The How-to-Watch Edition Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Apple Announces Learning Coach Program, Education Community Hub Coming This Fall, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Apple Learning Coach is a free professional learning program that trains instructional coaches, digital learning specialists, and other coaching educators to help teachers effectively use Apple technology in the classroom.

The program mixes self-paced lessons and virtual workshop sessions with Apple Professional Learning Specialists to help professionals gain a deeper understanding of how to support teachers where they are, as they integrate technology into learning.

Apple TV App On Android TV And Google TV No Longer Lets Users Buy Or Rent Movies, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I can confirm via, as they say, sources familiar with the matter, that this is entirely about Apple and Google not being able to reach mutually agreeable terms on in-app payment commissions. Until this update, Apple had been running on an exemption not to use Google’s IAP. The exemption expired, so Apple TV on Android TV is now “reader only”.


What’s hypocritical is Apple offering a “How to Watch” button, with a simple clear explanation of how you can buy or rent new content to watch on Android TV by making the purchase on a different device. That’s not allowed on Apple’s own platforms — Apple has a rule against explaining the rules.

Studio Display Enables 'Hey Siri' On Several Older Macs, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

For example, while “Hey Siri” normally requires a MacBook Pro released in 2018 or later, the feature can be used on 2016 and 2017 models of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro while connected to a Studio Display.


DEVONthink 3.8.3, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

DEVONtechnologies has released DEVONthink 3.8.3 with a variety of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes for the document and information manager.

Pixelmator Pro 2.3.6, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The Pixelmator Team released Pixelmator Pro 2.3.6, adding support for calculations in text fields and improving compatibility with third-party cloud storage providers.

8 Camping Apps Every Backpacker Needs On Their Phone, by Michelle Leighton, Input

With the right selection of outdoorsy apps designed for campers and backpackers, you'll be navigating trails in ways Lewis and Clark could only dream of. Just remember to charge your phone and download what you need before you lose service.

ComicTrack: A Beautifully-Designed, Flexible Way To Organize Your Comic Book Reading, by John Voorhees, MacStories

ComicTrack is a new app from Joe Kimberlin for tracking and organizing the comic books you’ve read, are currently reading, and want to read.

Jamf Launches Fundamentals Plan To Compete With Apple's Business Essentials, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

The new device management plan lets smaller businesses deploy iOS apps to its users, sync passwords, and prevent malware across iOS and Mac. It's similar to the forthcoming Apple Business Essentials offering, except that it is aimed to work with firms that are scaling up to become mid-sized.


Apple Podcasts Improvements Will Let Creators See Follower Data, Get Help With Subscription Shows, More, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple Podcasts improvements coming into effect next month include improved analytics and support for those wanting to take advantage of the opportunity for paid subscriptions.


Apple Stores Can Upgrade A Studio Display's Stand After Purchase, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

For example, if a customer bought a Studio Display with the standard tilt-adjustable stand and later decides they want to use a VESA mount adapter, they can book a service appointment with an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider and have one installed, according to internal documentation obtained by MacRumors.

Apple Resolves Outage That Hobbled Apps And Internal Systems, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. resolved a widespread network outage on Monday that had knocked services such as Apple Music, iCloud and the App Store offline for some users and hobbled its internal systems.

In addition to frustrating Apple customers, the problems prevented corporate employees from working from home and kept retail workers from completing tasks, according to staff members who asked not to be identified. The outage hindered product repairs, swaps and item pickups, and limited corporate workers’ ability to communicate and access internal websites.

Apple Sends New Offer To Dutch Antitrust Authority Over Dating Apps Payments, Racks Up 9th Fine, by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch

The tussle has gone on for weeks but, despite yet another penalty now, there may be sign of a shift by Apple: Per the ACM, Apple submitted “new proposals” earlier today — which it said it’s studying to determine whether they pass muster or not.

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I wonder if Apple knows that while I am watching a show on Apple TV+ today, I was also playing a game on my iPhone, and at what point in the television show was I more 'engaged' versus when I was less.



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