iOS Beta Shows HomePod Mics can be Disabled

· Jeff Gamet · News

HomePod scenes with muted microphones

iOS 11.2.5 Developer Beta includes settings for disabling Siri in the streaming home speaker so its built-in microphones won’t eavesdrop on what you say.

How Apple Improves its Products With iOS Analytics

· Andrew Orr · News

We’ve talked a bit about how it works before, but this latest paper has additional information. A PDF version is also available with more detail than the journal.

iPhone Privacy for the Paranoid: What You Can Do

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Concerned about your privacy on the web? You should be. There is an entire industry that involves tracking people, collecting data about them, and selling it to the highest bidder.

Website Tracking to be Worse Than Thought, Study Shows

· Andrew Orr · News

The researchers say that ad-blockers can block some, but not all of the scripts. However, AdBlock Plus has recently been updated to block all of the session replay scripts.

Encryption Debate, Apple's Paradise Papers, iPhone X - ACM 436

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

The false dichotomy that we must choose between privacy and safety when it comes to encryption has once again reared its ugly head, and Bryan and Jeff discuss why that’s so dangerous. They also look at how Apple was affected by the so-called Paradise Papers, and discuss Jeff’s initial impressions of the iPhone X. For added fun, Jeff mocks Bryan for not having his iPhone X yet.

Tim Cook Makes Apple's Case for Privacy in Video Interview

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Tim Cook on NBC with Lester Holt

He did so by redirecting a question about the grilling Facebook, Google, and Twitter are getting for allowing (and profiting from) the Russian government’s efforts to disrupt our democracy.

macOS and iOS: How to Disable Live Photos in FaceTime

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Did you know that FaceTime on both the Mac and on iOS will now let you take Live Photos while you’re on a video call? Well, if that question shot as many shivers down your spine as it did Melissa Holt’s, you’ve gotta come read this Quick Tip. She’s going to tell us all how to turn it off!

Face ID Knows How to Keep a Secret

· John Martellaro · Analysis

More Details on iPhone 8 Facial Recognition Emerge

In thriller spy movies, like Jason Bourne, big tech companies sell out to government agencies, but reality is a bit more nuanced.