The Inspiration-Sharing Edition Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Today At Apple And Sentrock Turn Chicago Into A Virtual Classroom For Hundreds Of Students, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Last week, artists from Chicago shared their inspiration with hundreds of students across the city through Sentrock’s Summer Studio. The collaboration with Today at Apple brought virtual sessions to Chicagoland youth to keep creativity flowing even during challenging times.


Apple Explains Why You Might See 'Not Charging' When A Mac Is Plugged In, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Macs running macOS 10.15.5 or later have a Battery Health Management feature to preserve the life of the battery, and occasionally, the Battery Health Management option will cause the Mac to pause its charging for calibration purposes.

Best iPhone Keyboard Alternatives, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

These keyboards support swipe typing, letting you glide your finger across the keys and then automatically determining what you are typing. It's almost magical to watch. And, glide or swipe typing is an efficient way to compose messages, emails, or other documents faster than you could ever imagine.

Mac Microsoft Office 2016 Users Will Lose 365 Cloud Services In October, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Users of all Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac apps will cease getting security updates in October, and will increasingly face performance and reliability issues as Microsoft drops support.


Apple Shares Requirements For Default Third-Party Browser And Email Apps With Developers, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to Apple, developers will need to meet certain guidelines and when those parameters have been met, there’s an option to request a managed entitlement that will allow the app to work in lieu of Apple’s own apps.

Apple Encourages Developers To Use iOS 14's New App Attest API To Protect Against Security Threats, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

App Attest is designed to reduce fraudulent app use, generating a cryptographic key on a device to verify app integrity before the server provides access, which will help cut down on hacked apps and apps that are sideloaded and modified through jailbreak tweaks.


20 Macs For 2020: #20 – Power Mac G5, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

This is perhaps the ultimate lesson of the entire G5 affair: Steve Jobs, and through him Apple’s larger corporate culture, was reminded that if you are reliant on a partner for a crucial portion of your business, you can’t truly control that business. Making the G5 was a side hustle of a side hustle of a company in transformation—it just wasn’t that important to IBM, but it was vitally important for Apple.

On Diversity, Silicon Valley Failed To Think Different, by Shelly Banjo, Bloomberg

To truly make good on all these years of promises, tech companies must start by puncturing two pervasive Silicon Valley myths: that they’re meritocracies where everyone gets a fair shot, and that diversity is a pipeline problem. The reality is that Black employees are leaving faster than they’re being hired because, for people of color, many tech companies can be painful places to work. Getting through the door is one thing; staying and progressing up the ranks to a position of influence is another.

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With work-from-home and anxieties about stepping outdoors, I'm not using my iPhone as much. It is still an excellent audio machine -- I use it to listen to music, podcasts, and audiobooks daily. But I've found many of the other things I used to do on my iPhone had been migrated to either my Mac (when I am at the work desk) or my iPad (when I am in bed.)

Which means I am thinking of extending the holding-on to my iPhone X for another year. iPhone 12 better really wows me before I even consider upgrading.


Thanks for reading.