The Embraced-iPad Edition Monday, December 2, 2019

Why You Should Ditch Your Laptop For iPad Pro, by Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

iPad Pro sits in what feels like no-mans land. It is not as good as a laptop in many ways, nor is it as good as a single purpose device at one specific task. But then there is the fact that (in 2015) I, along with many other people over the last few years, decided to walk away from traditional computers and embraced iPad Pro as a primary computer. I wasn’t sure how successful this would be, but I have never looked back. (Think of it like how you could go away for a weekend with just one pair of pants, but could you actually take that leap of faith and only pack one pair?)

The iPad Pro has not only been a success with replacing a laptop, but it’s proven a better tool than a laptop.

I Attended The Apple Entrepreneur Camp. Here's Why You Should Too, by Victoria Repa, Fast Company

When I came back from the Apple Entrepreneur Camp, it was impossible to continue working the way I used to. Even though I documented everything I learned thoroughly, I pushed hard to implement all my new ideas while they were still fresh in my head.

We started actively cultivating the feelings of confidence and calm among our users. While most fitness apps push you to go, go, go, and hustle, we have realized that keeping our users motivated also means creating an inviting and positive space.

Apple And Others Need To Consult Emergency Services Over Automatic SOS Calls, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The big problem with such features, says EENA in a new position paper, is that tech companies fail to consult emergency service before launching them. That can result in the worst of both worlds: wasted resources on false alarms, while other users who are expecting help to arrive will never receive it.

Bye Bye Social

Quitting Social Media Won't Make You Happier, But This Will, by Mercey Livingston, CNET

Like Jones suggested, using an app or Apple's Screen Time feature on your phone is a good first step for being more mindful of your social media usage. You may be surprised how much time scrolling Instagram can add up. According to Jones, it can be helpful to evaluate this time and choose something more positive and intentional you'd rather fill your time with (like reading, workout out, or spending time with friends IRL).

If you decide to fill your former social media time with a new activity, like say reading, it will take a few weeks for the new habit to set in. It's totally normal to sit down to read and feel the urge to check social media for a while. But, it's best to commit to your routine and try not to break it (even if it's just "no social media after 9 p.m.") for at least three to four weeks, according to Jones.

Building A More Honest Internet, by Ethan Zuckerman, Columbia Journalism Review

The question isn’t whether a public social media is viable. It is if we want it to be. The question is what we’d want to do with it. To start, we need to imagine digital social interactions that are good for society, rather than corrosive. We’ve grown so used to the idea that social media is damaging our democracies that we’ve thought very little about how we might build new networks to strengthen societies. We need a wave of innovation around imagining and building tools whose goal is not to capture our attention as consumers, but to connect and inform us as citizens.

A Better Interet Is Waiting For Us, by Annalee Newitz, New York Times

The legacy of social media will be a world thirsty for new kinds of public experiences. To rebuild the public sphere, we’ll need to use what we’ve learned from billion-dollar social experiments like Facebook, and marginalized communities like Black Twitter. We’ll have to carve out genuinely private spaces too, curated by people we know and trust. Perhaps the one part of Facebook we’ll want to hold on to in this future will be the indispensable phrase in its drop-down menu to describe relationships: “It’s complicated.”

Public life has been irrevocably changed by social media; now it’s time for something else. We need to stop handing off responsibility for maintaining public space to corporations and algorithms — and give it back to human beings. We may need to slow down, but we’ve created democracies out of chaos before. We can do it again.


No Face ID Required: Apple Pay Express Mode Now Available For The London Underground, Here’s How To Set It Up, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

If you are in London, you can now travel using Apple Pay on the Underground network without having to use Touch ID or Face ID authentication.

Smartphones Double As Point-of-care Diagnostics, by Joseph Constance,

The technical capabilities of these phones have become so advanced that they can compete with technology once thought to be only the domain of physicians' offices and hospitals. Research groups and startup companies are developing apps and technology that turn smartphones into tools that can diagnose eye disease, perform home-based urinalysis, diagnose ear infections and respiratory disease, and help women learn about their reproductive health.

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I wonder if there is still hidden Ping code in Apple Music...


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