The Amazing-Vibe Edition Sunday, January 9, 2022

How Apple Fitness+ Complements For My Workout Routine, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Different from some people, I don’t own gym accessories and a Peloton would also never fit in my home. Luckily, Apple has also considered that when developing Fitness+. There are plenty of exercises that I’m the only tool required, and that’s great.

So far, I have focused on three main fitness exercises alongside my workout routine: meditation, yoga, and dance classes. I love how diverse it’s the team of instructors with Apple Fitness+ and all of them have an amazing vibe as they really push you to complete the exercises.


How To Read Your iOS 15 App Privacy Report, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

It's broadly safe to download a mainstream app from the iOS App Store or Android's Google Play. But thanks to increasingly invasive tracking by Facebook and others, Apple and Google have both recently introduced transparency features into iOS and Android that give you more insight into how often apps access data and sensors, from your camera and microphone to your location and contacts. If you're an iOS user, the App Privacy Report tool likely hit your phone a few weeks ago. Here's how to get the most out of it.

Say "Lumos" To Siri For A Clever iPhone Trick Harry Potter Fans Will Love, by Theresa Massony, Popsugar

Harry Potter fans have discovered a hilarious iPhone trick allowing you to use popular Harry Potter spells as "controls" for certain iPhone functions. Specifically, after saying "Hey Siri," iPhone users have gleefully told Siri "Lumos" and "Nox," discovering that these spoken commands turn on and off your iPhone's flashlight, respectively.

3 Apps To Tell You What's Inside Any Food, by Andra Picincu, MakeUseOf

Below are three apps that can tell you what's in your food and take the guesswork out of healthy eating. Let's dive in.


The End Of Car Keys, Passwords And Fumbling With Your Phone At Checkout, by Christopher Mims, Wall Street Journal

The technology is called ultra-wideband, or UWB. It enables a centimeter-accurate sense of “where” on top of the “when” of computers’ clocks and the “what” provided by cameras and other sensors, and it could lead to all sorts of interesting things that might not be immediately obvious.


In the not-too-distant future, things could get a great deal more interesting. And while many technologies promising transformation of some critical part of our world’s digital plumbing are destined to fall short, there are reasons to believe this one could live up to its potential.

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I'm glad the debate of letterbox versus pan-and-scan is definitely over, and letterbox is everywhere. On every device, by every stream service. Nobody is inventing artificial intelligence in automating pan-and-scan and touting it as the next-best-thing.

(Yes, there is an opposite problem: old 4:3 television shows in re-aspect-ratio-ed in widescreen formats.)

But the question I have today: when a show is presented in letterbox format, why are the captions/subtitles placed in the actual images themselves? This does obscure the cinematography, at least a little, and it does bug me from time to time.

I've grew up watching in Singapore cinemas, where almost every movie has subtitles, some with more than one language. I should be used to it. But then, can't Apple TV+ and Netflix and others allow me to move the subtitles to the black-bars portion of the letterboxed presentation?


Thanks for reading.