The Zeroed-In Edition Friday, August 5, 2022

Macs Look Like The Future Of PC Gaming, Whether PC Gamers Like It Or Not, by John Loeffler, TechRadar

There was a time when Apple was serious about gaming before it quit the arms race with Microsoft, but if Apple wanted to stage a comeback, it has a far more open field than many realize.


And while we might be a ways away from Apple M-series chips reaching their full potential as a rival to more traditional consoles like the PS5, the fact that Apple has zeroed in and is positioning itself for this trend shows it recognizes that the future of gaming is going to continue to move away from high-end gaming rigs and meet the gaming public where it actually is.

Apple Releases Studio Display Firmware Update To Fix Speaker Issue, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple's release notes for the update confirm that it addresses an issue with the Studio Display speakers. Since the launch of the Studio Display, there have been complaints about the speaker quality. Apple last week sent out a memo to authorized service providers, acknowledging that some customers have had issues with the Studio Display speakers cutting out or offering distorted playback.


Apple TV+ Expands 'Friday Night Baseball' To Four New Countries, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today announced that its weekly MLB doubleheader “Friday Night Baseball” is now available to users in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, and Italy. The games remain free to watch on Apple TV+ without a subscription for a limited time.

A New App Called Banish Blocks Those Annoying ‘Open In App’ Banners, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

A new app for iPhone users can help you browse the web without being constantly bothered by pop-up panels that beg you to use the company’s app instead. The app, called Banish, is a Safari extension that helps remove the “open in app” banners from various websites and other popups that block content across a number of sites, like Reddit, TikTok, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora, Medium, Yelp and some Google sites, to name a few.

Safari Extension Noir Adds Theming And Deeper Keyboard Shortcut Support, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The latest update to Noir takes the app’s original concept a step further with new theming options, theme sharing, and extensive keyboard shortcut support. It’s an excellent update that anyone who likes to tweak the colors used in their apps will appreciate.

These Apps Will Lull You Right To Sleep, by Meredith Dietz, LifeHacker

If you need a little help getting your thoughts into sleep mode, here are some apps that use guided meditation and other soundscapes in order to lull you into a good night’s rest.


Apple Warns Suppliers To Follow China Rules On 'Taiwan' Labeling, by Cheng Ting-Fang and Lauly Li, Nikkei Asia

Apple told suppliers on Friday that China has started strictly enforcing a long-standing rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labeled as being made either in "Taiwan, China" or "Chinese Taipei," sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia, language that indicates the island is part of China.

The OG Social Network: Other People’s Websites, by Jim Nielsen

So much online activity is less public now as companies strive to capture the value we create being online with each other — the value I’m creating right now by writing this and linking to other things, things not on Discord or Slack or Confluence but on other peoples’ websites.

Other people’s websites are the OG social network, and the optimist in me is going to riff on MLK’s quote: the social arc of the internet is long, but it bends towards individual websites.

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Gaming on Mac? I'll believe it when I see it.

Speaking of games, Apple should commission someone to get some remakes of old Mac games. Nevermind these games will not work on iPhone and iPad; after all, if Apple Arcade can have iOS-only games, it should also have Mac-only games.

Not sure what games to remake? Go read the Secret History of Mac Gaming.


Thanks for reading.