Read Perverse Vulnerability from Interaction between 2-Factor Authentication and iOS AutoFill - Schneier on Security (

This new iOS feature creates problems for the use of SMS in transaction authentication. Applied to 2FA, the user would no longer need to open and read the SMS from which the code has already been conveniently extracted and presented. Unless this feature can reliably distinguish between OTPs in 2FA and TANs in transaction authentication, we can expect that users will also have their TANs extracted and presented without context of the salient information, e.g. amount and destination of the transaction. Yet, precisely the verification of this salient information is essential for security. Examples of where this scenario could apply include a Man-in-the-Middle attack on the user accessing online banking from their mobile browser, or where a malicious website or app on the user's phone accesses the bank's legitimate online banking service.

This often happens when convenience is part of the security design.
Replied to Colin Devroe by Colin Devroe (
Apple has become a “that’s coming next year” company. They are today what they aimed to disrupt in the early 2000s. They are now ripe for disruption by more nimble, quick competitors.
. @cdevroe A third platform or a nimble Microsoft? Do you think the general consumer (not the much smaller demographic of tech geeks) is willing to embrace yet-another-platform and endure the switching cost away from well-known apps such as Microsoft Office?
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In advance of HomePod pre-orders, which began earlier today, Apple invited a handful of writers to hear the HomePod in action. Apple's smart speaker was met with universal praise for its sound quality but also, some scepticism.

I am sure the HomePod has good sound. But reviews like this one from Julian Chokkattu makes me want to throw up.

Audio quality is beautifully warm, yet the bass is not overpowering, even though it was still quite rich. If you close your eyes, it’s easy to feel like you’re at a live performance. We could pick out the vocals and instruments clearly. The speaker allows each instrument to shine through; you can hear precise guitar plucks.

I don’t think Julian Chokkattu has ever attended a live performance of … anything, because he goes on to write:

No, it doesn’t have that crisp sound you’d hear from very expensive high-end speakers.

So if I put these two sentences together, the HomePod makes him feel like he’s at a live performance where he can hear the instruments clearly but the sound isn’t crisp?

Whatever! More Vomit!

So how does it sound? After all, Apple is positioning the HomePod as a speaker first, with smarts second. We listened to songs from various genres ranging from Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Ariana Grande’s “Side to side,” “Let it go” from the movie Frozen, Tom Petty’s “I won’t back down,” and the Eagles’ “Hotel California.” The HomePod sounds great and easily fills the room even with the volume at only 65 percent.

What about classical music, jazz, Bollywood, soca, reggae, rap? Skip this POS review and go read the one at iMore. Excerpt below:

I had the opportunity to listen to significant parts of four songs on all four devices, along with a separate listening test of the HomePod in a different room.

As this test was controlled, I can’t claim that this comparison will be the most thorough comparison we’ll do between these speakers — for that, you’ll want to reference our individual comparisons after the speaker is released. But if you’re looking for a general comparison of speaker sound, quality, and room tone, this is it.

As he has in previous years, Jason Snell has asked some Apple watchers to provide feedback on the company’s performance for the past year. Hardware reliability, software quality and the company’s environmental and social initiatives scored worse than in previous years.

“This is not an illusion,” wrote Dr. Drang. “Apple’s software quality is dropping, and they don’t seem to recognize it. I understand that there’s much, much more to keep track of now than there ever has been, but being sympathetic to Apple’s difficulties doesn’t make me blind to them. When the Finder just stops in the middle of copying files for no apparent reason, that’s an inexcusable error. Apple has long believed that its programmers are far better than those elsewhere. That may be true, but they seem stretched to the breaking point and in need of help. Maybe you don’t need superstar programmers to do some of the fundamental things that are falling by the wayside.”