The Avoid-Phishing Edition Thursday, March 1, 2018

Apple Shares Tips On Avoiding App Store And iTunes Phishing Emails, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

In the document, Apple outlines techniques to identify an actual App Store or iTunes email, which the company says will always include a current billing address, something scammers are unlikely to have access to.

Even With Double The Subscribers, Spotify Says Apple Will Always Have An Edge Owning The App Store, by Matthew Lynley, TechCrunch

As owners of the platforms themselves, Apple and Google will always be able to dictate the terms. And while Spotify is a massive service, its success still hinges on users listening on their mobile devices. It may be able to build a strong brand and create some inertia against potential changes from Apple that could incite user backlash, but at the end of the day, Apple runs the system where its users actually get the service.

Cellebrite Unlocks iPhones For The US Government, by Bruce Schneier

We don't know exactly what was extracted from any of the phones. Was it metadata or data, and what kind of metadata or data was it.


Musicians: Here's How To Lock Down Your iPad To Prevent Accidents On Stage, by Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

Apple’s iOS accessibility features might be hidden away in the Settings app, but they are useful for everyone. For instance, Guided Access lets you lock your iPhone or iPad so it can use only one app, and you can even disable parts of the screen just by drawing on them. This is handy for giving the iPad to kids, or to people with impaired motor skills, but it is also fantastic for stage performers. A musician, for instance, might be using the iPad to produce or process their sound. The last thing you want to do in the heat of a performance is to accidentally do a four-finger swipe and end up on your Facebook page.

Otter, by Ben Moore, PC Magazine

We all know that the recording and transcription process requires a lot of hard work. That's why many people turn to transcription services for their needs. Otter takes an innovative approach to the task, offering real-time transcripts of conversations and meetings as they occur. It also integrates other features such as cross-conversation speaker identification, good search tools, and excellent mobile apps, though some features are a bit rough around the edges.


Why I Quit Google To Work For Myself, by Michael Lynch

For the past four years, I’ve worked as a software developer at Google. On February 1st, I quit. It was because they refused to buy me a Christmas present.

Well, I guess it’s a little more complicated than that.

‘You Can’t Be Afraid Of The Tech’, by John Hanc, New York Times

“There are a lot of barriers to older workers moving into that industry,” said the psychologist Neil Charness of Florida State University, who has studied issues related to aging and technology use for two decades. Pervasive stereotypes about older workers, he said, include the perception among employers (and even among many older adults themselves) that “they’re not tech-savvy, and that they can’t learn new things.”

Not true. Although aging brains might take a little longer to learn new tech skills, Dr. Charness said, “they can still do it.”

Some older adults are proving his assertion, not only in mainstream high-tech careers, but also in “tech enabled” positions. These are jobs — often part time or done remotely, with flexible schedules — that do not require an advanced degree in computer science or years of experience but do involve some digital proficiency.

Bottom of the Page

Naming things is hard. Is that why Apple has not named that thing at the bottom of iPhone X's screen that one drags up to go back to the home screen?


Did Apple do a design patent for the iPhone X -- in particular, the notch?


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