The Inspired-by-Lockdowns Edition Tuesday, November 9, 2021

How To Use FaceTime Screen Sharing And SharePlay, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 introduce two new FaceTime features: screen sharing and SharePlay. Built-in screen sharing is a long-overdue feature, and we hope that it will make tech support significantly easier on those devices. At long last, you’ll be able to see what your relative’s screen looks like when they call for help.


Both features were undoubtedly inspired by COVID-19-related lockdowns, with screen sharing enabling remote support and SharePlay implementing a form of socialization that became popular among some audiences during the height of the pandemic.

MacOS Monterey Proves You Can Make Big Changes With Baby Steps, by Jack Wallen, TechRepublic

So, what exactly did Monterey change to help with my personal workflow? Two new additions have made it possible for me to really get productive with macOS: Shortcuts and Tabgroups.


Apple Card Offers 0% Financing To Customers Confused About Apple Card Monthly Installments, by AppleInsider

Apple and banking partner Goldman Sachs informed customers of the special exception in an email on Monday, saying 0% financing will be granted to people who bought an item thinking it would be eligible for Apple Card Monthly Installments.

Anker's New MagSafe Power Bank Gets Even Better With A Built-in Stand, by Blair Altland, 9to5Toys

The folding features on the MagGo Power Bank isn’t something I use all the time, but having the option to turn the unit into a stand certainly comes in handy.

Review: Nanoleaf's HomeKit-Enabled Lines Offer Futuristic Accent Lighting, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

If Nanoleaf’s Lines fit your personal aesthetic and your budget, I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed picking them up. Lines are not the most attractive wall decor when not turned on, but when lit, they’re colorful, futuristic, and fun.


Apple To Accept App Store Connect Submissions Through The Holiday Season, Forgoing Traditional Shutdown, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple said that developers should still plan to send time-sensitive submissions early, because reviews will take longer to complete during the holiday season, particularly around Christmas and Thanksgiving.


Apple's Worldwide National Security Report Shows Drop In Data Requests During 2020 US Election, by Ian Sherr, CNET

The tech giant said government requests had targeted 83,307 devices, just under half as many as the same time a year earlier. Apple is often kept from sharing details about government data requests, but it did say it provided data 77% of the time, slightly lower than the 80% the same time a year earlier.

Apple Music Expands Chinese Music Reservoir Via Tencent Deal, by Rita Liao, TechCrunch

Tencent Music Entertainment, the online music subsidiary of Tencent, said Tuesday that “record labels and artists” who are part of its “Music Cloud” program can now distribute their works through Apple Music.


TME’s announcement is vague and the partners are tight-lipped about the details of their arrangement. The weight of the deal hinges on what exactly TME’s “Music Cloud” is.

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