YouTube app won’t make it to iOS 6 — and I won’t miss it

With the release of iOS 6 beta 4, Apple announced that the next version of its mobile OS won’t ship with the YouTube app, that has been part of iOS since the very first version. Actually I’m not really sure if the app ever changed since then, that’s how often I really used it.

From a user perspective I was always pretty annoyed when a link on the web (or from somewhere else) made me switch to that app, because I really prefer the web version. It’s actually one less task switch I won’t have to witness any more.

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Mat Honan’s weekend horror story

Mat Honan “Yes, I was hacked. Hard.“:

So maybe you saw my Twitter going nuts tonight. Or you saw Gizmodo’s Twitter account blow up. Or you saw this in AllThingsD. Or this in the DailyDot. Although embarrassing, Twitter was the least of it. In short, someone gained entry to my iCloud account, used it to remote wipe all of my devices, and get entry into other accounts too. 

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I still can’t get into Gmail. My phone and iPads are down (but are restoring). Apple tells me that the remote wipe is likely irrecoverable without serious forensics. Because I’m a jerk who doesn’t back up data, I’ve lost at more than a year’s worth of photos, emails, documents, and more. And, really, who knows what else.

First lesson: Create backups. Especially if you’re using a Mac, setting up an external harddrive to use Time Machine is a really simple thing to do. Stop reading here, and create a backup now.

Done? Good, because the story gets worse. Since Mat restored his access to iCloud, Twitter, etc. he got in touch with the hacker and Apple. Guess how they got his password? Brute force, you ask? Nope. The hacker social engineered their way into Mat’s account by calling Apple’s hotline:

Your password can be as safe, as cryptic and as long as you want it to be, if Apple or whoever can simply reset it once you call them, it doesn’t really matter all that much anymore. That obviously doesn’t mean you should use “password” as your password on every site you visit.

For those using Google accounts for anything: Go ahead and enable 2-step verification. For your own safety. I wish Apple would implement something like this.

Oh and once again: Please, create a backup. Now!

Here are two great books about social engineering I’ve read many years ago and are worth getting back to every once in a while to remind yourself of common mistakes.

Update: Mat Honan published the whole story on Wired.

Free food at Yahoo!

Kara Swisher – Week 2: Mayer Googifies Yahoo:

And, at the 4:30 pm PT confab, she announced — to the shock of some bean counters at Yahoo, worried about the cost, but to the thrill of hungry engineers — that henceforth the food in Yahoo’s URLs Cafe — but only in Silicon Valley for now — will be free.

Fortunately, it was a little bit more than just free cornflakes.

Still not seeing OS X 10.7.3 on Software Update

Apple released OS X Lion 10.7.3 last Wednesday and on one of my machines I’m still not seeing this update. The picture above was taken just a few minutes ago on a machine still running 10.7.2. It appears that I’m not the only who’s observing this. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber also asked this question yesterday on Twitter:

It obviously hasn’t been pulled, but what’s wrong with Apples update mechanism that some people aren’t seeing the update? It might just be a caching problem, but after almost two days this should have been solved by now.

Update:
After waiting for some days, the update finally showed up this morning on the machine I didn’t manually update before. Interestingly it’s downloading the combo update, not the delta version.

MPAA: Here’s your White House petition

For those who think hope that the White House actually looks at those petitions:

In just a few hours the petition amassed more than 5,000 votes and this number is increasing rapidly. As a former Senator, Chris Dodd has many friends in Washington so it’s unclear whether the petition will accomplish anything, but if the numbers grow big enough the White House won’t be able to ignore it either.

Previously Chris Dodd had an interesting interview with Fox News.

MPAA CEO Chris Dodd vs. Washington

CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and former Sen. Chris Dodd in an interview with Fox News:

"Candidly, those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake," Dodd told Fox News. "Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."

But don’t worry:

Meanwhile, it’s unclear if Dodd will follow through on the threats — or whether it will matter. Hollywood has so far ponied up over $4.1 million to the Obama re-election campaign. That’s already higher than the $3.7 million it gave him in the 2008 campaign, according to Opensecrets.org.

Here’s one theory I’ve heard recently: Washington handed MegaUpload to the MPAA on a silver platter to pour oil on the troubled water they created by speaking up against (parts of) SOPA.

Schmidt my chairman says

Eric Schmidt at LeWeb 2011
It’s always interesting to watch Eric Schmidt. Not because he’s working at Google, but mostly because you can be sure he’ll either leak some interesting fact or some rather obvious fiction.

At LeWeb in early December we once again saw a mixture of that, when he stated we’ll see developers choosing Android as their primary mobile OS and that most of the TVs being sold in 6 months will run Google TV.

Let’s have a look at the first prediction. Schmidt said:

There are so many manufacturers working so hard to distribute Android phones globally that whether you like ICS or not–and again I like it a great deal–you will want to develop for that platform, and perhaps even first.

