The Click-Details-Button Edition Thursday, November 16, 2017

Apple Starts Pushing High Sierra On Unsuspecting Mac Users, by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

If you’re running macOS 10.12 Sierra or earlier, and do not want to upgrade to 10.13 High Sierra right now, be careful because Apple has started pushing High Sierra to older Macs and making it all too easy to upgrade inadvertently. In short, if you get a macOS notification asking you to install High Sierra, click the Details button to launch the App Store app, and then quit it.


You almost certainly don’t want to click Install when that notification appears. Regardless of your opinion of High Sierra, installing it will take quite some time — an hour or more — and you should make sure you have a backup before starting.

Yes, Animoji Uses The TrueDepth Camera System On iPhone X, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

The reason for the misconception comes from the implementation: The IR system only needs to fire periodically to create and update the depth mask. The RGB camera has to capture persistently to track movements and match expressions. In other words, cover the IR system and the depth mask will simply stop updating and likely, over time, degrade. Cover the RGB, and the tracking and matching stops dead.

Apple GymKit Makes Its Worldwide Debut In Australia, by Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice

First introduced in June, GymKit allows Apple Watch owners to pair their wearable device directly to gym equipment like ellipticals, indoor bikes, treadmills, steppers, and other cardio equipment, using NFC. In doing so, the Watch automatically syncs important exercise data such as calories, distance, speed, floors climbed, incline, and pace.


Apple Unveils Its 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

And starting today, Apple’s holiday return policy is now in effect. The large majority of products and accessories purchased between today and Christmas will be eligible to return until Monday, January 8, 2018. That policy is available in the United States, Australia, the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Zyl Is A Photo Management App With A Few AI-powered Tricks, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

“We calculate how many photos you usually take every day, and we detect unusual days with more photos,” co-founder and CTO Aurélien Sibiril told me.

And this is just the beginning as the company is currently working hard on building a great search feature and surfacing old photos filled with happy memories. Eventually, Zyl could become a smarter Timehop, a good way to look back and remember your best photos from years ago.

Samsung Makes My Favorite Wireless Charger For The iPhone X, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

For the iPhone X, using a charging pad that holds your phone up at an angle is important for another reason: notifications. When notifications come in, you want to see them on your lock screen. By default, iOS on the iPhone X keeps those notifications private until Face ID can identify you. So if the iPhone is sitting flat on your desk, you have to crane your face over to see them. Annoying.

Not so with an angled charging pad! When I get a notification on my iPhone X, I just sort of look over at the iPhone and watch them magically appear. It’s just so much better than a flat pad that I’m frankly mystified that Apple hasn’t been recommending an angled charger more strenuously.

RAW Power For iOS Review, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Despite the tight quarters in the inspector and incomplete implementation of drag and drop, RAW Power is a solid tool if you want more control over your photographs.


Google Caused A Minor Controversy When It Announced It Had 'Forked' Apple's Swift Programming Language — But Google Tells Us It's All A Misunderstanding, by Matt Weinberger, Business Insider

Chris Lattner, who created Swift at Apple, did a short stint as a VP at Tesla, and now works at Google, tells Business Insider the whole situation is a "misunderstanding." Rather, it's a sign of how much Google's corps of programmers loves the Swift language.

The problem is terminology: On GitHub, the code-sharing site where the Swift project is housed, "forking" and "copying" are the same thing. Google had merely copied the Swift code to its own GitHub space, such that the search giant's own programmers could pore over it and make their own suggestions for improvements to the main project.

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I've made great progress listening to my audiobooks. More hours this week were spent listening to audiobooks than last week.

Of course, this is also the week when the subway system here in Singapore really broke down, and I've been stuck in subway trains and stations multiple times during my commute.


The book I am currently listening is Stephen King's The Drawing of the Three. This is the third time I'm going through the Dark Tower series. The first two times I've had given up half-way through the first book.


Thanks for reading.