The Augmented-Reality-Tools Edition Monday, May 9, 2022

Apple’s China Engineers Keep Products Flowing As Covid Shuts Out Us Staff, by Yoko Kubota, Wall Street Journal

Most U.S.-based Apple engineers have been shut out of China for the past two years by rigid border controls intended to keep the Covid-19 virus at bay. New iPhone models in 2020 were delayed, but since then Apple has largely kept up with its annual product cycle thanks to focusing on localization, people familiar with the matter said.


The iPhone maker has also adopted some technology, including live-streaming, that helps staff based at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., remotely follow what’s happening on China’s factory floors, the people said. Apple has used iPads to communicate and augmented-reality tools to help technical experts in Cupertino check factory issues, one of the people said.

Apple And Google Hit Back At ACCC's Proposal For Major Antitrust Reforms, by Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet

In response to those proposals, Apple expressed its discontent, describing in its submission that the proposed reforms would result in Australian consumers being "net worse off" and that it is "puzzled" about why the agency would "prioritise purported competition concerns", which it believes "lack cogent evidence of harm, over clear and present severe damage to users that they experience every day".


The Cupertino company also criticised the ACCC's reforms as being directed at addressing hypothetical, rather than existing problems, and that the changes would "regrettably" change iPhone and other Apple services, including iOS and the App Store, and result in changes to Apple's privacy and security standards and leave existing users exposed to less secure and private environments.


ReadKit 3 Becomes A Universal App, Adds More Services, And More, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Some people are talking about the resurgence of RSS but the truth is that it never went away. ReadKit has long been one of the best ways to read RSS feeds and now it's better than ever with a big version 3.0 update that adds a ton of features and changes to the mix.

Excitrus 100W Magnetic Wireless Power Bank Review: The Best Of Wireless And USB Charging In One Device, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

At just over a pound, it’s worth the weight to add flexible, high-wattage charging plus wireless iPhone charging in a single affordable package.


I'm A Fucking Webmaster, by Justin Jackson

Let's take Tim's words and inspire a new generation to love a simple HTML page the same way we do.


Apple Keeps Its Tap-to-Pay Feature To Itself To Protect Revenue, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple has the technical chops to figure out a safe way to free up its NFC capabilities to outside services.

After all, the company is already planning to do just that for merchants, which will be able to use the tap-to-pay feature to accept certain credit cards and smartphones via third-party apps. In other words, Apple will let users take payments via NFC but not make them. The company also has opened up NFC for scanning physical items and unlocking doors.

Without Roe, Data Will Become A Company Headache And A User Nightmare, by Ina Fried, Axios

The treasure troves of data tech companies have spent decades accumulating could put them right in the middle of efforts to prosecute people if the Supreme Court eliminates federal guarantees of abortion rights.

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Not only our dear webmasters need to learn all sort of CSS shenanigans and javascript wizardry, there's also all manners of HTTP headers to keep track.

Things are getting out of hand.

I propose we return to the good old days of gophers.


Thanks for reading.