The Invisible-Autofills Edition Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Browser Autofill Used To Steal Personal Details In New Phishing Attack, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

Kuosmanen discovered that when a user attempts to fill in information in some simple text boxes, such as name and email address, the autofill system, which is intended to avoid tedious repetition of standard information such as your address, will input other profile-based information into any other text boxes – even when those boxes are not visible on the page.

It means that when a user inputs seemingly innocent, basic information into a site, the autofill system could be giving away much more sensitive information at the same time should the user confirm the autofill.

Bug, Not Feature

Apple Says Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Battery Testing Used Flawed Methods, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

“Consumer Reports uses a hidden Safari setting for developing web sites which turns off the browser cache. This is not a setting used by customers and does not reflect real-world usage,” Apple said in a statement. [...]

In addition to this, Apple has also discovered that there was a bug in Safari affecting icon fetching. This bug has been fixed — this should improve benchmarks.

Consumer Reports Battery Test Uncovers An Apple Bug, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Consumer Reports turns off auto-dimming features on laptop displays, for instance—but what if Apple’s auto-dimming algorithm was notably superior to ones found on PC laptops? In that case, the battery savings of that feature would be discarded in the name of testing consistency. Is it worth it? It’s a balancing act. There are judgment calls like that at every turn when you’re building lab tests.

Privacy In A Box

Apple Enhances Security Options For Its CareKit Apps, by Emma Hinchliffe, Mashable

The tech giant has partnered with the security firm Tresorit to offer developers using Apple's CareKit platform increased privacy options, helping reach HIPAA compliance.

Tresorit's security technology, called ZeroKit, will offer user authentication for patients and healthcare workers, end-to-end encryption of health data, and "zero knowledge" sharing of health data, in which data isn't shared with any service as it transfers.

Swift Moves

Tesla's New Autopilot Chief Is A Longtime Apple Veteran, by Jordan Golson, The Verge

Tesla has hired Chris Lattner as vice president of autopilot software, bringing him over from Apple where he was in charge of the Developer Tools Department. At Tesla, Lattmer will lead the Autopilot engineering team and “accelerate the future of autonomous driving,” according to a Tesla blog post.

Daniel Gross Of Apple Leaves To Become Y Combinator’s Newest Partner, by John Mannes, TechCrunch

Daniel Gross, the founder of YC-backed Cue, a search engine for personal content, is joining Y Combinator as a partner. Coming hot off a stint as a Director at Apple focusing on machine learning, Gross will be bringing some fresh AI flare to to YC’s existing team.


Apple's 'Designed By Apple In California' Book Expands To Additional Countries, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

As of this month, Apple's websites and retail stores in the following countries carry the book: Canada, Brazil, Singapore, New Zealand, and Ireland.

The Best Flashcard Study App, by Alex Tran, The Sweet Setup

Flashcards are an effective and time-tested way of studying. Whether you’re cramming for a test or learning a new language, flashcard apps help you study smarter, not longer. Our recommended flashcard app, Studies, does just that by striking a healthy balance of features for casual and power users.

Convert Spare Holiday Change Into iTunes Credits With TravelersBox, by Aloysius Low, CNET

Instead of bringing back 3,280 yen of loose change from your holiday in Japan, why not convert it into something you can use when you get home?

That's the premise behind TravelersBox, an airport kiosk you can find in 10 countries around the world. Chuck you leftover cash into the machine and you can convert it into iTunes credits, Starbucks vouchers, or even add it to your PayPal account.


Art In The Age Of Obsolescence, by Ben Fino-Radin, MoMA

Six months ago, I wrote some thoughts on the paradigm shift in how museums think about the balance between preserving an artwork and sharing it with the public. My conclusion was this: time-based media art installations do not truly exist until they are installed and, thus, these works must be exhibited — or “exercised” — with a certain degree of regularity. This is a concept first championed in the conservation field over a decade ago, by Pip Laurenson of Tate. Lovers, by Japanese media artist Teiji Furuhashi (1960–1995), is an excellent example of this. What follows is the story of how our team rescued this important example of early-1990s Japanese media art from a crumbling foundation of obsolete technologies (MS-DOS and LaserDisc, for starters) and ensured that it will live on so that generations long into the future are able to discover and enjoy it.

Apple, Facebook And Google Top Greenpeace’s Clean Energy Report, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Apple has again earned the title of greenest tech company in the world for the third year in a row, according to a new report from environmental organization Greenpeace. In a new report, “Clicking Clean: Who is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet,” Apple lead the pack with an “A” grade and a clean energy index score of 83 percent.

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I used to be have different autoexec.bat and config.sys files on my old MS-DOS machine, so that I could boot up the computer to run different programs. I remember one of the program was the very first version of Warcraft.

I don't think I've ever had different sets of extensions for booting up my old Mac machine. It must be because there wasn't any games on the Mac.



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