The One-Man-Home-Hub Edition Sunday, November 21, 2021

Is Smart Tech The New Domestic Battle Ground?, by Emma Beddington, The Guardian

But our smart home had spoken and it is far more reliable than me, his life partner of 26 years. Our house now has app-enabled devices to control the heating and the boiler remotely, to check temperature, CO2 and noise levels and to see who is at the door. There are motion-detector cameras in the garden that send us videos of foxes threatening my hens, or his tortoises escaping. Since we installed a few solar panels, my husband’s smart-home management has become more urgent and more granular. An app tells him how much we are consuming, but also how much we are producing, in real time. Now he bursts in when it’s sunny, shouting “We’re giving electricity to the grid! Use more!” In the evenings, I watch Succession; he studies our energy statistics. Technology has transformed him into a one-man home hub. “I used to think home smart technology was pointless,” he tells me. “But it really makes sense.”

Apple Recalls Certain iPhone 12 Models Sold In UAE Over Sound Fault, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

An unknown number of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models sold in the United Arab Emirates have been recalled by Apple because of an issue with an audio component.

PopCase Review: Finally A MagSafe Case For PopSocket Fans, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

Unlike a typical PopGrip that adheres to back of your phone and isn't particularly intended to be moved about repeatedly, this one is built into a sliding rail on the back of the phone.

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Had a wonderful time with wonderful stories lately. Just finished reading Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, and just finished watching The Farewell by Lulu Wang.


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