The Moves-With-You Edition Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Make Room For HomePod, by Bob Ankosko, Sound And Vision

"We think we can create a new kind of music experience in the home that sounds incredible, and is fun to interact with. That’s what’s driving us with HomePod. And it can also be the hub for your smart home. Voice technologies like Siri are also gaining in popularity with Siri responding to over 2 billion requests each week. This helps us understand how people actually interact with their devices, what they ask, and helps us create a product for the home that makes sense. We don’t think it’s just about HomePod though, or any one product, it’s about creating an experience that moves with you throughout the day — so the experience you have at home, is replicated in the car with CarPlay, at work with iPad and Mac, and when you’re out for a run with Watch and iPhone. You can listen to the same music, control your home accessories or ask Siri to do something for you, wherever you are."

The Death Of macOS Server, by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

I've looked over Apple's suggested software list. Many of them are fine recommendations, DNSMasq, for example, is an excellent caching DNS server. But, Apple promised that macOS Server is "so easy to use, you don't need your own IT department." That's no longer the case. If you're depending on macOS Server to run your business in the future, you're going to need an experienced full-time sysadmin.

Why Apple Sells Just 2.5% Of India's Smartphones, by Manish Singh, CNBC

Setting up shop at busy malls in megacities could help with marketing, but it's unlikely to be enough for the company to make inroads in the world's second-largest smartphone market.

The U.S. tech giant has regularly reiterated its commitment to India, but there are two pressing issues that analysts and users say continue to cripple the reach of iPhones in the nation: The company's phones are too expensive for many Indian consumers, and Apple's core services such as Apple Maps and Siri don't work well locally.


Review: The iPhone X, by Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels

Three months in, and I still hate where Control Center is on this phone. I still accidentally invoke the Cover Sheet when I don’t want it and struggle to do this one-handed. Apple needs to revisit this in iOS 12.

CNN Blames Apple For Mishap That Saw Users Receive Multiples Of The Same Push Notification, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple News users with CNN as a source received the push notification for the story in inordinate amount of times for no apparent reason. In a statement just shared on Twitter, CNN is blaming Apple for the error, saying that its server logs show that it only pushed the alert once.

Microsoft Office For iOS Updated With Improved Collaboration, Drag & Drop Support On iPad, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iOS all now support co-authoring, which Microsoft says makes it easier for multiple users to collaborate on documents.

Pocket Informant Now Available On Mac App Store As Informant 1.0, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

It’s a cross-platform day planner app that combines your Calendar, Tasks, Projects, and Notes into a single app. Users can combine multiple personal or work calendars from different sources such as iCloud and Google.

Verena, An iOS App To Help Protect People In Abusive Situations, by Jason Kottke

Verena was built by Amanda Southworth, a 16-year-old iOS developer who created the app to help her LGBTQ+ friends in the aftermath of the election of a known abuser to the White House in 2016.

Review: Outcast Delivers The Best Apple Watch Podcast Playback Experience Yet, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

It is possible to download episodes on-the-fly and play them back over wireless headphones, and Outcast offers the most straightforward and understandable version of that.


Can Our Phones Save Us From Our Phones?, by Robbie Gonzalez, Wired

The gold standard, though, is Apple's Do Not Disturb While Driving mode, which silences your iPhone and darkens its screen when you're in a moving car. (Try to use your phone while the feature is active and it interrupts you, forcing you to clarify—or lie about—whether you're behind the wheel.) "I love that feature. It's so good. It reminds me not to be a sociopath," says Andrew Przybylski, an experimental psychologist at the Oxford Internet Institute who studies the factors that underpin self-regulation of technology use. Przybylski is more skeptical than most of what he calls the "moral panic" surrounding tempting tech, but finds real value in the impulse-checking features of Apple's fix. More than social-media usage or screen time, he says, the number one thing people should be worried about when it comes to the allure of our devices is distracted driving, "because it's actually deadly."

Whether they're saving your life or simply reclaiming a few minutes of your day, xTab, Space, and DNDWD accomplish something that few apps, extensions, or devices do: They interrupt you in the middle of the habit you're trying to change, causing you to stop and confront your behavior, and consider how you might change it. All of which is critical, because research suggests that successfully rewiring one's habits hinges in large part on self-reflection.

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One of the website that I visit regularly is, essentially, a listing of new titles on Netflix. (Both iOS and tvOS NetFlix apps aren't great for discovery of new stuff.) Going through the new titles list, I'll add anything that is interesting to my Netflix queue.

I usually just watch one or two shows only at any one time. (There are three other shows where new episodes show up only on a weekly or monthly basis.) So, whenever I am free and want to watch some television, I just open the Netflix app and continue on that same show where I left off. No need to make any decisions on which channel to switch to. Only when I finished a show will I have to use more of my gray cells to select a new show to start.

After all, watching TV shouldn't be hard, right? (I'm imagining Chidi, choosing between watching channel 5 versus channel 12...)


Back in the early 90s, when I first arrvied at the United States for my studies, one of the magazines that I frequently purchase was TV Guide. And I will look over the pages and pages of television listing, and be amazed at all the television I could be watching.

But of course, just like everything in life, most of television is junk. And I'll settle down with only a few programs that I enjoy. Maybe because I was younger and my brain hasn't deteriorated yet, and that there aren't that many worthwhile television programs, I could remember the channels and the timeslots of all these programs. It wasn't 'appointment TV' -- well, maybe except Twin Peaks -- and other activities, like having dinner with friends, took precedent. But, when I am back in my room, I typcially could recall which channel to tune to in order to catch my favorite programs.

(Cheers: Thursdays, 9pm, Channel 4.)


When I was growing up in Singapore, there were only four television channels, two from the Singapore government, and two from the neighboring Malaysian government. Between the channels: television programs in four different languages, two of which I didn't understand. Two of the channels only ran from 3pm to 12 midnight, while the other two ran from 6pm to 12 midnight.

Which, you can probably guess, there weren't too many television programming to choose from. Bascially, it's the same channel every night for my family; if there's something okay on that channel, the TV stays on. Otherwise, no TV.

No decisions required to choose a TV channel for the whole family.


There may be a day when I have to make a decision, when I am in the mood of watching TV: should I open the Netflix app, or should I open the Apple to-be-announced television service app.


Thanks for reading.