The Percussion-and-Chanting Edition Tuesday, October 27, 2020

U2’s Songs Of Innocence Has Been Haunting Me For 6 Years. Until Now., by Russ Frushtick, Vulture

The pandemic was the breaking point for me. Trips outside of the city had to be carefully choreographed for safety and sanity. Every minute was scheduled to offer the precise respite I was looking for. My wife and I would park our car and go on long hikes through the beautiful Mohonk Preserve, taking in the natural splendor and quiet. We’d hike for hours, returning to our rental car in the late afternoon, looking forward to a relaxing drive back home. She’d pull open Google Maps as I started the car and rolled down the windows.

Suddenly, the calm afterglow of an exhausting hike would be dashed by percussion and chanting. It was U2’s Songs of Innocence, back again to terrorize us.

How To Remove HP Printer Driver 'Malware' From Mac, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

"We unintentionally revoked credentials on some older versions of Mac drivers," said a HP spokesperson. "This caused a temporary disruption for those customers and we are working with Apple to restore the drivers. In the meantime, we recommend users experiencing this problem to uninstall the HP driver and use the native AirPrint driver to print to their printer."

Lisa Jackson: How Apple Aims To Lead On Environment And Equity, by Elsa Wenzel, GreenBiz

Apple's Lisa Jackson is moving social justice to the top of the list for protecting the environment. Coming from one of Fortune's "most powerful women in business" at one of the world's largest companies, she has views that could have a long-term global impact.


Apple's New 'Experiments' Video Uses Earthly Things To Simulate Space, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Apple's Experiments series has a new video, this time with an iPhone 12 Pro used to capture the look and feel of space all without ever leaving Earth. Apple has also shared a new video that shows exactly how the whole thing was filmed, too.

Twobird Adds An Integrated Calendar To Its Simplified Email App For Gmail, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Twobird, by the same team behind Notability, is a really nice email app for people who use Gmail. It removes a lot of the “fluff” around email into a focused conversation. Today, Twobird has gained a new trick: a built-in calendar.

Moneydance 2021, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The Infinite Kind has unveiled Moneydance 2021, a major upgrade for the personal finance management app that brings a fresh new appearance and an improved syncing engine with end-to-end encryption.


Mysk: Link Previews Could Share Your Location, Expose Data To Third Parties, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

New security research by Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk has found that some messaging apps are mishandling data, potentially sharing details like your IP address and location with third parties. Files that you send could also end up on a third-party's server as well.

20 Macs For 2020: #9 – iMac G4, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

It’s undoubtedly, inarguably one of the best designs that the team of Jobs and Ive ever came up with. But while it wasn’t exactly a flop, it only lasted two years. It was replaced with the real design that would define the iMac for more than a decade—the very design Apple had tried to avoid.

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Apple used to shower us with free gifts. Okay, maybe not shower, but there was this U2 album, and then there were also movies and games during the holiday season. And don't forget the free bumpers a few lucky iPhone customers received.

Nowadays, it's free trials. Not that I am not appreciative of watching Apple TV+ for free, and it's all non-physical digital stuff anyway, but there isn't a few items sitting in my iTunes library that I stumbled upon every Christmas anymore.


Of course, Apple also no longer charge me to upgrade Mac OS X on my Mac nor iPhone OS on my iPod Touch... so, maybe, one shouldn't complain too much.

Not that I am complaning. :-)


Thanks for reading.