The Show-Someone Edition Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Apple Introduces Mac Catalyst Version Of Swift Playgrounds, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Swift Playgrounds has been around for quite a while on the iPad, but now, it’s on the Mac too as a Mac Catalyst app.

Swift Playgrounds teaches coding concepts and the Swift programming language. Until today, the app, which includes lessons designed to teach Swift alongside a coding environment, was an iPad exclusive. Now, however, anyone interested in learning Swift can move from the iPad to the Mac and back again.

Apple Explains BlueMail Reinstatement, Says BlueMail Finally Complied With Gatekeeper Security Requirements, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Specifically, Apple says its Developer Technical Support team advised the BlueMail team to make changes to how it package its Mac app in order to resolve a security and privacy warnings issue related to the app creating a new binary with a bundle ID that changes on each launch.

Apple says that BlueMail finally submitted a revised version of its app with an updated binary respecting Gatekeeper on February 7, two days after its open letter to developers. Apple says its App Review team found that the previous issues had been addressed, allowing it to return to the Mac App Store as of Monday.

This NYC Pop-up Uses Augmented Reality To Teach Visitors About Sustainability, by Dillon Thompson, Yahoo Sports

It’s one thing to tell someone about sustainability, but it’s another thing entirely to show them.

And that’s exactly what Arcadia Earth aims to do. The New York City pop-up features 15 high-tech (and highly photogenic) rooms that let visitors feel, smell, hear and see their way through a lesson in environmental awareness.


FlickType Keyboard Review: Real Typing On An Apple Watch Display, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Tapping out messages in FlickType is extremely fast because the app uses a QWERTY layout, so your finger already knows where every key is. Behind the scenes, the app does a lot of work to figure out which letter you’re intending to tap, then strings those letters together to form the word it believes you wrote. In my testing, FlickType did an excellent job deciphering what I wanted to say.

Spark Mail App Now Lets You Recycle Sent Emails, Display Avatars, More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Popular email client Spark for iOS and Mac is out with an update today that brings a few new neat features including a Send Again feature that’s sure to save time.


Amazon, Apple And HBO Hit Culver City To Fight The Streaming War, by Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

The streamers need to be where the writers, producers and other creative talent live and work. Apple craves content for its new Apple TV+ streaming service as it pushes beyond iPhones into digital services and subscriptions. Amazon says its massive spending on movies and shows helps draw consumers to its Prime subscription plan and encourages current members to renew. HBO, a pioneer in its own right with “The Sopranos,” which fired the starting gun on the “prestige TV” race in 1999, has to keep up.

FTC Launching Probe Into Acquisitions Made By Apple And Other Big Tech Companies, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The purpose of the investigation is to help the FTC “deepen its understanding” of the acquisition strategy of companies like Apple. The FTC will put a particular focus on looking for potential anticompetitive acquisitions made by the companies.

Foxconn Aims To Resume Half China Production By end-February: Source, by Yimou Lee, Reuters

“Shipments will be affected, but it’s too early to give an exact number. We might still have a chance to make it with overtime, but we also need to monitor consumer sentiment to come for the end products,” the source added.

The reference was to electronics, including smartphones.

Bottom of the Page

Just one computer used to all the computing I need for the entire day. But now, I have a phone, a tablet, and a laptop, and I still wish for more. Maybe because Apple demonstrated that there is a different right tool for different jobs, and suddenly, you long for different computers at different jobs?


Thanks for reading.