Only two weeks ago, I started In the news by stating: "It seems like every time we get one security disaster behind us, the next one comes along." Sure enough, two weeks after the issue with Twitter passwords, we now have the next one. If you use PGP to encrypt your emails, the EFF reported this week that new vulnerabilities have been discovered, such that the EFF recommends not even using PGP anymore. Sigh. And now, the news of note from the past week:
- If you use GoodNotes for your iPad handwritten notes, the developer recently posted a helpful article with videos showing you how to make the most of drop and drag with the GoodNotes app.
- Rene Ritchie of iMore writes about how Apple has worked with a number of other companies to develop carbon-free aluminum smelting so that the aluminum used in future Apple devices can be made with less negative environmental impact.
- Good news: Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac reports that the Logitech Crayon for iPad is now on sale, giving you most of the capabilities of an Apple Pencil for half of the price. Bad news: it only works with the 6th generation iPad, and you have to be a school to buy one.
- If you don't subscribe to Apple Music but you want to watch Apple's Carpool Karaoke show, Killian Bell of Cult of Mac reports that all 19 episodes of the first season are now available for free for anyone with an Apple TV.
- The iMac is 20 years old. To celebrate, you can give your iPhone a case that looks like the early iMacs. Leif Johnson of Macworld shows off the cases, made by Spigen.
- And finally, if instead of celebrating the iMac you want your iPhone to celebrate how much money you have to spend, the Russian luxury item company Caviar is selling an iPhone X in a custom case which includes a solar panel. Caviar calls it the iPhone X Tesla. The 64 GB version sells for 284,000 ₽ (about $4,500) and the 256 GB version sells for 299,000 ₽ (about $4,800). Here is a video which shows off the device (with the voiceover in Russian):