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  • DuckDuckGo announces new Apple MapKit fueled search improvements

    I tried switching to DDG as my default search engine on my iPhone earlier this year and gave it a month. I really wanted to like it but I ended up going back to Google. I found DDG’s results to be very US focused and since I don’t live in the US a lot of the results weren’t relevant to me. I don’t use any of Google’s other services except YouTube and search. I really want DDG to get better so I can ditch Google for good, so I’m pleased they’re still improving. I’ll give them another try later in the year. I think Apple will end up snapping up DDG. It’s also a terrible name for a search engine, here’s hoping for Apple Search one day!
    You can always use a bang to have it jump you over to Google if you feel like you’re not finding the result you want, if you wanted to keep it as your default search still. Just do “underwater basket weaving !g” 

    For those don’t know about the bang shortcuts, there are tons of the, of them, !yt for YouTube, !w for Wikipedia, etc:

    https://duckduckgo.com/bang
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  • French customer receives Mac Studio order a few days early

    The box looks fake.  Cannot believe Apple would put a handle like that on it.
    LOL — Yeah, they'd NEVER do that!


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  • 'Apple Glass' details leaked, will cost $499 and work with prescriptions

    MisterKit said:
    I don’t understand how a product like this will accommodate people with varying degrees of vision. I wear contact lenses for distance but use readers for up close vision. There is no way I could see something on a screen a half inch away from my pupil. I would need the readers or have to take out my contact lenses because I have pretty good nearsighted ability.
    You don't focus a half inch away. You focus on things in the distance and the AR imagery appears as if it's, say a few meters in front of you along with whatever else you're looking at. Focusing a half inch away would cancel out the "reality" part of "augmented reality" as you'd basically be crosseyed. :) AR lenses use prisms and mirrors to project images from a microLED to your eyes.

    Here's a good example product that is probably similar to what Apple is developing:
    https://www.kura.tech

    See section on "Novel Structured Geometric Waveguide Eyepiece":
    https://www.kura.tech/technology

    and the note on DOF at the bottom of the page:
    Depth of Field: Typical AR headsets relay the image to one or two discrete focal planes. This results in what is called “accommodation-vergence mismatch” - for example, depth cues and parallax may suggest that a virtual object is six feet away, but the wearer’s eyes are need to focus 1 foot away to see a sharp image. Accommodation-vergence mismatch can lead to eyestrain and discomfort after prolonged periods of usage. A select few technologies (our’s and Letinar’s pin mirrors) have unlimited depth of field - the in-focus regions extends from a few centimeters in front of the wearer all the way to infinity.

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  • Three days with Apple's new Mac Pro: incredible speed that will accelerate with time


    hodar said:
    Yes, it will get faster - but this is not due to any major accomplishments by Apple.

    This is largely due to the work being done by very bright people at AMD/Intel/nVidia - who are enabling Apple to benefit.  It would be interesting to benchmark the price/Performance of the A-series chips from Apple in a desktop/server application, against AMD/Intel/nVidia and work in that direction.

    But, currently - to give credit to Apple, is akin to giving credit to the cock that crows every morning at sunrise.
    NVidia you say? The company that’s dropping existing Mac support from their next round of drivers? Okay.
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  • Apple unveils plans to ditch Intel chips in Macs for 'Apple Silicon'

    Remember when everyone was handwringing over open source software getting cut off? That's not happening.

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  • New HomePod model coming as soon as late 2022, according to Ming-Chi Kuo

    dewme said:
    I'd like to see Apple acquire Pandora because I've always enjoyed Pandora's discovery/music-genealogy based model. As much as I hate to say it, Siri on HomePod is rather pathetic. Rather than trying to make Siri on HomePod functionally equivalent to Alexa on Echo, Apple should create a Siri-like persona for HomePod (with a new name) that is a music savant powered by the discovery logic that Pandora possesses. I'd like to be able to say "Hey Tunes, I really liked that last track, can you find me more music like that."
    These features already exist:

    In Music:


    Via Siri:


    Both from Apple’s documentation. But sure, they need to buy Pandora. 🙄
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  • Bill Maher declares Apple CSAM tools a 'blatant constitutional breach'

    Bill Maher is an idiot. 
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  • Apple rumored to invest $3.6B in Kia to produce 100,000 'Apple Cars' per year


    JWSC said:
    All of a sudden, I want to know less about the Apple car.  My enthusiasm is draining.  Apple might want to consider taking control of the news narrative at this point.
    Get Schiller out of retirement, a random internet person is losing interest in the rumors about an unannounced product!
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  • Apple updates iWork apps with macOS Ventura & iPadOS 16 features

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    How do I use any of these programs to draw a family tree instead of using commercial genealogy program? 
    I would recommend Keynote. Insert a text box for each person, and connect that with angled connection lines. Export to pdf or jpeg or whatever you prefer.

