The Trend-is-Important Edition Wednesday, April 12, 2023

What Good Are Wearable Computers If The Data Is Wrong?, by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

Whether you’re using devices to measure your progress in losing weight, getting more sleep or taking more footsteps, what you need to know is whether the numbers are going up or down. But don’t take them too seriously, because all sorts of factors could be throwing them off — a loose wrist strap, a faulty sensor or, as in my case, imperfect algorithms.

“It’s the trend that’s important, not the absolute number, because this stuff’s not accurate,” Dr. Adams said.

Why No One Is Angry About Apple Taking 30% Of Podcast Subscriptions, by Matt Birchler, Birchtree

I'm not mad at all about Apple's 30% cut of podcast revenue, and I don't really know anyone who is. Yes, I'm sure everyone would love to see that number go down, but the entire point is that if you don't like Apple's terms for podcast revenue share, then you can do something else. Apple doesn't even have a "you can sell it online, but you also need to sell it in Apple Podcasts." Oh, they also don't have a clause that prevents podcasters from linking out to their payment pages in show notes!

AirPods Firmware

Apple Releases New Firmware For AirPods, AirPods Max And AirPods Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple does not offer immediately available release notes on what’s included in refreshed firmware updates for the AirPods.

AirPods Users Without A Nearby Apple Device Can Visit An Apple Store To Update Firmware, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Android users and PC users will not be able to install firmware updates from their devices because Apple does not make any kind of AirPods management app for those platforms.

On Security

Mercenary Spyware Hacked iPhone Victims With Rogue Calendar Invites, Researchers Say, by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, TechCrunch

Hackers using spyware made by a little known cyber mercenary company used malicious calendar invites to hack the iPhones of journalists, political opposition figures and an NGO worker, according to two reports.

Researchers at Microsoft and the digital rights group Citizen Lab analyzed samples of malware they say was created by QuaDream, an Israeli spyware maker that has been reported to develop zero-click exploits — meaning hacking tools that don’t require the target to click on malicious links — for iPhones.


Apple's April Apple Watch Activity Challenges To Celebrate Earth Day And International Dance Day, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

To earn the Earth Day award, Apple Watch owners will need to do a workout that lasts for 30 minutes or more.

Ulysses 30, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Ulysses has issued version 30 of its eponymous writing app, giving the macOS version the capability to scribble on images and add annotations to PDFs.


Simplified iOS 16.4 Beta Installation Method Expands To Latest macOS Ventura 13.4 And watchOS 9.5 Betas, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Developers and public beta testers enrolled in Apple’s respective programs can toggle on beta updates directly from System Settings on the Mac, and the Software Update section in the Watch app on iPhone.


Apple Expands Innovative Restore Fund For Carbon Removal, by Apple

Apple today announced a major expansion of its Restore Fund, doubling the company’s total commitment to advancing high-quality, nature-based carbon removal projects. First launched in 2021 with an up to $200 million commitment with Conservation International and Goldman Sachs, the Restore Fund is now set to grow with an additional fund, including new investment from Apple, and a new portfolio of carbon removal projects. Apple created the Restore Fund to encourage global investment to protect and restore critical ecosystems and scale natural carbon removal solutions. This approach also helps address residual emissions businesses cannot yet avoid or reduce with existing technology.

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Today, on my hobby project, I am frustrated by SwiftUI.

I will not tell you what I am frustrated by my work projects.

Time for Ted Lasso.


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