The MacBook-ThinkPad-Surface Edition Thursday, March 16, 2023

50 Years Later, We’re Still Living In The Xerox Alto’s World, by David C. Brock, IEEE Spectrum

I’m sitting in front of a computer, looking at its graphical user interface with overlapping windows on a high-resolution screen. I interact with the computer by pointing and clicking with a mouse and typing on a keyboard. I’m using a word processor with the core features and functions of Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or LibreOffice’s Writer, along with an email client that could be mistaken for a simplified version of Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook, or Mozilla Thunderbird. This computer runs other software, written using object-oriented programming, just like the popular programming languages Python, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, and R. Its networking capabilities can link me to other computers and to high-quality laser printers.

You are probably thinking, “So what? My computer has all that too.” But the computer in front of me is not today’s MacBook, ThinkPad, or Surface computer.

Apple Shares New AirPods Pro Ad Highlighting Up To 2x Active Noise Cancellation, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Set to the song "Where Is My Mind?" by Tkay Maidza, the ad shows a woman wearing AirPods Pro as she walks through a busy city. With Active Noise Cancellation mode enabled on her AirPods Pro, she is able to block out the loud noises surrounding her.


Peakto Review: A Hub For All Your Images And Catalogs, by Mel Martin, Fstoppers

You don't have to stop using your normal editing apps or stop using their catalogs, but if you point Peakto at any of those catalogs, it will automatically ingest them and give you a high altitude view of all your photos, with all your metadata intact.


Peakto monitors the changes made to your catalogs and watched folders and will sync on demand with these changes to ensure that all data in Peakto (metadata and preview) is always up to date. Just click on your photo to open it in the software you used to edit it.

Tripsy 2.15 Adds Weather Forecasts, Time Zone Support, And Other Customization Options, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Tripsy is more than just an app for storing details about your upcoming trips. It does that and does it well, but it’s also a great way to revisit old trips and get inspired about places you want to visit in the future. [...] With version 2.15, which debuted this week, Tripsy is focused on trip itineraries, adding several ‘quality of life’ features along with better organization for multi-location trips, and improved customization.

Camo 2 Revamped With Support For Any Camera, Apple Silicon Hardware Boosts, And More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Even as Apple launched its Continuity Camera feature for Mac/iPhone last fall, Camo continued to offer more and more value with features like variable frame rates, Smart Zoom, and video stabilization.

Today, with Camo 2, Reincubate is bringing even more capability and power to the experience compared to any other webcam solution.

Carrot Weather Adds Expanded Radar And Alerts With A Chance Of ChatGPT-fueled Snark, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Carrot Weather is out with an update today that brings a fun implementation of ChatGPT, expanded radar, weather alerts, lightning notifications, and more. And while you can enjoy the snarky new AI chatbot experience, you can also customize its personality.

Sling Launches New iOS Widget, PiP For Desktop, And Enhanced 'Sports Scores', by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Sling has released three handy updates including a fresh iOS widget, PiP mode called “Side View” plus a new Sports Scores feature to keep up with what’s happening across games while watching TV.


Apple Supplier Foxconn Wins AirPod Order, Plans $200 Million Factory In India, by Yimou Lee, Reuters

The deal will see Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker and assembler of around 70% of all iPhones, become an AirPod supplier for the first time and underlines efforts by the key Apple supplier to further diversify production away from China. AirPods are currently made by a range of Chinese suppliers.

Apple Prevails In Privacy Battle Over Streaming Video, by Wendy Davis, MediaPost

Apple has defeated a lawsuit alleging that the company violates New York and Minnesota privacy laws by retaining records of the videos that users stream through iTunes.

In a decision issued this week, U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam in the Northern District of California said the New York and Minnesota laws do not allow individuals to sue companies over their alleged failure to destroy video rental records.

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I have never used this new feature, but my understanding is that the latest iOS can recognize certain sounds -- such as door bells and alarms -- and can then notify you when the phone can hear these sounds but you can't.

Well, I wonder if Apple can consider adding a (more difficult) use case? Have the iPhone listen to station announcements in a subway, and can notify you that you have arrive at your station and that you need to stop being so engrossed with reading that e-book of yours that you forgot to get off the train.

(This example may or may not be based on a real-life incident.)


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