The Rainbow-Holes Edition Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Apple Releases New Pride Edition Watch Bands Ahead Of Pride Month, New Watch Faces Coming Soon, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

The Pride Edition Sport Band features the traditional rainbow pattern similar to last year’s offering, though that previous band was a Sport Loop, rather than the first-time Sport Band option available this year. The Nike Pride Edition Sport Band follows the unique design style of Nike’s other bands, but with its rainbow colors adorning the white band’s holes.

Apple Releases watchOS 6.2.5 With New Pride Watch Faces, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

The new pride celebration watch faces have been released, to coincide with the release of physical bands in the Apple Store. The new watch faces can be configured with either a striped rainbow of colors as seen in previous versions, or a new rainbow color option on popular watch faces.

Looking For The New Rainbow Color On Your Apple Watch? watchOS 6.2.5 May Have Lost It, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Today, watchOS 6.2.5 became available to the public, but without the new faces. According to several reports on Twitter, the new Pride watch faces are not showing up on Apple Watch even with the latest version of the operating system installed.

Security Matters

The FBI Backs Down Against Apple, by Brian Barrett, Wired

Despite the FBI’s repeated success in breaking into supposedly uncrackable iPhones, Barr insisted that Apple could design a backdoor that didn’t threaten to compromise iOS devices more broadly.


Barr also signaled, though, that the Justice Department may no longer consider the courts as the best avenue to achieve that end. “The developments in this case demonstrate the need for a legislative solution,” he said, at another point suggesting that undermining encryption is a choice that Americans must make “through their representatives.”

Even so, all the FBI has proven today is that the choice remains moot. Weakening iOS encryption would threaten over a billion devices unilaterally. Why force that, when so many of them have vulnerabilities that sophisticated forensics labs can already exploit?

Apple Calls FBI Comments On Lack Of Help Unlocking Florida Shooter's iPhone An 'Excuse To Weaken Encryption', by Juli Clover, MacRumors

As it has done in multiple prior disputes with U.S. law enforcement officials, Apple reiterated that there is no such thing as a backdoor designed only for the good guys. Weakening encryption in Apple devices would leave them vulnerable to attack from malicious entities, which could compromise not only customer data, but also national security.

Department Of Justice Reopens Spat With Apple Over iPhone Encryption, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Apple cooperated in every way they technically could. The DOJ is not asking for Apple’s cooperation unlocking existing iPhones — they’re asking Apple to make future iPhones insecure.

Coming Soon?

Apple Buys Older Shows For TV+, Stepping Up Netflix Challenge, by Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is acquiring older movies and shows for its TV+ streaming service, aiming to build a back catalog of content that can better stack up against the huge libraries available on Netflix, Hulu and Disney+.

The company’s video-programming executives have taken pitches from Hollywood studios about licensing older content for TV+ and have bought some shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter.


Logitech’s New Circle View Camera Comes With Built-in Privacy Controls, by Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

Logitech has added a pair of nice privacy features to the camera, too. The first is simple: the camera can be tilted downward to face its base so that you can easily block it from seeing anything. The second addition is a hardware button on the back that lets you shut off the camera and microphone so nothing is being monitored.

HoudahGeo 6 Review: Mac Geotagging App Now Plays Nice With Apple Photos, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

After importing the geotagged DSLR files into Apple Photos, everything fell right into place in sequential order alongside other images taken during the same hike with an iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 7 Plus. The whole process was quick and easy, but by this point the lack of a companion iOS app for capturing track logs (or even a full mobile edition of HoudahGeo) really feels like a lost opportunity.

Eggtronic’s Power Bar Charges All Your Apple Devices, by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, TidBITS

The Power Bar redeems itself with its capability to charge a variety of other Apple gadgets using both wired and wireless connections, making it a versatile companion for both home and travel usage, with partial laptop charging as a bonus, if you need it in a pinch.


Why NetNewsWire Is Fast, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

The best general advice I can give is just this: make sure performance is part of the foundation of your app. Make sure it‘s part of every decision every day.

Make sure, in other words, that performance isn’t just a topping — it’s the pizza.


The New Startup: No Code, No Problem, by Clive Thompson, Wired

Normally, an entrepreneur in that situation would need to spend money, and maybe even raise it, to hire developers. But Bell did something different: She bolted together software from various online services.

Bell used a point-and-click tool called Webflow to build her site and a client-management tool to let customers order services. Airtable, an online spreadsheet, let her store details about each job. And she glued many of these pieces together by cleverly using Zapier, a service that uses if-then logic to let one online app trigger another. (Whenever Bell creates a new task for one of her contractors, for example, Zapier automatically generates a Google doc for it, then pings her on Slack when the work is done.) Nineteen months later, her company——had around 23 clients and was doing $25,000 a month in recurring business.

We Are All Livestreamers Now, And Zoom Is Our Stage, by Paul Ford, Wired

I love a real-life meeting. There, I said it. They're theater, and I'm a ham. You plan and prepare, you make a deck, you try to surprise. Meetings, well run, are alchemy; you can turn words and pictures into large checks or people agreeing to work for you, or convince a big company to do something it hates to do. An hour? Two hours? Stop crying. Lock me in a room for three days with a team of five strangers and a stack of sticky notes as high as your eye. Right now I'm 5,000 words into organizing a six-week seminar on knowledge management. I believe firmly in the principle of exhaustion: Once you see them start to collapse, that's your time to glow. Leave the room, splash some water on your face, and get back in there and win. You don't see meetings in terms of who won and lost? Why are you even going to meetings?

But now I'm trapped. I feel two-dimensional. I desperately need to break out of this simulation. After days of muting and unmuting, I go out searching for some software or pattern that will feel less fake—something to do, something to show. What I learn is that, of course, some people have solved this already.

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Old movies and television shows in Apple TV+? Why not just go the whole nine yards and buy Sony?


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