This Rugged AirTag Keychain is Great for Camping

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

On Mac Geek Gab, Dave and John talk about a new product called TagVault. It’s a rugged AirTag keychain and available to preorder for US$12.95. Unlike other AirTag holders, this one completely encases the product to prevent scratching and other wear-and-tear, plus it’s also waterproof.

Designed for the real world. Other open designs let AirTags get scratched and take abuse from everything else in your pocket (sorry Hermès). Nondescript, doesn’t visually broadcast that it’s an AirTag case.

Two Months After it Was discontinued, HomePod Models Remain Available to Purchase

· Charlotte Henry · Link

The HomePod was meant to be discontinued on March 12. However, 9to5 Mac picked up on reports of the device’s ongoing availability.

Apple announced that the original HomePod would be discontinued on March 12, as it shifted its focus to the HomePod mini. Here’s what the company said back then: HomePod mini has been a hit since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, an intelligent assistant, and smart home control all for just $99. We are focusing our efforts on the mini model. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will continue to be available while supplies last through the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple will provide customers with software updates and service and support through Apple Care. Over these past two months, evidence has emerged on just how poorly Apple’s smart speaker sold. The YouTuber Michael Kukielka, also known as DetroitBORG, bought at least two HomePods after Apple discontinued the product, and by his surprise, the models he bought were from the launch stock three years ago.

Security Researcher Hacks Apple’s ‘Find My’ Network

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Researcher Fabian Bräunlein found that Apple’s Find My location network can be used to “upload arbitrary data to the internet.”

Being inherent to the privacy and security-focused design of the Find My Offline Finding system, it seems unlikely that this misuse can be prevented completely.

Epic vs Apple - The Story of the Trial so Far

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

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Apple’s court battle with Epic Games is into its second week, and the result could define the future of the App Store and iOS more widely.

CIDA Warns of New Ransomware ‘FiveHands’

· Andrew Orr · Link

FiveHands has been around since January but was recently used in a successful attack against an unknown organization.

Attackers were targeting unpatched SonicWall Secure Mobile Access SMA 100 remote access products, for which patches were released in February. The publicly available tools the group users including the SoftPerfect Network Scanner for Discovery and Microsoft’s own remote administration program, PsExec.exe and its related ServeManager.exe.

Bryan and Jeff Peek into the Future of Smarthomes and AI - ACM 546

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to speculate about the future of smarthomes and artificial intelligence, looking towards a future when these technologies work smoothly and have a real impact on how we live.

SPADE Smart Ear Wax Remover: $86.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SPADE: Smart Ear Wax Remover

Boom! We have a deal for you today on an earwax remover. I bet you weren’t expecting that, but it works with an app on your iPhone, making it smart. This device has a soft scoop for inside your ear, and a camera that streams to your iPhone so you can see exactly what you’re doing. It has a magnetic cap, too. This device is $99.99, but coupon code CLEAN13 brings it down to $86.99 on checkout.

Official Trailer for '1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything' on Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple TV+ released the trailer for 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything on Tuesday. The docuseries, which outlines the way music contributed to political and cultural upheaval in that year, will premiere on May 21. The eight episodes include never-before-seen footage from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, and Lou Reed.

Amazon Data Breach Exposes 200,000 Fake Reviewers

· Andrew Orr · Link

Fake Amazon reviewers data breach

Security researchers at SafetyDetectives found an insecure ElasticSearch database that potentially uncovers over 200,000 fake Amazon reviewers.

These Amazon vendors send to reviewers a list of items/products for which they would like a 5-star review. The people providing the ‘fake reviews’ will then buy the products, leaving a 5-star review on Amazon a few days after receiving their merchandise.

Upon completion, the provider of the fake review will send a message to the vendor containing a link to their Amazon profile, along with their PayPal details.