The Trail-Blazers Edition Friday, October 27, 2023

Tim Cook, Troy Kotsur Honored At The National Association Of The Deaf’s Breakthrough Awards, by Caroline Brew, Variety

“CODA,” starring Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur, made history at the 2022 Oscars. The film, written and directed by Sian Heder, became the first featuring a predominantly deaf cast to win best picture. Kotsur’s best supporting actor win made him the first male deaf actor to win an Oscar and the second ever deaf actor to win — with Matlin being the first for her 1987 best actress win for her role in “Children of a Lesser God.”

Heder and Kostur were among the honorees at the National Association of the Deaf’s 2023 Breakthrough Awards. Hosted by Matlin and civil rights attorney Alexis Kashar, at the Audrey Irmas Pavilion on Wednesday night, the event celebrated trailblazers working to advance the Deaf and hard of hearing community in arts, media and technology. The other honorees included Tim Cook, Linda Bove, Howard Gordon, Christine Sun Kim, Chella Man, John Maucere and Lauren Ridloff.


Apple Watch Users Complain Of Rapid Battery Drain And Overheating With watchOS 10.1, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Seemingly coinciding with the release of watchOS 10.1, a number of Apple Watch users are complaining of abnormal battery drain issues.

Cisco Brings Webex To Apple Watch And Apple TV, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Not only is Cisco optimizing its Webex video conferencing platform with AI, but it is also extending it across the Apple ecosystem with support for Apple TV and Apple Watch.

SmartGym Gets Heart Rate Zones, Advanced Logging, And More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The latest release comes with more useful features like heart rate zones, advanced logging, and more flexibility for assigning routines to specific days.

Luminar Neo Brings Generative AI Tools To Hobbyist Photographers, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Luminar Neo, the photo-editing software from Skylum (formerly Macphun), is rolling out a set of generative AI features to its desktop apps for Mac and Windows that will allow users to remove unwanted objects from their images, expand a canvas, or replace and add specific elements into a photo.

PhotoPills iPhone App Is A Swiss Army Knife Style Toolkit For Outdoor Photographers, by Kevin Lynch, iMore

The app hands the user a series of tools, or “pills” that help you to plan the timing and positioning of your shot as well as dial in the best settings for your camera.


iOS 17.2 Has A System To Update Sealed iPhones At Apple Stores, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

There are three new internal frameworks named FactoryOTALogger, FactoryOTANetworkUtils, and FactoryOTAWifiUtils that enable wireless OTA firmware updates by using a special external device.

US Trade Tribunal Issues Potential Apple Watch Import Ban In Masimo Patent Fight, by Blake Brittain, Reuters

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday issued an order that could bar Apple from importing its Apple Watches after finding the devices violate medical technology company Masimo's patent rights. [...] The decision will not have an immediate effect since it now faces presidential review and possible appeals.

Apple Store Workers Fear The Tech Giant Is Dodging Accountability For Shady Labor Practices, by Caitlin Harrington, Wired

In a letter sent to Apple board member and BlackRock cofounder Sue Wagner today, workers at the two unionized retail stores in Oklahoma City and Towson, Maryland, say that none of them have been contacted by the auditor. They are demanding to be included in the report, fearing that it will present an overly rosy view of life at Apple.

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I just discovered that, in iOS, something called a persistent id does not persist across devices.

So, a lot of rethinking and revamping this weekend then.


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