The Physical-and-Tangible Edition Saturday, April 21, 2018

Apple Offering Battery Replacement Program For Some 13-inch MacBook Pros, by Peter Cao, 9to5Mac

The company says there is an issue with a small number of MacBook Pros manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. Affected users can mail in their MacBook Pro, find an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or visit an Apple Retail Store.

This Guy Has Lost 105 Pounds And Counting Thanks To His Apple Watch, by Reegan Von Wildenradt, Men's Health

Richardson said the biggest lesson he’s learned from his journey is the value of taking on a positive mindset. “If your head isn’t in it, it doesn’t matter what you do. You won’t last,” he said. “In the past, I don’t think I was mentally ready. But for some reason, everything clicked on that day, and I haven’t looked back. This is my life now.”

He also says his Apple Watch helped him stayed motivated, and continues to do so. “The watch was a physical, tangible reminder of my goal,” he said. “Obviously it tells time and I get my texts on it. But it was also a lot more. When I looked at it, I saw those rings and was reminded of the purpose of it. It reminded me of what I was doing and why I needed to keep going.”


World’s Last Apple Watch Shop At Isetan Shinjuku Closing May 13th, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

If you want to see the world’s only remaining Apple store dedicated to Apple Watch sales, you’ll have to act fast. Signage recently posted at the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo indicates that the location will be closing as of May 13th.

Read PDFs On Your Phone With GoodReader, by Nick Douglas, Lifehacker

GoodReader’s designers know that fitting a printed page on a phone screen is a nightmare. So you can zoom in on your page, then swipe or tap to scroll perfectly to the next page, and GoodReader will maintain your zoom level. And once you get your perfect zoom, you can lock the horizontal scroll so you’ll never accidentally swipe your page sideways. I feel tension leaving my shoulders just typing about this.

Two Free Mac Apps Find Huge Files Fast, by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

If your startup disk is nearly full, try either of these apps to make hunting down large files and folders faster and easier.


Flickr Bought By SmugMug, Which Vows To Revitalize The Photo Service, by Jessica Guynn, USA Today

SmugMug, an independent, family-run company, will maintain Flickr as a standalone community of amateur and professional photographers and give the long neglected service the focus and resources it deserves, MacAskill said in an exclusive interview.

Facebook And Apple Embody New Tech Divide, by Alex Eule and Jon Swartz, Barrons

The companies are all similar in that they use technology in disruptive ways, but investors have generally overlooked substantial differences in their business models. As changes loom, ignoring those differences is a risky bet.

It’s not just personal sniping between rival CEOs. There are real differences between direct-to-consumer revenue models and ad-driven data models. Or, in a nutshell: Apple versus Facebook.

Bottom of the Page

On hindsight, there are so many things Apple has done wrongly when it first launched the Apple Watch. But, to Apple's credit, it did changed its strategy very quickly and decisively.

Can it do the same with the missteps in handling the Mac platform?


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