The Start-Page Edition Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Apple Shares New Video Of Tim Cook’s Privacy Speech At CPDP Conference, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

During the 12-minute speech, Cook once again expressed his concerns about privacy and data security. He argued that the digital advertising market has been invading personal privacy for decades and that Apple wants to stop this by giving users the right to choose whether or not they want to be tracked.

Apple Looks To Spur News+ Growth With New Affiliate Program, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple says that the Apple News+ affiliate program will pay a one-time bounty of 400% on paid membership based on the local market rate.

Watchdog Approves Apple’s Correction Scheme For ‘Unfair Market Practices’, by Bae Hyunjung, Korea Herald

Apple’s yearslong antitrust dispute in South Korea seemed to settle as the nation’s watchdog accepted the US tech giant’s redeeming plan to spend some 100 billion won ($89.73 million) in supporting consumers and small-sized businesses.

Coming Soon

Apple Releases macOS 11.3 Beta With New Safari Features, Reminders Sorting, Music Updates, And Improvements To iOS And iPadOS Apps Running On M1 Macs, by John Voorhees, MacStories

There’s also a new third-party extension point for developers to build start page integrations, which is very interesting. We’ll have to see what developers do with the new feature, but I expect it will allow RSS clients to list recent articles on the start page that could be opened directly in Safari, for example.


GoodTask 6.4 Brings Kanban-Style Board View For Reminders Lists And Smart Lists, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Essentially, if you like the convenience and system integrations of Reminders but find yourself wanting more flexibility from Apple’s Reminders app, you need to give GoodTask a try.

ReadKit Is A Cool New RSS And Read Later App For iPhone And iPad, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Like all good RSS readers, ReadKit handles feeds from the likes of Feedly, Fever, Inoreader, Feedbin, and many more. But it also supports Instapaper, Pocket, Wallabag, and Pinboard for read later services as well. That makes ReadKit your one-stop shop for reading content which is pretty great for those who are trying to cut down on the hundreds of apps they have installed.

Abode HomeKit Security System App Adds iOS Widgets, Shortcuts Support In Latest Update, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Abode, the makers of the first HomeKit security system, has released a new iOS update. It comes with some great widgets, Shortcuts support, and the ability to filter your device timelines to more quickly see what’s been going on at your home.

Bottom of the Page

When I first started using Big Sur, I noticed immediately that Safari's start page is not showing all my bookmarked web sites under the Favorites section. But I failed to notice there is a button -- which only appears when hovering -- to toggle between showing all favorites and showing a truncated list.

This is one reason why I support the call for Apple to start doing touchscreens for Macs. Not that I want to use a touchscreen, but to eliminate all these stupid controls that only appear on hovering.


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