Archive for February 10, 2017

Hyundai Sonata Owners In Canada Find A Way To Get Android Auto & Apple CarPlay On Their Vehicles

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 10, 2017 by itnerd

One of the things that I have wondered for a while now is when some enterprising owner of a Hyundai vehicle in Canada was going to find a way to get a update to their infotainment system that gives them Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As those who have followed this story know, MnSOFT who is responsible for these updates has a paid update for 2016 Tucson and Elantra GT owners, and Hyundai Canadaonly has updates for a handful of 2017 vehicles.

Today appears to be that day.

I got tipped off by a reader of this blog today that a Canadian has posted instructions on the Hyundai Forums on how to take what appears to me to be a Hyundai supplied update file (as the location that is in the thread on Hyundai Forums is hosted on a server with a Hyundai domain) and make it work on the Canadian version of the Hyundai Sonata. Now it goes without saying that this is completely unsupported by Hyundai Canada and if you brick your cars infotainment system, it’s totally on you and your wallet. But reading through the instructions, I believe that this is likely to open the floodgates for owners of other Hyundai vehicles in Canada. Not to mention people in other geographies such as Australia who have been clamoring for an update like this. I say that because I read through the instructions, and for a reasonably tech savvy person this the process to make this work isn’t really difficult. Thus if you assume that the rest of Hyundai’s lineup works the same way, you should expect to see similar updates start to appear for other Hyundai Canada vehicles really soon now.

The other thing this does is it will likely create another optics issue for Hyundai Canada to deal with. I say that because even though what has been done here is completely unsupported, it as I mentioned before doesn’t appear to have been difficult to do. So you can fully expect people to accuse them of a variety of things in regards to not being able to bring updates like this to their customers. Thus if I were them, I’d be working on some talking points to cover off the fact that this update is unsupported and the fact that it appears to be really easy to do.


WhatsApp Now Has Two Step Verification

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 10, 2017 by itnerd

WhatsApp is rolling out a two-step verification feature starting today. This feature will allow users to securely verify their number with a custom-generated six-digit passcode whenever they install the app on a new device.

To enable this feature, do the following:

  • Open the app
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Account
  • Tap Two-step verification
  • Tap Enable

You will then be asked if you want to enter your email address. This is used by WhatsApp to send a link via email to disable two-step verification in case the six-digit passcode is forgotten, and also to help safeguard the account. But to help you remember the passcode, you’ll be asked for it from time to time and you can’t opt out of that.

Why Is Apple iCloud Storing Your Deleted Safari History For A Year?

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 10, 2017 by itnerd

That’s the question being asked after this Forbes report hit the streets. According to Vladimir Katalov who is the CEO of Russian hacking tool creator Elcomsoft, Apple is storing Safari histories in iCloud going back more than a year, even where the user has asked for them to be deleted:

Elcomsoft chief Vladimir Katalov told FORBES the iPhone maker kept a separate iCloud record, titled “tombstone,” in which deleted web visits were stored, ostensibly for syncing across devices. Katalov told me he came across the issue “by accident” when he was looking through the Safari history on his own iPhone. When he took Elcomsoft’s Phone Breaker software to extract data from the linked iCloud account, he found “deleted” records going back a year. (Apple calls them “cleared” in Safari, not “deleted”).

“We have found that they stay in the cloud, probably forever,” Katalov claimed.

Your reporter tried clearing his Safari (version 10.0.2 on Mac OS X) history and then ran the Phone Breaker tool on his iCloud account. It returned nearly 7,000 “deleted” records going back to 27 November 2015. They were accompanied by a visit count as well as the date and time the history item was deleted. There were also Google searches, the full terms of which were visible in the Elcomsoft control panel. Fresh Safari activity that I hadn’t cleared was given the status “actual.”

Well… That’s not cool. And what’s worse is this:

Shortly after publication, FORBES was contacted by Katalov and another source, who claimed that their old records were disappearing. It appears, they said, that Apple is purging. There was no update from Apple, however.

So it seems that Apple is covering its tracks. That too is not cool. What would be cool is if Apple explained this in a complete and robust manner. But given the fact that Apple isn’t exactly known for that, I’m not expecting that to happen. That means that conspiracy theories will continue to circulate the Internet. That doesn’t help Apple to put this to rest, or anyone who uses their products feel like they can use Apple products in confidence. In the meantime, I would take this advice from the article:

In the meantime, it’s possible to turn Safari syncing off to avoid the problem altogether. Apple has a good guide about how to turn iCloud features on and off here.

I did that and you should too. Really. You should do that right now. Seriously.


A Big Week Is Ahead For The IT Nerd!

Posted in Commentary on February 10, 2017 by itnerd

You should stay tuned to the blog next week as four things will be happening:

  1. A common question that lot of people ask me is how to pick a video card for their PC. To help with that, I’ll be sitting down with the experts at ASUS to give you the ins and outs of how to pick the best video card for your PC.
  2. Bring Your Own Device is a trend in business as mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, not to mention laptops become more popular. But how do you make this work in your company and what are the things that you have to watch out for? I’ll sit down with the experts from Citrix to help to steer you in the right direction.
  3. I’ll be attending the Canadian International Auto Show press day next Thursday and I will be live Tweeting it over on Twitter. You’ll see all the behind the scenes events including a world premiere from Hyundai. The fun will start bright and early at 7:30 AM on Twitter.
  4. Finally on Friday, I’ll be posting a review of the ZTE Grand X4 smartphone which I’ll also be using to shoot pictures and video at the Canadian International Auto Show press day.

This is going to be a jam packed week. Thus I invite you to stay tuned for all of the above and more.