The Variety-of-Apps-Plus-Paper Edition Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Verge’s Favorite Tools To Stay Organized, by Barbara Krasnoff, The Verge

Life these days can be very complicated, and many of us — I’d guess that most of us — are constantly looking for the best method to keep our lives in order. What do you need on your grocery list? When is that work project due, and who is working on it with you? A friend wants to do a movie-watching session, but is that the same day you promised your parents to help clean the garage? Which bills are due, and can you afford to pay them all? Where is that article about which masks to wear? And on and on.

So we decided to start off 2022 by asking the staff of The Verge what they use to keep track of all their appointments / tasks / projects / workflows. And it turned out that they use a variety of different apps or some fairly old-fashioned paper-and-pen solutions — or both.

Dutch Consumer Watchdog To Vet Apple Dating App Payment Reforms, by Toby Sterling, Reuters

The Dutch consumer watchdog said on Monday it would vet Apple's move to allow developers of dating apps to offer non-Apple payment options in the Netherlands, to see if the changes are enough to meet competition rules.


Navi Uses SharePlay To Bring Live Subtitles And Translation To FaceTime, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

You can have a FaceTime call with someone who speaks another language and then have Navi automatically translate and provide subtitles on the fly. It's like magic but backed by APIs and hard work.

Aerial App For Mac Updated With tvOS 15 Screensavers And New Features, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Aerial is an open source macOS app that brings the beautiful Apple TV screensavers to the Mac. The app has recently been updated to version 3.0, which brings not only the tvOS 15 screensavers but also new features such as Apple Music integration and improved cache settings.


What Can We Do To Get More Women Into Coding?, by Mary-Ann Russon, BBC

Cypher Coders boss, Elizabeth Tweedale, goes even further. She believes that men and women often have different learning styles and coding education needs to reflect that.

She says men often follow a linear approach of going from A to Z when solving problems, while women often start from the problem and work backwards.


New Campaign Aims To Stop More Encrypted Apps, BBC

A new government-backed campaign is calling on tech giants to stop rolling out end-to-end-encryption (E2EE).

Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal already use E2EE, and Meta plans to deploy it in Facebook Messenger, but the No Place to Hide campaign says it makes it harder to detect child abuse.

Apple Buys Big Sunnyvale Building, Solidifying Silicon Valley Presence, by George Avalos, San Jose Mercury News

Apple has bought a big building in Sunnyvale, the latest in a series of deals in recent years that indicate the tech titan continues to widen its footholds in Silicon Valley.

When It Comes To Health Care, AI Has A Long Way To Go, by Tom Simonite, Wired

It’s understandable that a relatively new tool in health care, like AI, couldn’t save the day in a pandemic, but Mateen and other researchers say the failings of Covid-19 AI projects reflect a broader pattern. Despite great hopes, it’s proving difficult to improve health care by marrying data with algorithms.

Bottom of the Page

I do use a to-do app, but I keep it simple. Just lists of tasks.

Over the years, I find that every time I gave in to the temptation to set up filters and automations and what-nots that these apps provide, my system goes haywire.

In the end, what I need for myself is something simple to keep track of lists of tasks.


Thanks for reading.