The Burden-Throwing Edition Saturday, August 21, 2021

Your Devices And Your Employer, by rachelbythebay

I wrote the other day about how I went out and bought a second cell phone just because I wanted it to take the burden of all of the crap my new employer was about to throw at me. I didn't get into the reasoning behind this, or some of my experiences, and figured it's probably worth some explanation.

How The Apple Lobbying Machine Took On Georgia, And Won, by Emily Birnbaum, Politco

Apple’s aggressive lobbying efforts in Georgia, the extent of which were previously unreported, highlight a pattern that has played out with little national attention across the country this year: State lawmakers introduce bills that would force Apple and its fellow tech giant Google to give up some control over their mobile phone app stores. Then Apple, in particular, exerts intense pressure on lawmakers with promises of economic investment or threats to pull its money, and the legislation stalls.

Now That Machines Can Learn, Can They Unlearn?, by Tom Simonite, Wired

A nascent area of computer science dubbed machine unlearning seeks ways to induce selective amnesia in artificial intelligence software. The goal is to remove all trace of a particular person or data point from a machine learning system, without affecting its performance.

If made practical, the concept could give people more control over their data and the value derived from it. Although users can already ask some companies to delete personal data, they are generally in the dark about what algorithms their information helped tune or train. Machine unlearning could make it possible for a person to withdraw both their data and a company’s ability to profit from it.


Comparing MagSafe Battery Packs: Not A Simple Choice, by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, TidBITS

Many who buy one of the iPhone 12 models at an Apple Store may reflexively snatch the MagSafe Battery Pack off the shelf—it’s easy, it’s Apple, why buy anything else? Indeed, the Apple battery pack has distinct—if not decisive—advantages over its rivals. But those searching for value might find it wanting.

17 Clever Ways Your Smart Watch Can Make Your Life Easier, According To Chefs, Dietitians, Gym Instructors, And More, by Sarah Everett, Apartment Therapy

An Apple Watch has many great functions right out of the box: It can send you reminders, track your steps, read and send messages, take phone calls from your wrist, and, of course, tell time (to name a few). But there are functions you might be overlooking or that you just haven’t downloaded yet that can help you in your day-to-day life, from your kitchen to your yoga mat to your bed and beyond.

Pixelmator Pro 2.1.3, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The new PSD engine can now open shape layers in PSD files, supports more advanced text features (including symbol sizes and capitalization), adds support for very large PSD files (in PSB format), improves rendering effects, and preserves certain adjustment layers such as Hue/Saturation, Exposure, and Channel Mixer.

'Magic' Is A Free Mac App That Lets You Draw Anything With The Trackpad, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Although Apple offers some options for users to sign documents using just the trackpad, there’s no feature to draw anything you want. But if you still want to have some fun with your Mac’s trackpad, “Magic” will give you just that.

Anker Refreshes Its Popular MagSafe 5K Power Bank With Four New Colors, by Blair Altland, 9to5Toys

Arriving to bring a pop of color to your iPhone 12, there are a total of four new offerings joining the lineup, ranging from green to purple.

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