Apple Is Rewarding the Teen Who Discovered the Group FaceTime Bug With Money for College

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iStock.com/Preto_perola

Last month, Apple users learned of a security bug that allows people to eavesdrop on conversations through Group FaceTime. The Group FaceTime feature, which makes it possible to FaceTime multiple callers at once, received an update that fixes the flaw on Thursday, February 7. Now, Apple wants to reward the teenager who helped bring the problem to its attention.

As Reuters reports, the tech company is giving 14-year-old Grant Thompson money for his education and providing additional compensation to him and his family. Grant and his mother Michele discovered the bug—which made it possible for callers to listen to audio on the other end of the line even if the recipients didn't answer—during a FaceTime call. Realizing what a serious privacy breach this was, Michele reached out to Apple to get it fixed, becoming seemingly the first user to alert the company.

Unfortunately, the tech giant doesn't offer regular customers a simple way to report such problems, and it took Michele more than a week to finally contact someone who could help. Apple says it plans to improve the system that handles these reports in order to avoid similar situations in the future.

In addition to the undisclosed amount of cash that will be rewarded to the Thompsons, Apple also thanked "Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School" in the release notes for the software update.

[h/t Reuters]

PopSockets Is Rolling Out a Line of Drink Holders

PopSockets
PopSockets

PopSockets have become something of a fidgeting consumer’s dream. The cute and accordion-esque accessory knob that attaches to phones allows for an improved grip and gives people something to noodle with. Now, the company is hoping you’ll recognize the value in having a PopSockets appliance for your hot and cold drinks.

The PopThirst Cup Sleeve and the PopThirst Can Holder resemble insulated sleeves you can purchase for beverages. But these sleeves have a socket for a PopGrip attachment, which you can thread between your fingers to make for a more secure grip. This might be beneficial in the car, where bumpy roads can prompt more spills.

A PopSockets PopThirst cup sleeve is pictured
PopSockets

Holding a drink with the PopGrip acting as a handle seems a little more precarious. Most people will not do this, but if they do, you will probably find the consequences on Instagram.

Since going on sale in 2014, PopSockets has become a phone accessory giant, moving 100 million units in 2018.

The PopThirst Cup Sleeve and Can Holder are both one-size-fits-all and retail for $15 each.

[h/t The Verge]

Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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