Archive for December 31, 2019

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Apple’s New Map: Final Parts of the 50 States

Juli Clover:

Apple has made good on that promise with the rollout of the new mapping terrain to large swathes of the United States, and the updated Maps are now available across most of the country. It could still take some time for all users in the Central and Southeastern areas of the U.S. to see the new content.

Apple plans to bring the new Maps app to additional countries in 2020.

Justin O’Beirne:

This latest expansion is Apple’s largest yet, and it’s almost twice as large as the expansion before—suggesting that Apple’s rollout is accelerating[…]

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Undercover Spies in the Digital Age

Jenna McLaughlin and Zach Dorfman (via Hacker News):

The OPM hack was a watershed moment, ushering in an era when big data and other digital tools may render methods of traditional human intelligence gathering extinct, say former officials. It is part of an evolution that poses one of the most significant challenges to undercover intelligence work in at least a half century — and probably much longer.

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The Singaporeans had developed a database that incorporated real-time flight, customs, hotel and taxicab data. If it took too long for a traveler to get from the airport to a hotel in a taxi, the anomaly would trigger an alert in Singaporean security systems. “If there was a gap, they’d go to the hotel, they could flip on the TVs and phones and monitor what was going on” in the room of the suspicious traveler, says the same former senior intelligence official. “They had everything so wired.”

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The intelligence community has developed sophisticated “backstopping” procedures, which seed a cover story through web traffic, emails and other digital channels. But in an interconnected world, “good backstopping can be defeated in a Google search,” says one former senior intelligence official. Because of that reality, the use of front companies for NOCs has become increasingly untenable, necessitating closer coordination and cooperation with private American businesses for the placement and recruitment of NOCs, say former senior officials.

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Even a switch of employer, or an unexplained gap in one’s résumé, can be a giveaway to a foreign intelligence service, say former officials. In response, the agency has also shifted to recruiting individuals within the companies they already work at, and, with the approval of corporate leadership, secretly transitioning those persons onto the CIA payroll, and training them intermittently and clandestinely, far from any known CIA facility.

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Select vs. Choose

Brent Simmons:

People often think, mistakenly, that select is the polite or proper form of choose — but, in user-interface-world, they actually mean different things.

I’ve intuitively used “choose” for menu items. However, I had been using “select” for pop-up menu items because I see them as making a selection—just a variant of a radio button—rather than invoking a command. Apple’s style guide says to use “choose” for both.

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Screen Time Communication Limits Workaround

Juli Clover:

As it turns out, though, there’s a bug in the feature that’s allowing children to communicate with anyone who texts them.

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When an unknown number texts a child, there’s an option to add that number to the list of Contacts, allowing the child to then text, call, and FaceTime that person even without parental permission.

There are so many interacting features…

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Apple Changes Crimea Map When Viewed From Russia

BBC (via Hacker News):

Russian forces annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, drawing international condemnation.

The region, which has a Russian-speaking majority, is now shown as Russian territory on Apple Maps and its Weather app, when viewed from Russia.

But the apps do not show it as part of any country when viewed elsewhere.

Doctor_Fegg:

This happens pretty much everywhere with every online map. Kashmir, Taiwan, Western Sahara, etc. etc. Apple doing it for one country is not particularly news.

The only major-league mapping site I know that doesn’t do local alterations is OpenStreetMap, and that’s because OSM’s attitude is “you want the map to show something else? sure, download the raw data and host your own instance”.

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