CES 2017: Kwikset Premis HomeKit Smart Lock

Allison interviews Ashton Good from Kwikset about their new Premis line of smart locks for home use. Premis smart locks have a capacitive touchscreen and allow you to control and monitor lock status from anywhere using the Premis iOS app and an Apple TV. Premis locks are HomeKit compatible and use Apple’s approved end-to-end encryption to ensure security. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.

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NC #599 iPhone 7+ Portrait Mode, 2016 MacBook Pros, Security Bits

Next week the show will be out early because we’ll be out of town on the weekend, so don’t try to go to the live show because there won’t be one! In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Bart taught us how to create a JavaScript API in Programming By Stealth 24. I did some experiments with the new iPhone 7+ feature called Portrait mode comparing the photos to a DSLR. The new MacBook Pros are coming and I’ll talk through the features and try to help you see if they’re good or bad choice for you. Bart Busschots is back with Security Bits where we do a deeper dive into DirtyCOW and Drammer along with important security updates, notable breaches and suggested reading.


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How to Turn Off NAT-PMP on Airport Routers from iOS

Credit to Allister Jenks for the Instructions for iOS

Airport routers from Apple have a service turned on by default called NAT-PMP (Network Address Translation Port Mapping Protocol).  This service allows applications and/or devices inside your network to automatically open ports in your router to make them accessible from the Internet.  While this feature does make it easier to set up Internet of Things devices (doorbells, webcams, light bulbs), it makes your network more vulnerable to attack.  

The recent (October 2016) Denial of Service attacks on the Domain Name System that pretty much broke the internet for a half a day were due to devices inside peoples’ networks being commandeered to act on behalf of the bad actors.  In other words, having NAT-PMP enabled on an Airport router (or UPnP on other manufacturer’s routers) allowed these Internet of Things devices to be recruited into a botnet.

If you want to learn more, please see this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAT_Port_Mapping_Protocol

These instructions show you how to turn NAT-PMP off in an Airport Router using the Airport Utility on iOS.  If you want to do it from your Mac, please see this tutorial:

https://www.podfeet.com/blog/tutorials-5/how-to-turn-off-nat-pmp-on-airport-routers/

If you have a Netgear Nighthawk Router, please see this tutorial: https://www.podfeet.com/blog/how-to-turn-off-upnp-on-netgear-nighthawk-routers/

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Easy Pill Medication Tracker and Reminder

Guest Blog Post by Mark Pouley

Easy Pill logoHello Allison and fellow castaways, this is Mark Pouley with a review of an iOS app that I discovered last year and have been using ever since. The app is called Easy Pill for iOS by BirdsCorp.com. Until recently I didn’t regularly take medications so tracking when to take a pill was never an issue, but that changed last year when I was prescribed a number of medications and supplements. Being a geeky castaway I took this as an opportunity to find a technological solution, hopefully one that involved my iPhone and AppleWatch.

Easy Pill is an iOS app that tracks all of your medications and sends you reminders when it’s time to take a pill. This was exactly what I was looking for. Continue reading “Easy Pill Medication Tracker and Reminder”

NC #593 Poll to Influence Podfeet Redesign, Activity Tracking Improvements in watchOS 3 and iOS 10, First Days with iPhone 7 Plus, Security Bits

We chat about how the clock on podfeet.com/live is insecure and how we’re going to program our way around it. I need your help with a quick 5-question poll to help me redesign podfeet.com. Activity tracking has REALLY improved with watchOS 3 and iOS 10. Want to help the show? Pledge your support at podfeet.com/patreon. I’ll give you some of the high points of my first few days with the new iPhone 7 Plus (spoiler, I love it) but we’ll wait till next week to talk about the camera. Bart Busschots is back with another edition of Security Bits. Among other things he’ll tell you whether to light your hair on fire about the Dropbox kerfuffle.


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CCATP #454 Lynda Gousha on Apple Announcements

This week our guest is Lynda Gousha and she’s here to talk about the big Apple announcements with me. We’ll talk Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, discuss camera specs and revel in “the best iPhone” they’ve ever made. You may have heard her on other fine podcasts, like Let’s Talk Apple with Bart Busschots

You can connect with Lynda on Twitter @llg4cdg


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Use Your Mac as a Bluetooth Keyboard for iOS and AppleTV with Typeeto

Typeeto logoI’ve got a cool little utility that may or may not solve a problem for you. Typeeto from mac.eltima.com/… lets you use a Mac as a Bluetooth keyboard for your iOS devices, including the AppleTV. Before I walk you through it, let’s set up a couple of problems it might solve.

The AppleTV is the most obvious problem – typing (even with the new remote) is a nightmare. If you have voice recognition in your country for the Apple remote, that actually works surprisingly well, especially for passwords. But most of the time we end up scrolling right/left/up/down and doing a lot of swearing when we try to type on the AppleTV. Using a Bluetooth keyboard with the AppleTV can make you happier, and if you’re watching TV with a laptop right near you, why not use its keyboard instead of that aggravating remote?

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NC #584 1Writer, iOS Console, ProShot

The grandbaby isn’t here yet, but we’re on the edges of our seats around here. In the mean time I found an app called 1Writer from 1writerapp.com that might help me write in Markdown on the iPad. We’ll take a look at iOS Console, a Mac app from lemonjar.com/… that lets you see the diagnostics coming out of your iOS device. Finally we’ll check out an iOS, Android and Windows Phone camera app that will give you amazing control of your images called ProShot from riseupgames.com/….


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View iOS Logs with iOS Console from Lemonjar

Ios console logo 2While I was working on my review about 1Writer I noticed something very odd happening. Every time I tried to write the word starting with leading caps “The,” it would change instantly to all lower case. That meant I couldn’t start sentences with The or There. I had just enabled TextExpander so I thought maybe it was something in my snippets but I couldn’t find anything like that. Plus this was only happening on my iPad Pro and not on my Mac.

I contacted Smile, one of the greatest developers of all time, and makers of TextExpander. Within an hour or so, Jeff from Smile got back to me. He and I went back and forth a half a dozen times trying to diagnose the problem. I made him a video using ScreenFlow with my iPad connected to my Mac, I sent him screenshots, he sent me deinstall/reinstall/restart instructions and we flipped every switch we could find, but the problem persisted.

He then asked whether I would consider installing a diagnostic app on my Mac that would let him look at the system logs for the iPad. Would I??? You betcha, that sounds fun! The Mac app is called iOS Console from lemonjar.com.
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