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  • WhatsApp vulnerability via audio call is very scary. Everyone should update now.
May 13, 2019

Editor’s Choice: iPad mini 2019

Sam Byford on theverge.com:

None of that changes the fact that the 2019 iPad mini is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone. I might have preferred a more ambitious redesign, sure, but what’s here is hard to criticize. It’s never less than a delight to use, it’s the only good product in its category, and it’s earned a permanent spot in my tote bag.

I’m really enjoying mine. If it had a more natural way to carry the pencil — Logitech Crayon in my case — it’d be perfect.

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May 7, 2019

Disney Announces New Star Wars’ Films

variety.com:

[…] Disney announced that a trio of untitled Star Wars” entries that will come after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” brings the Skywalker spinoff saga to a close this December. The first of the new three films will hit the big screen on Dec. 16 2022. There will be two other follow-ups to during the Christmas corridor on Dec. 20, 2024 and Dec. 18, 2026.

I can totally live with that. Robie and Bettina will be 7 and 5 years old… they will be ready.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 18

  • I first thought this was Android bashing, but in videos it’s clear Q’s gesture language is exactly the same.
  • Downlink: real-time satellite imagery on the Mac desktop. Installed and launching on login from now on.

Tidbits for 2019 Week 17

  • Seems a certificate lapse killed all Firefox extensions on Friday. It happens to the best of us.
  • Verizon is selling Tumblr. Pornhub says it’s interested, I suspect half-jokingly. I really hope it doesn’t die forgotten, it was a nice blogging platform — hosting this blog for a few years.
  • Pushcut combines iOS notifications, Shortcuts and webhooks. Don’t know what for yet, but I’m going to play with it.
  • Amazon moving into shipping sounds scary as hell for those of us in the logistics industry.
  • Burger King is rolling out the Impossible Whopper in the US. Really want to try this one out.
  • Streaming was supposed to be the cord cutters dream, it’s not the case. Still, I rather decided between streaming services than cable packages.
April 29, 2019

Mozilla Replacing IRC Internally

Mike Hoye on his blog exple.tive.org:

In the next small number of months, Mozilla intends to deprecate IRC as our primary synchronous-text communications platform, stand up a replacement and decommission irc.mozilla.org soon afterwards. I’m charged with leading that process on behalf of the organization.

I’m going to follow this closely — more for the process than the actual end result. But even the first post offers a learnings in the clarity of the requirements, and no-nonsense managing of expectations.

It’s not going to be an easy job, and if he shares even the highlights, we can all learn from it.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 16

  • Reeder 4 Is available for Mac and iOS. Insta-buy.
  • Nobody works more than 60 hours a week. You know that they know, that we know it.
  • DNS over HTTPS is the worst sort of privacy solution except for the rest. This is why I’ve been using Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 app non-top now.
  • The upcoming Reeder app supports Bionic Reading, and it sure gives interesting results.
April 23, 2019

Brent Simmons on Freedom:

Macs carry the flame for the revolution. They’re the computers we own, right? They’re the astounding, powerful machines that we get to master.

Except that lately, it feels more and more like we’re just renting Macs too, and they’re really Apple’s machines, not ours.

Is a nagging feeling, but it’s there.

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April 19, 2019

Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time coming to the Mac

Guilherme Rambo on 9to5mac.com:

It’s also likely that the Shortcuts app — a result from the acquisition of Workflow — will be available on macOS, the inclusion of system-wide support for Siri Shortcuts on macOS 10.15 strongly suggests it.

If it has decent AppleScript/Automator like support, my mind will be blown.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 15

  • Soylent Squared 100-calorie mini meals miss the boat with me. The snacking concept behind it doesn’t ring true to the original brand.
  • A rumored new Nintendo Switch this Christmas. Smaller and cheaper, for sure Robie will want one.
  • Apple and Qualcomm settled. Intel cancels its 5G chips. There’s such an inside baseball story behind all of this.
  • Twitter needed a textshot ages ago. Not sure what it needed to acquihire Highly to get something similar.
April 18, 2019

BBM is Shutting Down

blog.bbm.com:

Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.

Full circle in this blog, from arguing that Twitter DMs should be able to replace BBM, to rolling my eyes at BlackBerry not releasing iOS/Android apps soon enough.

The saddest thing is how irrelevant the goodbye is.

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 14

  • Disney+ might become my second TV subscription after Netflix. For 7 month, it sounds like a great deal.
  • Curious if the rumored WhatsApp for iPad version will be a stand-alone version or how it will deal with encryption if it’s a companion app like the web.
  • Haven’t heard anyone mention this Zello walkie-talkie app in my friend and family circles.
  • At $99 the Ikea Symfonisk bookshelf speaker is something I see myself owning to complement the Sonos Play 1. Specially since it even supports AirPlay 2.
April 9, 2019

Break Up of iTunes is Coming

Steve Troughton-Smith on twitter.com:

I am now fairly confident based on evidence I don’t wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join the new TV app. I expect the four to be the next wave of Marzipan apps.

I still pay for iTunes Match, so usually when on a deadline I’ll close everything but iTunes and the task at hand — only listening to my brain circa 2012.

But even the webish chimera of Spotify on the desktop is a better music app than iTunes. I don’t think an Apple Music on the Mac app will never get the love and attention that iTunes once got, but if it’s an iPad based version, it might me good enough.

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April 8, 2019

Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management.

Adam Grant on the nytimes.com:

A better option is attention management: Prioritize the people and projects that matter, and it won’t matter how long anything takes.

​Which sound very kumbaya, but when carefully defined it becomes a bit more defendable in real life:

Attention management is the art of focusing on getting things done for the right reasons, in the right places and at the right moments.

And the money quote for me:

If you’re trying to be more productive, don’t analyze how you spend your time. Pay attention to what consumes your attention.

This last one made me pause, I’m deep into the if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist camp, and tracking what you’re up to is a given. But this suggest that should put more effort into where you attention wanders towards… a mindfulness concept that I can buy into.

I love articles like these which make me question my current truths. Will probably digest for a few more weeks, but it’s to bookmarked to reread in a few months. ​

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Tidbits for 2019 Week 13

  • Geeks can daydream, but the battery world runs on lithium-ion, and there’s no replacement in sight.
  • HomePod is now $299, down from $349. Don’t doubt it’s the best sound for the price, but without Spotify is not even an option for me. Maybe at $199…
  • Amazon’s Project Kuiper would make my father-in-law so happy. Broadband satellite based internet for remote areas would make many millions of lives better. Go Bezos.
  • The Powerbeats Pro are the AirPods sporty me would have wanted. The actual me finds the case too big.
  • Simplify for Gmail Chrome extension brings a little of Inbox to Gmail. Code on GitHub and made my former Google lead designer. Update: works on Opera, and it’s really great.
  • Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 App with Warp VPN makes an intriguing case: more secure and faster than without. In waiting list.