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23 Feb 2024

Apple, iPhone, iPad, Mac News and Rumors

AirPods Pro Were Almost Named AirPods Extreme - MacRumors

In the months leading up to Apple announcing the AirPods Pro in October 2019, the company considered changing the name of the wireless headphones to AirPods Extreme, according to internal information obtained by MacRumors.


The name AirPods Extreme was floated by some members of Apple's leadership team, but the company ultimately decided to move forward with AirPods Pro branding after many employees objected to the change, we have learned.

Apple has used "Extreme" branding in the past for its discontinued AirPort Extreme router and wireless card for Macs, first released in 2003.

In the end, the name AirPods Pro is more consistent with Apple's branding for several product lines. In addition to AirPods, Apple offers both regular and Pro versions of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and there will likely be a regular version of the Apple Vision Pro headset in the future. Nevertheless, Apple has used a few other suffixes for higher-end products over the years, such as the over-ear AirPods Max and the Apple Watch Ultra.

Apple went on to release second-generation AirPods Pro in September 2022, and it updated the headphones with a USB-C charging case and a few other features a year later. Third-generation AirPods Pro are rumored to be released in 2025.Related Roundup: AirPods ProBuyer's Guide: AirPods Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: AirPods
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AirPods Pro Were Almost Named AirPods Extreme - MacRumors

In the months leading up to Apple announcing the AirPods Pro in October 2019, the company considered changing the name of the wireless headphones to AirPods Extreme, according to internal information obtained by MacRumors.


The name AirPods Extreme was floated by some members of Apple's leadership team, but the company ultimately decided to move forward with AirPods Pro branding after many employees objected to the change, we have learned.

Apple has used "Extreme" branding in the past for its discontinued AirPort Extreme router and wireless card for Macs, first released in 2003.

In the end, the name AirPods Pro is more consistent with Apple's branding for several product lines. In addition to AirPods, Apple offers both regular and Pro versions of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and there will likely be a regular version of the Apple Vision Pro headset in the future. Nevertheless, Apple has used a few other suffixes for higher-end products over the years, such as the over-ear AirPods Max and the Apple Watch Ultra.

Apple went on to release second-generation AirPods Pro in September 2022, and it updated the headphones with a USB-C charging case and a few other features a year later. Third-generation AirPods Pro are rumored to be released in 2025.Related Roundup: AirPods ProBuyer's Guide: AirPods Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: AirPods
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Spark Mail Gets 'My Writing Style' AI Email Assistant - MacRumors

Readdle today announced the launch of a new "My Writing Style" artificial intelligence feature created for the Spark email app.


Spark already had an option for using AI to write emails in different styles like formal, neutral, and friendly, but the updated AI option is designed to write emails in each user's own voice. According to Readdle, it is able to mirror style, tone, and personality traits "to a degree."

Users can enable Spark AI in the Spark Settings, and from there, the app will select three samples of recently sent emails to analyze writing style. This style will then be applied to AI-generated emails and replies.

AI-generated text can be edited and reviewed before it is sent, and there is an option to disable the feature for those who do not want to use it. Spark suggests that the tool is useful for journalists, content creators, researchers, academics, and professional teams.

Readdle recommends providing simple prompts to the AI to get the best results, such as "write an intro email to Bob and suggest setting up a call at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow."

Spark's AI tool uses Microsoft Azure OpenAI as its AI service provider, and it says that data is not used for model training nor stored for more than a month. Spark Premium is required to use the feature, with the Premium update priced at $7.99 per month or $59.99 per year.Tags: Spark, Artificial Intelligence
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Spark Mail Gets 'My Writing Style' AI Email Assistant - MacRumors

Readdle today announced the launch of a new "My Writing Style" artificial intelligence feature created for the Spark email app.


Spark already had an option for using AI to write emails in different styles like formal, neutral, and friendly, but the updated AI option is designed to write emails in each user's own voice. According to Readdle, it is able to mirror style, tone, and personality traits "to a degree."

Users can enable Spark AI in the Spark Settings, and from there, the app will select three samples of recently sent emails to analyze writing style. This style will then be applied to AI-generated emails and replies.

AI-generated text can be edited and reviewed before it is sent, and there is an option to disable the feature for those who do not want to use it. Spark suggests that the tool is useful for journalists, content creators, researchers, academics, and professional teams.

Readdle recommends providing simple prompts to the AI to get the best results, such as "write an intro email to Bob and suggest setting up a call at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow."

Spark's AI tool uses Microsoft Azure OpenAI as its AI service provider, and it says that data is not used for model training nor stored for more than a month. Spark Premium is required to use the feature, with the Premium update priced at $7.99 per month or $59.99 per year.Tags: Spark, Artificial Intelligence
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22 Feb 2024

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Apple Says Spotify Wants 'Limitless Access' to App Store Tools Without Paying - MacRumors

Amid rumors that the European Commission will soon fine Apple 500 million euros for breaking EU law over access to streaming music services, Apple today commented on its relationship with Apple Music competitor Spotify and the ongoing complaints that Spotify has made to the EC to attempt to get the App Store rules changed.


In a statement to MacRumors, Apple said that Spotify is aiming to get unlimited access to Apple's tools and services without paying anything for the value that Spotify receives from the ‌App Store‌."We're happy to support the success of all developers -- including Spotify, which is the largest music streaming app in the world. Spotify pays Apple nothing for the services that have helped them build, update, and share their app with Apple users in 160 countries spanning the globe. Fundamentally, their complaint is about trying to get limitless access to all of Apple's tools without paying anything for the value Apple provides."The European Union's investigation into the streaming music market and Apple's ‌App Store‌ policies was initially sparked by Spotify. Spotify has complained multiple times about the ‌App Store‌ rules that prevent it from allowing users to subscribe to Spotify without using in-app purchases and without paying a fee to Apple.

Spotify began working with the European Commission in 2015, and the company filed a final complaint in Europe in 2019. That led to a Statement of Objections from the European Commission in 2021. After that, the European Commission filed a "replacement" Statement of Objections on two separate occasions as it narrowed the focus of its investigation, with the latest statement released in December 2023. Over the last 10 years, Spotify met with the European Commission 65 times in an attempt to convince the EU that Apple's rules negatively impact streaming music services.

Apple says that while Spotify has claimed that Apple policies were harming competition and stifling growth, the streaming music market was in reality growing, presenting a challenge to the European Commission and leading to the revisions in the Statement of Objections. The commission was not able to pursue Apple for requiring app developers to use in-app purchase nor did it find that Apple was harming consumers with anti-competitive practices, so the investigation shifted to the anti-circumvention rules that prevent apps from informing users about lower subscription prices available outside of the ‌App Store‌.

According to Apple, Spotify wants to rewrite the rules for its own gain. Apple does not believe that Spotify's complaints are about competition or finding a better deal for consumers -- it says Spotify simply wants a better deal and is using the European Commission to try to get it. Spotify wants access to Apple's technology, ‌App Store‌ reach, and to monetize through the ‌App Store‌ without paying anything to Apple.

The European Commission has said that Apple's anti-circumvention rules are "detrimental to users of music streaming services on Apple's mobile devices" and could lead to confusion for consumers that results in higher prices, but it is Apple's opinion that the European Commission's view on this point is misguided and has been heavily influenced by Spotify's ongoing complaints.

Apple says that Spotify is the dominant streaming music provider in Europe and other countries, and that much of the company's success can be attributed to the ‌App Store‌. Spotify's apps are able to work seamlessly across Apple devices because of Apple's engineering efforts. Spotify has used TestFlight for almost 500 versions of its app, and it uses thousands of Apple's APIs across 60 frameworks.

If and when the EU fines Apple over this matter, the company will almost certainly appeal the decision, so the antitrust battle between Apple and Spotify is likely far from over.

