Wednesday Morning News
The same Vietnamese security company that originally fooled Face ID with a mask has posted a second video demonstrating unlocking the iPhone X with a mask made from $200 of materials. This time around, the option to “require attention to unlock” is kept on, Face ID is setup from scratch on the device, and then the device is unlocked first with the researcher’s face, and then with the mask 3D printed from stone powder.
Making headlines this morning is a serious security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra which gives anyone root access when they have physical access to a logged-in machine. The workaround is to set a root password, something which very few people do on their Macs. 9to5Mac has also confirmed that the issue still exists in the current developer and open beta versions.
Bendigo Bank was one of the banks which went to the ACCC to ask for permission to enter joint negotiations with third-party mobile payment providers. Now that we know how that turned out (i.e. badly), yesterday, they added support for Apple Pay. It’s good news for current Bendigo Bank customers and the upcoming Alt bank, which is a partnership between Melbourne-based Ferocia and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.
Apple’s unofficial workaround for the current autocorrect bug is to reset your keyboard dictionary, although that may not work for everyone. Commentary from Nick Heer says input bugs are the worst bugs because they increase user distrust of the system. Speculation says this second bug has happened because of some over-zealous machine learning, but if that’s the case, why is my iOS keyboard learning from people who have terrible spelling and grammar, instead of teaching me better spelling and grammar?
Apple has released the fifth developer betas of iOS 11.2, tvOS 11.2, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. The big expected feature of these releases will be Apple Pay Cash, a feature that will not be available to everyone outside of the US.
The benefits of 1Password over iCloud Keychain are exactly what you’d expect for a mature third-party product. While it’ll never have the system-wide integration of iCloud Keychain, 1Password works on multiple platforms, in multiple browsers, saves more than just passwords, and has a great, customisable password generator that make it a compelling choice.
An older post from Ben Brooks talks about the Apple Watch being incessantly annoying with constant notifications. But at the same time, that’s one of its most valuable properties – turns out, being bugged about stuff you want to be bugged about is both a blessing and a curse.
MacStories talks us through MindNode, a digital mind-mapping tool that was recently updated to version 5. It works brilliantly on both iPhone and iPad, allowing you to sort and organise your ideas into a visual format that you can then come back to at any time. Combined with iOS 11 features such as drag and drop, it’s a really great option for people who need to visualise their ideas.
The Mac Observer points out research that says Pokémon Go has caused an estimated 145,000 traffic accidents.
Apple has launched a new Apple Support YouTube channel, and at the moment, it has a bunch of videos showing you how to do specific things on iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch. It’s great that Apple are giving us these bite-sized education pieces for some slightly lesser-known iOS features.