iOS Trustjacking: How Attackers Can Hijack Your iPhone – The Mac Security Blog

The security researchers, Adi Sharabani and Roy Iarchy, presented a live demonstration of the attack. Sometime before the presentation, Sharabani had previously connected his iPhone X to Iarchy’s MacBook and tapped “Trust” in a dialog box on the iPhone—something many people do when they connect their iPhone to a computer.

During the presentation, Sharabani used his iPhone X to take a selfie with Iarchy, after which he sent a text message to their company’s CEO.

On the MacBook, Iarchy issued a command to Sharabani’s iPhone to back up its data over Wi-Fi, which is made possible by an iOS feature, called iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. After the synchronization was complete, Iarchy showed that both the selfie and the text message were easily accessible on his MacBook.

This is fascinating stuff. You “trust” a computer when you connect an iOS device; this is a security feature that ensures that when you connect a device to a computer, you have to choose whether it has access to the data on your device. This notably allows you to connect your iPhone or iPad to any computer to charge it without worrying about the computer and iTunes wiping the device. But the downside is that people may see the dialog and think they have to trust a computer to charge, if they do this, which opens up the device to access even via wi-fi.

Source: iOS Trustjacking: How Attackers Can Hijack Your iPhone | The Mac Security Blog

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 27: How to Sell Your Old Mac, iPhone, or iPad

In this week’s episode, we explain why you may see dialogs on your Mac warning that your apps aren’t compatible. Then we welcome Brian Burke, the president of SellYourMac.com, to discuss the best way to sell your old Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service – Bloomberg

Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a broader push by the iPhone maker to generate more revenue from online content and services.

The Cupertino, California company agreed last month to buy Texture, which lets users subscribe to more than 200 magazines for $9.99 a month. Apple cut about 20 Texture staff soon after, according to one of the people.

The world’s largest technology company is integrating Texture technology and the remaining employees into its Apple News team, which is building the premium service. An upgraded Apple News app with the subscription offering is expected to launch within the next year, and a slice of the subscription revenue will go to magazine publishers that are part of the program, the people said.

I’m a bit hesitant about this. Apple’s Newsstand was a resounding failure, and integrating magazines into the Apple News app might be problematic. (Though a separate Magazines app would work.)

There are two types of subscriptions Apple can offer. The first would be a basket of publications for a monthly fee, but with those publications’ articles available in the News app. This could include, for example, newspapers – like the New York Times and Washington Post – and magazines, who make their articles available on the web behind a paywall.

The second is a separate magazine-only service, like Texture. I subscribe to Readly, which gives me access to tons of magazines for a monthly price of £8. It’s practical, because I can leaf through a number of photography and computer magazines, publications that I would not buy on their own. (I did subscribe to one photo magazine, and, since it’s available via Readly, I will not be renewing it when it runs out in a couple of months.) I’m not sure how viable this is for the magazines, however; in my case, I wouldn’t have paid for two photo magazines, but I can read a dozen for about twice the price of the monthly cost of one magazine; plus the other magazines I read: news, music, literature, etc.

Of course, the problem with Apple doing this would be that it only works on Apple devices; nay, only on iOS devices. I can’t view Apple News on my Macs. If I want to see the news when I’m at my desk, I’m not going to pick up my iPhone. Apple really needs to change this; how hard can it be to port the Apple News app – which is really just an RSS aggregator at heart – to the web?

Source: Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service – Bloomberg

Understanding Compressed Files and Apple’s Archive Utility

Compressed files and archives are very common. You certainly see these files often—they bear the .zip extension, and contain one or more files that have been shrunk to save space. Archives also allow you to store a number of files in a single file, making them easier to move around or send to others. (For instance, if you sent a hundred text files to someone by email without compressing them, it would be very annoying to receive that many attachments.)

Apple’s macOS uses Archive Utility, a small app hidden away in an obscure folder and used to create and decompress .zip files. The Archive Utility app has some options that may make working with archives easier. In this article, you’ll learn about compressed files and Archive Utility, and we’ll show you some options you can adjust that will make working with compressed files easier.

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Amazon Finally Announces Numbers: 100 Million Prime Members

In a rare event, Amazon announced, in its latest letter to shareholders, that there are more than 100 million members of Amazon Prime around the world.

13 years post-launch, we have exceeded 100 million paid Prime members globally.

Amazon has always been shy about released numbers, such as sales figures; no one outside the company knows how many Kindles they have sold, for example. Some numbers are available, of course, in its financial statements, but these are aggregates; it’s rare that Amazon gives figures for specific products or services.

To be honest, I’d have thought they had more than that. That suggests – with some quick, back-of-the-envelope calculations – that there are, say, 60 million members in the US, 10 million in the UK, 10 million in France, 10 million in Germany, and a few million in each of the other countries where Prime exists. The service is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Austria, India, Mexico, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, which isn’t a lot of countries. Which means the company still has a lot of growth possible around that service. I can’t find a list of all the countries where Amazon has its full Prime service; they offer some Prime features, such as video, in nearly every country in the world (the only countries that cannot access Prime Video are Mainland China, Iran, North Korea, and Syria).