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Who was John Appleseed, the true promoter of “Apple” long before Steve Jobs

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We have seen have your name appear in hundreds of Apple promotional images and also in several Keynotes. John Appleseed or Johnny Appleseed appears among contacts, messages, making a phone call, or as sample text in the fields we use both in apps and on the web.

It is a name that, without a doubt, fits very well with Apple. Being his translation Juan AppleseedWe can imagine why they chose it, but the truth is that the choice goes much further. A tribute to the person who was one of those responsible for Steve Jobs baptizing his company as Apple.

A tribute to a man who lived from and for nature

Johnny Appleseed was a real person. A missionary and gardener born September 26, 1774 in Massachusetts. His real name, John Chapman, replaced by his much better-known nickname of John or Johnny Appleseed, has went down in history as an American pioneer and legend. This man achieved the title of American legend while he was still alive and it was thanks to his altruistic leadership in nature conservation and the symbolic tribute he paid to apples.

His well-earned title of arborist has its beginnings in his apprentice role in Mr. Crawford’s farm fields. There, growing apples, he was inspired by what was a life path for him, that of honoring nature through the planting of trees. Stories of his dedication to collecting seeds in the Potomac River date back to 1790, and although the popular image is of a person who planted apple trees wherever he went, the truth is that the reality was a little different.


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Appleseed created nurseries, built fences around them to protect them from cattle, and left them in the care of neighbors who could sell the trees as stock. He came back every year or so to take care of the nursery and keep the trees healthy. Yet he is the responsible for the introduction of apple trees to most of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Ontario as well as the northern regions of West Virginia.

johnny appleseed bequeathed a farm of more than 490 hectares of valuable nurseries to his sister. He also owned four parcels in Allen County, Indiana, including a nursery in Milan Township with 15,000 trees and two parcels in Mount Vernon, Ohio. A good amount of property that he had collected throughout his life and whose economic value was more than considerable.

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This is the character who helped bring the apple trees where they were not. That he spread them across the American West long before Steve Jobs decided that his newly founded company was going to be called Apple. A person to whom Apple has decided to pay tribute repeatedly in a way that, although it could go unnoticed, is worthy of attention.

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Apple Maps: a flaw would have allowed applications to access the location of users without their knowledge

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Users with an iPhone or iPad can allow or deny access to their location, allowing or denying applications to have this data. A flaw (corrected with iOS 16.3) seems to have allowed any application to obtain the information, without the user’s consent.

iOS 16.3 corrects a flaw which has the identifier CVE-2023-23503, but whose technical details have not yet been revealed. Apple only advises that it relates to Maps, that an app may be able to bypass privacy preferences, and that a logic issue has been resolved with better state management.

It appears that the flaw in question allowed location tracking regardless of user preferences and, according to blogger Rodrigo Ghedin, at least one company has exploited the vulnerability. This is iFood, a Brazilian meal delivery company. A user, who had an iPhone under iOS 16.2, noticed that the iFood application was able to know his location, although he had not given his consent at the iOS level. This is no longer the case since he installed iOS 16.3.

A few questions can be asked: how long has this vulnerability existed? What other applications have used it? How much location data has been collected through it?

iFood did not comment, as did Apple. But it is unlikely that the iPhone manufacturer will discuss the subject because the technical details of the security flaw have not yet been disclosed. The band certainly expects most users to have iOS 16.3 installed.

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A green comet is visiting us. So you can locate it in the sky with your iPhone

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You may have heard of the so-called ‘green comet’ that is passing close to Earth these days. Its scientific name is C/2022 E3 (ZTF), and it will be so striking that we can see it with the *text muted* eye in the night sky. The last time it “grazed” our planet was 50,000 years ago, when Neanderthals were the predominant human species. It has rained ever since.

If you want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to see a comet in greenish tones in our sky, you have to be clear about two things: the first is that you will have to get up early, because the best time to see it is before dawn. The second is that you will have to locate the quadrant in which it will appear, but that It is something that we can easily do with the iPhone.

Download, Accept and Aim

The trick is to download the Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF app, available for free on the App Store. Once you have it, you just have to press the first button that appears:


The application will ask you for permission to know your location (essential for it to work properly) and it will show you a map of the firmament with all the constellations adapted to your position. Point the iPhone towards the sky and turn until you find the red comet symbol:

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Visibility is better from the northern hemisphere, it seems, although that doesn’t mean that it won’t be possible to locate it from the southern hemisphere.

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From here, being able to see it depends more on you and the weather conditions at the time. The maximum point of visibility is tonight and the following (February 2), so set a reminder on your devices if you don’t want to miss it. I don’t think we’ll be around when you next visit us in another 50,000 years.

Image | Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3), Guillermo Ferla

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Apple Arcade: all the news for February (Castle Crumble, Riptide GP: Renegade+, etc.)

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The month of February has just started and as is now traditional, Apple presents us in advance with the new features of the month on Apple Arcade. We start the meal tour with Castle Crumble, a clone of Angry Birds in which you will have to destroy castles rather than bring down green pigs. Released February 3 in Apple Arcade.

We continue with Riptide GP: Renegade+, the very good racing game of hydro-jet racing which arrives in apple Arcade more than 6 years after its launch in the App Store. It will be possible to play it solo or up to 4 players online. Available in Apple Arcade on February 10.

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Comes next Farmside, a clone of Farmville, but produced all the same by the studio to which we owe the excellent What the golf?. We will therefore wait until February 17 before crying scam.

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Finally, Lifeline+ is an entirely text-based sci-fi adventure game. The story is intriguing as an astronaut lost on a distant planet tries to communicate with you. The game even sends you notifications as if the astronaut was living his own life on his own! Released February 24 in Apple Arcade.

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