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Apple’s XcodeGhost FAQ

Apple: We have no information to suggest that the malware has been used o do anything malicious or that this exploit would have delivered any personally identifiable information had it been used. We’re not aware of personally identifiable...Show More Summary

The Apple Bias

Vlad Savov, writing at The Verge: That’s justified bias. That’s relevant context derived from history and experience. Without it, we’d be reciting facts and figures, but no meaning. Megabytes and millimeters matter only after they’ve been passed through the prism of human judgment, and we shouldn’t pretend that it can, or should, ever be unbiased. ?

? The iPhones 6S

Storage capacities and battery life are unchanged from last year’s iPhones. Everything else — the materials it’s made from, the performance of its custom CPU/GPU, the quality of the cameras, the smoothness of the user interface — is noticeably, tangibly improved.

Capturing Baseball With an iPhone 6S Plus

Photographer Brad Mangin shot a Diamondbacks-Giants baseball game for Sports Illustrated last week with the new iPhone 6S Plus. Some great shots — my favorite is #3. Update: In a small dose of irony, I had to disable content-blocking (long press the reload button in Mobile Safari’s location field) to get SI’s image gallery dingus to work. ?

Former GM Vice Chairman: Apple Car a ‘Gigantic Money Pit’

CNBC: Former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz discusses why Apple shareholders shouldn’t be excited about the company’s development of an electric car. His argument: no one has “made a nickel” to date selling electric cars, and Apple has no experience in the car business. Show More Summary

The Deck’s Privacy Policy

The Deck’s new privacy policy is clear: As a network we have never issued cookies or tracked readers in any way. The only data we collect is gross impressions: the total number of times an ad has been served during a month. We have never...Show More Summary

Rene Ritchie’s WatchOS 2 Review

Want to know everything new in WatchOS 2? Rene Ritchie has you covered. (Everything seems like an improvement to me, with one exception: the Activity complication on the Utility clock face (by far my favorite and most-used face) is no longer monochromatic — it shows your activity rings in color. Show More Summary

Apple Releases WatchOS 2.0

Romain Dillet, writing for TechCrunch: Here’s how you can update to watchOS 2. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, go to “General” then “Software Update.” Apple should then prompt you to update. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t update to watchOS 2. Show More Summary

WSJ: Apple Car Now a ‘Committed Project’

Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting for the WSJ: Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with he...Show More Summary

Apple Removes Over 50 Malware-Infected Apps From iOS App Store

Reuters: The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps. It is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious software programs making their way past Apple’s stringent app review process. Show More Summary

Zerodium Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty

Zerodium: Apple iOS, like all operating system, is often affected by critical security vulnerabilities, however due to the increasing number of security improvements and the effectiveness of exploit mitigations in place, Apple’s iOS is currently the most secure mobile OS. Show More Summary

Seth Godin on Ad Blocking

Seth Godin: And advertisers have had fifteen years to show self restraint. They’ve had the chance to not secretly track people, set cookies for their own benefit, insert popunders and popovers and poparounds, and mostly, deliver us ads we actually want to see. Alas, it was probably too much to ask. Show More Summary

Ad Blocking Irony

Khoi Vinh: I’ve been kind of neutral on all of the hubbub around Apple’s new ad blocking technology in iOS 9. But then just this morning I ried to read this New York Times article on my iPad — not just any article, but one that’s specifically...Show More Summary

NYT: ‘Enabling of Ad Blocking in Apple’s iOS 9 Prompts Backlash’

Katie Benner and Sydney Ember, reporting for the NYT: The potential toll of ad blocking has become particularly apparent over the last few days, when several website publishers got caught in the dragnet after Apple enabled ad-blocking apps. Show More Summary

Begun the Ad-Blocking Wars Have

Dave Mark: With a content blocker enabled, I followed a link to a story on Here’s what I saw. It didn’t take long for the whack-a-mole game to begin. ?

Popping the Publishing Bubble

Ben Thompson: This bifurcation in incentives has resulted in a plethora of ad networks: publishers collectively provide real estate in front of collated readers, while it is the responsibility of the ad networks to identify and track prospective customers on behalf of advertisers. Show More Summary

Apple Watch Satisfaction

Pogue’s aforelinked criticism of Apple Watch as being too complex made me think back to this months-ago piece from Ben Bajarin, regarding a customer satisfaction survey he helped Wristly conduct: As I listened to 14 different people tell me about their Apple Watch, I observed a pattern. Show More Summary

David Pogue: ‘A Humble Proposition: How to Fix the Apple Watch’

David Pogue makes the case that Apple Watch’s interaction model is too complicated, and proposes a redesign. It’s interesting in and of itself that Pogue would be making an argument that an Apple product is too complicated, and I think he makes several good points, many of which are in line with my analysis back in May. Show More Summary

The Talk Show: ‘If Only the Death Star Had That’

Just in time for your weekend listening pleasure, a new episode of my podcast, The Talk Show. Special guest Rene Ritchie returns to the show to discuss last week’s blockbuster Apple Event and the products that were announced: Apple Watch...Show More Summary

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