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#1524: ScanSnap Manager for Catalina, Camo turns an iPhone into a webcam, Apple Security Researcher Device, Micro Snitch warns of webcam/mic spying

This week’s surprise news is that—a year after Fujitsu announced it wouldn’t support older ScanSnap scanners in Catalina—the company has reversed course and released ScanSnap Manager V7 for macOS 10.15 Catalina. The rest of our issue revolves around security and webcams. First, on the security front, Apple has started a program that gives specially modified iPhones to security researchers to aid in their investigations. More immediately useful for those concerned about webcam spying is Micro Snitch, a utility that warns you when apps activate your Mac’s webcam or microphone. And if you’ve been unable to get a better webcam for your Mac, Glenn Fleishman provides a look at Camo, a system that lets you press your iPhone into service as a Mac webcam. Notable Mac app releases this week include Fantastical 3.1.2 and Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.20.

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Apple Releases Dedicated Security Research Device

In an effort to encourage more security researchers to look for security vulnerabilities in iOS, Apple will provide approved researchers with a Security Research Device, a custom iPhone with key security controls disabled. It’s a good way for Apple to engage more fully with the security community.