Update: In a statement, Spotify said it does not have a level playing field with Apple and trusts that the European Commission will take action to create a fair ecosystem.Spotify’s success has happened despite Apple's best efforts to gain an artificial advantage by favoring their own music service at every turn while placing roadblocks and imposing unfair restrictions on ours. Under their current rules Apple controls Spotify’s access to its own customers and gives Spotify one of two untenable options: We either have to deliver a poor user experience where we can’t directly communicate how to buy or subscribe to Spotify on iPhones or we have to accept a 30% cost disadvantage against our biggest competitor. This is not a level playing field. We support the European Commission and trust that they will take action soon to create a fair ecosystem for everyone involved.
Tag: Spotify
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Apple Says Spotify Wants 'Limitless Access' to App Store Tools Without Paying - MacRumors

Amid rumors that the European Commission will soon fine Apple 500 million euros for breaking EU law over access to streaming music services, Apple today commented on its relationship with Apple Music competitor Spotify and the ongoing complaints that Spotify has made to the EC to attempt to get the App Store rules changed.


In a statement to MacRumors, Apple said that Spotify is aiming to get unlimited access to Apple's tools and services without paying anything for the value that Spotify receives from the ‌App Store‌."We're happy to support the success of all developers -- including Spotify, which is the largest music streaming app in the world. Spotify pays Apple nothing for the services that have helped them build, update, and share their app with Apple users in 160 countries spanning the globe. Fundamentally, their complaint is about trying to get limitless access to all of Apple's tools without paying anything for the value Apple provides."The European Union's investigation into the streaming music market and Apple's ‌App Store‌ policies was initially sparked by Spotify. Spotify has complained multiple times about the ‌App Store‌ rules that prevent it from allowing users to subscribe to Spotify without using in-app purchases and without paying a fee to Apple.

Spotify began working with the European Commission in 2015, and the company filed a final complaint in Europe in 2019. That led to a Statement of Objections from the European Commission in 2021. After that, the European Commission filed a "replacement" Statement of Objections on two separate occasions as it narrowed the focus of its investigation, with the latest statement released in December 2023. Over the last 10 years, Spotify met with the European Commission 65 times in an attempt to convince the EU that Apple's rules negatively impact streaming music services.

Apple says that while Spotify has claimed that Apple policies were harming competition and stifling growth, the streaming music market was in reality growing, presenting a challenge to the European Commission and leading to the revisions in the Statement of Objections. The commission was not able to pursue Apple for requiring app developers to use in-app purchase nor did it find that Apple was harming consumers with anti-competitive practices, so the investigation shifted to the anti-circumvention rules that prevent apps from informing users about lower subscription prices available outside of the ‌App Store‌.

According to Apple, Spotify wants to rewrite the rules for its own gain. Apple does not believe that Spotify's complaints are about competition or finding a better deal for consumers -- it says Spotify simply wants a better deal and is using the European Commission to try to get it. Spotify wants access to Apple's technology, ‌App Store‌ reach, and to monetize through the ‌App Store‌ without paying anything to Apple.

The European Commission has said that Apple's anti-circumvention rules are "detrimental to users of music streaming services on Apple's mobile devices" and could lead to confusion for consumers that results in higher prices, but it is Apple's opinion that the European Commission's view on this point is misguided and has been heavily influenced by Spotify's ongoing complaints.

Apple says that Spotify is the dominant streaming music provider in Europe and other countries, and that much of the company's success can be attributed to the ‌App Store‌. Spotify's apps are able to work seamlessly across Apple devices because of Apple's engineering efforts. Spotify has used TestFlight for almost 500 versions of its app, and it uses thousands of Apple's APIs across 60 frameworks.

If and when the EU fines Apple over this matter, the company will almost certainly appeal the decision, so the antitrust battle between Apple and Spotify is likely far from over.

Update: In a statement, Spotify said it does not have a level playing field with Apple and trusts that the European Commission will take action to create a fair ecosystem.Spotify’s success has happened despite Apple's best efforts to gain an artificial advantage by favoring their own music service at every turn while placing roadblocks and imposing unfair restrictions on ours. Under their current rules Apple controls Spotify’s access to its own customers and gives Spotify one of two untenable options: We either have to deliver a poor user experience where we can’t directly communicate how to buy or subscribe to Spotify on iPhones or we have to accept a 30% cost disadvantage against our biggest competitor. This is not a level playing field. We support the European Commission and trust that they will take action soon to create a fair ecosystem for everyone involved.
Tag: Spotify
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Beverly Hills Installs First ‘Green Street’ - Planetizen

Beverly Hills Installs First ‘Green Street’ Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 12:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption Burton Way median in November 2023.

A three-block median in Beverly Hills is thriving as the city’s first ‘green street,’ just in time for this month’s unusually wet weather. As Tabor Brewster reports in Beverly Press, “The Burton Way green street and water efficient landscape project is in the final stages of testing and is set to officially open at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Rexford Mini Park on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m.”

The project is expected to reduce water pollution and water consumption by collecting rainwater and runoff. “According to environmental compliance and sustainability program manager Josette Descalzo, the project features a storm drain that will divert water – from both rain and excess irrigation – into the median on Burton Way. From there, the water will be filtered by two 15-foot-wide vegetated channels also known as bioswales.”

According to Mayor Julian Gold, the city plans to install more similar projects to meet its sustainability goals. “[California] emergency water regulations also require Beverly Hills to reduce its water consumption by 32%, and this project will save about 5 million gallons of water annually, according to the city.”

Geography California Category Environment Infrastructure Tags Publication Beverly Press Publication Date Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links City’s first ‘green street’ blossoms on Burton Way 1 minute

Beverly Hills Installs First ‘Green Street’ - Planetizen

Beverly Hills Installs First ‘Green Street’ Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 12:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption Burton Way median in November 2023.

A three-block median in Beverly Hills is thriving as the city’s first ‘green street,’ just in time for this month’s unusually wet weather. As Tabor Brewster reports in Beverly Press, “The Burton Way green street and water efficient landscape project is in the final stages of testing and is set to officially open at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Rexford Mini Park on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m.”

The project is expected to reduce water pollution and water consumption by collecting rainwater and runoff. “According to environmental compliance and sustainability program manager Josette Descalzo, the project features a storm drain that will divert water – from both rain and excess irrigation – into the median on Burton Way. From there, the water will be filtered by two 15-foot-wide vegetated channels also known as bioswales.”

According to Mayor Julian Gold, the city plans to install more similar projects to meet its sustainability goals. “[California] emergency water regulations also require Beverly Hills to reduce its water consumption by 32%, and this project will save about 5 million gallons of water annually, according to the city.”

Geography California Category Environment Infrastructure Tags Publication Beverly Press Publication Date Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links City’s first ‘green street’ blossoms on Burton Way 1 minute

Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Land Trust Team up on Affordable Housing - Planetizen

Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Land Trust Team up on Affordable Housing Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 11:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption Habitat For Humanity volunteers constructing a house during the 2007 Fremont Fair, Seattle, Washington.

A new housing development in Missoula, Montana is using a unique model to ensure the newly built triplex will be affordable for generations to come.

As Katie Fairbanks explains in Montana Free Press, the project is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation’s land trust.  “The project goes back to 2021, when the previous property owners, Marilyn Marler and David Schmetterling, reached out to NMCDC about bringing their rental property into the land trust, Brittany Palmer, the non-profit’s executive director, told Montana Free Press. The couple wanted to keep or expand the home’s affordability without displacing their long-term tenant, Palmer said.”

The NMCDC purchased the property with the help of a federal grant and will offer the new units at a lower cost. “Community land trusts offer homes at more affordable rates because the value of the land doesn’t factor into the price, according to NMCDC’s website. When they’re ready to move, the homeowner agrees to sell the home at a restricted price to keep it affordable.”

The project is the first multifamily Habitat project in the city and includes features that make the buildings ore sustainable and efficient. “Going forward, Habitat is looking to use the land trust model for more projects to keep them in the affordable housing pool.”

