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iPhone X & 8 support FLAC playback, iOS 11 brings it to iPhone 7
Apple’s new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have hardware codec support for FLAC, a lossless audio format. iPhone 7 owners will be able to enjoy FLAC-encoded audio with iOS 11.

The new Apple TV 4K also lists support for the FLAC codec.
HiResAudio  Apple  iPhone  iPhoneX  iPhone8  AppleMusic  iTunes  iOS  iOS11  FLAC  DigitalMusicandAudio  Music  Sound  Audio  MusicNews  TechNews  iDownloadBlog 
yesterday by dk33per
Apple’s Updated Security Guide for iOS 11.1 and iOS 11.2 – MacStories
Apple's iOS Security guide is one of the most fascinating technical documents I've read in recent years. While the topics are intricate, they're presented clearly in readable English. Earlier this week, the document was updated with new information on the latest additions to the iOS ecosystem – including Face ID, Apple Pay Cash, and Password AutoFill. There are some interesting details I didn't know in each section.
apple  ios11  security  guide  faceID  apple_pay 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Quick Tweaks to Improve Your Privacy on iOS 11 - SecureMac
iOS 11 has been out for a few months now, and Apple’s latest flagship iPhone versions have also launched in its wake. By now, you should hopefully have made the upgrade to this newer software platform. Whether you’re just upgrading now, or you’ve been getting comfortable with iOS 11 for a few months now, you’ll find that iOS 11 puts plenty of tools within your reach to improve your device’s security and privacy. Here’s what you can do to make your device even safer.
ios11  privacy  security 
5 days ago by rgl7194
The Latest Security Features in iOS 11: Part Two - SecureMac
Recently, in episode 66, we looked at the latest security features Apple has built into macOS. Last week, we began to explore what’s new and different in iOS 11. While the basics of iOS haven’t changed in some time, time and different development approaches mean that all kinds of features transform behind the scenes with every update. We looked at the innovative FaceID system, improvements to backup security, and new physical security features. This week, we’re returning to the topic of iOS 11 for one more dive into what’s new. Today we’ll hit:
Better tracking cookie prevention efforts
Improvements to photo privacy
and a potential step backwards with the Control Center.
We’ll start with a look at how Apple is helping cut down on the creepy ways advertisers track your habits.
ios11  security  privacy  podcast  cookies  tracking  photo 
5 days ago by rgl7194
The Latest Security Features in iOS 11: Part One - SecureMac
Have we ever talked about the security features built into iOS itself? Of course — we’ve covered that subject in many previous episodes, but things change. When The Checklist began, users were still walking around with iOS 9. Now we’re up to iOS 11, and Apple continues to make things more secure as they go. Even before iOS 11, Apple’s mobile system had some serious security protections and features, but they’ve added some new ones and refined others, so it’s time to revisit the topic.
Today we’ll be undertaking the first half of our two-part look at the latest features you’ll find in iOS 11. On today’s agenda, we’ll hit:
The introduction of FaceID
Enhanced protection against unauthorized backups
The most recent physical security features
So, let’s dive right in: with the iPhone X streaming out of stores and into the hands of users everywhere, it seems natural that the best place to start would be Apple’s latest innovation in authentication.
ios11  security  privacy  podcast  faceID  backup 
5 days ago by rgl7194
iOS Security iOS 11 January 2018
Introduction
Apple designed the iOS platform with security at its core. When we set out to create the best possible mobile platform, we drew from decades of experience to build an entirely new architecture. We thought about the security hazards of the desktop environment, and established a new approach to security in the design of iOS. We developed and incorporated innovative features that tighten mobile security and protect the entire system by default. As a result, iOS is a major leap forward in security for mobile devices.
