The Venue-Check-Ins Edition Monday, April 12, 2021

NHS Covid-19 App Update Blocked For Breaking Apple And Google's Rules, by Leo Kelion, BBC

The plan had been to ask users to upload logs of venue check-ins - carried out via poster barcode scans - if they tested positive for the virus. This could be used to warn others.


But the two firms had explicitly banned such a function from the start.

Under the terms that all health authorities signed up to in order to use Apple and Google's privacy-centric contact-tracing tech, they had to agree not to collect any location data via the software.

Coming Soon?

Apple Facing Supply Shortage Of Upcoming High-End iPad Displays, by Debby Wu and Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The next-generation display destined to be a highlight of Apple Inc.’s upcoming top-tier iPad Pro is facing production issues that could lead to short initial supplies of the new device, according to people familiar with the matter.


Apple still intends to announce updated iPad Pro tablets in two sizes as early as this month, other people familiar with its product road map said.

Apple Working On Combined TV Box, Speaker To Revive Home Efforts, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

Seeking Alternate Dates

Apple Makes Top Executive Available At Senate App Store Hearing, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. said in a letter to Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee that it will make a top executive available at an upcoming hearing regarding the App Store after lawmakers publicly criticized the company for not doing so.


In its response Sunday, the Cupertino, California-based firm said that it was “surprised” to received the letter to Cook and that it was simply seeking alternative dates.

Apple Did Not Refuse To Testify Before The U.S. Senate, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Spitball: that week isn’t good for Apple because they’re planning to hold event. But if the event is pre-filmed, would that preclude Tim Cook from being in Washington? Yes, I think. Even with these quarantine virtual announcement events, it’s still all hands on deck in Cupertino — just in case.


OWC Thunderbolt Hub Review: A Simple Way To Add More Ports To A Mac, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

The OWC Thunderbolt Hub allows a single port to have the advantages of Thunderbolt multiplied by three—plus one USB 3.2 Type A port.

New Language App Makes Mi'kmaw Language More Accessible For Children And Parents, by Ardelle Reynolds, The Chronicle Herald

"I just wanted to keep it simple, just have the language basics, so we have the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colours, and commands and conversations, and that was the big one for me because I'm speaking Mi'kmaw with my daughter so it's things like sit down — 'pa's' — and come here — 'juku'e' — and I love you — 'kesalul.'

“So I created a list of those things, just simple, everyday basic things," said Googoo.


Microsoft Buys Siri Speech Recognition Partner Nuance In $19.7B Deal, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Microsoft has acquired speech recognition systems company Nuance in an all-cash deal valued at $19.7 billion, giving it control over the firm that helped Apple process Siri queries.

Apple Is Running Out Of Chances To Get Gaming Right, by Dan Moren, Macworld

What Apple’s latest decision about Arcade does is put the focus squarely back on the most important part of the gaming equation: the games. If it keeps that up, it might finally see that it’s been too busy looking to what it could have rather than focusing on what it’s already got.

Apple TV+ Will Get At Least 10-12 Original Movies Per Year, by Luke Dormehl, Cult of Mac

Apple TV+ is looking to ramp up its investment in original movies, and has hired a former WarnerMedia executive to help it, claims The Information.

The report cites “two people familiar with the situation” as saying that Apple wants to “beef up its original film production” to better compete in the streaming stakes.

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I've made the two appointments for the two doses of vaccines, after getting the SMS message today.

I was debating (with myself) whether to get morning or evening appointments. I finally decided on evenings. If there are going to be any side effects, I hope I can sleep them off.


Thanks for reading.