C/C++/Cocoa tool for codesign security, Developer ID, & Mac App Store Receipt Validation
Tighten Pro - in the Mac App Store
Tighten Pro is now available in the Mac App Store.
Simply click on the icon to the left to purchase directly from Apple.
Or choose PKCS#7Viewer.app by clicking the image to the right.
Mac Developer: Newsweek claims it has found elusive Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto | VentureBeat | Business | by Devindra Hardawar
Newsweek claims it has found elusive Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto | VentureBeat | Business | by Devindra Hardawar - His life was a complete blank for a while. You’re not going to be able to get to him. He’ll deny everything. He’ll never admit to starting Bitcoin.
Ah, the life of a complete blank! To be cherished for sure.
Mac Developer: Web 2.0 App Idea
Hey, I've got a great idea for a Web 2.0 application. We'll use HTML features to disable the system-wide OS functions like Copy & Paste. It's so great, our app will have a smooth and cool UI and will be completely inoperable with respect to the other 50 or so application programs that most people use. I majored in UX design at Devry Technical Institute and am on a mission to make the internet impossible to use for everyone except myself.
The business strategy is to trap our users in a modern Iron Maiden. And not allow them to escape for any reason. Once we've acquired our 20 million users we will capitulate, cash our stock options and laugh about the whole project. It's not like we ever plan to use our app. It's called an exit strategy, stupid.
Labels: web 2.0
Mac Developer: Apple touts secure design of iOS as Google chief admits Android is best target for malicious hackers
Apple touts secure design of iOS as Google chief admits Android is best target for malicious hackers - Speaking at Mobile World Conference, Google's new Android chief Sundar Pichai admitted that security plays second fiddle to "freedom" in the design and implementation of Google's mobile operation system, exposing Android users to an overwhelming, disproportionate share of malware vulnerabilities.
Left to evolve over time, freedom leads to things like the US Constitution, GNU, http and unix whereas security leads to things like Stalin's regime and all the neat things they accomplished. These concepts are explored in George Orwell's 1984.
Naturally, your paranoid security policies will never, ever, ever be used to oppress human beings. Because somehow, you're different: your devices are used by celebrities!
Labels: app security
Mac Developer: Google's next developer conference is all about modular smartphones | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Devindra Hardawar
Google's next developer conference is all about modular smartphones | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Devindra Hardawar - Registration for the first conference is open now for $100 per ticket ($25 for students). Google will also stream the entire event online for free.
This is called democratic pricing.
Labels: android, apple, google, ios
Mac Developer: Knowledge-based programming: Wolfram releases first demo of new language, 30 years in the making | VentureBeat | Dev | by John Koetsier
Knowledge-based programming: Wolfram releases first demo of new language, 30 years in the making | VentureBeat | Dev | by John Koetsier - Three months ago, Stephen Wolfram gave VentureBeat a sneak peek into the future of the Wolfram Language, a totally symbolic, heavily natural, intensely knowledge-based, and extremely large computer programming language.
A language extremely useful to people named Wolfram. :)
Mac Developer: Platform Stability and Usability
I'm sure Google had good intentions. They are improving their map service. I loved Google maps. I could find exactly what I needed quickly and efficiently. Now it's improved and I can't find anything I need with any reliability. Oh sure, I can find the location on the map. I can find the coordinates. But all the other use cases that immediately follow locating a physical address are now mystifying to me. Typically, I use maps when I'm about to step out the door and head out. I guess I'll use my mobile device instead.
This reminds me of my experience with Vista and MS-Office. In the 90s and maybe for as long as 10 years, I knew Microsoft Word inside and out. I had written DLL extensions, large collections of macros and could essentially accomplish any task quickly and efficiently.
I took a few years away from Word and mostly use Pages now. After the UI refresh for Vista, Word is a completely foreign environment for me.
In general, keep doing everything those UX designers tell you to do. Yeah, that's a winning strategy.
UPDATE: So I discovered bing.com actually duplicates and improves upon my preferred Google maps experience, so I used that to print. But my Nokia Windows Phone 8.0 HERE maps application seems to be unable to serve actual map data. Probably due to that over the air update I installed this morning without thinking about it. I love progress.
Mac Developer: The DeanBeat: Developers need platforms that aren't always in flux | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi
The DeanBeat: Developers need platforms that aren't always in flux | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi - Developers love stability. If you give them enough time and a platform that works, they’ll eventually come up with something brilliant like Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, which was published in the seventh year after the launch of Sony’s PlayStation 3. It was a masterpiece, winning 10 awards including Game of the Year at the recent Dice Awards (the Oscars of gaming). And that was because the developers just had to worry about making their game, not the technology around it.
But mobile clearly isn’t there yet.
Those of you breaking thousands of Mac Apps with every dot release of your OS, please take heed.
