The Area-of-Expertise Edition Friday, August 23, 2019

Apple’s New TV Strategy Might Just Work, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Apple’s TV app makes third-party services more accessible than even those services’ own apps do, with a dead-simple signup process, while simultaneously delivering a playback experience that’s better too. It provides features like offline downloads that most services’ apps don’t offer.

By integrating with the TV app as a channel, third-party services like HBO and CBS All-Access are letting Apple handle its area of expertise – technology and user experience – while the services are only responsible for doing what they do best: making great content. It’s specialization at its finest, resulting in an overall better product for users.

Apple Contractors Listened To 1,000 Siri Recordings Per Shift, Says Former Employee, by Jess Casey, Irish Examiner

Apple suspended transcription and grading work on Siri recordings last month after details of the practice came to light; Documents seen by the Irish Examiner confirm that the company has now ended this type of work.

There are fears that more than 300 contractors in Cork working on transcription and grading projects for Apple were let go this week; However, Globetech and Apple have refused to comment on how many staff members are affected or on the nature of their work.


Apple Music Replaces 'Best Of The Week' Playlist With 'New Music Daily', by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple Music today launched a new curated playlist called "New Music Daily," which as the name suggests, is updated every day with fresh songs.

Get Started With Mail Rules On Your Mac, by Rose Orchard, The Sweet Setup

macOS Mail has built-in rules and filters that you can use to manage all of your accounts. These run whenever your Mac is awake and connected to the internet and allow you to do anything from set the background color of emails in the list to executing AppleScript!

The OtterBox OtterSpot Is A Stackable Qi Wireless Charger And Battery System, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

The charging system, called the OtterSpot, features a charging base and optional charging pads. The charging base can be used to charge multiple OtterBox wireless charging batteries at once, making it an ideal charging solution for families with multiple devices.