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Issue 1188 - Tuesday, August 18, 2020

In This Issue


News

Apple will terminate Epic’s developer account on August 28th

Epic has said that Apple told them it’ll terminate Epic’s Mac & iOS developer accounts on the 28th of August. Apple responded to Epic’s public statement with their own, saying they “won’t make an exception for Epic”. It’s unlikely Epic will suddenly give in to Apple without concessions considering the fuss they’ve made, but I don’t think they expected Apple to totally shitcan them from working on Apple platforms. This will not only mean Epic can’t publish anything to the App Store, but also means they can’t notarise their apps for the Mac for self-distribution. It also potentially means development of the Unreal Engine that many iOS and Mac games use may be caught in the crossfire.

Oracle is interested in buying TikTok, yeah, Oracle

If you’ve forgotten, Donald Trump signed an executive order “Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” earlier this month alleging that TikTok’s data collection allows “China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage”. For that reason TikTok will be banned in the US on November 12th unless their US operations are owned by a US company. This resulted in a forced sale of sorts, with Microsoft kicking the tyres on, but now Oracle of all companies, is interested in TikTok too. Only God knows what the soulless monsters at Oracle have lined up for TikTok, but I kinda want them to buy it just to see what hell they unleash on an unsuspecting audience of influencers.

Not even Microsoft sites will support Internet Explorer 11 as of August 2021

Microsoft has announced a timeline for ending support of Internet Explorer 11 for Microsoft 365 apps and services. Stuff like Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook and others won’t work properly with IE11 by August 17th, 2021. Internet Explorer 11 itself will be taken out back and shot in the head even earlier, with support ending November 30th. The old version of Edge (based on the Internet Explorer rendering engine) will also die in August 2021, but for those stuck in sad enterprise environments that don’t work in anything other than IE, Microsoft has set up a refuge for you with “legacy mode” in its new Edge browser – which thanks to a new update, cannot be removed from Windows. You will eat your Edge and you will like it!


Not News

The story of Apple’s clandestine iPod for the US Department of Energy

David Shayer worked for Apple back in 2005 making iPod software. One day his boss’s boss comes in and says “I have a special assignment for you. Your boss doesn’t know about it. You’ll help two engineers from the US Department of Energy build a special iPod. Report only to me”. Unfortunately we don’t find out what David was helping some DoE nerds work on (they never told him and he never found out) but his guess was a covert Geiger counter so DoE agents could walk around logging radiation levels without freaking people out. Thanks to chendo in The Sizzle’s Slack group for bringing it up!


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