The Next Web: Googler proves any iPhone app with camera permission can secretly record you. “This is pretty disturbing. Google engineer Felix Krause has detailed an alarming privacy setting in Apple’s iOS that enables iPhone apps with camera permission to surreptitiously take photos and videos of you – without your knowledge. The researcher notes that granting camera permission will enable apps to access both the front and the back camera of your device, photograph and record you at any time the app is in the foreground, upload this content immediately, and run real-time face detection to read your facial expressions.”
Wired: Critical Code In Millions Of Macs Isn’t Getting Apple’s Updates. “Now one new study has found that the most critical elements of millions of Macs’ firmware aren’t getting updates. And that’s not because lazy users have neglected to install them, but because Apple’s firmware updates frequently fail without any notice to the user, or simply because Apple silently stopped offering those computers firmware updates—in some cases even against known hacking techniques.”
Bloomberg: Rich People Would Consider Google, Amazon to Manage Their Wealth. “Forget traditional wealth management firms. If Google, Apple, Facebook or Amazon offered financial services, more than half of rich people might sign up. Consulting firm Capgemini found that 56.2 percent of high-net-worth individuals would think about working with one of the four technology firms if they offered wealth management services, according to its World Wealth Report 2017.”
Quartz: Siri will now search the web with Apple’s smartphone competitor instead of its computer rival. “Since the beginning, Siri has been the wind beneath Microsoft’s Bing. But those winds have died down—Apple will switch the default web search in Siri and Spotlight from Bing to Google, starting today (Sept. 25).”
PetaPixel: Here’s a Handy New Site That Converts iOS 11 .heic Photos to JPEG. “With the upcoming release of iOS 11, Apple’s new HEIF/HEVC photo formats will make it trickier to use and share iPhone photos in a world still dominated by JPEG images. Luckily, heictojpg.com is here to save the day with an easy-to-use conversion service.”
TechCrunch: Everything Apple announced at its iPhone X keynote. This is the first roundup article I could find. Unfortunately it’s a gallery / slideshow. But if you want to get the basics on what Apple announced without buckets of hype, here ya go.
9to5Mac: Apple offering free repairs on Hurricane Harvey-damaged devices, report claims. “9to5Mac reports that Apple has unofficially been offering free repairs on devices damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Readers have reportedly had water-damaged and impact-damaged iPhones fixed for free by the Apple Store, against regular Apple policy on water damage or physical problems with devices.”