The Seemingly-Everywhere Edition Friday, January 7, 2022

Apple Was Quietly Everywhere At CES 2022… Again, by Lisa Eadicicco, CNET

CES may be the biggest tech event of the year, but it's always missing one of the industry's key players: Apple. Still, that hasn't prevented its technology and products from appearing seemingly everywhere during the show. Some of the buzziest CES 2022 announcements so far involve new accessories that work with Apple's Find My network, a smart door lock you can unlock with your iPhone, and Intel's efforts to keep pace with Apple's powerful M-series computer chips.

On Apple’s Photos Memory Feature, by Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels

As bad as that is, the fact that tapping a photo may launch a slideshow with music playing is a huge, huge mistake on Apple’s part. I have come to live in fear of looking at Photos from the widget in quiet environments, worried that some cheesy music is going to start blaring out of my iPhone.

Model's Shock As Stranger Follows Her For Hours Using Apple AirTag: 'Scariest Moment', by Marni Dixit, Yahoo!

"The only silver lining is that I got notified that someone was tracking me. I don't think that that happens with Tile or any of those other devices. So just check your belongings check your surroundings. It was the scariest, scariest moment ever. And I just want everyone to be aware that this exists."


Your Apple Music Needs ‘Smart’ Playlists, by Pranay Parab, Gizmodo

We’re going to show you how to create smarter playlists for Apple Music, using both official and third-party tools.

A Bug Prevents Messages 'Send Read Receipts' From Being Turned Off, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

This problem has cropped up seemingly briefly with previous releases of iOS and iPadOS, but I see a spate of reports with iOS 15, including the latest updates, in which people have a mismatch between their setting and other people being made aware of their status.

LaunchBar Review: Launch Mac Apps With The Power Of Thought, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

While Spotlight can accomplish some of LaunchBar’s tasks and includes others Apple thinks are necessary and you may not, LaunchBar is rapid and shapes itself to your behavior. It also makes it a snap to customize what categories it draws from to return as results and add more.


Developers Can Now Access Analytics For In-app Events Through App Store Connect, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

One of the new features of iOS 15 is the ability to discover in-app events through the App Store, which now highlights special events such as a game challenge or new movie available within iPhone and iPad apps. Now developers can also check the analytics for in-app events through App Store Connect.

Apple Design Resources Updated With PNG Mockups For Those Who Don't Have Photoshop, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple on Thursday updated its Design Resources webpage with something quite useful for designers and app developers. The company has included PNG files for almost all device mockups available on the website, which is great for those who don’t have Photoshop.


Apple Is Vulnerable To A New Breed Of Activist, by Tom Braithwaite, Financial Times

A new breed of activists is buying tiny stakes and using them to push shareholder resolutions. A newly sympathetic Securities and Exchange Commission is facilitating this, allowing resolutions to go forward when previously, officials might have helped the company strike them from the ballot.

Tim Cook’s $100M Payout, Private Jet Costs, And More Revealed In Apple SEC Filing, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple today published its annual proxy statement, announcing that it will hold its annual meeting of shareholders on March 4, 2022. In addition to announcing the date of the shareholders’ meeting, the proxy statement also includes a few interesting tidbits about Apple’s business over the last year, including details on executive pay and more.

Intel Poaches Apple Engineer Responsible For Arm Transition And M1 Chips, by Francisco Pires, Tom's Hardware

During his previous eight years as Director of Mac Systems Architecture at Apple, Jeff Wilcox oversaw system architecture, signal integrity and power integrity for Mac systems, and was instrumental in leading the transition to Apple Silicon beginning with the M1 chip. His new role at Intel feels like a continuation of that road.

Podcasters Are Letting Software Pick Their Ads — It’s Already Going Awry, by Ashley Carman, The Verge

Last year, an ad for the TV show The Sex Lives of College Girls popped up on an American Public Media (APM) podcast it shouldn’t have been approved for: a children’s show, a source familiar with the situation tells The Verge. Separately, a science podcaster says ads for BP and ExxonMobil were inserted into their program, despite them explicitly blocking ads for oil and gas companies. In both cases, the ads were served through the Spotify Ad Network, or SPAN, which launched last spring. They were either miscategorized or presented without any sort of content rating.

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I suspect Intel need to work much closer with Microsoft and Windows in order to create a chip that can really rival Apple Silicon. And that may leave Linux out in the cold.


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