The Plain-Language Edition Thursday, September 26, 2019

How To Make The Most Of Apple’s New Privacy Tools In iOS 13, by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

Most important, Apple’s descriptions of the features are written in plain language for casual users. For example, when Macy’s asked for access to my Bluetooth, Apple’s notification warned that the app could use the sensor to know when I am nearby.

It’s disturbing to realize by getting all these new privacy tools now that our data was ever exposed like this to begin with. These are all features we have desperately needed in the constant struggle to protect our digital privacy.

Apple’s iPhone 11 And 11 Pro Will Show A Warning On Your Lock Screen If They Can’t Verify A Replaced Screen, by Chris Welch, The Verge

Apple goes over a laundry list of problems that could arise if your display is swapped the wrong way or with a non-genuine part, such as multi-touch problems, issues with screen color accuracy and brightness, or True Tone failing to work properly. “Additionally, repairs that don’t properly replace screws or cowlings might leave behind loose parts that could damage the battery, cause overheating, or result in injury.”

Apple Is Working To Restore African Grasslands To Curb Climate Change (And Save The Elephants), by Adele Peters, Fast Company

Sitting between two national parks in Kenya, the Chyulu Hills are home to large populations of elephants and other wildlife. The area is also the site of Apple’s latest donation, as the tech company looks for new solutions to climate change that can be replicated at scale.

The company is working with the nonprofit Conservation International to restore degraded grasslands in the area. “By restoring tens of thousands of hectares in the Chyulu Hills, we can remove carbon from the air, protect a critical wildlife corridor for elephants, and support the livelihoods of the Maasai people,” says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, social, and policy initiatives, who formerly served as head of the EPA.


Apple TV Now Features 10 Beautiful Underwater Video Screensavers, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The tvOS 13 update for Apple TV set-top boxes rolled out yesterday, and now Apple has started rolling out the new ‘under the sea’ screensavers produced in coordination with the BBC.

There are ten new underwater ‘Aerial’ screensavers offering a beautiful look at corals, shoals of fish, and generally stunning imagery of sea life.

TuneIn, Apple To Bring More Radio Stations To Apple Music, by Apple World Today

TuneIn, a live global streaming and on-demand audio service, has teamed up with Apple to offer listeners access to TuneIn’s more than 100,000 global radio stations on all Siri-enabled devices and Apple Music.

How Accurate Is Apple Watch Noise Level Detection For Hearing Health? Here's One Test, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The Apple Watch Noise app is surprisingly accurate (not unlike the heart rate sensor), and noise alerts will be practical for knowing when ear protection should be used.

Maroon 5 Teams Up With Apple To Help You Cherish Your 'Memories' Via New Photos App Feature, Heran Mamo, Billboard

The band collaborated with Apple for the branded project because the company has already established the Memories feature, which automatically curates digital photo and video albums for users based on their past events and visited locations. Now, Maroon 5 fans can use the app-suggested “Memories” track as the soundtrack for their Memories movies, which are activated when users press the play button on any curated collection.


If You Run A Small Business Park In The Back Of The Parking Lot, by Spicer Matthews, Skyclerk

My father was an insurance agent with his office in a big 3 story office mall. The parking lot for this building must have had room for 500 cars and almost never completely filled up but my father made a point to always park as far away from the front door as possible. Even on 30 below zero days with 3 feet of fresh snow on the ground, he would not waver and park any closer to the front door. At a young age, I asked him why he parked so far away and he told me the experience his customers have while visiting him was very important to him and it started when they pulled into the parking lot. In his view, they should have front row parking.


It’s Hard To Use Apple Arcade Without Wondering How Developers Will Be Paid, by Patrick Klepek, Vice

If fuzzy metrics like “engagement” and potentially misleading metrics like “time spent” are used to judge how developers are paid, if a game like Possessions is at a disadvantage because it’s short, why wouldn’t they come back with a second game designed to keep the player around longer? Doesn’t that quickly lead us down the same toxic rabbit hole of exploitative player experiences that lead to the creation of Apple Arcade in the first place?

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Honestly, I have no idea what I am playing in the iPhone's Mario Kart Tour. Too may stars and coins and gifts and what-nots, when all I want to do is race.


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