Archive for November 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ScanSnap Cloud Licensing

Bill Bumgarner:

Hey, @fujiamerica, your ScanSnap cloud licensing is awful and makes me want to switch products. My computer crashed. To use my ix500, I have to download an app to deregister the scanner to turn off the dammed cloud features that I WILL NEVER USE. User Abusive is not good.

Bill Bumgarner:

Worse, @fujiamerica, I can’t unregister the stupid scanner without first setting up a stupid cloud storage service. Which I had to register for, because you don’t support one I already have. JUST TO TURN OFF A SERVICE THAT I DO NOT WANT SO I CAN USE THE BLOODY SCANNER. Sucks.

Bill Bumgarner:

This page, @FujitsuAmerica, is a total lie. My account has 0/5 devices and I CANNOT USE MY DAMMED SCANNER. Beyond frustrated. About to toss this and buy a competitor’s product.

This is disappointing because I’m currently using an older ScanSnap, but its more customer-friendly software is 32-bit only and unlikely to be updated.

Previously: macOS 10.13.4 to Warn About 32-bit Apps Starting April 12, ScanSnap and Sierra Update.

Why Aren’t There Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cables?

John Gruber:

Here’s a thread on Reddit asking why there aren’t any USB-C to Lightning cables from reliable, certified companies like Anker, Monoprice, and Amazon. It’s a year-old thread and the situation is unchanged. This stinks now that all MacBooks and the new iPad Pros have gone to USB-C, along with chargers that output by USB-C.


What’s the deal here? Is there a technical issue? Or is Apple just spitefully keeping this market to itself? It really seems like a raw deal when you consider that Apple still doesn’t include a USB-C to Lightning cable with new iPhones.

Previously: The Impossible Dream of USB-C.

Update (2018-11-15): Colin Cornaby:

It’s a licensing issue. You can’t Made for iPhone license these cables. They exist on the grey market though.

I’m not sure what Apple’s reasoning is, but it may eventually change. My own personal opinion is they want to keep a monopoly on the cables for a bit, but maybe there’s a technical issue I don’t know about. USB-C cable quality can be… variable.

Update (2018-11-16): John Gruber:

The next thing to understand is that MFI certification requires vendors to source their Lightning connectors from Apple. The old connectors don’t support PD, and the new connectors that do aren’t yet available to third parties. Basically, this is why the only option for officially certified USB-C to Lightning cables remains Apple’s own 1m and 2m cables.


It’s small consolation to those of us looking for high-quality third-party USB-C to Lightning cables and adapters today, but it does sound like they’ll start appearing in the second quarter of 2019.


If the iPhone were to switch to USB-C, I don’t think they could stop anyone from making USB-C battery cases. I do not think Apple will cede this control.


I think iPhones will stick with Lightning until wireless charging is fast enough that Apple can remove all ports, Apple Watch-style.

Previously: Lightning or USB-C on the New iPhones?.

Update (2018-12-03): See also: The Talk Show.

RIP XProtect and MRT?

Howard Oakley:

What’s more, there hasn’t been any change in XProtect’s detection signatures since 13 March 2018 (over 7 months ago), and the last time that MRT was updated to remove new malware was 19 June 2018 (over 4 months ago).

So the question we should all be asking is whether Apple is continuing to support XProtect and MRT, or whether it has let them die in silence?


Besides, even if Mojave 10.14.2 were to bring something wonderfully new, there are many Macs which are stuck with Sierra or High Sierra which would need a retrofit if they were to remain protected after the demise of XProtect and MRT. Discontinuing support for these established security tools would expose millions of Mac users as fair game to attackers.