The Anything-but-Clear Edition Saturday, February 22, 2020

The EU Wants All Phones To Work With Interoperable Chargers, Here’s What That Means For Apple's Lightning Port, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple's stance on the issue left the Commission deadlocked, but in 2018 the Commission agreed to continue working with manufacturers in order to achieve a suitable voluntary agreement. However, a year later the Commission concluded that its previous voluntary approach and the new MoU still allowed manufacturers to use adaptors with proprietary solutions and would not result in full charger harmonization.


The EU parliament's January 2020 vote on the matter was overwhelmingly in favor of bringing in rules to standardize chargers, but the manner in which it plans to enforce them is anything but clear.


How To Replace Apple's Music App With Something Better, by Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

I really, really like this app. It works much better than Apple’s poor effort. Marvis is intuitive, slick, customizable and predictable. You can’t really say any of those about Apple’s Music app — apart from slick, I guess.

Adobe Fresco For iPad Pro Review: An Intuitive Drawing And Painting App That Produces Real-to-life Effects, by Rebecca Spear, iMore

If you're wanting a free drawing and painting software that creates realistic effects for raster, live, and vectors brushes, this is the app to get. Just be aware that there are no text tools and the free version only provides 2GB of storage.

Tinderbox 8.5, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The note-taking assistant and information manager introduces the Crosstabs feature, which enables you to explore relationships within your documents based on two selected attributes.


More Bosses Give 4-day Workweek A Try, by Yuki Noguchi, NPR

The idea of a four-day workweek might sound crazy, especially in America, where the number of hours worked has been climbing and where cellphones and email remind us of our jobs 24/7.

But in some places, the four-day concept is taking off like a viral meme. Many employers aren't just moving to 10-hour shifts, four days a week, as companies like Shake Shack are doing; they're going to a 32-hour week — without cutting pay. In exchange, employers are asking their workers to get their jobs done in a compressed amount of time.

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