.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:26
Security hole can still be exploited to tamper with journeys, warn infosec bods

Exclusive A security hole in a widely used airline reservation system remains open to exploit, allowing miscreants to edit strangers' travel details online, The Register has learned. A fix to close the vulnerability was incomplete, and thus ineffective, it is claimed.…

Any API to get lux level?

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:06

Hi folks, does Apple have any api for us to get ambient lux level, so we could do more interaction optimisation for actual environment, such as automatic dark mode.

(I remember Apple don’t open the value from ambient light sensor. I used to get lux level from camera but the accuracy is really bad)

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Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:51
Government facial surveillance harms civil liberties, advocacy groups warn

The campaign against Uncle Sam's use of facial recognition stepped up a notch this week: scores of rights-warriors have urged Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to cease selling the panopticon tech to the US government.…

News: Apple iPod Touch 7th Gen To Release Soon According To Rumours

iLounge - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:38

Ever since the first iPod was released back in October of 2001, the tech-industry has never been the same. Especially not for Apple. It has been one of Apple’s most revolutionary products to date. Yet the portable music player hasn’t seen a new release in more than 4 years. This however could soon be changing. Rumours suggest that the iPod Touch might soon be getting a 7th-Genartion model. Japanese tech-based news website MacOtakara have been…
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Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:25
'We take access to sensitive data and permissions very seriously...' No giggling, please

Paul Bankhead, director of product management at Google, has told programmers that apps in the Play Store that want access to SMS or Call Logs will start being removed unless the ad-slinger has OK'd the given developer's justification.…

Instagram Caught Selling Ads to Follower-Buying Services It Banned

Daring Fireball - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:32

Scathing investigative report by Josh Constine for TechCrunch:

Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November and threatening the accounts of people who employ them.

A TechCrunch investigation initially found 17 services selling fake followers or automated notification spam for luring in followers that were openly advertising on Instagram despite blatantly violating the network’s policies.

At the time Facebook acquired Instagram, Instagram was by far the nicest social media experience I’d seen. It is now quickly descending into a cesspool of crap. I fully expected Facebook to Facebook-ify Instagram, but it’s sad watching it happen. It seems to be accelerating in the wake of the departure of co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger — again, surprising no one.

This bit from Constine’s report is funny:

This led me to start cataloging these spam company ads, and I was startled by how many different ones I saw. Soon, Instagram’s ad targeting and retargeting algorithms were backfiring, purposefully feeding me ads for similar companies that also violated Instagram’s policies.

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FCC reacts to location data sale scandal by… burying its head in the ground

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:42
Congressman warns telco regulator: Must Pai harder

Chair of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee has slammed the head of the FCC for "refusing to brief" Congressional staffers on what the regulator is doing about the sale of consumer's location data.…

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:00
'You're fired'

Rise of the Machines™ The world’s first hotel “staffed by robots” has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they’re rubbish and annoy the guests.…

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:16
Controller tech precedes NAND-tastic summer

An SSD controller company has demonstrated faster SSD access with a gen 4 PCIe controller that was twice as fast as gen 3 PCIe.…

Rimini and Oracle's legal eagles return to the ring in front of Supreme Court

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:44
Top US justices hear oral arguments in copyright battle

Rimini Street and Oracle were once again at odds in the courtroom yesterday, as the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the pair's long-running copyright battle.…

[Question] How many projects should a Jr have before applying for their first job?

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:29

Title kind of says it all. I'm working on a weather app, a todo app and a larger project. My train of thought is that I was going to make these apps very clean, follow DRY principles and add features to them so they go beyond the cookie-cutter youtube tutorial app.

Is this enough before I start applying or should I consider building as much as I can, but disregard cleaning the app and refining them to showcase as many simple skills possible?

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Applying for iOS jobs - is this normal?

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:26

I’m applying a ton and I’m getting callbacks from random recruiters who happen to get my resume off job boards. I shouldn’t be complaining but... they seem to ask the bare minimum in terms of questions (job authorization, expected salary, etc) and then ask for the right to represent. Most of the time when I ask for the job descriptions the actual company name is left out. Plus it sounds like they are just asking for all the information that I would usually need to apply directly to a company’s career page. This has shady written all over it, right?

Does anyone have share the same experience?

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The Talk Show: ‘Drastically Shakier’

Daring Fireball - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:15

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[question] How can I add a Connect To Paypal button in my app to capture a user's PayPal email?

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:14

I'm trying to simply capture the PayPal email of my app users. The only SDK I am aware of is BrainTree's, however my application to set up an account got rejected by them with no explanation so it's no longer an option.

There is also this option which I'm guessing I'll need to use a web view with?

Does this mean I have to build my own PayPal login flow on a separate web application and have the web view open this page? It's been pretty frustrating trying to get a simple Login with PayPal button integrated into an app. Any help would be much appreciated!

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DuckDuckGo Is Now Using Apple Maps to Power Private Search Results

Daring Fireball - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:11


We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.

With this updated integration, Apple Maps are now available both embedded within our private search results for relevant queries, as well as available from the “Maps” tab on any search result page.

I have more to say about this, but I wanted to link to the announcement as soon as it was up. This is huge news (particularly for DuckDuckGo) and really interesting for Apple strategically.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Google hands out roses to preferred Android MDM vendors

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:00
Lucky few get Chocolate Factory's endorsement as Enterprise Mobility Management

Google is extending its Android Enterprise Recommended program to mobile device management.…