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  15. <description>A daily weblog written by Michael Rockwell which focuses on Apple products, mobile software, the internet, and other geek-related topics.</description>
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  24. <title><![CDATA[Valve&#8217;s Steam Link App Now Available on iOS and Apple TV  &#10141;]]></title>
  25. <link><![CDATA[https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1246969117?at=11lctu]]></link>
  26. <pubDate>Thu, 16 May 2019 03:19:00 +0000</pubDate>
  27. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
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  37. <description><![CDATA[I haven&#8217;t had an opportunity to try the app yet. As it turns out, it&#8217;s a bit difficult to request a password reset on a Steam account. I haven&#8217;t logged in to Steam in probably a decade and, naturally, can&#8217;t remember my password — I created the account back in my pre-1Password days. So I&#8217;m [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/steam-link-launch/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Valve&#8217;s Steam Link App Now Available on iOS and Apple TV'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  39. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I haven&#8217;t had an opportunity to try the app yet. As it turns out, it&#8217;s a bit difficult to request a password reset on a Steam account. I haven&#8217;t logged in to Steam in probably a decade and, naturally, can&#8217;t remember my password — I created the account back in my pre-<a href="https://1password.com/">1Password</a> days.</p>
  40. <p>So I&#8217;m waiting on a response from Steam’s support team to see if they’ll grant me access again. Until then, I&#8217;ll be anxiously waiting with my MFi controller at the ready.</p>
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  45. <title><![CDATA[Taking Stock of Subscriptions  &#10141;]]></title>
  46. <link><![CDATA[https://pxlnv.com/linklog/taking-stock-of-subscriptions/]]></link>
  47. <pubDate>Fri, 10 May 2019 23:22:00 +0000</pubDate>
  48. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  49. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  50. <category><![CDATA[Music]]></category>
  51. <category><![CDATA[Nick Heer]]></category>
  52. <category><![CDATA[Software]]></category>
  53. <category><![CDATA[Subscriptions]]></category>
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  56. <description><![CDATA[Nick Heer, on the subscription pricing trend: But, especially over the long term, I think users will find it fatiguing — at best — to live in a world where we pay hundreds of dollars a month to listen to music, use software, and store files. There are advantages: we can listen to most music [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/heer-subscriptions/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Taking Stock of Subscriptions'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  58. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Nick Heer, on the subscription pricing trend:</p>
  59. <blockquote>
  60. <p>But, especially over the long term, I think users will find it fatiguing — at best — to live in a world where we pay hundreds of dollars a month to listen to music, use software, and store files. There are advantages: we can listen to most music of our choosing on demand; our software is constantly up to date and regularly has new features; the files we store are synced across our devices.</p>
  61. <p>Extrapolated over a longer term, however, these niceties start to feel like lock-in. What if your music listening habits don’t change all that much? What if you don’t really need all those new features, or you’re frustrated that you feel forced to relearn a piece of software you’ve relied upon for years because an update changed the UI dramatically? What if you only edit most of your files from the same device?</p>
  62. </blockquote>
  63. <p>I’ve embraced subscription pricing for some things — like the software that I use and rely on every single day. I&#8217;m looking at you, <a href="https://1password.com/">1Password</a>, <a href="https://ulysses.app/">Ulysses</a>, <a href="https://textexpander.com/">TextExpander</a>, <a href="https://overcast.fm/">Overcast</a>, <a href="https://dayoneapp.com/">Day One</a>, and <a href="https://bear.app/">Bear</a>. But there’s a part of me that feels like subscription services are a terrible trap in other contexts.</p>
  64. <p>Take music, for example. What happens in ten years when the pace with which you listen to new music slows? You find yourself listening to the same hundred albums over and over again. In previous generations? No big deal. You bought your records, 8-tracks, or cassettes and can listen to them until they physically cease to function.</p>
  65. <p>But with subscription services, you either keep paying or go through the costly process of buying the music you <em>truly</em> care about. Because you never <em>actually</em> bought the albums, you just paid a monthly fee for access to them.</p>
  66. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/heer-subscriptions/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Taking Stock of Subscriptions'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  70. <title><![CDATA[Pushcut  &#10141;]]></title>
  71. <link><![CDATA[https://www.pushcut.io/]]></link>
  72. <pubDate>Fri, 10 May 2019 02:04:00 +0000</pubDate>
  73. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  74. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  75. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  76. <category><![CDATA[Automation]]></category>
  77. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  78. <category><![CDATA[Pushcut]]></category>
  79. <category><![CDATA[Shortcuts]]></category>
