I love the idea of USB-C: one port and one cable that can replace
all other ports and cables. It sounds so simple, straightforward,
In practice, it’s not even close.
USB-C normally transfers data by the USB protocol, but it also
supports Thunderbolt… sometimes. The 12-inch MacBook has a USB-C
port, but it doesn’t support Thunderbolt at all. All other modern
MacBook models support Thunderbolt over their USB-C ports… but if
you have a 13-inch model, and it has a Touch Bar, then the
right-side ports don’t have full Thunderbolt bandwidth.
If you bought a USB-C cable, it might support Thunderbolt, or
it might not. There’s no way to tell by looking at it. There’s
usually no way to tell whether a given USB-C device requires
Thunderbolt, either — you just need to plug it in and see if
USB-C is a dual disaster. Continue reading "The Impossible Dream of USB-C"
Serenity Caldwell, revisiting a topic she first wrote about two years ago:
When I first ran into this back in 2015, I figured the problem
to be more of a marketing challenge than a technical one:
Targeting the consumers most likely to buy early-adoption
gadgets (men with larger-than-average-sized wrists) over the
general consumer market.
But as the years progressed, Apple found massive success
attracting women to its watches, while other watchmakers… released
similar sizes in rose gold. The 2017 LG Watch Style was
arguably designed to appeal directly to women, but even then, LG
couldn’t get the case smaller than 42mm-by-45.7mm — a massive
difference from the Apple Watch’s 38mm-by-33.3mm. And it
apparently didn’t work: The $250 smartwatch has seen massive
discounts since its launch (including a crazy drop to $108 in
August of 2017, just six months after its release).
I don’t think it’s that they don’t Continue reading "Why Is Apple the Only Company Making Smartwatches for Women?"
Good roundup by Jerry Hildenbrand for iMore on the severe Wi-Fi exploit that was announced today.
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George Ciccariello-Maher, tenured associate professor of politics and global studies at Drexel University (my alma mater), in an op-ed for The Washington Post headlined “Conservatives Are the Real Campus Thought Police Squashing Academic Freedom”:
Caught in this wave of right-wing threats and provocations, many
universities are scrambling to keep up with the coordinated
onslaught. In the best of cases, university administrations and
departments have publicly condemned threats against faculty and
made clear that they do not cave to intimidation campaigns. The
American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has even
responded to our cases with new guidelines urging universities to
resist the targeted online harassment of their faculty.
In response to such illegal threats of violence, Drexel has chosen
to place me on administrative leave. Earlier in the week, I asked
my students to explain the relation between white masculinity and
mass killings, and they offered in a few short minutes Continue reading "Drexel Caves to Anonymous Internet Trolls, Places Tenured Professor on Administrative Leave"
iOS asks the user for their iTunes password for many reasons, the
most common ones are recently installed iOS operating system
updates, or iOS apps that are stuck during installation.
As a result, users are trained to just enter their Apple ID
password whenever iOS prompts you to do so. However, those popups
are not only shown on the lock screen, and the home screen, but
also inside random apps, e.g. when they want to access iCloud,
GameCenter or In-App-Purchases.
This could easily be abused by any app, just by showing an
UIAlertController, that looks exactly like the system dialog.
Even users who know a lot about technology have a hard time
detecting that those alerts are phishing attacks.
I’ve been thinking about this for years, and have been somewhat surprised this hasn’t become a problem. It’s a tricky problem to solve, though. How can the system Continue reading "iOS Is Ripe for Phishing Password Prompts"