The More-Helpful Edition Tuesday, February 8, 2022

How I Finally Embraced The Apple Watch As A Fitness Tracker, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

If you own an Apple Watch but have been unsatisfied with Apple’s Activity rings, the good news is that you have numerous alternatives to try. Apple has built a flexible platform that lets third-party developers read and analyze Apple Watch data however they want, which may be more helpful for your fitness goals.

However, it’s important to not let a fitness tracker run your life. It’s easy to fall into the trap of obsessing over calorie counting or using a poor readiness score as an excuse to not work out. Likewise, I’m not going to stand up just because my Apple Watch tells me to. Especially if I’m driving.

Why Apple AirTag Trackers Concern CT Domestic Violence Advocates, by Peter Yankowski, Ctpost

Meghan Scanlon, CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said tracking devices used by abusers have “been an issue for many, many years,” but the AirTag’s low cost — the devices retail for $29 — make them much more accessible.

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iOS 15.4 Makes Shortcut Automations Way Less Annoying To Use, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

But up until iOS 15.4, Apple had previously rendered the feature virtually unusable for common tasks by instituting mandatory notifications every single time the conditions were triggered. The new update fixes that, though, by adding a toggle that allows users to disable those notifications makes Apple’s Shortcut automations vastly more usable for day-to-day tasks by allowing you to remove the spammy notifications that used to appear every time you triggered one.

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Going Dutch, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

It’s obvious many developers wrongly assumed that Apple’s commissions were for payment processing alone. Were regulators like the Dutch ACM similarly wrong? Is the point of the ACM’s ruling merely that dating apps should have the option of processing payments however they choose, while paying the same effective commission to Apple? Or was their intention to provide dating apps the option to process payments on their own to avoid Apple’s commission? I know a lot of people reading this are going to think “Of course their intention was to allow developers to avoid Apple’s commission!” They feel so strongly against Apple’s App Store commission that even their thoughts have exclamation marks. But give the ACM’s ruling a close read — they don’t make that argument at all.


Beats Promotes 'Move How You Want' Campaign For Global Beats Fit Pro Launch, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

With Beats Fit Pro launching globally, Beats started promoting today a new campaign called Move How You Want with Naomi Osaka, Kaia Gerber, Vince Staples, and Quen Blackwell.

Play: A Fantastic Utility For Saving And Organizing YouTube Videos For Later, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The app doesn’t save the videos themselves. Instead, it saves their URLs, along with metadata, making it easy to organize, sort, filter, and rediscover videos that might otherwise fall by the wayside.

Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad With MagSafe Review: A Full-service Charger For Apple Fans, by Jason Cipriani, PCWorld

It looks like the Belkin Boost Up Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe is the wireless charging setup to beat for Apple users. It’s pricey, but quickly charges your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch in one spot.


Apple Buys Startup That Makes Music With Artificial Intelligence, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. acquired a startup called AI Music that uses artificial intelligence to generate tailor-made music, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, adding technology that could be used across its slate of audio offerings.


The idea is to generate dynamic soundtracks that change based on user interaction. A song in a video game could change to fit the mood, for instance, or music during a workout could adapt to the user’s intensity.

State Officials Urge SEC To Probe If Apple Misled Investors On Nondisclosure Rules, by Cristiano Lima, Washington Post

A group of state treasurers is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Apple misled its investors and the agency about its use of nondisclosure agreements, which advocates say have long been used to silence mistreated workers.


“Multiple news reports have stated that whistleblower documents demonstrate Apple uses the very concealment clauses it repeatedly claimed it does not use,” they wrote last week in the letter, shared exclusively with The Technology 202.

Nvidia’s $40bn Takeover Of UK Chip Designer Arm Collapses, by The Guardian

Nvidia’s planned $40bn (£29.6bn) acquisition of the Cambridge-based chip designer Arm from Japan’s Softbank has collapsed, the companies said on Tuesday, after regulatory hurdles proved insurmountable.

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I, for one, certainly don't want my iPhone to be as 'open' as my Mac. That's why I have my Mac, so that my iPhone can be better at the iPhone's things without worrying about doing Mac's things.


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