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∞ The Dalrymple Report: Scam apps, Tim Cook

This week Dave and I talk about how fake apps on the App Store scam users. Some people think Apple is ignoring the problem, but I’m willing to bet that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to fix it. We also discuss Tim Cook’s interview with Kara Swisher. Follow this podcast Brought to you by: LinkedIn Jobs: LinkedIn Jobs can help you...

∞ Paul Simon, showing off his musical genius

If you don’t know the song “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, give it a listen. It’s one of my favorite songs, one I’m learning to play on the piano. An amazing composition. The video below shows a young Paul Simon, in an interview with Dick Cavett, being asked about writing the song. Watch him deconstruct the music, pulling out a guitar and effortlessly...

Apple and 3rd parties playing on Find My network

Apple: Apple today introduced the updated Find My app, allowing third-party products to use the private and secure finding capabilities of Apple’s Find My network, which comprises hundreds of millions of Apple devices. And: New products that work with the Find My app from Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof will be available beginning...

20 games for iPhone, iPad, Apple Arcade

If you liked Craig Grannell’s curated list of favorite iPhone/iPad apps, follow the headline link for his take on games. All run on iPhone and/or iPad, but not all run on Android. Tiny evidence that for developers, it’s an Apple first world. ∞ Read this on The Loop

Apple Arcade finally got the boost it needed

Andrew Webster, The Verge: Last week, Apple Arcade received its biggest update since launching back in 2019. More than 30 titles were added to the subscription service, including much-anticipated games like Hironobu Sakaguchi’s roleplaying epic Fantasian. But while the quantity and quality of titles added were impressive, the most important...

Intel ad for ‘World’s Best Processor’ features a MacBook Pro

Sami Fathi, MacRumors: In a slight slip-up, however, Intel has accidentally used a MacBook instead of a Windows laptop in one of its newest ads to promote one of its new 11th-generation chips as “the world’s best processor.” Follow the headline link, check the ad. That’s a MacBook Pro, from this Getty Images stock photo page, tagged...

Developer highlights how fake apps scam users via Apple’s In-App Purchasing system

Sami Fathi, MacRumors: Eleftheriou has highlighted yet another scam app on the ‌App Store‌. This time Eleftheriou is shining a light on how one scam app called “Privacy Assitant: StringVPN” uses Apple’s in-app purchasing system to trick people into purchasing either a weekly, monthly, or yearly subscription for a fake VPN service. Here’s...

The 48 best iPhone and iPad apps for everything

This is a good post to scan, just to see if anything catches your eye. But also an excellent post to share with folks new to the ecosystem. Nice job by Craig Grannell. A lot of focus on indie-apps, some excellent exposure. ∞ Read this on The Loop

∞ Apple TV+ drops Mosquito Coast trailer

“Pack one bag. Be ready in 10 minutes.” That line just sticks with me. This could be a great series. Exec produced by the author, stars his nephew. As far as I can tell, first two episodes will drop April 30th (three weeks from this Friday). Looks excellent.

Special Apple TV+ Mythic Quest episode dropping week from Friday

Deadline: Apple TV+ will prepare Mythic Quest fans for the comedy’s sophomore season by dropping a bonus episode ahead of the season two premiere. “Everlight,” a standalone episode from season one of the gaming workplace comedy will launch Friday, April 16 on the streaming platform. Following the special “Mythic Quest: Quarantine”...

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