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  82. <description><![CDATA[A nifty little app that lets you time push notifications that, when acted on, will let you run iOS Shortcuts, trigger actions in IFTTT, or open applications with URL schemes. I don&#8217;t have much use for it personally, but I&#8217;m very glad this exists. Maybe I&#8217;ll find a use-case for it in the future. &#8734; [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/pushcut-app/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Pushcut'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  83. ]]></description>
  84. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A nifty little app that lets you time push notifications that, when acted on, will let you run iOS Shortcuts, trigger actions in IFTTT, or open applications with URL schemes. I don&#8217;t have much use for it personally, but I&#8217;m <em>very</em> glad this exists. Maybe I&#8217;ll find a use-case for it in the future.</p>
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  89. <title><![CDATA[Samsung Will Cancel Unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders if It Doesn&#8217;t Ship This Month  &#10141;]]></title>
  90. <link><![CDATA[https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/5/7/18535075/samsung-galaxy-fold-cancel-orders-may-31-indefinite-delay-preorders]]></link>
  91. <pubDate>Wed, 08 May 2019 19:06:00 +0000</pubDate>
  92. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  93. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  94. <category><![CDATA[Galaxy Fold]]></category>
  95. <category><![CDATA[John Gruber]]></category>
  96. <category><![CDATA[Samsung]]></category>
  97. <category><![CDATA[The Verge]]></category>
  98.  
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  100. <description><![CDATA[I&#8217;m with John, this thing’s never going to ship. &#8734; Permalink<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/galaxy-fold-canceled-orders/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Samsung Will Cancel Unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders if It Doesn&#8217;t Ship This Month'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  101. ]]></description>
  102. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I&#8217;m with <a href="https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/05/07/fold-breath">John</a>, this thing’s never going to ship.</p>
  103. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/galaxy-fold-canceled-orders/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Samsung Will Cancel Unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders if It Doesn&#8217;t Ship This Month'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  107. <title><![CDATA[Mark Gurman Shares List of Potential WWDC Announcements  &#10141;]]></title>
  108. <link><![CDATA[https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/apple-wwdc-2019-ios-13-macos-10-15-watchos-6-tvos-features]]></link>
  109. <pubDate>Tue, 07 May 2019 01:20:00 +0000</pubDate>
  110. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  111. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  112. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  113. <category><![CDATA[Bloomberg]]></category>
  114. <category><![CDATA[Home App]]></category>
  115. <category><![CDATA[HomeKit]]></category>
  116. <category><![CDATA[Mark Gurman]]></category>
  117.  
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  119. <description><![CDATA[Amongst all of the other rumors in Mark Gurman’s latest piece for Bloomberg: An upgraded Home app as part of the company’s smart home push will be more integrated with security cameras and have the ability to view past recordings. The two biggest changes I&#8217;d like to see in the Home app: Reduce the temperature [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/gurman-wwdc-list/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Mark Gurman Shares List of Potential WWDC Announcements'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  121. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Amongst all of the other rumors in Mark Gurman’s latest piece for Bloomberg:</p>
  122. <blockquote>
  123. <p>An upgraded Home app as part of the company’s smart home push will be more integrated with security cameras and have the ability to view past recordings.</p>
  124. </blockquote>
  125. <p>The two biggest changes I&#8217;d like to see in the Home app:</p>
  126. <ul>
  127. <li><strong>Reduce the temperature range on thermostat controls:</strong> It&#8217;s far too difficult to make minor adjustments of just a degree or two.</li>
  128. <li><strong>The ability to name automations:</strong> I only have nine automations setup in the Home app and I already have a difficult time determining which is which. How do users manage with dozens of automations?</li>
  129. </ul>
  130. <p>There’s plenty of other neat little features in Gurman’s list, but those two Home app features is really all I&#8217;m hoping for this year.</p>
  131. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/gurman-wwdc-list/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Mark Gurman Shares List of Potential WWDC Announcements'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  135. <title><![CDATA[The One-Word Answer  &#10141;]]></title>
  136. <link><![CDATA[https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/05/01/cook-maestri-intel]]></link>
  137. <pubDate>Sat, 04 May 2019 15:40:00 +0000</pubDate>
  138. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  139. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  140. <category><![CDATA[Intel]]></category>
  141. <category><![CDATA[John Gruber]]></category>
  142. <category><![CDATA[Keyboard]]></category>
  143. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Air]]></category>
  144.  
