The More-Just Edition Thursday, June 4, 2020

Speaking Up On Racism, by Tim Cook, Apple

This is a moment when many people may want nothing more than a return to normalcy, or to a status quo that is only comfortable if we avert our gaze from injustice. As difficult as it may be to admit, that desire is itself a sign of privilege. George Floyd’s death is shocking and tragic proof that we must aim far higher than a “normal” future, and build one that lives up to the highest ideals of equality and justice.

In the words of Martin Luther King, “Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”

With every breath we take, we must commit to being that change, and to creating a better, more just world for everyone.

Boarded Up Apple Stores Become Unofficial Canvases For Peaceful Protest, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Activism sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has spread across all 50 US states. Apple Stores have been swept up in the momentum, looted and vandalized as some protests turned to violence. Now, some peaceful protestors are reimagining the boarded up windows of Apple Stores as canvases for a positive message.

How To Sing Along Virtually

How To Make Your Virtual Jam Session Sound—and Look—Good, by David Pogue, Wired

The problem is latency (audio lag): By the time your voice reaches the other singers’ speakers, the Internet has introduced about a half-second delay. Then they try to sing along with your already-delayed voice—and what you hear back is even further behind. It’s a vicious cycle of tempo dragging, and the result is always a train wreck.

The workaround: The musicians film themselves playing their parts individually, at home, on their phones. Then some poor, exhausted editor assembles their videos into a unified grid.


The thing is, the producers of each one had to reinvent the technique over and over, figuring it out on the fly, losing hair and shaving years off their lives. It’s time at last to provide a master guidebook for anyone who wants to create a virtual choir or orchestra.


Apple Card Debuts A $50 Sign-up Bonus In Partnership With Walgreens, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

On Monday, June 1, Apple and Walgreens introduced a new offer that will pay consumers $50 in Daily Cash when they get a new Apple Card and spend $50 or more at Walgreens within their first 30 days of being a cardholder.

Camera+ 2 For iOS Gains 'Magic ML' Feature For One-touch Intelligent Photo Improvements, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

It uses machine learning to offer one-touch intelligent photo editing in post and can also be used while you’re shooting images.

Air Display 3 Review: Turn Spare iOS Devices Into Extra Mac Displays, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Whether you’re a MacBook owner with an occasionally need to expand the desktop while on the road or a Mac Pro user who can never have enough screens, Air Display 3 is a cost-effective way to add up to four displays using devices you already own.

Eve Cam With HomeKit Secure Video Now Available For Purchase, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

With ‌HomeKit‌ Secure Video support, the Eve Cam securely captures footage and stores it in iCloud, with no paid storage plan required.

Classical Music App 'Concertino' For Apple Music Now Available For iOS, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Concertino works as a third-party client for Apple Music, making it easier to find classic songs on Apple’s music streaming service. You can explore classical music by most requested composers, historical periods, or playlist suggestions (which are called “radio stations” in the app).


Is A Trillion-dollar Worth Of Programming Lying On The Ground, by George Hosu

Most complicated or broken software is not designed to be overly complex or dysfunctional. It’s just designed to do something other than its intended purpose.


Apple Must Face U.S. Shareholder Lawsuit Over CEO's iPhone, China Comments, by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

While dismissing most claims, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled late Tuesday that shareholders can sue over Chief Executive Tim Cook’s comments touting strong iPhone demand on a Nov. 1, 2018 analyst call, only a few days before Apple told its largest manufacturers to curb production.

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