The Modern-Cards Edition Tuesday, August 13, 2019

If You Lose Your iPhone, You Can’t Pay Your Apple Card Bill On The Web, by Nicole Nguyen, BuzzFeed

In other words, nearly every other modern credit card offers users a way to access their account with a browser on desktop, giving them the flexibility to pay bills from any device — and Apple Card, despite its titanium, numberless, futuristic veneer, does not.

Apple Took Us On A Surreal Walk Through San Francisco, Looking At Digital Art On An iPhone, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

San Francisco looks different through an iPhone XS Max — it's still a city, but now there are floating balls of fabric, speech bubbles, and words popping out from the trees and buildings.

For more than two hours on Sunday, I ambled through the streets of San Francisco, taking in several art pieces scattered around the city by Apple. But the art wasn't actually physically on the ground — instead, it was digital art, mere 1s and 0s, attached to several significant locations around the city, and viewed through the camera and display of an Apple iPhone.

Tech Companies Ignore Pleas On Rail Safety, by Sam Mintz, Politico

In late 2016, federal investigators probing a fatal crash between a confused truck driver and a California commuter train made a plea to Google, Apple and Microsoft: Add information on the nation’s hundreds of thousands of railroad crossings to your navigation apps.

Nearly three years later, none of them has.

The inaction by giant tech companies remains a frustration for safety advocates, at a time when hundreds of people die every year in collisions at U.S. railroad crossings, even as drivers increasingly rely on their smartphones’ GPS applications to tell them where to go. And it comes in an era when the tech industry is under fire in Washington for a litany of perceived anti-social behavior — from ruthless squelching of competitors to cavalier handling of users’ private data.


Troubleshoot Apple Music With Smart Playlists, by Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

Think of your Smart Playlists as powerful saved searches. You can show all the songs you’ve loved, and when you love another song, it is instantly added to the list. Like loved songs by Leonard Nimoy, for example. But you can also combine criteria: loved songs by Leonard Nimoy and Leonard Cohen, which are downloaded, and which you have never skipped.

Today, we’re going to look at a single “rule.” This rule has several options that let you filter songs by their iCloud Status.

The Distraction-Free Phone, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

We can rewrite the rules in our favor by 1) identifying what positive uses of our technology look like, and 2) creating intentional constraints that re-enforce those positive uses while creating more friction for the negative, unintentional ones that we find ourselves getting distracted by.

The basic idea is to identify what you like about your technology and eliminate everything else. Focus on the things that are important to you, and don’t get distracted by the things that aren’t.

Magnet Brings Windows 10-Style Window Management To macOS, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

So whether you’re using multiple displays, one big display, or one small display, Magnet will make short work of window management so you can focus in on your work.

Parallels Desktop 15 For Mac Moves To Metal For DirectX 11 And More, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Today, popular virtualization software Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac becomes available to new and current users. The flagship feature is support for DirectX in virtual Windows machines via Apple's proprietary Metal graphics API.

NetNewsWire 5.0 RSS Reader For macOS Launches In Beta, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

If you’ve used the Mac for a while, you’ve likely heard the name NetNewsWire. It’s a powerful and open source RSS reader for macOS, and it’s being completely relaunched with an array of useful features.


Why Are We All Paying A Tax To Credit Card Companies?, by Ryan Cooper, The Week

These companies are part of the American payments system — the ways we move money from one place to another. And it's never been easier for consumers to move their money around, to pay for everything — from groceries to movie tickets to hotel rooms — either online or in person with little to no thought about what makes that possible. But these massive profit figures raise some questions: Why on earth are credit cards making so much money? Are the services they provide worth tens of billions? And why aren't debit cards, which function almost identically to credit cards, equally profitable?

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Are we waiting for Apple to become a telco, or are we waiting for Apple to become a bank?


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