The Merge-Duplicates Edition Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bitter iCloud Truth, by Daniel Jalkut, Bitsplitting

A few days ago, I set about tidying up my completely unruly Contacts database. Over the years I have accumulated 2,953 distinct contact cards. Thousands are duplicates, hundreds were added automatically by Mail or macOS, some are for people whom I no longer know, and a very few are for folks I no longer want to know.

The first thing to do was obviously to take care of those duplicates. Contacts on the Mac features a couple seemingly handy menu items for dealing with this problem: “Look for Duplicates” and “Merge Selected Cards.” I cannot recommend using either of these features.

Go Mad

Apple Watch Nike+ Ads Starring Kevin Hart Debut, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The ads follow Hart as he leaves to try his new Apple Watch Nike+. The premise is that Hart disappears, but is found months later by a film crew as he runs through the desert 700 miles from home.

Buy An Apple Watch And You'll Go Mad, Says Nike, by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET

In any case, the day after getting his watch Hart disappeared. We find him in the desert. He's running. That's pretty much all he does, save for occasionally stopping and occasionally talking nonsense. He admits to hearing a voice in his head.


Apple Shares New 'Best Of 2016' Video, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today added a new video to its YouTube channel, highlighting some of the best apps, songs, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts released during 2016.


Latest Cover Of The New Yorker Illustrated Using 12.9-inch iPad Pro And Apple Pencil, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Here’s one great example of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil being put to good use by a pro: The latest cover of the The New Yorker, for the Jan. 9th issue out now, features a cover illustrated entirely using an iPad, Apple Pencil, and the popular Procreate app.

India Poised To Reject Apple’s Demand For Manufacturing Sops, by Shruti Srivastava, Bloomberg

India is not in favor of offering Apple Inc. concessions to start manufacturing iPhones in the country, a government official told reporters on Tuesday.

The government is also unlikely to ease norms governing local sourcing for the manufacturer of iPads and iPhones as such a step can’t be granted to just one company, according to the New Delhi-based official, who didn’t want to be identified citing rules on speaking to the media.

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If I get myself a pair of Airpods, I'm afraid I'll be constantly worry about losing them.


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