The Home-Hub Edition Sunday, March 14, 2021

How The HomePod Mini Can Succeed Where Apple's First Smart Speaker Failed, by Dan Moren, Macworld

On balance, the survival of the HomePod mini seems to suggest that Apple has realized the more important part of the smart speaker market is not necessarily the "speaker" part, but the "smart". Finding the balance between good sound quality and a more capable home hub experience might help re-center the product as part of the company's ecosystem—not to mention putting it in the sweet spot for consumers.

5 Reasons The Original Apple HomePod Failed, by Ben Patterson, TechHive

By solving many (if not all) of the HomePod's most vexing problems, it's no wonder Apple wants to put the HomePod mini front and center, while moving the older HomePod out to pasture.

Review: The iStorage DiskAshur M2 Is A Go-anywhere, Super-secure SSD, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

The rugged, portable DiskAshur M2 keeps your files secure behind military-grade encryption without requiring any fussy companion software.

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Before these strange time, I used to walk to a nearby park just to sit down and listen to audiobooks while looking at trees, listening (also) to birds, and to watch one or two monkeys swing by.

Today, I returned to the park after not visiting for a year. And I walked past a monkey sitting on a post that was staring at me. I have no idea if I've seen this particular monkey before -- as a baby, probably -- but it felt good and welcomed to be back.


On the other hand, today, I was majorly frustruated by SwiftUI. Again.


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