    Keynote is basically a page layout program. All of the iWork apps are good at page layout.
    Can Numbers do it? 
    I think so, but I wouldn't use it.

    In Numbers, you probably create a bunch of 1 cell tables and connect them with connection lines. Same process as Keynote. The crazy way is to merge cells and draw cell borders, or overlay lines. You have to be Tufte-esque OCD personality to do it that way. With Keynote, you have pixel precision control, alignment guides, the connection lines move with the box, etc. The only advantage with Numbers is that it has more of an infinite canvas, which a dedicated family tree program would have.
    Is there a way to draw lines between cells using some format? 
    If you insert a line in Numbers, it can go on top of the table. If you have the alignment guides on, it will align to the cell borders. The issue is if you change the size of the table, not add rows or columns, but change the size of the table, the line doesn't go with it, and it becomes misaligned.

    You can insert all the same shapes and objects and connect them with lines in Numbers as you do with Keynote. So insert text boxes, connect them with connection lines. The connection lines are important because they will continue to connect your text boxes when you move the text boxes. All the same pixel precision placement controls are there.

    Another option is OmniGraffle. I think it has layers even. Not free.
    Can I create text boxes in Keynote then connect lines between boxes. Then when I move the boxes around the lines will keep connected? 
    Yes. The same with Numbers and Pages. Insert => Line => Connection Line of your choice. They generally connect to the geometric center of the object they are being connected to. Move the object around and the connection line will maintain its connection in accordance to the Connection Line type.

    iWork apps all use the core page layout, table and text code. Like, you can insert a table into a Keynote page, and you can do spreadsheet things in the table, like math and stuff. Not all the features and functions have made it to iPadOS yet though. 
    I will try it out. Thanks. 
    Don't do any of this. None of iWork is built for this kind of diagramming, and you'll be pulling your hair out trying to make them do what you want. There are solutions built for doing this task that are going to be far easier to work with:

    Online:
    https://www.canva.com/graphs/family-trees/ (Canva also has a Mac app)
    https://creately.com/lp/family-tree-creator-online/
    https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/examples/family-tree-generator

    Or there are apps in the Mac App Store specifically built for this purpose.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/macfamilytree-10/id1567970985?mt=12
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  • SanDisk debuts new USB-C Extreme & Extreme Pro SSDs with twice the performance

    rob53 said:
    I wish the article had compared the SanDisk drives to the Samsung T7 drives in terms of both real world performance and price. I keep buying the T7 drives as they have been extremely reliable and the price is reasonable. No point in buying slow poorly made thumb drives when a 500 GB T7 costs $80 on sale (which it often is).
    The T7 uses NVMe blades making them the same speed as the new SanDisk drives as long as the interface is capable of handling this speed.

    ref: https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/portable-solid-state-drives/portable-ssd-t7-usb-3-2-500gb--blue--mu-pc500h-am/?cid=pla-ecomm-pfs-mms-us-bing-na-02122020-169922-&ds_e=MICROSOFT-cr:0-pl:267861193-&ds_c=FF~[CE_Memory]+_CN~memory_PH~on_MK~us_BS~ec_PR~memcross_SB~msmul_PK~roas_FS~loe_CA~pla_MD~h_KS~ba_MT~na-&ds_ag=AG_[Memory]+SSD_MK~us_AT~sa_MD~h_PB~biss_AI~no-&ds_k=PRODUCT+GROUP&msclkid=5665152ba0fc1736ec9c4a5f192b5c73&gclid=CLbi7MqtkewCFWoZfwod4w0HYA&gclsrc=ds

    Why can't they come up with a shorter URL????
    Drop everything after the “?” in your URL — that’s a query string that you don’t need to link to the page. 
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