Geography Montana Category Housing Tags Publication KPAX Publication Date Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Innovative housing project aims to boost Missoula’s affordability 1 minute

Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Land Trust Team up on Affordable Housing - Planetizen

Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Land Trust Team up on Affordable Housing Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 11:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption Habitat For Humanity volunteers constructing a house during the 2007 Fremont Fair, Seattle, Washington.

A new housing development in Missoula, Montana is using a unique model to ensure the newly built triplex will be affordable for generations to come.

As Katie Fairbanks explains in Montana Free Press, the project is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation’s land trust.  “The project goes back to 2021, when the previous property owners, Marilyn Marler and David Schmetterling, reached out to NMCDC about bringing their rental property into the land trust, Brittany Palmer, the non-profit’s executive director, told Montana Free Press. The couple wanted to keep or expand the home’s affordability without displacing their long-term tenant, Palmer said.”

The NMCDC purchased the property with the help of a federal grant and will offer the new units at a lower cost. “Community land trusts offer homes at more affordable rates because the value of the land doesn’t factor into the price, according to NMCDC’s website. When they’re ready to move, the homeowner agrees to sell the home at a restricted price to keep it affordable.”

The project is the first multifamily Habitat project in the city and includes features that make the buildings ore sustainable and efficient. “Going forward, Habitat is looking to use the land trust model for more projects to keep them in the affordable housing pool.”

Geography Montana Category Housing Tags Publication KPAX Publication Date Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Innovative housing project aims to boost Missoula’s affordability 1 minute
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Experiencing California's Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve - Planetizen

Experiencing California's Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Clement Lau Thu, 02/22/2024 - 10:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption California poppies in bloom at Southern California's Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state-protected reserve of California and harbors the most consistent blooms of California poppies, the state flower. The reserve is located in the rural west side of Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County, 15 miles west of Lancaster. Each spring, the Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat.  The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily.

This article offers various reasons why the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve may be the most beautiful place in California. Specifically, the Poppy Reserve is:

  • A Natural Wonder
  • An Artist's Palette
  • A Haven for Wildlife
  • A Place for Reflection and Recreation

For more information, please read the source article.

For those planning to visit the Poppy Reserve, please do so responsibly and keep in mind the following reminders offered by State Parks:

  • Stay on the official trails only.
  • Do not pick the wildflowers.
  • Do not bring dogs.
  • Do not use drones.
  • Be prepared for strong winds.
  • Enter only through the official entrance gate.
  • Drive with caution on Lancaster Road.
Geography California Category Environment Tags Publication California.com Publication Date Mon, 01/29/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Why It's California's Most Beautiful Place 1 minute

Experiencing California's Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve - Planetizen

Experiencing California's Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Clement Lau Thu, 02/22/2024 - 10:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption California poppies in bloom at Southern California's Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state-protected reserve of California and harbors the most consistent blooms of California poppies, the state flower. The reserve is located in the rural west side of Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County, 15 miles west of Lancaster. Each spring, the Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat.  The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily.

This article offers various reasons why the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve may be the most beautiful place in California. Specifically, the Poppy Reserve is:

  • A Natural Wonder
  • An Artist's Palette
  • A Haven for Wildlife
  • A Place for Reflection and Recreation

For more information, please read the source article.

For those planning to visit the Poppy Reserve, please do so responsibly and keep in mind the following reminders offered by State Parks:

  • Stay on the official trails only.
  • Do not pick the wildflowers.
  • Do not bring dogs.
  • Do not use drones.
  • Be prepared for strong winds.
  • Enter only through the official entrance gate.
  • Drive with caution on Lancaster Road.
Geography California Category Environment Tags Publication California.com Publication Date Mon, 01/29/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Why It's California's Most Beautiful Place 1 minute

Federal Regulators Reject Energy Projects on Navajo Land - Planetizen

Federal Regulators Reject Energy Projects on Navajo Land Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 09:00 Primary Image

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected seven hydropower energy storage projects proposed on Navajo Nation land, signaling a shift in policy at the agency that takes into account opposition by local tribes.

As Jonathan P. Thompson explains in The Land Desk, “The projects would have been located on Black Mesa, a significant landform on Navajo and Hopi land that was torn apart by intensive surface coal mining for over a half century.” The projects, which would require the construction of two new dams, would use water from a local aquifer already strained by mining and growing populations.

“The prospect of such impacts drew opposition from Tó Nizhóní Ání, Diné CARE, Grand Canyon Trust, and other land and water protectors. The Navajo Nation joined them, telling regulators the projects could impact its water rights, natural resources, endangered species, and cultural resources.”

Acknowledging tribal sovereignty, FERC’s new policy states, “the Commission will not issue preliminary permits for projects proposing to use Tribal lands if the Tribe on whose lands the project is to be located opposes the permit.”

Geography United States Arizona Category Energy Tags Publication The Land Desk Publication Date Tue, 02/20/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Feds reject energy projects on Navajo Nation 1 minute

Federal Regulators Reject Energy Projects on Navajo Land - Planetizen

Federal Regulators Reject Energy Projects on Navajo Land Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 09:00 Primary Image

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected seven hydropower energy storage projects proposed on Navajo Nation land, signaling a shift in policy at the agency that takes into account opposition by local tribes.

As Jonathan P. Thompson explains in The Land Desk, “The projects would have been located on Black Mesa, a significant landform on Navajo and Hopi land that was torn apart by intensive surface coal mining for over a half century.” The projects, which would require the construction of two new dams, would use water from a local aquifer already strained by mining and growing populations.

“The prospect of such impacts drew opposition from Tó Nizhóní Ání, Diné CARE, Grand Canyon Trust, and other land and water protectors. The Navajo Nation joined them, telling regulators the projects could impact its water rights, natural resources, endangered species, and cultural resources.”

Acknowledging tribal sovereignty, FERC’s new policy states, “the Commission will not issue preliminary permits for projects proposing to use Tribal lands if the Tribe on whose lands the project is to be located opposes the permit.”

Geography United States Arizona Category Energy Tags Publication The Land Desk Publication Date Tue, 02/20/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Feds reject energy projects on Navajo Nation 1 minute
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Chrome for Mac Gains 'Help Me Write' Generative AI Feature - MacRumors

Google today announced the launch of a new "Help me Write" feature that is available for the Chrome browser on both Macs and Windows PCs. It is a tool that is able to help users start writing something, or refine something that's already been written.


Help me Write uses the Gemini model that Google announced back in December. At the time, Google said that Gemini was its most capable and general model to date, created through large-scale collaborative efforts by teams across Google.

According to Google, the Help me Write feature can be used for everything from online reviews to support requests to product listings. The AI model is able to understand the context of the webpage that the user is on to provide suggestions for relevant content.


As an example, a person writing a review for a pair of shoes might see suggestions that include key features from the product page that support the user's opinion to make a review more valuable. For an online listing of something that's being sold on eBay or another site, users can write a quick outline and have the Help me Write feature provide a more well-written summary. The same goes for online support inquiries.

Help me Write is available in Chrome M122, and it can be used in the United States in English. The feature can be enabled by signing into Chrome, selecting the Settings option from the three-dot menu, and navigating to the Experimental AI page. To use it, right click on any open text field in Chrome and choose the Help me Write option.Tags: Google, Chrome
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Chrome for Mac Gains 'Help Me Write' Generative AI Feature - MacRumors

Google today announced the launch of a new "Help me Write" feature that is available for the Chrome browser on both Macs and Windows PCs. It is a tool that is able to help users start writing something, or refine something that's already been written.


Help me Write uses the Gemini model that Google announced back in December. At the time, Google said that Gemini was its most capable and general model to date, created through large-scale collaborative efforts by teams across Google.

According to Google, the Help me Write feature can be used for everything from online reviews to support requests to product listings. The AI model is able to understand the context of the webpage that the user is on to provide suggestions for relevant content.


