Tidbits for 2019 Week 37
- TextMate 2.0 is available (and alive?!). Wouldn’t believed it if I hadn’t seen the commit. github.com
- The feature-rich Vivaldi browser finally arrives on Android. thenextweb.com
Tidbits for 2019 Week 36
- Apple Music launches a public beta on the web. Likely the iTunes for Windows replacement. techcrunch.com
- Sonos’ first portable speaker is the $399 Move. A bit too big in price and size, but happy they’re in the category. theverge.com
Tidbits for 2019 Week 35
- Apple releases iOS 12.4.1 to re-patch vulnerability reintroduced in iOS 12.4 support.apple.com
- NetNewsWire RSS Reader for Mac is Back. I’ll stay with Reeder, but such a great free option. ranchero.com
- Nintendo of America announces Mario Kart Tour will be available on 9/25 for iOS and android. twitter.com
- Instagram tests ‘Threads’ app with automatic updates for close friends. No thanks. engadget.com
- Apple fixing Siri’s privacy concerns. Better later than never, super clear 1-2-3 improvement explanation of changes. apple.com
- Fitbit debuts $200 Versa 2 smartwatch, Fitbit Premium subscription service. What the Pebble could have been. arstechnica.com
- Prizmo 5 for iOS released. Will test for a few days. twitter.com
- T-Mobile adds eSIM support for post-paid plans on iOS. Hopefully this means the Google Fi support for iOS is not far behind. theverge.com
- Xnip Screenshot App for Mac. My new screenshot app, and I have a lot of ’em. xnipapp.com
- Apple Invites Media to September 10 Event at Apple Park. Excitement never gets old. macrumors.com
Tidbits for 2019 Week 34
- Apparently Apple Arcade will be $4.99 monthly with family sharing. Sounds like a great price.
- Disney+ will available on all platforms except Amazon. A family meeting will decide if we replace Netflix with this.
- Also rumored/leaked is Apple TV+ $9.99 Price. This will be wait-and-see for me.
- The Matrix 4, or a movie in that universe is happing. So excited. What can I see, other than the sequels1, I enjoy Wachowski’s movies.
- Apple Card is now available in the U.S. Applied, wasn’t instantly accepted. Uh oh.
- Chromium Edge is in beta release. Not bad, but in good with Brave for now — sorry Opera.
- Maccy is a nice open source Clipboard manager for macOS.
- Draft actions for Mac are coming. Even without them, my text workflows already gravitate towards the app.
- Netflix Collections are human powered playlists. Remember when they had a bounty for the best recommendation engine?
- New Paperlike 2 screen protector for iPad with supposedly less color interference. In kickstarter now, I’ll wait for it to arrive on Amazon and try for sure.
In later viewings I’ve come to like the sequels by themselves. It’s in the context of the original that my expectations went wild.↩
Tidbits for 2019 Week 33
- The Cloudflare public offering is very appealing. Revenue, growth and strong product.
- Chrome OS now supports Virtual Desks. Such a grownup OS.
- The Lexend fonts are intended to help improve reading speed now available in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Not sure I’d like to read with it, but it’s good to have.
- Gist Press lets you press gists into a friendly article format. Always go down a rabbit hole with things like this, and I don’t regret it.
- about:blank is a paid app that blocks websites in safari for iOS and macOS. Similar in spirit to the open source Lockdown. I’m weak, need some sort of time setting to go and use this.
- IKEA creates business unit just for smart-home products. Not surprising, but good signaling that the category is about to hit the early majority.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 32
- Vekt for iOS and watchOS looks like a pretty and fast weight tracker. Going to give it a try.
- Journey is our for iOS. I’ve heard so much aviut this game for the years that I might just try it.
- Surprising list of useful Mac keyboard shortcuts in this HN thread.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 31
- Cloudflare’s IPO rumored targeting September. I’ll likely buy into this.
- This guy build UK train station platform departure display using Raspberry Pi. We live in amazing times.
- Uber laying off around 400 people from marketing sounds like a lot. s
- Google shares more Pixel 4 details: face unlock and Motion Sense (hand gestures).
Tidbits for 2019 Week 301
- The IRS reminds you that cryptocurrency is taxable.
- Symfonisk series reviews are out and they are good: pure Ikea on the outside and pure Sonos on the inside — and the price is somewhere in between.
- Lockdown is an interesting open source on-device firewall for iOS. I’m happy this is an emerging category.
