The Spoon-My-Phone Edition Sunday, November 10, 2019

She Climbed Kilimanjaro. But The Real Achievement: Keeping Her Phone Alive, by Anupreeta Das, Wall Street Journal

I was toasty in my sleeping bag. My iPhone, sitting on the tent floor, was not. How would I survive if my phone died on the mountain?

There was only one thing to do. I would have to spoon my phone. Then, feeling bad for all the other gadgets I had brought along on my weeklong quest to summit Kilimanjaro, I snuggled my smartwatch, my AirPods, two digital cameras, a headlamp, charging cables, three power banks and several dozen spare batteries inside my bag.

It was a little crowded.

Viral Tweet About Apple Card Leads To Probe Into Goldman Sachs, by Sridhar Natarajan and Shahien Nasiripour, Bloomberg

A Wall Street regulator is opening a probe into Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s credit card practices after a viral tweet from a tech entrepreneur alleged gender discrimination in the new Apple Card’s algorithms when determining credit limits.

A series of posts from David Heinemeier Hansson starting Thursday railed against the Apple Card for giving him 20 times the credit limit that his wife got. The tweets, many of which contain profanity, immediately gained traction online. Hansson didn’t disclose any specific income-related information for either of them but said they filed joint tax returns and that his wife had a better credit score.

Apple Leading The Way On Privacy, by David Court, Stuff

Usually, when a website updates its privacy page, it's a bit of a non-story, right? This time it's different. Why? Because Apple has done it. Why? Because Apple is one of the few technology companies that is leading the way on digital privacy.

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tvOS 13.3 Adds Setting To Put Back The Up Next Queue On The Apple TV Top Shelf, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The new setting is under the ‘Home Screen’ section. You can switch between showing ‘What to Watch’ or ‘Up Next’ in the Top Shelf. Click the remote to switch between the modes.


If Apple's AirPods Pro Still Don't Fit In Your Ears, Get The Beats Solo Pro, by Todd Haselton, CNBC

I like a bunch of other features about the Beats Solo Pro that show attention to detail. They're made of nice, strong metal, for example, instead of plastic like the Solo3. They turn on when you unfold them and turn off when you fold them shut and place them back in the included soft carrying case. There's Lightning charging, too, instead of the older microUSB technology, so you can use the same cable to charge them that you do for your iPhone.

And the battery life is great. They last much longer than AirPods Pro. They're rated for up to 22 hours of battery with noise cancellation or transparency mode on, or up to 40 hours with those features off. That's plenty for two flights across the country without having to worry about plugging them in, and I've been using them for about a week occasionally without having to charge them up.

Photoshop On iPad Is By Turns Fun, Fantastic And Infuriating, by Lori Grunin, CNET

When it grows up, Photoshop on iPad will probably be great. At the moment, though, I see only a toddler that hints at its future potential. Adobe obviously spent a long time laying the groundwork for this generation of its mobile apps. But as time went on, and technologies changed, my expectations grew as well. So it was inevitable that at launch, it wouldn't quite live up to them. Adobe continues to preview its apps a long time before they become available, so now I'm looking forward to my inevitable disappointment when Illustrator on iPad ships.


Apple’s Austin Workforce Continues To Climb, by Bob Sechler, Statesman

It could be two more years before the first Apple Inc. employees move into a new $1 billion corporate campus that the tech giant plans to open in North Austin, but the company’s local workforce is growing steadily anyway.

Austin already is Apple’s largest hub outside its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, and the new campus that it announced last December — which will employ up to 5,000 people initially and potentially 15,000 over time — will cement that status.