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  146. <description><![CDATA[John Gruber: I asked an Apple source last fall why it took so long for Apple to release the new MacBook Air. Their one-word answer: “Intel.” I can think of one way they could have killed some time while they were waiting. &#8734; Permalink<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/intel-macbook-air/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The One-Word Answer'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  147. ]]></description>
  148. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>John Gruber:</p>
  149. <blockquote>
  150. <p>I asked an Apple source last fall why it took so long for Apple to release the new MacBook Air. Their one-word answer: “Intel.”</p>
  151. </blockquote>
  152. <p>I can think of <a href="https://t.co/03oWMHoUh7">one way</a> they could have killed some time while they were waiting.</p>
  153. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/intel-macbook-air/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The One-Word Answer'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  157. <title>Expecting</title>
  158. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/05/expecting/</link>
  159. <pubDate>Fri, 03 May 2019 22:10:00 +0000</pubDate>
  160. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  161. <category><![CDATA[Feature]]></category>
  162. <category><![CDATA[Baby]]></category>
  163. <category><![CDATA[Personal]]></category>
  164.  
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  166. <description><![CDATA[Becky and I will be bringing a baby boy into this world in a handful of months. We’ve wanted children for many years and the time is finally right. We’re excited, terrified, and overjoyed all wrapped into a single emotion. It&#8217;s an incredible feeling and we couldn&#8217;t be happier.]]></description>
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  168. <p><a href="_wp_link_placeholder" data-wplink-edit="true">Becky</a> and I will be bringing a baby boy into this world in a handful of months. We’ve wanted children for many years and the time is finally right. We’re excited, terrified, and overjoyed all wrapped into a single emotion. It&#8217;s an incredible feeling and we couldn&#8217;t be happier.</p>
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  172. <title><![CDATA[Clip Sharing Comes to Overcast  &#10141;]]></title>
  173. <link><![CDATA[https://marco.org/2019/04/27/overcast-clip-sharing]]></link>
  174. <pubDate>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 15:35:00 +0000</pubDate>
  175. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  176. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  177. <category><![CDATA[Marco Arment]]></category>
  178. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  179. <category><![CDATA[Overcast]]></category>
  180. <category><![CDATA[Podcasts]]></category>
  181.  
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  183. <description><![CDATA[Marco Arment, writing on his weblog: With today’s 2019.4 update, you can now share audio or video clips, up to a minute each, from any public podcast. Simply tap the share button in the upper-right corner. You can generate an audio clip, or portrait, landscape, or square video, using your current Overcast theme setting. I&#8217;ve [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/clip-sharing-overcast/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Clip Sharing Comes to Overcast'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  184. ]]></description>
  185. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Marco Arment, writing on his weblog:</p>
  186. <blockquote>
  187. <p>With today’s 2019.4 update, you can now share audio or <strong>video</strong> clips, up to a minute each, from any public podcast. Simply tap the share button in the upper-right corner.</p>
  188. <p>You can generate an audio clip, or <strong>portrait, landscape, or square video,</strong> using your current Overcast theme setting.</p>
  189. </blockquote>
  190. <p>I&#8217;ve seen a ton of podcast clips in my Twitter timeline as a result of this update and I hope that trend continues. Podcasting is such an incredible medium, but it&#8217;s historically been <em>very</em> difficult to share them. Having a tool like this is a big step in the right direction.</p>
  191. <p>And I really appreciate how considerate Marco has been with this feature. None of these clips are being hosted on Overcast’s servers. Instead, the app generates video files that you can share directly. Or, when sharing with a link, the file is still downloaded from the podcast’s server itself and then the web player seeks to the proper starting position. its a pretty slick implementation.</p>
  192. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/clip-sharing-overcast/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Clip Sharing Comes to Overcast'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  196. <title><![CDATA[Matthew Cassinelli Looks at Reeder 4  &#10141;]]></title>
  197. <link><![CDATA[https://www.matthewcassinelli.com/reeder-4/]]></link>
  198. <pubDate>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 15:17:00 +0000</pubDate>
  199. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  200. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  201. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  202. <category><![CDATA[Instapaper]]></category>
  203. <category><![CDATA[Matthew Cassinelli]]></category>
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  205. <category><![CDATA[Reeder 4]]></category>
  206. <category><![CDATA[RSS]]></category>
  207.  
