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Thu, Oct 1, 2015The Already-Trusted Edition

Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 With Fixes For iMessage, iCloud Drive, Podcasts, More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The update includes bug fixes and performance improvements for iCloud Backup, iMessage activation, Apple’s Podcasts app, and issues with cellular data usage. The release cycle suggests Apple is moving faster to ship small updates to address specific issues with iOS 9.

iOS 9.0.2 Fixes Lockscreen Privacy Bug That Allowed Access To Photos And Contacts, by Mike Beasley, 9to5Mac

Drop-Dead Simple Exploit Completely Bypasses Mac’s Malware Gatekeeper, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Patrick Wardle, director of research of security firm Synack, said the bypass stems from a key shortcoming in the design of Gatekeeper rather than a defect in the way it operates. Gatekeeper's sole function is to check the digital certificate of a downloaded app before it's installed to see if it's signed by an Apple-recognized developer or originated from the official Apple App Store. It was never set up to prevent apps already trusted by OS X from running in unintended or malicious ways, as the proof-of-concept exploit he developed does.

XcodeGhost Exploits The Security Economics Of Apple’s Ecosystem, by Rich Mogull and Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

In the end, that old dictum of journalism — “follow the money” — is what anyone concerned with security needs to think about as well. No technology can be perfectly secure, but by looking for places where a relatively small effort can be leveraged into a significant attack, security engineers can make attacks ever more expensive and thus limit them to highly specific situations. That has been Apple’s focus for some time now, but the company needs to apply that lens to its entire ecosystem, from the moment code is written to the point where an app is launched by a user.

Fixing Advertisements

Putting Mobile Ad Blockers To The Test, by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

While a 21 percent battery life increase from using Purify or Crystal may seem attractive, keep in mind that this applies only to web browsing, which is just one of many tasks you do on a smartphone. In everyday use, the improvement to overall battery life will be subtle.

But consumers who use ad blockers will enjoy speedier access to web content, not to mention the slimmer data sizes of web pages. That may encourage some publishers to re-evaluate their choices in mobile advertising methods.

Publishers That Say No To Automated Ad Sales, by Mike Shields, Wall Street Journal

Refinery29 and a host of other new-media companies—among them, Vice Media, Vox Media, BuzzFeed and Mic—are bucking that approach, arguing that automated ad technologies are to blame for overrunning the Internet with too many ads and obnoxious tracking mechanisms. [...] These publishers are opting to build their own technology to sell ads directly rather than employing third-party ad tech firms.

Google Ads Boss: ‘We Need To Deal With’ Ad Blocking As An Industry, by Mark Bergen, Re/code

Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s top advertising executive, thinks crappy ad experiences are behind the uptick in ad-blocking tools, and that Google, along with the advertising and publishing industries, is obliged to come up with a fix.


Apple Releases Safari 9 For Yosemite, by Roman Layola, Macworld

Reporta, A New App, Offers Journalists A Lifeline In Hazardous Situations, by Benjamin Mullin, Poynter

The app, which is available for Android and iOS devices, features a trio of functions that allow journalists to stay in touch with their contacts while reporting in hazardous areas.

TextWrangler 5 Brings OS X El Capitan Support, New Find Differences Workflow, And More, by Joseph Keller, Macworld

TextWrangler 5.0 features a new Find Differences workflow that allows for more efficient single-window presentation in both file and folder comparisons. The new sidebar will now identify mismatched files, and make it easier to copy files. The app also has new syntax coloring mechanics to allow greater flexibility in color choices, and several included languages now have more color options.

Popular Reeder 3 RSS Client Hits The Mac App Store With Redesigned Themes + OS X El Capitan Features, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The new version also supports Apple’s new system font, San Francisco, plus a lot of customization options to make the reading environment best fit your needs.

Spread Happiness And Cheer In Real Ways With BeHppy, by Jeff Byrnes, AppAdvice

You know those Facebook hoaxes that say every time you share this particular post or like it, a charity will get a dollar? I usually just shrug those off, but someone has actually decided to make that idea a reality. BeHppy, an app that encourages nothing but happy thoughts, has just been updated with a new way to spread happiness even further.

You Can Now Order And Pay For Your Coffee Directly From The Starbucks App, by Harish Jonnalagadda, iMore


Apple's Software King Eddy Cue On Streaming Battles, The iPhone 6s And Getting Rid Of Roaming Charges, by Jimi Famurewa, Evening Standard

He taps his phone and makes an offhand comment about “trying not to get roaming charges” while in London which, I note, proves how insanely expensive phone calls and data can be abroad. “It’s sad, it’s another problem,” says Cue. “We’re trying to fix it and we’re making a little bit of progress but you’ve got to convince a lot of people.” It sounds like an impossible task. But that, you would imagine, is where the famous flair will come in.

Practices At New Apple Building Draw Ire Of Union, Contractor, by J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle

But while the $50 million project, designed by the prestigious British firm Foster + Partners, has been touted as one of the most important additions to Union Square’s retail scene in decades, local building trades groups and contractors on the job say the world’s largest tech company has violated labor agreements and owes millions of dollars for work that was completed months ago.

Is Busking On The NYC Subway More Lucrative Than Streaming On Spotify?, by Charles Shafaieh, Hopes & Fears

While these numbers represent average intake, the variables that influence the generosity of New Yorkers and tourists are infinite. Ruiz observes that his monetary success is often related to the general state of the economy; the city’s terror threat level can influence behavior too. Tara Hack, a singer and songwriter, notes that what she earns in any given session is contingent on “luck, the volume of people, and the mindset of the performer.” As far as she can tell, “there’s really no rhyme or reason to cash flow.”

Security Matters

Security breaches are why I always supply false information about myself and use a stolen credit card for purchases.

— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) October 1, 2015

Thanks for reading.