The Music-Creation Edition Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Smartphones Of Austin's Underground Musicians, by Julian Cordero, Gadget Hacks

Smartphone technology has become as ubiquitous as automobiles. In Austin, Texas, a city that is widely known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," smartphones have been embraced by the music community not just as a way to document and promote, but to create music.

A rock guitarist, a horn player, and a solo artist explain.

This App Lets Your Instagram Followers Track Your Location, by Paris Martineau, Wired

Users who download the app and grant it access to their Instagram account are presented with an eerie interactive map of every place the people they follow have visited and shared online since they created their profile. The map updates in real time and is sourced from the wealth of location data the average Instagram user willingly uploads to the platform each time they opt to use its popular geotag feature in a story or post.

This information is nominally public already, as Instagram users must choose to share it with their followers. But by collecting them all in one place over time, Who’s in Town transforms data points seemingly meaningless in isolation into a comprehensive chronology of the habits and haunts of anyone with a public Instagram account.


Chrome 76 Prevents NYT And Other News Sites From Detecting Incognito Mode, by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Over the past couple of years, you may have noticed some websites preventing you from reading articles while using a browser's private mode. The Boston Globe began doing this in 2017, requiring people to log in to paid subscriber accounts in order to read in private mode. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers impose identical restrictions.

Chrome 76—which is in beta now and is scheduled to hit the stable channel on July 30—prevents these websites from discovering that you're in private mode.

Strategies To Tame An Overabundance Of Apps On Your iPhone Or iPad, by Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

When people get to the point where their devices are filling up, it often feels like flying in a slowly deflating hot air balloon: Which things can be dumped overboard to prevent a disastrous crash?

Fortunately, there are ways to manage apps and storage on iPhone and iPad models to reduce the clutter and free up space.


The New Ways Your Boss Is Spying On You, by Sarah Krouse, Wall Street Journal

The tone of your voice in a meeting. How often you’re away from your desk. How quickly you respond to emails. Where you roam in the office. What’s on your computer screen.

To be an employee of a large company in the U.S. now often means becoming a workforce data generator—from the first email sent from bed in the morning to the Wi-Fi hotspot used during lunch to the new business contact added before going home. Employers are parsing those interactions to learn who is influential, which teams are most productive and who is a flight risk.

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I have no idea what the "back" button in the macOS iTunes app is supposed to do. Either it has a super secret algorithm that I cannot grasp, or it is buggy as hell.

I sure hope the new Apple Music app on the new macOS will fare better.


Thanks for reading.