The Ask-Support Edition Sunday, July 22, 2018

Apple Hosting Live HomePod Question-and-Answer Event On July 25, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple announced that it will be hosting a HomePod live event in its Support Communities on Wednesday, July 25, providing customers with an opportunity to ask Apple support representatives questions about the Siri-enabled speaker.

5 Handwriting Apps For Note-taking On iOS, by Gizbot

If you enjoy mixing words and sketches, the regular options that are available won’t be able to satisfy you, in order to spice it up a little and make your note a little less boring, you will need to get your hands on a stylus as well as a digital handwriting app to go with it. Though not designed for it, it might be a good idea to mess around with the Apple Notes’ inbuilt handwriting and sketching features. A similar feature is available for OneNote users as well. If you are an Evernote fan, you can make use of Penultimate in order to write something.

Mindsets: Optimism Vs. Complacency Vs. Pessimism, by Morgan Housel, Collaborative Fund

The complacent is a different breed. He’s a dreamer masquerading as an optimist.

He sees optimism as a noble trait. It’s an innocent position. But he mistakenly thinks optimism means expecting only good news.

Why Mobile Phones Are NOT A Health Hazard, by David Robert Grimes, The Guardian

Last week the Observer published an article by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie on a disturbing topic – the idea that telecoms giants might collude to suppress evidence that wireless technology causes cancer. The feature was well written, ostensibly well researched, and deeply concerning. Its powerful narrative tapped into rich themes; our deep-seated fears about cancer, corporate greed, and technology’s potentially noxious influence on our health. It spread rapidly across social media – facilitated by the very object on which it cast doubt.

Yet as enthralling as Hertsgaard and Dowie’s narrative might be, it is strewn with rudimentary errors and dubious inferences. As a physicist working in cancer research, I found the authors’ penchant for amplifying claims far beyond that which the evidence allows troubling. And as a scientist deeply invested in public understanding of science, I’ve seen first-hand the damage that scaremongering can do to societal health. While it is tempting to rage into the void, perhaps this episode can serve as a case study in how public understanding of science can be mangled, and what warning signs we might look out for.

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There are many people who are using Kindles to read their books because there are less distractions on the Kindles.

Maybe I should switch to using my old iPod to listen to my audiobooks too.


Can HomePod be another distraction-free device?


Thanks for reading.