Labels: ios, mac
Mac Developer: New Jersey slaps MIT Bitcoin hackers with subpoena -- and they're fighting back | VentureBeat | Dev | by Eric Blattberg
New Jersey slaps MIT Bitcoin hackers with subpoena -- and they're fighting back | VentureBeat | Dev | by Eric Blattberg - New Jersey hasn’t accused Rubin or Tidbit of a crime, but the language in the subpoena reads much like the state’s computer fraud act, which carries some stiff penalties.
The grown-ups always know what's best for the kids. 1984 is here, it just took a little longer to arrive. Thought-crime.
Mac Developer: Snowden used cheap tools to outwit the NSA | VentureBeat | Business | by Dean Takahashi
Snowden used cheap tools to outwit the NSA | VentureBeat | Business | by Dean Takahashi - Snowden used web crawler software to “scrape” data from the NSA’s computer networks, according to an unidentified senior intelligence official interviewed by the newspaper.
It's hard not to like Edward Snowden. He's incredibly intelligent and articulate, and his actions are logically justified based on his understanding of the US Constitution. Even though I believe the NSA's programs are essential to the overall health of the nation (as long as we have people like Qaddafi running entire countries, foreign intelligence program is vital), Snowden has pointed out many activities which are clearly abusing the secrecy of the organization.
Someone like Snowden would make an excellent choice to run the NSA. Someone who could design effective programs that would serve the mission of the organization without corrupting the relationship to the populace it was designed to serve. Someone who understood the technology and would be able to identify and anticipate abuses.
I suppose I'm a liberal. I also like Noam Chomsky.
Mac Developer: Russian investors pile cash into a startup that can detect your Photoshop fakery | VentureBeat | Deals | by East-West Digital News
Russian investors pile cash into a startup that can detect your Photoshop fakery | VentureBeat | Deals | by East-West Digital News - Flint Capital, a $30 million high-tech investment fund based in Moscow, and FRII, a government-backed $200 million seed and early-stage fund, have invested an undisclosed amount in SMTDP Tech LTD, a St. Petersburg startup that has developed a technology to verify the authenticity of photographs.
Such an awesome product category to tackle. It's the next wave: calling the BS BS.
Labels: photoshop, security
Mac Developer: Appurify launches a cloud of a thousand mobile devices for app testing | VentureBeat | Business | by Jordan Novet
Appurify launches a cloud of a thousand mobile devices for app testing | VentureBeat | Business | by Jordan Novet - The startup is launching a service to give mobile developers access to a bunch of different iOS and Android mobile devices on which they can test web-based or native mobile applications.
Number one: it shows that the web isn't really a programming standard. But HTML markup works great. Number two: great idea. Nobody could own that much hardware. And if you can, you probably have 1000 testers anyway.
Mac Developer: British spy agency said to target Apple's iPhone with remote surveillance exploit kit
British spy agency said to target Apple's iPhone with remote surveillance exploit kit - A fifth plugin — dubbed "Porus" — is referred to as providing "kernel stealth" capabilities. This could mean that the spyware is embedded in a manner similar to a rootkit, and might re-install itself automatically after being wiped.
The line between the good guys and bad guys is getting pretty blurry.
Labels: app security
Mac Developer: Obama: NSA will not hold telephone metadata, nor spy on heads of state | VentureBeat | Security | by Eric Blattberg
Obama: NSA will not hold telephone metadata, nor spy on heads of state | VentureBeat | Security | by Eric Blattberg - Trying to counter widespread criticism of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, President Barack Obama on Friday announced a number of reforms to the way U.S. intelligence agencies operate.
All those activities previously performed by the NSA will move to Homeland Security. Shhhh.
Mac Developer: PassMarket beats Apple to the punch with iBeacon-based mobile payments
PassMarket beats Apple to the punch with iBeacon-based mobile payments - PassMarket, first launched in 2012, is a behind-the-scenes platform that allows businesses to interact with customers using passes stored in digital wallet applications like Apple's PassBook.
Only thieves working remotely in the former Soviet Union will be able to steal money from your wallet.
Mac Developer: Planet Labs Launches 'Eyes in Sky' Satellites - Digits - WSJ
Planet Labs Launches 'Eyes in Sky' Satellites - Digits - WSJBusinesses that want to spy on clients or competitors – to see, for example, how many cars are in a retailer’s parking lot to infer sales volumes.
Possibly, the NSA is redundant because their activities have been privatized. Can't decide which is worse.
Mac Developer: Apple to take 11% of global enterprise market by 2015 thanks to iPhone 'halo effect'
Apple to take 11% of global enterprise market by 2015 thanks to iPhone 'halo effect' - Also a factor are apps, the report says. Cisco, for example, takes advantage of Apple's Developer Program to roll out its own in-house apps for employees.
In addition, Apple is making strides in security and encryption that make both iOS and OS X a viable and attractive option for government agencies.
Although I'd like to get back into developing for Windows, I can't figure out what machine I would need to buy in order to install the "free" development tools, nor whether they would allow me to build Win32 apps.
On the Android front, I believe 4.3 was default on my device when I got it shortly before the holidays. At some point in the past 2 weeks, an in-the-background over-the-air update to Chrome has made the browser unusable for one of my key tasks.
