If you just point and click around (the ‘browse’ in web browser) or use bookmarks to find news, then you don’t have a technology minor and you’re likely to be intimidated and influenced by the headlines of traditional digerati and technorati who do such things to drum up eyeballs, increase FUD levels, and treat Apple as anything but the largest and most powerful technology gadget maker on earth.
2 Not Wise Men
Yesterday was a trifecta, a day filled with raucous headlines about attacks, vulnerabilities, malware, and yes, something else by Apple that’s broken. In this case, all three of these came from a usual suspect, ZDnet, the Entertainment Tonight of technology.
First up in the 2015 Fear Monger’s Parade is an old favorite. Android. Zack Whittaker’s “How to check if your Android device is vulnerable to attack.” Allow me to save you a few hundred words.
The easiest way to check if your Android device is vulnerable to attack is to find the word Android or Android logo or anything Android on your smartphone or tablet. They’re all vulnerable to attack. All. Of. Them.
True story. Android is defined as mobile vulnerability in Google-speak. Look it up.
The second headline is worse than the first but also hails from Zack-land, who it would seem, makes a good living by spouting off the obvious. “New Android adware hits thousands of apps, can’t be removed.”
I could be wrong, but that doesn’t sound good, does it?
A few hundred words later (ZDnet obviously doesn’t pay writers by the word) and we find out it’s ‘trojanized adware‘ which can infect an Android device simply by using Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other popular sites.
The good news is that the company said there is no indication that users who install apps from Google Play, Android’s official app store, are affected.
That could be written a different way. How about:
Google would not deny that apps from the Google Play store may have infected a few hundred million Android devices.
Sensationalism is an infectious disease. To read it is to write it.
Finally, and it’s unlikely that you knew this because almost 70-percent of all iPhones and iPads on planet earth have already upgraded to iOS 9.x, but Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says iOS 9.1 is still broken. But it’s better. Broken how? And, better than what?
In barely 275 words (remember, ZDnet doesn’t pay by the word; they use a patent pending Sensationalist Meter™ instead) we’re told that iOS 9.1 has a bug affecting the Touch ID fingerprint ID sensor. This bug, the only one that Kingsley-Hughes cites, means iOS 9 is still broken. Fortunately for you, I have some experience with this particular bug which afflicted my new iPhone 6s Plus. Touch ID went wonky. So, I deleted all the fingerprints, reset the iPhone, added the fingerprints again, and, ipso facto and Voila! Problem solved. iOS 9 is no longer broken. At least, it’s no longer broken when using the ZDNet standard for when an operating system is broken. One bug.
I’m sure my iPhone has more than one bug, and it’s likely there’s a bug or two in OS X on my Mac, too, but if being ‘broken’ is just one bug then I’ll stop looking for bugs and my iPhone and Mac will no longer be broken.