The Control-Using-Eyes Edition Tuesday, November 16, 2021

This Made-for-iPad Accessory Can Transform Lives, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

In a boost to accessible technology, people with disabilities such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Motor neurone disease (MND), cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injury can now control their iPads using only their eyes and a newly introduced device.

TD Pilot makes it possible for a user to control the iPad, use apps, and even generate natural-sounding speech using their eyes. It relies on the support for eye-tracking devices Apple introduced in iPadOS 15 and is medically certified for use by people with disabilities such as ALS and Cerebral Palsy.


Carbon Copy Cloner 6.0.5, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Bombich Software has issued Carbon Copy Cloner 6.0.5 (CCC) with a new macOS Downgrade Assistant feature, which can assess a backup volume’s compatibility with Migration Assistant and create macOS Installer media using a specified volume and installer application.

Native macOS Amazon Prime Video App Arrives With Picture-in-picture, AirPlay, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

The key feature is Picture-in-Picture mode that will present a persistent, resizable video window on top of the Mac interface, regardless of what app you are using. The app also has AirPlay support so you can play content on any AirPlay-compatible device.

Tested: Moment's New iPhone 13 MagSafe Cases Are A Must-have For Mobile Photographers, by Blair Altland, 9to5Toys

The mix between being Moment’s rugged case being a great cover in its own right with the added photography capabilities make its latest releases essentials for iPhone 13 owners in my book.


Apple Defends Its Ads For Third-Party Apps, Says It Regularly Communicates With Developers And Has Been Running Them For Five Years, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Apple indicated that this is no different from retailers running ads for the products they sell, and is a very standard business model. Apple is granted conventional legal rights to advertise in this way in the agreements it has with developers.

Apple says that the allegation that it is “secretly” or “quietly” purchasing ads for developers without their knowledge or consent is an overt mischaracterization. On the contrary, the company says that it regularly engages in conversation with developers about the ads it places and many developers express their appreciation for this support.

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We are definitely heading towards the third year of these strange times, I have no doubt about it. (Pretty obvious, really.)

Stay safe, everyone.


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