WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

Per Wired: When WhatsApp launched a major update to its privacy policy in August 2016, it started sharing user information and metadata with Facebook. At that time, the messaging service offered its billion existing users 30 days to opt out of at least some of the sharing. If you chose to opt out at the time, WhatsApp will continue …

Facebook Runs Second Full-Page Ad Criticizing Apple, Says Opt-In Tracking Will Make the Internet Worse

From MacRumors: Facebook has expressed additional criticism towards Apple over an upcoming iOS 14 privacy measure that will require users to grant permission for their activity to be tracked for personalized advertising purposes. “Opt in tracking will make the internet worse.” Probably! At least in the short run. The argument goes that most people have …

iPhone water resistance claims ruled unfair; Apple fined $12M

From 9To5Mac: Second, and more seriously, Apple made iPhone water resistance claims in its marketing, but then refused warranty service on phones which suffered water damage. Good. Fine them for lying. Hopefully more countries and regulators step up and do the same. At Apple’s 2018 Keynote Phil Schiller even claimed (quote below per CNET): “So …

The Vexing Pedals

Garmin’s Vector 3 power meter pedals are rather excellent. Their connectivity to my Wahoo ROAM head unit (via ANT+) has been spotless. However, their ability to connect to my iPhone via Bluetooth to check battery status and update firmware has not been great, good, or even passable. Pairing a bluetooth device should be painless by …

Apple’s OCSP Problem

How it started Jeff Johnson (@lapcatsoftware) seems to have noticed it first: Hey Apple users: If you’re now experiencing hangs launching apps on the Mac, I figured out the problem using Little Snitch. It’s trustd connecting to https://t.co/FzIGwbGRan Denying that connection fixes it, because OCSP is a soft failure. (Disconnect internet also fixes.) pic.twitter.com/w9YciFltrb — …

Exiting Vim

Every Mac user an hour ago: I can’t launch my apps! Everyone Mac user now: After editing /etc/hosts I can’t exit vim! — Jeff Johnson (@lapcatsoftware) November 12, 2020 It does take practice. 😉

FourSquare launches Marsbot for AirPods, an audio guide app for interesting places

From 9To5Mac: Foursquare, the company behind the popular Swarm app, has developed a new app called “Marsbot” that brings a new experience to their walks through the city. With Marsbot, you can put your AirPods or any other earphones on and then listen to comments and suggestions about the place you’re walking by. […] Once …