The Worker-Privacy Edition Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Swipe Right When You See A Conference Room You Like, by Julie Weed, New York Times

Building apps are designed to connect office tenants to maintenance, security and logistics systems and community-building programs. They began gaining traction in 2018 as a way to make offices more efficient, and have taken off in the pandemic as employers try to entice workers back on site by making work-related tasks safe and convenient.


But privacy advocates say they are worried about the collection of workers’ personal data.

Apple, Google Tell U.S. Senators That Tech Bills Will Harm Privacy, by Mark Gurman and Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. and Google warned U.S. lawmakers Tuesday that bipartisan antitrust legislation aimed at curbing the power of big technology companies will threaten the privacy and security of users.

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New iPhone SE And iPad Air Surface In Regulatory Database, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

The EEC regulatory database is often an early sign that Apple is preparing to launch new products in the following weeks or months. In listings uncovered on Tuesday, it appears the database has tipped the existence of multiple rumored Apple products.


Apple's US Education Store Now Requires Institution Verification To Buy Discounted Products, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple is now requiring that customers in the United States verify that they’re active students, teachers, or staff members at an educational institution in order to access education discounts on products.

Bartender 4 Is A Must-Have App For Any MacBook Pro With A Notch, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

If the notch wasn’t distracting to you, those untidy menu bar icons are sure to distract you. Bartender cleans them all up and brings your focus to what you’re working on.

Belkin Launches New MagSafe Charging Puck For iPhone 12 And iPhone 13 With Built-in Kickstand, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

While Apple sells its own MagSafe charging puck for $39, it features a shorter 1m cable. It also lacks the clever kick-stand design of the Belkin option, which the company describes as making it perfect for “hands-free streaming or scrolling while your phone charges.”

Mophie Debuts $150 MagSafe-Compatible 3-in-1 Travel Charger, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The 3-in-1 Travel Charger is designed to fold up into thirds for portability, making it easy to tuck in a suitcase or backpack on a trip. It is functionally similar to Apple’s ‌MagSafe‌ Duo, but includes three charging spots instead of two.


How To Not Know Things, by Matthew Bischoff

Admitting that we didn’t know was the first step. Then, we were to find out together with the customer by walking over to a Mac and looking up the answer or pulling in another employee who might know the answer.

This one sentence from a retail training manual contains many insights that I’ve relied on every day since in my personal and professional life.


A Five-Letter Word For ‘Rip-Off’, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Some good rules of thumb, if you’re weighing whether a derivative new work crosses the threshold into ripping off the original: If the derivative steals the original’s title or name, that’s a rip-off. If the derivative is designed to confuse people into thinking it is the original — as Shakked’s Wordle clone clearly did — that’s a rip-off. If the derivative is indistinguishable from the original or brings nothing new to the table, it’s probably a rip-off.

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I predict that any regulations that is set up to limit what Apple and Google can or cannot do with their platforms may seems to benefit smaller companies, but will only benefit the next big companies at the end of the day.

I mean, look at the web browser landscape today. The only thing that anti-trust regulations and browser-ballot screens was to replace Internet Explorer with Google Chrome.


Thanks for reading.