The Lower-Price-Tag Edition Sunday, August 4, 2019

Why Apple Should Make A Cheaper iPhone, by Philip Michaels, Tom's Guide

Occasionally, a rumor bubbles up that Apple is working on an iPhone SE sequel — the most recent one surfaced back in April. While I prefer small screens to the oversized displays that now dominate the smartphone market, that's not the killer feature Apple needs to deliver. A lower price tag is. And while Apple may still believe it's not in the junk business, it doesn't have to be to attract more budget-minded buyers. The iPhone SE proved that.

Drowning? Here Are The Best To-do Apps To Sort Your Life Out, by Yessi Bello Perez, The Next Web

I appreciate that keeping track of tasks and duties is an intensely personal thing, and most people (myself included) will immediately reject any app or service that doesn’t quite feel right – basically, finding a good to-do app is as difficult as finding a good hairdresser, but fear not!

I’ve done all the hard work for you and have come up with a list of the best to-do apps which I think you’ll actually love.

Turn Your Old Phone Into A Home Security Camera, by Megan Wollerton, Taylor Martin, CNET

If you have some old phones collecting dust in a drawer somewhere, don't sell them for a fraction of what you bought them for. If they still turn on, you can put them to good use in your home.

You could turn one into a baby monitor or a makeshift Google Home speaker, for example. Those are good ideas and you can find more in the link below, but one of the most useful ways to upcycle an old phone is to make it into a home security camera.

The Math Equation That Tried To Stump The Internet, by Steven Strogatz, New York Times

Likewise, it’s essential that everyone writing software for computers, spreadsheets and calculators knows the rules for the order of operations and follows them. For the rest of us, the intricacies of PEMDAS are less important than the larger lesson that conventions have their place. They are the double-yellow line down the center of the road — an unending equals sign — and a joint agreement to understand one another, work together, and avoid colliding head-on. Ultimately, 8 ÷ 2(2+2) is less a statement than a brickbat; it’s like writing the phrase “Eats shoots and leaves” and concluding that language is capricious. Well, yes, in the absence of punctuation, it is; that’s why we invented the stuff.