The Liberate-Yourself Edition Sunday, January 14, 2018

Free Advice: Turn Your Phone's Damn Battery Percentage Off, by Damon Beres, Mashable

What does a number offer you that this icon cannot? Nothing! Unless you're trying to diagnose exactly how much battery life having Snapchat open on your screen for five straight minutes will consume (the answer is one entire percent), there's no meaningful gain to the numerical value over the icon.


Untether your mind from your phone. Disable the battery percentage indicator. Liberate yourself.

The Existential Struggle Of Dealing With The iPhone’s Red Update Icon, by Christina Bonnington, Slate

You had to weigh your decision: Were the features and issues worth the possible frustration? But with the choice not to update would come a persistent shame and nagging on the part of Apple: the red update icon. For many, this quandary verged on an existential crisis.


If you’ve decided not to update your phone, that’s your choice—you shouldn’t have to deal with this annoying badge making itself comfortable on your screen. For those who want—or need—order on their phone, that red icon isn’t merely a mild nuisance; it’s a full-on offense.

The Behind-the-scenes Story Of Why Apple Received A Letter From 2 Huge Investors About Child Safety Features, by Julie Bort, Business Insider

As to why Jana chose Apple, "Apple was a logical place to start," this person said, because Apple is "socially responsible and they are perfectly positioned because they are the gateway for teens to get to these things. If you are trying to stop water from coming out of a hose it's more effective to grab the hose than try and grab every drop of water coming out of the hose."

Interestingly, the motivation behind targeting Apple in this way wasn't Apple at all. It was Facebook.


Apple's New iPad Pro Ads Tout Augmented Reality & Mobile Notetaking, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Apple on Saturday released a pair of video ads for the iPad Pro, concentrating on some of the possibilities brought with September's iOS 11.

5 ARKit Apps You Can Use In Your Daily Life, by Jen Karner, iMore

When you think of AR, chances are you aren't thinking about an app that's actually useful. Fun, whimsical, silly, sure, but practical? While it may seem strange there are actually some awesome ARKit apps available that you can use going through your normal routine. Measuring a room, sizing new furniture, amping up your run, and more can all get an upgrade in experience with the help of one of these apps.

How To Get Started With Scrivener For Mac, by Nathan Alderman, iMore

When you create a new Scrivener project, choose the category and template that best fit what you're writing -- whether that's a novel, short story, screenplay, research paper, or more. Scrivener's templates come with helpful features customized for each type of project. The Novel template, for example, includes categories to list characters and places, examples of the front matter you'll need for manuscripts, paperbacks, or ebooks, and samples of how your finished work will look.

Bottom of the Page

No, I don't have the battery percentage on my iPhone's status bar. Anyway, there isn't any choice presented to me on the iPhone X.

And, no, I don't miss it.

(Although, I do have the battery widget enabled on the Today's screen. I tell myself that the widget is more for looking at the battery level of my bluetooth earphone.)


Thanks for reading.