RIP, iPod nano »

Tim Hardwick at MacRumors:

As expected, Apple has added the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially designating the last iPod in the iconic nano lineup as “vintage.”

I still remember the excitement that would come every fall when Apple would revise the Nano.

Connected #314: The Jeremies (Fall 2020) »

Another week; another special episode:

Apple is on the verge of releasing new emoji, so it is time for Federico to try to guess their names.

On Connected Pro, he also shared about his first pet and a favor the universe is going to do for him. It was wild.

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Kbase Article of the Week: AppleWorks for Windows: Importing Pictures Changes Bit Depth »

Apple Support:

When I import a 24-bit image in AppleWorks for Windows when the color is set to 8-bit (256 colors), the image is dithered to 256 colors. When the document is saved and opened with the color set to 24 or 32-bit, the image still appears to be only 256 colors. Can you help?

AppleWorks for Windows does indeed change the color depth of imported graphics. To work around this, set the color depth to the maximum before importing pictures. The image will be imported with correct bit depth. The image will be dithered on those systems with smaller bit depths but will display properly on systems with matching or greater bit depths.

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Mac Power Users #555: iOS 14 Extravaganza »

This time on a jam-packed episode of Mac Power Users:

iOS 14 is here, bringing new features like widgets, the App Library, increased privacy and a lot more. This week, David and Stephen review the release and talk about how Apple could take some of these features farther in the future.

It’s been a long time since Apple radically changed the home screen experience on the iPhone, and I have to say, it’s been a lot of fun exploring the possibilities.

On More Power Users, we pulled back the technical curtains on Relay FM’s recent Podcastathon for St. Jude, and David shares a story of woe.

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All About the ModBook »

I remember when this company and its products were in the news a lot more, but I had no idea the story behind it all was so wild. Quinn knocked it out of the park with this one:

Weighing In and Long-Term Follow-Up »

Dr. Drang:

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that it took me a year to finally get around to writing a script I’d been thinking about. Today’s post is one whose seed was planted almost two years ago.

In October 2018, Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett were in Chicago for a Relay FM event that I attended. During the event, they recorded this episode of Ungeniused, their podcast about weird articles on Wikipedia. In honor of the city they were in, the article they chose was “Raising of Chicago,” which describes how, in the 1850s and 1860s, the roadways and buildings of the city were elevated as much as six feet to get them up out of the muck and allow decent drainage of both stormwater and wastewater.

An informative post, no matter when it showed up.

Windows XP Included Incomplete Aqua-like Theme »

Tom Warren at The Verge, writing about some half-finished themes found in this week’s XP source code dump:

One is labeled “Candy” and includes a design that closely resembles Apple’s Aqua interface that was first introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in 2000. Although the theme is incomplete, the Windows XP Start button and various buttons and UI elements are clearly themed to match Apple’s Aqua.

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