Web Excursions 2021-09-23

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.


It has been established that during the initialisation of the system applications factory-installed on a Xiaomi Mi 10T device, these applications contact a server in Singapore at the address globalapi.ad.xiaomi.com (IP address and download the JSON file MiAdBlacklistConfig, and save this file in the metadata catalogues of the applications.

Once the applications have downloaded the file, the download date is recorded in order to facilitate periodically updating the list.

This file contains a list composed of the titles, names and other information of various religious and political groups and social movements

Daring Fireball: The 2021 iPad Mini

  • One interesting change is that the hardware volume buttons have moved to the same side of the device as the power/Touch ID button. That means the volume buttons are on top when the iPad is in vertical orientation, and on the left side of the device when horizontal. The reason for this is obvious when you think about it, and consider the size of an Apple Pencil.

  • There are a few aspects of iPadOS that to me feel optimized only for larger iPads.

    • The home screen Dock, for example, accepts up to 16 apps and folders.

      • In vertical orientation, those icons are really tiny.

    • Yet in the same orientation, iPadOS will only display 5 apps in the Command-Tab switcher

  • The iPad Mini still supports splitting the keyboard in two, to make thumb-typing even easier.