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Dumb Question Corner – Apple Photos vs Google Photos

Google photos vs apple photosEric in Durham, NC sent in our Dumb Question this week, and it’s a really interesting one:

Hey Allison, here is a dumb question for you. I finally got rid of my Android phone and got an iPhone 😀. With that in mind, should I switch to Apple Photos app instead of using the Google Photo app? What is the difference between the two?

Well, Eric, that sounds like an easy question to answer, but I can pretty much sit in a room alone and have the argument for both sides with myself! Let’s talk through the features and see if there’s an answer. Continue reading “Dumb Question Corner – Apple Photos vs Google Photos”

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Olympus Forcing Users to Agree to Third-Party Cookie Ad Tracker

If I didn’t have the screenshots to prove it, you’d think I was making this story up. Olympus, the camera manufacturer, is blocking their own content unless you allow third-party ad tracking from a company called Criteo.

I first discovered this when I used my iPhone to getolympus.com with the intent of comparing the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II to the E-M10 Mark III.

With iOS 11 and High Sierra from Apple, third-party cookie tracking is blocked by default. It doesn’t stop ads, it just keeps companies with whom you have no relationship from collecting your browsing history as you move around the Internet. Continue reading “Olympus Forcing Users to Agree to Third-Party Cookie Ad Tracker”

Security Bits – 15 October 2017

Correction – Apple’s Better Cookies are iOS 11 & macOS High Sierra Only

A few weeks ago we looked at Apple’s new and improved cookie handling algorithm in detail, and we at the very least implied it was a Safari 11 feature, but it’s not, it’s an iOS 11 & macOS High Sierra feature. Even though macOS Sierra got a Safari update, it did not get this new feature.

Here is a nice article showing how to control the feature in the two OSes that do support it: www.macobserver.com/….

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CCATP #483 – David Peck from Cloak Talks VPNs

Vpn affiliates get rich nowWith the recent legislation on privacy rules for ISPs in the United States, a lot of people are considering using VPNs to protect their Internet traffic from home. I thought this would be a great time to get Dave Peck on the show, co-founder of Cloak, my VPN of choice. This isn’t a show about Cloak but rather about VPNs in general. We talked about whether we should consider one for our home use, we talk about what kind of information your VPN provider may be collecting on you, we talk about the importance of understanding privacy policies.

Dave is very frank and honest about things like how Cloak handles things like logging of user data. Dave also answers some listener questions. There are some real surprises in this episode, in particular what you should know about those “top five VPN” lists you may have seen recently. I thought I knew where the discussion was going to go, and I was very surprised.

In preparation for this discussion, Dave wrote up his thoughts at davepeck.org/…

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NC #565 Judiciary Hearing FBI vs Apple, Nuke and Pave vs OmniDiskSweeper, Security Bits

I watched the entire five hours of the Judiciary Committee Hearings in the case of the FBI vs. Apple, so you didn’t have to. I think you’ll like what you hear, it’s actually optimistic about our government officials. Next up I’ll tell you how I did not do a nuke and pave, and why you should do what I say, not what I do. Then we’ll have a monster Security Bits with Bart Busschots.


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I Watched All Five Hours of the Judiciary Committee Hearing re: FBI vs Apple



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When Steve told me that they were going to broadcast live the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Hearing on Apple vs the FBI, my first thought was that watching that would be like volunteering for jury duty. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Steve and I watched all five hours and I was positively glued to my screen.

Before we dig in, let’s make sure we all know what the Judiciary Committee is, what does it have to do with the House of Representatives and what are they doing chatting with the FBI and Apple? I’m not a legal scholar, so I looked it up on Wikipedia:

The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, also called the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies and Federal law enforcement entities.

Sounds like they have the authority to figure out whether the FBI maybe took a wrong turn when they tried to use the courts to compel Apple to comply with their demands. The Judiciary Committee could question whether use of the All Writs Act was appropriate, or whether perhaps the FBI should have worked with Congress to pass new law.
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NC #563 FBI v Apple, Solos Cyclist Smart Eyeware, Kanex Portable Apple Watch Charger, Link 2TB Portable SSD

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This week’s show is going to be a little bit different. We’ve got three cool gadget interviews, a Dumb Question asked and answered by Mark Pouley of Twin Lakes Images which is pretty standard fun, but then we’re going to switch gears to Security Bits where Bart and I will spend some quality time going over the FBI/Apple iPhone issue in detail. We both thought it was too important to do a quick bit on it. Bart will explain what we know as facts, then what the security experts think about it and finally Bart will explain his view of the situation. I think it’s a great discussion. As always Bart includes links to all of the articles he quotes.


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#357 Kernel Panics, Quicken for Lion, My Talk Tools, Capti, FlyGrip, Home Networking

We had a kernel panic during the live show last week, and four tech mavens helped me figure out what caused it, George from Tulsa tells us about the new Quicken for Lion: Lion Compatible Quicken FAQ, Import Quicken Essentials Data into Quicken, Buy Lion Compatible Quicken from Intuit for $14.99. Two more reviews from the CSUN Persons With Disabilities Expo, My Talk Tools from mytalktools.com and Charm Tech Capti for a more accessible and enjoyable access to Firefox. Professor asks if there isn’t some way to protect his PowerPC Macs. FlyGrip iPhone and Android accessory from flygrip.com. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart goes on a rant about 3rd party cookies, and then gives us the higher division course on home networking, and the advantages of building your own network router.


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