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August 17 & July 20, 2015 Meeting

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August 17, 2015


Silly season: DefCon and Black Hat conferences

Thunderstrike 2 

An attack using Thunderbolt cable chips as a infection vector.

However, it is a low impact.

Screen shot of a scammer attempt 


— this ransomware that targets naive Windows users.

— completely bogus

Screen shot of Apple Fixing bad stuff

“Installer” will damage your computer. You should eject…

— this is a real warning, generated by the Apple malware scanner.

— pay attention if this pops up on your computer.

Zero Day Privilege Escalation Bug in OS X Yosemite (patched)

has been patched in 10.10.5

Cyber Flashing & How to Stop It

A woman on the London subway opened her phone

and saw a genitalia image (a human flasher). The

vector was AirDrop, so it was a naive user enabled


Update Firefox for Security Zero Day

Be sure to update. 

New Vulnerabilities Still Exist….

Don’t run Flash unless you have to.

And just today, an Italian research found a theoretical 

vulnerability. He notified Apple, but then one hour later,

released the details to the public. Normally, such a

researcher would wait for the company to respond.

This was very bad on his part.


Firmware Update for Latest MBP

10.10.5 - Very important - contains lots of security fixes

iOS 8.4.1 - also lots of security fixes


EU Finds No Music Collusion

Apple Wins One Against Samsung


Apple Earnings - Overview

— beat estimates in revenue and eps,

    but not for iPhone unit shipments.

Analysts Reactions on Earnings

Apple Spends on R&D

A Postive Analyst on Apple

Apple #15 on Global 500

General News: 

Apple to Have Visitor Center at New Campus

50% off Selected TCO Books for MUG Members

Apple Pulls Nest Thermostats from Stores

Apple Music Streamed for Free by T-Mobile

Apple Expands Office Space

Apple Expands… ?


Apple Car - Yes?

Self-Driving Car - Maybe not?

Apple Event Sept 9?


Presentation - Home Automation

by John Rich, author and journalist and photographer,

Download this presentation from

Automate your home and vehicle using smartphone or tablet, with technology that is available today.

Your iPhone and/or iPad can become a powerful remote control for many other devices and appliances.

Control Lights

Door Locks & Doorbell


Home Security 

Television & Stereo

Vehicle Navigation (GPS)

Car Maintenance

Infotainment System

Hands-Free Cell Phone


Open Source

Q and A

1. Thunderbird email app - accidentally closed inbox viewer. How do I get it back?  

— we will investigate

2. When I expand Finder column widths, it does not persist when I open new Finder windows. 

— hold the option key when dragging the column borders.

3. Apple ID - cell texts go arbitrarily to either Messages or email. How do we set this?

— Messages will try to use the relay of “Messages to Messages”, but if you are offline, it will use a secondary method, e.g. email, cell SMS.

4. I need help loading 10.5 onto a G4 Powerbook.

— 866 MHz CPU and 512 MB RAM is required.

5. When I copied a file, the file size was different on the copy. Why?

— Maybe block sizes are different. Maybe the metadata was changed. Maybe the copy is more efficiently de-segmented.



July 20, 2015


Flash - Zero Day vulnerabilities and Controversy

Back story of Hacking Team Hack


Apple Boots Monster after Beats lawsuit

Apple Requests Legal Fee Reimbursement from Patent Troll


Earnings for FY Q3 Tomorrow

Analysts weigh in - One Sample

China Market goes down - People Worry, Then Stop Worrying

General News: 

Apple Upgrades AppleCare for Bateries

Apple Gets ‘Good Marks’ from EFF

Apple Watch Satisfaction - a Debate

Taylor Swift and Apple Music I

Taylor Swift and Apple Music II

Apple Releases Public Betas of OS X & iOS9

IDC Guesses Lots of Macs Sold

Apple Hires Auto Exec

Quirky News:  

New Software for Apple IIgs


Apple likely to up iTunes Match

Apple ‘Over the Top’ TV Service?


New iPods

Microsoft Updates Office for Mac

OS X 10.10.4

iTunes 12.2  NOTE: NEW TCO BOOK OUT, See Discount code on Agenda 




Apple Music - Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor of MacObserver

Apple Music is part radio station, part streaming music, part music storage, and part musician social network. That’s a lot for for a single new online music service, and depending on how you use Apple Music, it can be a little confusing. Jeff will show us the new features that Apple Music gives us and point out what’s changed from iTunes Radio and iTunes Match. We’ll also find out which devices support listening to Apple Music.

