This Week in Tech 655: Banana Is Phone

Samsung announces 2 new phones as Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona. iCloud keys are stored in China. All 150 new emojis for 2018 revealed. Nokia’s newest phone is a nod to The Matrix. GDPR and H.R. 1865 and their implications. Intel knew about flaws in chips but didn’t mention it. Dropbox announces its IPO. Kylie Jenner’s tweet takes down Snapchat and AT&T is taking advantage of the end of Net Neutraility.

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This Week in Tech 607: Ozark Puddin’

US Senate votes to end ISP privacy regulations. The “Turkish Crime Family” demand $100,000 in iTunes gift cards for iCloud hack. Android O needs a name. Supreme Court hears printer ink patent case. Tesla Model 3 is on the way. Samsung Galaxy S8’s big announcement is coming this week. US and UK ban electronics bigger than a phone on flights from Middle Eastern countries by Middle Eastern carriers. Google screws up messaging – again.

–Georgia Dow has two VR rooms in her house.
–Rob Reid knows what music aliens like best.
–Nathan Olivarez-Giles wants a car with a naturally aspirated engine.​​

Apple releases iCloud Drive for Windows, Mac users have to wait until Yosemite is out

Apple started rolling a revamped version of iCloud this week with the arrival of iOS 8. Dubbed iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service is now more akin to Dropbox and Google Drive in that you can actually access and store stuff through a file system. But while iPhone users who also own a Mac are advised to wait for Yosemite before making the switch, Windows users are ready to go.

Today the company pushed out an updated version of iCloud for Windows that adds an iCloud Drive folder to the Favorites section within Windows File Explorer. Inside you’ll see a folder for each application you’ve setup to synchronize data though iCloud, and you’ll be able to drag and drop or create your own files and folders as well — again, like Dropbox.

Aside from acting as storage, iCloud Drive of Windows can also sync with your Photo Stream and sync Safari bookmarks with Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome browsers. People with Outlook 2007 or later installed also have the option to sync iCloud mail, calendars, contacts, and reminders.

Windows users can download the latest iCloud for Windows here.

As mentioned above, Mac users are advised to hold off upgrading until OS X Yosemite is available, otherwise documents on their Macs won’t be kept up to date with documents on devices with iOS 8 or on iCloud.com. Those that are already on the Yosemite public beta, however, should have no issue.

In addition to the features available on Windows, iCloud users on Macs will get iCloud Keychain password sync, and Apple’s “Find My Device” functionality.

via Apple releases iCloud Drive for Windows, Mac users have to wait until Yosemite is out – TechSpot.

Apple’s two-factor authentication doesn’t protect iCloud data

Apple implemented an optional two-factor authentication for Apple IDs back in March in an effort to provide users with tighter security over their account but according to one security software company, Cupertino isn’t doing enough.

ElcomSoft noted in a recent blog post that Apple’s optional security measures do work under certain circumstances. For instance, those using two-factor authentication should still be protected from someone signing into their account to make changes, purchasing items from iTunes, the App Store or iBookstore and receiving Apple ID-related tech support.

The problem, according to ElcomSoft, is that two-factor authentication does nothing to protect a user’s iOS backups and iCloud data. That means that if a hacker could manage to obtain a user’s Apple ID and password, they could log into the account and download all of the information the user has saved in the cloud, regardless of whether two-factor authentication is enabled or not.

If that weren’t enough, ElcomSoft discovered that verification codes sent to a trusted handset are delivered and displayed right on the user’s lock screen (assuming the “show subject field” is enabled in the Messaging settings). This means that someone with your Apple ID and password wouldn’t even need your handset’s passcode to thwart the two-factor authentication.

At the end of the day, ElcomSoft said the system is just not as secure as one would expect it to be and that Apple’s two-factor authentication does not look like a finished product.

via Apple’s two-factor authentication doesn’t protect iCloud data – TechSpot.

Hands on with iTunes 11

Make no mistake: When you first launch iTunes 11, it’s going to feel awfully different from the iTunes you’ve grown accustomed to. That’s because it is awfully different, from many of the user interface choices right down to the brand new icon, which now even more strongly resembles that of the Mac App Store.

Edge-to-edge design

You can, if you desire, get the iTunes sidebar back. And it’s back in color like the pre-iTunes 10 days, too.

The first thing you’ll notice upon opening the new iTunes is that the sidebar—the one with links to your playlists, the iTunes Store, Books, Movies, Podcasts, and such—is gone. Apple describes the new look as an “edge-to-edge” design. Instead of using the sidebar, you rely on a dropdown for navigating between sections of the app, and a button at the upper right of the window takes you to the iTunes Store. But here’s a quick spoiler: If you can’t stand the dropdown approach, you can get the sidebar of old back. Go to the View menu and choose Show Sidebar. Bonus: The icons in the sidebar, which went to a faded grayscale in iTunes 10, regain their saturation in iTunes 11.

Another casualty of the “edge-to-edge” design is the status bar—you know, the one at the bottom that lists the number of songs in your library, or the current playlist, or what have you, along with how long it would take to play those songs and how much disk space they use. You can restore that as well with a trip to the View menu, by choosing Show Status Bar.

There’s a host of new user interface conceits in iTunes 11, making it seem almost like a testbed for Apple’s design. For example, the pop-up menus that appear when you click the black arrow button next to a song that you’ve selected feels more like something out of iOS than OS X. Clicking on a sub-menu item—Genius Suggestions, for example—doesn’t pop-open a sub-menu, but rather slides into a separate screen. Likewise, clicking on an album in the Album view slides open a list of songs in that album that resembles the iTunes Store (and includes a button that lets you quickly toggle over to that album in the store, as well).

You’ll see those pop-up menus all over, too. They don’t just show up when you click on the caret that appears when you mouse over songs in iTunes; they show up when you use new features like the Up Next option (see below), or when you hold the mouse over the currently playing song in the Now Playing header.

Full Story: Hands on with iTunes 11 | Macworld.