The Growth-in-Gaming Edition Monday, December 16, 2019

Apple Arcade Now Available With $49.99/Year Subscription Option, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

To switch to the annual subscription plan on an iOS device, open the App Store, tap on your profile photo in the top-right corner, tap on Subscriptions, tap on Apple Arcade, and select the one-year option.

How Apple Arcade Changed Mobile Gaming In 2019, by Shelby Brown, CNET

Among all of these, Apple Arcade stands as the most polished service that offers the clearest value, CNET noted in its review.

Apple also likely knows that mobile games and casual games are where most of the growth is in gaming, and planting the flag with Arcade will give it a bigger piece of that pie moving forward.

Things 3.11 Update Brings Enhanced Quick Find Bar And Other Improvements, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The Quick Find bar is used to quickly switch between lists, find to-dos, and search for tags. That functionality has been expanded and now includes the ability to generate lists for specific types of data.

Apple And Google Named In US Lawsuit Over Congolese Child Cobalt Mining Deaths, by Annie Kelly, The Guardian

A landmark legal case has been launched against the world’s largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt used to power smartphones, laptops and electric cars, the Guardian can reveal.

Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla have been named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington DC by human rights firm International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 parents and children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The lawsuit accuses the companies of aiding and abetting in the death and serious injury of children who they claim were working in cobalt mines in their supply chain.

Could Apple Take A Political Stand That Would Make You Stop Buying Its Products?, by Cam MacMurchy, 9to5Mac

We know that companies will always put money first, and most of us accept that. But is there a line? Is there a point at which values matter?