The Coding-Helpsters Edition Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Code With Apple Sessions Coming To Apple Stores Around The World In December, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple is promoting the importance of coding and app development in its retail stores around the world with a collection of free Today at Apple sessions held from December 1-15. The lineup will include exclusive labs with designers and developers at flagship stores, and a new Coding Lab for Kids based on the Apple TV+ Original Helpsters.

Apple Teams Up With 100cameras Nonprofit To Teach Students Photography And Storytelling Using iPhone, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The iPhones were distributed to students from DRW College Prep, as part of a course on using photography to tell the story of “growing up in Chicago at a time when its history is being erased by things like gun violence and gentrification.”

After the program, 100cameras sells the prints of student pictures, and the proceeds go back to local community partner organizations.

Apple May Be Working On A Successor To iTunes On Windows 10, by Rich Woods, Neowin

Earlier this year, Apple killed off iTunes on macOS, breaking it up into three different apps: Podcasts, Music, and Apple TV. At the time, the company also said that iTunes for Windows is here to stay, but that might be changing. A job listing on LinkedIn looking for a senior software engineer says, "Join us and build the next generation of media apps for Windows."

Algorithms Are Here Today

AirPods Pro Is Just The Start Of Apple’s Audio-processing Revolution, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Now, imagine a future version of AirPods Pro, with a little more processing power. In addition to Transparency mode, perhaps there’s a Smart Transparency mode that takes a cue from all the audio processing software out there to do things like remove unchanging background noise and even remove room echo so that what you hear is clearer than it might be if you heard it unfiltered. The algorithms are there today, measuring the reflectivity of the room on the fly and cancelling echoes; it’s just a matter of building hardware powerful enough to processing all the data in real time.

AirPods Are Becoming A Platform, by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

Apple is quickly removing all available oxygen from the wireless headphone market, and competitors find themselves at a severe disadvantage. In just three years, AirPods have evolved from an iPhone accessory into the early stages of a platform well positioned to reshape the current app paradigm for the wearables era.


Apple Launching ‘Apple Music For Business’ To Provide Music To Retail Stores, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

In a partnership with PlayNetwork, businesses can sign up to Apple Music for Business plans and get licensed music to be played in their retail locations with Apple providing human-curated playlists and even custom recommendations matched to the individual store brand.

HomeKit Secure Video Is A Privacy Win, But Expect Some Missing Features For Now, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

HomeKit Secure Video has a focus on privacy while starting with a set of basic home security camera features. If you trust Apple with your data more than with whatever company makes your home security camera, HomeKit Secure Video is probably a great fit for you. But it may take some time for Apple to catch up if you’re already used to a mature set of security camera features.

Places, Please! Geolocation In Apple’s Photos, by Donald C O'Shea, TidBITS

Snapping photos on your iPhone can solve other location problems when you’re traveling. For example, imagine that your scheduled tour has just ended, and you are free to explore an unfamiliar city on your own. In many cases, there will be a meeting point to take the tour bus back to the hotel. You can take a photo to mark the meeting point and, if you use the procedure described above, get directions back to the bus.

16-Inch MacBook Pro Features New 'Lid Angle Sensor', by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In an internal document to Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple indicates the 16-inch MacBook Pro includes a new "lid angle sensor" that presumably monitors the opening and closing of the notebook and the precise position of the lid.


How To Stop Feeling Productivity Shame, by Jory MacKay, Doist

There’s always another email to answer, an idea to explore, or a meeting to attend. It’s no wonder so many of us feel like we can’t stop working, even on evenings and weekends. How do we know when we’ve done “enough”?

But our inability to disconnect from work isn’t just tiring us out, it’s having a serious impact on our happiness, productivity, and even creativity.

So how can you stop the cycle of productivity shame and learn to do “enough”?


The Apple Card Didn't 'See' Gender—and That's The Problem, by Will Knight, Wired

For one thing, it is entirely possible for algorithms to discriminate on gender, even when they are programmed to be “blind” to that variable. For another, imposing willful blindness to something as critical as gender only makes it harder for a company to detect, prevent, and reverse bias on exactly that variable.

Vaporizer Manufacturer PAX Calls On Apple To Rethink Vaping-Related App Ban, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

PAX says that while it respects Apple's leadership, it is concerned with Apple's ban because it prevents consumers in legal stages from "having access to important information and the ability to better control their cannabis experience."

Google, Facebook, Amazon And Apple Offer Defense In Congressional Antitrust Probe, by Diane Bartz, Nandita Bose and David Shepardson in Washington; Paresh Dave and Katie Paul in San Francisco, Reuters

Apple answered basic questions about its browser and the commissions it pays in its App Store, and many other things, most of which are generally known. For example, it said exactly two employees had sought to take disputes to arbitration. But asked how much it had spent on its map app that competes with Google, it said only “billions.”

Apple Tells Government Antitrust Committee That It Does Not Make A Profit From Repair Services, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

On the subject of Apple’s role in the repair industry, the company said that the ‘cost of providing repair services has exceeded the revenue generated by repairs’, implying it does not tightly control repairs for financial gain.

Bottom of the Page

This morning, on my Windows machine, I was editing an Excel file, inside Microsoft's Teams website, using the Firefox browser.

From the top of the screen, here are the various 'bars' on my screen:
1) Firefox's title bar
2) Firefox's tab bar
3) Firefox's URL bar
4) Microsoft Teams' title bar
5) XLSX FileViewer's title bar
6) Excel's title bar
7) Excel's ribbon bar
8) Excel's input bar.

The name of the file that I am editing is in both #5 and #6, the ribbon bar is tall, and thank goodness I have a (relatively) huge monitor so that I can still enough of the spreadsheet.

And, yes, I am questioning all my life decisions that had led to me editing a spreadsheet in Excel in Teams in Firefox in Windows 10.


Thanks for reading.