The Back-to-Residence Edition Saturday, December 4, 2021

Apple AirTag Linked To Increasing Number Of Car Thefts, Canadian Police Report, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Outlined in a news release from York Regional Police, investigators have identified a new method being used by thieves to track down and steal high-end vehicles that takes advantage of the AirTag’s location tracking capabilities. While the method of stealing the cars is largely conventional, the purpose of the AirTag is to track a high-end car back to a victim’s residence where it can be stolen from the driveway.

What The Tech? The Apple Watch’s Straps Are More Than Just A Finishing Touch, by Eric Brain, Hypebeast

Each time we have refined the Apple Watch’s design, we have pushed ourselves to maintain backward compatibility, which has been no small feat as the display has grown over the years.

For us, the band is not at all about technology — each band expresses our love for materials, craft, and the process of making.

Hans Zimmer On The Benefits Of Spatial Audio And His “Weird Relationship” With Jony Ive: “I Don't Want To Hear Stereo, Because You Took Half Of My Sonic World Away”, by Ben Rogerson, MusicRadar

“So, in the middle of the pandemic, in the middle of working on Dune, I am sent a gift by Jony Ive, a pair of headphones, right? And we have this weird relationship. We've never met, but we have this weird relationship where he sends me something and just has a little note going, ‘I made this’. And then I write as a thank you note, I write a little tune by hand and I sent that back to him and so, it's like things we made, right?

“And so, these headphones arrive and I put them on and they're amazing and I suddenly realised, ‘Oh, we can do immersive. We can do Dolby Atmos. We can do all this,’ and I phone my friends at Dolby and I say, ‘We have to do this. I want to go and do the whole [Dune] soundtrack again and I certainly want to do the CDs again and I want to do all this immersive experience,’ and I phoned Denis and I phoned all my guys and go, ‘You got to listen to these headphones,’ to which I of course get the reply, ‘Well, they don't actually exist. I think you have the only pair.’ So, there was a little bit of that going on.”


Take Time To Walk With Prince William On December 6, Free For All, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced an upcoming Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk with Prince William. In addition to Apple Fitness+ subscribers, it will also be made available to everyone as a free airing on Apple Music 1.

Love Organization? You Need Notion., by Anna Iovine, Mashable

Minimalist yet customizable with more templates than I could ever dream up, Notion is like if Google Drive and list-making app Trello had a beautiful, beautiful baby. And yes, you can highlight text or even simulate Post-its.


Apple, Accessibility, And Project Titan, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Look at it this way, in developing a car, Apple has had to identify and develop numerous associated technologies, including but not confined to: Machine imaging, artificial intelligence, location and mapping technologies, fail-safe networking, edge data processing, numerous sensors to monitor every detail of the vehicle, intent modeling, driver identification, and traffic and sign analysis.


In essence, if you can make an autonomous vehicle, you can also make autonomous machines of any kind. An Apple vacuum cleaner is possible. So, too, is an Apple prosthetic limb.

Can Apple Take Down The World’s Most Notorious Spyware Company?, by Harry William Baumgarten, Slate

Defendants will now have the opportunity to respond to Apple’s complaint. However, if history is any guide, this case could continue for years with lawyers using motions to delay its outcome and punish one another for any misstep. While WhatsApp’s case is first in time and also appears promising, the strength of Apple’s complaint leads me to believe that it is more likely to prevail on the merits independent of the outcome of the WhatsApp case. Apple also stands to benefit from a second-mover advantage, by being able to see how courts view WhatsApp’s claims and adjust its arguments accordingly.

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My first reaction to the AirTags-to-steal-cars story was that Apple will be able to identify the owner of the AirTags after-the-fact. Then I remembered that Apple took privacy so seriously, that Apple itself will not know the locations of where each AirTag has went.

Maybe if someone receives the "AirTag Found Moving with You" alert and finds the offending AirTag, this someone can also report to Apple so that Apple can start tracking the ownership of the AirTag, and be ready to help?


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