Oprah, Prince Harry, and Offering Apple Podcast Subscriptions — Media+

· Charlotte Henry · Media+

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Tech-savvy diva Nica Montford from the snobOS podcast joins host Charlotte Henry to discuss Prince Harry and Oprah’s forthcoming Apple TV+ series on mental health. They also look at the pros and cons for independent creators offering subscriptions through Apple Podcasts.

Clubhouse is Finally on Android, a Year After it Arrived on iOS

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Clubhouse, the popular (at one point) live audio app, is finally available to Android users in beta. Prior to the announcement in a blog post on Sunday, it had been exclusive to iOS.

Today, we are thrilled to share that Clubhouse for Android will start rolling out in beta immediately. We will begin gradually, with the U.S. today, followed by other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world. Our plan over the next few weeks is to collect feedback from the community, fix any issues we see and work to add a few final features like payments and club creation before rolling it out more broadly… As a part of the effort to keep the growth measured, we will be continuing the waitlist and invite system, ensuring that each new community member can bring along a few close friends. As we head into the summer and continue to scale out the backend, we plan to begin opening up even further, welcoming millions more people in from the iOS waitlist, expanding language support, and adding more accessibility features, so that people worldwide can experience Clubhouse in a way that feels native to them.




Primate Labs Introduces New ‘Geekbench ML’ Measurement App

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Geekbench ML uses computer vision and natural language processing machine learning tests to measure performance. These tests are based on tasks found in real-world machine learning applications. They use industry-standard models, ensuring Geekbench ML results are relevant and applicable to mobile ML application performance. Geekbench ML also integrates with the Geekbench Browser allowing users to upload and share their benchmark results with other users worldwide.

Primate Labs Introduces New ‘Geekbench ML’ Measurement App

Tor Exit Nodes Were Attacked in February 2021

· Andrew Orr · Link

A new report from Hacker News says that an unknown attacker managed to control over 27% of Tor exit nodes in February 2021.

“The entity attacking Tor users is actively exploiting tor users since over a year and expanded the scale of their attacks to a new record level,” an independent security researcher who goes by the name nusenu said in a write-up published on Sunday. “The average exit fraction this entity controlled was above 14% throughout the past 12 months.”

Mimeo Photos Launches Online Gift Cards for Your Special People

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

I love Mimeo Photos and that’s why I want to share the company’s latest announcement. Its newest photography product is e-gift cards. Choose the dollar amount and they will send a digital gift card directly to the person you have in mind along with a personal message from you. It’s available to send via the website and the iOS | iPadOS | macOS apps.

Mimeo Photos Launches Online Gift Cards for Your Special People

GitHub Adds Support for Security Keys Over SSH

· Andrew Orr · Link

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GitHub announced on Monday that it enabled support for two-factor authentication security keys when members use them over SSH.

When used for SSH operations, security keys move the sensitive part of your SSH key from your computer to a secure external security key. SSH keys that are bound to security keys protect you from accidental private key exposure and malware. You perform a gesture, such as a tap on the security key, to indicate when you intend to use the security key to authenticate. This action provides the notion of “user presence.”

OmniGroup Announces OmniFocus v4 Public Beta

· Kelly Guimont · News

Screenshot of OmniFocus version 4

OmniGroup announced Monday that version 4 of OmniFocus has reached public beta status, and has started accepting users to test the new version of the productivity app for macOS and iOS.

Report Links Apple Suppliers With Alleged Forced Labor Programs for Uyghur Muslims in China

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Male and female Uyghur Muslims

Seven Apple suppliers have been linked to forced labor programs that are suspected to be related to the alleged Chinese genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the country’s Xinjiang region. That’s according to a new human rights report shared with The Information, picked up on by AppleInsider.

The Apple supply chain partner produce components, coatings, and offer assembly services to the Cupertino tech giant. At least five received thousands of Uyghur and other oppressed minority workers at specific plants that did work for Apple, according to an investigation by human rights groups and The Information. According to the report, evidence suggests that Advanced-Connectek, Luxshare Precision Industry, Shenzhen Deren Electronic Co., Avary Holding, AcBel Polytech, CN Innovations, and Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co. participated in the forced labor programs. To identify those manufacturers and supply partners, the investigation used previously unreported public statements, images, and videos by Chinese government offices and state-run media organizations. That evidence found that the companies participated in what the Chinese call a poverty alleviation program.

iPhone 13 Models to Be Thicker With Larger Camera Bump

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Models of the forthcoming iPhone 13 will be thicker than their iPhone 12 equivalents. They will also have larger, thicker camera bumps and the lenses will stick out less. That’s according to ‌schematics seen by MacRumors.

In addition to a thicker camera bump, Apple is changing the overall size of the camera bump, a shift that will also be most noticeable on the ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro. The ‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro have camera bumps that measures in at around 28mm by 30mm, while the ‌iPhone 13‌ will have a camera bump that’s closer to square at around 29mm by 29mm, with the bump also located about a millimeter closer to the top of the iPhone. The ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro is expected to gain a larger camera bump, measuring in at around 36mm by 37mm, so rather than having a camera bump size similar to the ‌iPhone 13‌, it will be more similar to the ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro Max.

Zulu Exero Bone Conduction Headphones: $34.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Zulu Exero Bone Conduction Headphones

We have a deal on a pair of Zulu Exero Bone Conduction Headphones. Using a light vibration in the headset as they rest around your ears, music is generated just for you, without blocking out your surroundings. They’re lightweight and Bluetooth-enabled, at $34.99 through our deal.