The Broad-Statements Edition Friday, September 28, 2018

New Apple Watch: The Worst Heart Device Ever?, by Milton Packer, Medpage Today

If the device causes anxiety, yields minimal benefits, and subjects people to unnecessary risks, its utilization will place unwelcome burden on our healthcare system and cause harm to our patients.

Yet, apparently, Apple COO Jeff Williams has dubbed the Watch the "ultimate guardian for your health." Really?

I do not know if Apple was quoted correctly or in the appropriate context. But Dr. Venk Murthy has responded very admirably: "We'd never accept such broad statements from a pharmaceutical ad, and we shouldn't accept it from marketing for a device."

Your Notifications Are Lying To You, by Beth Skwarecki, Lifehacker

First, you’ll have to come to terms with which of your notifications are garbage. The real answer is almost all of them, but I know that when you start turning them off you’re going to think about the jolt of dopamine you get when you see some beloved app’s notifications. Stop! Don’t base your judgment on how the notification makes you feel when you see it; base it on how you feel about your whole goddam life knowing that this app gets to bother you 100 times per day.

The Latest Tools For Sexual Assault Victims: Smartphone Apps, by Peter Holley, Washington Post

Because that decision is so trying and so personal for many assault survivors, Ladd founded Callisto, a nonprofit organization that has created software for reporting sexual misconduct on college campuses. The reports are time-stamped and saved on an encrypted database but not immediately submitted to authorities. The software tracks complaints and then flags those that involve a repeat offender, alerting victims and school officials in the process.

By letting a victim know that their assailant has been accused of targeting more than one person, Callisto aims to remove psychological barriers that make reporting assault so difficult, Ladd said. If a victim thinks their assailant may target even more people, she added, that can also be a powerful incentive to take action.

Apple Said To Be Working On Fixing 'Aggressive' Skin Smoothing In iPhone XS Photos, by Riger Fingas, AppleInsider

AppleInsider has confirmed with sources not authorized to speak on behalf of the company that Apple is looking into the situation. At the same time, we have been told that the effect is not applied universally. It has manifested on any of the iPhone XS devices that AppleInsider has purchased for review or personal use.


Apple Fixes Apple Watch Rings Issue With watchOS 5.0.1 Update, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple has released watchOS 5.0.1 to the public, with the minor update to the Apple Watch's operating system fixing a charging issue, as well as activity-related problems that hampered attempts by users to close their rings.

Apple Releases Logic Pro X 10.4.2 And MainStage 3.4 With New Features And Plug-ins, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Both updates brings a long list of new improvements including the ability to relocate the apps’ Sound Library to an external storage device, while MainStage gets a few big features that previously came to Logic.

Berkanan Is A Bluetooth-powered Group Messaging App, by Jordan Crook, TechCrunch

A new messaging app is looking to give folks a way to communicate in situations with poor or no cellular connectivity.


MacOS Mojave And The Future Of The Mac, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Bare Bones had previously left the Mac App Store in part because of the more onerous requirements of macOS’s iOS-inspired sandboxing system, which required compromising certain powerful features of the application. The fact that Bare Bones is returning, and that other vendors like Panic, Microsoft, and Adobe are coming along with it, suggests that Apple may have loosened up those restrictions.

More importantly, it points to the fact that Apple realizes what’s important to Mac users: the programs that they run and care about. If the Mac is the truck to iOS devices’ car in Steve Jobs’s old analogy, well, the people buying a truck want a truck. A Mac without these complex, long-standing applications, or in which power features are ignored or pushed to the back in favor of newer and shinier apps that appeal to consumers might indeed keep going forever, as per Schiller’s statement, but it wouldn’t be a Mac so much as a hollow shell of one.

Why iOS Apps On The Mac Will Not Just Improve The Mac, But iOS, Too, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Will this be a good experience for Mac users? That’s all down to the execution. I expect that we’re in for a few years of growing pains. Apple will need to keep updating what it’s doing and listen to feedback from users and developers about what’s not working right. In addition, it’s entirely possible that Apple will use this transition as an opportunity to redefine what it considers good behavior for Mac apps. I hope that it will make those decisions for good reasons, and not simply because of its failings in developing this new technology.

A lot of Mac users will certainly be grumpy if the Mac changes, because they’ve been using the Mac for a long time and change is hard. But Apple knows that a whole new generation has grown up with iOS—and making the Mac a more familiar place for iOS users is a huge opportunity.

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I am so glad that The Good Place is back on air with a new season.

(OKay, what is the equivalent to 'back on air' for Netflix?)


Thanks for reading.