The Happier-Place Edition Monday, April 29, 2019

A Starter Guide For Going iPad Pro Only, by Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

I don’t know how anyone can stand to use the new MacBooks out there, or why they would spend that much money on a computer. So, this is my quick guide on how to use an iPad Pro full time in a general computer sense (i.e. not for niche uses like Audio/video/photo editing or anything of that nature). Follow this guide and you can leave behind the world of overpriced computers that you will never fully utilize and instead enter a happier place.

And the first thing you need to realize, is that you likely spend most of your computing time using your smartphone to begin with — so this shift is less about moving away from a traditional PC and more about embracing what you are already using the most. And moving to a larger screened version of that.

10 Essential iPad Features You Need To Start Using, by Leif Johnson, Macworld

The iPad isn’t really the laptop replacement Apple wants us to think it is, but anyone who outright dismisses it as a productivity device shouldn’t be taken too seriously, either. The iPad can feel magical when you have the knowledge of the right tricks at hand. Once you’ve mastered them, works sometimes feels fun. It may not be a MacBook, but you’d be wrong to dismiss it as giant iPhone.

Here’s a little introduction to the wizardry Apple conceals beneath the familiar facade of iOS. Some tips basically amount to refreshers of the tutorials, but other bits may make you whisper, “Wow.” (I’m speaking from my own experience.) Once you’ve got these tools at your disposal, you’ll understand why Apple has such a ridiculous lead in the tablet market.


Apple Watch’s Future Excites Me More Than Any Other Apple Product, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

If the iPhone was about being connected with those you aren’t with, Apple Watch is about putting all the other devices down and to get moving.

SuperTab Offers A ‘Floating Finder,’ Multiple Clipboards, More For Your Mac, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

SpriTec Software's SuperTab, a Mac utility application designed to enhance and extend the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher, has been called a "floating Finder" — and with good reason. It provides Finder features and an app launcher at your fingertips.


The Gig Economy Is Quietly Undermining A Century Of Worker Protections, by Ephrat Livni, Quartz

No kid ever dreamed of growing up and driving for Uber or styling for Stitch Fix. In part, that’s because none of those companies existed when most of today’s adults were young. It’s also because, besides its much-touted “flexibility,” the gig economy isn’t much of a place to build a career. Instead, over the course of less than a decade, the self-described “tech companies” that connect people to gig work have managed to erode hard-fought labor protections in place for a century.


Should I Spend $1,000 On A Smartphone?, by Lauren Goode, Wired

As smartphones have become ubiquitous, plenty of lower-cost options have flooded the market. But it’s that same ubiquity that tech players like Samsung and Apple are capitalizing on, by introducing new flagship phones every year with bigger screens, better displays, smarter chips, and also, higher price tags. By some estimates, the average price of a smartphone jumped 10 percent from 2017 to 2018.

Some of you may think your smartphone is by far the most important tech product in your life, and that means you’re willing to spend top dollar on it. That’s fair. There are plenty of justifications for big expenses, similar to the way people justify flying private, buying a Bentley, or spending a month’s rent on a Prada handbag. The question to ask, if you’re going to rationalize a big smartphone spend, is whether your reasoning holds up in the age of Pretty Darn Good Non-Flagship phones. Here are some of the common justifications we hear.

Apple Lobbied EU To Delay Common Smartphone Charger, by Alexander Fanta, EU Observer

The European Commission has pushed for a universal charger for a decade, yet a solution remains elusive.

Newly-published documents show why. Some 150 emails, meeting minutes and reports released under the EU's Freedom of Information law reveal Apple's campaign to stop the common charger.

First Winning Wars, Only To Lose Them Later, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

How did Apple succeed where IBM failed? Big Blue had more than enough money and market clout to initiate a viable counter attack with its proprietary PS/2 product line, a proprietary bus called Micro Channel Architecture, and its own OS/2 operating system — just like, you know, that company in Cupertino. But it lacked the management fortitude and technical skills to follow through. The human factors that allowed Apple to obstinately push the Mac forward weren’t available to Big Blue.

This is why I have doubts about mechanical theories such as disruptive innovation. Too often, they’re presented as a type of physical law: You drop a glass of wine, it always falls to the ground with an acceleration of 32.17405 ft/s2. This truth is indisputable…but it ignores the drunken clumsiness of the oaf who knocked the glass over, and discounts the quick reflexes and imaginative solutions you only get when there’s a human nearby.

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