Every iOS device combines software, hardware, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience. iOS protects not only the device and its data at rest, but the entire ecosystem, including everything users do locally, on networks, and with key Internet services.
iOS and iOS devices provide advanced security features, and yet they’re also easy to use. Many of these features are enabled by default, so IT departments don’t need to perform extensive configurations. And key security features like device encryption aren’t configurable, so users can’t disable them by mistake. Other features, such as Face ID, enhance the user experience by making it simpler and more intuitive to secure the device.
apple  apple_pay  faceID  guide  ios11  privacy  security 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Apple updates iOS security guide for Face ID, Apple Pay Cash
Apple has updated its iOS security guide to explain the intricacies of its latest security features. Following the release of iOS 11.2, the guide now covers Face ID on iPhone X, Apple Pay Cash, Password AutoFill, and more.
Apple takes great pride in its security and privacy protection; so much so that an FBI forensic expert recently said Apple “jerks” were “evil geniuses” for making it more difficult to hack into iOS devices. The company’s security guide explains everything it does to keep us safe.
...The guide is organized into the following topics:
System security
Encryption and data protection
App security
Network security
Apple Pay
Internet services
Device controls
Privacy controls
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Rejigged iOS Security Guide details Apple Pay Cash, other iOS 11 improvements
Apple on Thursday unveiled a revised edition of its mobile security white paper, adding details on iOS 11.1 and 11.2 for information security professionals and intellectually curious users.
The biggest change to the oft-updated guide is a new section dedicated to Apple Pay Cash, Apple's recently released peer-to-peer payments feature that works inside of Messages. Apple Pay Cash debuted last month with iOS 11.2.
According to the document, Apple Pay Cash transactions are processed in a fashion not unlike standard Apple Pay...
apple  apple_pay  faceID  guide  ios11  privacy  security 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Apple's new security guide covers Face ID, Apple Pay Cash, AutoFill, and more | iMore
Apple's security white paper now covers iOS 11.2, and that means you can learn more about Face ID, Apple Pay Cash, and AutoFill for Apps right now.
Apple is getting better and better at explaining deeply technical topics in highly approachable ways. Nowhere is that exemplified more than in the company's security white papers. The iOS 11.2 version has just gone live, and it includes more on Face ID, Apple Pay Cash, and AutoFill for Apps.
From iOS Security iOS 11, January 2018:
Apple designed the iOS platform with security at its core. When we set out to create the best possible mobile platform, we drew from decades of experience to build an entirely new architecture. We thought about the security hazards of the desktop environment, and established a new approach to security in the design of iOS. We developed and incorporated innovative features that tighten mobile security and protect the entire system by default. As a result, iOS is a major leap forward in security for mobile devices.
apple  security  guide  privacy  faceID  apple_pay  ios11 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Advertisers losing 'hundreds of millions' due to anti-tracking measure | iMore
Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature in Safari is reportedly causing advertisement firms to lose "hundreds of millions of dollars."
Back in September of last year, Apple cracked down on tracking in Safari, making it more difficult for advertisers to track an individual user's web activity in order to customize their ad experience. Now, according to a piece by Roger Fingas over at AppleInsider, ad firms are losing "hundreds of millions of dollars" as a result of the measure. Fingas emphasized just how grave the impact on the ad industry could be:
Just one firm — Criteo, which controls 15 percent of the browser-based market — is expected to cut its 2018 revenues by a fifth versus projections before ITP was announced, The Guardian said on Tuesday. Since the company brought in $730 million in 2016 alone, the impact of ITP industry-wide could be severe.
safari  tracking  do_not_track  security  privacy  ios11  macOS  10.13  advertising 
6 days ago by rgl7194
How Apple’s Safari browser can save your Christmas | Computerworld
While I see online ads as a necessary evil if you want to keep websites in business, I’m so annoyed at the way the latest ads services seem so focused on ruining everybody’s Christmas surprise.
The ads Grinch stole Christmas
This is what happens: Ads sites track where you go online; retailers track you too and all this information is shared. Look at an item online, see an ad for it on the next page you go to. Not only is this behavioural retargeting vastly creepy, but when it comes to Christmas these things make it impossible to keep secrets, particularly on a shared Mac. Been looking at [insert name of hot new obsessive teenage-focused product here] with a view to buying one to gift your child? Don’t be too upset if said child gets onto your computer to check their Bitcoin investment only to find themselves staring at ads for the object of their desire. Kids aren’t stupid – they know how ads work online (even if we don’t). What’s happened? Your Christmas surprise is spoiled and your teenager won’t believe in Santa Claus any more, even if they are looking for a flat Earth shadow during the next eclipse.
