SchwarzTech
13 August 2014

Link: It’s 2012 Again? ☍

The subtitle for the story by Aaron Souppouris for The Verge:

“Get used to this look, you’re going to see a lot of it”

The best way to describe the Galaxy Alpha and Samsung’s new design language is if you took an existing Galaxy S5, and then put an iPhone 5/5S-style metal antenna band around the whole thing. It still has the probably-flimsy back cover and color-matched bezel, but the sides have the little bands to separate the antennas and chamfered edges that have been familiar to iPhone owners. Then again, is anyone surprised?

10 August 2014

“This is the only way I can see how it could’ve happened.”

Link: …Must Come to an End ☍

Matt Bloomingdale:

Currently, we have started work on our annual publication, The 2015 Student Affairs Feature, and we have some amazing articles scheduled for the coming months. We are still soliciting articles through December, but this year will be our last.

We wanted to let you know now. We didn’t want anyone to be taken by surprise. And, we wanted to give people who were still interested the opportunity to contribute.

I had the opportunity to help Matt with this project, mostly in the areas of testing, providing a fresh set of eyes on design, and improving the responsive layout, but even with all the nice design (if I do say so myself), Matt worked hard to solicit and share quality content. While the audience of this site and his are probably not completely the same, some topics can certainly be applied to various other fields.

5 August 2014

Link: Starting Dissatisfaction ☍

Matt Gemmell:

And that, of course, was what bothered me about the Start button. It’s called Start because, to do almost any task on the computer, you start with that button. Click it to show a menu where you can launch (or search for) apps, access settings, view your files, open a command shell, or even shut the machine down. It makes a certain kind of sense.

Let’s also not ignore the old joke about using the Start button to shut off your computer.

3 August 2014

“…the Mac line is suspended, literally, by the late delivery of Intel’s Broadwell x86 processors.”

Link: App Rot ☍

Marco Arment:

Look around your iPad for a minute. How are its third-party apps doing?

Are they all being actively updated? Are they all built for iOS 7 yet? You never see any non-Retina graphics, iOS 6 keyboards, or old-style controls anymore, right?

Sad, but true.

1 August 2014

Link: Beats is Now Part of Apple ☍

As of today, Beats is officially part of Apple:

Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further.

And we can’t wait to hear what’s next.

Link: Why the Security of USB is Fundamentally Broken ☍

Andy Greenberg for Wired:

That’s the takeaway from findings security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell plan to present next week, demonstrating a collection of proof-of-concept malicious software that highlights how the security of USB devices has long been fundamentally broken. The malware they created, called BadUSB, can be installed on a USB device to completely take over a PC, invisibly alter files installed from the memory stick, or even redirect the user’s internet traffic. Because BadUSB resides not in the flash memory storage of USB devices, but in the firmware that controls their basic functions, the attack code can remain hidden long after the contents of the device’s memory would appear to the average user to be deleted. And the two researchers say there’s no easy fix: The kind of compromise they’re demonstrating is nearly impossible to counter without banning the sharing of USB devices or filling your port with superglue.

These sort of security articles get picked up by a lot of sites and become the TV news tease du jour. It’s good to know that such a vulnerability exists, but it’s also really frustrating that someone took the time to discover it, yet the industry can’t fix it. I guess it’s time to go back to Bluetooth and FireWire devices only…