The Different-Paths Edition Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Battle For Digital Privacy Is Reshaping The Internet, by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

If personal information is no longer the currency that people give for online content and services, something else must take its place. Media publishers, app makers and e-commerce shops are now exploring different paths to surviving a privacy-conscious internet, in some cases overturning their business models. Many are choosing to make people pay for what they get online by levying subscription fees and other charges instead of using their personal data.

Apple Refutes FlickType Developer's Account Of App Store Issues, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Now, says Apple, there are multiple Apple Watch keyboard apps available on the App Store. And FlickType itself was highlighted in a Top Apps of 2020 promotion on the store.

Kosta Eleftheriou's lawsuit had already been filed when Apple unveiled QuickPath. Apple says it has told Eleftheriou that following further explanation from him, it now believes that the app's accessibility keyboard complies with App Store rules.


Apple Store App Trying To Get You The iPad You Want With 'Similar Options' Prompt, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

If an Apple item is backordered, or on preorder, the online Apple Store now prompts buyers with a list of "similar options" that can be delivered sooner.

Bookends 14.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Sonny Software has released Bookends 14, a major upgrade to its full-featured bibliography, reference, and information management system for students and professionals.


Smartphones May Be Too Good, by Shira Ovide, New York Times

Technologists are now imagining what could be the next big thing. But there may never be anything else like the smartphone, the first and perhaps last mass market and globally transformative computer.

Bottom of the Page

I don't have much to say about the new Apple devices. They are all fine. They all serve their purposes well.

I can't say the same thing about myself.


Thanks for reading.