Via Skype and the MacObserver Web Site.

Catch Jeff’s weekly podcasts.

What is Apple Music, as compared to iTunes, iTunes Radio, iTunes Match?

Three components

1. Beats One — Apple’s own Internet radio station

much like a traditional radio station, 

with DJ’s, music, interviews, call in requests, etc.

“old school radio station”

Zane Low is the station manager.

Beats One focuses on Pop Music.

Maybe in the future, there will be a Beats Two, Beats Three,

and so forth for separate genres of music.

2. Apple Radio — this is iTunes Radio retooled. 

This is a genre selectable streaming service.

A computer algorithm put together the stream 

for iTunes Radio, and made odd choices at times.

However, human curators put together the streams 

for Apple Radio. The ideal is to hear a mix of songs

that you already know with news songs that you do not.

3. “For You” music collections — hand curated recommendations.


iTunes Match vs. Music in the Cloud

iTunes Match — takes your purchased library and puts it in the 

cloud so that it is available from the Cloud on any of your devices.

The purchased library includes CD’s that you have ripped into your

library. The artist royalty was paid out of your original purchase price.

Apple Music in the Cloud — you can listen on demand to any item

in the catalog of iTunes, and the artist is paid a per-play fee.

This is a subscription service. 


Apple chooses the music curators very carefully, 

looking for expertise in the given genre. 


DRM - Digital Rights Management — Apple Music allows you to download music for per-play-fee listening, under your monthly subscription. So it has copy protection. This means that should you end your subscription, any downloaded songs still present on your hard drive will be unplayable.

If you have a given item in your purchased library, you will play the non-DRM file. If you do not have the item in your purchased library, you will download and play the DRM file.


Without Apple Music Subscription, you get these services:

listen to any music you've purchased, ripped, or uploaded to your device. 

(If you pay $24.99/year for iTunes Match, you'll be able to listen to any music 

you've uploaded to iCloud, regardless of whether it's on your device or not.) 

listen to Beats 1 radio, view and follow an artist's Connect stream,

listen to ad-supported Apple Music radio stations 

(which replaces the current iTunes Radio interface)

—though you'll only have limited song skips available.

With Apple Music Subscription, you get these additional services:

  • unlimited skips for Apple Music radio stations
  • the ability to like, comment, play, and save Connect content
  • unlimited listening to the entire Apple Music catalog
  • the ability to add Apple Music songs to your library and listen offline
  • your entire purchased and ripped library, uploaded to iCloud
  • access to Apple Music's hand-curated recommendations and playlists
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Apple Connect — a social network for artists to interact with fans 

(but not for fans to interact with artists).

It is the modern version of “liner notes”.

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Jeff believes that Apple Music is aware of your connection method, e.g. LTE versus WiFi, and will appropriately choose the best bitrate for the given connection. So you LTE data plan will not be overwhelmed. 


Open Source

The CrossWire Bible Society is an organization with the purpose to sponsor and provide a place for engineers and others to come and collaborate on free, open-source projects aimed at furthering the Kingdom of our God. We are also a resource pool to other Bible societies and Christian organizations that can't afford-- or don't feel it's their place-- to maintain a quality programming staff in house. We provide them with a number of tools that assist them with reaching their domain with Christ.

The heart of most projects here at CrossWire use a common technology called The SWORD Project.

  • A cross-platform textual publishing and research engine with bindings for most modern programming languages.
  • A huge and rapidly growing electronic library of Bibles, commentaries, devotional and general books, maps and much more, in many different languages.
  • A community where volunteers and developers can meet and assist each other in creating great Bible software.
  • A place where publishers will find tools to easily make available their works on a vast array of devices and operating systems.

Pocket Sword

— a Bible reading and study app for iDevices

— by CrossWire Bible Society

It is more than just Bible study. It provides for language studies,

learning foreign languages, learning grammar of your language.

Runs on desktops (Linux, Windows, Mac), and on smartphones.

There is a Java version as well.

Eloquent (formerly known as MacSword) brings the power and versatility of The SWORD Project to users of OS X, along with a beautiful Aqua interface.

PocketSword is a SWORD frontend for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It requires OS 3.0 or later and is now available in the AppStore

Xiphos (formerly known as GnomeSword), runs on Linux, Windows (Windows 2000 upwards), Solaris and all BSDs. Xiphos is a mature programme with all relevant features. Unique for Xiphos is its fully integrated and versatile ability to create your own commentaries, journals, and other content. Xiphos is translated into (currently) 11 languages, including Hebrew, Farsi, and German.