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Cory Doctorow

More specifically, I was tricked by a phone-phisher pretending to be from my bank, and he convinced me to hand over my credit-card number, then did $8,000+ worth of fraud with it before I figured out what happened. And then he tried to do it again, a week later! Here's what happened.

This is well worth reading. Cory Doctorow is a prominent blogger and technology activist. Known for his insightful perspectives on digital rights, privacy, and the impact of technology on society, Cory Doctorow has written extensively on these topics in fiction and non-fiction works. Knowing what Cory has to say about how he got phished may save you from falling for the scam.

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Let me tell you something: I love my iPad Pro. It's a fantastic tool for reading, research, and even writing. But here's the deal: the lack of a decent clipboard manager makes me want to tear my fucking hair out.

Every. Single. Day. I'm copying and pasting things. Snippets from articles, research notes, half-written sentences. And yet, on the iPad Pro, it's an exercise in frustration. The measly one-item clipboard is a joke.

Sure, there are those workaround tactics that I wrote about the other day, but let's call a spade a spade – they're just that, work-arounds. I get pissed when I start a task that demands copying and pasting; it's at that moment I reluctantly shift to my Mac. A move that shouldn't be necessary yet becomes an unavoidable ritual due to the iPad Pro's clipboard limitations.

Why should I be compelled to switch devices mid-stream just to manage a fundamental function like copy-pasting? This iPad Pro issue really bothers me, even though I enjoy using it. It deserves better, and it's high time Apple addressed this glaring shortcoming. Fix it please, Apple.

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Bill Toulas, Bleeping Computer

An Android remote access trojan (RAT) known as VajraSpy was found in 12 malicious applications, six of which were available on Google Play from April 1, 2021, through September 10, 2023. The malicious apps, which have now been removed from Google Play but remain available on third-party app stores, are disguised as messaging or news apps.

Apple has fought against third-party app stores on iOS for several reason and the above is an example of exactly why.

Apple argues that allowing apps from outside the App Store would compromise iPhone security and user privacy. They point to potential malware risks and the difficulty of regulating third-party stores. Apple values tightly controlling the iOS ecosystem to ensure a consistent and curated user experience.

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Tiff White

Overcast, though I am really finding I am done with the majority of Apple and tech focused podcasts. Been listening to this stuff for over 10 years now. Need a breather.

I've unsubscribed from a few Apple-centric podcasts recently for the same reason. Some of the tech release timelines and Apple event recaps feel redundant across these shows, and I only need to hear them once. Similarly, I've been considering trimming similar content from my RSS feed subscriptions.

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Mark Gurman

Apple’s next MacBook Airs and iPads get closer to release. Back in December, I reported that Apple had pretty extensive plans for March: There will be several new iPads, alongside the next batch of Macs with M3 chips. More specifically, you should expect the biggest revamp ever for the iPad Pro, a refreshed iPad Air, a larger iPad Air, and 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Airs with M3 processors. The latest: I’m told these machines are likely to come out around the end of March — and that the new iPad Pros and 13-inch MacBook Air are already deep in production overseas.

Looks like I may be indulging in some Apple upgrades in March. At the top of my list is an M3 MacBook Air to replace my trusty M1. And if Apple unveils a new M3 iPad Mini, well, that's a no-brainer too. I recently wrote about how seamlessly my iPad Mini and MacBook Air work together, and the extra screen real estate of a 15” Air is tempting. I rarely travel in which case, my 11” M2 iPad Pro will go with me instead of the more bulky 15” MacBook Air.

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The battle lines in the iOS App Store and Payments controversy are often drawn between some developers but not all, upset by Apple's fees and restrictions, and the tech giant itself. But what about the users, the silent majority in the Apple ecosystem? Their voices missing from the conversation.

Here's a different perspective: a user's point of view on the App Store and its walled garden.

Sebastian de With, on Threads:

This is apparently incomprehensible to some people on this website, but to many people it’s actually a good and beneficial feature that Apple doesn’t let you install software on your iPhone from anywhere else.

