The Mass-Surveillance Edition Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Apple’s Most Important Role: Keeping Privacy At The Forefront, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Yes, mass surveillance is creepy and terrifying when it isn’t saving lives. That’s why I’m glad that Apple is stepping up and putting its energy into this project—because sometimes it feels like Apple is in a unique position to steer our world away from the most negative possible uses of technology and toward a more private and transparent future.

Apple Opens Access To Mobility Data, Offering Insight Into How COVID-19 Is Changing Cities, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

For an individual, this is more or less a curiosity, but the release f this info could be very useful for municipal, state and federal policy makers looking to study the impact of COVID-19, as well as the effect of strategies put in place to mitigate its spread, including social distancing, shelter-in-place and quarantining measures.


Beats Solo Pro Review: Apple's On-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

They sound good, have solid noise cancelling and are comfortable and stable on your head. Bluetooth connectivity is rock-solid and the battery lasts long enough for the weekly commute or flights.

Apple’s H1 chip enables a whole host of convenient features with the firm’s devices, while the Beats app brings some of them to Android, too.

PDF Expert’s New Reading Mode Offers The Best iPhone PDF Experience, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

PDF Expert is launching a new feature today, Reading Mode, which offers easily the best PDF reading experience available on iPhone. When viewing a PDF in the app, there’s a new button in the bottom-right corner that opens Reading Mode. This mode takes the contents of the PDF, converts it to a simplified layout that’s optimized for your device’s size, and provides custom view settings you can tweak to your liking. It reminds me a lot of Safari’s own Reader view, but for PDFs rather than websites.

Eve For HomeKit iOS App Gets Update With Fullscreen Camera Feature, iCloud Sync For Settings, More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Popular HomeKit device maker Eve has launched its latest iOS app update to let customers take better advantage of cameras, sync settings between your devices with iCloud, and offer new customization options for “rooms.”

HomePass 1.7 Brings Refreshed UI, Customizable Data Fields, And Improved Shortcuts Support, by John Voorhees, MacStories

With the latest update, HomePass has added greater flexibility and a more compact UI that works better with larger collections of HomeKit devices. For instance, sometimes you want to add more information about an accessory than is available in the Home app. With version 1.7 of HomePass, you can now add custom fields to a device’s entry to collect additional details. I’ve been satisfied with the existing fields that are auto-filled from the Home app, plus HomePass’s notes section, but it’s also something I’m glad will be available if the need arises for me in the future.

Satechi Debuts New USB-C Wireless Charging Dock For AirPods And AirPods Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The USB-C Wireless Charging Dock for Apple ‌AirPods‌ is a small, portable dock that plugs into the Mac and then allows the ‌AirPods‌ to rest on top while charging. An included LED light lets you know the ‌AirPods‌ are charging, and a lip around the edge keeps the ‌AirPods‌ in place.

iClock Review: Amazingly Versatile, Super Customizable Mac Menu Bar Clock, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

iClock offers a world of customization possibilities from a single menu, including handy widgets like a stopwatch and countdown timer.

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Some of us trust (some) governments more than companies. Some of us trust (some) companies more than governments. I wish the latest cooperation between Apple and Google will expand to more projects between companies and governments where mulitple parties hold multiple keys, and we need everyone to agree to unlock private data.


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