This could potentially be possible, although I don’t really see a meaningful part of Androids existing handsets running ICS until then. Currently we only have one handset that’s shipping with Android 4.0 – the Galaxy Nexus – and one handset getting Android 4.0 over the air – the Nexus S. Although at this moment the Nexus S update has only been seen for T-Mobile USA, which has been paused as of today, due to “waiting for feedback”. In other words: a very small percentage of the overall Android market is running the current version after about a month of its release. Androids OTA strategy involves so many hoops to jump through between Googles original source code and your device, that it takes ages until you see an update notification.

I wonder if anyone has some data on how long it took manufacturers to release their Froyo to Gingerbread update?

Here’s the second one, about Google TV:

By the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded.

I’m not sure whether he knows something that’s been a very well kept secret or if he actually meant 2013 or some other year in the future. Let’s give him the benefit of a doubt at least until CES in January, but I place my bets on “Won’t be happening”.

And, well, Schmidt did not disappoint when he went on to say in an interview in Italy recently that -again- in 6 months from now we’ll see a “competitive Google tablet”. Competitive with what? Other Android tablets? That’s certainly a possibility, looking at Android tablet sales (or shipments) in the past.

Just for reference, here’s one “6 months ago” (okay, it’s even been a bit longer) story, that came straight from Google.

I can’t wait for June 2012! Maybe 2012 will even be the year of the mainstream Linux desktop as well?

Also:

360 degree view of Apple Grand Central only on your gyro-enabled iOS device

Now, this is a cool little tidbit, found by Mark Gurman.

You remember how Apple first added the gyroscope to the iPhone 4 back in the day (it’s nowadays found in more devices like the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and 4th generation iPod touch)? Well, they now took advantage of that feature when you visit the Apple Store, Grand Central on their site and click on the “View More Photos” link inside the photo. Continue reading “360 degree view of Apple Grand Central only on your gyro-enabled iOS device”

Google: Upcoming changes to Reader and Mail

Today seems to be quite an interesting day at Google. Two major products were part of announcements that made it to the wires today.

First off there is an announcement that makes Google Reader come closer to Google+. But first they are ripping out the social guts of Reader:

As a result of these changes, we also think it’s important to clean things up a bit. Many of Reader’s social features will soon be available via Google+, so in a week’s time we’ll be retiring things like friending, following and shared link blogs inside of Reader.

We think the end result is better than what’s available today, and you can sign up for Google+ right now to start prepping Reader-specific circles. We recognize, however, that some of you may feel like the product is no longer for you. That’s why we will also be extending Reader’s subscription export feature to include the following items. Your data belongs to you, after all, and we want to make sure you can take it with you.

You’ll still be able to share items via Reader’s “Send To” feature. Oh and Google Reader will get a new design – which is really overdue, in case you’re still using the web version and not a client like Reeder. After Google killed Buzz (or rather announced it will do so), I was actually only waiting for such an announcement. It makes sense for Google to put these things together, I just hope this won’t lead to people blindly posting stuff from external sources to Google+. I’m also actually quite happy there’s no officially supported way to directly import your posts from Twitter, etc. It would just lead to people pumping their stuff into Google+ while not actually taking part in discussions, etc.

The second announcement some how got buried, but Google Operating System has the main aspects of the visual changes to Gmail:

A video from Google’s YouTube channel (update: the video is now private, but there’s a mirror here) introduces a new Gmail interface. It’s based on the Preview theme that’s already available in Gmail, but there are many other changes: an action bar that uses icons instead of text labels, a completely new interface for conversations, profile pictures next to contacts, a flexible layout that adapts to any window size, display density options like in Google Docs, resizable chat/labels sections, new high-definition themes and an updated search box that includes advanced options.

I’ve been using the preview theme for quite some time now and while it took a few days to get used to it, I actually like the spacious feeling it offers compared to the older design. I like to use these sort of things right off the bat, because if someone like Google is pushing out these changes it’s usually only a question of time until you have to deal with it and there’s no way back. Oh and yes, I like #newtwitter too and wish I could’ve used it earlier.

By the way: is there anyone who can get me into #newnewtwitter? Would be nice to actually get access to things like this when it’s your job to cover these companies.

One more thing: Street View cars are out, Street View trains are the new thing! I wonder if some farmers are going to ask Google to blur their farms?

iOS 5 and OS X 10.7.2 updates are live (and more)

Apple just publicly released iOS 5, check your fresh install of iTunes 10.5 (which was released yesterday and is necessary for the update). Then you can update OS X Lion to 10.7.2 to get yourself some iCloud support. Check your Mac’s Software Update for the updates.

But before that, check for the iOS update on your 2nd gen Apple TV, which is out too.

After you’re done with all that jazz, you’re free to update to iPhoto 9.2 or Aperture 3.2 to see the photos that you shot and have been uploaded to iCloud while you were installing the 10.7.2 update. 🙂