Wrap up the latest in technology

By WILLIAM XIE | February 15, 2018

 iOS Source Code Leaked on GitHub

On Wednesday, Apple requested that GitHub remove leaked iOS source code. The leak, which Jonathan Levin, an author of several books on iOS, called Apple’s biggest leak in history, was confirmed by Motherboard to be stolen by a former Apple intern in 2016. The leaked code had to do with iBoot, the process during system startup which authenticates code running from an iPhone. The three-year-old source code was implemented during iOS 9, two full versions behind the current iOS 11. 

Jailbreaking or removing software restrictions set by Apple threatens the integrity of Apple products, and the latest source code leak may be partly used in iOS 11. However, Apple has assured customers that the leak is not as alarming as it seems.

“Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products,” Apple said in a press release.

Amazon to Launch Its Own Shipping Service

Amazon will begin its own shipping service called Shipping with Amazon (SWA). According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the shipping service will start with sending products from Amazon’s marketplace in Los Angeles in the coming weeks. Initially the service will be limited to Los Angeles, but WSJ stated that Amazon plans to expand the service to more locations soon.

“We’re always innovating and experimenting on behalf of customers and the businesses that sell and grow on Amazon to create faster lower-cost delivery choices,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a press release. 

In addition to expansion across locations, SWA is envisioned to compete with other shipping giants such as UPS and FedEx by shipping anything anywhere. 

Chrome to Mark HTTP Sites “Not Secure”

With the release of Chrome 68 in July 2018, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure.” Web developers must switch their sites to HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, to continue to be supported by Chrome. The ‘S’ stands for secure which ensures the communication between the browser and the website is encrypted (embrace the S). Chrome’s mandatory use of HTTPS will help the privacy and protection of its users. The announcement post also includes information on Google’s open source tool, Lighthouse, which helps developers audit their sources and upgrade to HTTPS. 

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