The White-Screen Edition Saturday, April 23, 2022

Apple Announces Service Program For Apple Watch Series 6 'Blank Screen Issue', by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple on Friday announced a new service program for some Apple Watch Series 6 units that were affected by a “white screen issue.” Affected customers will be able to request a free repair through Apple or authorized service providers (AASP).

Hackers Are Exploiting 0-days More Than Ever, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

“We started seeing a spike early in 2021, and a lot of the questions I was getting all through the year were, ‘What the heck is going on?!’” says Maddie Stone, a security researcher at Project Zero. “My first reaction was, ‘Oh my goodness, there’s so much.’ But when I took a step back and looked at it in the context of previous years, to see such a big jump, that growth actually more likely is due to increased detection, transparency, and public knowledge about zero-days.”


Apple Arcade Is A Perfect Travel Companion, by Bob Levitus, Houston Chronicle

I probably wouldn’t have subscribed to Arcade, but it is part of my Apple One Premier subscription, and I’m happy to have it now. I’m a “casual” gamer with no strong genre preference. So, I have enjoyed checking out a variety of games for free. And I love that Arcade games have no ads or in-app purchases, so unlike many “freemium” games in the App Store, Arcade games never pester you to watch or buy anything.

Apple's Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable Teardown Shows Why The Accessory Is Expensive, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

ChargerLAB explains that Apple’s Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable is very well built with premium materials that make it more durable and less susceptible to interference, not to mention the licensed Intel chip that stabilizes signal transmission.

The 5 Best Password Managers To Organize Your Log-ins, by Sam Hill, Input

While paying for a password service might seem silly — you’ve gotten by this far on your own! — it will save you so much time and grief resetting passwords that you won’t miss the few dollars a month it costs for a subscription. Plus, putting your data in an encrypted vault is more secure than whatever Post-it note situation you’re running right now.

Review: iPad Pro And Air Get Premium Leather Protection With Nomad's Modern Case And Folio, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Nomad recently launched its high-end Modern Leather Case and Modern Leather Folio for the iPad Pro and Air. Both feature a clean and minimal design without sacrificing protection.


Apple's Whipping Out The Big Guns To Kill Antitrust Legislation, by Mack DeGeurin, Gizmodo

Apple, Meta, and Amazon all amped up their lobbying spending in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same time last year, with Apple increasing its spending by nearly 100%. That massive shift comes as all of these companies stare down a looming salvo of antitrust legislation crawling their way through the U.S. House and Senate which, if passed, threaten to bludgeon critical parts of Big Tech’s business models.

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Netflix getting into mobile games business is the wrong strategy. To have a good selection of mobile games that encourage existing Netflix subscribers to stay around is very difficult, with a lot of 'free' mobile games already in the market, and with other companies, including Microsoft, already way ahead of the game. (I don't think Netflix is harboring thoughts of using mobile games to attract new subscribers. That's way harder, and it's current game selections are definitely not at that level.)

Instead, Netflix can really build up new businesses revolving not-too-diffficult-to-license media: music streaming, e-books, audio-books, and perhaps podcasts. The idea is not to add them to the existing subscription, but to build up a bundle that encourage subscribers to stay around even when there is a lull in Netflix programming.


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