Iterate. Iterate. Iterate. – by David Hoang:
Iteration sparks movement, which builds momentum. It’s like pedaling a bicycle on a lower gear instead of the highest. The lower gear won’t get you as far but it requires less effort to get moving. My co-worker and friend Izzy once said, “The number one way to be productive is to reduce the iteration cycle.” This is true. If you struggle with getting something creative done, reduce the iteration. Write the outline instead of the final draft, and come back to it later. Sketch out scribbles of the app design…
Watch out for 12-day weeks:
But stressed out and worried we are not. And if we’re feeling frenzied for any reason, we delay the release until we’ve calmed down.
System Preferences Reimagined on macOS — Basic Apple Guy:
As features have continued being added to macOS, Apple has opted to force new preferences inside existing ones to avoid icon overcrowding. Focus Mode on iOS is crammed into the new ‘Notifications & Focus’ tab on macOS, Night Shift is a tiny button on the bottom right under the Display settings, and the Control Centre is managed behind the ‘Dock & Menu Bar’ icon through a process of having the user individually click-through 15+ different tabs to customize their Menu Bar.
And while some settings are crammed together, others feel needlessly scattered. AppleID, Family Sharing, Internet Accounts, & Users & Groups are four different preference icons, while on iOS they are essentially all managed under a single tab. Showing the Bluetooth icon in the Menu Bar is done through the ‘Bluetooth’ settings, while changing the clock is done in the ‘Dock & Menu Bar’ settings, not the ‘Date & Time’ option.
A simple Shortcut for daily data entry – All this:
I needed to either automate that process or create a system that would update the CSV file directly with each day’s blood pressure reading. I opted for the latter with this shortcut
∞ Apple Support: How to watch together on your Apple TV during a FaceTime call:
Another excellent Apple Support video. This one walks through the process of syncing your Apple TV watching experience with other folks on a FaceTime call.
Interesting that the Mac is not mentioned, even though SharePlay via FaceTime was introduced in macOS Monterey 12.1, as described here.
No matter, good to see the SharePlay process in action. Well done.
Source: The Loop
Here’s what actually happens to all your online shopping returns – Rest of World:
For a fee, these companies offer to optimize the money-losing headache of returns. Adam Vitarello, co-founder of Optoro, which manages returns for companies such as Target and American Eagle, says his company’s U.S.-based clients restock 90% of their returns, and most of the rest, which Optoro tracks through its platform’s reuse rate, is diverted to secondary channels like eBay, leaving about 4% headed to the landfill.
But they rely also on the same overloaded infrastructure that the rest of the e-commerce global supply chain runs through once a sale is made. One of Optoro’s logistics partners is UPS, which hired nearly 100,000 new workers during the holiday season to keep up with high online shopping volumes. Rest of World’s AirTagged returns appeared to travel via the U.S. Postal Service, which has experienced unprecedented delays during the pandemic, due to high volumes, worker shortages, and increased labor costs. Shein confirmed that the U.S. Postal Service is among its own logistics partners.
Source: Pixel Envy
Dolby Atmos’ role in better digital experiences – Scobleizer:
What about the future?
The holy grail is to “fool” the listener into thinking she/he is at a concert, where sound is coming from all around you, particularly when you are at something like Coachella. There they have dozens of speakers in front, above, and behind you, and that sound is bouncing off of everything else.
We aren’t there yet.
Apple Is Working on More Ways to Reduce Abuse of AirTags for iOS Users — Pixel Envy:
But the changes coming later this year are more promising. Apple says it will enable Precision Finding to help someone locate an AirTag they may be carrying, and add audio alerts on iOS devices. Unknown AirTags will also notify their carrier sooner.
Plugging into guitarist Mike Haldeman’s unique digital rig:
I didn’t want these still, magical, mystifying moments of my interaction with music to become demystified by suddenly understanding complex jazz harmony. It’s like there’s a sound there that I love, and I want to keep its magical essence. I don’t want to understand it. I want it to be something that still remains kind of confusing and elusive and something that I have to search for.