The Weather-Plauged Edition Saturday, November 16, 2019

Using The Delta Airlines App And Apple Business Chat In A Snowpocalypse, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

On Monday, I took a final pass through the TidBITS issue, tossed an apple in my travel backpack, and headed to the airport to catch a flight to the Jamf Nation User Conference. It’s an easy trip—a short flight from Ithaca to Detroit and then another easy hop to Minneapolis—and I wasn’t anticipating any troubles.

Little did I know this would turn out to be one of the most weather-plagued itineraries I’ve ever suffered. I can’t say what it would have been like if I hadn’t been using Delta’s iPhone app and Apple Business Chat messaging service, but in the end, I came away impressed with Delta’s use of technology.

The New MacBook Pro Keyboard Is A Throwback In The Best Way, by Kevin Purdy, iFixIt

The new Magic Keyboard in the 16-inch MacBook Pro uses a scissor switch that looks almost identical to the switches in the desktop Magic Keyboard, and MacBooks sold before the butterfly blunder. The switch is two plastic pieces, crossed, with a pivot in the middle to control key movement. It’s more robust than butterfly switches, and there’s more space to tolerate debris within its movements. This is backed up by the lack of a membrane around the keys, and the lack of an extended warranty (so far) on this keyboard. Apple seems confident about durability (or noise levels, perhaps).


TwelveSouth’s AirFly Pro Wireless Headphone Jack Adapter Now Available At Apple Stores, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

TwelveSouth today announced that its AirFly Pro Bluetooth adapter dongle, the latest addition to its range of AirFly accessories, is stocked at Apple Stores worldwide. AirFly lets you connect any 3.5mm headphone jack to Bluetooth headphones like AirPods. New to the AirFly Pro is the ability to also transmit in the other direction.

Apple Arcade Adds Rosie's Reality, A Kids' Puzzle Game Featuring Robots, by Shelby Brown, CNET

The game is perfect for families and younger users, especially if you're a fan of the Disney movie Wall-E or the Lego franchise. After going through several training puzzles to get the hang of gameplay, Robbie and Rosie set off to fix the malfunctioning robots around the world. The missions take the duo to locations like highway construction sites, skyscraper rooftops, transport hubs, spaceports and more. The ultimate goal is to find each robot's missing chip to rescue them.

10 Relaxing Games On Apple Arcade That Will Help You Chill Out, by Shelby Brown, CNET

Since I started using Apple Arcade, I've found that many of the games' aesthetics, soundtracks or tactile nature make them particularly soothing. Here are some of the best games to help you decompress on Apple Arcade so far.


Pointless Work Meetings A Form Of Therapy, by Sean Coughlan, BBC

Academics from the University of Malmo in Sweden say meetings provide an outlet for people at work to show off their status or to express frustration.

Professor Patrik Hall says they are becoming increasingly frequent - as more managerial and "strategy" jobs generate more meetings.

But he says despite there being more meetings "few decisions are made".


Every Tech Company Wants To Be A Bank—Someday, At Least, by Gregory Barber, Wired

The US tech firms need only look to Asia for a lesson in how a push into banking can accelerate their growth. There, tech firms plowed into finance years ago and largely won out. In Beijing, it’s embarrassing to pull out a credit card rather than a QR code that links to your WeChat account. Ant Financial, the banking arm of Alibaba, is far bigger than Goldman Sachs, the bank that helps Apple issue its credit cards. On the same apps you use for news and games and texting, you can also get loans, credit, and manage your investments.