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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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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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No Body’s Business But Mine: How Menstruation Apps Are Sharing Your Data | Privacy International

Menstruation apps are not just concerned with your menstruation cycles. As our partner organisation Coding Rights showed in their research, Menstruapps – How to Turn Your Period Into Money (For Others), they collect information about your health, your sexual life, your mood and more – all in exchange for telling you what day of the month you’re most fertile or the date of your next period. In fact, the data you share with your menstruation app is probably information you would not share with others.

We therefore wanted to make sure that they keep this information to themselves, rather than sharing it with other companies. We initially looked at the most popular apps: Period Tracker by Leap Fitness Group; Period Tracker Flo by Flo Health, Inc.; Period Tracker by Simple Design Ltd.; and Clue Period Tracker by Biowink.

— Read on www.privacyinternational.org/long-read/3196/no-bodys-business-mine-how-menstruation-apps-are-sharing-your-data

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T-Mobile Has a Secret Setting to Protect Your Account From Hackers That It Refuses to Talk About – VICE

Thousands of people have been victims of SIM swapping over the last few years. It’s happened to Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, countless celebrities, and less famous people. It’s a years-old hack that’s used all over the world, and has become more common as criminals realized it’s a great way to hack into the digital wallets of people with a lot of Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency. 

The bad news is that while SIM swapping relies on relatively simple techniques—tricking customer support reps into believing you’re somebody else, or bribing them to believe it—there’s not that much you can do about it. Ultimately, wireless carriers are responsible for preventing these kind of attacks by offering customers more secure ways to authenticate themselves.

— Read on www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/ywa3dv/t-mobile-has-a-secret-setting-to-protect-your-account-from-hackers-that-it-refuses-to-talk-about

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Why You Need a Password Manager. Yes, You.: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company

If you don’t have a password manager, get one now. Here’s why.

— Read on thewirecutter.com/blog/why-you-need-a-password-manager-yes-you/amp/

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Why You Should Delete Your (Ancient) Foursquare Data

Remember Foursquare? I used to use it (and the company’s other apps) to keep detailed, digital recordings of everywhere I went, which was the cool thing to do back in 2010. And while I don’t use Foursquare’s Android or iOS apps anymore, I’ve given the company a lot of information about me. Thankfully, it’s easy to see all the data the company has collected from you—and delete it.

Source: Why You Should Delete Your (Ancient) Foursquare Data

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Lifehacker’s Complete Guide to Data Privacy

Data breaches, social network privacy violations, and Big Brother are just a few of the issues we’re dealing with when it comes to protecting our online identity and privacy. Lifehacker had come to the rescue with a great guide to the many ways you can protect yourself online. Give the guide’s listed articles a read and bookmark this page as an essential resource.

— Read on lifehacker.com/s/dataprivacy

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Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them • The Register

The International Astronomical Union has warned against the rise of satellite constellations in Earth’s night sky, such as SpaceX’s Starlink system, since their brightness and noise could hamper future scientific research.

“[We’re] concerned about these satellite constellations,” the union said in a statement this week. “The organisation, in general, embraces the principle of a dark and radio-quiet sky as not only essential to advancing our understanding of the universe of which we are a part, but also as a resource for all humanity and for the protection of nocturnal wildlife.

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/05/international_astronomical_union_satellite/

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Facebook ordered to open internal docs for investors livid about losing cash following data slurp scandal • The Register

A court in Delaware has backed investors who want to see internal emails and other documents relating to how Facebook handed data on 50 million users to Cambridge Analytica.

The ruling said that shareholders provided enough evidence to support a claim that failures by senior management and board members at the social network may have allowed the illegal data slurp to happen.

— Read on www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/31/shareholders_win_demand_for_facebook_documents_on_cambridge_analytica/

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Steve Jobs: 1984 Access Magazine Interview

This interview of Steve Jobs shortly after Apple released the Macintosh is enlightening for two reasons:

1. Jobs talks about computers going from “tools” to “agents” and presciently describes smart assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Giggles Assistant.

2. The discussion between Jobs and the interviewer about the Silicon Valley work ethic (workaholics vs. people loving what they do).

— Read on www.thedailybeast.com/steve-jobs-1984-access-magazine-interview