The Thin-and-Transparent Edition Thursday, August 30, 2018

Apple Buys Startup Focused On Lenses For AR Glasses, by Stephen Nellis, Retuers

Apple Inc has acquired a startup focused on making lenses for augmented reality glasses, the company confirmed on Wednesday, a signal Apple has ambitions to make a wearable device that would superimpose digital information on the real world.


Akonia said its display technology allows for “thin, transparent smart glass lenses that display vibrant, full-color, wide field-of-view images.” The firm has a portfolio of more than 200 patents related to holographic systems and materials, according to its website.

Put Your Phone In Do Not Disturb Mode Forever, by Paris Martineau, The Outline

I’ve been living like this for about eight months or so and I honestly don’t think I could ever go back. Sure, the downside is I don’t answer texts and emails immediately, but the upside is I don’t answer texts and emails immediately. It’s fantastically relaxing and comes with the added bonus of giving your friends and loved ones the impression you’re doing something interesting or fulfilling with your life, rather than just scrolling through Twitter and not continually responding to the pressure of push notifications.


You Took Lousy iPhone Photos. Here’s How To Make Them Beautiful., by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

Not every shot on your smartphone will be Instagram worthy, but you can often salvage middling snaps with just a few taps. Here are six easy steps.

Due 3.0 Adds Pure Black Theme, Custom Snooze Times, And Haptic Feedback, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Due notifications provide three snooze options. If you turn on the custom snooze setting, tapping the third option displays the same quick-entry grid used to create reminders. It’s a handy way to dial in the exact amount of time you want to snooze a reminder.

Eve Systems Expands Its HomeKit Compatible Line Of Products, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Eve Systems is expanding its connected home product family, Eve, to include: an European version of Eve Light Switch; a LED accent lighting solution, Eve Light Strip; and a triple-socket Eve Power Strip.

Square Introduces New Lightning Credit Card Reader For iPhones Without Headphone Jacks, No Dongle Needed, by Peter Cao, 9to5Mac

Square is launching a new swipe-based card reader that takes Lightning, allowing you to make payments on an iPhone and iPad.


Just How Short Could We Make The Workweek?, by Bryan Lufkin, BBC

So in an effort to improve workers’ work-life balance, companies and governments around the world are experimenting with cutting working hours. It’s a move that attracts huge interest – a recent trial from New Zealand generated international headlines by cutting the workweek from five days to four.

But why stop at four days? Why can’t we all work three, two, or even half a day each week? Is there a sweet spot where it doesn’t pay to work fewer hours?

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Personally, I don't think the latest Apple acquisition means that Apple is getting into AR glasses.


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