The Tech-Breaks Edition Sunday, April 5, 2020

What Happens If Your Apple Products Break During The Coronavirus Pandemic?, by Shubham Agarwal, Digital Trends

Never have your gadgets mattered more in your life. As coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, brings cities to a halt, our laptops and phones have allowed us to work, play, and stay in touch with the outside world as well as family and friends.

But what if one of these indispensable tools of yours breaks down? You can’t rush to book a service appointment like you could before. Tech companies have shuttered most of their repair centers indefinitely, local technicians have been forced to close shops too and you’re unlikely to source a spare part for DIY operation. Even Apple Stores, which have long been a place to easily get Apple products repaired, have largely been shut down worldwide, leaving people with little to no option if their tech breaks.

Leaked iOS 14 Screenshot Shows New Wallpaper Settings, Beta Code Reveals Home Screen Widgets, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

We can say that Apple is working to provide real widgets on the iPhone and iPad home screen for the first time. Instead of pinned widgets like on iPadOS 13, the new widgets on iOS 14 can be moved around, just like any app icon. The feature is still being implemented and may be scrapped by Apple.

Apple TV Channels Offering Free EPIX Access, Extended Free Trials Of Showtime And Many More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

A handful of streaming services are offering extended trials through the Apple TV app during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, you can get extended one-month trials of Showtime and other services, as well as completely free access to EPIX. Read on for the details.

Review: Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock Is A Useful Multi-device Desktop Charger, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

Logitech has done a great job at providing enough power while not getting too hot and compromising on efficiency. We are pleased with the clean lines and no-frills appearance of the Powered 3-in-1 dock, as it would probably fit in with a variety of interior designs and not draw a lot of attention to itself.

He Bought Apple's AirPods Pro. Now They're Saving His Marriage, by Chris Matyszczyk, ZDNet

Personally, I can't bear the idea of having to wear headphones all day, let alone ones I have to insert in my ears. For Donal, though, it's this or divorce.

"We might have to be like this for months," he told us. "I love him, but there's no way I could survive without these things."

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Do I have food in the fridge and cupboard? Check. Do I have shoes to wear if I do go out for a walk? Check. Do I have masks? Check. Do I have a new Mac mini (thanks, Apple, DHL) just in case my soon-to-be-vintage MacBook Pro says bye bye?

Things that I cannot control I cannot control. Things I don't know what to expect I don't have any expectations.

Sleep well. Smell the rose. Stay safe.

(Here in Singapore, a stay-at-home order has just been announced.)


Thanks for reading.