As an example, a person writing a review for a pair of shoes might see suggestions that include key features from the product page that support the user's opinion to make a review more valuable. For an online listing of something that's being sold on eBay or another site, users can write a quick outline and have the Help me Write feature provide a more well-written summary. The same goes for online support inquiries.

Help me Write is available in Chrome M122, and it can be used in the United States in English. The feature can be enabled by signing into Chrome, selecting the Settings option from the three-dot menu, and navigating to the Experimental AI page. To use it, right click on any open text field in Chrome and choose the Help me Write option.Tags: Google, Chrome
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New Threat to Urban Infrastructure: Underground Climate Change - Planetizen

New Threat to Urban Infrastructure: Underground Climate Change Mary Hammon Thu, 02/22/2024 - 08:00 Primary Image

A novel study by Northwestern University in Chicago says there is a “silent hazard beneath the streets” that could have a major impact on buildings and infrastructure in the future: “underground climate change.” A Financial Times article by Patti Waldmeir details the findings and what it could mean for Chicago and other cities around the world.

The Northwestern research team, headed up by researcher Alessandro Rotta Loria, were the first to study how these subsurface heat islands that deform the ground affect urban infrastructure, Waldmeir reports. They placed underground sensors throughout the Chicago Loop and found the ground beneath some buildings can be 18F hotter than underneath a large park along the lake nearby. The effect is caused by heat emitted into the ground by underground structures (garages, basements, El tunnels, etc.) which causes the ground to expand and contract.

While these subsurface heat items aren’t likely to cause buildings to collapse or kill anyone, in the long-term, Rotta Loria said, it could mean shifting, tilting, and cracking buildings and infrastructure, which lead to significantly higher repair and maintenance costs, particularly in cities built near water.

Geography United States Category Environment Infrastructure Tags Publication Financial Times Publication Date Mon, 02/19/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Sinking skyscrapers, new beaches: Chicago faces the climate crisis 1 minute

New Threat to Urban Infrastructure: Underground Climate Change - Planetizen

New Threat to Urban Infrastructure: Underground Climate Change Mary Hammon Thu, 02/22/2024 - 08:00 Primary Image

A novel study by Northwestern University in Chicago says there is a “silent hazard beneath the streets” that could have a major impact on buildings and infrastructure in the future: “underground climate change.” A Financial Times article by Patti Waldmeir details the findings and what it could mean for Chicago and other cities around the world.

The Northwestern research team, headed up by researcher Alessandro Rotta Loria, were the first to study how these subsurface heat islands that deform the ground affect urban infrastructure, Waldmeir reports. They placed underground sensors throughout the Chicago Loop and found the ground beneath some buildings can be 18F hotter than underneath a large park along the lake nearby. The effect is caused by heat emitted into the ground by underground structures (garages, basements, El tunnels, etc.) which causes the ground to expand and contract.

While these subsurface heat items aren’t likely to cause buildings to collapse or kill anyone, in the long-term, Rotta Loria said, it could mean shifting, tilting, and cracking buildings and infrastructure, which lead to significantly higher repair and maintenance costs, particularly in cities built near water.

Geography United States Category Environment Infrastructure Tags Publication Financial Times Publication Date Mon, 02/19/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Sinking skyscrapers, new beaches: Chicago faces the climate crisis 1 minute
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Percorsi formativi dedicati alle scienze statistiche: ecco gli appuntamenti in arrivo della Formazione TerreLogiche! - GEOmedia News

Ben tre gli appuntamenti didattici che la Formazione TerreLogiche dedica alle scienze statistiche: oltre ai corsi online "Statistica con R (Base)" e "Geostatistica Base con R e QGIS", in programma rispettivamente il 18, 19, 20, 25 e 26 marzo e il 9, 10, 17 e 18 aprile, il 22, 23, 24, 28 e 29 maggio si terrà la prima sessione del nuovo modulo "Statistica multivariata e machine learning con R".

Statistica con R (Base)
Il corso è incentrato sulla gestione dei dati e il data processing con R, il software Open Source più popolare nel campo della statistica per potenza, flessibilità e possibilità di interfaccia con altri applicativi. Acquisizione di file dati esterni al sistema o loro costruzione in ambiente R, stesura di script, sintesi numerica e grafica delle informazioni, verifica delle ipotesi sperimentali mediante test statistici e interpretazione degli output, definizione di modelli regressivi e loro interpretazione e rappresentazione grafica saranno i principali argomenti trattati.

"Geostatistica Base con R e QGIS"
Il corso verte invece sull'utilizzo delle tecniche geostatistiche, come la correlazione spaziale e la variografia, l'interpolazione e il kriging, per l'analisi dei dati geografici; fornisce inoltre le conoscenze necessarie per la stima di una variabile spaziale nelle aree dove non è stata misurata e per la valutazione dell'affidabilità della stima

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OWC Introduces New Discounts on Thunderbolt Docks, Mac Memory Upgrade Kits, and More - MacRumors

Today we're tracking a new sale at OWC with notable discounts on Mac accessories including Thunderbolt docks, USB-C hubs, external drives and enclosures, internal memory upgrade kits for Mac, and more. Most products are in stock and ready to ship out today, and OWC offers free shipping on orders $149.00 and over.

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Highlights of the sale include a collection of Thunderbolt docks for up to $100 off. These docks allow you to easily connect a wide array of peripherals to your Mac, including two 4K displays or one 5K display with the 14-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock.

Docks, Drives, and MoreOWC Mac Accessory Sale

All of the devices listed below are in new condition at OWC, although the retailer does provide various item condition options for anyone who might want to save money by purchasing open box items. Be sure to visit OWC's sale landing page to browse the full sale, which also features deals on cables, Mac accessories, keyboards, and headphones.

Docks and Hubs

External Drives and Enclosures

Memory
Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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OWC Introduces New Discounts on Thunderbolt Docks, Mac Memory Upgrade Kits, and More - MacRumors

Today we're tracking a new sale at OWC with notable discounts on Mac accessories including Thunderbolt docks, USB-C hubs, external drives and enclosures, internal memory upgrade kits for Mac, and more. Most products are in stock and ready to ship out today, and OWC offers free shipping on orders $149.00 and over.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with OWC. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Highlights of the sale include a collection of Thunderbolt docks for up to $100 off. These docks allow you to easily connect a wide array of peripherals to your Mac, including two 4K displays or one 5K display with the 14-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock.

Docks, Drives, and MoreOWC Mac Accessory Sale

All of the devices listed below are in new condition at OWC, although the retailer does provide various item condition options for anyone who might want to save money by purchasing open box items. Be sure to visit OWC's sale landing page to browse the full sale, which also features deals on cables, Mac accessories, keyboards, and headphones.

Docks and Hubs

External Drives and Enclosures

Memory
Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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Apple's First Foldable Device Won't Be an iPhone, Say Supply Chain Sources - MacRumors

Apple is now deciding on the design of its first foldable device as work on the project ramps up, DigiTimes reports.


Citing Taiwanese supply chain sources in a paywalled report, DigiTimes claims that Apple has been developing its first foldable product for at least five years. Corroborating previous rumors, the publication claims that the foldable is set to be a "larger device" rather than an iPhone, instead embodying a tablet or notebook. Design efforts on the device are now said to be converging ahead of plans for mass production.

Since hinge mechanisms for foldable devices have become increasingly advanced in recent years, the main problem for Apple's foldable is said to be developing a panel that meets its quality demands. The report adds that Apple's rumored suspension of Samsung foldable display panel development and internal reorganization to move Vision Pro engineers to the foldable project are not contradictory moves, since the company is overwhelmingly prioritizing quality.

The report clarified that Apple has not suspended work on foldable devices, with the company allegedly now possessing multiple departments responsible for different foldable product lines. Apple's first foldable device will not launch until 2025 at the earliest.Tags: DigiTimes, Foldable MacBook, Foldable iPad
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Apple's First Foldable Device Won't Be an iPhone, Say Supply Chain Sources - MacRumors

Apple is now deciding on the design of its first foldable device as work on the project ramps up, DigiTimes reports.


