The Rainforest-Gold Edition Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Apple And Other Companies Reportedly Bought Gold From Illegal Miners In Brazil, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The local Brazilian newspaper Repórter Brasil revealed on Monday that these four major tech companies used illegal gold from Brazilian indigenous lands located in the Amazon rainforest. This gold was primarily destined for smartphones and computers from Apple and Microsoft, as well as servers from Google and Amazon.


Repórter Brasil asked Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon for a comment. Only Apple responded to the request with a statement in which the company claims it no longer buys gold from Marsam – however, nothing was mentioned about Chimet.

Photos Bug Could Share Albums With The Wrong People, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

In essence, Photos is interpreting the Delete key as the Return key, which is very, very wrong. If you failed to pay attention, you could end up sharing your album with all sorts of unintended people.

Apple Now Makes The Last Smartphone With This Feature, by Jake Peterson, LifeHacker

If you want to have the versatility to mute your phone without looking at it or taking it out of your pocket, your only option is to pick up an iPhone [...]


Apple Store Time Machine App Transports You To Opening Day At Four Iconic Locations With Stunning Detail, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Ever wonder what the most iconic Apple Stores like the very first location, Apple Fifth Avenue, and Infinite Loop were like for their grand openings? Or maybe you were there and want to revisit the magic? Apple Retail aficionado Michael Steeber has put together his most impressive project yet, Apple Store Time Machine. It’s an amazingly immersive Mac app to experience and explore the most significant Apple Stores in incredible detail, exactly how they were on their grand openings.

'Remotion' For Spotify Is A New Mac App With SharePlay-like Functionality, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Remotion is a macOS-only Spotify client that works similarly to Apple’s SharePlay feature but for audio/video calls with friends or coworkers. With the app, you can listen to music and talk like you’re side by side with them – and the best part is that Remotion works even with those who don’t have Spotify Premium.


Apple Brompton Road Store Features Curved And Mirrored Ceilings; 200 Staff; World First Flooring, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

A preview of the new Apple Brompton Road store in London’s upmarket Knightsbridge shopping area shows off both the unique features of the space itself, and a number of Apple Store firsts. The store will be the fifth one in London, and the third flagship, alongside Covent Garden and Regent Street.

Pianist Forced To Play iPad At Wedding After Mix-up Left Him Without Real Piano, by Zahna Eklund, Mirror

A professional pianist who was booked to perform at a wedding was forced to come up with alternative arrangements after a mix-up meant he didn't have a real piano to play on the day - so he used his iPad instead.

Apple, Koss Settle Wireless-headphone Patent Fight Before Trial, by Blake Brittain, Reuters

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Koss sued Apple in 2020 for allegedly infringing several patents covering aspects of a wireless headphone system that Koss said it developed in the early 2000s.

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I do wish Apple Stores (the real life version) will stock a larger variety of third-party products. Even if these products compete directly with Apple-made products.

For example, I do wish I can try out more MagSafe wallets for my iPhone. :-)


Thanks for reading.