Beddit Launches New Sleep Monitor »

When Apple bought Beddit, I figured they were done for, but as Zac Hall reports, the company is very much alive:

The first revision to the Beddit Sleep Monitor since Apple bought the sleep tracking company includes a slight design change to the actual hardware, and the iOS app for managing the sleep monitor has a new version as well. All mentions of Android support are also removed from the Beddit website as far as we can tell.

The Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 isn’t a radical change from the previous 3.0 version. It’s still a 2mm thin strip that you lay above your mattress and power via USB. It connects to an iPhone app for sending sleep tracking data to the Beddit app and Apple’s Health app (with permission), and it’s still advertised as not requiring a “wearable” like the Apple Watch — although Beddit has an Apple Watch app for tracking naps.

Microsoft Rebuilding Edge Browser on Chromium »

Zac Bowden at Windows Central:

Microsoft today confirmed plans to rebuild its Edge browser using Chromium, in a move designed to improve web performance and app availability across platforms. Windows Central reported earlier about the shift in strategy and now it is official.

The new version of Edge is expected to start shipping as a beta in the coming months, and will run on Windows 7, 8, 10 as well as macOS. With Chromium under the hood, users should can expect a better and faster browsing experience than Edge or IE before it could ever offer.

Connected #221: Speak the Unspeakable Name »

This week on Connected, we’re all back together:

Myke, Federico and Stephen talk about their use of Shortcuts, Apple Music heading to the Amazon Echo and a bit of BREAKING NEWS.

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Apple Launches Clear iPhone XR Case [Updated] »

It costs $39 and looks pretty good, but why wasn’t it available at launch?

Update: John Gruber has one and has reviewed it:

Feel-wise it’s sort of half plastic-y, half rubbery. Plastic-y enough that it doesn’t stretch from the edges of the phone. Rubbery enough that it feels nice and grippy without being too grippy — it slides in and out of a jeans pocket easier than an Apple silicone case. Unlike any of Apple’s other iPhone cases, there is a very slight lip around the camera cutout on this case. I don’t know why, but it means the phone doesn’t quite sit flush back-down on a flat surface. My best guess is that the case is so thin it needs the lip lest the camera bump jut out.

He closes with this:

It’s so good it makes me wonder why Apple doesn’t make clear cases like this one for the iPhone XS and XS Max.

Myke said the same thing on Connected yesterday. I think a clear case on the gold iPhone XS would look sweet.

Query #45: The Penultimate Query »

This week on Query:

Mikah talks about the benefits of the Hue Bridge, and walks through his desk setup before he and Stephen dive into iMessage syncing, Apple’s Podcasts app and more.

As the title gives away, we are announcing today that we are winding down this podcast. I have loved making the show with both Serenity and Mikah, but it is time to move onto other things.

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Liftoff #86: Two-Tone Rocket »

This week on Liftoff, Jason Snell and I cover a lot of ground:

The end of 2018 is proving to be busy: InSight has landed, OSIRIS-REx has rendezvoused with Bennu, SpaceX is breaking records and the CLPS program is here, for what that’s worth.

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