The Circadian-Clock Edition Thursday, October 12, 2023

Your Apple Watch Tracks Your Time In Daylight. Here’s Why., by Teddy Amenabar, Washington Post

Stepping outside in the morning, within the first few hours after waking up, is the most important signal you can send to your body’s circadian clock, said Samer Hattar, chief and senior investigator for the section on light and circadian rhythms at the National Institute of Mental Health.

“That’s the time when the light is going to have the biggest impact,” he said. “Your system is going to be more entrained and more aligned to the solar day.”

Apple Finally Made The Perfect Watch Face, by Jason Cross, Macworld

On a screen that small, with an interaction window measured in single-digit seconds, I just don’t want to engage my brain in the way necessary to decode a slew of small data points, glyphs, and graphics. I’ll take out my phone for that.

And that’s where the Snoopy watch face comes in. It injects the watch face with personality, but more importantly, it uses that personality to provide contextual clues that go right to the emotional center of my brain, without charts or graphs. This is what I want out of my Apple Watch! I want to smile every time I raise my wrist, but I also want to intuitively know–without reading data–something useful based on my own personal situation. Oh, it’s hot out! It’s getting late! It’s raining out! It’s dinner time!

Photographer Reuben Wu Shows The Power Of The iPhone 15 Pro Max With Stunning Photos In The Desert, by Jessica Stewart, My Modern Met

Thanks to the device's small size, Wu was able to explore areas that would have otherwise been impossible. The results are intimate images taken in the Utah desert that bring Wu into the environment in a manner that's usually not possible.

“The best part of the experience was how physically nimble I was able to be on location with the iPhone in my shirt pocket. This, combined with a lightweight tripod and small lumber pack, enabled me to move through extremely narrow and flooded slot canyons to reach my intended locations and capture images that I’d be proud of regardless of camera type.”

iOS 17 And macOS Sonoma Automatically Generate Apple ID Passkeys, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Now that iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma are available, you can forgo entering your password on and domains thanks to newly added passkey support. Any Apple site on the web can rely instead on Face ID or Touch ID to authenticate your login. As part of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, your Apple ID is automatically assigned a passkey that can be used for iCloud and Apple sites.


Some iPhone Models Mysteriously Shutting Off At Night, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

You can tell if your ‌iPhone‌ turned off at night by opening up the Settings app, navigating to Battery, and checking the charging status over the past 24 hours. If there's a gap, the ‌iPhone‌ was turned off for a period of time.

Apple Shares 1.5-Hour 'Study With Me' Guided Session, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Hosted by Storm Reid, Euphoria actress and University of Southern California student, the video uses the Pomodoro technique for three 25-minute study sessions with three five minute breaks.

Mophie Magnetic Vent Mount Review: Keep Your iPhone Safe And Sturdy While Driving, by Peter Müller, Macworld

Unlike many other mounts that attach to a car’s air vents, Mophie’s device can be easily removed and attached from the vent.


The Google Trial Shows That Apple’s Search Deal Is The Most Important Contract In Tech, by David Pierce, The Verge

US v. Google isn’t directly about Apple’s history or future with search. But it has revealed a fascinating alternate universe in the tech industry. Search, as Nadella put it in his testimony, is “the organizing layer of the web.” Today, that layer looks like Google. But it seems plausible that if Google and Apple didn’t have a mutually beneficial, fabulously lucrative search deal, the search market — by far the largest business in tech — might look very different. If Apple had invested in Siri or bought Bing, if DuckDuckGo was a more formidable competitor, if the hundreds of billions of search-ad dollars were spread around Silicon Valley rather than concentrated in Google’s coffers, we might use the internet in entirely different ways.

Australia Unveils Draft Law To Regulate Digital Payment Providers, by Renju Jose, Reuters

The proposed rules would enable the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to monitor digital wallet payments in the same way as credit card networks and other transactions. It would also give powers to the treasurer to order regulators to check if any payment platforms pose risks to the country.

The Cheap Streaming Era Is Over. Here's Why Your Bills Are Going Up, by Wendy Lee, Thomas Suh Lauder, Los Angeles Times

While tech giants like Apple and Amazon make the bulk of their revenue through products and services outside of entertainment, companies such as Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros. Discovery are struggling with the transition to online streaming from traditional businesses, like linear pay television.

Bottom of the Page

I sure hope the iPhone-shutting-down-in-the-middle-of-the-night bug doesn't affect me. More precisely, I hope I can still continue to be woken up by the morning alarm, and not be late for work.

(If I am going away on a trip, and I need the alarm to wake me up at 3.30am in the morning so that I can catch my morning flight, I will be extra super-stressed right about now.)


Thanks for reading.