The Imminent-End Edition Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Apple To End Support For Back To My Mac Feature When macOS Mojave Drops, by Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica

In addition to alerting users to Back to My Mac's imminent end, Apple points users to a support document that explains alternatives. Apple suggests using iCloud Drive for file sharing, screen sharing for remote access, and Apple Remote Desktop for multi-device management.

Apple Scraps A Bunch Of Watch Bands Ahead Of September Event, by Killian Bell, Cult of Mac

Apple has removed a bunch of Apple Watch bands from its online store while many others are sold out ahead of its annual September event.

It seems likely Apple will introduce new band designs and styles alongside Apple Watch Series 4 this fall. Regulatory filings for the new wearable all but confirm a new model is imminent.

Security Researchers Show How Attackers Targeting Airmail For Mac Could Get A Copy Of All Your Emails, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Security researchers at Versprite have identified security flaws in Airmail for Mac that can expose private data, including an entire account’s email database. The attack requires a user to open a maliciously-crafted email and tap a link inside the message. With a combination of technical exploit and phishing attack, it seems like a significant problem.


Window Management With Keyboard Maestro And Screencast, by David Sparks, MacSparky

I think Keyboard Maestro is an ideal tool for window management for several reasons.

First, it is hyper-customizable without being hyper-difficult.

The second reason for using Keyboard Maestro is that it does so much more. I am a big fan of "stacked" automation. This is the idea that you take two relatively simple automation tasks that you often perform in order and stack them together in the same script.

Indiepaper, An Open Alternative To Instapaper And Pocket, by Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

Indiepaper is “a read later service built for the open web.” It offers apps and bookmarklets that let you save any article you find. Only instead of saving it to a proprietary service, it saves them in a spot of your choosing.

Indiepaper publishes your saved articles to your own micropub server. If you know what that is, great. If you don’t, then the easiest way to get one is to sign up with, a great Twitter alternative that I totally use and recommend.

Popular iOS Journal App Day One Updated W/ Audio Recording, New Editor Interface, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Headlining today’s update is a new editor that is “designed and built from the ground up for a superior writing experience,” according to Day One developers. As part of this redesign, there’s a new editor menu that makes it easy to access formatting option, as well as support for Photo Groups, Check Lists, and more.

Apps We Love: ImageOptim, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

Perhaps the biggest issue with the continuous push for higher and higher resolution photos is the accompanying file size. Even photos shot with the 24MP Fujifilm X-T2 come in at 50MB per photo when shot in RAW and are usually larger than 10MB when shot in JPG. If you want to store photos on a hard drive or your device, or if you want to share your photos on any social network or website, you’re going to need an image compressor.

There are a few image compressing apps available, but the best one I’ve come across is ImageOptim.


Google, Apple And 13 Other Companies That No Longer Require A College Degree, by Courtney Connley, CNBC

Recently, job-search site Glassdoor compiled a list of 15 top employers that have said they no longer require applicants to have a college degree. Companies like Google, Apple, IBM and EY are all in this group.


Facebook May Have Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks In Germany, New Research Shows, by Amanda Taub, New York Times

Karsten Müller and Carlo Schwarz, researchers at the University of Warwick, scrutinized every anti-refugee attack in Germany, 3,335 in all, over a two-year span. In each, they analyzed the local community by any variable that seemed relevant. Wealth. Demographics. Support for far-right politics. Newspaper sales. Number of refugees. History of hate crime. Number of protests.

One thing stuck out. Towns where Facebook use was higher than average, like Altena, reliably experienced more attacks on refugees. That held true in virtually any sort of community — big city or small town; affluent or struggling; liberal haven or far-right stronghold — suggesting that the link applies universally.

Google Tried To Change China. China May End Up Changing Google., by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

It is hard not to see how going back to China would be anything other than a terrific comedown — the most telling act of a company that, day by day, has come to resemble the utterly conventional corporation it once vowed never to become.

‘We Are All Accumulating Mountains Of Things”, by Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Thanks to a perfect storm of factors, Americans are amassing a lot of stuff. Before the advent of the internet, we had to set aside time to go browse the aisles of a physical store, which was only open a certain number of hours a day. Now, we can shop from anywhere, anytime—while we’re at work, or exercising, or even sleeping. We can tell Alexa we need new underwear, and in a few days, it will arrive on our doorstep. And because of the globalization of manufacturing, that underwear is cheaper than ever before—so cheap that we add it to our online shopping carts without a second thought. “There’s no reason not to shop—because clothing is so cheap, you feel like, ‘why not?’ There’s nothing lost in terms of the hit on your bank account,” Elizabeth Cline, the author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, told me.

Bottom of the Page

In an ideal world in the future, all the apps you have on one of your Mac will also be on all your other Mac computers, as well as all your iPhones and iPads. And all your documents are on iCloud that you can access from all your Macs and iPhones and iPads.

So, who need Back to my Mac anyway?


Thanks for reading.