The Shining-Light Edition Sunday, April 3, 2022

Tim Cook Promotes Model Car iPhone Photographer On World Autism Awareness Day, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple CEO Tim Cook has marked World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Acceptance Month with a tweet, showcasing the talents of a young iPhone photographer shooting model cars.

April is Autism Acceptance Month, with April 2 designated as World Autism Awareness Day. To mark the two, Tim Cook tweeted on subject by shining light on an inventive iPhone photographer.


Apple TV+'s 'Prehistoric Planet' Set For Week-long Series Premiere From May 23, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple has teased its upcoming release of "Prehistoric Planet," a five-episode series about dinosaurs that will premiere on Apple TV over the course of a week.

The 8 Best Apple Watch Sleep Tracking Apps, by Herby Jasmin, Gotechtor

So we’ve gathered the 8 best Apple Watch sleep tracking apps that we felt performed best in various ways, and put together this helpful list for you. Let’s talk about them and what makes them a great choice.

Leverage Machine Learning On Your iPhone To Translate Braille With This Free App, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Braille Scanner allows users to take a photo of a piece of paper with Braille on it using their iPhones and then within seconds, it’s translated to text.

Using Web Apps On macOS Is Streamlined With Site Specific Browser Applications, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

If your company uses a solution without a robust desktop app, you can help users quickly access it by building a site-specific browser app and packaging it up. Apps like Fluid, Unite, and Chromeless can all accomplish this task.


Is The End Nigh For End-to-end For Encryption?, by Alex Hern, The Guardian

But bad platforms come and go, while bad laws have an unfortunate habit of sticking around. The EU has too big an opportunity to waste it by laying incoherent demands to a few key players. Interoperability, open platforms and a level playing field for all are worthy goals, but let’s get it right first time.

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Books that I've read in the first three months of the year, and that I do recommend for your reading pleasure:

The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found, by Frank Bruni
How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question, by Michael Schur
Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford
When We Cease to Understand the World, by Benjamín Labatut

In recent years, I have given myself permission to abandon books half-way if I feel like it. I am happy to note that I didn't have to do that so far this year. I did read a story collection where some of the stories were not that good. But that's the nature of story collection, especially for a collection from multiple authors, and it was easy to fast-forward (by setting the audiobook's speed to 1.5x) to the next story.


Thanks for reading.