The As-the-Moment-Requires Edition Saturday, April 1, 2023

I Made iPhone Focus Modes For My Real Life And I Couldn't Be Happier, by Philip Berne, TechRadar

There are subtle differences, but both iOS and Android allow you to make your own custom focus modes, so I started to think about the situations where I could use my phone’s automated help to keep me on task, or maybe off task, as the moment requires.

These modes can help you get started making your own fun Focus setting, so let me explain what Focus lets you do and where you can find it. On every phone, Focus is under your Settings menu. There is a list of preset Focus modes, but you can always customize those modes and create your own.


Apple Removing Keynote App's Presentation Sharing Feature In Future Update, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple plans to remove the Keynote Live feature in a future version of its Keynote app, according to a new support document. The feature allows for a presentation to be played over the internet in the Keynote app on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Scrivener 3.3.1, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The long-form writing tool now supports generating PDF files in the PDF/X-1a format (required by certain self-publishing services), updates the Ebook Compile format to preserve indents in tables of contents, and improves DOCX export to be more careful about avoiding duplicate image data.

Varlens App Review: Bringing The Film Experience To The iPhone, by Ted Kritsonis, PetaPixel

Anything that fosters creativity for mobile photographers in such a user-friendly way is worthy of consideration. If you’re down to learn more and shoot better on an iPhone, this is one app that can help.

I Tried The Reflect Orb & Now I Actually Meditate, by Carolyn Steber, Bustle

I don’t know if I loved the Orb, the lights, the data, or all of the above, but something about the physical object and the biofeedback magically inspired me to meditate for a whole week. It was so satisfying to pick up the Orb for a few minutes and check in with myself.


Apple Gangnam Now Open In South Korea, by Apple

Apple Gangnam opened today in the heart of Seoul’s bustling, world-famous Gangnam District. This new space invites customers to discover Apple’s incredible lineup of products and services, and receive best-in-class support from highly knowledgeable specialists.

GM Kills More Than CarPlay Support, It Kills Choice, by Roberto Baldwin, Ars Technica

Today, news dropped that GM would be phasing out CarPlay support in future EVs. In its partnership with Google, it hopes that all the features you get from mirroring your iPhone can be replaced with an Android Automotive feature. GM, like Toyota before it, wants to control the digital real estate in its vehicles. It’s a revenue-based and walled-garden (ironically against Apple) decision that will cost them.

Apple Wins Appeal Against UK's Decision To Investigate Its Mobile Browser, by Paul Sandle, Reuters

The CAT endorsed Apple's argument, saying that in declining to take action at that time only in the expectation of receiving further powers it might well be said that the CMA "erred in law".

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I wish Focus mode works in real life. Nowadays, people still disturb me when I put on headphones and pretend to work. :-)


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