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  • New AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max firmware updates are now available

    AirPods users can check the current firmware for their audio accessories within the Settings app, selecting General, then About, then select the relevant device from the menu.


    To check your AirPods firmware version:

    • Open the Settings app on your iPhone
    • Navigate to the “Bluetooth” menu
    • Find your AirPods in the list of devices
    • Tap the “i” next to them
    • Look at the “Firmware Version” number
  • On its second anniversary, Apple TV+ is in a good place

    gmul said:
    I like the content on AppleTV for the most part. But this weekly release of episodes is not what I am after. If I wanted the old network style TV I would not have gotten rid of my cable. So I will cancel my subscription after a month and after a few months pass I will sign up again for a month so I can binge the shows I like, repeat.
    I don't really think weekly episodes are a huge reason people cut ties with cable. For me the big reason for getting rid of cable is not paying for 500 channels I don't watch and not having to put up with annoying commercials.

    I used to like to binge (and I still do occasionally). But more recently, and especially during the pandemic, I've found that I really enjoy looking forward to new episodes each week. I was also talking to a friend recently about how prior to the binge era style of consuming media, a show had the ability to become a milestone for that particular time in your life. If you spend a day or two binging a season (or multiple seasons) of a show, those stories and characters become easily forgettable. Whereas spending many weeks, months, and after multiple seasons, many years with a show, those stories and characters become part of your life... almost like family. And when shows like that end there is a sadness because it represents the end of an era for you and those characters. You don't get that very much anymore with modern streaming shows. 
  • Apple TV+ drama 'The Mosquito Coast' renewed for second season

    mprusse said:
    Totally unrealistic dialog. No one uses the F-word that much.
    I do.
  • Apple TV+ cancels 'High Desert' after only one season

    JP234 said:
    cpsro said:
    Too bad a show that so thoroughly breaks stereotypes gets cancelled while shows like Succession--loaded with uninspired f-bombs--are so popular and get renewed.  (Yes, I know Succession isn't Apple TV+ and has finally ended.)
    Succession was fucking fantastic. One of the best written shows in memory with excellent acting and effective drama. Swearing is ok because people actually swear. 
    I watched roughly 60 seconds of the first episode of Succession, but I had to quit after the 20th F*&%ty, F*&%ty, F*&%, F*&%, F*&%.
    If you took the F word out of that episode I bet it would have run about 3 minutes.
    Not enough swearing for an accurate depiction of New Yorkers if you ask me. However, The Hallmark Channel is currently showing Christmas movies in July if boring, unrealistic, sugar-coated portrayals of wholesome whitebread is your thing.
  • Apple releases new firmware update for redesigned Siri Remote

    Beats said:
    That remote is ugly. I’m sure Apple is still trying to figure out a good design. 
    No it's not.
  • New Apple Watch study aims to cut blood thinner use by AFib patients

    markbvt said:
    michelb76 said:
    Why are blood thinners so expensive in the USA?
    It must depend on the blood thinner. Coumadin, aka Warfarin, is cheap, like a few dollars for a month's supply.

    Warfarin is cheap, yes. It also requires frequent blood testing which means frequent doctor visits for lab tests (every few days or weekly in the beginning and then every 2 to 4 weeks once the dose is stable). I was also told it is harder to stop bleeding if you cut yourself than other anticoagulants. It wasn't hard for me to decide that the extra $$$ was worth it.
  • 'Masters of the Air' WWII miniseries set to debut on Apple TV+ in January

    Looks great!  BoB is a favorite of mine, and it probably was in some part due to the actors — so I hope they found comparable actors for this series.

    I don’t understand why Apple doesn’t go more into dramatizations of historic events.  So much has happened in history, and picking any singular event would be more entertaining than most of the fiction that they churn out (and more educational).
    • WeCrashed
    • Black Bird
    • Five Days At Memorial
    • Napoleon
    • The Big Cigar
    • Chief of War
    • Franklin
    • The New Look
    • Ferrari

  • Philips Hue adds security cameras and announces Matter support

    Philips is not supporting Apple's HomeKit Secure Video service. Instead, buyers must subscribe to a Signify service, starting with the Philips Hue Secure Basic plan for $3.99 per camera, per month.
    Nope indeed! I was immediately uninterested as soon as I read that.
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  • Apple Original 'Lessons in Chemistry' set to receive prestigious SOFEE award

    Appleish said:
    Haven't dipped into this show yet. I'm worried because there is not a lot of praise out there. And people who have read the book seem to hate it.

    I'm a big fan of many of the Apple TV+ shows, and I like Larson, but the trailer is not compelling.

    Not sure where you're getting any of that information from.  It's a well-loved book, by any measure (4.4/5 on Apple Books, 4.6/5.0 on Amazon).  It's a NYTimes Best seller.  The only substantively negative reviews are from people who seem to be significantly religious and take offense at it, or those who think it's "man-hating" for showing women being empowered without the help of men.
    I assumed they meant "people who have read the book seem to hate [the show]."

    That said, my mom loved the book and says she likes the show so far. 
  • What the iPhone 15 Pro in gray titanium could look like

    It’s a super bland color, yuck. Then again, who cares? Who walks around with a $1200 phone without a protective cover?
    I care. I've never used a case and never will. I've also never dropped or broken any of my phones. It's like those tacky people why buy furniture and keep it covered in plastic. Or people who don't peel the plastic film off a brand new TV because they think it will make the thing last longer. What's the point of having nice things if you're going to cover it up? Take care of your shit and it will last a long time!