The American-Values Edition Thursday, January 21, 2021

Tech Rallies Behind Biden’s Immigration Plans, by Makena Kelly, The Verge

“We welcome President Biden’s commitment to pursuing comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the American values of justice, fairness and dignity. This effort will strengthen American communities and the pathways to opportunity this country has long fostered,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement Wednesday. “In the weeks and months to come, business leaders look forward to working with the Administration, as well as Democrats and Republicans in Congress, to achieve bipartisan, practical and comprehensive solutions to fix our broken immigration system, including a permanent solution for Dreamers that includes a path to citizenship.”


Apple's Joint Venture Small Business Program Coming To An End, Here's What Will Replace It, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

After a decade, Apple’s Joint Venture support program for small and medium-size businesses appears to be coming to an end. Apple is sending emails to customers about how the program will wrap up, that refunds will be issued, and how a new AppleCare offering will be filling the gap going forward.

‘Agenda’ Date-focused Notes App Gains Support For Tables And More On iOS And Mac, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Agenda for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is a date-focused notes/productivity app and it has received some new features today in the latest update. Headlining the changes is support for tables, inline styles, and horizontal rules.

Best Apps For Young Kids To Foster Fun And Creative Learning, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

For my wife and I, finding engaging, fun apps that naturally encourage creativity and learning with game-like qualities has been super helpful.


The Problem With Apple Reportedly Killing The MacBook Pro Touch Bar, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

My issue with the Touch Bar in 2021 isn’t that it’s no longer better than a static row of function keys. It’s that Apple shipped the Touch Bar then never touched it again.

The Touch Bar is considered just OK to lackluster four years later because it’s bizarrely still a 1.0 product.

Apple TV+ Had Only 3% Market Share In The US Last Quarter, Netflix Still In First Place, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Although Apple has been investing in new movies and shows for its streaming service Apple TV+, the platform is still far from being considered a huge success. New research from JustWatch obtained by 9to5Mac revealed that Apple TV+ had only 3% of market share in the fourth quarter of 2020 in the US, ranking far behind competitors like Netflix, Disney+, and even Peacock.

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