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  209. <description><![CDATA[An excellent deep-dive into Reeder 4, by Matthew Cassinelli. I also purchased the app as soon as I heard of its release and it is an excellent application. Reeder 3has been my default Instapaper reading client for years and a Reeder 4 picked up right where it left off. My only complaint, when compared to [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/reeder-4/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Matthew Cassinelli Looks at Reeder 4'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  211. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>An excellent deep-dive into <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1449412357?at=11lctu">Reeder 4</a>, by Matthew Cassinelli. I also purchased the app as soon as I heard of its release and it is an excellent application. Reeder 3has been my default Instapaper reading client for years and a Reeder 4 picked up right where it left off. My only complaint, when compared to the previous version, is the removal of Avenir as a typeface option.</p>
  212. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/reeder-4/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Matthew Cassinelli Looks at Reeder 4'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  216. <title><![CDATA[Unshaky Attempts to Solve the Double Keypress Issue on MacBook Keyboards  &#10141;]]></title>
  217. <link><![CDATA[https://unshaky.nestederror.com/]]></link>
  218. <pubDate>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 14:50:00 +0000</pubDate>
  219. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  220. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  221. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  222. <category><![CDATA[Keyboards]]></category>
  223. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  224. <category><![CDATA[MacBook]]></category>
  225. <category><![CDATA[macOS]]></category>
  226. <category><![CDATA[Unshaky]]></category>
  227.  
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  229. <description><![CDATA[When I first started experiencing double keypress issues on my MacBook Air, I thought for sure, there must be be something in the Accessibility panel to help with this. But to my surprise, there is not. Luckily, Sam Liu, built a clever little menu bar utility that can be configured to ignore these unintended double [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/unshaky/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Unshaky Attempts to Solve the Double Keypress Issue on MacBook Keyboards'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  230. ]]></description>
  231. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When I first started experiencing double keypress issues on my MacBook Air, I thought for sure, there <em>must</em> be be something in the Accessibility panel to help with this. But to my surprise, there is <em>not</em>.</p>
  232. <p>Luckily, <a href="https://nestederror.com/">Sam Liu</a>, built a clever little menu bar utility that can be configured to ignore these unintended double keypresses of they occur within a user-selectable timeframe. I have my “p” and “a” keys set to ignore duplicate inputs within a 50ms window and it&#8217;s worked wonders.</p>
  233. <p>I have a bit more tweaking to do with the app’s settings — I still experience duplicate keypresses on occasion. But the frequency with which it happens has dramatically reduced. It feels like I have a functional keyboard again.</p>
  234. <p>I&#8217;ve had the app installed on my work machine for the past five days and it has dismissed nearly 400 of these additional keypresses. That&#8217;s about <em>eighty potential typos each day</em> that I would have needed to correct. I can&#8217;t explain how happy I am that this app exists, but seriously, Apple needs to get its act together and fix these keyboards. Like, yesterday.</p>
  235. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/unshaky/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Unshaky Attempts to Solve the Double Keypress Issue on MacBook Keyboards'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  239. <title><![CDATA[A $2,000 Experiment  &#10141;]]></title>
  240. <link><![CDATA[https://pxlnv.com/linklog/verge-galaxy-fold-review/]]></link>
  241. <pubDate>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 18:09:00 +0000</pubDate>
  242. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  243. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  244. <category><![CDATA[Nick Heer]]></category>
  245. <category><![CDATA[Samsung]]></category>
  246. <category><![CDATA[Samsung Galaxy Fold]]></category>
  247.  
