At the top of the news this week is the Thunderstrike proof-of-concept attack, which shows how Macs can be exploited at the hardware level. Security Editor Rich Mogull explains why it’s a serious threat, but probably not to you. AT&T is now offering rollover data, which is great, but Glenn Fleishman explains why some of the company’s other recent moves aren’t so positive. Workflow is a powerful new iOS automation app, and Managing Editor Josh Centers details what it can do. Contributor Mariva H. Aviram joins us this week for the first in her series on computing for the visually impaired. Mariva shares the challenges of her own temporary visual impairment, as well as those faced by people she knows. Finally, in FunBITS this week, Josh tackles Trivia Crack, explaining why the game is popular despite its many annoyances. Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.
The recently demonstrated Thunderstrike proof-of-concept attack could infiltrate a Mac at the hardware level, but few users need to worry about it given its need for physical access.
AT&T announced that its Mobile Share customers will automatically roll over unused data from each previous month to the next. Meanwhile, the company defends the indefensible with throttling.
Workflow is a new iOS automation app that uses iOS 8’s Extensibility to bring Automator-like capabilities to your mobile devices.
In the first part of our series on computing for the visually impaired, Mariva H. Aviram discusses working around her own temporary visual impairments, as well as the challenges faced by those she knows.
Despite its many annoyances, Trivia Crack is a fun trivia game to play with your friends.
Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.
In this week’s heaping helping of ExtraBITS: bank holding company Capital One has bought the Level One budgeting app, we take a look at how gadgets are having to adapt to the existence of smartphones, and manufacturers show off the (sorry) state of Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework. Plus, Philip Michaels pokes fun at CES at Six Colors, blogger David Sparks explains why he’s quitting Family Sharing, and Peter Cohen of iMore explains how to try out Windows 10 for free.