The Supply-Chain-Emissions Edition Wednesday, October 4, 2023

New Report Casts Doubt On Apple’s First “Carbon Neutral” Products, by Justine Calma, The Verge

Apple has backtracked when it comes to transparency about its supply chain emissions, the new report says. That makes it difficult to see how Apple is able to market its products as carbon neutral, meaning the company didn’t produce more carbon dioxide emissions than it could capture or offset while making the device.

“We believe there is a need for full disclosure and explanation of how Apple achieves carbon neutrality of its products, given the increase in carbon emissions from some of its suppliers,” the report says. The report was published by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a nonprofit environmental research organization based in Beijing that was founded by former investigative journalist Ma Jun.

Spotify Gave Subscribers Music And Podcasts. Next: Audiobooks., by Tripp Mickle, New York Times

On Tuesday, Spotify said that it would begin offering 15 hours of audiobooks each month as part of its streaming service for premium subscribers in Britain and Australia. This winter, it will expand the offering to subscribers in the United States.

Spotify’s expansion into books has the potential to shake up the retail landscape for audiobooks, a fast-growing segment of publishing that has long been dominated by the Amazon-owned audio retailer Audible.

New Macs Coming Soon?

Mac Trade-In Changes May Indicate New Model To Launch This Month, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Details pertaining to imminent changes to Mac trade-ins provided to MacRumors by a verified source suggest that Apple will likely begin accepting new models for trade-in this month. Similar changes in June coincided with WWDC, when Apple began accepting trade-ins of the Mac Studio, 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, and 13-inch ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro for credit towards new Apple product purchases. Apple simultaneously launched the 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌, second-generation ‌Mac Studio‌, and Apple silicon Mac Pro.

Did Apple Just Leak The Dynamic Island For The Mac?, by Michael Simon, Macworld

We don’t know yet if we’re getting the new Macs this month, but if they do arrive, there may be a surprise that’s bigger than the M3 chip. According to a new icon spotted in the latest iPadOS 17.1 beta, the Mac might be getting the Dynamic Island in place of its notch.


Want To Fight Climate Change And Food Waste? One App Can Do Both, by Caleigh Wells, KPBS

More than a third of food grown in the U.S. goes uneaten, and that percentage has increased in the past five years. Much of that food ends up in landfills, where it decomposes, creating a potent gas that contributes to global warming.

A company based in Denmark has spent the past eight years working to bring that percentage down by helping restaurants sell food cheaply.

Delete Your Digital History From Dozens Of Companies With This App, by Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post

Permission Slip acts behind the scenes as a legally “authorized agent” — kind of like your own privacy butler. You tell the app your name, email address(es) and phone number, and it does most of the work, sending emails and filling out paperwork on your behalf after it has verified your information. Even if your state isn’t one of the ones with a privacy law, most national companies respect these sorts of data privacy requests from all Americans.

TV Remote: Control Your TV From Your Lock Screen, Home Screen, And Live Activities, by John Voorhees, MacStories

TV Remote is an iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch app for controlling your TV. It doesn’t work with every TV out there, but it works with a lot, including smart TVs from makers like LG, Samsung, Sony, Roku, and TCL.


The Gorgeous Gadgets Of Automatoys, by Apple

Automatoys is a single-touch puzzler in which players roll their marble from point A to point B by navigating a maze of ramps, elevators, catapults, switches, and more. True to its roots, the game is incredibly tactile; every switch and button feels lifelike, and players even insert a virtual coin to launch each level. And it unfolds to a relaxing and jazzy lo-fi soundtrack. “My brief to the sound designer was, ‘Please make this game less annoying,’” Glynn laughs.

“Small But Mighty”: How Plex Serves Its Global Community, by Apple

The team behind Plex has a brilliant strategy for dealing with bugs and addressing potential issues: Find them first.

“We’ve got a pretty good process in place,” says Steve Barnegren, Plex senior software engineer on Apple platforms, “and when that’s the case, things don’t go wrong.”


Shift Happens Is A Beautifully Designed History Of How Keyboards Got This Way, by Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica

It's the 150th anniversary of the QWERTY keyboard, and Marcin Wichary has put together the kind of history and celebration this totemic object deserves. Shift Happens is a two-volume, 1,200-plus-page work with more than 1,300 photos, researched over seven years and cast lovingly into type and photo spreads that befit the subject.

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Bugs encountered today:

1) The wallpaper on my iPhone home screen disappeared, and it is now a black void. (The wallpaper on the lock screen was not affected.)

2) The iPad wallpaper on the home screen was stuck on landscape mode even whereas all the icons and the dock were in portrait mode.

3) Just turning on my iPad paused the podcast that I was playing on my iPhone via AirPods.

Yeah, these are not critical bugs. I can live with them… Okay, maybe not that last one.


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