The Little-Plastic-Capsule Edition Monday, March 6, 2017

Apple’s New BeatsX Headphones Are A Better Buy Than AirPods — Here’s Why, by Jeff Dunn, Business Insider

There’s only one little plastic capsule for the battery here; the rest is either other electronics or simple cable. In that light, the BeatsX is a little more impressive — it lasts long enough, but is comfortable throughout.

Bear 1.0.6 Gives Mac And iOS Users A Simpler, Friendlier Alternative To Evernote, by Nick Peers, Betanews

It shares Simplenote’s "less is more" approach, but still manages to provide a richer array of tools than simple plain text notes.

Pioneer Rayz Plus Headphones Let You Charge Your iPhone 7 While Listening To Music, by Helen Clark, The Marshalltown

The headphones come with a Lightning port compatible for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, and it has a pass-through built-in tiny dongle that houses a separate Lightning port for charging. The sleek dongle blends seamlessly with the earphones, and allows users to charge and listen to music at the same time. It also eliminates the need to carry a special adapter, as the earphones are made keeping in mind current generation iPhone handsets.

Workouts With Friends: Owings Mills Start-up Brings Social Interaction To Home Fitness, by Brittany Britto, Baltimore Sun

The concept of allowing users to invite others to workouts in real time is a novel idea, according to Julie Sylvester, a producer of the annual Sports and FitnessTech Summit, but she's not convinced that peer pressure and competition is the future of home fitness technology. She's noticed a trend toward giving users the ability to log and share.

"It's a matter of being able to have somebody bear witness. And I think that's true across all platforms, not just in fitness. That's why people take pictures of their food" and share them on social media, she said.


A $12 Million Dollar Civil Rights Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Apple For Alleged Racial Profiling By Apple Store Staff, by Jack Purcher, Patently Apple

The lawsuit claims that "Plaintiffs were subjected to race discrimination while shopping and purchasing Apple, Inc. products at the Apple Store located at 4860 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 and denied the privileges afforded to White and non-Black/African American customers and shoppers.

Plaintiffs were racially profiled before, during and after the purchase of their Apple products at the location in question, were subjected to unlawful detention by local authorities at the behest of Apple for appearing "suspicious" before, during and after their purchase of Apple Store products, and were subjected to racial profiling in violation of their constitutional rights when the Apple Store employees called 911 to report two suspicious black men at the store and summoned the local police department to the location."

The Secret History Of A Fleeting Pre-Internet Digital Media Channel, by Cecilia D'Anastasio, Motherboard

The digital revolution happened regardless of Time Teletext, but nobody is calling it a utopia. And it's unlikely that anything we've made in the shadow of that utopia, from the endless joys and abuses of the iPhone to Twitter's instantaneous news updates, owes anything to teletext. That's not to over-inflate the comparison between teletext and the internet. Teletext's older cousin, videotex, was a more foreshadowing technology. A videotex system like Telidon, Canada's doomed pre-internet web from the late 70s, was "online" whereas teletext was a broadcast signal.

Teletext remains largely forgotten as the history of digital media has become subsumed by the history of the internet. Yet like a fair-weather psychic, teletext did anticipate things to come. Despite the technology's futility in the end, it presaged an array of features and user experiences characteristic of the modern web.

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