The White-Ring Edition Thursday, February 15, 2018

Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings On Wood Surfaces With Oil Or Wax Finishes, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple has issued a statement confirming that the HomePod can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.

Beware “Protect” In Facebook’s iOS App, by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

It’s bad enough when some unknown company provides a free VPN service in order to collect data about its users. It’s another thing when the company in question is part of Facebook, and that data can be combined with both any data you’ve allowed Facebook to have and any data about you that people you know have inadvertently provided to Facebook.

New York Fashion Week: How A New App Could Economically Transform The Fashion Industry, by Tom Teodorczuk, Marketwatch

“People who were at the show are the decision-makers in the fashion industry — the buyers, the press, the bloggers,” said James Mischka. “[They are] the people who really do have a voice. We get to hear from them right now, what they think, instead of waiting for six months from now when we get the final feedback from the retailers.”

For the designers, this went beyond attempting to increase its credibility with a younger crowd. The instantaneous response on what proved popular will enable the company to manage its inventory better, operate faster and make its fall collection more cost-efficient.

Buying A Bay Area Home Now A Struggle Even For Apple, Google Engineers, by Marisa Kendall, San Jose Mercury News

These days even high-paid tech workers — the very people often blamed for driving up home prices — have to stretch to buy a house, according to a new study by Los Angeles-based real estate startup Open Listings. Techies do come closer to affording a pricey Silicon Valley home than teachers, service industry workers, and scores of other workers. But home ownership may not be a given for them anymore, a shift that signals how the region’s explosive housing costs are shutting out even the prosperous.


Software engineers at Bay Area tech companies including Apple, Google and Facebook would have to fork over more than 28 percent of their monthly salaries — a move frowned upon by financial experts — to pay for a home within a 20-minute commuting distance from their office, according to the study. The average software engineer at Apple, for example, makes $188,000 a year, and would have to spend 33 percent of his or her salary to afford a median-priced home in Cupertino, the study said.

Ideas and Notes

OmniOutliner 3 For iOS Review, by John Voorhees, MacStories

When I’m outlining, the last thing I want to do is fight the tool I’m using. I want to get the ideas out of my head quickly and get them organized with as little friction as possible. Omni understands this and makes creating an outline dead simple, especially with a keyboard connected to an iPad.

Hands On: OmniOutliner 3 For iPad Organizes Everything From Text To Ideas, by Mike Wuerthele and William Gallagher, AppleInsider

OmniOutliner Essentials lets you write down any stray thought you like and leave it there. Maybe you immediately write down twenty things that are on your mind.

Or maybe you come back in a month to add another idea. However long you want to take, you end up with a list of items in the order you thought of them.


Use This Playlist To Remove Unwanted Apple Music Downloads, by Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

Shuffle and skipping are two great tools for listening to new music on your iPhone, using Apple Music. You can download lots of new music to your iPhone, then set it to shuffle while you take a walk. If you’re also wearing a pair of AirPods, a double tap on one of them will skip any tracks you don’t like. It’s a great way to listen to new music, with one big, annoying side-effect: You end up with lots of unwanted downloads cluttering up your iPhone.

But with one simple smart playlist, you can fix that right now.

‘Sodes Is A New Podcast App Aiming To Simplify Things For Casual Listeners, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The goal of ’sodes is to let users listen to podcasts when they want, without having to manage subscriptions or a download queue.


Getting To Doing, by Chris Bowler, The Sweet Setup

One of the traps — perhaps the biggest trap — of GTD and frameworks like GTD is to spend all your time on your system rather than on your important work. It can be easy to twiddle the knobs, review your process, and incessantly tweak how you organize your work. But eventually, you have to do the work itself.

Here are a few ways to help yourself move from organizing to the actual doing.

Bottom of the Page

Microsoft is auto-installing third-party apps -- presumably, I supposed, also receiving money from these third-parties -- on clean installs of Windows 10. This really demonstrates the level of confidence Microsoft has in future revenue potential of Windows.

What's next? Will Clippy now chimes in with 'I see you are writing a business proposal for a new Windows app. Do you want me to add in a paragraph about paying Microsoft to market your app?"


What's next for Homepod? Well, we know what's next for software improvement. But, how about hardware improvement?

1) HomePod + Apple TV. In sync, perfectly.

2) HomePod + Nightlight. With brilliant Siri colors.

3) HomePod + AirPort. Music, wired.

4) HomePod + Eggo Toaster. Just because.


Thanks for reading.