» The Talk Show #111: 12 Hours A Day

I join John Gruber on this week’s edition of The Talk Show to discuss the New Yorker’s profile of Jony Ive, the Apple car and some guy who used to write a fake column about Steve Jobs.

» ‘iWatch, iHub’

Glenn Fleishman:

HomeKit, HealthKit, Apple Pay, AirPlay, CarPlay, Touch ID, iCloud. The Watch is the digital hub around which everything rotates in the new Apple universe.

It’s a pretty compelling vision that answers the question as to why anyone would want one. I mean, I’ll just be happy to have a thing on my wrist that tells time, but this is cool, too.

» The Speedy Arrowcast

Did you guys know I podcast? Yeah, it’s true. I have a mic and everything.

If you like the popular television show “Arrow”, you might like listening to me, Dan Moren and Guy English talk about it over on The Incomparable’s TeeVee line of TV podcasts. This week we go episode 14, “The Return”, which features people returning to places and plot points and Ollie straight up murdering a guy. It also features me blanking on Slade Wilson’s name. Hey, he’s been gone for awhile.

I think I call him “eye patch guy”.

Anyway, you can subscribe to the feed with this link.

» The Rebound #22: Is There a Mrs. Brookstone?

This week we talk about the Apple Car rumor, more on the Apple Watch because we know so much more now and that profile of Jony Ive.

» ‘Confessions of an iPhone 6′

Your Friday afternoon enjoyment reading from Jessie Char.

» Turning This Car Around #50: Fears and Dogs

This week we talk about kids and their fears.

» Apple Watch band availability guide

Louie Mantia has put together a matrix of the watch/band combinations we know will be available. I’m still gunning for the aluminum Sport with black band combo but more to the point, I hope the combinations aren’t so restrictive. However, I will note that when you buy a regular watch now, it usually comes with a band or maybe two and extra bands are… extra. So, if I have to buy an aluminum Watch with a blue band and buy the black band separately, well, that’s somewhat par for the course for the watch business.

(Via Marco Arment)

» Superfish

With a name like Superfish, you know it’s good… uh, well, pre-installed malware. Here’s PCWorld’s Brad Chacos:

Lenovo’s been caught going a bit too far in its quest for bloatware money, and the results have put its users at risk. The company has been preloading Superfish, a “visual search” tool that includes adware that fakes the encryption certificates for every HTTPS-protected site you visit, on its PCs since at least the middle of 2014. Essentially, the software conducts a man-in-the-middle attack to fill the websites you visit with ads, and leaves you vulnerable to hackers in its wake.

You may be asking right now, “Say, John, did you just buy your son a Lenovo?” Why, yes, Christine! I did! Thanks for asking! And that explains what I’ve been doing this morning.

As it turns out, I had already uninstalled the program Superfish masquerades as because I went through the Windows uninstall control panel and was like “VisualDiscovery? Never heard of you. BOOM, YOU’RE GONE. HIT THE BRICKS. YOUR SERVICES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED AT THIS COMPANY.” That, however, does not remove the root certificate the program uses to ply its mal wares, the certificate which is easy prey to man-in-the-middle attacks. Chacos explains how to get rid of that.

If you’re using a Lenovo computer, you can browse to this site to see if Lenovo has pre-screwed your pooch. Enjoy your user experience!

» Behind the App

Myke Hurley’s Inquisitive has started a special series on iOS app development. Looks to be good.

» Enemy of my enemy

Writing for SamMobile, Abhijeet M. says Samsung will be scrapping a lot of its own software.

What’s interesting is that Samsung has apparently pre-installed quite a few Microsoft apps, possibly as a result of the deal the two companies made recently in relation to the patent royalty case they were embroiled in.

If true, it’s a smart move for both Samsung and Microsoft. Samsung’s software has always been crappy and undercutting Google’s services works for both of them.