The How-Privacy-Works Edition Thursday, November 7, 2019

How Secure Is The iPhone In iOS 13? Apple Explains Privacy, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple doesn’t just vaguely tout privacy as a feature in its products. It also has a dedicated website at that explains exactly how privacy features work in detail. Apple is updating its user-friendly privacy site today for the fourth year in a row with a focus on new benefits in iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, and more.

New this year isn’t just a high-level explainer of how Apple protects your data by design. There are also four new white papers published by Apple that offer a deep dive into specific privacy features specific to Location Services, Photos, Safari, and the new Sign in with Apple feature.

Tech Lessons From 72 Hours Without Electricity, by Jason Snell, Macworld

In late October, my house lost power and internet for three days, part of a larger story involving nearby fires and poorly maintained electrical infrastructure in California. Over those 72 hours and the ones that directly preceded and followed them, I spent a lot of time thinking about how best to deal with technology when faced with a blackout. Here’s what I learned.

Don’t Interrupt Security Update 2019-001 (Mojave)’s Installation, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

irst, make sure you have good backups before starting, in case the worst happens. That’s always a good plan anyway. Second, do not interrupt the installation process! It may take longer than you expect, but let it run as long as it needs.


Review: Apple's Beats Solo Pro Are The Best Beats Yet, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

Apple has continued to refine the Beats brand with new designs and features. Beats Solo Pro is the latest incarnation of that effort, and does a great job pushing the popular brand forward.

Fitting in the lineup above the Beats Solo Wireless 3 and the Beats Studio, the Beats Solo Pro brings features such as active noise cancelation to what will likely be Beats' new most popular cans.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Now Available As Safari Extension, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The extension itself is relatively self-explanatory: it’s a website tracking script blocker. It automatically blocks third-party trackers in pages as you browse the web. There’s a whitelist if you need to customize the filters for specific sites.

Lightroom Classic CC 9.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Adobe has released Lightroom Classic CC 9.0 with several new features for the desktop-focused photo cataloging and editing application, including Auto Fill Edges for Panoramas and Batch Export with Multiple Presets.

Health Records Integration Now Available For US Veterans In The Apple Health App, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Following a summer testing period, iOS device users who receive care through the Veterans Health Administration can set up Health Records integration to see details like medications, lab results, and more all in one place.

Vero Beach Woman Creates Friendship App To Connect Parents Of Young Children,by Janet Begley, TC Palm

With five young children, Tripp said the traditional ways of meeting other moms, like preschool drop off, soccer games and even church activities didn’t work for her because of time constraints.

She decided there must be a way to utilize technology to bring parents together — and the idea for her newly-released iPhone app Mama Birds was born.


It’s Time To Blow Up Our ‘Always On’ Work Culture, by Cal Newport, New York Times

To support this new approach, he has employees leave their phones in their bags at the office and blocks access to social media on the company network. Strict rules reduce time spent in meetings (most of which are now limited to 15 minutes or less). Perhaps most important, his employees now check work email only twice each day — no drawn out back-and-forth exchanges fragmenting their attention, no surreptitious inbox checks while at dinner or on the sidelines of their kids’ sporting events.

The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Rheingans’s approach as “radical.” But as someone who thinks and writes about the future of work in a high-tech age, I’ve come to believe that what’s really radical is the fact that many more organizations aren’t trying similar experiments.

Apple Announces Policy To Ease Transition Back To Work For New Parents, by Pavithra Mohan, Fast Company

“What we find a lot of times is people are really excited to get back to work,” says O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail and human resources. “At the same time, [they] feel like they need to make sure things are really stable and successful at home. And that weighs heavy on people’s minds, I think.”


10 Ways Apple Is Leading The Charge On Sustainability, by Whitney Robinson and Ngrid Abramovitch, Elle Decor

In September, Apple won a United Nations award for its use of 100% renewable energy, among other climate-change efforts. Sustainability is at the top of CEO Tim Cook’s agenda. On a recent visit to New York City to be the keynote speaker at a gala for Ceres, a nonprofit focused on sustainability, Cook sat down with a small group of journalists, including ELLE Decor editors, to discuss his ambitious agenda for transforming Apple into a global leader in renewable energy and climate-friendly practices.

Here are our top 10 takeaways from the conversation.

It's Apple TV All The Way Down, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Also, I’m just going to put this out there: An article like this would also be written if Apple went to market with a hardware device called Apple TV, an app called Videos, a smart-TV app called Apple, a reselling strategy called Apple Channels (or having no name at all!), and a subscription streaming service called Apple Cinema. Too many names, Apple! It’s confusing! Why not something simpler?

90 Million Or Bust? Streaming TV's Great Subscriber Race Begins, by Natalie Jarvey, Hollywood Reporter

Instead of the "streaming wars," it's more like a streaming race as each new entrant that launches strives to reach ambitious subscriber goals and carve out a piece of the overall direct-to-consumer video market. With U.S. pay TV subscribers expected to drop from north of 100 million in 2014 to 78 million by 2022, per research from Sanford C. Bernstein, every company has recognized an opportunity to lure those cable defectors (and recruit digital natives) to their services. But with four new offerings — Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max and Peacock — flooding the market over the next year, it's anyone's guess how customers will respond to the glut of choices, especially as the cost of several subscriptions mounts.

The Troubling Age Of Algorithmic Entertainment, by Navneet Alang, The Week

The point is that streaming is affecting content and we don't quite know how that will play out over time. Still, if there's one thing we know about algorithms, it's that they tend toward an odd mix of the flashy, the outrageous, and the comforting. And art that perhaps doesn't fit, or won't appeal to the way the algorithm works, may get pushed to the side. That isn't new exactly — that has almost always been the case with media that pushes against the status quo — but it's hardly the democratic utopia that digital's most prominent supporters promised us, either. Instead it represents a dumbing down, a dull sameness — and unlike a setting on a TV, the size and influence of the tech giants means it won't be something you can simply switch off.