The Ear-Plugs Edition Saturday, March 4, 2023

Can The AirPods Pro Protect Your Hearing? We Put Them To The Test., by Brent Butterworth, Lauren Dragan, New York Times

Of course, some hearing protection is always better than none. If you find yourself in an unexpectedly loud environment, and all you have on hand are earbuds, they’re worth popping into your ears, especially if they offer noise cancellation. Our measurements suggest that all of these earbuds will reduce the sound level by at least a few decibels, which is probably better than stuffing your ears with wadded-up cocktail napkins. But until companies specifically design their earbuds to double as hearing protection—a development that may not be too far off, considering the results of this testing—we’d say that your safest bet at the next festival is to keep a pair of concert earplugs on your keychain.

Rumor: Apple Springing For Yellow Variant Of iPhone 14 Soon, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

We’re quickly approaching the time of year when Apple has introduced a fresh color for its latest iPhones. After going with “Alpine Green” last year, a rumor suggests that the spring color will be yellow this time around.


Apple’s Business-oriented “Mac Notebook Upgrade Program” Has Been Discontinued, by Umar Shakir, The Verge

Apple partnered with a bank in 2021 to let small businesses lease new M1 Macs for as low as $30 per month, with easy options to upgrade if and when more powerful devices are released. Now that’s no longer being offered, and businesses that had signed up will now have to sign up for a different program from CIT Group, the bank Apple partnered with, or go another route to get their computers.

GraphicConverter 12, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The upgraded app introduces the Metadata Juggler dialog, which enables you to combine several editing steps, save them, and open them again at any time.

Timing 2023.2, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Daniel Alm has released Timing 2023.2, adding a device picker to the toolbar to simplify excluding iOS device times from your reports when the new Screen Time Integration feature is enabled.


Apple’s Cloud Chief To Leave, Adding To Wave Of Departures, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The executive, Michael Abbott, is stepping down in April, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the move isn’t public. Abbott will be the second top lieutenant to services chief Eddy Cue to leave this year, joining a growing list of company vice-presidents who have departed the iPhone maker in late 2022 and early 2023.

Making Everything Wireless Was A Mistake, by Ian Carlos Campbell, Inverse

The tech industry’s intolerance for creating physical connections between the things we own is about control, plain and simple. A device that allows for no user input other than the mediated interface of a touchscreen, mouse, or keyboard lets software rule what you can and can’t do.

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Yellow. The funnest color ever.


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