This week I was on the Clockwise Podcast (Clockwise #205: Candy-Coated Vegetables on relay.fm) and on Brett Terpstra’s Systematic podcast (201: Not the Man I Thought He Was with Allison Sheridan on esn.fm). I interview Bart about the security implications of Face ID on the new iPhone X. I give you what I hope is a different view on the Apple announcement. Security Bits is really huge this week with three Security Mediums thanks to companies like AT&T and Equifax.
This week when Apple announced Face ID on the iPhone X I think they raised a lot of questions about the security of this technology. In the Mac Geek Gab Facebook group, someone asked an interesting question. They asked whether Face ID would work if someone had one eye that focused straight ahead and the other eye at a different angle.
That got me to thinking, what about blind people who often keep their eyes closed? I pinged Shelly Brisbin, author of the book iOS Access for All to see if she knew anything. She sent me a link to a blog post by Jonathan Mosen on his blog called Mosen Consulting: Face ID Accessibility. Apple offers some answers. Continue reading “Face ID Security Questions with Bart Busschots”
We celebrate the 500th episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond with Bart Busschots so I do a little retrospective on the origin of the show. Steve and I will be in the live chat room during the Apple announcement on September 12th at podfeet.com/live, so we hope you’ll join us. I’ve got a review of Galileo Offline Maps and one of the TechMatte MagGrip phone car mount.
Allister Jenks has created new and improved Podfeet stickers for iMessage. I’ll tell you how obsessed I’ve become with automation from AppleScript to Workflow to Keyboard Maestro. Then Bart is back with Security Bits where he’ll regale us with news and things to watch out for, and tell us whether we’re at the end of times because of recent research into DNA and computer code.
This is a bit of a different show – it’s primarily the four part story of my saga dealing with two catastrophic failures with Apple in a single week. It’s quite a tech story with a lot to interesting angles. After that Bart joins us with Security Bits.
In this early show, I’ll give you an out brief on Macstock 2017. I’ll talk about the people and the presentations (and maybe a little bit about the parties). Then Sandy Foster joins us for a review of the Stump Stand for iPad and iPhone. Trevor Drover joins us with a fantastic tale of how he figured out how to hook an Apple IIe up to a current MacBook Pro to transfer disk images between the two for the National Library. Very cool story. Then Terry Austin tells us how he figured out that by using the collaboration feature of Apple’s Numbers application, he could help his mom keep track of her complex medication schedule as she arms for battle against cancer. We’ll wind up with another segment of Security Bits with Bart Busschots.
I brag a bit about being a speaker at the CMD-D Conference, and then you’ll get to hear the talk I did at Macstock Conference and Expo in Woodstock, Illinois last weekend. Password Playdate on Youtube: youtu.be/…, Keynote version of the charts, click here and Download PowerPoint version here. (I died a little bit inside installing PowerPoint on my Mac.)
Steve and I put our engineering heads together to modify the Ring Video Doorbell so we can actually see the doorstep. In another Tiny Tip, I explain how you can use Mactracker with bidvoy to figure out how at what price your Apple device might sell. Steve Sheridan comes in with a confession of how he actually likes the Magic Trackpad better than his mouse (and says I was right). I talk about the new new 12.9″ iPad Pro and how happy I am to have it back in my life.
The Ring Video Doorbell has been described as “caller ID for your front door”. It’s an awesome device that lets you see who’s at your door, talk to them or not, and do all this from anywhere you are on the planet (assuming you have internet). Another theoretical advantage is that you can see if there’s a package left on your doorstep and ask a neighbor to go get it for you before someone steals it.
For answering the door it’s awesome. For seeing the packages on your doorstep, not so much. A year and a half ago when we first got the Ring doorbell, I did a very favorable review of it, with this notable exception. The problem with the Ring doorbell is that it has way way way too high of an upward viewing angle, and not nearly enough downward view to the doorstep.
To illustrate this point, I simulated former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal standing at my front door and showed how there was a good six inches still viewable above his head. I even talked to the CEO of Ring, Jamie Siminoff, about it CES, but he didn’t seem sympathetic to this problem even after I told him about my Shaq experiment. Probably thought I was a nut job.
David Ginsburg of the In Touch with iOS podcast sent in a recording describing the unusual problem he had where Apple shipped him with an operating system actually newer than the one you can download. I’ve started a series called Tiny Tips, and the first one is why you should create a folder called Delete Me. I’ve got part 2 of my Affinity Photo for iPad review/walk through and then we’ve got Security Bits with Bart Busschots.