The Voice-Samples Edition Friday, December 1, 2023

Apple Releases Taika Waititi-directed Film Promoting Speech Accessibility Tools, by Shelly Brisbin, Six Colors

The film tells the story of a furry little character searching everywhere for his lost voice, with the aid of his friend, a young girl. There’s also an ebook, where the story appears in words and illustrations. Both are available now.

The film’s effectiveness and emotional impact does not come from the centering of disability, but from the lithe writing, imaginative visual vocabulary and trippy score, which is made up mostly of human voice samples. Like the best Apple promotional films, it is about what it’s about, far more than the products it inevitably promotes.

A Disability Advocate Preserves His Voice With iPhone, by Apple

Ingham has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), which causes progressive muscle degeneration starting in the face, shoulders, and arms, and can ultimately lead to the inability to speak, feed oneself, or in some cases, blink the eyes. In 2013, he began using a wheelchair, and in recent years he has noticed changes in his voice.


In the future, it is possible Ingham may not be able to use his speaking voice at all. “I’m very aware on a professional level that using my voice is getting harder. I am aware that when I get more fatigued, I get quieter, harder to understand,” he says, noting the cognitive dissonance of a progressive condition. “But on a human level, I put that out of my mind, because what can one do about it?”


Apple Releases iOS 17.1.2 And macOS Sonoma 14.1.2, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple has released the iOS 17.1.2 software update for iPhone. Apple has also released macOS Sonoma 14.1.2. Both updates are described as security updates in the release notes.

Apple Adds New Features To Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Motion, Compressor, And Logic Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today released updates for its Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Motion, Compressor, and Logic Pro software, introducing new features and optimizations. Apple announced the Final Cut Pro updates for iPad and Mac earlier this month and has now launched them.

Apple Marks World AIDS Day With (RED), by Apple

Over the last 17 years, Apple customers have helped raise more than a quarter of a billion dollars, giving millions of people access to lifesaving antiretroviral treatment and HIV testing, and helping HIV-positive mothers prevent passing the virus on to their babies.

This year, Apple is making it both easy and fun to support (RED) and the Global Fund with customer purchases.

iA Writer Can Now Track What You Or ChatGPT Wrote, by Jon Porter, The Verge

iA Writer 7, the latest version of the minimalist multi-platform writing software, has a new feature that’s designed to clearly mark text contributed by generative AI systems like ChatGPT. While your own words appear in black, you can choose for AI-generated text copied into your iA document to be greyed out. Then, as you tweak and edit the AI additions you can easily keep track of how much text is your original work and how much is artificially generated.

Steam Drops macOS Mojave Support, Effectively Ending Life For Many 32-bit Games, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

While most of the Steam game library for Mac is 64-bit, there are many 32-bit Mac games that never got updated. If you bought them and install them through Steam, continued access is not guaranteed, even if you're still running High Sierra or Mojave.


Apple Plans To Package US-fabbed Apple Silicon In US, TSMC Plant Not A ‘Paperweight’, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

In 2021, Apple committed to investing $430 billion in the US economy over a five year period. Now the company has detailed plans to bring Apple silicon packaging to Arizona as part of that investment. The announcement seems to refute an earlier report that Apple silicon fabbed by TSMC in the US would still need to be packaged in Taiwan.

Specifically, Apple says it will be the “first and largest customer” of Amkor’s advanced silicon packaging facility in Peoria, Arizona. Amkor will be responsible for packaging Apple silicon that TSMC fabs at its Arizona location.

Ouch: UK Regulators To Investigate Apple After It Loses Appeal, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Things moved relatively fast, but Apple appealed the decision to launch the investigation on the basis that the CMA inquiry began too late. The Competition Appeal Tribunal subsequently upheld Apple’s argument in March. The CMA then appealed that judgment and succeeded when the UK Court of Appeal overturned that decision today.

This effectively means the investigation will take place. If the agency finds against Apple, it could impose remedies that include insisting browsers be able to use rendering engines other than WebKit or mandating inclusion of cloud games services within the App Store.

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I think in order for my hobby project to move ahead, I may need to cut stuff that that other people may need so that I can focus on stuff that I want. Still deciding.

(I am jealous of other people who can focus on their weekend projects to get them running.)


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