The Turns-Off-Aging Edition Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The Joy Of Playing The Same 'Sims' Family For Years, by Amelia Tait, Wired

For half a decade, Luca has been playing with the same Sims family—which has expanded through marriage to include the Covingtons and the McDermotts. As someone who has never played with the same Sim for longer than a week (and as someone who has forced more than one Sim to swim themselves to death) I am fascinated by Luca’s gameplay—and the gameplay of 21-year-old substitute teacher Shannon, who is also based in New Jersey.

Shannon (who declined to give her last name for privacy reasons) has been playing with the same Sims family for seven years. While Luca periodically turns off the game’s aging feature so that Jon and Amy Holt do not die, Shannon doesn’t—meaning the first man and woman of her Sims family, John and Laura Jones, have long since passed. “She got electrocuted while fixing the dishwasher, I still remember it,” Shannon says of Laura’s passing, “It was very sad.”

Apple Podcasts Drops Email Requirement For Shows, Updates Approval Process, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple says that when a creator submits a new show, it will be immediately made available in the Apple Podcasts catalog. Creators can then use the URL to “generate promotional assets and begin promoting a show.”

Just like in the past, however, all shows and subscriptions will be reviewed and it could “take up to 24 hours for new shows and episodes to appear in search results and personalized recommendations.”

Apple Fails To Address App Store Review Complaints As 'Authenticator' App Developers Continue Facing Copycats, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

In February, 9to5Mac reported that the popular Authenticator app was facing iOS copycats. At the time, complaints about the App Store review process were rising. But six months from there, it doesn’t seem much has changed as 2Stable developers are now facing the same issue, raising the fundamental question of Apple’s App Store as a gatekeeper from scammers and “a place you can trust.”

Assembled in India

Apple Plans To Cut iPhone 14 Production Lag Between China, India - Bloomberg, by Shivani Tanna, Reuters

Apple Inc plans to start making the iPhone 14 in India about two months after its release out of China, in a move that will narrow the gap from the typical six to nine months for previous launches, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.


The U.S. tech giant is looking at options after Beijing's clashes with Washington and lockdowns across the country disrupted production, according to the report.

Will Apple Ever Make New iPhone Models In India Before It Does In China?, by Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz

Matching China’s pace of production is still mostly a distant dream for India.

Massive barriers like the lack of a component ecosystem remain, according to Pathak.


Apple Celebrates America’s Parks, by Apple

Celebrating 106 years of the US National Park Service, Apple today introduced more ways to learn about and support America’s parks. These offerings include a $10 donation the company will make to the National Park Foundation for every Apple Pay purchase made with Apple through August 28,1 along with special content and collections on Apple Maps, Apple Podcasts, and more.

Tune Find My For Travel Tracking To Avoid Annoying AirTag And Apple Device Alerts , by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

I’ll definitely be planting AirTags in my bags before my next air trip in a couple months—my first in three years and the first since AirTags were released. But I’ll be aware of some of the ways in which AirTags can provoke annoyances and try to mitigate those. Adam and Tonya Engst recently traveled to visit their son in Vancouver, B.C., and experienced a few even though they didn’t check luggage. Some of their issues revolved not around AirTags but other Apple devices, which react similarly when separated from their owners.

Apple Updates Boot Camp With WiFi Improvements And Bug Fixes, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to the release notes for the update, the software introduces WiFi WPA3 support and it fixes a Bluetooth driver issue that sometimes occurred when resuming from Sleep or Hibernation.

This App Has Become Essential For Improving My Mental Health, by Philip Michaels, Tom's Guide

Woebot exists to help you confront whatever mental health challenges you're facing in your life. Maybe it's anxiety, stress, loneliness, grief or even depression. You then check in with the app every day or so — it can be as frequently as your schedule allow or as your needs require — and the AI-powered chatbot offers a guided conversation designed to address your particular concern.


Smartphone Demand Drops For All But The Most Expensive Models, by Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica

People with enough money to ignore rising costs, it seems, can still get excited about slightly better cameras and screens.


Analysts suggest that smartphone buyers may eventually get restless with their current models and upgrade, either later this year or next year.

Grubhub Partners With Apple TV+ To Promote Severance's 'Waffle Party', by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Grubhub, one of the most popular food ordering and delivery platforms in the United States, announced this week a new partnership with Apple. To celebrate National Waffle Day, users can earn a free “perk” with an order placed using a code inspired by the Apple TV+ show Severance.

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Of all the sim-something games that I've played, I particularly enjoyed SimTower. And if I remember correctly, I bought the game from one of those discounted clearance aisles in a physical store.


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