- Having seen some low end Android phones struggle with memory and storage, the lightweight Gallery Go version of Google Photos is interesting.
- The new Slack Desktop app supposedly will use 50 percent less RAM. Curious if they’ll use Catalyst for the Mac app in the future.
I’m switching from ISO to Unicode week numbers — one counts from first Thursday of the year and the other from Sunday. So jumping ahead to week 30, which is also week 29… no wait. Anyways, for future reference, this is why week numbers don’t match.↩
Tidbits for 2019 Week 28
- The Expanse S04 will be available on Amazon on December 13th. My Prime subscription at work.
- Dropbox is really pissing people off with its new version. I feel very happy and streamlined since going iCloud only.
- Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer command and lunar modules source code is on Github. Searched for the famous 2012 error, but not sure what I’m seeing.
- The redesigned new Twitter.com on Desktop seems like an improvement. Lists are exponentially more accessible, which I count as a win.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 27
- Fun fake adverts as if the iPhone had been around since 1984.
- Great concept of a sticker for MacBooks, where you place your geek stickers — making it easy to remove for selling and keep a memory of your sticker creed.
- Nintendo Switch Lite in September. No TV connection or detachable controls for $199, which sounds like a great compromise for younger gamers — or those in a budget.
- Dropbox Transfer for sending up to 100GB. Sounds like the old school Dropbox stuff, not for me anymore but I like.
- Seems Apple Pencil tech keeps arriving showing up on third parties pens. The Adonit Note is another cheap(er) alternative, which is great news.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 26
- Check your Mac for that aren’t 64-bit with Go64. I’m going to be recommending this app a lot over the summer.
- Wavēy is great set of wallpapers for Mac, iPad and iPhone.
- Note taking rabbit whole took me to down the sub-world of e-ink notebooks. Good overview video of the best options.
- Vinland Saga Anime coming to Amazon Prime. I’m enjoying the manga a lot, so will take a look.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 25
- Secure ShellFish provides SSH and SFTP support in the iOS Files app. Going to find a way to fit this into my workflow.
- Someone rebuild and converted to digital a Polaroid SX-70 camera. Beautiful.
- New Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is out, and I will add it to the cart multiple times before not buying it — like all the previous versions. Or not?
Tidbits for 2019 Week 24
- Gmail confidential mode is not secure or private according to ProtonMail.
- Fixed, but used Nest Cams allowed previous users to watch them under certain conditions. Scary to think what other holes are there.
- Best Buy now being an authorized Apple repair location is very convenient.
- Short OS 13 Beta 2 on iPad observations I enjoyed reading. I’m installing the public beta as soon as it comes out.
- Microsoft To-Do for Mac is out, and surprising it’s AppKit and not electron. Brownie points for that.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 23
- Twitterrific 6 for iOS is out. I’m a Tweetbot kinda guy, but it looks pretty.
- Macbook Prices by Performance is a fun way to waste time checking which is the best Mac for the buck.
- Radiohead stolen 18 minidisks on Bandcamp is a delicious FU to the thieves.
- Soulver is my goto calculator on the Mac. Will upgrade for sure.
Tidbit for 2019 Week 22
- Spotify Stations out in the US. It’s very Pandora inspired but I dig. Basically one touch to get to a mood playlist.
Busy week. Will pick up speed next week again.tidbits
Tidbits for 2019 Week 21
- Today I learned that on Chrome/Brave/Opera you can click on a link of text you have highlighted from find by hitting Control + Enter. Life-changing.
- Flotato→ really cool Mac app to create single window website applications. If you always have a tab opened on something, it could be useful.
- The Gnome/GTK community is having an interesting fight requesting its apps not be themed. I tend to agree with devs.
- If you like to check other people’s setups (geek perv), this is a fun gallery.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 20
- Remind Me Faster is an iOS app to add reminders with as few taps as possible. Faster than correcting Siri™.
- cmd+space is a newsletter dedicated to keyboard shortcuts. Learned something in the first issue.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 19
- Huawei will not be able to ship with Google’s apps (including play store) anymore. This is huge and unnerving.
- The benchmarks of Intel’s Clear Linux shows that it’s fast and the rolling upgrade design is very modern.
- I still get exited about eInk readers and the Xiaomi iReader T6 at least is new. My wish would be in an ePub based device that syncs with iOS apps.
- Keybase integration with Stellar looks very clean. Seems to me Keybase is creating a very easy to use platform with all the buzzwords.
- WhatsApp vulnerability via audio call is very scary. Everyone should update now.
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.
