- WhatsApp vulnerability via audio call is very scary. Everyone should update now.
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.snippets
[…] 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.snippets
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.snippets
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.snippets
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.snippets
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.snippets
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.snippets
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. snippets