The Very-Fine-Line Edition Sunday, December 11, 2022

Lensa AI Avatar Portraits Are Popping Up All Over Social Media, But Is It A Step Back For Body Positivity?, by Fiona Ward, Glamour

For model and body positivity campaigner Sophie Hughes, the platform is a double-edged sword. “I love the creative element of the Lensa avatar feature – I love that you choose the image which you feel represents you the most, I love the psychology behind that self expression and I think there's merit in it being a beautiful way to express yourself,” she tells GLAMOUR.

"However, I think it is a very fine line and a very slippery slope when we think about self esteem and beauty standards. AI promotes an unrealistic beauty standard, there is no denying that, and this app seems to take that one step further. I think as with all social media it can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Young, impressionable hands for example.

Microsoft Office Updates Now Require macOS 11 Big Sur Or Later, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

If you use Microsoft Office in macOS 10.15 Catalina, there’s yet another reason beyond the lack of Apple security updates to consider upgrading soon. Microsoft has announced that the company’s productivity suite will receive updates only if your Mac is running at least macOS 11 Big Sur.

Apple Sets A Security Challenge For 2023, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Given Apple's big moves this week to roll out new data protection tools for iMessage and allow users to encrypt more of their data in iCloud, it seems obvious that security is going to be a major Apple priority in the year ahead.

Canada 'Condemns' Apple's AirDrop Changes Affecting Protestors In China , by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

While the intention of the motion is clearly to display disapproval for Apple's AirDrop change in the face of Chinese protests against the country's government, it doesn't quite get all the facts right.

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