The Begin-Again Edition Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sydney’s Flagship Apple Store Reopens May 28 Following Renovations, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple Sydney closed on January 5 for upgrades that are expected to include a Today at Apple Forum with a video wall for creative sessions. While the pandemic has disrupted community events for the foreseeable future, the redesign will be put to good use when live events can begin again. Other changes to the store will include new fixtures and design elements like Avenue shelving and a Boardroom. Similar redesigned stores like Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay added indoor trees.

With This New Aussie App You Don’t Need To Know How To Design A Sweater To Knit One, by Molly Urquhart, Broadsheet

“It takes so long to write a knitting pattern, even the most modern ones are two or three years out of date. It’s hard to find one that feels like it’s current season,” Elizabeth says.

"Technology’s at a point where that can be free and readily available to everyone. So rather than spending countless hours finding a pattern and knit it with confidence, you can have this personalised experience.”


Spend Stack Adds Apple Card Import, Recurring Cost Tracking, Per-List Currencies, iPad Improvements, And More, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

I love the new finance-related options like Apple Card import, recurring costs, and currency settings, but it’s the thoughtful implementation of context menu actions, transient banners, and the high-res view for alternate icons that make the update especially unique for me.

Review: HybridDrive USB-C Portable Dock Mitigates Sometimes Tight Storage On A MacBook Pro, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

[O]n the outside, the HybridDrive looks like just another brick in the wall. It has a single HDMI 2.0 port capable of 4K resolution at 60Hz, two 10 gigabit USB-A ports, a SD-card reader, and a microSD card reader.

But, that was at first glance. Looking closer, the HybridDrive has internal SSD storage too.

Review: Synology DS-1618+ Network Attached Storage Device Is The Best Kind Of Overkill For Most, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

In a home with low network storage needs or an office that sees a basic need but isn't sure where to jump in, the Synology DS-1618+ is overkill. But, as you start adding things like media serving and the like, plus the inevitable creep of what you offload onto a NAS once you get started, the unit is a cost-effective way to get a powerful storage solution not just for now, but for the future as well.

Cookbook, Reader, Security Camera: Here Are 10 Creative Uses For An Old iPad Or iPhone, by Kim Komando, USA Today

You may not need every app in its arsenal, but that slick screen and slender design can be handy for a variety of tasks.

You Can Now Add Nostalgic App Icons To Your iPhone, by Anna Iovine, Mashable

Greenberg explained how it worked: "Using progressive web apps, we made a way for you to save the OG icons from the web to your iPhone home screen, and when clicking them, it opens the corresponding app," he said.


Apple Assisting Authorized Repair Shops With COVID-Related Expenses, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In an internal memo last week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that it will assist its third-party repair partners around the world with COVID-19-related expenses, such as cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment.

Latvia Launching Contact Tracing App Using Apple-Google API, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Latvia's upcoming COVID-19 tracing app will be one of the first to use the Apple-Google contact tracing API, and may also work in tandem with apps produced in other European countries.

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