The Customizable-Button Edition Friday, February 14, 2020

Apple Expands ‘Quick Look’ To Let Retailers Sell Things Directly In Augmented Reality, by Greg Kumparak, TechCrunch

At first, though, Quick Look was really just for that — looking. You could look at an item in AR, but that was about it.

Apple is expanding upon the concept a bit, allowing developers to bring a customizable button into the mix. It could be a purchase button, triggering an Apple Pay prompt on the spot. Or it can be wired up to do just about any other single action a retailer might want. It could initiate a customer support chat to let a customer ask about color options — or it could point them to local retailers who have it in stock so they can see it in person.

Sleazy Adware Targets Mac Users--and Apple Steps Up Its Game, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

It seems that many of the items in Malwarebytes’ report have gotten the hammer from Apple and are no longer actively circulating. The report’s long list of Mac software is an alert that the Mac is now a much more enticing target for makers of adware and other scam software. It certainly can’t be a coincidence that Apple is stepping up enforcement of its policies at the same time that the number of these sleazy apps is increasing.

Apple Store Workers Should Be Paid For Time Waiting To Be Searched, Court Rules, by Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times

Apple said it could prohibit employees from bringing any bags or personal Apple devices into its stores altogether but gave them that benefit. The California Supreme Court said a ban on any personal items would be “draconian.”

“Under the circumstances of this case and the realities of ordinary, 21st century life, we find farfetched and untenable Apple’s claim that its bag-search policy can be justified as providing a benefit to its employees,” the court said.


After 1,434 Days Of Testing, My Review Of The iPhone 6S Plus, by Emanuel Maiberg, Motherboard

Given the disposable nature of modern electronics, it's remarkable that a complicated piece of technology like my iPhone 6S Plus lasted this long. I've dropped it hundreds of times and downloaded iOS updates designed for phones four or more generations ahead of mine.

YouTube TV Ending Support For App Store Subscriptions In March, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

There's no word on why YouTube is ending YouTube TV subscriptions through the ‌App Store‌, but Apple does take a cut of all subscription purchases, so avoiding in-app purchases will allow YouTube to skirt that fee.


4 Ways I Use Mind Maps To De-Stress My Life, by Rosemary Orchard, The Sweet Setup

Mind mapping has long been one of my favorite tools to help me get thoughts out of my head and onto paper (or screen) as well as give things a semblence of order without enforcing a strict structure. I realized some time ago that there are particular areas for which I frequently turn to mind maps, and the benefit of this is tangible.

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Apple need to step up and take care of its retail employees. Either pay them for waiting for bags to be searched, or figure out a way to reduce the wait time to zero.


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