The Screen-Learning Edition Saturday, August 4, 2018

Children Learn Best When Engaged In The Living World Not On Screens, by Nicholas Tampio, Aeon

If the move to digital learning continues, children will spend much, if not most, of their waking hours in front of screens. They will use apps before they go to school, spend their days in front of computers, do their homework online, and then entertain themselves with digital media. Children are losing opportunities to experience the world in all its richness. The gestalt of a farm transcends what pixels and speakers can convey. Screens drain the vitality from many educational experiences that could be better done in the flesh. This drift toward screen learning is only inevitable if people do nothing to stop it. So let’s stop it.

Two Screens, by David Sparks, MacSparky

The whole idea is that this extra monitor is a reference screen and not a working screen. I do all of my writing, screencasting, video editing, lawyering, and MacSparky-ing on the iMac. After all, the iMac is, by far, the better screen in every way measurable.

So what goes on that extra screen?

Apple’s Termination Of App Store Affiliate Payments Is Unnecessary, Mean-Spirited, And Harmful, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

In the end, I’m disappointed in Apple. Not surprised, since Apple has never acknowledged that the media plays a vital role in the broader Apple ecosystem, but disappointed that a company that puts so much effort into bringing joy to users can simultaneously behave so callously to some of its greatest supporters.

Larger iPhone X Plus Seemingly Confirmed By Leak In iOS 12 Beta, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Rambo notes that the icons are all early and unfinished, so don’t necessarily take them as a definite indication of what the new devices will look like.


Apple Once More Accepting Red Cross Donations, This Time For California Wild Fires, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

Apple this week updated its official homepage and iTunes landing page with American Red Cross banners and links that direct to a contribution page dedicated to California wildfire relief. The site includes quick payment options that allow users to contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 toward ongoing relief efforts with just a couple taps.

Hands On: Pixelmator Pro 1.1.2 On The Mac Is Superb Even If It Still Isn't Photoshop, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Newly updated image editor is gorgeous and capable of just about everything you need.