The Talking-to-You Edition Monday, December 12, 2022

Take Out Those Earbuds — They're Wrecking Your Hearing, by Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

How can you avoid positioning yourself for hearing damage? Audiologist Dr. Amy Sarow advises, "The best way to prevent the volume from exceeding a safe level is by limiting the device's maximum output through the phone settings or avoiding turning the volume up past 70% of the full volume. A good rule of thumb: if you can't hear someone talking to you at arm's length over the volume, it's too loud."


The Best Alarm Clock Apps To Keep You From Hitting The Snooze Button, by David Nield, Gizmodo

These apps won’t magically make your commute any more appealing, or counter the effects of a late-night streaming binge the evening before, but they will force your body to start emerging from its slumber and properly start the process of waking up. From there, you’ll be in a better place to weigh up the pros and cons of making your way out into the world — or crawling back into bed for another ten minutes.


What Happened To Apple's App Clips?, by Lila Riesen, AppleInsider

The what and the how of App Clips are clear. But the problem that consumers and developers are having is "why bother."

Advanced Data Protection For iCloud Is A Good Start, But Apple Has More Work To Do, by Dan Moren, Macworld

But as good as those protections are, there are still a few more places where the company could enact additional security and privacy measures to help make sure that your data stays in your control.

Apple’s Plans For Car And AR Headset Reflect More Pragmatic Era, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

These days, though, Apple may be taking a new tack: practicality. As it prepares to push into two major categories — a mixed-reality headset and an electric car — the company is aiming to be less revolutionary and more pragmatic, all in the name of actually getting the products out the door.

Bottom of the Page

I can no longer stand noisy places. Well, I didn't really like noisy places in the past, but these three years of strange times have made me less tolerant of noisy places.

And, boy, do I enjoy my noise-cancelling AirPods Pro. And if --- well... when? -- my hearing goes, I may be happier because the world outside has just become quieter. Better savor all the podcasts and audiobooks now.


Thanks for reading.