The Walk-and-Talk Edition Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Apple Releasing watchOS 5.3 Today With Walkie-Talkie Bug Fix, ECG Support For Canada And Singapore, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

No new features were discovered in watchOS 5.3 during the beta testing process, but according to Apple's iOS 12.4 release notes, the new update, along with iOS 12.4, fixes a major bug in the Walkie-Talkie app that could allow it to be used to spy on people and it once again makes the Walkie-Talkie app accessible.

The watchOS 5.3 update also brings ECG support and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Apple Watch Series 4 owners in both Canada and Singapore.

Apple Releases iOS 12.4 Update With Improvements To Apple News, iPhone Migration Tool, And Other Changes But No Apple Card, by John Voorhees, MacStories

With the release of version 12.4 of iOS, downloaded magazines in the My Magazines section of the News app are now available for reading online and offline. The catalog of publications in Apple News includes newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, which previously weren't listed in the catalog.

Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.6 With Apple News+ Improvements And Multiple Bug Fixes, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to Apple's release notes the macOS 10.14.6 update introduces several Apple News+ improvements on the Mac.

The Whole Widget

Apple In Advanced Talks To Buy Intel’s Smartphone-Modem Chip Business, by Dana Cimilluca, Cara Lombardo and Tripp Mickle, Wall Street Journal

It would give Apple access to engineering work and talent behind Intel’s yearslong push to develop modem chips for the crucial next generation of wireless technology known as 5G, potentially saving years of development work. Apple has been working to develop chips to further differentiate its devices as smartphone sales plateau globally, squeezing the iPhone business that has long underpinned its profits. It has hired engineers, including some from Intel, and announced plans for an office of 1,200 employees in San Diego.

For Intel’s part, a deal would allow the company to shed a business that had been weighing on its bottom line: The smartphone operation had been losing about $1 billion annually, a person familiar with its performance has said, and has generally failed to live up to expectations. Though it would exit the smartphone business, Intel plans to continue to work on 5G technology for other connected devices.


Day One 4.0 Brings Video Support, Apple Health Integration, And More, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

The ability to add video to Day One is a game changer for parents like myself who record small video clips of the crazy things their kids do on a daily basis. Until now, those short video clips have had to stay in Photos library. But now that Day One supports video, I’ll be able to transfer those my journal where I’d prefer they be stored all along.

Overcast Launches New Recommendations And Extended Clip Sharing, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

In my testing, the new recommendations were spot-on, highlighting shows that were very clearly related to my current subscription list. And the best part about them: there's no Twitter login required, so all users will get the new recommendations with no effort whatsoever.


A Real Gatekeeper, by Daniel Jalkut, Bitsplitting

For the past 35 years, any Mac developer who wanted to ship an update directly to customers could do so by recompiling a binary and distributing it. When macOS 10.15 ships this fall, the status quo will change. Mac developers must register with Apple and sign their products. They must submit their binaries to Apple for notarization. And most significantly of all, they must agree to the terms of Apple’s App Store developer contracts, even if they don’t distribute their apps through the App Store.

Yes, You Actually Should Be Using Emojis At Work, by Christpher Mims, Wall Street Journal

This is how formality in business communications dies, not with a whimper, but with a parti-colored riot of modern-day hieroglyphics, denoting everything from collaboration to dissent. At Slack itself, employees use the “eyes” emoji to indicate they’re reading a just-posted memo. The “unamused face” or even the “nauseated face” are both acceptable in communications channels at Joyride Coffee, a Woodside, N.Y.-based beverage maker.


Apple Music’s Excel Graveyard: Where Your Favorite Songs Go To Die, by Christina Svenson, Vice

A cursory Google search reveals that there is no piece-of-cake way to find all your “hearted” songs. Surprisingly, these “hearted” gems don’t automatically filter into a playlist, nor can they be compiled and sent to users in a quick email—in fact, they aren’t stored on the app at all. So, how can we find our favorite songs on Apple Music?

I Made Myself Lose My Phone, by Felipe Araujo, Medium

Over the years I’ve grown used to walking away. In the last decade, I have left countries, jobs, people —at times to my detriment. Three weeks before jumping on that plane to Thailand, I deleted my Facebook account. Two months later, in South Africa and still without a phone, I turned to my girlfriend and said, “You know what, I’m getting rid of Twitter.” Sometimes, you just have to rip off the band-aid. In the months that followed, there came a sense of security and serenity I hadn’t felt for a long time. Humans may be tool-using animals, but some tools we simply don’t need.

Bottom of the Page

Sometimes solving a bug and discovering what went wrong only leads to more questions and a nagging doubt about the whole point of having this piece of software in the first place.

Not a fun place to be in.


Thanks for reading.