The Burden-to-Act Edition Saturday, December 12, 2020

Apple’s Tim Cook Tells Major Climate Conference That World Cannot Just Make ‘Changes At The Margins’, by Andrew Griffin, Independent

The world cannot just make “changes at the margins” and both companies and governments must address their “burden to act” on climate change, Apple’s Tim Cook will tell a major summit.

The chief executive is one of a small number of non-state leaders to address the UN’s Climate Action Summit, which aims to set out priorities and ambitions ahead of the COP 26 conference being held in the UK next year.

Apple’s iPhone Has An Aggravating Text Notifications Bug, by Chris Welch, The Verge

If you’ve noticed that you’re receiving SMS texts and iMessages from people but aren’t getting any notifications about them, you’re not alone. Far from it. I’m one of many people experiencing an annoying bug where messages come through fine — but without any pop-up notification or even the usual red badge to indicate that there’s an unread message waiting for you.

It (Still) Runs On Your imagination—Passing 2020 Time With A Macintosh Quadra 700, by Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica

Fast forward nearly 30 years, and today the Quadra 700 is one of the most sought after vintage Macintosh computers. Part of this may be due to that supporting role next to Jeff Goldblum, but there are other reasons, too.


Scheduling App Sorted³ Now Has A Mac App To Go With Its iPhone & iPad Apps, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Sorted³ is what its developers call a hyper-scheduling app and it's an interesting way to block your time based on the tasks and calendar entries at hand.

HomeKit-compatible Smart Buttons Are Kind Of Addictive (Flic 2), Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

If you live in a household where some of you like smart home kit and others are more skeptical, these buttons could be a great way to bridge the gap.


Apple Starts Work On Its Own Cellular Modem, Chip Chief Says, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. has started building its own cellular modem for future devices, a move that would replace components from Qualcomm Inc., Apple’s top chip executive told staff on Thursday.


Srouji did not say when the cellular modem would be ready to ship in products, but a 2019 patent agreement between Apple and Qualcomm includes a six-year licensing pact. Qualcomm charges license fees to phone makers based on wireless patents it owns, regardless of whether they use its chips or not.

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Disney+ is coming to Singapore this Feburary, and I think I may be subscribing -- at least for a little while -- just to see Hamilton.

Feburary is also when Apple will start charging for my Apple TV+ subscription.

Looks like I've got to make up my mind on how much money to spend soon.


Thanks for reading.