The Pretty-Darn-Great Edition Friday, August 19, 2022

Apple Asked Photographers For iPhone Shots Of Their Favorite Place. These Are The Results., by Stan Schroeder, Mashable

Today, August 19, is World Photography Day, and Apple has some photos to share with you.

The company asked photographers to use their iPhones to take photos of their favorite place. As it typically happens, the results made us feel like we're doing something wrong when taking photos with our phones, because these are pretty darn great.

Apple Releases Safari 15.6.1 For macOS Big Sur And macOS Catalina With Important Security Fix, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today released Safari version 15.6.1 for the older macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina operating systems. The update includes an important security fix for a WebKit vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution, according to Apple.

Apple’s New Podcast Charts Show Amazon At The Top, by Ariel Shapiro, The Verge

Apple Podcasts is introducing a pair of new top 100 charts today that track subscription podcasts and subscription podcast channels. And as of day one, Amazon is at the top.

Amazon’s stable of shows dominates the new charts. Morbid, SmartLess, and Something Was Wrong, which release early for subscribers of Amazon-owned Wondery Plus, nab the top three spots among subscriber shows in the US.


Developer Creates Tool That Shows Injected JavaScript Commands Through An In-app Browser, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

A few days ago, developer Felix Krause shared a detailed report on how mobile apps can use their own in-app web browser to track user data. Now Krause is back with a new tool that lets anyone see JavaScript commands injected through an in-app browser.

Bi-fold MagSafe Wallet Meets iPhone Stand With The New Moft Flash, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Moft has launched its newest Apple accessory today with a dual-purpose MagSafe wallet for iPhone. Along with carrying two cards, the clever design means you’ve also always got a handy stand for both portrait or landscape use.


Ads Are Taking Over Streaming, And I Can’t Afford To Look Away, by Simon Hill, Wired

Most of us are comfortable making this devil’s bargain, even though no one really likes ads (well, almost no one). We already know that young adults are more likely to have a poor diet if exposed to energy-dense, nutrient-poor food advertising. Advertising has a toxic effect on body image. In general, ads make everyone unhappier.

That’s why so many of us are all too happy to pay to avoid them. But that’s getting harder and harder to do. More providers push “ad-supported tiers,” where the service is merely cheaper if you include ads. The harder we work to avoid them, the harder advertisers work to saturate our screens. The relentless creep is exhausting. If you can’t afford to pay, you and your children will be exposed to more and more of them.

Bottom of the Page

This is probably the last year that MagSafe accessories -- wallets, stands, chargers -- are guaranteed to work with iPhone minis, if the rumor of the discontinuation of the mini iPhones this year is true.

I already have the great MagSafe wallet, and the not-so-great MagSafe battery from Apple. Are there anything else I need to stock up for my iPhone mini?


Thanks for reading.