The Reopening-Efforts Edition Saturday, May 9, 2020

Here's When The First US Apple Stores Will Reopen, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

The number of coronavirus cases reported varies significantly from state to state. Apple will focus its initial reopening efforts on regions less impacted by infection. The first Apple Stores in the U.S. to begin welcoming customers again are located in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama, and Alaska.


Idaho’s only Apple Store, Boise Towne Square, will reopen on May 11 at 11:00 A.M.

Apple Launches ‘Apple Books For Authors’ Website As Guided Resource To Publication And More For Mac And Windows, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple has released a neat new rich resource today to help writers publish their content on its Apple Books platform. The new website walks through writing, publishing, marketing, and looking at analytics with Apple Books [...].


This Learning App? It Was Made By An Omaha Couple, And There's More To Come, by Ashlee Coffey, Omaha WOrld-Herald

The apps and video focus on four kids — Ruby, Leo, Finn and Molly — each from different backgrounds. The titular Wonder Bunch is intended to make them appealing to all kinds of kids, lending an element of inclusivity the Michelics found lacking in other apps.

“We want kids of all backgrounds to be able to feel like they can be part of this group that's going through these adventures,” Alex Michelic said. “And so that was an important part of why we chose to design the way we did.”

Overcast Podcast Player Gains Apple Watch Streaming Over Cellular And Direct Downloads Over Wi-Fi, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Along with the new ability to stream podcasts on Apple Watch over cellular (or Wi-Fi) and episode downloading directly over Wi-Fi instead of over Bluetooth from iPhone, there are two small caveats. You’ll have to redownload your podcasts and Smart Speed and Voice Boost have been removed temporarily.

The Otherside Unleashes Scary Good Fun On Apple Arcade, by Ed Hardy, Cult of Mac

This new game is played on an Apple TV, iPad or iPhone, but The Otherside has all the trappings of a strategy board game, with simulated dice, cards… everything you’d expect. But it offers effects not possible from cardboard and plastic game pieces.


Write Libraries, Not Frameworks, by Brandon Smith

If your framework can be a library without losing much, it probably should be. If you don't work at a major tech company, you probably don't have the time or energy to give a framework all of the attention it requires. Libraries aren't everything, but they should be preferred.


White-Collar Companies Race To Be Last To Return To The Office, by David Streitfeld, New York Times

For many companies, which started having employees work from home in March, prolonging the policy is not just a safety measure. It is a pragmatic approach that helps workers with young children plan for a difficult summer, and gives management time to reconfigure open-office plans into something safer.

Some companies said there is another reason: Working from home is working out well.

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The part that is making me anxious is that I know whatever we are doing now cannot last forever, what we used to do may not return, and whatever we need to do in the future is still a big unknown.


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