Yo, Google. Get yer own colours

Google announced some new stuff today. The colours look…. familiar.



Did Epic lie when it said Apple was going to block Sign in with Apple for Fortnite users?

The Epic and Apple kerfuffle isn’t going to end any time soon, which means we’re going to have to get used to seeing both firms in headlines together. But it’s a headline from a while ago that’s of interest today.

Yours truly, on iMore, three weeks ago.

Epic Games has today tweeted out that Apple will “no longer allow users to sign into Fortnite using “Sign In with Apple” as soon as September 11, 2020″. That could potentially leave gamers unable to play Fortnite, even if they already have it installed. It could prevent them from accessing their data entirely, too.

The tweet.

Except, it turns out that might all have been a lie at worst. A misunderstanding at best.


I haven’t written about this until now, but I was reminded of it by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’s disparagement of Epic Games’s honesty during yesterday’s hearing. I spent a few hours back on September 9 digging into this SIWA story, and multiple sources at Apple told me Epic’s claims were simply false. There was never a September 11 deadline for their SIWA support to stop working, and in fact, Apple’s SIWA team performed work to make sure SIWA continued working for Fortnite users despite the fact that Epic Games’s developer account had been revoked. There was no “extension” because Apple was never going to revoke Epic’s SIWA access.

I said at the time that the only people this would impact were the gamers, and that’s a point Gruber also makes. But the suggestion that Apple didn’t say anything about blocking SIWA is a concern. What else has Epic not been 100% truthful about?

It’s possible Epic just got the wrong end of the stick somewhere along the line. I hope it did. But the phrasing of the tweet – “Apple will no longer allow” – suggests some sort of communication took place.

If it didn’t, this doesn’t look good on Epic at all.


The plot thickens! Epic’s CEO says it was all Apple.



Logitech’s excellent Keys-to-Go keyboard now comes in a fetching Classic Blue

I’ve had a fancy for one of these keyboards for a while and heard good things. Now there’s a pretty lovely blue colour, complete with a bright orange iPhone stand.

Me, at iMore

Retaining all of the same features that made the other, less excellent colors so popular, the new Classic Blue also comes with a bright orange iPhone stand. Beyond that, it’s the same keyboard people have been buying and enjoying already.

Sounds like a winner to me. The Classic Blue isn’t available via Amazon yet, but here’s the link for when it is! Gaggers for the new colour? It’s up on the Logitech site now.


Amazon wants to use your handprint to authenticate payments

This seems….a bad idea.


Amazon on Tuesday is unveiling a new biometric technology called Amazon One that allows shoppers to pay at stores by placing their palm over a scanning device when they walk in the door or when they check out. The first time they register to use this tech, a customer will scan their palm and insert their payment card at a terminal; after that, they can simply pay with their hand. The hand-scanning tech isn’t just for Amazon’s own stores — the company hopes to sell it to other retailers, including competitors, too.

Seems to me the only thing worse than giving Amazon your handprint, to be stored in the cloud, is just asking for trouble. Letting it sell the technology to third parties is just madness.

A spokesperson added that the images are encrypted when scanned, and then “sent to a highly secure area we custom-built in the cloud for analysis and storage.”



Epic and Apple’s lawsuit won’t be heard by a jury

I won’t lie, I’m more than bored with this already. And it’s going to be almost a year before it even starts properly.


Attorneys for Apple and Epic Games have informed the judge presiding over their antitrust fight that they would prefer their case be decided by her rather than tried before a jury.

The request, filed in a joint statement Tuesday with US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the Northern District of California, said the two companies had met and decided Epic’s claims and Apple’s counterclaims should be decided by the court. The joint statement also said Apple had withdrawn its demand for a jury trial

Fair enough. Roll on July 2021.


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