Remains of the Day: Crimes and misdemeanors
iOS apps are still using UUIDs, and your iMessages may not be as secure as you thought, but that one guy is really, really sorry that he sold that iPhone 4 prototype. The remainders for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 have done their time.
As of May 1, iOS developers are no longer supposed to use devices’ unique identifiers as a way of identifying users. However, a study from the University of California, San Diego suggests that around 50 percent of iOS apps don’t adhere to that rule; the UCSD team came up with an iOS app that notifies you when an app tries to get your UUID but, ironically, it’s not available in the App Store. So, uh, thanks for that?
Привет рунет (Apple)
The Apple Online Store has launched officially in Russia, offering the company’s full range of products. I bet Dmitri Medvedev was first in the virtual line.
Inside Steve Jobs’ Mind-Blowing Pixar Campus (Buzzfeed)
Here’s an image-laden tour of Pixar’s campus, complete with the little touches picked out by Steve Jobs himself and the story of the unveiling of the new building named after the Apple co-founder. I still like to imagine Steve sweating over a kiln as he crafts the perfect brick for a building exterior.
Brian Hogan, the guy who sold the iPhone 4 prototype he found in a bar, has given a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) in which he said that he that regrets his decision. And here I’ve been waiting for the punchline to “An iPhone prototype walks into a bar…” for three years now.
Can Apple read your iMessages? (A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering)
Apple says iMessages are encrypted end-to-end, but just how secure are they? One cryptographer says that there could potentially be some weak points: for example, Apple backs up iMessages, meaning they’re stored somewhere, and the company has not said if it retains metadata (data about your messages, like the time sent and to whom). So it seems that those cute pictures of your cat and reminders to your significant other to stop drinking from the milk carton could still fall into malicious hands.
A year in, iOS’s Passbook feature appears to be picking up steam, especially among gift cards and airlines. Still untapped: gift cards for airlines.