The Playing-Field Edition Monday, June 13, 2022

How Your Different Apple Devices Are Becoming More Alike Than Ever, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Perhaps these updates are more like “filling gaps” releases, but in any case, there’s a lot here that suggests Apple isn’t simply trying to look to what’s next but to fix what’s come before and level the playing field across all its platforms.

First Season Of Apple TV+ 'For All Mankind' Free To Watch For A Limited Time, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Access is being described as open for a "limited time," but without mentioning when it will become unavailable outside the Apple TV+ subscription once again.

Kasa Releases HomeKit-enabled Smart Wifi Plug Slim With Energy Monitoring, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The 15A 120V outlet is built to fit in a standard electrical plug with a ground and is small enough to be stacked in a two-outlet wall socket. The Kasa Smart Wifi Plug Slim can be controlled from the Kasa Smart app or Apple HomeKit.

Rune Labs Gets FDA Clearance To Use Apple Watch To Track Parkinson's Symptoms, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

San Francisco-based startup Rune Labs on Monday said it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use the Apple Watch to monitor tremors and other common symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Dutch Competition Agency Caught In Reality Distortion Field: Match Group Achieved Nothing Of Value Against Apple, But ACM Farcically Predicts Consumer Benefits That Won't Ever Materialize, by Florian Mueller, FOSS Patents

The outcome that was announced yesterday (with Apple making its latest rule change public the day before) absolutely validates my previous feeling that the ACM decision was weak and it didn't really take much for Apple to comply with it. It was always clear that the real issue was the 30%. That problem is not tackled by a deal under which Match Group and others pay Apple 27% instead of 30%, as the 3% difference--which is eaten up by payment providers--doesn't make it a prudent and profitable choice for developers to implement and promote an alternative payment system.

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