A security researcher recently noticed that every time he clicked an image file in the Finder, his Mac sent some data to Apple's servers.
Angry that he hadn't consented to this, he wrote a blog post that went viral and created a bit of a bruhaha.
And while it's true Apple is sending data about photos on your Mac, it's for a benign purpose and handled in a privacy-respecting way. Hit our top post for the nitty-gritty details.
Also in today's newsletter: Apple dropped its trade-in prices again, how to get the latest HomePod firmware, and we review a pair of cheap-and-cheerful ANC earbuds.
— Leander Kahney, EIC.
Claims that Apple is phoning home to analyze every image on your Mac have been proven false. It’s all due to a bug that’s already been fixed.
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Your HomePod is a lot more than a simple speaker — it’s a whole computer. And like any computer it has an operating system that needs occasional updates. Here’s how to make sure your Apple smart speaker has the software version released this week.
Calling them “the world’s 1st LE-Audio ANC true wireless earbuds,” EarFun just launched its new flagship Air Pro 3 active noise-canceling (ANC) wireless earbuds. They recently sent me a pair to try out. True to form, EarFun brings good value for the price with these buds, as it has with others. They’re not perfect, but for a discounted pre-launch price of $55.99, you can’t really go wrong. See the post for more details about the buds, including LE Audio.
Tweetz 'o the day
my new year’s resolution was to exercise more so I got a standing desk and a walking pad and needless to say it’s going super well
— Steph Mui (@stephmui)
Jan 25, 2023
Who remembers when iCloud was called MobileMe and you had to pay 79€ a year to use it? 🙋🏻♂️😅
— Vincent Pradeilles (@v_pradeilles)
Jan 25, 2023
One more thing...
"Even though some people have come out with neat products, if their company is perceived as a sweatshop or a revolving door, it's not considered much of a success. Remember, the role models were Hewlett and Packard. Their main achievement was that they built a company. Nobody remembers their first frequency-counter, their first audio oscillator, their first this or that. And they sell so many products now that no one person really symbolizes the company... And they built a company and they lived that philosophy for 35 or 40 years and that's why they're heroes. Hewlett and Packard started what became the Valley."
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