The Low-Screen Edition Sunday, February 2, 2020

More Students Are Learning On Laptops And Tablets In Class. Some Parents Want To Hit The Off Switch., by Debbie Truong, Washington Post

Meaghan Edwards had just finished reading children’s books to her son’s third-grade class when the teacher announced that students could have free time before lunch. Instead of playing cards, talking with friends or reading more, the students pulled out their iPads.

“They were zoned out like little zombies,” recalled Edwards, whose children attended school in the Eanes Independent School District in Austin.


From Northern Virginia to Shawnee, Kan., to Norman, Okla., parents have demanded schools reduce or eliminate use of digital devices, provide alternative “low-screen” classwork and allow parents to say they do not want their children glued to glowing screens. Some families have even transferred their children to schools that are not so smitten with technology.

Steve Jobs’s Real Talent Wasn’t Design—it Was Seduction, by Michael Hageloh, Fast Company

What are music, beauty, sensuality, emotion, and the sense of belonging if not the tools of seduction? The world was seduced by Apple and, despite a few hiccups (iPhone 4’s metal antenna, I’m looking at you), the company has kept the romance going since 1998.

If you want to move your organization beyond selling, find a way to seduce your customers and make them fall in love.

Selling Phones

The iPhone Hasn’t Peaked After All, And Here Are Four Reasons Why, by Mark Sullivan, Fast Company

One strong holiday quarter doesn’t reverse the trend of cooling growth for the iPhone. But it does put the brakes on any decline of the iPhone as the centerpiece of Apple’s business—and proves that if you give people a better phone and make it simple to understand and buy, they’ll still do so in large numbers.

It's Over For The Smartphone – We Just Don't Know It Yet, by Chris Smith, Trusted Reviews

These devices are so incredibly brilliant, so useful, so helpful and so beneficial in so many ways, that it’s almost sad to see it come to this, but the narrative has changed. Phones are no longer seen as a force for good. What comes next must change this.

Apple Store Closings In China Could Delay 1 Million iPhone Sales, Wedbush Says, by Tucker Higgins, CNBC

Apple's decision to temporarily shutter its stores in China as a result of the new coronavirus could delay up to 1 million iPhone sales but is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the company's revenue, analysts at Wedbush Securities said Saturday.

"We believe with the limited transportation in major cities throughout China and limited foot traffic in Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities that at most \~1 mm iPhones in the region could be at risk of shifting out of the March quarter into the June quarter if this continues into late February," analysts Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe wrote.


Apple Arcade Scores An Apple․com Takeover With This Must-see, Whimsical Promotion, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Notice anything out of the ordinary on today? Don’t worry, you’re not hallucinating. Sonic, Frogger, and other Apple Arcade characters have taken over Apple’s homepage. Sure, it may just be an ad for Apple’s $5/month subscription game service, but it has character.


Bad Day At The Office? Try These Life Hacks From The Military, by Samantha Rea, Spectator

“I’m a great believer in healthy body, healthy mind. If you’re physically fit, you’ll be more mentally fit,” says Nanson, who takes his morning run as an opportunity to reflect. On Nanson’s watch, a run is not just shuffling round the park resisting the urge to buy an ice-cream. It is Command Time.

“Getting off the computer and out of the office gives you the time and space to think and consider your own life, and the decisions you’re about to make,” says Nanson, who tells me he wouldn’t be without his daily physical.

Old CSS, New CSS, by Evelyn Woods, Fuzzy Notepad

I’ve been taking for granted that most folks doing web stuff still remember those days, or at least the decade that followed, but I think that assumption might be a wee bit out of date. Some time ago I encountered a tweet marvelling at what we had to do without border-radius. I still remember waiting with bated breath for it to be unprefixed!

But then, I suspect I also know a number of folks who only tried web design in the old days, and assume nothing about it has changed since.

I’m here to tell all of you to get off my lawn. Here’s a history of CSS and web design, as I remember it.

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I'm having a very pleasant Sunday: watching My Neightbor Totoro on Netflix and listening to John Siracusa on The Incomparable. Made me forget to be anxious on a Sunday night.


Thanks for reading.