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osxfuse is no longer open source - Colin Atkinson's Blog
The problem of a maintainer taking a formerly open source project and making it proprietary is exacerbated by the fact that it can't be forked because it can only be run by someone who has a signing certificate from Apple.
opensource  apple  via:HackerNews  appstore 
december 2019 by mcherm
Apple Card issuer investigated after claims of sexist credit checks | Technology | The Guardian
Is the algorithm biased? Seems like it probably is -- several married couples who have no independent finances report the husband being offered 20x the credit line of the wife on Apple's new credit card.
banking  apple  sexism  ai 
november 2019 by mcherm
How does Apple (privately) find your offline devices? – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
Wild speculation about what protocol COULD protect privacy while continuously reporting on the location of RFID tags.
algorithms  security  privacy  via:HackerNews  apple 
june 2019 by mcherm
Delisted Overnight: A Cautionary Tale for Indie iOS Developers | Hacker News
In the discussion it appears that suddenly use of the word "tracker" in the subtitle of the app gives a major penalty. Or something like that.
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
may 2019 by mcherm
Graphing Calculator Story
The story of a couple of developers who built an entire product for Apple by sneaking into the building.
history  apple  via:reddit  hacking  culture  startup  security 
may 2019 by mcherm
Apple revokes Facebook’s developer certificate over data-snooping app—Google could be next | Ars Technica
Facebook was using Apple's certificate for distributing beta copies to internal company users in order to distribute (to end customers) an app that spied on them. Apple cut off their cert for misuse. Google may have used their cert similarly, but they immediately apologized and ceased the usage. Tightly controlled appstore - can it protect your privacy?
appstore  apple  facebook  google  privacy  security  ios 
january 2019 by mcherm
Jobs, Wozniak -- and Wayne? What happened to the third co-founder of Apple - CBS News
The man who initially owned 10% of Apple dropped out on the enterprise and gave back his ownership share.
apple  history  startup  via:HackerNews 
august 2018 by mcherm
The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a Smile | The New Yorker
Taking inspiration from things like cross-stitch, she designed the first Macintosh icons.
history  design  apple  via:HackerNews 
april 2018 by mcherm
I built a PWA and published it in 3 app stores. Here’s what I learned. – Debugger.Break()
It was much harder to publish an app into Apple's app store than Google's or Microsoft's.
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
april 2018 by mcherm
Google Maps’s Moat
A really detailed analysis of how Google Maps is getting data and why they are years ahead of the competition. They combine street-view and satellite data and some algorithms to get surprisingly useful data for their maps.
maps  google  apple  via:HackerNews 
december 2017 by mcherm
Apple’s App Store Guidelines Now Allow Executable Code in Educational Apps and Developer Tools – MacStories
Apple still keeps their stranglehold on arbitrary execution on iOS, but they will now pretend to allow a few educational apps.
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
june 2017 by mcherm
Why we are suing Apple for better HTML5 support in iOS?
This company is suing Apple over their closed garden approach to iOS, using a French law. I certainly with Apple would change their approach, but I do NOT like this sort of law nor do I think it is an appropriate way to regulate Apple's policies.
appstore  apple  law  via:HackerNews 
october 2016 by mcherm
Why I hate iOS as a developer – Medium
Can't test on old OS versions, can't run without Apple's permission, the only allowed browser has problems, etc.
apple  appstore  via:reddit  programming 
october 2016 by mcherm
discovering how Dropbox hacks your mac |
Dropbox is subverting OSX security. It was reported to Apple who didn't stop it. Dropbox responded on Hacker News and says they need the access and they're trying to do better.
dropbox  security  via:HackerNews  apple 
september 2016 by mcherm
Apple says game about Palestinian child isn’t a game | Ars Technica
Apple rejects the game because it addresses the plight of the Palestinians, but there are other games that fit. It's all too arbitrary.
apple  appstore  politics  via:boingboing  ArsTechnica 
may 2016 by mcherm
Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta
Apple's music service deletes all music from your disk when it installs itself.
apple  law  ip-law  contractlaw  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
Apple has pulled Narwhal, Antenna and other Reddit Applications from the app store due to "NSFW" content. However - the official app has not been pulled. : technology
When Reddit wrote an iPhone app, Apple removed all other Reddit apps they could find. Reason may have been that they contained a setting to hide NSFW content.