Citing Taiwanese supply chain sources in a paywalled report, DigiTimes claims that Apple has been developing its first foldable product for at least five years. Corroborating previous rumors, the publication claims that the foldable is set to be a "larger device" rather than an iPhone, instead embodying a tablet or notebook. Design efforts on the device are now said to be converging ahead of plans for mass production.

Since hinge mechanisms for foldable devices have become increasingly advanced in recent years, the main problem for Apple's foldable is said to be developing a panel that meets its quality demands. The report adds that Apple's rumored suspension of Samsung foldable display panel development and internal reorganization to move Vision Pro engineers to the foldable project are not contradictory moves, since the company is overwhelmingly prioritizing quality.

The report clarified that Apple has not suspended work on foldable devices, with the company allegedly now possessing multiple departments responsible for different foldable product lines. Apple's first foldable device will not launch until 2025 at the earliest.Tags: DigiTimes, Foldable MacBook, Foldable iPad
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Housing Affordability Slow to Improve - Planetizen

Housing Affordability Slow to Improve Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 07:00 Primary Image

U.S. home prices are projected to rise by 2.8 percent by the end of 2024, according to CoreLogic, signaling that the housing crisis will likely continue throughout the year.

As Casey Quinlan explains in Florida Phoenix, “Much of the current predicament renters and homebuyers face is linked to high housing demand, low housing inventory and the Fed’s cycle of hiking interest rates.”

In other words, renters and homebuyers shouldn’t expect relief anytime soon. “A lack of housing stock, both in for sale and overall inventory, is a key long-run problem for housing affordability, said Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. A lack of accessible rental inventory that provides both single family and multi-family rental housing is a problem, he said.”

A shortage of workers is also slowing down housing production. “A 2023 Home Builders Institute report found that construction would need to add hundreds of thousands of workers to meet residential construction demand.”

Geography United States Category Housing Tags Publication Florida Phoenix Publication Date Sun, 02/18/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links When will housing affordability improve? Spoiler alert: It will take some time 1 minute

Housing Affordability Slow to Improve - Planetizen

Housing Affordability Slow to Improve Diana Ionescu Thu, 02/22/2024 - 07:00 Primary Image

U.S. home prices are projected to rise by 2.8 percent by the end of 2024, according to CoreLogic, signaling that the housing crisis will likely continue throughout the year.

As Casey Quinlan explains in Florida Phoenix, “Much of the current predicament renters and homebuyers face is linked to high housing demand, low housing inventory and the Fed’s cycle of hiking interest rates.”

In other words, renters and homebuyers shouldn’t expect relief anytime soon. “A lack of housing stock, both in for sale and overall inventory, is a key long-run problem for housing affordability, said Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. A lack of accessible rental inventory that provides both single family and multi-family rental housing is a problem, he said.”

A shortage of workers is also slowing down housing production. “A 2023 Home Builders Institute report found that construction would need to add hundreds of thousands of workers to meet residential construction demand.”

Geography United States Category Housing Tags Publication Florida Phoenix Publication Date Sun, 02/18/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links When will housing affordability improve? Spoiler alert: It will take some time 1 minute
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Maggior produttività nei rilievi stradali con Leica AP20 AutoPole - GEOmedia News

Teorema Milano, si occupa da oltre 30 anni della distribuzione di strumenti topografici Leica Geosystems, con un ampio catalogo di strumenti e accessori. Sempre attenti all’evoluzione del settore, Teorema propone le ultime innovazioni tecnologiche, come il Leica AP20, uno strumento che offre nuove possibilità di misurazione con le stazioni totali, migliorando il lavoro del professionista. In questa case history vediamo come il rilevamento con Leica AP20 AutoPole in Giappone ha consentito la realizzazione di progetti in tempi più rapidi e una riduzione della manodopera del 75% con notevoli risparmi sui costi.

BM Field, una società di servizi topografici con sede a Hokkaido, in Giappone, ha condotto rilievi efficienti e accurati per un progetto di ricostruzione di una strada residenziale utilizzando l'innovativa tecnologia Leica Geosystems, tra cui Leica AP20 AutoPole e Leica MS60 MultiStation. La combinazione di tecnologie di rilevamento all'avanguardia ha portato ad un completamento più rapido del progetto utilizzando il 75% in meno di manodopera, una maggiore flessibilità di misurazione e un risparmio sui costi previsto di oltre € 2.500, il tutto mantenendo un'elevata precisione e un controllo di qualità.

L'AP20 è una soluzione intelligente pluripremiata per stazioni totali robotiche che aiuta i topografi a lavorare in modo più efficiente. Compensa automaticamente un'asta inclinata e rileva l'altezza dell'asta per misurazioni più rapide anche in condizioni difficili.
Con l'AP20, i topografi possono inclinare l'asta per raggiungere punti o evitare ostacoli e mantenere il bloccaggio del

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WhatsApp Gains New Text Formatting Options in Latest Update - MacRumors

WhatsApp has added new text formatting options to the chat platform, enabling users to message each other everything from grocery lists to step-by-step instructions in mid-conversation.


Following Wednesday's update, WhatsApp users can now use bulleted and numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code to communicate more effectively.

The new formatting options join the existing bold, italic, strikethrough, and monospaced formats that have been available to WhatsApp users for a while now.

How to Use New WhatsApp Text Formatting Options
  • Bulleted list: Start a new line with a - (dash) symbol, followed by a space.

  • Numbered list: Start a new line with 1 or 2 digits, followed by a period and a space.

  • Block quote: Start a new line with the > symbol, followed by a space.

  • Inline code: Wrap any code or text you want to highlight using the ` (backtick) symbol.
All of WhatsApp's text formatting options (Image: WhatsApp)

Last month, WhatsApp introduced a custom sticker creation tool for iPhone users running iOS 17 or later. In a future update, WhatsApp also plans to add passkey support, allowing iPhone users to sign in to the app with Face ID, Touch ID, or their device's passcode.Tag: WhatsApp
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WhatsApp Gains New Text Formatting Options in Latest Update - MacRumors

WhatsApp has added new text formatting options to the chat platform, enabling users to message each other everything from grocery lists to step-by-step instructions in mid-conversation.


Following Wednesday's update, WhatsApp users can now use bulleted and numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code to communicate more effectively.

The new formatting options join the existing bold, italic, strikethrough, and monospaced formats that have been available to WhatsApp users for a while now.

How to Use New WhatsApp Text Formatting Options
  • Bulleted list: Start a new line with a - (dash) symbol, followed by a space.

  • Numbered list: Start a new line with 1 or 2 digits, followed by a period and a space.

  • Block quote: Start a new line with the > symbol, followed by a space.

  • Inline code: Wrap any code or text you want to highlight using the ` (backtick) symbol.
All of WhatsApp's text formatting options (Image: WhatsApp)

Last month, WhatsApp introduced a custom sticker creation tool for iPhone users running iOS 17 or later. In a future update, WhatsApp also plans to add passkey support, allowing iPhone users to sign in to the app with Face ID, Touch ID, or their device's passcode.Tag: WhatsApp
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The Cyclotron - Google Maps Mania

The West Midlands Cyclotron uses cycle counters installed on the roads in the West Midlands to provide a near real-time data visualization of the number of cyclists using individual roads in areas of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton (and many roads in between). The most striking aspect of the Cyclotron is the design of the LED themed data dashboard. This dashboard takes its cue from theKeir Clarkehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07052313829398691711noreply@blogger.com0
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The Cyclotron - Google Maps Mania

The West Midlands Cyclotron uses cycle counters installed on the roads in the West Midlands to provide a near real-time data visualization of the number of cyclists using individual roads in areas of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton (and many roads in between). The most striking aspect of the Cyclotron is the design of the LED themed data dashboard. This dashboard takes its cue from theKeir Clarkehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07052313829398691711noreply@blogger.com0
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iPhone Fold, il 2026 potrebbe essere il suo anno - TheAppleLounge

Si parla da tempo dell’iPhone Fold, ossia il primo device pieghevole che Apple ha in progetto per un futuro prossimo. Risulta essere incerto proprio il periodo in cui finalmente avremo...
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iPhone Fold, il 2026 potrebbe essere il suo anno - TheAppleLounge

Si parla da tempo dell’iPhone Fold, ossia il primo device pieghevole che Apple ha in progetto per un futuro prossimo. Risulta essere incerto proprio il periodo in cui finalmente avremo...
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Apple Immersive Video Featuring 2023 MLS Playoffs Coming to Vision Pro - MacRumors

Apple today announced plans to introduce an Apple Immersive Video that features the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs. Apple says that this will be the first-ever sports film captured in Apple Immersive Video, and it will be viewable on the Vision Pro headset.


