The True-Realization Edition Saturday, July 28, 2018

Re-testing The MacBook Pro: Apple’s Firmware Update Led To A Big Improvement, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

We performed many more tests, and they all told exactly the same story—behavior is now normal and as advertised in the vast majority of cases, but some extreme scenarios involving both the CPU and GPU still lead to throttling. Still, we found much more consistent clocks than before the update.

2018 13-inch MacBook Pro Review: Apple's Lofty Promises Are Finally Realized, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

The true realization of Apple's ultra-thin, ultra-powerful professional-grade notebook has finally arrived, elevated to greatness by the maturation of USB-C, the fixing of a flawed keyboard, and the polish of an increasingly versatile macOS platform.


Hands On: Designing Websites With Sparkle, The Spiritual Successor To iWeb, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

You won't use this tool if you're already a die-hard fan of Adobe Dreamweaver. Yet the differences between this and more pro tools are often slight and the speed of trying out ideas in it is compelling.

Microsoft Edge Rolls Out Intelligent Visual Search For iPhone And iPad, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

Visual search lets you quickly snap a photo or choose one from your camera roll, then search the internet for information based on whatever you snapped. Microsoft is talking up the feature's usefulness for shopping, helping to track down items of clothing, for example, that you like.


Why I’m Deleting All My Old Tweets, by Emily Dreyfuss, Wired

It's especially easy for trolls to weaponize old tweets and use them against their enemies because of the nature of the platform itself: Once tweets have been sent, they exist out of context. There’s no way to easily tell, when looking back at someone’s timeline from years ago, what jokes were trending, what the national mood was like, what everyone was faux-outraged by. Twitter is a reaction to stimulus. Once that stimulus is gone, though, the tweets linger, like a too-loud laugh at a joke no one else heard. What was funny? Who knows. We’re all going to die anyway.

But I’ve always assumed one day I might want to go back and check out my old tweets. Or, rather, I’ve assumed one day I might need to. There always seemed some hypothetical scenario where I may really need to know what exactly I had tweeted in, say, June of 2012. That day has never arrived. So who am I keeping my tweets around for?

The Death Of Don Draper, by Ian Leslie, NewStatesman

In 2016, Facebook in effect charged the Trump campaign lower rates than the Clinton campaign, because Trump’s ads made people angrier and thus generated more clicks. Nobody took a decision to charge Trump less. It was the logical outcome of the ad business’s core principle: the more attention you win, the more you get paid. Since negative emotions are more likely to win and hold attention than positive emotions, the system has an incentive to spread fear and loathing. Russia’s entire propaganda campaign relies on an advertising model that rewards paranoia and spite.

Meanwhile, we stoop over our phones when we should be doing almost anything else. A senior analyst at the Bank of England recently published an article making a case that one of the causes of Britain’s poor productivity is the spread of smartphones. A comprehensive US study, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, identified a strong association between social media use and depression. It’s not just Facebook: every app on your phone is engineered to hook and hold your attention, at the expense of your work, sleep, family and mental health. Every app with ads, that is.

Bottom of the Page

So, the latest rumors indicate that the upcoming 2018 iPad Pros are going to feature smart connectors at the bottom of the screen in portrait mode, since FaceID doesn't work with the iPad in landscape mode.

And if this is true, that means we will get one hell of an orgami smart keyboard.


iPad Pros, or iPads Pro?


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