The Interactive-and-Clickable Edition Wednesday, July 7, 2021

iPadOS 14 Apple Pencil Features Expand To French, German, Italian, Portuguese, And Spanish Languages, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

That means if you write something in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, you can now copy the handwritten text and paste it as standard typed text, and addresses and other content written in these languages will also show up as interactive and clickable.

You’re Not Backing Up Enough, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

I know you’ve heard it a million times before, so many times that you skim past it when you read it. And you’ll probably do it again this time, but I’ve got to try. I’m looking out for your best interests here.

Kaspersky Password Manager Was Creating Weak Passwords, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

If you’ve been using Kaspersky Password Manager (KPM) on your iPhone for a while, you may need to generate some new passwords. A security researcher has discovered two flaws that could result in an attacker having to try as few as 100 passwords to find yours.


'Defending Jacob' Series Is The First Apple TV+ Content To Get A Physical Disc Release, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

It is likely that Apple’s production deals with its partners vary and it retains more rights to some projects than others.

App Gives Autistic A Way To Promote Physical Activity, by Adria Hyde, Jonesboro Sun

Bryant said Lee developed an app called PuzzleWalk designed with autistic students in mind who prefer to use technology.

“For the population of students who have ASD, my colleague created an app that would tap into their strengths,” he said. “The app aims to increase user motivation for participating in achievable physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior.”

Spike Adds Video And Audio Calls To Its macOS And iOS Email Apps, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Spike is an app that focuses on turning email messages into chats by removing intros, salutations, and signatures so it looks and feels like iMessages or WhatsApp. Today, Spike is adding video and audio calls to its app so users can have meetings without using Zoom or Hangouts.

Twelve South MagSafe SurfacePad Review: Slim And Stylish, by Blair Altland, 9to5Toys

I still love how thin it is, and the soft leather has proved to be much more comfortable than other models I’ve used in the past. Some may not be interested in dealing with the way it sticks onto the back of your device, but that’s the only aspect that makes this anything less than a must-have for iPhone 12 owners.

No, Open Source Audacity Audio Editor Is Not “Spyware”, by Jim Salter, Ars Technica

While the team has announced that Audacity will begin collecting telemetry, it's neither overly broad in scope nor aggressive in how it acquires the data—and the majority of the real concerns were addressed two months ago, to the apparent satisfaction of the actual Audacity community.


Will MailKit Save, by David Sparks, MacSparky

This new sense that mail plugins have a future path and will continue to exist makes it easier for me to use them. I hope this also encourages other developers to get off the sidelines and explore developing new and helpful plugins.

Fury Over 'Demeaning' ​Apple iPhone Emoji That 'Serves To Alienate', by Kirsty Bosley, BriminghamLive

The 'woozy face' emoji shows up on Apple devices whenever people with a stammer - sometimes referred to as a stutter - write about their experiences.

Kill The Standard Privacy Notice, by Leif-Nissen Lundbæk, TechCrunch

So, here’s a plea to tech companies large and small: Kill your standard privacy notices! Don’t write texts that almost no user understands to protect yourselves against potential legal claims so that you can continue collecting private user data. Instead, use privacy notices that are addressed to your users and that everybody can understand.

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