The Freezes-Crashes-and-Restarts Edition Sunday, November 7, 2021

Memory Leaks Are Crippling My M1 MacBook Pro–and I'm Not Alone, by Michael Simon, Macworld

For the past 10 months, I’ve used a 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro supplied by my employer. Most days it’s great, with exceptional battery life and excellent speeds, and is an overall massive upgrade over my previous 2016 model.

But some days it’s nearly impossible to get anything done. More than any Mac I’ve owned, this MacBook regularly experiences freezes, crashes, and restarts that often seem to be related to memory issues. It’s been nearly impossible to pinpoint a pattern, but I assumed it was something installed on my machine by my company. After reading numerous reports this week about similar issues, I’m not so sure.


What Digital Security Experts Wish You'd Do To Protect Your Phone App Privacy, by Shelby Brown, CNET

But there's more you can do to protect your data privacy and improve your smartphone security. We reached out to data privacy experts for their top tips to protect your personal data when using apps. Here are their seven suggestions.

Controller For HomeKit Adds New Maintenance Features For HomeKit Troubleshooting, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

A new feature added in version 5.4 aims to help identify, understand and solve the most common issues in HomeKit setups.

App Resolves Hearing-impaired Mask Issues, by John Kidman, Australian Associated Press

Created by Hearing Australia's research division, NALscribe is designed to continuously transcribe speech in real time into large, easy-to-read iPad text.

The service has also been made free for healthcare clinics, organisations and people with hearing loss who have difficulty understanding speech worldwide.


America Loves Choices. Not In Phones., by Shira Ovide, New York Times

It’s complicated, but I’ll offer two explanations: America’s wireless providers like AT&T are the kingmakers of which phones win in the U.S., and they’re fine with the status quo. Second, smartphone sellers other than Apple and Samsung aren’t trying very hard, sometimes because they know it’s tough to break through in the U.S.

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I've had a nice weekend messing with my little PHP scripts that deals with data feeds and such on my little Mac mini, after I switched from MAMP to Homebrew. It's nice that everything is working as I expected. (Unlike, well, SwiftUI.)


Thanks for reading.