The Empty-Box Edition Thursday, January 7, 2021

How To Find The Perfect Music And Podcasts, Faster, by Tyler Hayes, Wired

The reason you’re not listening to what you want to when the mood strikes is because you can’t get to it fast enough. Whether you know it or not, you’re drowning in listening choices. Audio options abound. Often the time it takes to dig through songs, podcasts, or audiobooks is the thing that actually stops us from listening when we decided we wanted to listen.

I know I’ve thought about putting on some soft, background music during family dinner, but with only two or three minutes between when I think of it and when the timer goes off, I’ve given up. Making the perfect playlist isn’t hard, but it can take some time. The same goes for finding a new podcast episode or audiobook that can match the mood as well as a certain listening duration. It’s not hard, it just takes time.

Why Do People Keep Their Empty Apple Boxes?, by Hannah Ewens, Vice

People collect a lot of things — coins, comic books, vinyl records. Some are even into pretty outlandish things like celebrity hair strands. They’re usually novelties, but sometimes, they’re as basic as they can get. It turns out that a lot of people save the packaging that Apple products come in. Not just the old iPhones, MacBooks, and Apple Watches, but all their boxes too. It’s a pretty common habit and people have different reasons for keeping them, but some don’t even realize that they’re doing it. Until, of course, the internet started talking about it.

Apple Recaps Its 2020 Services, Including The App Store's Record-Breaking Holiday Season, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Among the highlights Apple shared are App Store revenue numbers for the 2020 holiday season, which were greater than 2019 for the same period and once again set an all-time record for single-day sales on New Year’s Day.


Apple Launches Limited Edition AirPods Pro To Celebrate Chinese New Year, by Parker Ortolani, 9to5Mac

The unique emoji applied to the AirPods Pro case depicts the classic cow emoji with a smaller cow emoji popping out of its head with stars floating around it.

Bear (For Mac), by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

Bear does away with folders and notebooks, giving you a place to simply create notes and store them. It also omits elaborate text styling, opting instead for Markdown language. Though light on features, it's a decent option for people with modest note-taking needs.

Overviewer Is A New App That Turns An iPhone Into A Document Camera For Zoom And Virtual Learning, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Overviewer will send to Zoom exactly what the iPhone’s camera sees, including support for property rotating into landscape. This allows teachers to use their iPhone like a document camera, and easily show students as they work on math problems, drawing, and other tasks.

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I have build playlists in my Apple Music for times when I just want to escape from real life, where I can not only block what's out there, but also block all the little voices in my head.

I think I'll spend some time to strenghtening my playlists.


Thanks for reading.