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  • How to use Apple's new Reminders app in iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina

    Most of this doesn't even matter because it is still a god awful bug ridden mess. They can't even get Complete status to sync properly between devices. Recurring Reminders are still plagued by inconsistent behavior: duplicates, appearing on days they aren't scheduled for, on and on.

    Exactly.  I'll go further:  I hate the new Reminders app.  There are too many steps.  I also have to click "new reminder" on the bottom left to add a new one, whereas before I just clicked the next line.  Setting date and time is separated now, and it's annoying.  When I first setup iOS 13, it transferred my reminders, then deleted them, then put them back after I manually re-added them.   The new app is a bloated mess.  

    I have a similar complaint with Mail.  While the new app seems much faster at checking and downloading, they've added an extra step to mark all messages as read.  It used to be just "edit, mark all, mark all as read."  Now it's "edit, select all (top left), mark (bottom left), mark as read."   Annoying.  
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  • Bob Iger: Disney and Apple likely to have merged if Steve Jobs was alive

    Someone is trying to sell a book.  I highly doubt this would have happened.  
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  • Nomura predicts poor 2019 iPhone sales, warns over 2020 5G optimism

    avon b7 said:
    There are headwinds for Apple with regards to the competition. It is playing catch-up. Whether they catch up this year or not is a mystery. Part of its sales will hinge on that. Another part will hinge on price and another part of geopolitical issues.

    The last four years haven't really moved the needle on shipments. That in itself is telling.
    Catch up, precisely how?

    Let's go further....telling, how? 

    As much as I think this analysis may be off, I do think the 2019 iPhone is going to be underwhelming.  I have an XS Max, and I just doubt I'm going to turn it in to upgrade.  I think I'd rather pay it off over another year.  
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  • Scottish city providing 52,000 iPads to students and teachers

    elijahg said:
    Our school did exactly this, replacing a few hundred netbooks with iPads. But unfortunately all we had was complaints about usability; kids couldn't write essays with the iPad keyboard, maths work was tedious and without a system to submit and mark work there is no way other than email to get coursework to the teachers - obviously that's not an Apple problem, it's a governmental lets spend $370 million and think about the practicalities later problem. Eventually our iPads got ditched for cheap laptops. Also, I'm not sure Scotland should be spending this kind of money considering their financial deficit.
    elijahg said:
    Our school did exactly this, replacing a few hundred netbooks with iPads. But unfortunately all we had was complaints about usability; kids couldn't write essays with the iPad keyboard, maths work was tedious and without a system to submit and mark work there is no way other than email to get coursework to the teachers - obviously that's not an Apple problem, it's a governmental lets spend $370 million and think about the practicalities later problem. Eventually our iPads got ditched for cheap laptops. Also, I'm not sure Scotland should be spending this kind of money considering their financial deficit.
    That new generation who exchange dozens of messages every day from their on-screen keyboards can not use iPad’s? Obviously this is a complaint of an adult from last century. I understand that texting and writing an essay are not the same thing, but computer keyboards won’t help either unless the kids are trained to manipulate long blocks of text and are given some basic notions about structuring and formatting. Math work is always tedious regardless of the device. What those last century adults expect from kids, learning and writing in MathML? Regarding coursework this the courseware as a whole which is crap, not only homework part.

    I have been an educator for 21 years.  I tend to be someone who embraces technology in my personal and professional life.  At school, I am often known as one of people to come to for help with various tech at the user level.   I use two laptops, an iPad, a Smart Board, my phone and what is now legacy tech (CD, DVD, etc) for instruction.  Technology has made my teaching more efficient.  I have an extensive website that is used for flipped (home) and blended (home/school) instruction.   Our older elementary students all have school-provided iPads and have access to netbooks.  From my observation, it does allow them to complete certain tasks and interactive lessons more easily  

    If you're waiting for the "however," look no further:  There is no evidence of which I'm aware that shows improved student learning because of the mass deployment of iPads.  In fact, my personal observations are that students aren't using the technology at all to develop useful skills.   I have seen zero increase or even a reduction in their executive functioning and organization abilities.  My students refuse to even use the Calendar and Reminders apps to develop homework/practice schedules.  This is after I take them through a mini lesson on exactly those apps and their uses.  Sure, they can record themselves, submit projects through Learning Management System apps, etc.  The teacher can push things to their iPads and they can be used for collaborative activities.  But real skills in research, analysis, prediction, problem-solving, resiliency, etc?  Not from my experience.  If anything, these skills are atrophying at an alarming rate in the general population.  

