The Today-Canceled Edition Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Apple Cancels 'Today At Apple' Sessions In US Coronavirus Hotspots, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

"Today at Apple" sessions have been canceled at five of the six Washington Apple Stores and every retail location in the San Francisco Bay Area. Running a search for any of these stores will bring up a message stating that "no sessions are scheduled."

Apple Now Says It's Now OK To Use Disinfectant Wipes To Clean Your iPhone, by Todd Haselton, CNBC

Apple has updated its website with instructions that say it's OK to use disinfectant wipes to clean your iPhone and other Apple gadgets.


The change comes as more people look to keep their hands and phones free of germs, particularly as the coronavirus spreads around the world.

An Apple Guide To Effective (And Productive) Remote Working, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

I’ve been working remotely for more than 15 years. I thought that with so many people working remotely in response to the novel coronavirus it may be useful to share some of the things I’ve learned that help me make remote working productive and useful.

Coming Soon?

Sophisticated Mouse Cursor Support Coming To iOS 14, New iPad Smart Keyboard Models With Trackpad, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

According to code seen by 9to5Mac, Apple is set to roll out rich system-wide support for mouse cursors with iOS 14. Apple added rudimentary compatibility with external mice in iOS 13 Accessibility settings, but iOS 14 will make it mainstream.

The iOS 14 build also referenced two new Smart Keyboard models in development.

Apple Developing Fitness App For iOS 14 That Lets You Download Guided Workout Videos, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

With the fitness app, users may be able to download fitness videos that cover a range of different workout options and activities, getting guidance on completing those activities on the Apple Watch. Apple provides a gallery of different workout routines that can be downloaded and synced to the Apple Watch, with the videos themselves shown on the iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.


Shot On iPhone Video Takes 5-hour Tour Through State Hermitage Museum, by Luke Dormehl, Cult of Mac

In Apple’s newest Shot on iPhone video, debuted Monday, it depicts a beautifully filmed after-hours tour through the iconic State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Total running time? Five hours, 19 minutes, and 28 seconds. This includes more than 45 galleries and even a live ballet sequence.

NetNewsWire For iOS And iPadOS Review: The Perfect Complement To The App's macOS Counterpart, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Like its Mac counterpart, the iOS and iPadOS version is built on a foundation of fast syncing and sensible, bug-free design. As with any 1.0 app, there are additional features and refinements I hope to see in future releases. Unlike most 1.0 releases, though, you won’t find lots of rough edges and bugs. NetNewsWire is ready to be your primary RSS client today.

OmniFocus 3.6, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 3.6, adding support for “floating” time zones to ensure that items will become due or available at the same local time no matter where you are in the world.


Apple Giving Retail And Hourly Workers Unlimited Sick Leave For Coronavirus-like Symptoms, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

In addition to offering many of its employees the ability to work from home this week, Apple is also taking steps to ensure the well-being of its retail workers. 9to5Mac has learned that Apple hourly employees, including retail workers, are getting unlimited sick leave if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.

All But Four Of Apple's Stores In Mainland China Have Reopened After Coronavirus Shutdown, by Arjun Kharpal, CNBC

The U.S. technology giant has 42 stores in China and 38 of those are open again. Several of those however are still running limited operating hours.

How The Mathematical Conundrum Called The 'Knapsack Problem' Is All Around Us, by Elizabeth Landau, Smithsonian

Imagine you’re a thief robbing a museum exhibit of tantalizing jewelry, geodes and rare gems. You're new at this, so you only brought a single backpack. Your goal should be to get away with the most valuable objects without overloading your bag until it breaks or becomes too heavy to carry. How do you choose among the objects to maximize your loot? You could list all the artifacts and their weights to work out the answer by hand. But the more objects there are, the more taxing this calculation becomes for a person—or a computer.

This fictional dilemma, the “knapsack problem,” belongs to a class of mathematical problems famous for pushing the limits of computing. And the knapsack problem is more than a thought experiment. “A lot of problems we face in life, be it business, finance, including logistics, container ship loading, aircraft loading — these are all knapsack problems,” says Carsten Murawski, professor at the University of Melbourne in Australia. “From a practical perspective, the knapsack problem is ubiquitous in everyday life.”

Popular VPN And Ad-Blocking Apps Are Secretly Harvesting User Data, by Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed News

Sensor Tower, a popular analytics platform for tech developers and investors, has been secretly collecting data from millions of people who have installed popular VPN and ad-blocking apps for Android and iOS, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. These apps, which don’t disclose their connection to the company or reveal that they feed user data to Sensor Tower’s products, have more than 35 million downloads.

Since 2015, Sensor Tower has owned at least 20 Android and iOS apps. Four of these — Free and Unlimited VPN, Luna VPN, Mobile Data, and Adblock Focus — were recently available in the Google Play store. Adblock Focus and Luna VPN were in Apple's App Store. Apple removed Adblock Focus and Google removed Mobile Data after being contacted by BuzzFeed News. The companies said they continue to investigate.

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The only 'fix' that I know how to do is to switch-off-and-switch-back-on-again. If that doesn't work, I'll be helpless.

(Just restarted my wifi.)


Thanks for reading.