The Never-Leaves-Your-Devices Edition Saturday, February 27, 2016

Developer Insight: Michael Fey, 1Password, by William Gallagher, MacNN

"It is a bit of a change for us: we've gone from 1Password as a product where we say we don't have your data, you decide if you're going to sync your data, but otherwise your data never leaves your device, to 1Password for Teams -- where we technically do have your data, in terms of the fact that it's hosted on servers that we control -- but you know we've designed everything with security first. We do everything here with a security focus.

"Security is not something we tack on after the fact. Like, the number of discussions that were had before development even started on 1Password for Teams is staggering, about how do we need to do to make this secure, what if we run into this problem, how are we going to protect against this, what is, you know, what is the best way to provide this solution. We've taken extraordinary steps to ensure that yes, the encrypted bits do live on our servers, but you are the only person that ever has the keys to that, and those keys never leave your devices. We never transmit any decrypted data whatsoever."

Your iPhone Knows More Than You May Want Apple, Feds Or Anyone To Know, by Phil Rossenthal, Chicago Tribune

No matter which side of the fight you pick, it may give you pause how much of your information you want to share no matter what brand of smartphone you use.

A lot of the data stays on the device unless you actively approve it being shared. But the utility of apps such as GPS maps showing the fastest route home or the best restaurant within walking distance wears down resistance.

More Than Notes, We Need Touch ID Protection For Every App, by Rene Ritchie, iMore


Going Deeper With Apple Notes, by David Spark, MacSparky

Then I stated using Apple Notes and the strangest thing happened. I liked it. Not only is Apple Notes a contender, Apple has continued to refine the product.

Airfoil Extends And Enhances Audio Streaming, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Airfoil acts as a hub, routing audio from your Mac to anything connected to your local network. Between technologies like AirPlay and Bluetooth, I initially wondered what purpose Airfoil served. It wasn't until I got eight devices streaming at once in perfect sync that I started to see some of the interesting possibilities.

Be Clever And Think Outside Of The Blackbox To Solve These Puzzles, by Christine Chan, AppAdvice

Blackbox - think outside the box by Ryan McLeod is a new kind of puzzle game that has you thinking of creative new ways to solve puzzles without ever touching the screen. If you’re tired of the same old puzzle games on iOS, then Blackbox is something refreshing and different.


​Why Microsoft's Xamarin Purchase Is A Blunder, by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

Mono has always sounded like a good idea, but the reality has never lived up to its universal application, common code base promises. Once more, come to think of it, this sounds a lot like Java.


Photos Show Apple Preparing To Build Store Inside New World Trade Center Hub, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

The store will apparently span two floors and may reach close to 10,000 square feet on each floor, according to the source. Of course, Apple Stores have repair and business operations enclosed within its spaces, so the actual shopping area for customers would be smaller. Given that construction has not yet begun, it seems unlikely that the store would open until the end of this year at the very earliest.

Apple’s $120M Jury Verdict Against Samsung Destroyed On Appeal, by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica

Apple's second high-profile patent win against Samsung was appealed, just as the first was. And in an opinion published today, a panel of appeals judges entirely wiped out Apple's victory and its $120 million verdict.

Apple Directors Reelected, Outside Proposals Rejected At Annual Shareholder Meeting, by AppleInsider

Rumor Of The Day

Apple Likely To Drop The ‘5’, Call New 4-inch Model The ‘iPhone SE’, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Now, we are hearing that Apple appears to be going all in on the special edition factor: sources say that Apple has decided to drop the “5” from the device’s name and simply call it the “iPhone SE.” This will mark the first iPhone upgrade without a number in its name and would logically remove it from a yearly update cycle.

Bottom of the Page

In the previous decade, Apple migrated from classic Mac OS to OS X, while Microsoft stopped everything to secure Windows XP. And we all were relieved that our computers were then protected against the bad guys.

Then in this decade, everyone has to stop work again to secure our computers, this time round, against the good guys.

What a world.


Thanks for reading.