The Audio-News Edition Thursday, July 16, 2020

Apple Releases iOS 13.6 With Apple News Audio Features And Expanded Local News Coverage, Plus Digital Car Key Support, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Apple News is entering the world of audio through two main products: a daily news program called Apple News Today, which is available free to all users, as well as premium audio versions of News+ stories which are exclusive to paying News+ subscribers. iOS 13.6 also introduces curated local news experiences to Apple News in a handful of regions, and brings initial support for the digital car key feature first announced at WWDC.

How To Subscribe To Apple's Free Daily News Podcast, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple News Today is available as a free podcast. Although Apple is not actively advertising it, you can subscribe to the show in any podcast app that supports RSS. This method allows anyone to tune in, worldwide.

Apple Releases macOS 10.15.6 Update, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

In conjunction with the announcement of new Apple News features, Apple on Wednesday released macOS 10.15.6 Catalina, an update to the Mac operating system.


Apple Expanding AppleCare+ Monthly Payments To Canada, Australia And Japan, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple is expanding AppleCare+ monthly payment options to Canada, Australia, and Japan, allowing customers in these countries to pay for ‌AppleCare‌+ for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches on a monthly basis.

Pixelmator Pro 1.7 For Mac Adds Type On A Curve, Improved ML Super Resolution, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

The latest update to image editing app Pixelmator Pro for the Mac introduces new features such as the ability add curved and circular text, plus improvements to its Machine Learning tools.

Eve Cam: An Excellent Addition To A HomeKit Secure Video Setup, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Announced at CES this year, what drew me to the camera was its slim profile and HomeKit Secure Video support. I’ve used other Eve home automation products in the past and had high hopes that the Eve Cam would be just as easy to install, and as reliable as the electrical outlets and door sensors I’ve tried. So far, I haven’t been disappointed.


You’re Doomscrolling Again. Here’s How To Snap Out Of It., by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

“It’s the path of least resistance to keep consuming passively through social media,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general who has written extensively about the impact of loneliness on personal health. “You have to pull yourself out of that. It’s not just disengaging but also dealing with the impact that has on your mind-set, which can often last for hours.”

Fret not: We aren’t doomed just yet, and there are approaches to modifying our behavior. We can create structure in our lives, for one, and practice meditation techniques, for another. Here’s what the health and wellness experts say.


Today At Apple Everywhere: Imagining The Future Of Online Creativity, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

The way we learn and create was transformed overnight when COVID-19 swept the world. As Apple Stores closed and in-store Today at Apple sessions were put on hold, an online outpouring of creativity proved that the arts remain essential to our lives even under extraordinary circumstances. When our crisis winds down, how can Apple continue to expand its in-store creative platform online to reach even more creatives looking for inspiration at any time?

Apple Didn’t Win The Irish Tax Case – The EU Lost It (For Now), by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The EU can, if it chooses to appeal, ensure that it makes a better job of arguing both the facts and the law. If it does so, both logic and precedent say it should win. The Irish tax case isn’t over yet.

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