The Reinvented-and-Re-Imagined Edition Sunday, June 27, 2021

Downtown L.A.’s First Talkie Theater Becomes A Spectacular Apple Store, And Preservationists Are Talking It Up, by Chris Willman, Variety

“I think Apple has really struck a balance here, in terms of: it still reads as a theater,” says Adrian Scott Fine, the L.A. Conservancy’s senior director of advocacy, offering perhaps the highest praise that can be offered for this kind of project. “They’re still telling the story that this was the Tower Theater, but it’s decidedly reinvented and re-imagined as a modern interpretation, taking some of the spaces of the theater and re-imagining those for functionality that Apple typically has with these types of operations. The question is, how do you infuse the Apple brand and everything that everyone knows about Apple and put in a space that is also still its own brand? You see the balance in the attention to detail, both with the modern aesthetic that you find with Apple products, but also the (original) detail of this building.


The Conservancy’s Scott Fine says that, as happy as he was to think of the theater “all clean and shined up with everything back in its place, the one thing that really seemed to be missing as the topping on the cake, so to speak, was the little pyramid piece on the very top of the clock tower. Initially that wasn’t necessarily in the budget for them to do and put it back. But since the early ’70s, the theater had always sort of looked like it was missing something — and it really was missing something — without that terra cotta piece at the very top. It was certainly something we pressed for, especially when there was some question whether it was in the cards or not. I think Apple heard us and ultimately felt like it was missing its hat, too, and felt they needed to put that back on. I’m really excited to see that back, because it just makes it feel like the exterior is complete again.”

Apple Shares List Of Products To Keep Safe Distance Away From Pacemakers, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In a support document updated this week, Apple shared a list of products that should be kept a safe distance away from medical devices, such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators, due to potential magnetic interference.

Apple, Samsung Stores Closed In NSW Again For Covid, by Leigh :) Stark, Pickr

Technically, Apple Stores in NSW are open, but that you can only pick things up that have been purchased online, rather than the regular playing with Apple’s products and Genius Bar tech support you can normally waltz in for.

Apple's TV Service Faces Its Biggest Test Yet As Free Trials Run Out, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

Will the millions of users currently on a free trial end up signing up for the $5 per month service or an Apple bundle because they can't go without Apple's shows? Or will they cancel?

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Apple Tells Epic Judge To Consider Supreme Court NCAA Decision, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

In explaining the submission, Richard Hoeg of Hoeg Law said the Supreme Court "put out a whole lot of language saying courts should be very careful about rule of reason findings." The need to be careful "undoubtedly helps Apple," Hoeg continued, with the filing being Apple "making sure that the judge knows that SCOTUS just said all of this on the rule that she is using to evaluate Apple's business practices."

The Microsoft-Apple Tech War Reignites For A New Era, by Tim Higgins and Aaron Tilley, Wall Street Journal

At the heart of the current dispute is the power Apple wields as the gatekeeper over who and what is distributed on the iPhone. Microsoft has been vocal in criticizing limits that it sees as hampering the growth of its own booming videogaming business.


Tinderbox 9.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Eastgate Systems has upgraded its Tinderbox note-taking assistant to version 9.0, one of the largest leaps Tinderbox has ever taken according to its developer. With added support for M1-based Macs, the release introduces a new command bar that can quickly open any Tinderbox document you’ve used before, open any inspector pane, and define Tinderbox attributes.

ScreenFlow 10.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Telestream has released ScreenFlow 10, a major upgrade to the screencast recording and video editing app that can now simultaneously record multiple cameras, microphones, and screens—including iPhone and iPad screens.

We Test Apple AirTag Accessories To Help You Find The Best, by Tyler Hayes, Newsweek

Right now, the most common accessory type is a key ring holder. It's an obvious enough choice. The most interesting AirTag accessories, however, will be the unexpected ones. Nomad is producing a holder for sunglasses to keep track of expensive frames, for example.

Adobe Removing Photoshop Sketch And Illustrator Draw From App Store In July, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In a support document, Adobe said users can easily migrate to its Fresco app, which combines many Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw drawing and painting tools. All projects created in Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch will be automatically migrated to Fresco after a user signs into the app with their Adobe ID email address.


The Tyranny Of Spreadsheets, by Tim Harford, Inkl

A few weeks after the data-loss scandal, I found myself able to ask Bill Gates himself about what had happened. Gates no longer runs Microsoft, and I was interviewing him about vaccines for a BBC programme called How to Vaccinate The World. But the opportunity to have a bit of fun quizzing him about XLS and XLSX was too good to pass up.

I expressed the question in the nerdiest way possible, and Gates’s response was so strait-laced I had to smile: “I guess… they overran the 64,000 limit, which is not there in the new format, so…” Well, indeed. Gates then added, “It’s good to have people double-check things, and I’m sorry that happened.”

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You would think I should not be forgetting such things anymore… but I forgot to wear my mask when going out to get dinner today.

I only realized this while I was taking the lift down, put on my AirPods, took out my iPhone to start playing my audiobook, and suddenly realized the iPhone unlocked itself without me having to key in the passcode.

Yep, FaceID was working as advertised. And no, I don't wear an Apple Watch.


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