A Privacy of iOS Communication


…conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.

Apple’s response to queries about PRISM has an interesting sidebar. If you want your communications to be private, both you and who you are communicating with should use iOS.

[Issue] Twitter integration


I’m suspecting this is something to do with the shutdown of Twitter API v1.0 I’m also seeing this issue with other apps on my iPad;

  • DuckDuckGo
  • Tumblr
  • Sydney Morning Herald


  • Drafts (though it didn’t include a link)
  • Instapaper (but I don’t think that uses the iOS integration)

Anyone else got a list of apps which have the same problem?

Originally posted on Building Feedly:

A quick note to let you know that there is an issue in the feedly+twitter integration. The dev team is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. We will be releasing that fix by Friday night. As a temporary work around, you can use the buffer sharing option to post your tweets. We will update this post as soon as we have more information.

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What’s next for the Apple TV?


Recently I participated in a fun panel discussion on the Apple TV – what you can do with it now, and what might be next for Apple’s interesting hobby.

While everyone seems to be focused on iOS style apps or gaming as the obvious next step for the Apple TV, I actually think that what’s up next is getting the TV shows people love onto the platform faster without Apple first having to partner with our traditional broadcast channels. After that, it’s anyone guess, but I’m thinking what’s known as Smart Home style services is a greater opportunity than, for example, connecting bluetooth chipped cats.

Let me know what you think!


Excellent article from Glenn Fleishman at TidBITS Safe Computing on how Elcomsoft Criticism of iOS Password Apps is Overblown.

The core point I took from the article is that there is a four factor authentication process before you can get to individual passwords:

  • Get the Device (or the data file)
  • Get the Security code on the Device
  • Get the Security code or password for the app
  • Get the Master Password

Which doesn’t preclude a user of an application like 1Password from;

Disclaimer: I user 1Password on my Mac and on iOS and have done since I originally got a free install  about 3 years ago. I have since then purchased both the Mac software (currently 3.8.17) and 1Password Pro for the iPhone. Both of which I use daily on both devices.

Making things easier with Tweetbot and Tweetie

When I use Mail on my iPhone, I always drag down to update. It frustrates the hell out of me that Mail doesn’t support this great feature. After all, it seems like it was in the dawn of time that Loren Brichter first implemented it in Tweetie 2.

Similarly, if the system supports an ‘Open in Safari’ feature, why would you hide it behind multiple steps? Tweetbot, by far the most usable app on iOS implements this and other functions as a one click action. Long Press on any link, hashtag, username etc. and the user is presented with a list of applicable options.

It’s great to know these things, and it’s great to share them so people can remove their frustrations. They’re happier, I’m happier and the person who did the hard work of designing and implementing the function gets their just reward.

Is there a little known function on your platform of choice which others might benefit from that you’d like to share?


In his post You Sense It Or You Don’t the creator of Mars Edit Daniel Jalkut comments on the recent sparring between Joshua Topolsky and M.G. Siegler following Siegler’s recent Galaxy Nexus review.

A most excellent post which could almost be distilled to the following line:

For whatever details a given person appreciates and values, far more people will be disinterested and be unlikely to even distinguish differences.

So Android users, if you can just accept the iOS is for the discerning we’ll happily accept and appreciate your testing of the kinks in the upcoming features of iOS 6 for us.

Netbank: taking no risks with your security on the iPhone


Which Banks iPhone application is, according to their own PR , a very popular way for their customers to access their financials online.

And they’ve generally done a great job. Retaining Security – the key focus in any banking service online – without sacrificing usability throughout the app.

Except in one simple case.

The close button.

At first glance it seems they’ve done the right thing with both the position and the behaviour of the button. In almost every app I use on the iPhone a button in that location signifies going to account settings or going back.

Until you realise any habitual, yet accidental, press will log out the banking session.

The challenge with habitualising yourself NOT to press it is a toss up between wasting a trunkload of time in Facebook figuring out an alternative way to find the kinky photos your friends share or repeatedly logging back in to your banking.

Perhaps they could remove the close button it and just let us use the “Log off” link they’ve helpfully provided instead. Or maybe it’s an undocumented security feature to protect us from ourselves and the HTML session embedded inside application wrapper.