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  249. <description><![CDATA[Nick Heer, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold: But not this product. Even if we totally ignore the unignorable display problems and questionable reliability, there are so many basic software implementation problems that it’s hard to see this as anything more than a prototype that is years away from being ready to ship to consumers. Except [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/heer-galaxy-fold/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'A $2,000 Experiment'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  250. ]]></description>
  251. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Nick Heer, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold:</p>
  252. <blockquote>
  253. <p>But not <em>this</em> product. Even if we totally ignore the unignorable display problems and questionable reliability, there are so many basic software implementation problems that it’s hard to see this as anything more than a prototype that is <em>years</em> away from being ready to ship to consumers.</p>
  254. <p>Except it <em>isn’t</em> shipping years from now; I still can’t believe Samsung will deliver these things to customers next week. But they will, and those customers will pay $2,000 for an experiment that might break at any time, all so Samsung can say that they were first.</p>
  255. </blockquote>
  256. <p>There&#8217;s only been about a dozen Samsung Galaxy Fold devices in the hands of people <em>outside</em> of Samsung and about a third of those broke within the first few days. I can&#8217;t, for the life of me, understand why Samsung isn&#8217;t delaying the product for a few months so they can get an idea of what&#8217;s going on before it&#8217;s in the hands of customers.</p>
  257. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/heer-galaxy-fold/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'A $2,000 Experiment'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  261. <title><![CDATA[Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time Coming to the Mac  &#10141;]]></title>
  262. <link><![CDATA[https://9to5mac.com/2019/04/19/siri-shortcuts-screen-time-mac/]]></link>
  263. <pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:42:00 +0000</pubDate>
  264. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  265. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  266. <category><![CDATA[9 to 5 Mac]]></category>
  267. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  268. <category><![CDATA[Guilherme Rambo]]></category>
  269. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  270. <category><![CDATA[macOS]]></category>
  271. <category><![CDATA[Rumor]]></category>
  272. <category><![CDATA[Shortcuts]]></category>
  273.  
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  275. <description><![CDATA[Guilherme Rambo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac: According to people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15 – which has been in the works for at least two years – the new version will include support for Siri Shortcuts, a feature introduced in iOS 12 which allows users to create custom voice shortcuts for [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/shortcuts-mac/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time Coming to the Mac'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  276. ]]></description>
  277. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Guilherme Rambo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:</p>
  278. <blockquote>
  279. <p>According to people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15 – which has been in the works for at least two years – the new version will include support for Siri Shortcuts, a feature introduced in iOS 12 which allows users to create custom voice shortcuts for actions that can be done in apps.</p>
  280. <p>It’s also likely that the Shortcuts app – a result from the acquisition of Workflow – will be available on macOS, the inclusion of system-wide support for Siri Shortcuts on macOS 10.15 strongly suggests it. On iOS, the Shortcuts app is not bundled with the system, users have to download it from the App Store. It’s possible that the same will be true for macOS: users will download a Marzipan version of Shortcuts from the Mac App Store.</p>
  281. </blockquote>
  282. <p>I sure hope this story pans out. Now that I’m spending more time working on the Mac, I&#8217;ve been stuck using Automator as my automation app of choice, which isn&#8217;t ideal. I&#8217;m a huge fan of Alfred, which offers some of this functionality with its workflows feature, but it&#8217;s just never clicked for me. If Apple introduces a full-scale Shortcuts for the Mac, it&#8217;s going to take my automation game to another level.</p>
  283. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/shortcuts-mac/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time Coming to the Mac'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  287. <title><![CDATA[The Twelve South BookArc  &#10141;]]></title>
  288. <link><![CDATA[https://thesweetsetup.com/articles/a-review-of-the-twelve-south-bookarc/]]></link>
  289. <pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 02:49:00 +0000</pubDate>
  290. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  291. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  292. <category><![CDATA[Accessory]]></category>
  293. <category><![CDATA[BookArc]]></category>
  294. <category><![CDATA[Josh Ginter]]></category>
  295. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  296. <category><![CDATA[MacBook]]></category>
  297. <category><![CDATA[The Sweet Setup]]></category>
  298. <category><![CDATA[Twelve South]]></category>
  299.  
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  301. <description><![CDATA[A great review of the Twelve South BookArc by Josh Ginter. I&#8217;ve used this stand with my MacBook Air for a handful of months and I&#8217;m a huge fan. It gets my Mac out of the way when it&#8217;s connected to my external monitor and gives me precious desk space back. It&#8217;s pretty snazzy to [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/bookarc-ginter/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Twelve South BookArc'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  302. ]]></description>
  303. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A great review of the <a href="https://www.twelvesouth.com/products/bookarc-macbook?variant=9173860483129">Twelve South BookArc</a> by Josh Ginter. I&#8217;ve used this stand with my MacBook Air for a handful of months and I&#8217;m a <em>huge</em> fan. It gets my Mac out of the way when it&#8217;s connected to my external monitor and gives me precious desk space back. It&#8217;s pretty snazzy to look at, too.</p>
  304. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/bookarc-ginter/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Twelve South BookArc'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  308. <title><![CDATA[Details on Disney&#8217;s Streaming Service  &#10141;]]></title>
  309. <link><![CDATA[https://www.recode.net/2019/4/11/18307096/disney-streaming-launch-7-november-launch-netflix-apple-amazon-att]]></link>
  310. <pubDate>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 02:32:00 +0000</pubDate>
  311. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  312. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  313. <category><![CDATA[Disney]]></category>
  314. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  315. <category><![CDATA[Peter Kafka]]></category>
  316. <category><![CDATA[Re/code]]></category>
  317. <category><![CDATA[Streaming]]></category>
  318. <category><![CDATA[Video]]></category>
  319.  
