The Meager-and-Tokenistic Edition Saturday, November 19, 2022

Apple’s US Chip Move Is As Much About Marketing As Technology, by Tim Culpan, Bloomberg

You won’t hear politicians crow about spending billions of dollars (or euros) to lure a factory that makes “old” chips. But that’s the reality, and it’s a perfectly acceptable one because these are the very components the world needs most. Of course Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm and AMD will be eager to announce their made-in-the-US chips, but the actual supply will be meager and tokenistic.

Tumblr Gets The Last Laugh, by Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic

Today, Tumblr has a reputation as a refuge from the louder and busier social-media landscape, and those who still spend time there—or who returned to the site, as many did at the start of the pandemic—love it for being somewhat creepy and overlooked.


SwiftKey Is Unexpectedly Back On iOS, by Jay Peters, The Verge

“Based on customer feedback, SwiftKey iOS has been relisted on the Apple App Store,” Microsoft’s Caitlin Roulston said in statement to The Verge. [...]

Despite the return, SwiftKey’s latest update is still from August 11th, 2021. It’s unclear if or when it will be updated — users had complained about issues ahead of the discontinuation — but it seems like there will be some changes to look forward to.

VMware Fusion 13 Now Available With Native Support For Apple Silicon Macs, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

With Fusion 13, Intel and Apple silicon Mac users can access Windows 11 virtual machines. Intel Macs offer full support for Windows 11, while on Apple silicon, VMware says there is a first round of features for Windows 11 on Arm.

Mujjo Debuts Waterproof Vegan Leather Sleeve For MacBook Pro With Expandable Storage, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Mujjo is out with another new Apple accessory, a vegan leather sleeve that offers protection for 14 or 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops. It comes with a magnetic closure, expandable storage for your power adapter, cables, and iPhone, along with more handy features.


Quantum Researchers Discover The AND Gate, by Charles Q. Choi, IEEE Spectrum

The AND gate is a fundamental ingredient of both classical and quantum algorithms. However, the demand for reversibility in quantum computing makes it challenging to implement.

Tech Giants’ Role In Qatari App That Lets Men Stop Women From Leaving The Country, by Simon Murphy, The Independent

Google and Apple have been accused of facilitating discrimination by making an app available for download which men can use to stop unmarried Qatari women aged under 25 from leaving the country.


James Lynch, co-director of human rights group FairSquare, said: “This is just the latest example of tech giants facilitating discrimination and abuse by apps using their systems in the Gulf.”

He added: “Tech giants have to get a grip of how the apps that sit on their platforms are actually used, and the harms they can cause. By making apps like Metrash2 available in its current form, they lend legitimacy of their brands to legalised gender discrimination, in this case against young women in Qatar.”

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