CNET: FaceTime gets an upgrade in iOS 15. Here are 6 new features you can try with friends

CNET: FaceTime gets an upgrade in iOS 15. Here are 6 new features you can try with friends. “With these key updates to FaceTime, it seems Apple doesn’t want Zoom to take all the success. Some of the features do indeed go some way to make FaceTime more like Zoom, while other features — like SharePlay — are all new and could offer great new ways of virtually hanging out with friends.”

The Verge: Apple’s weather app won’t say it’s 69 degrees

Hopefully this is a conversion issue, which is the only non-stupid explanation I can think of. From The Verge: Apple’s weather app won’t say it’s 69 degrees. “If you’re an iPhone user, the weather is always a particularly nice 70 degrees. Or 68 degrees. Any temperature but 69 degrees, actually, because it turns out that the built-in weather app on some versions of iOS — including the current version, iOS 14.6 — will refuse to display the internet’s favorite number, even if the actual temperature in a given location is, in fact, 69 degrees, along with several other (less meme-able) numerals like 65 and 71 degrees.”

India Times: Apple, Google Employees Angry Over Return To Office, Want WFH To Continue

India Times: Apple, Google Employees Angry Over Return To Office, Want WFH To Continue. “Early in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook proposed a new hybrid model in a company-wide memo telling staff that they would be required to be present in the office three days a week starting in early September. But that hasn’t gone down well with some of the employees claiming to leave the company if Apple demands their physical presence in the office.”

Tom’s Guide: Apple Glass patent shows how it could avoid Google Glass fail

Tom’s Guide: Apple Glass patent shows how it could avoid Google Glass fail. “One of the many problems with Google Glass was a fear of privacy violations. When somebody films you with their phone, it’s pretty obvious that you’re on camera, and you can move away, cover your face or ask the person to stop filming. With Google Glass, the only clue that footage was being taken was a small light on the camera. For Apple Glass, the iPhone maker’s upcoming smart glasses, Apple seems to have taken heed of the controversy.”

CNET: FaceTime is getting a bunch of upgrades, and I can’t wait to try them with my friends

CNET: FaceTime is getting a bunch of upgrades, and I can’t wait to try them with my friends. “Not wanting Zoom to take all the success, Apple announced some key updates to FaceTime during its WWDC event. Some of the features do indeed go some way to make FaceTime more like Zoom, while other features — like SharePlay — are all new and could offer great new ways of virtually hanging out with friends.”

Asahi Shimbun: Apple, Google in government sights over antitrust issues

The Asahi Shimbun: Apple, Google in government sights over antitrust issues. “Japan is moving to join global efforts to hold giant IT companies accountable for their dominance in key segments of the marketplace, specifically with regard to the use of operating software in smartphones. Google Inc. and Apple Inc. account for about 90 percent of all operating software installed on smartphones in Japan.”

CNET: Apple launches store for individual podcast subscriptions

CNET: Apple launches store for individual podcast subscriptions. “Apple Podcast Subscriptions are live as of Tuesday, letting you purchase membership to individual podcasts and channels of shows. The marketplace is live worldwide and includes shows from brands such as NPR, the Washington Post and CNN, as well as individual creators like Dave Chappelle, Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland.”

ZDNet: This app teaches you how to make your iPhone secure

ZDNet: This app teaches you how to make your iPhone secure. “First and foremost, iVerify is a security scanner that makes sure you are making use of the basic security features such as Face/Touch ID, Screen Lock, and are running the latest iOS version. It also runs a device scan that looks for security anomalies and gives you a heads up if something seems out of place.” Not free, but the price is only $2.99.

CNET: Apple AirTags can be used to track you. Here’s how to make that stop

CNET: Apple AirTags can be used to track you. Here’s how to make that stop. “AirTags use a combination of sensors, wireless signals and Apple’s extensive Find My network to help people locate lost items. Apple built in several safeguards to prevent the devices from being used to track people — an industry first. However, many have noted that those protections may not be enough to protect victims.”

Reuters: Market power of Siri, Alexa, Google a concern, EU regulators say

Reuters: Market power of Siri, Alexa, Google a concern, EU regulators say. “The market dominance of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Alphabet’s Google Assistant has triggered concerns of potential anti-competitive practices, EU antitrust regulators said on Wednesday. The comments from the European Commission come after a year-long inquiry into voice assistants and other internet-connected devices and responses from more than 200 companies.”