The Fresh-Opportunities Edition Saturday, February 15, 2020

Apple Quietly Builds The Business Case For AR, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

This means that if the company wants AR to break out from specific usage cases and hobbyists into the mainstream Apple knows it must enable viable businesses to grow.

That's what this new feature should achieve. In doing so, it should help make AR more widely used in transactions and may help generate fresh opportunities for new products and services.

Time Machine In Catalina 10.15.3 Has Serious Bugs, by Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company

If you’re intending to rely on Time Machine backups in macOS 10.15.3, you might want to use an alternative as well. I can now confirm that making the first full backup using Time Machine can take so long that it may not be feasible, and that some users are also experiencing failure to restore from an existing backup.


12 Meditation Apps For Better Sleep And Less Stress, by Amanda Capritto, CNET

For many people, finding the time or energy to commit to a regular practice is difficult, and though in-person visits to a meditation studio for meditation programs are a great option for some, for others they may not be a practical approach to consistent meditation. With a little help from good meditation apps, zen could be as little as three minutes away. Here are the best meditation apps of 2020 to improve your mindfulness practice and relax your mind.

'Lockdown' Firewall App That Lets You Block Ads And Trackers In All Apps Expands To Mac, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Lockdown, a popular open source firewall app that's designed to let users block any connection to any domain, is now available for Macs in addition to iOS devices.

Pandora Introduces Standalone Apple Watch App, Stream Music And Podcasts With No iPhone Required, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Pandora this week introduced a standalone Apple Watch app that allows you to stream music and podcasts from your wrist with no iPhone required.


The Horrifically Dystopian World Of Software Engineering Interviews, by Jared Nelsen

Sooner or later I’m going to have to get another job. Even if I don’t like the methodology, I am going to have to go through the loop again. But for now I’ve had enough. It seems unlikely that I will get anything to happen by repeating the same process over and over again. I’ll get on the merry go round again eventually but for now I am going to choose the only option that leaves me with my sanity:

I’m going to exit the loop for now.


Apple Reopens Beijing Stores With Temperature Checks, Limited Hours, Crowd Control, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Today Apple reopened all five of its Apple Stores in Beijing, following the closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, the Stores are all operating under new conditions imposed in order to limit possible spreading of the virus.

Apple Is Designing Its Own Antenna For This Year’s 5G iPhone, by Mark Sullivan, Fast Company

In a year where the 5G radio will be the new iPhone’s spotlight feature, Apple has decided to design the phone’s antenna itself.

Apple balked at the QTM 525 millimeter-wave antenna module offered to it by Qualcomm because it doesn’t fit into the sleek industrial design Apple wants for the new phone, a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans told Fast Company. Qualcomm will provide the 5G modem chip–its Snapdragon X55, also used in Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 phones–for the newest iPhone, which will likely be announced in the fall.

HQ Trivia Shuts Down After Acquisition Falls Through, by Josh Constine, TechCrunch

The demise of HQ Trivia demonstrates the fickle nature of the gaming and the startup scene as a whole. Momentary traction is no guarantee of future success. Products must continually evolve and adapt to their audience to stay relevant. And executives must forge ahead while communicating clearly with their teams, even amongst uncertainty, or find their companies withered by the rapid passing of time.

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In a world of e-commerce, it seems rather old fashioned to have travelled across seven subway stops just buy one thing and travel across the same subways back home.

So I ate some fried chicken before I came home.



Thanks for reading.