How Apple Improved iMessage Security in iOS 14

· Andrew Orr · Link

Woman using iMessage on iPhone X

Project Zero, Google’s security team, reverse-engineered iMessage to see how Apple improved it in its latest OS 14 releases. Specially, how it has gained new protections against zero-day attacks using BlastDoor, resliding of the shared cache, and exponential throttling.

One of the major changes in iOS 14 is the introduction of a new, tightly sandboxed “BlastDoor” service which is now responsible for almost all parsing of untrusted data in iMessages (for example, NSKeyedArchiver payloads). Furthermore, this service is written in Swift, a (mostly) memory safe language which makes it significantly harder to introduce classic memory corruption vulnerabilities into the code base.

Mark Zuckerberg says Apple is Anti-Competitive in Facebook Earnings Call

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Mark Zuckerberg has once again criticized Apple for its privacy, saying that the company is anti-competitive because of iMessage (among other things).

We increasingly see Apple as one of our biggest competitors,” Zuckerberg said, noting that Apple’s iMessage software is preinstalled on iPhones — enabling it to become the most widely used messaging service in the United States, as opposed to Facebook’s WhatsApp — and that Apple’s growing investment in services also enables it to compete with Facebook and other apps that use its iOS software platform.

This New App Brings iMessage to Android and Windows

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Beeper is a new chat app that combines 15 different messaging platforms into one interface. One of those messaging apps includes iMessage and there’s “some trickery” involved, as Eric Migicovsky says. You can install the Beeper Mac app to act as a bridge for iMessage. If you don’t have a Mac, Beeper will send you a jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed to act as a bridge. “Just in case you thought Beeper was joking, in a followup tweet, Migicovsky said that he currently has 50 old iPhone 4S’s at his desk, ready to be upcycled for use with Beeper.”

This New App Brings iMessage to Android and Windows

Share Contacts on iPhone With ‘EZ Contact Share’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

EZ Contact Share is a small app that launches within iMessage. It lets you quickly share your contacts in a message without having to open the Contacts app. The recipient of the contact doesn’t need to download EZ Contact Share. They just have to tap on the message to import it. App Store: US$0.99

Share Contacts on iPhone With ‘EZ Contact Share’

Apple Could Let You Edit iMessages in the Future

· Andrew Orr · Link

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A patent filed in December reveals a method to let Apple customers edit iMessages as a method of correction. The edit history would also be available so everyone can see what the sender originally wrote.

The patent filing has an example to demonstrate Apple’s system for editing previously-sent texts. Two people are discussing a trip, and one of them accidentally writes and sends “Can I get a ridiculous up with you?”

They then press and hold on that text to bring up a windows with “Edit” as an option. They make the change so the text reads “Can I get a ride up with you?”

This is a great feature and I hope Apple adds it to iOS. Memojis and Animojis are fun, but Messages needs features like this that are actually useful to people.

Barnes and Noble Adds Apple Business Chat

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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Book retailer Barnes and Noble has added Apple Business Chat. This lets Apple customers connect to businesses through iMessage.

iOS 13: Add an iMessage Name and Photo

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Gone are the days of manually adding photos to contacts. Instead use the iOS 13 feature to add an iMessage name and photo.

iOS 13: How to Use Animoji Camera Effects

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

In iOS 13 you can use Animoji and Memoji camera effects in iMessage and FaceTime. Here’s where to find the setting.

iMessage and Safari Make iPhones Less Secure

· Andrew Orr · Link

Andy Greenberg writes about security problems in iMessage and Safari, saying that these products make iPhone less secure.

“If you want to compromise an iPhone, these are the best ways to do it,” says independent security researcher Linus Henze of the two apps…He and other iOS researchers argue that when it comes to the security of both iMessage and WebKit—the browser engine that serves as the foundation not just of Safari but all iOS browsers—iOS suffers from Apple’s preference for its own code above that of other companies.

Apple is in a tough position. If a company isn’t great at security, they could get a third-party to audit its software. But that would create a huge target.

Gen Z: "If you don't have an iPhone it's kind of frowned upon."

· Andrew Orr · Link

The iPhone is the most popular device with Gen Z, the generation coming after millennials. Specifically, teens these days use iPhones so that no one is left out of iMessage group chats. Business Insider also found that iPhone ownership has created a “culture of multitasking” which I agree with, but I don’t think it’s limited to iPhones.

Some experts blame the rise of smartphones — and especially the iPhone — for fueling a pervasive culture of multitasking. Teens who spoke with Business Insider said they recognized that multitasking was not efficient. “It doesn’t really work out that well,” Jimenez said, acknowledging that she does it anyway. Experts say that trying to process two or more things at once may not even really be possible.

Backup Your Syncs – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 763

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Backup Your Syncs – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 763

Ever get a beachball in Messages on your Mac? Want to re-arrange your CarPlay icons? Need an easy way to find files on your Mac, but the Finder’s not cutting it? These are just a few of the ways John and Dave start Mac Geek Gab this week, and then it’s time to dive into the harder questions! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!