The Banana-Economy Edition Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Spy In Your Wallet: Credit Cards Have A Privacy Problem, by Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post

You might think my 29-cent swipe at Target would be just between me and my bank. Heavens no. My banana generated data that’s likely worth more than it is. It ended up with marketers, Target, Amazon, Google and hedge funds, to name a few.

Oh, the places a banana will go in the sprawling card-data economy. Despite a federal privacy law covering cards, I found six types of businesses could mine and share elements of my purchase, multiplied untold times by other companies they might have passed it to. Credit cards are a spy in your wallet — and it’s time we add privacy, alongside rewards and rates, to how we evaluate them.

Apple, branching out from gadgets, just began offering a needed alternative. The new Apple Card’s best attribute is privacy (though the fashion faux pas of its white titanium has gotten more attention). Apple limits bank partner Goldman Sachs from selling or sharing your data with marketers. But the Apple Card, which runs on the Mastercard network, doesn’t introduce much new technology to protect you from a lot of other hands grabbing at the till.

Thoughts On Sharing Vacation Photos, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

In a typical week, I might take a couple of photos, but over the two weeks while Tonya and I were traveling in Switzerland, I snapped over 1000. Switzerland is unreasonably scenic, so it was nearly impossible to resist yet another postcard-perfect shot of a gorgeous Alpine valley. Despite that compulsion, now and then I’d try to take a step back and think about why I was taking a photo. They fall into a few categories, and tied up in each is how I might share any given photo.

Virgin Australia Bans All MacBooks From Checked Baggage, by Killian Bell, Cult of Mac

The airline today confirmed all Apple notebooks — not just those included in the recall — “must be placed in carry-on baggage only.” None are permitted in checked baggage “until further notice.”

This might seem a little excessive given that only a small number of MacBook Pro units are affected. But it is unlikely to pose too many problems for Virgin passengers, and it makes sense.

Apple Issues Emergency Updates For All Its Operating Systems, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

When Apple updated its operating systems last month, the company’s engineers accidentally reintroduced a previously patched vulnerability that allowed jailbreaking. To close that vulnerability and prevent device jailbreaking, Apple has now released a series of emergency updates: macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update, iOS 12.4.1, watchOS 5.3.1, and tvOS 12.4.1.


Apple Promotes Apple Card In New Ad, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

In the spot, Apple goes over the features of the Apple Card, highlighting the Apple Card interface in the Wallet app. Apple Card is designed to offer up visual spend tracking, changing the color of the virtual card to match the categories that users are spending in.

Apple Health Records Expands To Electronic Medical Records Giant Allscripts, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

Digital health records company Allscripts has announced that Apple Health Records are now available for three of its flagship products, granting access to not just the health professionals, but for their patients as well.

Using GoodNotes To Combine The Benefits Of Analog And Digital Notes, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

Using GoodNotes on my iPad gives me an environment where I can take analog notes without hiding behind a screen. This allows me to be more engaged in the meeting. And since the way I take notes is exactly the same as if I were using pen and paper, I’m able to get the retention benefits of analog note-taking along with all the aforementioned benefits of using a digital notebook rather than an analog one.

NetNewsWire Review: The Mac RSS Client, Rebooted With A Solid Foundation For The Future, by John Voorhees, MacStories

NetNewsWire 5 is a thoughtfully-designed, fast app with powerful search. The app won’t be my primary Mac feed reader until it has more syncing options or the planned iOS version is released, but if your feed reading is limited to the Mac or you use Feedbin to sync your feeds to iOS, NetNewsWire is an excellent choice.

CorelDRAW 2019 Review, by Steve Paris, TechRadar

CorelDRAW is a veteran on the design stage. Not as prolific as Adobe, but a serious contender in the professional space. The update offers a good list of very welcomed features, and its return to the Mac can only be seen as a commitment to all designers, no matter which platform they prefer to use.

NeuralCam Is The First Night Mode Camera App For The iPhone And The Results Are Incredible, by Joe Rice-Jones, KnowTechie

Using similar computational photography and machine learning, NeuralCam takes a series of images over a couple of seconds, then takes another 10 seconds or so to make the magic happen.

Mario Kart Tour Launching On iPhone Next Month, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

On Twitter this evening, Nintendo announced that Mario Kart Tour will launch for mobile devices on September 25th – less than a month away. Nintendo originally teased that Mario Kart Tour would launch by March of this year, but it clearly missed that goal by around six months.


Tim Cook Says Apple Will Be Donating To Help Preserve The Amazon In The Wake Of Devastating Forest Fires, by

Lisa Eadicicco, Business Insider

Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company will be donating to help preserve the Amazon after fires have ravaged the region.

“It’s devastating to see the fires and destruction ravaging the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s most important ecosystems,” Cook tweeted on Monday. “Apple will be donating to help preserve its biodiversity and restore the Amazon’s indispensable forest across Latin America.”

Report: Apple Shelves Plans For iPhone Walkie-talkie Feature, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

“Project OGRS” would have run over the 900 megahertz radio spectrum, which is currently used for dispatch radio communications in fields such as the utility, oil, and gas industries. Thus, the feature would have “allowed people with iPhones to reach nearby companions in areas without cellular coverage.”

This initiative itself hadn’t been widely reported on before, let alone the fact that it has been put on hold. It’s unclear how far along Apple and Intel in the development process of this technology. Specific reasoning for why they abandoned the efforts is also unclear, but the Information notes that “the departure of the project’s champion from Apple was a factor.”

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