The Equal-Opportunities Edition Saturday, December 21, 2019

Apple Suppressed Competitors In Its App Store--until It Got Caught, A Lawsuit Alleges, by Reed Albergotti, Washington Post

“Multiple different types of Apple app competitors enjoyed a sudden, unexplained rise in search rankings,” according to Blix’s latest filing in court, which appeared Friday. The spike came roughly two weeks after a New York Times article examined how Apple ranked its own apps higher than competitors.

Apple spokesman Fred Sainz declined to comment on the litigation. On its website, Apple says its App Store provides “equal opportunities to developers to deliver their apps and services across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.”

Email Usernames And Passwords Can Be Extracted From Locked iPhones On iOS 13.3, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Elcomsoft, a company which sells tools to law enforcement agencies to access locked iPhones, says that it is now able to extract some data from devices running any version of iOS from 12.0 to 13.3.

It relies on the checkm8 exploit of a vulnerability present in most A-series chips, which made possible the Checkra1n jailbreak.

MacBook Pro Anti-Reflective Coating Repair Program Remains In Effect, But 2013-2014 Models No Longer Eligible, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple continues to authorize free display repairs for eligible MacBook and MacBook Pro models with anti-reflective coating issues for up to four years after the affected notebook's original purchase date, the company said in an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers this week.

AirPods Pro Owners Scratch And Sniff … Blueberries, by Brad Gibson, Cult of Mac

Some AirPods Pro owners report an unusual smell emanating from the plastic and rubber casings of Apple’s hot new earbuds. Of all things, they say they detect a whiff of … blueberries.

One expert tells Cult of Mac the aroma could be deliberate, or simply a result of chemical compounds in the plastics.

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Today, I went through all the movies in my Netflix queue that scored less than a 7.0 in IMDB. Because life's too short.

Oh, and then I watched The Post.


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