The Ship-Has-Sailed Edition Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Year After San Bernardino And Apple-FBI, Where Are We On Encryption?, by Alina Selyukh, NPR

"I don't see a situation where the government ... is going to force Apple to roll back encryption of the iPhone. I think that ship's sailed," says Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. "Law enforcement has to deal with the fact that we live in the world of encryption. And the way the feds are dealing with it is embracing the hacking." [...]

One likely possibility, Soghoian says, is a behind-the-scenes push for the right of government authorities to compel app or device makers to deliver specially created software to particular phones.

How I Bypassed Apple's Most Secure iCloud Activation Lock, by Hementh Joseph

The issue which i exploited: There was no Character limit in those input fields. No one will set a wifi name with 10000 letter name or a password with 10000 letter so a character limit is important for fixing this bug.

Inside IFTTT's Plan For A More Harmonious Internet, by Jared Newman, Fast Company

But as it tries to build a sustainable business, IFTTT has been backing away from its do-it-yourself roots, and catering more to the companies whose services it connects. Those companies can now advertise IFTTT Applets directly within their own apps, so users can discover potential connections without passing through IFTTT’s own app or website. The connections between services are also becoming more complex, so that a single Applet can work with three or more services at the same time. In exchange for these new powers, IFTTT has launched a paid subscription program, so that any company can use IFTTT to hook up with other services.

"We want to become a PayPal for access," says Linden Tibbets, IFTTT's founder and CEO. "A trusted third party that facilitates an exchange from one service to the next."

The question, then, is whether those companies truly value a more compatible internet—enough that they’re willing to pay a middleman to make it happen.


Hands-on Toys That Teach Are Hot, by Bree Fowler, Associated Press

"When kids use their hands, your outcomes are much higher," said Pramod Sharma, CEO of one such toy company, Osmo. "It's very different than if they're just staring at a screen watching TV."

With Osmo, kids learn everything from spelling to coding not by touching a screen, but by snapping together magnetic blocks. A screen is still part of it; an image is beamed onto an iPad through its camera. But the idea is to have kids learn first with their hands, then see their creation move to the screen.

Glitch Fixers - Powerpuff Girls Review - A Super Clever Platformer With A Twist, by Harry Slater, PocketGamer

To all intents and purposes Glitch Fixers - Powerpuff Girls is a platformer. It just so happens that it's a platformer that involves more programming than your average leaper.

Rather than giving you the usual jump and direction buttons, here you've got an input bar along the bottom of the screen and a series of commands you can input in a chain.


Apple Watch Tax Row, by Richard Gittins, The Sunday Times

Apple is locked in a multimillion-pound battle with the taxman over whether the strap on one of its smartwatches is “part” of the device. HM Revenue & Customs has labelled the wristband of the £369 Apple Watch Sport device an “other plastic” import and has hit it with a 6.5% tariff.

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I sure hope there isn't an order from Apple to Beats to not ship the cheaper-than-AirPods BeatsX earphones before the AirPods.


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