Lästipset: Möt Apples team som granskar alla appar

Inside Apple’s team that greenlights iPhone apps for the App Store

In an inside look at Apple, CNBC has learned from people familiar with the process how the company reviews and approves apps and other iPhone software.

The app review process has grown in importance as Apple increasingly emphasizes its App Store services as a source of revenue and iPhone security as a key selling point.

In addition, Apple’s platform is drawing new scrutiny as politicians and regulators take a more skeptical look at the power of big tech companies. In the United States, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren says that Apple competes with the apps on its own platform. Spotify, the streaming music service that competes with Apple Music, has filed a competition complaint with the EU. And Apple’s own developers for years have chafed under App Review’s sometimes arbitrary rejections and boilerplate feedback.

Källa: Inside Apple’s team that greenlights iPhone apps for the App Store

Texts between Hannity, Manafort unsealed by court

Private text messages between Fox News host Sean Hannity and former chairman of the Trump 2016 campaign Paul Manafort have been unsealed by a federal court and were posted online Friday. The 55 pages of texts show the two discussing the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, with Hannity offering guidance and support.

”If you just ever want to talk, grab dinner, vent, strategize — whatever, I am here,” he texted on Aug. 9, 2017.

”Mueller is trying to intimidate me. The raid is just one example. I won’t let him succeed but it is very lonely fighting this fight … Except for you and a few others, our side is not engaged,” Manafort sent on Aug. 10, 2017. ”Thank you for your help.”

”Call me, text me, email me. Let’s eat talk and anything I can do to help,” Hannity responded on Aug. 11, 2017.

Manafort is now in prison, and Mueller’s report was published earlier this year.

Källa: Texts between Hannity, Manafort unsealed by court

Team of American Hackers and Emirati Spies Discussed Attacking The Intercept

OPERATIVES AT A controversial cybersecurity firm working for the United Arab Emirates government discussed targeting The Intercept and breaching the computers of its employees, according to two sources, including a member of the hacking team who said they were present at a meeting to plan for such an attack.

The firm, DarkMatter, brought ex-National Security Agency hackers and other U.S. intelligence and military veterans together with Emirati analysts to compromise the computers of political dissidents at home and abroad, including American citizens, Reuters revealed in January. The news agency also reported that the FBI is investigating DarkMatter’s use of American hacking expertise and the possibility that it was wielded against Americans.

Källa: Team of American Hackers and Emirati Spies Discussed Attacking The Intercept

Flera medier samtidigt kan förbättra uppmärksamheten

Att kolla mobilen, ha på tv och samtidigt spela datorspel blir allt vanligare bland unga i dag. Men att använda många tekniska kanaler samtidigt kan förbättra uppmärksamheten enligt en ny studie från Umeå universitet.

I studien har 51 personer mellan 17-35 år deltagit. Först fick personerna uppskatta hur mycket de använde flera mediekanaler samtidigt och sedan fick de göra datoriserade uppgifter som mätte hur duktiga de var på att växla uppmärksamhet mellan olika uppgifter. Resultatet visade att ju fler mediekanaler deltagarna använde desto bättre var de på uppmärksamhetstesten.

– Att multitaska kan uppfattas som negativt, men det finns vinster att hämta. Det fungerar som ett träningspass för uppmärksamhetsförmågan, säger Jessica K Ljungberg, som är en av forskarna bakom studien.

Källa: Flera medier samtidigt kan förbättra uppmärksamheten

Guardian told it was target of Saudi hacking unit after Khashoggi killing

The report from Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur, sets out in forensic detail concerns about the behaviour of Saudi Arabia, both before and after the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It also details the potential threats posed to journalists and academics by the kingdom’s use of intrusive spyware.

This is a threat the Guardian has had to assess with some seriousness in recent months.

Earlier this year, the Guardian was warned it was being targeted by a cybersecurity unit in Saudi Arabia that had been ordered to “hack” into the email accounts of journalists investigating the various crises engulfing the royal court.

Källa: Guardian told it was target of Saudi hacking unit after Khashoggi killing

Lästipset: Apple is Listening

Something big changed at Apple around the beginning of 2017.

They had encountered significant turbulence in the product line over the preceding years, especially Macs. It was a rough time to be a pro Mac user.

The “trash can” 2013 Mac Pro addressed only a fraction of the needs solved by the previous “cheese grater” towers, aged quickly without critical upgrade paths, and suffered from high GPU-failure rates from its cooling solution — all because its design prioritized size and appearance over performance and versatility in the one Mac model that should never make that tradeoff.

Over the next few years, it became clear that the Mac Pro was an embarrassing, outdated flop that Apple seemed to have little intention of ever updating, leaving its customers feeling unheard and abandoned. I think Apple learned a small lesson from it, but they learned a much bigger one a few years later.

Apple is Listening