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  • Video: How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works

    It’s even worse than what this article outlines. I’m a designer and was playing around with creating custom textures in Procreate. I wanted to make a custom bark texture. So I image searched “bark” with DDG - I’m fairly certain, it’s my default - (in safari). I used an image on the second or third row & Never thought another thing about it until a few days later. When I got an email... to my personal freelance email from a company called “Bark”. The aim of bark (supposedly, I’ve never contacted them yet) is to match designers with people who need designers to design things for them (for next to nothing no doubt). Somehow it dawned on me about my search a few days earlier. I went back to safari and did an image search with DDG. scroll scroll..... nothing seemed to pop out as unusual. So researched with g!... scroll scroll......

    and and there it was.

    amongst nothing but pictures of bark. A little logo I recognized from a bizarre, unsolicited email. A little icon of a dog barking.

    i don’t know what’s going on there, but it’s incredibly powerful, insideous, and creepy as shit. I don’t know if Apple has solved for this thing exactly, but I applaud their efforts in this area and perhaps they will get to this type of spying in the future if this measure is not effective against it yet.
  • Apple begins selling 18W USB-C power adapter separately for iPhones & iPads

    Came for the whining. Not disappointed.
  • Slack is latest major service to drop standalone Apple Watch app

    Having just recently gotten a gen 1  Watch, I have to say, I really like it. Set my lunch timer with it, use Apple Pay with it, respond quickly to some texts, set up reminders, use remote, log into my work Mac (home Mac too old :( ) and even took an emergency phone call from my wife at work (was an actual emergency) when I happened to leave my phone on the other side of the building.

    However, I only use one non-Apple app regularly.

    now that I’ve been using it a month or so, I can see why devs have been tapering off on development.  Watch is a very Apple product which works incredibly well with all the features and conveniences of the Apple ecosystem and makes certain parts of being in the Apple ecosystem even more convenient. But it doesn’t really make a lot of sense for much else other than that. I’ve used Shazam a couple times, but hell even that’s Apple now. And that one other app I do use could be accomplished with reminders if I really wanted to. The only other app I wish was on the watch is a Bluetooth door key for my work so I didn’t have to fiddle with the phone app. Doubt the devs will ever get to it though, but that didn’t stop me from requesting it! 

     Watch is a fantastic little piece of tech and will obviously only get better with each new release, but it’s general usefulness beyond Apple’s ecosystem, for me, has yet to materialize. 
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  • Where the 2013 Mac Pro went right -- and wrong

     but this time it pulled the 2013 Mac Pro months ahead of time.

    Anyway, I will say, the nMP had one of the best promo videos of all time.
  • Apple's new 2019 iMacs deliver twice the speed as previous model, Vega graphics option

    gatorguy said:
    Folks are going to run out of things to complain about. 

    funniest thing I've read on AI this year.
  • Apple encourages developers to adopt subscription fee structure in new video

    I know it’s the way of the future, doesn’t make it any less lame. 
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  • Even Xiaomi staff can't distinguish its clone of Apple's Memoji

    I think we've reached a new iKnockoff low.
  • Review: macOS Catalina 10.15 is what Apple promised the Mac could be, and is a crucial upg...

    dougd said:
    I wouldn't touch it for at least six months after the disastrous IOS 13 rollout
    Dougd doesn’t like it!

    Dont know what I’m doing wrong, but I’ve encountered zero disaster here. Can you clarify further about how you’ve been victimized by Apple? What are the real-world limitations you’ve experienced as part of the “disaster” on your end? Inquiring minds want to know. 
    Seriously. iOS 13 is chock full of really nice little details & upgrades with virtually zero bugs...

  • Ex-Workflow employee publishes library of 150 Siri Shortcuts

    I might look at these to get a better understanding of how Shortcuts work/s, but I think I will have the same frustrations as I do currently which are.

    • Location based shortcuts: Why should I have to invoke Siri when I arrive somewhere? Location is already on, I should be able to set a shortcut that launches as soon as I arrive at my destination without having to do anything further.
    • Settings: I looked at the Shortcuts update and it looks a little easier to understand and maybe a few more settings are available to access (or maybe just less hidden), but still very limited as to what you can do and when you can do it from what I can tell.
    Maybe I'm a dummy, but while better, Shortcuts doesn't seem like it's "there yet".
  • Apple to block third-party access to Notes field in Contacts with iOS 13

    I found out a while back that my dad was keeping passwords as entries in Contacts on his iPhone. Very odd. 
    LoL yikes!

    another related thought I had the other day was - it would be nice to be able to select/choose exactly which items of a contact you want to share. So when you tap “share contact” you would get a little pop up where you get to tap which fields will be sent with a “share all fields” button. So if you only want to share just your (or someone else’s) email you tap only that field. Obviously now you can simply long press on a field & copy/paste, but then if you want to share two or three fields it starts becoming cumbersome with the back & forth copying & pasting when it could just be two or three additional taps.