The Real-Immunity Edition Sunday, May 3, 2020

10 Tips And Tricks For The iPad Pro Magic Keyboard, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

If you've just picked up Apple's new Magic Keyboard for your 2018 or 2020 iPad Pro, here's a list of our favorite tips and tricks that you need to know.

The Best Apple Watch Apps Are The Ones Already Built In, by Alison DeNisco Rayome, CNET

Here are several native Apple Watch apps that you may not already be using.

Level Lock Is An ‘Invisible’ HomeKit Lock With Apple In Its DNA, by Lewis Wallace, Cult of Mac

A new “invisible” HomeKit-compatible lock means you won’t need to sacrifice fancy door hardware to get smart lock functionality. Level Lock replaces your existing deadbolt’s guts, hiding seamlessly inside your door.


Why Taking A Midday Bath Can Boost Your Productivity, by Charles Duhigg, Slate

If you think about what gets lost when you work from home in a single day it’s these informal interactions with other people at work—at a cafe space in your office or maybe at Starbucks— when you start chatting with someone else who you might not know that well. You wouldn’t think to send a meeting invite for lunch with that person.


The Immunity Of The Tech Giants, by Kara Swisher, New York Times

But when this crisis is over, I can say that we most certainly should fear Big Tech more because these companies will be freer than ever, with many fewer strictures on them from regulators and politicians. The effort to rein in tech companies had been building decent momentum before coronavirus outbreak, but it will be harder when focus needs to be on building up rather than breaking apart.

Now, as we turn to the healthy companies to help us revive the economy, it could be that the only ones with real immunity are the tech giants. In this way, Covid-19 has accelerated their rise and tightened their grip on our lives. And this consolidation of power, combined with Big Tech’s control of data, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, media, advertising, retail and even autonomous tech is daunting.

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I miss going lunch with my co-workers. I miss sitting down for a cup of coffee. But I have no idea when I will be comfortable in crowds.


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