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  • Apple Fellow Phil Schiller quits Twitter

    “Maybe the future of social media is one social media engine used exclusively by conservatives, and a different one used exclusively by socialists.”

    Why do you think all of us progressives are socialists? 

    I quit Twitter yesterday evening after Musk reinstated TFG after lying that stuff like that would not happen until a committee that remains undefined would meet. Having once said I would leave if Trump were reinstated I was not going to go back on my word. I have no need to participate in a right wing fantasy of another billionaire. 

  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds now available for preorder

    Was interested but no volume controls? Only six hours battery life and two additional charges? I’m sure it sounds good and I do love my old QC20’s from Bose. But honestly, when my Back Bay Audio true wireless earbuds get 8 hours on a charge, have a small case with four additional charges, sound awesome and with Comply memory foam ear cushions have great passive noise cancellation, I just can’t convince myself to buy these. I’d love active NC, but with comply ear cushions, the Back Bay Duets are nearly as good as my wired Bose QC20 earbuds with ANC. For $42 vs $279, the extra benefits of these new Bose earbuds don’t seem worth it. And the Duets control volume. They don’t have Qi wireless charging or USB-C nor fast charging. But that’s ok with me. The sound is awesome. 
  • How to replace Apple Mail on the iPhone or iPad, and why you might want to

    Was a devoted user of airmail and spark and ultimately both fell short, miserably, and I’ve been quite happy with Mail. Airmail is buggy and has terrible support and the worst interface I’ve ever seen. Spark is missing some basic features like rules and the ability to turn off threading or sort a thread in descending order and has been saying for two years now that these are under consideration yet never delivers. Yeah, I miss snoozing messages but Mail has never lost an email I was sending or drafting. Not so much with Airmail. And Spark wouldn’t display Exchange invites as invites if the invitation contained attachments, as they often can and do. So I missed meetings as a result. Readdle never fixed that despite many back and forth emails with logs and other details. Spark can’t change fonts or parse some emails properly (Airmail also messes up many received emails with regard to parsing). Plus some email programs just bite the dust suddenly. Remember Newton Mail? Gone. Alto? Gone. Sparrow? Gone. 

    If an email program fails at basic functions, it doesn’t matter if they can snooze or send emails later. I would love to see more innovation from Apple on Mail but it handles Exchange really well (better than Airmail, Canary or Spark) and is reliable. I tried Outlook and had hopes for it but that didn’t work well for me either. YMMV. 
  • Apple planning lower cost MacBook Air for second quarter of 2018

    2) You really don’t use Apple Pay or Touch ID on your Mac?
    TBH I use Unlox (fka MacID) which unlocks and locks from my phone. Works well.