Sir Apfelot newsreel, week 22 2019

For many, today is bridging day, but not for Sir Apfelot: there is also a Sir Apfelot newsreel here for this Friday. In this I show you the Apple and tech news that caught my eye in calendar week 22 of 2019. The following topics are included this week: data leak at RICOH / Theta, mobile payment services on the advance, teen hackers and Apple servers, WWDC 2019, new and old hardware, and, and, and ... Overall, it will be this week Again very Apple-heavy, so that all fanboys and fangirls get their money's worth. At the end I have a tip for fans of French art films;)

Topics of the Sir Apfelot Wochenschau for calendar week 22 in 2019 include: data leakage at RICOH / Theta, Apple Pay and Google Pay, teen hackers on Apple servers, WWDC 2019, new and old Apple hardware and the film Rubber on YouTube .
Topics of the Sir Apfelot Wochenschau for calendar week 22 in 2019 include: data leakage at RICOH / Theta, Apple Pay and Google Pay, teen hackers on Apple servers, WWDC 2019, new and old Apple hardware and the film Rubber on YouTube .

RICOH / Theta data leak

You prefer a RICOH Theta360 Uses a 360 ° camera and saves its images on the manufacturer's servers this message from BornCity. There it is shown that there was a data leak in the provider's photo-sharing service, through which 11 million photos, some of which were set as private, were publicly accessible. The leak is said to have been found by the vpnmentor research team, which works around the two hacktivists Noam Rotem and Ran Locar. How the security problem was discovered and what information could be loaded as text and ultimately image files, you can find out in the linked article.

Mobile payment services on the advance

Mobile payment services such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are currently gaining ground faster than expected. This shows a study, its basic statements among others here at iTopNews. In a survey in mid-2017, for example, only 15 percent of those surveyed stated that they had paid contactless before. At the beginning of 2019 it should have been 47 percent. Small amounts such as taxi rides or tickets for public transport are particularly far ahead. It would be interesting to know whether the smartphone or the NFC function of the EC or credit card is preferred at supermarket checkouts etc.

Teen hackers and apple servers

Last year there was already a case where a 16-year-old hacked into Apple's servers. The teenager did not want to read out any data or harm the company, but only to demonstrate his skills - ideally to get a job from Apple. The same incentive now had a second teenager who also hacked the Apple server when he was only 13 years old. That shares among other things 9to5Mac at this point With. Both operated via VPN services and used additional security measures in order not to be recognized. However, in addition to the disguised data, Apple was also given the serial number of the Mac computers used. The customer data matched with it was then simply passed on to the FBI.

Advance information on WWDC 2019

Not only is the Apple WWDC 2019 coming up on Monday, but also that iTunes on the Apple Mac is to be split into different apps. As among other things Macerkopf (here) and app dangers (here) show, there is now a little advance feed on both topics. For example, Apple shared two stories from app developers, one about career advice for underrepresented groups of people and one about accessibility for restricted users. It is interesting that the first app comes from a 23-year-old university graduate, the second from a 50-year-old developer who has been developing accessibility features for over 20 years and has been working with Apple since the early 2000s. 

With regard to the new music app for the Mac, which is to replace the well-known iTunes in some parts, there is new information, especially when it comes to app dangers. There the first screenshots of the program are shown, which according to the watermark come from 9to5Mac. We'll probably see on Monday whether the user interface reminiscent of iTunes will actually be adopted as in the preview version shown. There is the eagerly awaited keynote at the start of the WWDC 2019. Start is 19:00 p.m. local time; there is a live stream again.

New 7th generation iPod touch is ready for Apple Arcade

The new iPod touch of the 7th generation with twice as much memory as its predecessor and the new A10 Fusion chip was introduced to you here a few days ago: Apple iPod touch - 7th generation available since May 28, 2019. In the post I also gave you the price and the exact technical data. So I don't want to go into it any further here. The time of publication is of course interesting; shortly before the World Wide Developers Conference this year and before the start of the game service "Apple Arcade". That is why the new iPod is being marketed not only for music, but also for games.

Finally better? - The new keys of the MacBook Pro 2019

The hobbyists from iFixit have the new MacBook Pro 2019 (15 inch, with Touch Bar) performed and have also dealt with the “new materials” for the keyboard advertised by Apple. These should make the keys less vulnerable and finally end the series of breakdowns that have lasted since the 2016 models. You can find the teardown with this link. Heise online (here) and app dangers (here) shown. The rough conclusion: yes, there is a new structure, but this must first be proven through user experience.

Working Apple 1 with instructions and accessories sold for approximately $ 471.000

An interesting story about Apple's first computer, the Apple 1, Is there ... here at 9to5Mac. A working model including original manuals and some accessories was sold at auction for more than $ 471.000. The auction house previously estimated the possible value in the range of $ 378.000 to $ 630.000. You can find details and a picture of the set in the linked post.

arte tip for fans of art and trash films

Here in the blog it is from time to time also about films - from Zombie films and Tarantino stripes to the Kubrick masterpieces everything is included. Recently, I was positively surprised to find that the Franco-German broadcaster “arte” uploads entire films to YouTube. This not only includes, as usual, reports and documentaries, but also feature films. As usual for arte, however, these are not (ordinary) blockbusters, but art films. A recent upload that should inspire fans of both art and trash films is Rubber. Rubber was started by the French screenwriter and director Quentin Dupieux. It's about a car tire rolling amok. Check it out :D

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1 comment on "Sir Apfelot newsreel, week 22 2019"

  1. It's nice that word of “my” insider tip ARTE keeps getting around. I've had it on my #1 TV remote control for years.
    And don't forget: ARTE is also available as an app for Apple TV. This gives you easy access to the live stream and the media library.

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