The Help-One-Another Edition Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Golden Age Of Computer User Groups, by Esther Schindler, Ars Technica

But to my dismay, many young technically-inclined whippersnappers are completely unaware of computer user groups’ existence and their importance in the personal computer’s development. That’s a damned shame. Our current reality may largely be isolated to screens, but these organizations helped countless enthusiasts find community because of them. Computer groups celebrated the industry’s fundamental values: a delight in technology’s capabilities, a willingness to share knowledge, and a tacit understanding that we’re all here to help one another.

And gosh, they were fun.

Why Apple Music Still Cares About Radio, by Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone

In a statement released on Tuesday, Schusser emphasized Apple’s commitment, promising to “continue to invest in live radio.” That sentiment was echoed by Lowe who, during the press conference, stressed that music’s leaders have to move as fast as they possibly can nowadays to keep up with the increasingly insatiable fan.

Believe It Or Not, These Stunning Photos Were All Taken With An iPhone, by Aaron Brown, Daily Express

It's World Photography Day, which seems like a pretty good time to enjoy some of the latest entries into the Shot On iPhone campaign. If you're not familiar with the campaign, Apple highlights a number of photographs and videos shot on its smartphone range to showcase the power of its camera technology. Best of all, Apple doesn't just limit its selection to the very latest model – so you won't feel like you're missing out if you're still packing an iPhone X or older in your pocket, instead of the shiny new iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Pressuring Apple

App Store Shutdown Fears In China Loom Amid Global Regulatory Pressure On Apple, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

According to Chinese law, app stores are supposed to be joint ventures majority owned and operated by a Chinese partner. All applications from third-party developers must also be screened to follow local laws.

Apple has never followed this guidance, the report explains.

Startups Seek Probe On In-app Purchase System Of Apple, Google, by Shim Woo-hyun, The Korea Herald

Local startup companies Wednesday have submitted a petition to the Korea Communications Commission, asking for an investigation into whether Apple and Google are violating laws related to in-app purchases.

Bottom of the Page

There isn't much things left that continue spark joy in me, which means I should really treasure things that still do.

And that include the little iPod nano that I still use, from time to time, to listen to audiobooks or radio (radio radio, not Apple Music radio) in bed.

The only downside is that the life of that little iPod nano is limited. I'm not sure Apple will even entertain changing the battery of this little player when the time comes.


Thanks for reading.