The New-Workouts Edition Sunday, August 27, 2017

Apple Opens iTunes Donations For Hurricane Harvey Relief, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

As its has done in the past, Apple on Saturday posted prominent American Red Cross links to its official website and iTunes Store landing page, this time calling on consumers to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. A dedicated website allows users to contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 toward ongoing relief efforts.

iOS 11 Beta Hints At A Variety Of New Workouts Likely Coming Soon To Apple Watch, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Hidden in the latest iOS 11 beta are a variety of icons that are seemingly included for the sake of the Apple Watch companion app, though the wearable currently doesn’t support any of the features. The icons each represent new Workouts under the Fitness UI framework.


Laverna Privacy Focused Note Taking App With Sync, by Martin Brinkmann, gHacks

What sets is apart from solutions like Evernote is that the service does not maintain servers of its own.

In fact, you can use the application without account registration, and may even download a web hosted version to host a web version of it on your private server for access online.

The application is open source, and versions of Mac, Windows and Linux are provided currently. These versions use Electron as their base which means that they are quite heavy when it comes to memory usage for instance.

Aloe App Is A New Self-care App That Will Totally Change Your Life, by Lisa Bowman, Metro

The app was the brainchild of New York-based social and content strategist Amber Discko, who realised she needed a more succinct way of keeping on top of her self-care reminders.


Google, Mozilla, And The Race To Make Voice Data For Everyone, by Steven Melendez, Fast Company

Developers generally need access to hundreds or thousands of hours of audio, says Alexander Rudnicky, a research professor at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Carnegie Mellon Speech Consortium.

Google acknowledged as much on Thursday, in releasing a crowdsourced dataset of global voice recordings. The 65,000 one-second audio clips include people from around the world saying simple command words–yes, no, stop, go and the like. This comes just a couple of weeks after Mozilla, the organization behind the open source Firefox browser, recently introduced a new project called Common Voice. Their goal is to build a freely available, crowdsourced dataset of voice samples from around the world, speaking a wide variety of sample words and sentences.

Maybe We All Need A Little Less Balance, by Brad Stulberg, New York Times

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been told to strive for balance. Yet I’ve noticed something interesting: The times in my life during which I’ve felt happiest and most alive are also the times that I’ve been the most unbalanced.

Falling in love. Writing a book. Trekking in the Himalayas. Training to set a personal record in a triathlon. During these bouts of full-on living I was completely consumed by my activity. Trying to be balanced — devoting equal proportions of time and energy to other areas of my life — would have detracted from the formative experiences.


Apple Breaks New Ground In Squeezing Locals For Huge Tax Breaks While Offering Almost No Jobs, by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

The politicians talked as though the data center would put Waukee on the map as a first-class high-tech center. The truth is that it will mark Waukee as a first-class patsy.

To bring the project home, Waukee and the state are giving Apple about $208 million in tax abatements. For that, they’re getting a plant that will employ a permanent workforce of 50 people.

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If Apple is really serious about podcasting, it should start offering many of the Beats 1 programming as podcasts too.

Oh, and stop that nonsense of stop updating podcasts if one stops listening to new episodes for a while. Maybe the new podcast XML feed specfications that differentiates between listening-from-the-start and listening-to-the-latest will eliminate this problem. If I stopped listening to Serial the podcast, I do want to pick up from where I am left off, but if I stopped listening to Accidental Tech Podcast, I'll pick up again from the latest episode and not where I last left off, thank you very much.


I don't envy podcast client developers, because it's going to be catch-up time soon.


I'd imagine somewhere in the corporate headquarters of Netflix, some team is looking to add music streaming to Netflix's subscription service.


Thanks for reading.