The Copy-Cat Edition Thursday, February 4, 2021

Apple Urged To Root Out Rating Scams As Developer Highlights Ugly Cost Of Enforcement Failure, by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch

Apple is facing calls to beef up enforcement against fake reviews and rating scams after a developer took to social media to shine a light on unfair practices he’s forced to compete with as a result of fraudulent activity on the App Store not being rooted out by the tech giant.


The problem for Eleftheriou is all his genuine hard work is being undercut by copycat app makers who are able to leverage weak App Store enforcement to profit unfairly and at his expense.


Apple AirPods Max First Impressions, by Adam Molina, SoundGuys

The active noise cancelling on the AirPods Max is fantastic. Like, really good. This is important because the better your headphones are at preventing outside noise from reaching your ear, the better the chances are that your headphones will sound as good as they can.

Apple Fitness+ Review: 'Short Of Getting A Trainer, It's Good At Getting Me To Push Myself', by Josh Taylor, The Guardian

Short of getting a personal trainer, Fitness+ is at least good at getting me to push myself during cardio workouts, rather than slacking off while listening to podcasts, so I will probably continue cycling with Kym.

3 Services To Help You Take Charge Of Your Mental Health, by Jaime Stathis, Wired

2020 was full of lessons, and one of them was to develop resilience and a willingness to embrace the unknown and accept what is. We're entering 2021 with profound potential for understanding ourselves and more resources than ever to help us live healthy, productive lives despite the ever-changing circumstances. There's never been a better time to take control of our health, and these tech-based health companies are a great place to begin.

Older Apple TV Will Require AirPlay For YouTube Video Playback Starting Next Month, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

YouTube will soon require AirPlay for video playback on older Apple TV streaming boxes. This means users will need to start video playback on another device like an iPhone or iPad to view content on the Apple TV.


Apple Asking Developers To Return DTK Mac Mini, Offers $200 Credit For Buying M1 Macs, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

In an email sent to developers today, Apple says that soon developers will have to return the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) as it was only designed to test the apps on the Apple Silicon platform.


The Mac's Audio And AirPods Support Needs To Be More Like iOS, by Jason Snell, Macworld

And yet the more I use my M1 MacBook Air with my AirPods, the more I am reminded that there are so many ways in which the Mac doesn’t live up to the standard set by iOS. I expect Apple’s products to behave in a certain way… and get let down when the Mac can’t keep up with its younger cousins.

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Last year, I learnt that I should not be taking my temperature with my thermometer while drinking hot coffee.

This year, I learnt that I should not check my work email just before having lunch or dinner.


Thanks for reading.