Jim’s WebLetter for 8/27/16

Hi-ya, Apple users, Facebook followers and car mechanics!

Today’s WebLetter focuses on updates, News reporting and a simpler, more cost effective way of analyzing your car’s issues. After this, all I can say is, “you’re welcome”!

If you own an iPhone or, like me, an iPad, you may have seen there is a new update to install. iOS 9.3.5 is available due to the fact Apple discovered someone figured out how to spy on the current iOS system and get details about your use including credit card numbers when making purchases and passwords to your private accounts. My wife and I both updated out iPads to the new version as it’s primary purpose is protection from the hacker. But it raises a few questions: How did this entity figure out how to get in? How long have they been able to do it? And because of the speed in which this update was created and pushed to us, how safe is it and what issues does it bring with it’s installation?

Working backwards, the most common iOS 9.3.5 problems already reported include abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, and problems with Bluetooth. Common to most iOS updates. If you install and notice any of these, consult Apple’s support https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206203 if nothing there helps, visit the Apple Forum … http://discussions.apple.com/

Apple says it was issuing the security update (iOS 9.3.5) after powerful espionage software was found targeting an activist’s iPhone in West Asia. Computer forensics experts told The Associated Press that the spyware takes advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system to take complete control of iPhone handsets. See more at … http://www.ooyuz.com/geturl?aid=12924652#sthash.WMKn2NBJ.dpuf

And this story from the Guardian names the culprit as an Israeli tech firm.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/26/israeli-firm-accused-of-creating-iphone-spyware

That tells me that Apple needs to spend more time building protected updates for their devices to run on. And right around the corner, they’re preparing to release iOS 10 to the world. You don’t mind if I take my time upgrading my iPad Air until more improved updates are released (like iOS 10.3.5)?

This week, Forbes Magazine reported Facebook decided to change the News gathering featured in Trending Topics from human-written to algorithm-written and subsequently fired the writers. I have said in the past that Facebook has become the leading method of getting the news because more people contribute for more readers to read than anyone else. Well now it seems the computer has eliminated a host of jobs. So be watching to see how the news comes up in your Trending Topics, Facebook followers. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=http://www.forbes.com/sites/leifwalcutt/2016/08/26/facebook-lays-off-journalists-from-trending-topics-replaces-with-algorithm/&refURL=&referrer=

CarMD is a handy little device which has come a long way in aiding the average car owner with what’s wrong with a vehicle and how to solve the issue. The newest model, called Blue Driver, can be purchased through Amazon.com and runs about a hundred bucks. But did you know they now have a free app you can download and install in your Android or iPhone device, plug Blue Driver into your car’s OBD2 port and run a diagnostic test yourself? I read a story by tech writer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes who used it on his Volvo. The app detected two issues he was having on the car and with a Google search, was able to learn more about the problems, where to get parts to replace the bad ones, where the parts are located on the engine and how to replace them.  

This alone saved him hundreds on the diagnostic at the dealer as well as cost of replacing the parts. This article includes links to the free app, location to your particular car’s OBD port and a few other goodies. It’s worth the read … http://www.zdnet.com/article/diagnose-car-problems-with-your-smartphone-or-tablet/

Own a tablet? Read iTab Magazine. http://iTab.jimonline.com

That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.


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