If UK’s Prime Minister has his way, Apple will stop encrypting iMessage and Facetime

 

If UK’s Prime Minister has his way, Apple will stop encrypting iMessage and Facetime | Cult of Mac:

One of the great things about iMessage and Facetime is that it encrypts your messages automatically, making it very, very difficult for hackers to spy on the messages you send.
But guess what? If UK Prime Minister David Cameron gets his way, iMessage and Facetime encryption might soon be a thing of the past.

The Independent reports that Cameron says that if he wins the next election and is re-elected Prime Minister, part of his plan is to make it illegal for anyone to send encrypted messages.

The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.

Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime also encrypt their data, and could fall under the ban along with other encrypted chat apps like Telegram.

These moves are being made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

This won’t happen. Too many obstacles will have to be overcome to enable this – Mr. Cameron is offering a faint election promise in light of recent events to appear proactive – something he is arguably not the best at.

[Link] Skype relief is notifications only on the device you’re currently using

 

Joseph Keller on Skype’s new feature:

Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as “active endpoint” that will contain chat notifications to the device that you’re using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you’re chatting using Skype on your phone, your computer and tablet will remain silent.

I would love this feature in iMessage and FaceTime on iOS and OS X. I am all for devices in sync and currently with iOS 8 when I get a call or message coming through, it will alert me on all my devices but if iCloud could detect which device I was currently working on and mute the other devices, that would be a great feature.

OS X 10.9.2 Update Adds FaceTime Audio Calling, iMessage Blocking, Fixes Mail and Security Bugs

OS X 10.9.2 Update Adds FaceTime Audio Calling, iMessage Blocking, Fixes Mail and Security Bugs

If you have a Mac running OS X Mavericks, update 10.9.2 has been pushed to the Mac App Store, which adds several new features, fixes a variety of bugs, and namely fixes the SSL/TLS vulnerability that keep your web connections secure. On the feature side, 10.9.2 adds the ability to initiate and receive FaceTime audio calls, while also blocking individual senders on iMessage. Mail is named as having received a slew of bug fixes: compatibility improvements for Gmail’s Archive folder and labels are listed, as well as resolutions for a bug that prevented Mail from receiving messages from “certain providers.” The update will require a restart for installation.

Via MacStories

Just Do Something

Just Do Something

John Gruber reminding us on Apple’s focus in light of Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp:

This is the worst sort of advice, suggesting a complete ignorance of everything Apple stands for. (Jay Yarow loves it, of course.) Just buy something. Spend, spend, spend. Acquire. Buy all the spaghetti, throw it against the wall, see what sticks. Wrong. Apple’s model is about focus. Apple wasn’t joking about “a thousand no’s for every yes” — that’s really how they think, what they believe. That’s the DNA.

Only one thing Jackson suggests makes any sense: Apple perhaps acquiring Tesla. I don’t think that’s likely, but I think it’s possible, for two reasons: First, Tesla could be integrated into Apple’s core business — selling high quality, well designed products that work well together. If you can imagine Apple making a car (and I can), then you can imagine Apple acquiring Tesla to jump-start the initiative. Second, Apple and Tesla share a fundamental engineering problem; batteries.

But other than Tesla, who else would it make sense for Apple to acquire for billions of dollars? No answers come to mind. Certainly not WhatsApp — as I wrote last week, Apple already has exactly the messaging platform it wants: iMessage, with hundreds of millions of users.

Dear Apple: Please fix how Messages stores images and videos!

Dear Apple: Please fix how Messages stores images and videos!

Allyson Kazmucha:

I’ve written previously about how much storage space the Messages app takes up, and how important it is to clear out the photos so you can reclaim that space. For some of us, that can be not just megabytes, but gigabytes of data. I’ve had friends and family members ask me why they’re out of storage only to discover they have over 5GB of wasted space in the Messages app. For owners of a 16GB iPhone or iPad, that’s a huge deal.

Nice reminder from Allyson to take care of our iMessage storage – do we really need to keep a history of our conversations with all our contacts? If you do need them, consider copying and pasting the text out into a note taking or journal taking app. I would definitely be interested in some kind of iMessage and journal taking app intergration like Day One.