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iOS 13

iOS 13 – What’s New?

It’s that time of the year again – Apple releasing it’s latest version of the iOS mobile operating system. iOS 13 appeared on my iPhone Xr back on Friday (2019-09-20), and I took the plunge and installed it on my phone yesterday.

It’s also the time of year (for me) to do a clean-up of my phone. I install A LOT of apps, plus there are a ton of photos, podcasts, and music files which I’ve gathered throughout the past year. I always like starting fresh when a new OS drops, so, after copying all of the files which I hadn’t backed up to my home media server off of my phone, I hit the magic “Erase All Content and Settings” button and restored my phone to its out of the box factory default settings.

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Technology

Testing The New iOS 13 Swipe Keyboard

iOS 13 is here and I wasted no time installing it on my iPhone. One of the many features introduced in this version of Apple’s mobile operating system is the ability to swipe between letters on the keyboard instead of tapping on each letter to type. This is a feature which 3rd party keyboards like Google’s GBoard and SwiftKey already have. It’s early, but I have to say that the accuracy and ease of use of Apple’s implementation, QuickPath, is impressive. For now, I see no reason to install another keyboard and I can’t wait for this feature on my iPad once iPadOS 13 comes out.

By the way, I wrote this entire article on my iPhone using QuickPath.

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Technology

iOS 12.1.4 Update Now Available

Apple has released the latest update to their iOS mobile operator system for iPhone and iPad. This update fixes the Group FaceTime bug which was discovered a couple weeks ago. Please download and install this update on your iOS devices as soon as you are able.

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Technology

Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up – 9to5Mac

Strongly recommend iPhone users disable FaceTime on their devices IMMEDIATELY until Apple releases a fix.

A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media. The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update “later this week”.

Naturally, this poses a pretty privacy problem as you can essentially listen in on any iOS user, although it still rings like normal, so you can’t be 100% covert about it. Nevertheless, there is no indication on the recipient’s side that you could hear any of their audio.

Update: There’s a second part to this which can expose video too …

Source: Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up – 9to5Mac

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Rant Technology

Thoughts on Apple and the FBI

Before all of the recent security and privacy hullabaloo between the FBI and Apple, Apple tried to help the FBI. Apple could have recovered the data from the San Bernardino shooter’s phone if it was connected to a known wifi network and allowed to back up to iCloud.

The problem is that the FBI told the San Bernardino police to reset the password on the user account. This prevents access to the backups.

What the FBI asked Apple to do at that point was write a custom firmware update for that phone. It had to be made by Apple and digitally signed by them, otherwise the phone wouldn’t accept it. The firmware would remove the limitation of 10 incorrect password attempts before the phone would wipe itself. They also wanted Apple to remove a limitation to how fast they could enter passwords.

Here are the problems with that request:

1) No matter how careful the FBI or Apple are, there’s no guarantee that firmware won’t get hacked and reverse engineered. Imagine every iOS device made vulnerable because somebody lost their thumb drive.

2) How much time, money, and effort would Apple have needed to develop the firmware hack? That’s not Apple’s job. They’re not a forensics company.

3) One of Apple’s major selling points is their security. By hacking their own security, they severely damage their own reputation and their sales.

4) There are other iPhones in the hands of state and federal authorities. The FBI picked this particular phone because they knew the emotional impact it would have. They wanted to set legal precedent. They failed.

I’m glad they did.

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Mobile Apps Technology

iOS 6 Review

For Apple fans around the world, this week is about as close to an international holiday as a non-religious event can get. The fun starts this Wednesday, September 19, as the latest iteration of the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad operating system, iOS 6, is made available for public download. As with each previous release of the OS, iOS 6 promises many new features and one interesting omission. I have had the chance to load the Gold Master of iOS 6, which is pretty much the final version of the operating system released to developers, on my iPhone 4 and have been playing with it for the past few days, so I can give you an idea of what to expect when you pull the trigger and upgrade your iDevice in the near future.

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Mobile Apps

Upgrade Your iOS Home Screen: Calendar

When the iPhone first came out, the functionality of the Calendar app was limited. You could track your calendar on the iPhone, but, since the iPhone couldn’t sync with an Exchange calendar at the time and, even if it could, Google wouldn’t release Google Exchange Sync for two more years, you could not sync your iPhone calendars over the air. Your only option was to plug your iPhone into your PC and sync with a desktop application like Outlook. Much has changed since then. Now you can not only sync your calendar wirelessly, you can do so with multiple calendars, whether they are with your work’s Exchange calendar, with MobileMe (now iCloud), or with Google. Still, there’s some room for improvement. For example, you can only look at your calendar in Portrait mode, not Landscape (this may change in iOS5). You also only have three calendar views in the default app. Fortunately, there are many iOS apps out there which can turn you calendar into the full fledged powerhouse that you need to keep organized. I’ve reviewed three of the best, although, in my opinion, one stands out above the others.

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Mobile Apps

App Review: 2011 French Open (iOS)

20110523-104343.jpgMy wife and I both consider the French Open to be our least favorite of the tennis Grand Slam events. Personally, I have to say the same for the iOS app. While the mobile apps for the Grand Slam events of the tennis world are designed by IBM, the French Open app, sponsored by European wireless carrier Orange, has a completely different feel than the apps for the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Unfortunately, those differences result in an app which comes up short compared to it’s siblings.

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iPhone Mobile Apps

App Review: March Madness (iOS)

I don’t normally follow the NCAA tournament outside of the championship game, but this app makes it hard not to. The NCAA has released their own official March Madness app for iOS and it is chock full of awesomeness. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you could conceivably follow the entire tournament from your device. Even the casual college basketball fan will find this app useful.

The app is very informative, as one would expect from the NCAA. you get a full bracket of matchups, including seedings, game times, and TV channels for each game. When you first set up the app, in fact, you also choose who your cable provider is so you can see what channel number to turn to for each game. There is also the option for taking part in the CBSsports.com Bracket Challenge, although that was closed before I could join. If you already signed up, you can log into your account and see how your bracket is doing.