The Crash-Triggering Edition Saturday, July 11, 2020

Apple Apps Collapse As Facebook Takes Blame, by BBC

Of this latest failure, Facebook said in a statement: "Earlier today, a code change triggered crashes for some iOS apps using the Facebook SDK [software developer kit]. We identified the issue quickly and resolved it. We apologise for any inconvenience."


The two incidents have led some to question whether Facebook has too much power over independent apps.

Apple Warns Against Closing MacBooks With A Cover Over The Camera, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple says that the clearance between the display and the keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances, which can be problematic. Covering the camera can also cause issues with automatic brightness and True Tone.


Damage from applying a webcam cover to the camera is considered accidental and can be repaired under AppleCare+, but it's quite possible it's an issue that Apple won't fix for customers that don't have ‌AppleCare‌+, and it's an expensive fix.


The PortCozy Protects Your MacBook Pro's Ports From Dust And Debris, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The PortCozy is a simple silicone plug that’s meant to plug into the USB-C ports on Apple’s MacBook Pro models to keep out dirt, dust, debris, and moisture while traveling or when the MacBook is not in use.


I Am Here To Demonize Spotify, by Richard Beck, n+1

Finally, there was Spotify. I am here to demonize Spotify. Its negative impact on the lives of working musicians has been well documented, as have its homogenizing effects on music itself (the intensified need to make sure that listeners don’t get bored within the first thirty seconds and skip to the next track, songs getting shorter because artists are paid by the single play, et cetera). But Spotify also degrades the experience of listening to music. Like the rest of the internet, it encourages impatience. You listen to a track or album, and if it doesn’t grab you right away, you skip to the next thing, and then you never come back to it. You may intend to, but you won’t. There are too many playlists, too many slapped-together musical mood-boards, too many mixes claiming to document subgenres that don’t exist—opening the app on my phone just now, I’m being asked to delve into something called “Organic Experimental.” The platform is a fire hose of asinine recommendations for songs you haven’t heard that were only recommended to you because they’re as similar as possible to songs you have. (In the words of one Guardian writer: “You like bread? Try toast!”) In pursuit of its goal of perfect, frictionless streaming, Spotify encourages you to outsource the work of deciding what you like and dislike, and of figuring out why. In other words, it discourages listening to music as such. Not all listening requires immersive attentiveness—that’s what the radio is for—but in its attempts to swallow up radio and home listening alike, Spotify turns all music into something that fills up the background while you work or exercise or scroll through Twitter. And at least radio stations have DJs. Listening to Spotify is like listening to a radio station run by the stupidest version of myself.

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When I join a Teams or Zoom meeting while working from home, I always assume my microphone is on and people can hear me -- even when I am not wearing my AirPods, or when I have press the software 'mute' button.

I use my iPhone as a camera, which does give me some assurance because of the sandbox model on iOS.


Sure, there is an indicator light, but a camera cover is preventive while noticing the indicator light is on is reactive.

Maybe Apple can start building laptops with a slightly thicker screen so that it can build a camera cover into the case?


Thanks for reading.