The Giving-Opportunities Edition Thursday, January 14, 2021

Tim Cook Says Apple's $100 Million Racial Equity Initiative Is "About Giving People Opportunity", by CBS News

Speaking with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Vice President Lisa Jackson are revealing new details about the racial equality initiative, launched last summer after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

"It's about giving people opportunity," Cook said. "I can't wait to see students that are able to enjoy the innovation hub at the Propel Center."

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macOS Big Sur 11.2 Beta 2 Removes Filter That Lets Apple Apps Bypass Third-party Firewalls, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Back in November, some developers raised concerns due to a change in macOS Big Sur, which allowed Apple apps to bypass firewall filters in any situation. Since this could lead to security and privacy breaches, Apple has removed this list of exceptions from macOS Big Sur 11.2.

macOS Beta Code Suggests Apple Will Block Users From Sideloading Unsupported iOS Apps On M1 Macs, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Based on internal code that is shared between recent iOS 14.4 beta versions and macOS Big Sur 11.2, Apple is implementing a new system that will block some iOS apps from running on the Mac. This, of course, will not affect the apps available on the Mac App Store.

URL Scheme Reveals Hidden 'Find My Items' Menu On Apple Devices, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

Apple has enabled third-party companies to use Find My to locate lost items, and a handy URL scheme will make the hidden "Find My Items" menu show up within the app.


macOS Big Sur’s Battery Optimization: You Can’t Do Much To Tweak Settings, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

You can either deselect Optimized Battery Charging in the Battery tab of the Battery preference pane, or keep it checked and let macOS handle it. You can’t set a target of your own.

'An Otter RSS Reader' Arrives For iPhone, iPad, Mac With Widgets, iCloud Sync, Minimalist Design, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Key features include a minimalist design, iOS and Mac widgets, iCloud sync, an adorable icon, and as you’d hope, it’s a universal app.

The 7 Minute Workout App Was 'My Lifeline' During Quarantine, by Danielle Page, Today

What you will get is a workout that leaves you feeling energized and accomplished; one that you don't need to block out your calendar for during the day. Being able to do this workout at any time I felt motivated enough was a game-changer and kept me coming back for more.

Belkin Wireless Charger Sold By Apple Is Being Recalled For Fire Hazards, by Ian Carlos Campbell, The Verge

Belkin is voluntarily recalling its Portable Wireless Charger + Stand Special Edition that was sold in Apple retail stores and online on Apple and Belkin’s sites because of fire and shock safety hazards. No incidents or injuries have been connected to the charger, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the malfunction should only affect chargers sold between July 2020 and October 2020.

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