Mac Power Users #466: John Gruber Returns »

This week’s episode of Mac Power Users is a real fun one:

John Gruber of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show join David and Stephen for a discussion about writing and podcasting, as well as WWDC and what the future may hold for the iPad and Mac.

I’d like to thank John for being the first guest after the changing of the guard at MPU. It was a great conversation that I really enjoyed. If you haven’t heard MPU in a while, this is a good place to start.

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Twitter is Over 

I present two pieces of evidence, just from this week’s news:

This is hard for me. I like my little community on Twitter, but I know it is a hellscape of abuse for many. I use it to promote my work and to talk with my audience, but every time I open my replies, I brace myself for something terrible to be there, waiting for me to see it.

Regardless of all of that, I think it’s clear the leadership at Twitter has no idea what they are doing, and I think the network’s time is ticking away faster than ever.

Tim Cook: ‘You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It’ »

Apple CEO Time Cook, writing at Time:

In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours. Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.

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That’s why I and others are calling on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation—a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer.

I like what Cook pitches in this article, but until we have Congresspeople who actually understand the Internet, I’m not holding my breath for meaningful change.

Connected #226: The Instagram Secret Society »

This week on Connected, we are joined by a very special guest:

The boys discuss a bunch of Apple products that may be receiving refreshes after years of neglect, including the iPad mini and iPod touch, then are taught how to edit photos like pros by Tyler Stalman.

Tyler walked us through several great tips for shooting and editing with an iPhone, and shared some about his favorite apps.

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Apple Launches Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR 

They run $129 and come in black or white:

The iPhone XS model is not compatible with the iPhone X, but all three will work with wireless chargers. Here’s what kind of battery life we can expect from the cases:

  • iPhone XS: 33 hours talk time, 21 hours Internet use, and 25 hours video playback
  • iPhone XR: 39 hours talk time, 22 hours Internet use, and 27 hours video playback
  • iPhone XS Max: 37 hours talk time, 20 hours Internet use, and 25 hours video playback

via Rene Ritchie on Twitter.