reddit  apple  appstore  censorship  via:reddit 
april 2016 by mcherm
Why I switched to Android after 7 years of iOS
Apple's walled-garden is really beginning to chafe for this author, who would rather be building powerful web apps. And making them look EXACTLY like a native app.
android  webdevelopment  mobile  ios  appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
The tone between Apple and the FBI is now openly hostile | The Verge
After the FBI's latest brief, Apple takes to the press saying, "They're acting like disagreeing with them is unamerican."
politics  apple  cryptowars  via:reddit  law 
march 2016 by mcherm
mikeash.com: Friday Q&A 2016-02-19: What Is the Secure Enclave?
Details about how the iPhone's secure enclave works. And I've read stuff elsewhere that basically makes me believe Apple can released (signed) code updates for the secure enclave.
security  encryption  apple  via:HackerNews 
february 2016 by mcherm
Customer Letter - Apple: An order to decrypt a phone
Apple objects that the US government is ordering it to build a new OS so it can decrypt the contents of an iPhone.
privacy  security  apple  law  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
Apple Rejects Game Based On Bible Story Due To Content Including Violence Against Children | Techdirt
Apple is now rejecting bible stories (when they're animated) because they contain violence against children.
apple  appstore  censorship  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
february 2016 by mcherm
‘Error 53’ fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6 | Money | The Guardian
After OS upgrade, iPhones are giving an error and effectively being bricked if the thumbprint scanner has been worked on by a non-apple technician.
security  apple  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
Apple's Macs make life easier for IBM - Fortune
IBM started allowing employees to use Macs. So far they need 1 help desk person per 5,375 Mac users (they don't say the ratio for Windows users, but perhaps 1 per 70 users?).
apple  windows  personal_net 
october 2015 by mcherm
mikeash.com: I Do Not Agree To Your Terms
Apple sends email saying: "you agree to stuff including indemnifying us unless you reply to this opting out".
law  shrinkwrap  contractlaw  apple 
june 2015 by mcherm
At Apple’s request, we removed the ability to “Send” files to other services
Apple says "can't upload files to apple's cloud drive". Also can't upload JUST to other cloud drives because the APIs don't allow it. So now their app can't upload files at all. This is what is wrong with Apple's review process.
appstore  apple  evil 
december 2014 by mcherm
Why Eric Schmidt doesn't know how Google works | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Tom Cheredar
Comparing some major tech firms in interesting ways to make the point that Google's success is based on their monopoly not on the way they are run.
google  investing  amazon  apple  facebook  via:HackerNews 
december 2014 by mcherm
Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay" - Businessweek
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, writes that he values his privacy but it is important to admit that he is gay and proud to be gay, because of the impact that message has on others.
gayrights  apple  via:boingboing 
october 2014 by mcherm
Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay | The Verge
Retailers don't like applepay... They prefer an option that cuts fees to retailers.
payments  creditcard  banking  via:reddit  apple 
october 2014 by mcherm
The Daily Dot - The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone
The NSA can do anything to an apple device (but may need physical access).
nsa  surveillance  snowden  apple  iphone  via:reddit 
december 2013 by mcherm
And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ - NYTimes.com
The story of rolling out the iPhone. Apparently it was an incredible engineering project and it wasn't actually working when they did the live demo (but they pulled it off anyway).
history  apple  SteveJobs  via:reddit 
october 2013 by mcherm
Dear Apple: I give up, WireframeApp will become open source — Eduardo Mourão
After months of waiting, he gives up and just releases his software as open source. Because he can't get it into Apple's App Store.
apple  appstore 
february 2013 by mcherm
Your App Needs To Sync - Informal Protocol
He is completely right: ALL apps need sync built in. It's the new cost-of-entry.
mobile  programming  via:HackerNews  apple 
november 2012 by mcherm
How Apple’s Obsession with Google Is Hurting Apple | Cult of Mac
Apple's first downfall was because they focused on beating Microsoft instead of focusing on making cool stuff. Now they're doing it again, obsessing on beating Google.
apple  google 
september 2012 by mcherm
Images to show that iPhone wasn't new
It wasn't new inventions, but assembling them together. But they have patents on it and have been successfully prosecuting them.
apple  patent  patentabuse  via:reddit 
september 2012 by mcherm
Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes | Danger Room | Wired.com
Apple rejects an app that reports on US drone strikes because they don't agree with it politically.
