The Evaluated-Independently Edition Monday, November 11, 2019

Goldman Sachs Releases Statement In Response To ‘Sexist’ Apple Card Allegations, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

In its statement, Goldman Sachs says that Apple Card credit decisions are made on an individual basis and the credit line is individual to each applicant.

They say that each application is evaluated independently and factors like personal credit scores, income level, and debt levels are used to make a decision. The statement reads “Based on these factors, it is possible for two family members to receive significantly different credit decisions. In all cases, we have not and will not make decisions based on factors like gender”.

These 3 Subtle Changes In Apple's Latest iPhone Update Have Made My Life Way Easier, by Mary Meisenzahl, Business Insider

The new software took some getting used to, but over time I noticed some minor features that were slowly making my life easier. I hadn't even thought of them before updating, after using them I couldn't go back.

Here are 3 of my favorite minor updates in iOS 13.

My iOS 14 Wish List: The Changes Apple Must Make, by Jason Snell, Tom's Guide

iOS 13's high drama makes me hope that iOS 14 will be a bit of a retrenchment focused on clean-up of longstanding bugs, performance boosts on older hardware, and tweaking of existing features. I'd be perfectly happy if Apple's Craig Federighi stood on stage in San Jose next June and told the world that Apple was seeking a gentler, less disruptive OS release for 2020.


How To Shut Up Your Gadgets At Night So You Can Sleep, by David Nield, Wired

Our trusted gadgets are in constant communication with us, ringing and buzzing whenever someone wants to get in touch, or a new show pops up on Netflix, or when your office commute has heavy traffic. These audible alerts may be useful during the day, but they're not welcome at night. You don't want your sleep interrupted by breaking news stories, messages from colleagues on the other side of the world, or an update on your podcast download queue.

Here's how to quieten down the gadgets you might have within earshot of your bed until the morning comes.

BBEdit 13 Review: A Lucky Number Indeed For Revered macOS Text Editor, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

The venerable BBEdit is a text editor that has long held a place of honor among wordsmiths and coders, and with good reason. Although few will ever take advantage of everything it offers, we’re all better for having such a gleefully comprehensive arsenal of features at our fingertips.

Review: Microsoft Cortana Reading Email Aloud On An iPhone Is Surprisingly Useful, To A Point, by Todd Bishop, GeekWire

It works especially smoothly with Apple AirPods and Microsoft Surface Headphones, pausing playback when you remove them, for example. It also works normally with other Bluetooth-enabled wireless audio devices, including in-car infotainment systems, integrating with basic media controls in the vehicle.

The voice interface is easy to navigate, and at its best, the experience feels almost like you’ve got a human assistant helping you manage your calendar and email.


Sal Soghoian Reveals macOS’s Hidden Custom Control Panels, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

In essence, Sal discovered and described how to use an accessibility feature hidden deep within macOS that lets you turn an iPad into a completely customizable control panel for a Mac. Tap a button on your iPad, and things happen on your Mac. Sal demoed this in macOS 10.15 Catalina, but it should also work in at least 10.14 Mojave, and possibly earlier versions of macOS as well.

Apple Tried And Failed To Break RED's Stranglehold On RAW Video, by Steve Dent, Engadget

RED has claimed victory in the latest battle over its patent on RAW video, this time against a mighty plaintiff: Apple. The dispute started earlier this year, when Apple set out to overturn RED's patent on RedCode RAW in a possible effort to avoid paying royalties on its ProRes RAW codec. A patent court ruled that Apple "has not shown a reasonable likelihood that it would prevail" with claims that RED's original 2007 patent was obvious and shouldn't have been issued in the first place.

RED President Jarred Land said that "we are pleased to see our RedCode patents withstand another challenge," adding that RED is still working with Apple to get RedCode on its Metal framework. "It has always been Apple + RED, and this was all part of the process defining how we work together in the future," he said.

Bottom of the Page

There is one particular problem -- that involves two different apps and one share sheet -- that seems to crop up now and then on my iPhone, and that seems to go away for a while if I just reboot my iPhone.

And that's how I solve this problem almost every day. Reboot.


Thanks for reading.