The Mostly-Quiet Edition Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The iPhone’s Focus Mode (Almost) Kept Me Off My Phone On Vacation, by David Pierce, The Verge

The feature is both not powerful enough and too complicated to use, but it’s a step in the right direction toward giving me actual control over my phone. I’m back at work, but I’m still in Vacation Mode, and my phone is still mostly quiet. And I might keep it that way.

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iOS 16 Beta 5: Battery Percentage Now Displayed In iPhone Status Bar, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

With the fifth beta of iOS 16, Apple has updated the battery icon on iPhones with Face ID to display the specific battery percentage rather than just a visual representation of battery level.

Battery Percentage Finally Returns To iOS 16 And It’s Hideous, by Victoria Song, The Verge

Because the number appears within the battery icon, it has to appear fully charged at all times for readability. So even if you’ve got a paltry 10 percent battery left on your phone, the icon itself still looks full. In the few hours I’ve had this feature on, it’s admittedly caused my brain to short circuit. A full battery icon that reads 55? That just borks the visual cues we’ve all become accustomed to.

iOS 16 Beta 5 Adds ‘Copy And Delete’ Option For Sharing Screenshots Without Clutter, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

This new “Copy and Delete” feature will make it easier to snap a screenshot and quickly save it to your clipboard. You can then paste the image wherever you need to, such as in an email or iMessage. This should also help prevent your Photos library from getting cluttered with random screenshots.


Are You Bad At Bullet Journaling? Try These Digital Alternatives, by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

Digital journals are superior to paper ones in so many ways. I'm not saying paper is bad or wrong to use, but there are clear advantages to working electronically.

This iPhone App Might Actually Help You Break Your Social Media Addiction, by Joel Cunningham, LifeHacker

This Shortcut Automation app—called “one sec” by its innovator, Frederik Riedel—seeks to inject some mindfulness into that mindless habit. To use it, you set up an automation that will trigger one sec to run when you attempt to open whatever social media, gaming, or other app is eating into your day. A simple, soothing bit of animation will interrupt the process, encouraging you to take a deep breath, before you tap a second time to confirm you truly do want to open that app—or not.


South Korea To Probe App Store Operators Over Suspected In-app Payment Violations, by Heekyong Yang, Reuters

South Korea's telecommunications regulator said on Tuesday it plans to launch an investigation into app store operators such as Apple Inc, Alphabet's Google and One Store over suspected violations of in-app payment law.


The Korea Communications Commissions (KCC) said in a statement it had conducted an inspection since May 17 to determine whether Google, Apple and One Store had violated the rules and had determined that all three might have done so.

With Grocery Prices Up, Families Turn To Food Waste Apps, by David Silverberg, Next City

As the cost of living skyrockets, consumers are looking to apps for discounts on surplus food. How much can these apps really do for their budgets – or our planet?

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While searching for SF Symbols for one of my hobby projects, I discovered there isn't a picture of the good old Floppy Disk.

Well, I guess I don't have to provide a 'Save' function then.



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