The Frequently-Asked Edition Monday, August 9, 2021

Apple Publishes FAQ To Address CSAM Detection And Messages Scanning Concerns, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Some discussions have blurred the distinction between the two features, and Apple takes great pains in the document to differentiate them, explaining that communication safety in Messages “only works on images sent or received in the Messages app for child accounts set up in Family Sharing,” while CSAM detection in ‌iCloud Photos‌ “only impacts users who have chosen to use ‌iCloud Photos‌ to store their photos… There is no impact to any other on-device data.”

'CODA' Breaks New Ground For Deaf Movie Theater-goers, by Jill Serjeant, Reuters

Going to the movies isn't much fun for deaf people. Screenings in theaters with captions are limited and the special glasses and equipment needed to read them are often broken or unavailable.

"CODA," a coming-of-age story about the only hearing member of a deaf family, will change that when it is screened with open captions that need no special equipment in all U.S. and U.K. movie theaters and showtimes, starting Friday.

Apps Are Helping People Avoid Air Pollution Amid Record Wildfires, Rising Temperatures, by Lora Kolodny, CNBC

These apps use a mix of data from government-operated satellites, or weather, fire and ambient air quality stations, as well as sensors and systems run by private sector entities. Some are even crowdsourced from relatively affordable air quality sensors sold by companies such as PurpleAir and IQAir.

Apple’s TV Box Is Now Mostly Pointless. Will That Change?, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

If Apple wants to truly be effective, it could just cut the price of its box, make a cheap “stick” version with 4K or add features that actually make it worthwhile. But as of now, it’s hard to believe that will happen soon, especially with Apple engineers telling me that the company doesn’t have a strong living room hardware strategy and that there isn’t much internal optimism.

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Either Apple can do a low-cost Apple TV, or it can significantly increase its efforts and make Apple TV really worth the price.

(The same thing can probably be said of the price of the App Stores for developers.)


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