The Motivation-Metrics Edition Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Powered By Apple Watch, Fitness+ Builds A Virtual Home Gym, by Tom Vanderbilt, Wall Street Journal

“Metrics is motivation,” says Blahnik, who in the early 2000s helped launch Nike’s connected running program. “The metrics react to the things the trainer says and the things that you do. We believe that makes it much more immersive than simply following content that’s available anywhere else.” Portability, he says, is also key. A Fitness+ workout is meant to be done anywhere, on any screen, on any machine, from a gym to a hotel room to—more than ever—at home.

Another innovation, says Blahnik, is the system’s personalization engines, which will suggest workouts from a growing library based on your history—both inside and outside of Fitness+.

How Apple Prices Its Products: 3 Rules To Understand, by Jason Snell, Macworld

If you’re disappointed by any Apple product that seems enticing but is just too rich for your blood, my advice is: harden your heart, look for deals, and wait it out. If the price really is too high, Apple will adjust.

But it will always be expensive to buy Apple products. I don’t think that will ever change.

Seven Women On How They Use Tech To Help Manage Their Busy Lifestyles, by Georgia Aspinall, Grazia

Speaking to women about how they utilise tech to manage their hectic lifestyles, from helping them get their jobs done to reminding them it’s time to kick their feet up, it seems that tech has gone from being our source of entertainment to our very own personal assistant.

With Apple's Help, Former NFL Star DeMarcus Ware Launches Fitness App, by Jabari Young, CNBC

The former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos linebacker said he started going to Apple's headquarters in 2019 to study with its app developers, taking nine trips in total.


"Their support was monumental on what I should and shouldn't do," Ware said of Apple developers. "It's not one of those things to where it's me partnering and saying, 'Hey, this is my name.' This is a product that I helped develop."


Apple Releases $35 Bi-directional Lightning To 3.5mm Audio Cable, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Measuring 1.2 meters (3.9 foot) in length, the cable has a 3.5mm headphone jack on one end, and a Lightning connector on the other.

Apple's Online Store Starts Listing Exercise Gear Ahead Of Fitness+ Launch, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple’s online store has started listing select exercise gear on its online store for the first time. Apple has kicked off its exercise equipment offering with yoga accessories.

Adobe Releases Arm Version Of Lightroom For Windows And macOS, by Tom Warren, The Verge

The latest version of Lightroom is now native for both Apple M1 systems and Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 devices. It’s debuting as a full release, rather than a beta version and Adobe is making it part of the regular Creative Suite installer.

Transfer iPhone Photos To Hard Drive To Free Up Space With OWC Copy That, by Ed Hardy, Cult of Mac

OWC’s just-released Copy That application frees up space on iPhone or iPad by transferring images or videos to external drives. Alternatively, it can easily back up an collection of these files.

Review: SwitchEasy's EasyPencil Plus Writes Smoothly On Any iPad, by Christine Chan, iMore

The tip is precise, it's smooth to use, and it has palm rejection.


Programming Language Python: First Version Released To Run Natively On Apple M1, by Liam Tung, ZDNet

Developers working on Core Python, the project behind programming language Python, have released the first version of the language that supports macOS Big Sur natively on Apple silicon.


Apple Shifts Leadership Of Self-Driving Car Division To AI Chief, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. has moved its self-driving car unit under the leadership of top artificial intelligence executive John Giannandrea, who will oversee the company’s continued work on an autonomous system that could eventually be used in its own car. [...] Mansfield has now fully retired from Apple, leading to Giannandrea taking over.

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I wonder if the Apple self-driving car will park itself after every hour on the road, and ask you to stand up and walk around a bit.


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