According to Apple, the MLS Playoffs were recorded in 8K 3D with a 180-degree field of view and Spatial Audio.
Coming soon, all Apple Vision Pro users can experience the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs with the first-ever sports film captured in Apple Immersive Video. Viewers will feel every heart-pounding moment in 8K 3D with a 180-degree field of view and Spatial Audio that transports them to each match.
The MLS Apple Immersive Video will be coming in the near future, and its upcoming launch was included in an announcement about the kickoff of the 2024 MLS season.

MLS Season Pass subscribers can watch Inter Miami CF and Real Salt Lake tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with a special 90-minute version of MLS Countdown premiering at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

MLS Season Pass is priced at $14.99 per month during the season or $99. Apple TV+ subscribers can get a discounted price of $12.99 per month or $79 for the season.
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Apple Immersive Video Featuring 2023 MLS Playoffs Coming to Vision Pro - MacRumors

Apple today announced plans to introduce an Apple Immersive Video that features the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs. Apple says that this will be the first-ever sports film captured in Apple Immersive Video, and it will be viewable on the Vision Pro headset.


According to Apple, the MLS Playoffs were recorded in 8K 3D with a 180-degree field of view and Spatial Audio.
Coming soon, all Apple Vision Pro users can experience the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs with the first-ever sports film captured in Apple Immersive Video. Viewers will feel every heart-pounding moment in 8K 3D with a 180-degree field of view and Spatial Audio that transports them to each match.
The MLS Apple Immersive Video will be coming in the near future, and its upcoming launch was included in an announcement about the kickoff of the 2024 MLS season.

MLS Season Pass subscribers can watch Inter Miami CF and Real Salt Lake tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with a special 90-minute version of MLS Countdown premiering at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

MLS Season Pass is priced at $14.99 per month during the season or $99. Apple TV+ subscribers can get a discounted price of $12.99 per month or $79 for the season.
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PlayStation Adds Support for Passkeys as Password Alternative - MacRumors

PlayStation account owners will soon be able to start using a passkey as an alternative to a password when logging into a PlayStation account on the web, in an app, or on a PlayStation device.


Passkey integration is set to be introduced at some point today, and users will be able to log in and authenticate their accounts with Face ID, Touch ID, or a device passcode on an iPhone.

Passkeys are considered more convenient and secure than a traditional password, with sign-ins streamlined through biometric authentication. Passkeys are resistant to online attacks such as phishing because there's no password to steal and no one-time SMS code that can be intercepted.

Apple has supported passkeys since 2022, and passkeys are available on iOS 16 and later, iPadOS 16 and later, and macOS Ventura and later.

Many companies have been implementing support for passkeys, including Twitter, Google, PayPal, Best Buy, Microsoft, and eBay.Tag: Passkeys
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PlayStation Adds Support for Passkeys as Password Alternative - MacRumors

PlayStation account owners will soon be able to start using a passkey as an alternative to a password when logging into a PlayStation account on the web, in an app, or on a PlayStation device.


Passkey integration is set to be introduced at some point today, and users will be able to log in and authenticate their accounts with Face ID, Touch ID, or a device passcode on an iPhone.

Passkeys are considered more convenient and secure than a traditional password, with sign-ins streamlined through biometric authentication. Passkeys are resistant to online attacks such as phishing because there's no password to steal and no one-time SMS code that can be intercepted.

Apple has supported passkeys since 2022, and passkeys are available on iOS 16 and later, iPadOS 16 and later, and macOS Ventura and later.

Many companies have been implementing support for passkeys, including Twitter, Google, PayPal, Best Buy, Microsoft, and eBay.Tag: Passkeys
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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 189 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements - MacRumors

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.


‌Safari Technology Preview‌ 189 includes fixes and updates for CSS, HTML, SVG, Web API, Web Inspector, WebAuthn, WebGL, and WebRTC.

The current ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release is compatible with machines running macOS Ventura and macOS Sonoma, the latest version of macOS that Apple released in September 2023.

The ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ update is available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences or System Settings to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.Tag: Safari Technology Preview
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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 189 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements - MacRumors

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.


‌Safari Technology Preview‌ 189 includes fixes and updates for CSS, HTML, SVG, Web API, Web Inspector, WebAuthn, WebGL, and WebRTC.

The current ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release is compatible with machines running macOS Ventura and macOS Sonoma, the latest version of macOS that Apple released in September 2023.

The ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ update is available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences or System Settings to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.Tag: Safari Technology Preview
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Insight Timer CEO Upset With Apple's Abrupt Enforcement of App Store Rules - MacRumors

Apple has frustrated another app developer with arbitrary enforcement of its App Store rules, with Insight Timer CEO Christopher Plowman this week taking to LinkedIn and speaking with TechCrunch to complain about a frustrating experience with the ‌App Store‌ review team.


Insight Timer is a meditation app that is subscription based. Customers pay $60 per year to access guided meditations, yoga classes, and other teacher-led courses. In addition to the subscription fee, Insight Timer accepts tips for teachers, which is what is at the heart of the dispute.

In 2022, Insight Timer started allowing app users to provide their teachers with digital donations or tips, and these donations were not initially subject to Apple's 30 percent fee on digital goods per Apple's ‌App Store‌ rules. Apple approved 47 Insight Timer updates that had the tipping functionality, but late last year, Apple's review team decided that these payments weren't considered tips, but digital goods purchases, which subjected them to the ‌App Store‌ in-app purchase fee.

App Store rule 3.2.1 vii says that apps can allow users to give a gift to another individual without using in-app purchase, so long as the gift is an optional choice and 100 percent of the funds go to the receiver of the gift. This was the case with Insight Timer, as it was not taking a cut of tips, but the individual to individual wording is what became murky, as well as an addendum to that rule that says a gift "connected to or associated at any point in time with receiving digital content" requires in-app purchases.

Apple took issue with Insight Timer accepting tips for live events and meditations, deciding that this money was for digital content. Plowman did not agree with Apple's assessment, and spent months negotiating. Apple did agree to allow tip links on teacher profile pages that are not subject to a 30 percent fee, but donations from live events and meditations are not considered tips. Apple's reasoning is that a one-to-one donation is a monetary gift, but a workshop or class with at least two people is digital content that's subject to a commission.

Plowman suggested that the meditation and yoga experiences are no more digital than renting an Airbnb or taking an Uber, and Apple does not collect fees from these kinds of purchases.
Just as homeowners don't pay 30% of their Airbnb income to Apple - imagine the outrage - teachers shouldn't have to pay Apple 30% of their donation income either. Many Insight Timer teachers are doctors, nurses and educators who return home from their day jobs to work in the evenings on Insight Timer for critical supplemental income. They give up their personal time recording audio replies to classroom questions, responding to user reviews, hosting live events, writing music, creating guided meditations and leading discussion groups. There's nothing 'digital' about these experiences no matter how much the definition is contorted. The more teachers work, the more they earn. The correlation is obvious and the term 'digital content' simply does not apply.
Of the $60 subscription fee that customers pay, Apple collects 15 to 30 percent. The remainder is split between Insight Timer and the teachers that participate on the platform, with each getting a 50 percent cut. Insight Timer earned $20 million in subscription revenue in 2023.

