Posted tagged ‘iOS’

IF Cellebrite Can Crack any iPhone, THEN…

February 27, 2018

As this article posits, Cellebrite can now crack any iPhone.

OK. Suppose that’s a true statement. Every single iPhone is now susceptible to lawful (or unlawful) compromise.

If you’re an iPhone owner does this change your behavior? If you’re a law abiding citizen I’m betting you’re not changing your buying habits until this becomes a glaring problem (such as your phone being routinely and remotely jacked).

If you’re Apple does this change your behavior. I hope the answer is unequivocally and emphatically, “Yes!” Apple went to the mat with the US Dept of Justice over this very topic. Now that there may be a universal crack for the iPhone if I’m Apple my behavior very definitely would change.

First, no more face sensors, no more biometric security. I have an old janky iPhone 5. It’s slow as hell and busted up to the point of failure. But, it’s locked tight. I don’t want some ying yang authority forcing me to look at my phone or give up my fingerprint. There are files, emails, texts I don’t want anyone having access to excepting the intended recipient. Why? Privacy. That’s why. The same reason we don’t have a party line telephone system any more. The same reason I don’t keep my bills on the front porch or my office correspondence printed and out in plain sight. Privacy. Plain and simple. In the U.S. it’s still in our Bill of Rights. It’s being frayed generation after generation but it’s still there.

If I’m Apple I’m spending an inordinate amount of time and resources figuring out how very clever people are reverse engineering iOS and then I work my ass off to plug those holes. I love Apple. Love the principled stand they take on things (even if I disagree with those stands). Apple is chockablock full of very, very smart people and if anyone can out-clever very clever it is Apple. I hope they’re modding phones and honeypotting Cellebrite in ways that expose their methods.

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Dear Tim Cook: AppleTV + Spotlight-like Search Please?

January 3, 2014

AppleTV-SpotlightHaysoos Marimba Apple. Sheesh.

Is it too much to ask for a simple, unified search across all the discombobulated silos that make up AppleTV content?

I’ve worked with Lucene and I’ve worked with Nutch and Acrobat Indexes. This isn’t hard to do. Heck, hire me for a couple months. We’ll get this done PDQ.

It could go a long way to helping your CONTENT PARTNERS… It would go a helluva long way to making the user experience immensely better. Isn’t that what you claim to be all about? Or is your “hobby” exempt from your best efforts? Hullo!!

I wanted to watch something, anything… with Stephen Hawking. I didn’t care if it was iTunes content, or Netflix content, or Hulu content, or Smithsonian content, or PBS content. But, why in hell do I have to search 19 times?

Update your more-than-capable OS just this wee little bit, please? Or let us write and distribute the app necessary to get the job done. This is getting ridiculous.

iOS 7 Better Have…

December 13, 2012

There are some things iOS7 had better have before I consider shelling out the bucks for the next new iPhone. Here’s my iOS bucket list:

  • I need a way to import a high quality greeting to my voicemail. Hardline dialing and recording a new greeting is NOT Apple-worthy. I don’t mind recoding to the Voice Memo app or on my Mac. I just ought to be able to import a sound file as my greeting dangit!
  • I expect a way to SEND my voicemails to my iCloud account as email attachments. Or create a rule that does it automatically.
  • I expect a way to FORWARD voicemails to other iOS devices as messages. I can send a picture/video via MMS… Why not a voicemail attachment?
  • I expect a heckuva LOT more out of Siri. It’s more useless than the Maps app right now.
  • Maps is borked. Now that Google Maps app is on the App Store… I’m going back to what works. Still love you Apple. Just need excellent Maps when I need a map.
  • Something’s still not quite right about Contact sync between iPhone, Mac laptop and iCloud. I have duplicates of many contacts in the order of 19 to upwards of 30 of the same person. There needs to be a super easy way to purge duplicates. Contact management shouldn’t be this nasty a chore.
  • Speaking of chores… Apple got the Notes app sync PERFECTLY across devices. It’s not broke. Don’t fix it. 😉 Replicate it’s success for the other devices.
  • Facetime is such a great idea. I’ve tried and tried and tried to Facetime on our local wireless LAN. Each time it rings once (so I know the call is coming through) and then indicates I’m busy to the other devices. Needs to be easier.
  • The new messaging works pretty swank too. Not sure how they’d improve it just now.
  • Can we PLEASE just sync up our phones to Time Machine? Pretty please?
  • Passbook is freakin awesome! A killer, kick ass kind of awesome. The world is ready (it just doesn’t know it yet).
  • Airplay = way awesome.
  • Safari “Reader Mode” is slick. Wish there was a way to make Siri read the content while I’m driving or otherwise occupied. That’s one thing I love about Alex on my Mac.
  • Photo streams to my AppleTV is not quite as straight forward an intuitive as I would expect from Apple. Needs Improvement.
  • Newsstand is a useless icon on my phone deck. Please, let me delete it or file it in another folder.
  • Faxing from my phone should be a no brainer easier than anything to do.
  • Finally, PRINTING. Guys. C’mon. Really? Printing is right up there with copy and paste. We’ve been doing this a long time. Why can’t we seem to get this right?

iOS is a super platform. So good in fact that in our household we’re getting device confused. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve swiped our fingers across the screen of the laptop or the iMac. It’s silly really that we’ve become so accustomed to iOS that is’s bleeding over into how we interact with the other computers around us.