The Technology-Overstep Edition Thursday, March 24, 2022

Apple Officially Launches Digital IDs In Arizona With More States Coming 'Soon', by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

After first announcing support for digital IDs in iOS 15 last year, the first state has gone live with the feature. Arizona residents can officially add their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app on iPhone and Apple Watch.

Apple's Digital ID Is Finally Here, And So Are The Privacy Concerns, by Mashable

Alexis Hancock, the director of engineering at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, expressed reservations about Apple's plans.

"The main privacy concern I have is how 'digital first' will overlook the scenarios in the near future where people don't want to tie identity documentation to their devices if they do not wish to," she explained over email. "Convenience value is certainly provable here," she conceded, but she worried that the TSA or other enforcement entities "may overstep with this technology."


The AirPods Max Is Apple's Best Product In Years, by Dave Holmes, Esquire

The AirPods Max sound exponentially better than any noise-canceling headphones I’ve ever used, and feel much more like I’m not wearing headphones at all.

Apple TV+ Website Adds Up Next Queue To Make It Easier To Continue Watching A Show, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The Apple TV+ website now features an ‘Up Next on Apple TV+’ row. This lists latest episodes of shows you are currently watching so you can easily pick up where you left off, as well as titles that you have recently added to Up Next manually.

Users Report External Monitor Issues After Updating To macOS Monterey 12.3, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Following the latest macOS Monterey 12.3 update, users are reporting several problems when using external monitors, ranging from Macs not detecting displays at all to inaccurate screen output, according to posts on the Apple Support and MacRumors forums.

Hands-on: Schlage Encode Plus - The First Smart Lock With Apple Home Key Support, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

As first announced at WWDC 2021, iOS 15 evolves Apple Wallet to store keys for hotels, homes, and even cars. The Schlage Encode Plus is the first such consumer lock solution to take advantage of the NFC-powered Apple home key support.


Talking Tech With Apple Music 1 Host Zane Lowe, by Tyler Hayes, Newsweek

It's funny, you know, when everything went into quarantine, within a few days, we started to think, How can we get the studio back up and get broadcasting again and get the show up and get the conversations moving? To me, it was really clear from watching artists immediately move to their social media feeds that there was this real deep need for connection.

Within a few days, we had to plan to start recording shows from home using a very basic kind of podcast-type mic plugged into a laptop. And we were FaceTiming each other, recording our audio, and it was as rough and rugged as you could get. It was really fulfilling at that moment because we're all just trying to figure out like, What's going on? How do we stay connected to the ones we love? How do we stay connected to our jobs?

Is This The End Of The App Store Tax?, by Ben Brody, Protocol

Nobody really has the answers to these questions right now. I’m guessing they’ll only become clear over years, through corporate announcements, ongoing developer lobbying, court decisions, legislative threats, enforcer fines and more. For now, though, the next move is Apple’s.

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I am not raising my hope yet that we won't get a fourth year. :-)


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