The Better-Social Edition Monday, May 16, 2022

The Rise Of Photo Widgets: Portals To Your Friends’ iPhone Home Screens, by Dalvin Brown, Wall Street Journal

Photo-sharing widgets are fun to try out, and they might actually help you find a better way to be social, without stressing over likes and followers, or drowning in a river of ads. But they do require discretion and trust. Typically, they allow just a small group of people into your personal network, and the photos those people send appear automatically on your phone.

The early users we talked to didn’t mention any photo high-jinks—though we’re sure it happens. They did say the most fun to be had is surprising someone with an unexpected snapshot.

New iPhone Tap To Pay Feature Already In Use At Apple Park Visitor Center, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

In February, Apple announced a new system called to Tap to Pay on iPhone which allows an individual to take a contactless payment, only using their iPhone as the payment terminal. With the feature active, a customer simply has to tap their NFC iPhone or bank card on the top of the receiving device’s phone, to enact a contactless transaction.

The Apple Store is already trialling a rollout of this feature, at the Apple Park Visitor Center.

Baking Apps To Help Make Oven Life So Much Easier, by Nicholas Yong,

Ahead of World Baking Day (17 May 2022), we've rounded up some apps to make your baking life a piece of cake - whether you’re the master of the oven or you’re still feeling your away around the kitchen.

Dig Into Food-Upcycling Apps, by Amanda Castleman, Sierra

Around 40 percent of America’s food supply winds up unsold or uneaten each year. That’s roughly 219 pounds per person, rotting in fields, swirling down drains, or shunting to incinerators and landfills that contribute to climate change. Not to mention all the resources—the water, energy, fertilizers, pesticides, land, labor and transport—that went into producing those squandered calories. But a new crop of food-upcycling apps intends to change all that.

Bottom of the Page

Just started listening to yet another new audiobook about Apple, and less than 30 minutes into the book, the narrator has pronounced the operating system as "Mac Oh Ess Ex".

Remember there were newspapers and websites that sticked to calling the MP3 player an Ipod? Maybe there are similar audio style guides out there: We shall pronounce the X as "Ex", regardless of what Apple tells us. We are American company, and we speak English, not Roman numeral.

I wonder if there are audiobooks about Superbowls that also insist in not pronouncing Roman numerals.


Thanks for reading.