The Ability-Disabled Edition Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Google’s Photo App Still Can’t Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple’s., by Nico Grant and Kashmir Hill, New York Times

Yet Google, whose Android software underpins most of the world’s smartphones, has made the decision to turn off the ability to visually search for primates for fear of making an offensive mistake and labeling a person as an animal. And Apple, with technology that performed similarly to Google’s in our test, appeared to disable the ability to look for monkeys and apes as well.

Consumers may not need to frequently perform such a search — though in 2019, an iPhone user complained on Apple’s customer support forum that the software “can’t find monkeys in photos on my device.” But the issue raises larger questions about other unfixed, or unfixable, flaws lurking in services that rely on computer vision — a technology that interprets visual images — as well as other products powered by A.I.

Companies Are Taking A Harder Line On Union Organizers, Workers Say, by Noam Scheiber, New York Times

Yet despite these gestures, there has been little progress on most of the union’s top noneconomic priorities, such as grievance procedures, and the company has sought broad contract provisions that could substantially weaken the union. For example, under a proposed a management-rights clause obtained by The New York Times, Apple would have wide latitude to use nonunion workers and contractors to do work performed by union members, which could shrink union membership. Labor negotiations typically start with noneconomic issues before moving to matters like wages and paid time off.

Apple Announces Multibillion-dollar Deal With Broadcom, by Apple

Today Apple announced a new multiyear, multibillion-dollar agreement with Broadcom, a leading U.S. technology and advanced manufacturing company. Through this collaboration, Broadcom will develop 5G radio frequency components — including FBAR filters — and cutting-edge wireless connectivity components. The FBAR filters will be designed and built in several key American manufacturing and technology hubs, including Fort Collins, Colorado, where Broadcom has a major facility.


Mimestream Is The Mac App Every Gmail User Needs, by David Pierce, The Verge

In a way, Mimestream isn’t really an email app because it doesn’t do IMAP and POP3 and all the standard email app stuff. It’s a Gmail app. It doesn’t even support Outlook or other email providers yet because Jhaveri and his team have been so focused on building a better way to do Gmail. (He says they’re working on Outlook support, though.) Instead of all the sidebars and tabs and ads and autoreply suggestions, Mimestream just gives you your email. Your inbox on the left, your open message on the right. It looks more like Apple Mail than Gmail. It’s fast, it’s clean, it’s not terribly visually exciting — but that’s probably for the best when it comes to email.

Affinity Designer, Photo, And Publisher 2.1, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

All three apps now enable you to set dashed lines to be balanced (automatically rescaling the pattern for nice corners), allow for more complex dashed line patterns, add keyboard shortcuts to easily change the blend mode of the current layer(s), bring many little improvements to editing and managing guides, and add Close All to the File menu.

Mophie Apple-exclusive MagSafe Wireless Charging Vent Mount Has A Handy Offset Extension Arm, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The new wireless charging vent mount with MagSafe from mophie features a thoughtful design. A key part is an offset adjustable arm extension to get the perfect angle and position no matter what your vehicle’s vent situation is like.

Race Control For iOS Is A Sharp And Comprehensive Indie App To Keep Up With Everything F1, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Indie developer Shihab Mehboob released Race Control over the weekend with the aim of the app to be immediately usable the first time you pick it up but also rich and powerful for even the most dedicated F1 fans.


Even Apple Doesn't Know What The Reality Pro Headset OS Is Called, by Sam Cross, T3

A total of five names have been reported: realityproOS, realOS, realityOS, xrOS, and xrProOS. While it is almost guaranteed that they won't all be used in a public setting, Apple are clearly looking to protect similar variants from being used by rival devices.

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Today is a work-from-office day. And it was raining heavily when I woke up. But the rain stopped by the time I step out to walk to the subway station. And the rain continued to be held off on the other end of the journey when I walked from the subway station to my office. Finally, the rain returned when I sit down, indoors.

For these little things in life that go to my favor, I am thankful.


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