Greg Morris

I, as a user, have absolutely no desire to install another App Store on my device, nor buy my apps from anywhere else. It is a terrible experience on desktop to need several stores to just play a few games, and will only make things worse.

Sebastian de With and Greg Morris, both quoted above, highlight an important point: for many users, the App Store's curated experience is a feature. The convenience of a single platform, the guarantee of security and quality control, and the ease of managing subscriptions are all valuable aspects that outweigh the potential benefits of alternative app stores. The prospect of navigating multiple stores, vetting apps for security risks, and dealing with fragmented user experiences is a deterrent for many myself included.

While I don't take issue with alternative payment systems outside the App Store, I would never use one. The ease of managing my subscriptions and seeking refunds, coupled with a sense of trust in Apple's handling of sensitive information, makes it my choice.

Here's a gem from my 56 years of business experience: for those grumbling developers, here's a groundbreaking idea — choice! Just as in the business world, where dissatisfaction leads to seeking alternatives, developers have the power to choose whether to continue developing for iOS or explore other platforms. It's Apple's playground and they get to set the rules! So stop fucking bellyaching.

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It's been a busy week in the Apple universe, with major software updates, landmark anniversaries, and even a few controversies brewing. Buckle up, friends, as we dive into the biggest headlines that dominated Apple news this week:

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Forget the Pro, the iPad Mini has finally won me over. After years of failed attempts to make iPads my go-to device, this little powerhouse has redefined how I use the iPad.

It's become my most used device, effortlessly handling tasks I used to rely on my iPhone and even my MacBook for. From watching videos to jotting down notes with Apple Pencil to researching blog posts on the couch, and my RSS reader the Mini's perfect size makes it my constant companion.

Yes, I still grab my M1 MacBook Air when it's time to write and do more complex tasks. It's still my work-horse but the iPad has found a place in my life with the Mini.

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I prefer organizing my day sorted by lists in Apple's Reminders. While the app provides alternatives like sorting by due date, creation date, priority, and title, the list-based sorting feature is noticeably missing. In this post, I'll share the workaround I've crafted to view my Today tasks sorted by lists until Apple (hopefully) introduces this feature in a future update.

Creating a Group:

To get started, I create a new Group in Reminders and give it the name “Today's ToDo List” or any title that suits my preference.

Smart Lists for Each List:

Within the “Today's ToDo List” group, I set up a smart list for each of my existing lists. This involves creating a new smart list and filtering tasks based on the specific list criteria.

Accessing Today's ToDo List:

When I want to see my tasks sorted by lists, I simply click or tap on the “Today's ToDo List” group. This action opens up a comprehensive view of all my tasks for the day, neatly organized by lists.

Now, managing my daily tasks is organized in a way that I can quickly identify and prioritize tasks based on their respective lists. Give this method a try to streamline your daily task management in Reminders.

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Hey friends, knowing how to turn off your iPhone is an important skill. Whether you're dealing with unresponsiveness or simply want to power down, here are 4 foolproof methods to shut down your device.

  1. Hardware Button Shutdown:

    • For iPhone X and newer models, press and hold the Side button along with either volume button.
    • Slide your finger across the on-screen slider to power off.
    • iPhone with a Home button (e.g., iPhone 8 or SE) users can press and hold the Side button to access the shutdown menu.
  2. Force Shutdown for Unresponsive iPhones:

    • When faced with a frozen iPhone, press volume up, then volume down.
    • Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
    • This method is effective for resolving various iPhone issues.
  3. Settings App Shutdown:

    • Navigate to Settings > General > Shut Down.
    • An alternative for scenarios where hardware buttons are inaccessible or malfunctioning.
  4. Siri-Powered Shutdown:

    • With iOS 15 or higher, instruct Siri to “shut down my iPhone” or “turn off my iPhone.”
    • Confirm the action, either verbally or by tapping the Power Off button in the Siri interface.
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