Apple required Insight Timer to comply with the ‌App Store‌ rules to submit further app updates, with a February deadline. Insight Timer complied this week, submitting an update that eliminates the tipping feature except on teacher profiles.

Plowman says that while he is frustrated, he believes Apple is willing to listen and that the company can be convinced to change. He asks that people share his story, but in a constructive manner. Tag: App Store
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Insight Timer CEO Upset With Apple's Abrupt Enforcement of App Store Rules - MacRumors

Apple has frustrated another app developer with arbitrary enforcement of its App Store rules, with Insight Timer CEO Christopher Plowman this week taking to LinkedIn and speaking with TechCrunch to complain about a frustrating experience with the ‌App Store‌ review team.


Insight Timer is a meditation app that is subscription based. Customers pay $60 per year to access guided meditations, yoga classes, and other teacher-led courses. In addition to the subscription fee, Insight Timer accepts tips for teachers, which is what is at the heart of the dispute.

In 2022, Insight Timer started allowing app users to provide their teachers with digital donations or tips, and these donations were not initially subject to Apple's 30 percent fee on digital goods per Apple's ‌App Store‌ rules. Apple approved 47 Insight Timer updates that had the tipping functionality, but late last year, Apple's review team decided that these payments weren't considered tips, but digital goods purchases, which subjected them to the ‌App Store‌ in-app purchase fee.

App Store rule 3.2.1 vii says that apps can allow users to give a gift to another individual without using in-app purchase, so long as the gift is an optional choice and 100 percent of the funds go to the receiver of the gift. This was the case with Insight Timer, as it was not taking a cut of tips, but the individual to individual wording is what became murky, as well as an addendum to that rule that says a gift "connected to or associated at any point in time with receiving digital content" requires in-app purchases.

Apple took issue with Insight Timer accepting tips for live events and meditations, deciding that this money was for digital content. Plowman did not agree with Apple's assessment, and spent months negotiating. Apple did agree to allow tip links on teacher profile pages that are not subject to a 30 percent fee, but donations from live events and meditations are not considered tips. Apple's reasoning is that a one-to-one donation is a monetary gift, but a workshop or class with at least two people is digital content that's subject to a commission.

Plowman suggested that the meditation and yoga experiences are no more digital than renting an Airbnb or taking an Uber, and Apple does not collect fees from these kinds of purchases.
Just as homeowners don't pay 30% of their Airbnb income to Apple - imagine the outrage - teachers shouldn't have to pay Apple 30% of their donation income either. Many Insight Timer teachers are doctors, nurses and educators who return home from their day jobs to work in the evenings on Insight Timer for critical supplemental income. They give up their personal time recording audio replies to classroom questions, responding to user reviews, hosting live events, writing music, creating guided meditations and leading discussion groups. There's nothing 'digital' about these experiences no matter how much the definition is contorted. The more teachers work, the more they earn. The correlation is obvious and the term 'digital content' simply does not apply.
Of the $60 subscription fee that customers pay, Apple collects 15 to 30 percent. The remainder is split between Insight Timer and the teachers that participate on the platform, with each getting a 50 percent cut. Insight Timer earned $20 million in subscription revenue in 2023.

Apple required Insight Timer to comply with the ‌App Store‌ rules to submit further app updates, with a February deadline. Insight Timer complied this week, submitting an update that eliminates the tipping feature except on teacher profiles.

Plowman says that while he is frustrated, he believes Apple is willing to listen and that the company can be convinced to change. He asks that people share his story, but in a constructive manner. Tag: App Store
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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Smart Watches or Rings That Claim to Measure Blood Glucose Levels - MacRumors

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not want consumers to purchase or use smart watches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels using non-invasive methods. In a safety warning shared today, the FDA says that smart devices that claim to check blood sugar without piercing the skin can lead to errors in diabetes management, including taking too much or too little medication.


No smart watch or smart ring that is intended to measure or estimate blood glucose values non-invasively has been authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA. These non-invasive devices are different from continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) that relay data through a smart watch app.

Apple is rumored to be working on a version of the Apple Watch that will be able to measure blood glucose non-invasively, but launch of such a device is still several years away. Apple has been exploring optical absorption spectroscopy using a laser to shine light under the skin to determine a person's blood glucose level, but as of 2023, Apple's work remained at a proof-of-concept stage.

As of right now, there are several low-cost smart watches and smart rings that claim to be able to monitor glucose levels without a skin prick or without integrating with a CGM device. The FDA says patients should avoid such devices, and doctors should warn patients about the risks of using unauthorized blood glucose measuring products.
Sellers of these smartwatches and smart rings claim their devices measure blood glucose levels without requiring people to prick their finger or pierce the skin. They claim to use non-invasive techniques. These smartwatches and smart rings do not directly test blood glucose levels.

These smartwatches and smart rings are manufactured by dozens of companies and sold under multiple brand names. This safety communication applies to any smartwatch or smart ring that claims to measure blood glucose without piercing the skin, regardless of manufacturer or brand.
The FDA says that it is working to ensure that manufacturers, distributors, and sellers do not illegally market unauthorized smart watches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels.

If Apple does end up releasing an Apple Watch that includes a sensor for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring, Apple will need to get FDA approval before it is allowed to sell it in the U.S. Other companies like Samsung are working on similar technology, but there is no proven and approved non-invasive blood sugar monitoring method on the market as of right now.Tag: FDA
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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Smart Watches or Rings That Claim to Measure Blood Glucose Levels - MacRumors

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not want consumers to purchase or use smart watches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels using non-invasive methods. In a safety warning shared today, the FDA says that smart devices that claim to check blood sugar without piercing the skin can lead to errors in diabetes management, including taking too much or too little medication.


No smart watch or smart ring that is intended to measure or estimate blood glucose values non-invasively has been authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA. These non-invasive devices are different from continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) that relay data through a smart watch app.

Apple is rumored to be working on a version of the Apple Watch that will be able to measure blood glucose non-invasively, but launch of such a device is still several years away. Apple has been exploring optical absorption spectroscopy using a laser to shine light under the skin to determine a person's blood glucose level, but as of 2023, Apple's work remained at a proof-of-concept stage.

As of right now, there are several low-cost smart watches and smart rings that claim to be able to monitor glucose levels without a skin prick or without integrating with a CGM device. The FDA says patients should avoid such devices, and doctors should warn patients about the risks of using unauthorized blood glucose measuring products.
Sellers of these smartwatches and smart rings claim their devices measure blood glucose levels without requiring people to prick their finger or pierce the skin. They claim to use non-invasive techniques. These smartwatches and smart rings do not directly test blood glucose levels.

These smartwatches and smart rings are manufactured by dozens of companies and sold under multiple brand names. This safety communication applies to any smartwatch or smart ring that claims to measure blood glucose without piercing the skin, regardless of manufacturer or brand.
The FDA says that it is working to ensure that manufacturers, distributors, and sellers do not illegally market unauthorized smart watches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels.

If Apple does end up releasing an Apple Watch that includes a sensor for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring, Apple will need to get FDA approval before it is allowed to sell it in the U.S. Other companies like Samsung are working on similar technology, but there is no proven and approved non-invasive blood sugar monitoring method on the market as of right now.Tag: FDA
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White House Announces $5.8 Billion in Water Infrastructure Funding - Planetizen

White House Announces $5.8 Billion in Water Infrastructure Funding Diana Ionescu Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:00 Primary Image

The Biden administration announced a new $5.8 billion round of funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law for water infrastructure projects, according to an Associated Press article.

