Benjamin Stein draws attention to a nasty bug that occurs when you switch away from iOS/iMessage (via David Chartier):
Let me recap: I no longer have iPhone. My phone number isn’t associated with Apple, iCloud, iMessage, or FaceTime any more. But every single iOS device I have ever messaged in the past 5 years has my phone number cached! Every single phone will only try to message me via iMessage, not SMS. And to make matters worse, it fails SILENTLY!
This new hint posted over at Mac OS X Hints was a nice little way to end a Friday:
…In Terminal, type in the following command and then press Enter.
defaults write com.apple.loginwindow PowerButtonSleepsSystem -bool no
This causes the ‘Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?’ dialog to come up much quicker too.
I didn’t mind the new behavior of the sleep button, but I know plenty who were annoyed—especially with machines that have the power button on the keyboard. It’s also easily reversible by replacing ‘no’ with ‘yes’ on that command.
In this episode of Patent Pending, Matt and I talk about wearables and the SSL/TLS bug…
Andrew Cunningham for Ars Technica:
Apple offers no end-of-life roadmaps for its operating systems, and it doesn’t officially comment on whether support has dried up for this or that version of OS X. The best you can do is look at historical data. Since switching to a yearly release cadence with Lion back in 2011, Apple seems to be willing to support whatever the latest version is plus the two preceding versions. When OS X 10.9.2 was released earlier this week, it was accompanied by security updates for OS X 10.8 and 10.7 but not for 2009′s OS X 10.6.
Although Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) was not affected by the SSL/TLS bug that affected OS X 10.9 Mavericks, other versions of OS X received security updates as well. Besides the fact that all but the oldest machines running 10.6 can obtain and run 10.9 for free, it’s pretty obvious where Apple would like to see its customers move. Although I still think 10.6 was one of the best releases of OS X, lack of support for a number of things means that it’s probably time to move on. If you’re running an older machine, Cunningham provides some great suggestions on some options.
Earlier today, Apple introduced CarPlay, a rebranded version of iOS in the Car, originally presented at WWDC last summer. The idea is that it would create an iOS-like interface for in-car entertainment systems and allow control of a connected iPhone…
Greg Kumparak explains the iMessage portion of the latest whitepaper on iOS security:
To over simplify it: imagine you have a mail box. This box has two keys. One key lets you drop mail into the mail slot, and one key lets you take mail out. The input key and the pickup key are entirely different; one can never be used to replace the other. You can give away a million copies of your input key, and no one could use it to do anything but put mail in. Unless they find a copy of your pickup key or find a weakness in the way your mailbox was designed, your message is safe.