The Last-Minute Edition Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Apple Offers Free Two-Hour Holiday Delivery On Mac, iPhone, iPad, And Apple Watch Orders, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple is offering customers free two-hour delivery on orders of Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch orders in select cities ahead of the holiday season, looking to make it more convenient for customers to purchase last-minute gifts.

DuckDuckGo Is Working On A Privacy-focused Desktop Browser, by Emma Roth, The Verge

Weinberg explains that the desktop browser will offer “robust privacy protection” by default, without you having to toggle on any hidden security settings. Like the mobile app, the desktop equivalent will come with the same “Fire” button that instantly erases all of your browsing history, stored data, and tabs in one click.

From Apple's Shareholders

Apple Investors Call For Civil-rights Audit, by Levi Sumagaysay, MarketWatch

Apple Inc. has declared its commitment to racial and gender equity, but it is now facing a shareholder call for a civil-rights audit amid employee controversies and slow progress in diversifying its workforce.

U.S. SEC Denies Apple’s Bid To Dismiss Shareholder Proposal On Concealment Clauses by Julia Love and Stephen Nellis, Reuters

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has denied Apple Inc's bid to exclude a shareholder proposal that would require the company to inform investors about its use of non-disclosure agreements and other concealment clauses, according to a document viewed by Reuters.


Slopes For iPhone And Apple Watch Gets Major Update With Privacy-minded Location Sharing, More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The fantastic Slopes app to track your skiing and boarding on iPhone and Apple Watch has gotten a big update today. Four major new features are included with a privacy-focused, live location sharing headlining the release.

Tested: Elago's New AirPods Pro Case Packs A Built-in AirTag Slot With A Nifty Camera Design, by Blair Altland, 9to5toys

But if the added peace of mind would be appreciated and you’re looking to bring some camera vibes to your earbuds anyway, the unique case definitely earns the Tested with 9to5Toys seal of approval.


Nick Law Departing Apple, by Ann-Christine Diaz, Ad Age

A little more than two years after he joined Apple as its VP of marcom integration, Ad Age has learned that Nick Law is departing the company, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.


Long known as a proponent of approaching marketing and advertising creativity through the lens of modern-day platforms, Law’s move to Apple, a company whose products have largely helped to propel modern communication, seemed fitting.

Bottom of the Page

Will 2022 be the year of the u-turns? Here in Singapore, the end of 2021 has been declared as the dropping of work-from-home as default option, and up to 50% of staff can return to office at any one time. And then yesterday, we learnt of a cluster of Omicron-variant infection at a gym. And then today, there is a temporary tightening of border rules.

As a layperson, I still don't get a good picture of which direction Omicron is going to move us. Are these all temporary u-turns made in an 'abundance of caution'? Or are they signalling the times to come in year number three?

I guess I'll continue not to expect too much out of tomorrow, for now.


Thanks for reading.