The Helping-Creators Edition Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Apple Highlights Free Live Sessions For App Developers And Podcasters To Learn From Experts, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Starting this month and throughout the weeks ahead, Apple is hosting a new round of free sessions with experts to help creators who are working on apps and podcasts. Registration is open now for support with discovery and marketing, optimizing subscriptions, and more.

Apple Store Customer Claims Uber Driver Stole Their $2,000 Delivery Order And Apple Won't Offer Refund, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The underlying issue appears to be that Apple and its courier partners like Uber have inadequate measures in place to prove that an order was actually delivered, leaving the burden of proof on the customer in incidents where theft may have occurred.


Beats Fit Pro Launching In New Tidal Blue, Volt Yellow, And Coral Pink Colors, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Originally launched in late 2021, Beats Fit Pro are an alternative to Apple’s AirPods Pro which offer many of the same features such as active noise cancelation (ANC) and an H1 chip for Apple-specific features like “Hey Siri” and Find My support and automatic device switching, but in a more fitness-focused design.

Twelve South Intro New HiRise Pro Stand For M2 MacBooks With Integrated MagSafe Charger Slot, by Rikka Altland, 9to5Toys

Alongside all of the ergonomic improvements for your MacBook, Twelve South is also adding some extra functionality into the HiRise Pro. Sitting in the base of the stand is a slot for your MagSafe charging pad. Sitting underneath the vegan leather-padded surface is a cut out for you to slot in your own existing official MagSafe charger.

Strange Things Are Happening With Rovio’s Angry Birds, But Arcade Version Safe For Now, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

From what it sounds like, more (or enough) people may be playing the classic which does not have in-app purchases like Angry Birds 2, Journey, Blast, and Friends. That’s the most likely factor hurting the “business case” for Rovio’s apps going forward.


Biden Won’t Stop A Potential Ban On Importing Apple Watches, by Victoria Song, The Verge

Medical device maker AliveCor announced today that President Biden has upheld an International Trade Commission ruling that could result in a potential import ban on the Apple Watch over its EKG feature.


Biden’s decision doesn’t mean every Apple Watch from the Series 4 to the Apple Watch Ultra (excluding both generations of the SE) is about to disappear off shelves. Apple’s Smith told The Verge the ITC’s ruling doesn’t have any real impact at the moment. That’s because the Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently ruled that AliveCor’s EKG tech isn’t actually patentable, and AliveCor would have to win its appeal to that ruling for any potential ban to take effect.

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Today I found out that Siri pronounced SGT, Singapore Timezone, as sergeant. I guess time information just next to the abbreviation wasn't a enough signal to Siri.

Related: Siri also pronounces the 'wind' in 'wind down' as the thing that is 'perceptible natural movement of the air'. This is my daily reminder on one of my iPhone app to get myself to start my wind-down process at the end of the day. I guess I should rename this reminder some day, eh?


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