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  321. <description><![CDATA[Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode: Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, for $7 a month. It will have a very large library of old Disney movies and TV shows — crucially, including titles from its Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars catalog — along with new movies and series made exclusively for the [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/disney-plus/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Details on Disney&#8217;s Streaming Service'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  322. ]]></description>
  323. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode:</p>
  324. <blockquote><p>Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, for $7 a month. It will have a very large library of old Disney movies and TV shows — crucially, including titles from its Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars catalog — along with new movies and series made exclusively for the streaming service. It won’t have any ads. And it will allow subscribers to download all of that stuff, and watch it offline, whenever they want.</p></blockquote>
  325. <p>This is a great deal for a lot of excellent content. But the most important question for me: will Disney+ play nicely with Apple’s TV app?</p>
  326. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/disney-plus/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Details on Disney&#8217;s Streaming Service'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  330. <title>Prism for iOS</title>
  331. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/prism-review/</link>
  332. <pubDate>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:29:00 +0000</pubDate>
  333. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  334. <category><![CDATA[Feature]]></category>
  335. <category><![CDATA[App Store]]></category>
  336. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  337. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  338. <category><![CDATA[Music]]></category>
  339. <category><![CDATA[Plex]]></category>
  340. <category><![CDATA[Prism]]></category>
  341.  
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  343. <description><![CDATA[While everyone was fawning over Soor, a full-scale Apple Music client that shipped last month, I was sticking to my roots of purchasing and managing my own library of music. Not to say that I don&#8217;t like Soor, quite the contrary, I even purchased the app despite not having an Apple Music subscription. I love [&#8230;]]]></description>
  344. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/prism-library-artist.png" alt="Prism, Artist and Album List"></p>
  345. <p>While everyone was fawning over <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1439731526?at=11lctu">Soor</a>, a full-scale Apple Music client that shipped last month, I was sticking to my roots of purchasing and managing my own library of music. Not to say that I don&#8217;t like Soor, quite the contrary, I even purchased the app despite not having an Apple Music subscription. I <em>love</em> seeing innovation in the App Store and will <em>gladly</em> support developers that do so. But paying a monthly fee for a streaming music service just isn&#8217;t my style.</p>
  346. <p>I&#8217;ve maintained a collection of purchased AAC files and ripped MP3s ever since I received my first iPod as a gift over fourteen years ago. Back then I was managing my music in iTunes, not only because it was a great piece of software, but also because it was the only software that was capable of syncing with my primary audio player. But <a href="https://initialcharge.net/2016/11/plex-requiem/">a couple years ago</a> I transitioned my media to <a href="https://www.plex.tv">Plex</a> — starting with my ripped movie and TV show collection and then eventually moving my music library as well.</p>
  347. <p>It’s been a wonderful experience to have my media living in an application that allows me to stream from my home server to any device I own — whether I’m in my living room watching a movie on the Apple TV, streaming an episode of The Office on my iPad from a hotel, or playing back music in my car from my iPhone. Plex makes it easy to manage my music and gives me access to it whenever and wherever I want it.</p>
  348. <p>I’ve watched as many of my friends and family have moved from purchasing music to paying a monthly fee to use a streaming service and I don’t entirely understand the appeal. Maybe if I was constantly discovering and listening to new music, I&#8217;d consider using such a servic, but that’s never been the way I experience music. I have a very distinct taste and rarely enjoy anything outside of that niche — I listen to pop-punk music almost exclusively. Since I only find a handful of new albums that I enjoy each year, its far more economical for me to purchase the music I want and use my existing home server and client applications to access it.</p>
  349. <p>But the Plex app has never been a <em>great</em> music player. I would describe it as “passable at best”. You can build playlists, search for songs, sync tracks to your device for offline playback, and more. It has all the features you would want, but it lacks the simplicity and focus that I enjoy in a music application. I don’t want too many additional features to get in my way when I want to listen to the latest album by <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id1430145709?at=11lctu&amp;app=itunes">Stand Atlantic</a>.</p>
