The Diverse-Learning Edition Saturday, January 1, 2022

People Flocked To Language Apps During The Pandemic – But How Much Can They Actually Teach You?, by Shelley Hepworth, The Guardian

An app can help you with the linguistic, but not the social. And because apps such as Duolingo borrow elements from gaming, they are pretty good at teaching you those building blocks. During lockdown, I spent about 15 minutes a day doing lessons and quizzes, and perfecting my pronunciation of my favourite phrase in Portuguese, “a gente” (we) – it just sounds good!

But the more you want to learn, the more diverse your language learning should be, Piller says. You might take classes, watch videos and read Twitter in the other language, while keeping the app as a useful tool on the side.

Doctors Say It’s Time Apple Watch Ticked All The Health Boxes, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

“If all you had from people were accurate heart rate and accurate activity context throughout the day for someone’s full life, you could model whether they have hypertension, whether they have diabetes — all that,” said Dr Steven LeBoeuf, co-founder of Valencell, a maker of biometric sensors.

“The problem is, that is not accepted by the medical community and it won’t be for quite some time,” he added. “The [Food and Drug Administration] would have to approve it and then doctors have to accept it, and then they need to get reimbursed for it. That’s a long process. It’s not as straightforward as one would think.”

The AirTag Stalking Problem Is Only Partially Apple's Problem, It's Mostly Law Enforcement's, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

This is not an absolution of Apple's responsibility in deterring stalking, and we think that Apple has a moral obligation to go a bit farther. A much more important issue, and a deeper moral imperative, is getting law enforcement to take the anti-stalking alerts seriously.


Using 19th or 20th century techniques isn't how to deal with potential stalking cases in the 21st century. This type of lackadaisical response from law enforcement puts people at risk.


Managing Music From Your Mac’s Menu Bar, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The two third-party solutions I prefer are NepTunes and the recently-released Looking Glass music remote. Both apps live in your menu bar and offer different sets of features that will play a big part in which app will suit your needs best.

The Best Apps And Services To Keep Your New Year’s Goals On Track In 2022, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

2022 is here, and I know I have some major goals for the coming year related to wellness, health, finances, and family. As you set out to make 2022 your best year yet, here are some useful apps and services to keep you on track all year long.


Tech Companies Are Big. They Are Not Conglomerates., by Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg

The skeptic might argue that the conglomerate form is still alive and well, particularly among today’s tech giants — that they represent so-called “neo-conglomerates.” But a closer look at the acquisitions of companies like Apple or Google or Amazon betray an underlying logic: The pieces are meant to work together.

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There are two Apple devices from 2021 that bears the Pro moniker, but uses the 'plain old' M1 chip: the MacBook Pro 13-inch, and the iPad Pro.

Will 2022 see an upgrade to these two devices with M1 Pro or M1 Max? Will Apple delineate the Pro version of its devices by the chips that they use?


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