Remains of the Day: Shape up, ship out
iOS devices are in the army now, Intel’s former CEO recounts his Apple misstep, and Apple’s got its work cut out for its WWDC keynote. The remainders for Friday, May 17, 2013 lead the way.
The Pentagon has given thumbs up to iOS 6 devices on military networks, though the Defense Department is still waiting for Apple’s much anticipated “Find My Enemies” app.
Interesting tidbit from outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini: On his watch, Intel turned down the opportunity to provide chips for the iPhone. The Atlantic interviewer describes it as the only regret expressed by Otellini, which suggests maybe he’s forgotten about this.
Whoops. Turns out it’s not hard to grab the entire audio of album previews streamed from iTunes, just by finding the right URL. When reached for comment, Apple responded “That’s a feature, not a bu—uh, crud. Hold on. Yeah. Whoops. Gotta go.”
Speaking of secret backdoors, here’s a fascinating story from a recent security conference. Seems you—or, well, someone with a lot of technical skills—can access the system management controller (SMC) on Macs using an undocumented code named after a Harry Potter spell. But don’t worry: No unauthorized access is allowed, upon pain of CRUCIO!
A great opportunity for Apple to beat Google’s keynote in length, if nothing else.