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 126.96.36.199 app non-top now.
- The upcoming Reeder app supports Bionic Reading, and it sure gives interesting results.
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.
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.
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.
- Great The Economist post on mistakes on their data visualization charts.
- Interesting take on The Wandering Earth movie. Really looking forward to watching it.
- Cloudflare’s 188.8.131.52 App with Warp VPN makes an intriguing case: more secure and faster than without. In waiting list.
Tidbits for 2019 Week 12
- I didn’t know The Matrix code scenes came from sushi recipes.
- The new iPad Air and iPad mini available for in-store pickup. I’m going to
wait for it to show up on Adorama to order. Ordered.
- Seems iOS 12.2 has a bunch of new Progressive Web Apps stuff. WebOS was 10 years too early.
- Gmail swipe actions on iOS soon. But still no bundles… Oh how I miss Google Inbox.
- Stories about Apple Watch ECG feature really make me think: a) I should get my Dad one, b) Health features are a powerful reason to upgrade soon for myself.
- Twitter new dark mode for OLED screens on iOS/Android. Apple has to include dark mode in iOS 13.
- Wyze Sense $20 sensor kit announced. Insta-buy, I really like our Wyze setup at home and this looks well integrated.
- Apple mumbles sorry for MacBook keyboard issues. Not good enough. They need to change the design yesterday and include the 2018 model in the extended warranty.
- MKBHD’s AirPods 2nd Gen video review is great.
- The Original AirPods Firmware also appears to have gotten an update. Reports include snappier™ connections.
News of Note for 2018W20
YouTube Music is the new(est) Google music service. Email encryption might be broken. Google Duplex is cool vaporware, but they kinda implied it was a product. WhatsApp updated groups features still doesn’t let you mute unless mentioned. A rumored lower cost Microsoft tablet is coming, that only took 10 years.tidbits
→ Blade Runner 2049 Announcement I’ll allow myself excitement over this. The look is right and feel right — as in uncomfortable.
→ Shake Shack’s mobile app now takes orders across the US This could get ugly — and by this I mean me.
→ Spotify Updates Mac App With Full Touch Bar Support for MacBook Pro That was fast. Sadly no AppleTV or Apple Watch version in sight.
→ Duet Adds Touch Bar This is cool. If you have a 9.7in iPad, it’s fairly good Touch Bar test.tidbits
→ Microsoft: more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before No numbers, so it’s a marketing statement. But still not surprised.
→ Google Signs Deal With Cuba to Speed Services (Paywall) Now even Cuba will play faster YouTube videos than Venezuela. I’m not bitter.
→ Google has reportedly stopped developing its own self-driving car Not surprising. Seems all self-driving rumored projects are getting a reality check.
→ ‘Apple Support’ App Launches in U.S. App Store Simple app with very useful purpose. Will be testing it soon.
→ Yahoo discloses hack of 1 billion accounts I find it hard to believe that they found out from law enforcement. Irresponsible.
→ What is Bitcoin? A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners I always appreciate a good refresher on Bitcoin.
→ Amazon unveils ‘self-driving’ brick-and-mortar convenience store A mini-mart called Amazon Go. This is kinda amazing.
→ Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location during emergencies More or less a relaunch of the old Latitude app. But since it’s Android only, I don’t see any advantage over iOS’s Find My Friend.
→ Google Wifi review: Wi-Fi that works It does appear to be a solid performer vs eero at $200 less for the 3 pack ($299).
→ Instagram will soon let you turn off comments and boot followers from private accounts Both sound like good features.
→ Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple’s Cook A lot of noise of regarding the overall trend of the wearables category.
→ NPR’s Book Concierge: Guide To 2016’s Great Reads Great recommendations in every category.
→ Play music from Spotify straight to Sonos with Spotify Connect Really happy with my Sonos, and this is going to make me even happier.
→ Mac OS X Welcome Videos So many good memories of the excitement for upgrading MacOS X devices.
→ Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker Hacking is not magic, it’s hard ingenious work.
→ httpster - totally rocking websites. Httpster is an inspiration resource showcasing totally rocking websites.
→ Uber Should Restore User Control to Location Privacy Not cool Uber.
→ Microsoft demonstrates full Windows 10 with Photoshop on ARM chips ARM tablet/notebooks are full of compromises for desktop use, but this is a significant advance.tidbits
Tidbits of the week
→ Canopy — Keyboard Case and iPad Stand Glad I don’t have one of the new keyboards or iPads, otherwise it would have been hard to talk myself out of this one.
→ Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi Good overview, the short version: eero wins when price is discounted, Orbi has the most potential, and AmpliFi is a safe option.
→ Google+ Featured Photos Screensaver for Mac Looks very nice. There must be a — bored — Mac loving product manager in google somewhere.
→ Wired magazine’s creative director is joining Apple If he doesn’t like aluminium and glass, this could get interesting.
→ Netflix finally lets you download shows and movies to watch offline We will never do it. We are not considering it. No comment. It’s coming soon. It’s live! History of a feature announcement.
→ Amazon Polly — Text to Speech in 47 Voices and 24 Languages They don’t sound amazing, but the option of having this as a service is very powerful.
→ More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan Android malware is no joking matter.
→ Amazon LightSail — Simple Virtual Private Servers on AWS Interesting and competitive. But no reason to run from Digital Ocean.
→ Why all world maps are wrong Ever since seeing the bit on West Wing I’ve been fascinated by the UI of maps. Great overview video of the issues.
→ Inside the world of Chinese science fiction, with “Three Body Problem” translator Ken Liu The Three Body Problem trilogy has been one of the most mind-bending books I’ve read recently. I’ve since added a few more Chinese Sci-Fi books to my queue.tidbits
Tidbits of the week
→ Amazon Prime Ad — Priest and Imam In a world that feels more like an episode of 24 rather than West Wing, I appreciate this ad.
→ Eero’s WiFi hubs get faster, smarter and now support Alexa My apartment is perfectly covered by our ASUS router, but I dream of the day I’ll need one of these new mesh ones.
→ Apple Will Replace iPhone 6s Batteries in Phones That Unexpectedly Shut Down My 6s suffered from shut downs — seemed to happen under heavy loads. Should have taken it in at the time.
→ Apple Abandons Development of Wireless Routers Sadly unsurprising. I undestand the economics behind this, but I still think it’s a strategic risk: Apple’s home automation solution will have less leverage.
→ Apple - Frankie’s Holiday Awww Apple, I can’t stay mad at you.
→ Worldwide Market for Used Smartphones Forecast to Grow to 222.6 Million Units in 2020, According to IDC Always take these with a greain of salt, but it does sound like the normal progression of mass market products.
→ Microsoft brings Solitaire to iOS and Android And now it’s official… the desktop is dead.
→ Alter — Turn text into an image. Useful for Twitter and even email code examples.
→ Giki is a Markdown-powered Wiki Wiki and markdown? What sort of sexy talk is this?tidbits
Tidbits of the week
→ Amazon editors — Best science fiction and fantasy of 2016. Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past), is fanstastic and a great ending to the series.
→ PhotoScan printed photo scanner app. I’ve tried lots of apps that do this, and still I haven’t scanned my parents collection.
→ Drop — A beautiful color picker for macOS. Why would you pay for this? because a good designed is obsesive about all her tools.
→ WhatsApp launches video calling. A new default for most people. So long Duo.
→ Casey Neistat MacBook Pro with TouchBar video review. Fun review with some valid points. He still bought it, which proves Apple is right though.
→ PoisonTap, a $5 tool that invades password-protected computers. If you’re careful (use a Mac, have firevault, don’t leave it unlocked), not as bad as it sounds. If you’re not careful, that same password you use for everything is going the be the least of your problems.
→ OnePlus 3T released. More battery, megapixels, processor and bit higher price. Still the best bang of the buck in Android. Just wish it had a smaller 5in screen.
→ You can now check Due Dates as Done is Trello.
Best news of the week. If you organize your team in Trello in some sort of pseudo-sprint setting, this is very helpful.
→ Barnes & Noble debuts $50 Nook tablet to take on Amazon. Lifeboat for the 5 users they have left. Still, a persuasive price.
→ Firefox Focus — a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS. Why not? Privacy is going the pop-up blocker of the next few years.
→ How Stephen Wolfram invented interstellar travel for Arrival. I wanna see this move, I wanna see this movie.
→ Asana introduces Boards — similar to Trello Kanban rules the world.
→ iPhones Secretly Send Call History to Apple, Security Firm Says I’m much more worried about my mobile operator having my call history.
→ MacBook Pro Bulbs ad I might be missing something, but this is a cool video and then an basic MacBook Pro ad.
→ Apple’s Chip Choices May Leave Some iPhone Users in Slow Lane Lets not forget these are still glorified walky talkies. Real world performance in the context of mobile operators has many variables.tidbits