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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Kbase Article of the Week: If You Get a Message That PowerPC Applications Are No Longer Supported on Your Mac »

Apple Support:

If you try to open a PowerPC-based application, you might see a message that you can’t open the application because PowerPC applications are no longer supported. You might also see a prohibitory sign over the icon of the application in the Finder.

Contact the maker of the application for a version that is compatible with your macOS version.

In a few years, we can just swap all instances of “PowerPC” in this document with “Intel.”

Apple’s February 2006 Event »

As far as Apple press events, this one wasn’t a huge deal: the Mac mini got an Intel CPU, the iPod got some leather cases and the iPod Hi-Fi was introduced.

However, as I came across the video today while researching another topic, I couldn’t help but watch it. Jobs sounds a little under the weather here, but he’s loose and relaxed. I especially enjoyed the segment when he shows Front Row working on the Mac mini.

Apple Music Coming to the Amazon Echo »

Big news today in the smart home assistant world: Apple Music will soon become a source for the Amazon Echo devices. Here’s a bit from Amazon’s blog post about the move:

“Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices. “We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we’ve expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We’re thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday.”

My household is in a slow transition away from the Echo and to the HomePod, but I still want to see how this works when it rolls out on December 17. I assume there will be some limitations to the integration when compared to the HomePod itself, as does Federico:

However the details shake out, this is a huge move. It signals that Apple is interested in expanding its services beyond its hardware, something unthinkable just a few years ago. My guess is that this will make a lot of Apple Music users quite happy.

Connected #220: Numeric Professional »

This week on a very fun episode of Connected:

Stephen and Federico walk through their new Mac mini setups, then Federico fights with iCloud in Radar #46282145. Please help.

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