The Genuine-Tumble Edition Monday, November 1, 2021

Apple Hopes You’ll Never Have To Use Its Watch’s Cleverest New Feature, by Sam Downing, The Sydney Morning Herald

Like any sufficiently advanced technology, workout fall detection seems indistinguishable from magic — so it’s easy to overlook the work that goes into developing features like this. The big challenge is that many forms of exercise and sport are, per Apple’s vice president of sensing and connectivity, Ron Huang, “literally designed for you to fall.” So how do you teach the Watch to distinguish between a genuine tumble and, say, a standard mountain bike jump, or rugby tackle, or gruelling burpee?

Getting AppleCare For My New MacBook Pro 2021 Was Surprisingly Confusing, by Henry T. Casey, Tom's Guide

Apple gives you not one, but two, ways to buy AppleCare Plus For Mac, and both left me asking questions. [...]

Instead of just thinking about the short-term protection, and moving on, I started wondering about how it all works. This is probably because I think of a laptop (especially one this expensive) as a long-term project. And so I dove in to the complexities of it all to figure out the ins and outs of AppleCare Plus for the Mac.

Some Older Macs Reportedly Bricked After Installing macOS Monterey, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

macOS Monterey, released last week as the latest version of macOS, is bricking older Mac computers, rendering them unusable and unable to even turn on, according to a number of reports from users across social media and online forums.

If this sounds oddly familiar, it may be because last year, with the launch of macOS Big Sur, similar reports surfaced about that update bricking older MacBook Pro models.


New MacBook Pros Have Slightly Slower 802.11ac Wi-Fi Than Intel Models, But You'll Likely Never Notice, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

The 2021 MacBook Pros can have a slightly slower performance on Wi-Fi when on Wi-Fi 5 compared to previous, but in daily use – you’ll will likely never notice.

MagicPlan Review, by Steve Paris, TechRadar

Designing rooms or entire buildings is what you’d expect to do on a computer, but sometimes, you need to do things on the go. Better yet, you need to focus on the plan and make alterations, where you’ll be doing the actual physical work. This is where MagicPlan comes in.


Monterey's New Features Only Show How Much macOS Still Lags Behind iOS, by Dan Moren, Macworld

With the release of macOS Monterey, Apple’s oldest platform is embarking upon its latest journey around the sun. And while this newest update brings with it a whole host of features, from Focus mode to FaceTime improvements, it also puts into stark relief some of the Mac’s shortcomings—especially when compared to iOS.

Snap, Facebook, Twitter And YouTube Lose Nearly $10bn After iPhone Privacy Changes, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

Apple’s decision to change the privacy settings of iPhones caused an estimated $9.85bn of revenues to evaporate in the second half of this year at Snap, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as their advertising businesses were shaken by the new rules.

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No, the monitor I am using for my Mac does not have a notch. But I went ahead to clean up my menu bar apps anyway as I noticed it is getting crowded up there.


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