The Deadly-Bird-Strikes Edition Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Apple Store To Dim Lights At Night After Group Says Birds Are Flying Into Its Glass, by Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune

Facing criticism from wildlife groups who say its glassy new Chicago store is causing deadly bird strikes, Apple plans to dim the store’s lights Friday night, a company spokesman said, and will continue to do so during the fall migration season.

Members of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a volunteer group that rescues migrating birds that collide with buildings, have said they’ve found dead birds at the Apple store since it opened Oct. 20. The group blames the store’s exterior glass walls and night lighting. At night, according to experts, birds often become disoriented by city lights, then crash into buildings and fall to the ground.

Urban Lights Are Confusing Birds To Death, by John Metcalfe, Citylab

“The best solution is absolutely to turn off lights where and when possible,” Farnsworth adds. “If we can mitigate our behavior—and this is in the grand sense—so that our actions don’t cause more death, that’s a good thing.”

Getting The X

Apple Says 'Working Hard' To Get iPhone X Orders To iPhone Upgrade Program Customers After Citizens One Snafu, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Apple this weekend is contacting iPhone Upgrade Program customers who stayed up, or woke up, to order an iPhone X early Friday only to find the company's financial partner, Citizens One, was unable to process loan applications.

First iPhone X Orders Start Shipping To Customers From Apple And Carriers, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Not long after pre-orders began yesterday morning, the first iPhone X orders have started shipping to customers. While Apple has yet to update order statues on its website, some customers who purchased the device through their carrier have started receiving shipping notifications.

Incoming Feeds

How I Cured My Tech Fatigue By Ditching Feeds, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Many people have deleted the Facebook app from their phone to avoid this mindless habit. “What’s going on in my feed?” they think. Then they scroll, scroll, scroll, get bored and close the app. Repeat this process every 30 minutes. Deleting the app is the best way to take a stance and say that Facebook is a waste of time.