Can you imagine working on a corporate help desk and to arrive one morning to learn that 40,000 of your employees are unable to access a critical web portal because some fancy new browser feature that nobody has ever asked for is now installed systemwide without any way to roll back the change? Is anyone awake out there? Bueller? Anyone?
Labels: apple, enterprise
Mac Developer: CEO Gabe Newell explains why Valve created Steam Machines | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi
CEO Gabe Newell explains why Valve created Steam Machines | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi - Gabe Newell has been the de facto face of PC gaming for years. But now the Valve CEO is the face of one of the greatest threats Microsoft is facing to its Windows PC business.
I'm sure it looks appealing, but increasing control is never a real solution. It just leads to Orwellian consequences.
Mac Developer: Hackers continue to tweak Apple's obsolete iOS 3.1.3 for legacy iPhones, iPods
Hackers continue to tweak Apple's obsolete iOS 3.1.3 for legacy iPhones, iPods - Even as Apple's first- and second-generation iPhone and iPod touch gain "vintage" status, intrepid programming group "whited00r" is working to bring many of iOS's latest features, like Control Center, to the geriatric devices.
A curious nostalgia.
Labels: ios, jailbreak
Mac Developer: NSA worked on iPhone spyware to remotely monitor users, leaked documents show
NSA worked on iPhone spyware to remotely monitor users, leaked documents show - Der Spiegel asserts specialized NSA Tailored Access Operations (TAO) teams intercept incoming device shipments, carefully open packages and install spyware before sending the "bugged" units along to end users.
Makes a great case for walking into an Apple store and buying a new phone that way.
Labels: app security
Mac Developer: The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA - Arik Hesseldahl - News - AllThingsD
The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA - Arik Hesseldahl - News - AllThingsD - Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the National Security Agency.
This is a perfect example of why Timothy Leary recommended "question everything". Especially authority figures.
Mac Developer: Rumor: Chinese company pays $1 million to sponsor jailbreak for Apple's iOS 7
Rumor: Chinese company pays $1 million to sponsor jailbreak for Apple's iOS 7 - The controversy expanded when it was discovered that Taig's storefront played host to a plethora of pirated apps and that the code of the evasi0n application itself was heavily obfuscated, making it difficult for other developers to audit.
It's not unusual to be loved by anyone!
Mac Developer: genkiyooka/ScopedEarl
A quick sample project to demonstrate the use of security scoped bookmarks with respect to saving multiple files in a folder that the user has selected.
Make sure and take a look at Tighten FREE
for double-checking those entitlements.
Labels: sandbox, security scoped bookmarks
Mac Developer: Researchers find way to activate iSight cameras without alerting users
Researchers find way to activate iSight cameras without alerting users - Researchers Matthew Brocker and Stephen Checkoway outline the attack, which targets the firmware inside the iSight camera's controller chip, in a paper entitled "iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED." The paper was first reported by the Washington Post.
I think it's pretty obvious that the solution is to eliminate the camera from all future Mac models. And while we're at it, let's eliminate the CPU as well. The CPU-less, camera-less Mac will make a nice prop in the suburban home of tomorrow.
Labels: security, tighten
Mac Developer: Bots are now the dominant species on the Internet, study says | VentureBeat | Business | by Barry Levine
Bots are now the dominant species on the Internet, study says | VentureBeat | Business | by Barry Levine - According to a new report from security content delivery network Incapsula, 61.5 percent of all website traffic is now non-human, while a mere 38.5 percent represents carbon units clicking things.
Bots looking for humans to market to.
Mac Developer: Goodbye athlete's foot: IBM researchers craft nanomedicine to kill fungi where other meds fail | VentureBeat | Health | by Dean Takahashi
Goodbye athlete's foot: IBM researchers craft nanomedicine to kill fungi where other meds fail | VentureBeat | Health | by Dean Takahashi - IBM researchers and a team in Singapore have taken common plastic and engineered it into a nanomedicine that is 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand and can be used to attack fungi that are resistant to antibiotics.
Brings a whole new meaning to security and anti-virus code. It's like Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age.
Mac Developer: Review: Using the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera with Apple's iPhone
Review: Using the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera with Apple's iPhone - The world's most versatile camera and the world's most popular smartphone lineup join forces thanks to the official GoPro app for iOS. Built-in wireless connectivity, stunning picture quality and a stellar lineup of accessories make the GoPro Hero3+ camera an easy recommendation — one made only better by connecting it to an iPhone.
In theory, it should have been impossible to launch a new dedicated consumer camera. How? Specicifity.
Mac Developer: Mysterious internet data hijacking operation discovered | The Verge
Mysterious internet data hijacking operation discovered | The Verge - A sizable chunk of internet traffic made an unnoticed pit stop in Belarus and Iceland at several points over the past year, a security firm said today. Renesys, a company that monitors online activity, says some internet traffic was hijacked en route to the US and other locations, including government destinations as part of a scheme of unknown origin.
IOW, the Russians are doing it as well.