Apple doesn’t think much of ads tracking tech. Earlier this year it said: “Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the internet.”
safari  tracking  do_not_track  security  privacy  ios11  macOS  10.13  advertising 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Ad Tracking Companies Complain About Safari's Intelligent Tracking Prevention
Alex Hern, in a decidedly-pro-ad-industry report for The Guardian:
Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web.
Advertising technology firm Criteo, one of the largest in the industry, says that the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature for Safari, which holds 15% of the global browser market, is likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth compared to projections made before ITP was announced.
With annual revenue in 2016 topping $730m, the overall cost of the privacy feature on just one company is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
If this is accurate, it goes to show the outsize influence Safari has. Criteo is claiming that a new feature in Safari, a browser with only 15 percent of global share, resulted in more than a 20 percent drop in their revenue. This, despite the fact that Intelligent Tracking Prevention — the feature in question — doesn’t block ads per se. It only prevents certain methods of privacy-invasive tracking. I fail to see how this is a bad thing.
safari  tracking  do_not_track  security  privacy  ios11  macOS  10.13  advertising  daring_fireball 
6 days ago by rgl7194
No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions | Technology | The Guardian
Ad-tech firm Criteo likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth after Apple blocked ‘pervasive’ tracking on web browser Safari
Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web.
Advertising technology firm Criteo, one of the largest in the industry, says that the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature for Safari, which holds 15% of the global browser market, is likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth compared to projections made before ITP was announced.
With annual revenue in 2016 topping $730m, the overall cost of the privacy feature on just one company is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
safari  tracking  do_not_track  security  privacy  ios11  macOS  10.13  advertising 
6 days ago by rgl7194
The Effects of Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention – MacStories
Alex Hern, reporting for The Guardian on the results of Safari's new Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), launched last year with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra (via John Gruber)...
Here's how Apple officially describes ITP in Safari 11's documentation...
This isn't the first time ad companies have complained about Apple's protection of user privacy in Safari and stance against invasive cross-site tracking. In September, six trade groups claimed Apple was "sabotaging" the industry with a "unilateral and heavy-handed approach", to which Apple responded...
"Unilateral" is exactly right: Apple should only care for the interests of users buying their devices, not those of third-party ad companies creepily tracking them around the web.
Cross-site tracking and ad targeting has gotten so out of hand over the past couple of years, it's become a regular comment from friends who don't follow tech news – "Why am I seeing an ad for something I was checking out two days ago on another site?" is a question I hear frequently despite the existence of third-party ad blockers and Apple's own ITP in Safari. Personally, I think the more Apple can advance ITP, the better it is for the privacy of all iOS users.
safari  tracking  do_not_track  security  privacy  ios11  macOS  10.13  advertising 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Apple Pay Cash now operational in iOS 11.2 | iLounge News
After this weekend’s release of iOS 11.2, users were left wondering why Apple Pay Cash was mentioned in the release notes but not actually operational. The release was the first ever to be sent during the weekend — seemingly in response to a December 2 date bug that was causing iPhones to crash — leading to speculation that Apple rushed it out the door to fix the bug before Apple Pay Cash was ready. Now non-beta users are finding the feature is operational, allowing them to transfer funds to other iPhone users from linked credit or debit cards. Once received, the money is stored in an Apple Pay Cash card within Apple Wallet, from which funds can be spent through Apple Pay or transferred to a bank account. Transferring cash from a debit card is free, but using a credit card to send funds charges a 3 percent fee. Apple Pay Cash is available to users in the United States who are 18 years of age or older.
ios11  p2p  apple_pay  messaging 
11 days ago by rgl7194

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