The Variability-in-the-Domain Edition Saturday, July 24, 2021

Recognizing People In Photos Through Private On-Device Machine Learning, by Machine Learning Research, Apple

The task of recognizing people in user-generated content is inherently challenging because of the sheer variability in the domain. People can appear at arbitrary scales, lighting, pose, and expression, and the images can be captured from any camera. When someone wants to view all their photos of a specific person, a comprehensive knowledge graph is needed, including instances where the subject is not posing for the image. This is especially true in photography of dynamic scenes, such as capturing a toddler bursting a bubble, or friends raising a glass for a toast.

Another challenge, and a fundamental requirement for automatic person recognition, is to ensure equity in the results. People all around the world use Apple products. We want everyone to have the same extraordinary experience that we designed into the feature, no matter the photographic subject’s skin color, age, or gender.

Apple And DuckDuckGo’s New Email Privacy Tools Have One Huge Blind Spot, by Jared Newman, Fast Company

But all of these tools share one major flaw: They can’t stop senders from tracking the links you click on. Even with DuckDuckGo’s Email Protection enabled, senders can see exactly which links you’ve clicked, how many times you’ve clicked them, and your location while clicking. The same is true with anti-tracking tools from Apple, Hey, and most others.

Apple Stops 'Woozy Face' Emoji From Appearing When 'Stammer' Is Typed, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Apple has issued an update that stops the "woozy face" emoji from appearing when users type in the word "stammer" into messaging apps on iOS, including iMessage.


Adobe Lightroom Classic Review, by Stan Horaczek Popular Photography

It has a learning curve, but once you’ve navigated it, it’s hard to leave. After heavy use, the shortcuts become second nature and you get sucked into it.

The 7 Best Apps To Help You Achieve Your Productivity Goals, by Tamal Das, MUO

This method helps you to allocate a particular amount of time for a task and complete the activity within the time frame. With the following timeboxing apps, you too can apply this method in your professional and personal life to achieve your productivity goals.

Tested: CASETiFY MagSafe Wallet Delivers First-party Form And Function Without The Apple Tax, by Blair Altland, 9to5Toys

Everything has a solid feel to it, and the stitching around the edge certainly adds a nice touch to the form. Sure, it isn’t leather, but the quality is quite high nonetheless.

Moment Is Bringing MagSafe To iPhone 11 With New Cases, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

These cases officially support (M)Force, which is Moment's branding for the magnetic connection system that is designed to work the same as MagSafe.

LifeProof Announces Its First Case For Apple Watch, Made From Reclaimed Ocean Plastics, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

Designed to protect your Apple Watch from bumps and scuffs from daily wear, this Eco-Friendly Apple Watch case snaps over your Apple Watch and provides edge-to-edge protection.


iDOS Emulator To Be Removed From The App Store, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

Apple should be in the position of celebrating the resourcefulness of its developers, not punishing them for pushing the limits of the platform.

Public Sculpture Coming To Apple Park Visitor Center Next Year Invites You To Tour The World’s Deserts, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple Park Visitor Center is the perfect place for a photo walk, and soon visitors will discover a totally new environment to capture and experience. Apple has commissioned artist Katie Paterson and studio Zeller & Moye to create a permanent public sculpture for the visitor center titled Mirage.

Apple Testing New External Display With A Dedicated A13 Chip And Neural Engine, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

According to sources, this display will have an Apple-made SoC, which right now is the A13 Bionic chip — the same one used in the iPhone 11 lineup.

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Sometimes, I feel that Apple is seemingly worrying too much about opening floodgates: If we let one iOS app to emulate a different operating system and run all sorts of programs, everything will emulate everything and run everythng and we will have lost control of the platform.


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