The Intuiting-Your-Needs Edition Friday, November 26, 2021

When Apple’s New Focus Feature Is Too Much, by Lance Ulanoff, Medium

Eventually, I realized that there was some unintended automation at work. Focus was choosing when to enable Personal Focus through a slightly buried feature called “Smart Activation:” which turns on Personal Focus at “Relevant Times,” by watching daily activities and intuiting your focus needs.


Apple Store Black Friday Deals Now Live: Get $25-$200 Gift Card With Eligible iPhone, iPad, Mac Purchase, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple’s offer gives you store credit in the form of a gift card that you can use towards your next purchase at the Apple Store.

Apple News+ Offering Three-Month Free Trial For New Subscribers Through Cyber Monday, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple News+ is offering new subscribers an extended three-month free trial of its service through Cyber Monday, an increase from the normal one-month trial offered to new subscribers, the service announced on Apple’s website and on Twitter.

USB Overdrive Review: Fix Your Mac's Problems With A Mouse, Trackball, Or Other Input Device, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

You can plug a seemingly infinite array of input devices into your Mac. Only a finite number of their controls will be recognized and work the way you want with macOS’s built-in USB drivers. In some cases, the necessary third-party drivers haven’t been updated in years or longer. In others, they still don’t give you the nuance or feature you want. That’s where USB Overdrive fits in.


Italy's Antitrust Fines Google, Apple For Commercial Use Of Data, by Giulia Segreti, Reuters

The authority said in statement that the two tech groups did not provide "clear and immediate information" with regards to how they collect and use the data of those who access their services.

It added that when users set up their account with Google, the system is designed in such a way that the terms and conditions on data usage are set up to be accepted. In the case of Apple, users do not have a choice on the issue.

As Devices Morph Into Services, What Is Ownership?, by The Economist

Still, if Apple went further, its repair programme could become a model for the smartphone and, perhaps, the wider electronics industry. Even its current form will push rival device-makers to follow suit. “When it comes to repairs, Samsung Electronics is doing even worse than Apple,” says Mr Wiens. Apple’s move, he adds, has in one fell swoop given the lie to many arguments that electronics firms use against making gadgets easier to repair, such as that people might hurt themselves.

Apple Loses 'Global Head Of Battery Developments' To Volkswagen Over EV Ambitions, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Nearly three years ago, Apple made news when it poached a prominent Samsung executive in charge of next generation battery development. Fast forward to now and that same battery guru has been poached again — only this time by a major car maker.

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