Weekend Sizzle - Issue 4
Saturday 8th June, 2019
|Anthony Agius||Jun 8, 2019|
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News you missed
US government, DoJ & FTC are lining up to take their shots at big tech
The US government is launching a "bipartisan, sweeping antitrust investigation into major tech companies". According to Axios, "the committee's investigation is set to focus on three main areas: documenting problems with competition in digital markets, determining whether dominant firms are conducting themselves in an anti-competitive manner and determining if existing competition policies and antitrust laws and enforcement are up to taking on these issues". In addition to this, Google and Apple are getting investigated by the DoJ and Facebook and Amazon will receive attention from the FTC. Silicon Valley had it coming, I hope they get fucked right up by Washington DC.
WWDC 2019: Mac Pro & Pro Display XDR
Apple finally let us gaze upon the all-new Mac Pro this morning. Here's a Jony Ive special video explaining the design of the Mac Pro. I won't bore you with specs and shit, all you gotta know is that it's fast and if you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it (the price price is almost A$10,000 inc GST). It'll go on sale some time in "fall". There's also a new 32" Pro Display XDR monitor that's got amazing colour gamut support and 6K of pixels. It'll also go on sale in fall, costs ~A$8,000 and doesn't include a stand. Apple will sell you a fancy one for US$999 or get a VESA mount for US$199 and you bring your own stand.
WWDC 2019: iOS 13, iPadOS, watchOS 6, macOS Catalina
There's new software stuff too of course. I'm extremely paraphrasing here, so click the links for proper info. iOS 13 - dark mode UI, a swipe keyboard (like Swiftkey) and Files gets full local storage support. iPadOS - kind of a fork of iOS with features just for the iPad like a proper home screen, seriously improved multi-tasking with multiple windows, mouse/trackpad support (!!), a floating keyboard. watchOS 6 - install apps on the watch itself, new APIs to allow audio apps to stream, "taptic chimes" that tap your wrist every hour. macOS Catalina - use an iPad to extend your Mac's display, no more iTunes, tighter Gatekeeper rules.
Random WWDC 2019 stuff
Here's a roundup of smaller news items from WWDC 2019:
tvOS 13 gets multi-user support and support for Xbox & PS4 controllers.
CarPlay in iOS 13 has had a total interface redesign (let's pray it's more reliable than in iOS 12).
Dashboard is no longer a thing in macOS 10.15 Catalina. RIP Dashboard.
Australian based Voxel Agents won an Apple Design Award for game, The Gardens Between (also interesting, not a single Mac app won an award, hmm).
Apple is making "Sign on with Apple" authentication feature mandatory in apps that use Google or Facebook authentication.
iOS 13 can also "silence unknown callers", sending calls from someone not in your contacts directly to voicemail.
Pegasus has already come up with MPX based RAID arrays with 3.5" drives for the new Mac Pro.
macOS Catalina will have the zsh shell enabled by default instead of bash.
YouTube deleting videos glorifying Nazis and Holocaust denial
YouTube announced today they're "specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place". Dunno what took so long, but better late than never.
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