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  • Linux 5.13 update expected to add Apple Silicon M1 support

    I wish Apple would allow alternate OSs on their iPadOS and iOS devices also.

    ... but only to the extent of being able to repurpose "obsolete" iOS devices as Linux based dedicated appliances. I have some old iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs laying around collecting dust that could probably serve some purpose, for example using an old Apple TV in the same role as a Pi-Hole, an iPhone as an indoor security camera/baby monitor, or an iPad as a console for your AV or home theater system. Yeah, some of these features are available as apps in iOS, but limiting the functionality and OS footprint even more by using an embedded Linux may allow even older obsolete devices to be repurposed. I have no desire to run a desktop Linux on any iOS device.
  • Advertisers 'staring into the abyss' as Apple limits ad tracking

    In other news ... the Tiny Violin company is seeing a huge surge in demand for their products.
  • Apple testing search tags in App Store to narrow down results

    Whether they head down a hierarchical or faceted classification scheme approach (I prefer the latter), Apple seriously needs to do something to make it easier to not only find, but to discover, apps in the App Store. The current app store is kind of like a compost pile, with a lot of stuff you'll never see decomposing deep in the pile.

    We all hear the bragging around how many bazillions of apps are in the App Store whenever Tim Cook kicks off a keynote or product announcement. But then you go to the App Store and it seems pretty much the same as it's always been with the top-n list for a handful of categories. Yes, I understand that you can't throw even hundreds of app intro blurbs in anyone's face and expect them to make sense of it, but throwing up what looks like the same flat list for a tiny number of apps doesn't help either. The Today page is better than nothing, but isn't tailored to my specific interests.

    I know Apple users are pretty skittish about privacy (with good reason) but I personally would have no problem if I were able to influence what I see when I go to the App Store by telling Apple what sorts of things, topics, subjects, hobbies, app genres, etc., I'm interested in to help Apple help me discover more things in the App Store that pique my interest. I also wouldn't mind if Apple used my past purchases/downloads to help me discover things of interest to me, including add-ons to current apps I own or similar apps to the ones I own.  Including a voting feature to rate how well I thought Apple's suggestions were would help tune Apple's algorithms to better serve me.

    Yes, of course this all would be 100% disabled by default and require me to opt-in.

    What I'm describing is somewhat similar to Pandora, which has served me quite well in not only discovering new music, but in coming up with my own techniques and algorithms for discovering new music on my own. 

  • Intel uses MacBook Pro to promote its chips after attacking Apple

    Intel has plenty of challenges on its plate right now, but this is a simple faux pas no different than similar mistakes that eagle eyed movie nerds find quite often in multimillion dollar films. I’d bet that 99% of non techno nerds will not see anything “Apple” in this ad, especially with some PC vendors going to great lengths to look like MacBooks. I would have glossed over this picture without a thought had this article not pointed out the “issue” that some commenters feel is worthy of making heads roll at Intel. Really!?
  • Google starts funneling Chrome users into groups to ease targeted advertising

    I agree with the EFF on this. This sounds more like a classification and categorization scheme that will streamline Google's ability to sell more tailored packages to their customers. The FLoCs sound like they are categories created by behavioral monitoring/snooping on users using web browsers.

    If you devote 90% of your browsing activity looking up information about cat pajamas, you might get thrown into a FLoC defined for “people who have a high interest in cat pajamas.” Google can then offer incentives for sellers of cat pajamas to get hooked up with individuals in the cat pajama lovers FLoC. 

    Maybe I’m oversimplifying this, but I don’t see how this does much of anything to improve privacy, other than putting you in a herd with ‘n' other people, which reduces your exposure to 1/n, assuming no additional fingerprinting techniques are employed.