Vice President Kamala Harris made the announcement this week in Pittsburgh, saying, “Every person should have a right and the ability to have access to clean water, and it should not matter where you live or how much money you earn or how much money you got in your back pocket.”

The funding will go toward replacing lead pipes, water mains, and storm drains, as well as upgrades to water treatment plants and distribution systems. 

Geography United States Category Infrastructure Tags Publication ABC News Publication Date Tue, 02/20/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links White House is distributing $5.8B from the infrastructure law for water projects 1 minute

White House Announces $5.8 Billion in Water Infrastructure Funding - Planetizen

White House Announces $5.8 Billion in Water Infrastructure Funding Diana Ionescu Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:00 Primary Image

The Biden administration announced a new $5.8 billion round of funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law for water infrastructure projects, according to an Associated Press article.

Vice President Kamala Harris made the announcement this week in Pittsburgh, saying, “Every person should have a right and the ability to have access to clean water, and it should not matter where you live or how much money you earn or how much money you got in your back pocket.”

The funding will go toward replacing lead pipes, water mains, and storm drains, as well as upgrades to water treatment plants and distribution systems. 

Geography United States Category Infrastructure Tags Publication ABC News Publication Date Tue, 02/20/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links White House is distributing $5.8B from the infrastructure law for water projects 1 minute

Seattle to Introduce Electric Buses With Wireless Charging - Planetizen

Seattle to Introduce Electric Buses With Wireless Charging Diana Ionescu Wed, 02/21/2024 - 11:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption A double-decker bus at the Lynnwood Transit Center.

Seattle is set to introduce double-decker electric transit buses that use inductive in-ground wireless charging along their routes, reports Dan Zukowski in Smart Cities Dive.

According to Zukowski, “The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, known as Sound Transit, has ordered 48 electric buses, including 15 60-foot articulated electric buses and 33 double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group.”

According to supplier InductEV, using in-ground inductive chargers is over 20 percent more cost-efficient than wired charging. “To be delivered in 2026, the double-decker buses will serve a new bus rapid transit route that Sound Transit is developing along Interstate 405 to connect communities around Lake Washington and to the agency’s light rail network.”

Geography Washington Category Transportation Tags Publication Smart Cities Dive Publication Date Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:00 Publication Links Seattle to add electric buses that use wireless charging 1 minute

Seattle to Introduce Electric Buses With Wireless Charging - Planetizen

Seattle to Introduce Electric Buses With Wireless Charging Diana Ionescu Wed, 02/21/2024 - 11:00 Primary Image Primary Image Caption A double-decker bus at the Lynnwood Transit Center.

Seattle is set to introduce double-decker electric transit buses that use inductive in-ground wireless charging along their routes, reports Dan Zukowski in Smart Cities Dive.

According to Zukowski, “The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, known as Sound Transit, has ordered 48 electric buses, including 15 60-foot articulated electric buses and 33 double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group.”

According to supplier InductEV, using in-ground inductive chargers is over 20 percent more cost-efficient than wired charging. “To be delivered in 2026, the double-decker buses will serve a new bus rapid transit route that Sound Transit is developing along Interstate 405 to connect communities around Lake Washington and to the agency’s light rail network.”

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Astropad Launches Updated Rock Paper Pencil Kit for Realistic Writing Experience on iPad - MacRumors

Astropad is launching a new version of the Rock Paper Pencil kit that it came out with last summer, bringing some notable improvements that will allow for a better paper-like writing experience on the iPad.


Rock Paper Pencil combines a screen protector and a unique Apple Pencil tip so that writing on the ‌iPad‌ feels like writing on a piece of paper. The new version of Rock Paper Pencil has a NanoCling Screen Protector that attaches to an ‌iPad‌ using static cling rather than a magnetic edge like the prior version.

Astropad says that NanoCling is stronger than magnets, and it provides a thinner bezel and a flatter surface on the ‌iPad‌. The NanoCling Screen Protector is 40 percent thinner than the magnetic version, so there are no gaps or ridges to contend with. The screen protector continues to be easily removable and reusable so you can take it off when you're not writing, and it is not adhesive so it leaves no residue.

The Pencil tip has also been redesigned to withstand heavy daily use. It has a wear-resistant copper alloy core and palladium coating, and it is able to hold up to more pressure. The Pencil tip has been slimmed down too, so it's equivalent to a standard 0.7mm ballpoint pen. The Rock Paper Pencil ships with two of the pencil tips and a protective storage sleeve for the screen protector.

Rock Paper Pencil can be purchased from the Astropad website for $40. It is compatible with the 11-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air, the third-generation 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ and later, the seventh-generation 10.2-inch ‌iPad‌ and later, the 10.9-inch ‌iPad‌, and the sixth-generation iPad mini.Tag: Astropad
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Astropad Launches Updated Rock Paper Pencil Kit for Realistic Writing Experience on iPad - MacRumors

Astropad is launching a new version of the Rock Paper Pencil kit that it came out with last summer, bringing some notable improvements that will allow for a better paper-like writing experience on the iPad.


Rock Paper Pencil combines a screen protector and a unique Apple Pencil tip so that writing on the ‌iPad‌ feels like writing on a piece of paper. The new version of Rock Paper Pencil has a NanoCling Screen Protector that attaches to an ‌iPad‌ using static cling rather than a magnetic edge like the prior version.

Astropad says that NanoCling is stronger than magnets, and it provides a thinner bezel and a flatter surface on the ‌iPad‌. The NanoCling Screen Protector is 40 percent thinner than the magnetic version, so there are no gaps or ridges to contend with. The screen protector continues to be easily removable and reusable so you can take it off when you're not writing, and it is not adhesive so it leaves no residue.

The Pencil tip has also been redesigned to withstand heavy daily use. It has a wear-resistant copper alloy core and palladium coating, and it is able to hold up to more pressure. The Pencil tip has been slimmed down too, so it's equivalent to a standard 0.7mm ballpoint pen. The Rock Paper Pencil ships with two of the pencil tips and a protective storage sleeve for the screen protector.

Rock Paper Pencil can be purchased from the Astropad website for $40. It is compatible with the 11-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air, the third-generation 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ and later, the seventh-generation 10.2-inch ‌iPad‌ and later, the 10.9-inch ‌iPad‌, and the sixth-generation iPad mini.Tag: Astropad
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Apple's New Sports App for iPhone Focused on Simplicity, Says Eddy Cue - MacRumors

Apple today released a new sports app for the iPhone that shows scores, stats, standings, upcoming games, betting odds, and more for a variety of leagues, such as the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, Premier League, and the NFL when its next season begins. For ongoing games, the app also displays real-time play-by-play information.


The app has a very basic interface with scoreboards, which you can personalize by following your favorite teams and leagues. Apple's services chief and noted sports enthusiast Eddy Cue said this simple design is intentional.

"We created Apple Sports to give sports fans what they want — an app that delivers incredibly fast access to scores and stats," said Cue, in Apple's press release announcing the app. "Apple Sports is available for free in the App Store, and makes it easy for users to stay up to date with their favorite teams and leagues."

Cue elaborated in an interview with Fast Company's Harry McCracken.

"We're not trying to have you spend 30 minutes on the app," said Cue. "You can spend five seconds to go look at the score, or you might spend 30 seconds, or you might spend three minutes going play-by-play because it's the end of the game. It's all about that. It's getting you in, giving you what you need, and doing it really quickly."


The Apple Sports app does not yet support Live Activities for viewing scores at a glance on the Lock Screen, or in the Dynamic Island on newer iPhones, but the Apple TV app offers this functionality for select leagues.

It remains to be seen how much the app will evolve in the future. Apple has pushed into live sports streaming over the past few years, including MLS Season Pass and MLB's Friday Night Baseball, and it is easy to envision the app becoming the ultimate hub for sports-related content. But for now, at least, Apple wants to keep things simple.

Apple Sports is available for free on the App Store in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.Tag: Apple Sports
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