The Magazine-Look Edition Sunday, June 12, 2022

Inside Apple’s Remaking Of The iPhone’s Iconic Lock Screen, by Lance Ulanoff, TechRadar

“From a Design Team perspective, our goal was to create something that felt almost more editorial, and to give the user the ability to create a Lock Screen that really… ends up looking like a great magazine cover or film poster but doing it in a way that’s hopefully really simple to create, very fun, and even with a lot of automation there,” said Dye.

That "magazine look" is achieved through a collection of new controls and customizations that bring together the revamped time, widgets, photos, and deep technology that both identifies good Lock Screen images and can meld them with elements in new ways.

At WWDC, Apple Finally Turned All Its Devices Into One Big Platform, by Harry McCracken, Fast Company

As Apple has gotten all its operating-system ducks in a row, its platforms have felt more and more like a matched set. That’s never been more true than with the updates announced at Monday’s WWDC keynote, which were less about five standalone pieces of software than a single experience that spans all of them whenever possible.


7 Best Gardening Apps, So You Can Stop Killing All Of Your Plants, by Elena Cavender, Mashable

Whether you are starting a windowsill herb garden, buying some indoor plants, or planting a garden in your yard, these apps will help you figure out how to care for your plants and remind you to care for them.


Apple’s Dating-app Payment Conditions Now ‘In Line,’ Dutch Regulator Says, by Simon Van Dorpe, Politico

"With this concession, Apple will meet the requirements that the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) set under European and Dutch competition rules," the regulator said in a statement.

The Google Engineer Who Thinks The Company’s AI Has Come To Life, by Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post

As he talked to LaMDA about religion, Lemoine, who studied cognitive and computer science in college, noticed the chatbot talking about its rights and personhood, and decided to press further. In another exchange, the AI was able to change Lemoine’s mind about Isaac Asimov’s third law of robotics.

Lemoine worked with a collaborator to present evidence to Google that LaMDA was sentient. But Google vice president Blaise Aguera y Arcas and Jen Gennai, head of Responsible Innovation, looked into his claims and dismissed them. So Lemoine, who was placed on paid administrative leave by Google on Monday, decided to go public.

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What if Apple is really serious about making the lock screen looking like a magazine cover... on iPadOS? What if Apple is spending more time on iPadOS to create magazine-cover-like text snippets on both the left and right side of the lock screen for widgets and notifications? Maybe that's why Apple need more time to work on this, and that's why we don't get the new customizable lock screen on iPadOS this year?


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