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Winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

Inspiring work. Lot of winners using years-old iPhones, too.  ★ 

Iconfactory’s A.F.C. Richmond Wallpapers Are Now Free

Nice way to celebrate today’s debut of season 2.  ★ 

Playdate Preview

Sam Machkovech, writing for Ars Technica: Sometimes, I want companies to lighten up and put the “fun” in “functionality.” That bias contributes in some part to my interest in the Playdate, a $179 portable gaming system that errs on the side of childish, low-powered fun. I’ve spent three weeks testing the system’s “near-final”...

Apple Will Continue Releasing Security Updates for iOS 14 After iOS 15 Ships This Fall

From a good roundup of security updates announced at WWDC last month, by Carly Page for TechCrunch: To ensure iPhone users who don’t want to upgrade to iOS 15 straight away are up to date with security updates, Apple is going to start decoupling patches from feature updates. When iOS 15 lands later this year, users will be given the option...

Tom Hanks Introduces the Cleveland Indians’ New Team Name

A+ choice of name. Feels right, looks right.  ★ 

MacRumors: ‘Apple to Pull “iDOS 2” DOS Emulator From App Store’

Cited for violating rule 11.38, which prohibits excessive harmless nostalgic fun.  ★ 

A Natively Flexible 32-Bit ARM Microprocessor

Worth it just for the name: PlasticARM.  ★ 

Anti-Vaccine Groups Changing Into ‘Dance Parties’ on Facebook to Avoid Detection

Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, reporting for NBC News: Some anti-vaccination groups on Facebook are changing their names to euphemisms like “Dance Party” or “Dinner Party,” and using code words to fit those themes in order to skirt bans from Facebook, as the company attempts to crack down on misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines....

Texas Has Seen Nearly 9,000 COVID-19 Deaths Since February; All but 43 Were Unvaccinated

Colleen DeGuzman, reporting for The Texas Tribune: Of the 8,787 people who have died in Texas due to COVID-19 since early February, at least 43 were fully vaccinated, the Texas Department of State Health Services said. That means 99.5% of people who died due to COVID-19 in Texas from Feb. 8 to July 14 were unvaccinated, while 0.5%...

Sarah Miller: ‘All the Right Words on Climate Have Already Been Said’

Sarah Miller, who wrote a widely-read feature story two years ago on the real estate market in Miami in the face of rising ocean levels (linked from DF here), on declining an offer to write about climate change again: Let’s give the article she was starting to maybe think about asking me to write that I was wondering if I could write the...

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