The Cognitive-Distractions Edition Saturday, December 18, 2021

Reflections On A Year With HomeKit, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

The real win of home automation is eliminating cognitive distractions. When it’s time for dinner, it’s time to eat—the food is hot, one of us is likely already sitting down, and it’s disruptive if the other person has to traipse around the house, shutting off lights. Similarly, when we want to watch TV, getting all the lights set right wastes time and distracts from the focus of the activity. These might be self-imposed distractions—we could just leave all the lights on unnecessarily—but they’re no less annoying than unwanted notifications or spam phone calls.


iOS Music And iTunes Store Apps Stumble Over Deleted Tracks, by David C., TidBITS

When the Music app does a Delete from Library, it actually hides the purchase in your iTunes Store purchase history. To make it reappear, you need to connect to the iTunes Store, go to your account settings, locate the list of hidden purchases, and unhide it. This work in either iOS or macOS, but a bug in the iOS iTunes Store app means you need to do this from a Mac.

Home Widget Is The HomeKit Widget Apple Doesn’t Make, by Ed Hardy, Cult of Mac

With Home Widget, it’s now possible to control your HomeKit accessories directly from your iPhone’s Home screen. Turn on and off lights or even run automated scenes with the quick push of a button.

Add A Touch Of Whimsy To Your MacBook Pro's Notch This Holiday Season, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

With Notchmeister installed you can move your mouse around your MacBook Pro's notch and have one of a few different effects take place — and yes, there's a festive one!

iOS Devices Are Now Supported In JumpCloud's Device Management Solution, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

JumpCloud launched its mobile device management platform in May of 2020, but it only supported macOS devices. Today, JumpCloud is now supporting iOS devices as well.

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I hope Apple is continuing working on Focus mode. I am wishing for different Today's Widget view for different focuses.


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