The Portal-to-Another-Dimension Edition Monday, August 12, 2019

Here's What It's Like To Experience AR At An Apple Store, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

The free Apple Store app has transformed from a portal to Apple’s online store into a portal to another dimension. Download the app on an iPhone before arriving at any brick and mortar Apple Store across the world and you’ll be ready to step into an interactive AR installation by artist Nick Cave. Once you’re on the store’s network, the app will offer an option to launch the [AR]T Viewer.

Nick Cave’s experience is called “Amass,” and is made up of bright metallic objects called Ikon Elements. There are five Elements in total, and you’ll have to move around the store to find them all. It’s a little bit like a game.

Apple Card Review: The Credit Card Of The Future Is No Card At All, by David Pierce, Wall Street Journal

The most interesting stuff about the Apple Card happens after you buy something. First, the purchase shows up in the Wallet app, showing how much you spent and where. This is cooler than it sounds. Most credit cards give you gobbledygook that makes it impossible to recall your purchases; Apple tells you it was the Walgreens on Front Street, and here’s the phone number in case something’s wrong.

The Apple Card almost turns the Wallet app into a great budgeting tool. Almost. It categorizes your expenses by day, type and merchant, so you can see where your money is going. But since Apple doesn’t integrate the card with other credit cards in your Apple Pay account, you can’t see all your spending in one place. Nor can you export your Apple Card transactions and manage your budget elsewhere—such as into a more powerful app like Mint or YNAB.

The Apple Card, Like Checks And Venmo, Fails The Instant Payments Test, by Felix Salmon, Axios

Apple controls about 2/3 of all contactless payments in the United States, estimates Crone — which means that if the Apple Card starts to dominate the Apple Pay ecosystem, contactless payments in general are going to be very expensive for merchants.


Top 5 iCloud Photo Backup Alternatives For iPhone, by Dilum Senevirathne, Guilding Tech

Google Photos reigns king of unlimited photo and video backups, with Amazon Photos, Shutterfly, OneDrive, and Box all having their distinctive strong points. However, you need to know that third-party cloud storages may not have your best interests at heart. Before switching over, always read the privacy policy of the service thoroughly to know what to expect.

Apple's strongest point is user privacy. Your photos stored on iCloud Photos won't be used to mine data or for other nefarious purposes. If you are concerned about potential privacy implications, it's wise to purchase additional storage and stick to iCloud.


Google Chrome Incognito Mode Can Still Be Detected By These Methods, by Lawrence Abrams, Bleeping Computer

When Google made it so that Incognito mode uses a temporary filesystem using the computer's RAM, it opened up a new method of detecting it based on the amount of storage set aside for the internal filesystem used by the browser.

In research presented by security research Vikas Mishra, he found that when Chrome allocates storage for the temporary memory filesystem used by Incognito mode, it will have a maximum quota of 120MB.

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The reason why it is not easy to implement a good incognito mode is that we've given too much power to the little web browser and it is not easy to take all that back.


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