Fed up with the Mac, I spent six months with a Linux laptop. The grass is not greener on the other side

From Carlos Fenollosa: The experience of using Linux as a daily driver has been very positive for me, but I do need my productivity. I can work much faster with macOS and iCloud than I was with Linux and my self-hosted cloud setup. If there ever was a period where the Mac experience was worse …

Apple adopting the word ‘follow’ for podcasts as users associate ‘subscribe’ with paid content

From 9To5Mac: As reported by Podnews, Apple will no longer associate the word “subscribe” with Podcasts. According to a research from Edison Research, about 47% of users associate “subscribe” with paid content. This results in fewer people using the Podcasts app because they don’t understand that the content is free. This confusion between what is …

What’s most interesting about the Florida water system hack? That we heard about it at all.

From Krebs on Security: Stories about computer security tend to go viral when they bridge the vast divide between geeks and luddites, and this week’s news about a hacker who tried to poison a Florida town’s water supply was understandably front-page material. But for security nerds who’ve been warning about this sort of thing for …

Apple is blocking Apple Silicon Mac users from sideloading iPhone apps

This is sad. On the one hand, it’s the right move to respect the developers’ wishes (particularly of small, independent apps). For a single-person developed application this feature could have a material impact on their bottom-line revenue over time. On the other, this was a killer feature of the M1 Macs. Some iOS apps ran …

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

Per Wired: When WhatsApp launched a major update to its privacy policy in August 2016, it started sharing user information and metadata with Facebook. At that time, the messaging service offered its billion existing users 30 days to opt out of at least some of the sharing. If you chose to opt out at the time, WhatsApp will continue …

Facebook Runs Second Full-Page Ad Criticizing Apple, Says Opt-In Tracking Will Make the Internet Worse

From MacRumors: Facebook has expressed additional criticism towards Apple over an upcoming iOS 14 privacy measure that will require users to grant permission for their activity to be tracked for personalized advertising purposes. “Opt in tracking will make the internet worse.” Probably! At least in the short run. The argument goes that most people have …

iPhone water resistance claims ruled unfair; Apple fined $12M

From 9To5Mac: Second, and more seriously, Apple made iPhone water resistance claims in its marketing, but then refused warranty service on phones which suffered water damage. Good. Fine them for lying. Hopefully more countries and regulators step up and do the same. At Apple’s 2018 Keynote Phil Schiller even claimed (quote below per CNET): “So …

The Vexing Pedals

Garmin’s Vector 3 power meter pedals are rather excellent. Their connectivity to my Wahoo ROAM head unit (via ANT+) has been spotless. However, their ability to connect to my iPhone via Bluetooth to check battery status and update firmware has not been great, good, or even passable. Pairing a bluetooth device should be painless by …