apple  appstore  via:HackerNews  wired  censorship  politics 
august 2012 by mcherm
iKamasutra app blocked by apple
Apple blocks another major app for random and irrational reasons, then refuses to communicate.
appstore  apple  evil  via:HackerNews 
june 2012 by mcherm
Uncommon Sense: The Silencing of Maya
A patent fight is in court: can a company with a patent on software to help disabled children speak eliminate a cheap iPad app which does the same thing and which some parents claim works better than the company's products? While the court is still deliberating, they appeal to a "higher" authority and get Apple to pull it from the app store.
law  ip-law  patent  disabilities  apple  appstore  via:reddit 
june 2012 by mcherm
Apple’s great GPL purge | mathew
Looks like maybe Apple is trying to get rid of GPLv3 code so they can lock out and control apps on the desktop also.
apple  opensource  via:reddit 
june 2012 by mcherm
Apple Changes Siri’s Embarrassing Nokia Favouritism
Apple stops Siri from recommending Nokia, but "search engine" on Google still doesn't place google in the top 6.
apple  google  via:slashdot 
may 2012 by mcherm
The Samsung Galaxy S III: The First Smartphone Designed Entirely By Lawyers
Theory: everything about the design of this phone was intended to make sure it was NOT legally vulnerable to being accused of mimicking Apple's trade dress.
law  ip-law  apple  mobile  iphone  trademark  via:reddit 
may 2012 by mcherm
Apple Appstore Disabled My Apps When I Moved
Is this true? Apple takes away all your stuff if you move?
apple  appstore 
april 2012 by mcherm
The One Product That Makes Apple a Trillion-Dollar Company Overnight - LAUNCH -
Apple could leverage the iPhone into its own payment system. And it's true: they could.
banking  payments  apple  via:HackerNews 
april 2012 by mcherm
The curious case of our iOS app – Prey
THIS is why I will NEVER write an app for Apple's curated garden (unless paid to).
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews  software 
march 2012 by mcherm
Stealing Your Address Book by Dustin Curtis
Any app can read your address book on the iPhone operating system. This is apple's fault.
privacy  security  apple  iphone  via:HackerNews 
february 2012 by mcherm
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA - venomous porridge
The EULA to Apple's new iBook-writing software says content originally created in this tool may ONLY be sold through Apple (who doesn't even have to agree to sell it). You don't even have to click through to agree to this. Is this enforceable?
law  contractlaw  eula  apple  via:HackerNews 
january 2012 by mcherm
Other designs are possible: Sales of Apple's iPhone should be banned
Apple (successfully) sued to block Samsung's tablets because they look too similar to Apple's: "they're stealing the design". This points out that Apple's iPhone looks like previous designs in the exact same ways!
patent  law  ip-law  apple 
december 2011 by mcherm
Why the Mac App Sandbox makes me sad | Naming Things
Apple is creating a sandboxed area for apps on the MacOS just like they have on the phones. With the same problems of apple-controlled and curated apps. Want to make a bet about whether they plan to transition EVERYONE over to it over the next couple of generations? This article describes well why it is a poor idea.
via:HackerNews  apple  appstore  programming 
november 2011 by mcherm
Samsung cites Kubrick film in Apple patent spat | Apple Talk - CNET News
Cute. Apple sues Samsung for violating their patent on things that look like a tablet. Samsung uses video from the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey to show the idea has been around since at least 1968.
law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse  apple 
august 2011 by mcherm
Apple to Lodsys: you'll have to go through us to sue iOS devs
Apple wants to argue in court on behalf of developers sued by intellectual ventures. Apple probably has a contract prohibiting them from claiming the patents are invalid.
apple  patent  ip-law  law  patentabuse  via:HackerNews  ArsTechnica 
august 2011 by mcherm
Hacking Smart Batteries
Apple's smart batteries can be hacked.
security  apple  hardware  hacking  via:boingboing 
july 2011 by mcherm
Groklaw - What to Do If You Receive a Lodsys Letter - by Patrick T. Igoe, Esq.
An article on Groklaw giving some advice to app developers sued for using Apple's in-app payments. Written by a Philadelphia patent lawyer.
ip-law  local  law  patent  apple  via:HackerNews  groklaw 
june 2011 by mcherm
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