The Funny-Business Edition Saturday, November 20, 2021

Apple Has Listened And Will Retract Some Harmful Phone-Scanning, by Erica Portnoy, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Now, Apple needs to take the next step, and stop its plans to scan photos uploaded to a user’s iCloud Photos library for child sexual abuse images (CSAM). Apple must draw the line at invading people’s private content for the purposes of law enforcement.

Apple Just Provided The Perfect Example Of Why You Can’t Trust App Store Review Scores, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

But do those people actually love Apple Podcasts? Because if you really look at the reviews, it seems like some funny business is going on. There are new, positive reviews, but they aren’t reviews of the Apple Podcasts app at all — they’re reviews of podcasts themselves.


Tip: Make Shortcuts Into Mac Apps (Sort Of), by Jason Snell, Six Colors

It’s a bit hidden—you need to select or open a shortcut and then choose Add to Dock from the File menu. At that point, not only will the shortcut appear in your Dock, but it will also be saved to ~/Applications.

Go Behind The Scenes Of Apple's Creative 'A Dozen Eggs' iPhone 13 Pro Video, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple shared its latest Shot on iPhone 13 video yesterday, made by Michel Gondry called “A Dozen Eggs.” Now Apple has released a behind-the-scenes look at how Gondry created the unique film.

Macro By Camera+ Brings Impressive Close-up Photography To All iPhones, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Macro by Camera+ arrived this week, and it’s all software-based, no external lens to buy.


Apple Posts Internal Memo Affirming Employees' Right To Discuss Pay, by Zoe Schiffer, NBC News

Following months of internal controversy about how much workers make at one of the highest valued companies in the world, Apple has announced that employees have the right to discuss working conditions and pay, according to a staff memo obtained by NBC News.


The language affirms a right given to private sector employees under the National Labor Relations Act, which allows workers to organize and discuss their hours and wages.

Bottom of the Page

I have rarely looked at the reviews in Apple's App Store. Rather, I looked for reviews elsewhere, such as websites and podcasts, before downloading the apps.

Except games. I've more-or-less stopeed downloading games from the App Store. And that's not just because I'm subscribed to Apple Arcade (via Apple One), but because the game industry had disappointed me one too many times with ads and give-me-money game plays.

(Exception: I've paid and downloaded the 'game' Townscaper, purely based on reviews on websites.)


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