The Classic-Bands Edition Thursday, September 9, 2021

Milanese Loop, Other Bands Unavailable As Apple Watch Series 7 Redesign Looms, by Parker Ortolani, 9to5Mac

Seasonal watch band colors are beginning to sell out, but classic bands like the Milanese Loop, which haven’t actually changed, are also now unavailable.

Apple Will 'Help' Some Developers Put A Single Link To Their Website In Their Apps, by Benjamin Mayo

You’d hope Apple would comply to the Japanese law in good faith, but I’m certainly not ruling out something more sinister. I don’t think the implementation of ‘help’ will be onerous, but perhaps just inconvenient enough to make some percentage of developers not bother.


Glass Wants To Make An Instagram Just For Enthusiasts, But At A Cost, by Daryl Baxter, TechRadar

Thought up by co-founders Tom Watson and Stefan Borsje, the company has recently removed its invite-only access, so we spoke to them about how things are going, alongside plans for the near-future, especially with the iPhone 13 and Pixel 6 expected to be announced soon.

Artbox Keeps Your Kids' Artwork Safe And Now There's A Mac App, Too, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Artbox is a popular app for saving all of the artwork kids create so that it can be looked back on whenever parents want to. Previously an iPhone and iPad app, Artbox is now available on your Mac, too.

5 Reasons I Love Library App Libby And You Will, Too, by Alyssa Shotwell, The Mary Sue

Owned by their more well-known parent company Overdrive, Libby is simply a free reading app that harnesses the power of your library card to access a wide selection of ebooks and more from actual libraries.

Xbox Controller Update Delivers Improved iPhone Connectivity With iOS 15, by AppleInsider

Once the firmware is installed, the controller will remember one Bluetooth host, like an iPhone or Android handset, and one Xbox Wireless host. Users can switch between host devices by tapping the controller's pair button.


Apple Refuses To Make NDA Concessions For Workplace Harassment And Discrimination, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

On Friday, Nia Impact Capital filed a shareholder resolution saying that concealment clauses — or employment agreements that contain broad arbitration, nondisclosure, or non-disparagement agreements — are bad business.

“We filed this shareholder resolution at Apple because a company’s use of concealment clauses is both a governance and a diversity concern,” says Kristin Hull, CEO of Nia Impact. “Concealment clauses block investors from understanding true workplace conditions and may undermine diversity, equity and inclusion programs. The Board, as the representatives of the investor, should be concerned about the role concealment clauses play in enabling harmful corporate cultures to continue, hidden from stakeholders.”

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