    Of course, there is also the concern about the effect of "screen time" on our children's brains.  Recent brain research shows that children and adolescents are having their brains rewired.  90% of the adult population (whose brains are less susceptible) cannot perform 2 or more tasks simultaneously without a huge reduction in efficiency.  Children are far more prone to the negative effects of attempting to multitask.  Sleep issues, anxiety, lack of focus, and depression are all major concerns.   Anecdotally, we often hear from parents that they believe their children are getting too much screen time.  As it stands, children are spending most of their school day looking at some version of a glowing rectangle.  

    The bottom line is I am not at all convinced that the mass deployment of devices for school children is a good thing.  Technology has the ability to make our lives easier, work more efficient, and even more interesting.  Right now, it seems that we are giving out massive quantities of a sort of digital drug (the iPad), figuring out what it does later, and hoping for the best.  We've gone from using tech from increased efficiency, novelty and organization to getting on the iPad Train because of the 21st century, maaaannnnn.  




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  • Apple to donate to Amazon rainforest preservation and restoration efforts

    tmay said:
    sdw2001 said:
    We (the rest of the world) need to boycott and/or apply trade sanctions against the Brazilian beef and other industries there that are the impetus for the burning.  It may not seem fair that industrialized nations like the US over-consumed for a long time  (and still over consume) the earth’s resources, and I’m sure nations like Brazil will point this out while attempting to capitalize on their own natural resources, but awareness finally exists regarding what we’re doing to the planet and the future of all the creatures that share it, so positive action needs to be taken to stop, delay, reverse the obvious damage.  I’m not hopefuL. But beef is off the menu.  One small step.

    The problem isn't the existence of the beef industry.   It's poor farming and ranching practices.   In reality, the problem is more moderate and (shockingly) being used for political purposes.  


    https://reason.com/2019/08/23/dont-panic-amazon-burning-is-mostly-farms-not-forests/ ;


    I'll go with NASA, thanks, rather than a Libertarian version of the "news".

    https://www.space.com/amazon-rainforest-fires-2019-nasa-satellite-views.html

    "As raging fires continue to sweep through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, NASA satellites and astronauts aboard the International Space Station are tracking the flames from above. Their view confirmed that this is the most active fire year in Brazil since 2010.

    Fire detections by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) on the Aqua satellite have been the highest since the year 2010 so far, with indications that 2019 may hit a record number of fires in the Amazon. NASA has been using MODIS sensors to detect thermal anomalies all over the world since 2003.

    The timing and location of MODIS' fire detections during this year's dry season in the rainforest are more consistent with land clearing than regional drought, Douglas Morton, chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement by NASA.


    The Reason article actually quotes NASA. Did you read it, or just dismiss it because you hate the site?   It would seem it's the latter.   First, excessive land clearing is absolutely a "poor farming and ranching practice."  Do you not agree?  

    Secondly, the statement about fires being "more consistent" with land clearing isn't exactly a firm indication of cause.  It's a vague and somewhat subjective assertion that could show correlation at best.

    Moreover, the data provided in the article (from the NYT) clearly shows that deforestation rates have decreased over the past 20 years....dramatically.   Simply blaming the fires on Big Beef, cLiMaTe ChAnGe or even just deforestation is simplistic, narrow-minded, and exactly the kind of political BS we've come to expect in our media.   This is nothing new, however.  

    The same hysteria hit the United States in the 1980's and 90's.  "Deforestation" by Big Lumber was going to destroy the environment and the entire nation.  Simple-minded politicians did what was politically expedient and put through huge "protections" on federal land. The lumber companies were no longer allowed to cut old growth in many places, which is another way of saying they weren't allowed to go in and cut out all the dead wood.  The result?  Increased fires.  Go figure.   Obviously the Amazon is a different situation....I'm not directly comparing them.  What I am saying is that the issue and solutions are complex.  The calls for boycotts, ending beef, sanctions and more are just more environmental hysteria.  


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