The Play-a-Role Edition Sunday, December 12, 2021

The Technology Helping Keep Women Safe On The Streets, by Shiona McCallum, BBC

Sexual harassment against females has been under the spotlight for most of this year, with women across the UK turning to their own methods to feel better when they are out at night.

So could technology play a role in making women feel safer on our streets?

Apple’s App Tracking Transparency Feature Isn’t An Instant Privacy Button, by Mitchell Clark, The Verge

While asking apps to not track you does keep them from collecting and selling data tied to your personal advertising identity, it doesn’t keep developers from collecting any information about you at all.


OnMail Launches New Calendar To Simplify Managing Events From Your Email App, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

OnMail now lets you sync your calendar from your Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook accounts with the OnMail mobile app, so you can view everything in a day, week, or month.

Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal Review: Sturdy, Strong, And Made For Pros, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

With a stronger, 3-axis motor, the new Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal is built for professional filming, especially with larger or heavier phones, like the iPhone 13 Pro range.


The Giant Slayers: How Spotify, Tile And Match Brought An Antitrust Fight To Apple, by Ben Brody, Protocol

By May 2020 Epic was already planning to spend "$80K - $100K" to launch the coalition, according to documents Apple included as part of its lawsuit with Epic. Epic’s goal, according to those filings, was to overcome its status as a “not sympathetic” big player by working with other, often smaller organizations. Lane Kasselman, an Uber and AT&T communications veteran who had experience working for the manager of Obama’s 2012 campaign, presented a strategy vision to Epic’s lawyers that included the coalition. Forbes Tate, one of Washington’s top 10 lobbying firms by revenue, now runs the coalition, known as CAF.

CAF, though, has rejected the implication that it’s a litigation vehicle. People familiar with the group say the founding members, as they hashed out the details and prepared to go public, were eager to combat the notion they only did the bidding of Epic. The baker’s dozen of founders decided the solution was laying out principles for competition and fairness in the app ecosystem. Companies beyond Epic saw the opportunity to rally together and tout the principles, keeping up public and lobbying pressure on Apple.

Apple Donating To Support Relief Efforts Following Tornadoes In Several U.S. States, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple will be donating to support relief efforts on the ground following tornadoes and other severe weather across parts of the central and southern United States, according to a tweet shared by Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday.

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The apps that earned a place on the first (and only) page on my iPhone's home screen are there because I use them at least once a day. Here are the apps that survived the year 2021 with me:

Due, by Due Apps LLP. At the early days of these strange times, I've occasionally forgotten to log my daily body temperature on the company's intranet. (This was when we were still a little naive on this Covid thing.) And then, one fine day, I missed going to a Teams meeting. That was when I looked to technology for help, and decided on this reminder app that will remind and remind and remind and remind until the task that it is reminding has started.

Dotoist, by Doist Inc. This is where I take all the stuff from emails and Teams messages and Whatsapp messages and dump them all in a single list.

Reeder 5, by Silvio Rizzi. This RSS reader runs on my Mac to gather articles and sync them to my iPhone and iPad for browsing. I don't have to subscribe to a third-party server-based RSS reader just to do syncing.

Instapaper, by Instant Paper, Inc. I am still using this app to read news articles on my iPhone and iPad after so many years.

Amazon Kindle, by AMZN Mobile LLC, and Audible, by Audible, Inc. Yeah, I am deep in Amazon's ecosystem for reading books.

Castro, by Tiny Podcast Company Ltd. Honestly, I haven't found a podcast player that is exactly how I want to manage and listen to podcasts. Castro is the closest to my taste, mainly due to its user interface of the Inbox and Queue for me to decide whether to listen to specific episodes of specific podcasts or not.

BBC Sounds, by BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited. Yes, many BBC radio programmes are available as podcasts, and I do subscribe to them in my podcast player. But then, there are also other programmes that are not. This is where I listen to programmes such as Just a Minute and I'm sorry, I'll Read That Again. (I'm not complaining. No. BBC is providing so much great audio entertainment for free, that I'll be an ungrateful idiot to complain.)

Orbital, by Bitforge. The good thing about this game is that there are no levels, there are no stars or coins that I need to earn, there are no prizes or rewards, there are no cut-scenes, and there are no achievement boards or anything. I play this game when I am listening to audiobooks or podcasts and I need something to distract my eyes.

Miximum, by Mike Clay. I missed smart playlists in iTunes + iPods. This is not a replacement, but it is good enough to provide some smartness to Apple Music playlists.


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