  350. <p>From the time I started managing my music library in Plex, every few months I would find myself searching the web for a music-focused application that I could use as a replacement for Plex’s own app. Something that was a little closer in functionality to <a href="https://plexamp.com/">Plexamp</a>, which is the experimental, super minimal music player for Mac, Windows, and Linux that the folks at Plex released a little over a year ago.</p>
  351. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/prism-playback-queue.png" alt="Prism, Player and Up Next"></p>
  352. <p>Plexamp has become my default music player on macOS and I wanted something simple and streamlined that would allow me to playback music from my Plex library on iOS. My searching always came up empty, though. That is, until a few weeks ago when I came across <a href="https://forums.plex.tv/t/prism-music-a-versatile-music-player-for-ios-with-plex-support-now-available-on-the-app-store/316848">a post on Plex’s forum</a> from the developer of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1335007451?at=11lctu">Prism</a>.</p>
  353. <p>Prism can playback locally stored music that you’ve synced from iTunes or purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. But more importantly, you can sign in with your Plex account and playback music from your Plex library.</p>
  354. <p>The app has a simple interface that’s reminiscent of the iPod app from the early days of iOS. After logging into your Plex account and selecting your music library, you’re presented with a list of artists. You can tap the “Filter” button to display your library by album or track, if you prefer, and there are options for sorting as well — by name, recently added, most popular, and most played.</p>
  355. <p>After selecting an artist, you can even choose how you want the individual artist page to display. I prefer a simple list of albums that I can tap to display tracks from, but you can display all of the tracks from the artist with album headers instead. And just like the main view, you have the ability to select how the items are sorted as well.</p>
  356. <p>The application places a heavy focus on its filtering functionality, which gives you the ability to build playlists on the fly based on any number of criteria that you can mix and match to find just the songs you want — you can filter based on release date, whether or not a track has been played, media kind, artist, and more.</p>
  357. <p>I haven’t found the filtering feature to be particularly useful for me, though. It’s nifty, but the app doesn’t allow you to save these filters for future use. So if you built one that was particularly rad, you would have to rebuild it each time you wanted to use it. In the future, I’d like to be able to save these filters as playlists or smart playlists because, for now, I don’t see the point in spending much time building complex filters only to lose all that work when I want to change views.</p>
  358. <p>Alongside the app’s overall focus and minimalistic aesthetic, I’m a <em>huge</em> fan of the app’s player view. With the exception of the scrub bar, it features big chunky playback controls that are easy to interact with. Unlike the Plex app, there isn’t a bunch of additional, unnecessary cruft that clutters up the player. I don’t have any use for omnipresent repeat and shuffle buttons and I can’t think of a single instance where I’ve used the 10- and 30-second skip buttons, all of which are featured prominently in the Plex player.</p>
  359. <p>Meanwhile, the main player view for Prism sticks to the basics — a scrub bar, play/pause, next, previous, a like button, volume bar, and AirPlay. The app also features an info button that will toggle the display of additional details about the file you’re playing — file format, bitrate, file size, and more. This is the only unnecessary control on the main player and it’s quite unobtrusive so I’m willing to overlook this minor detail.</p>
  360. <p>But the player view is a bit deeper than what immediately meets the eye. You can swipe left and right on the album art, which functions as a next/previous track control. I don’t find myself using it too often, but I could see this being handy at times when you want to skip tracks without looking at the screen — like when you’re driving.</p>
  361. <p>One of my favorite features of Prism, though, is the ability to swipe up on the player, revealing the repeat button and, more importantly, the Up Next queue. You can swipe on an individual track to remove it from the queue or use the grabber bars on the right to reorder them to your liking. My typical workflow involves launching the app, hitting shuffle from the main view to shuffle all of the tracks in my library. From there, I can swipe to the Up Next queue and remove tracks that I’m not in the mood for. This gives me the spontaneity of shuffle without the unexpected buzzkill, as <a href="https://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&amp;v=_p8AsQhaVKI&amp;t=01h47m09s">Jimmy Iovine would put it</a>.</p>
  362. <p>The app isn’t without faults, of course. I&#8217;ve run into a bug a handful of times where the player won&#8217;t display properly — the album art and controls get sort of <em>stuck</em> while loading and the app loses most of its interactivity. The music still plays and you can control playback using Control Center or the lock screen,  but the app itself is just in some weird mostly-frozen state.</p>
  363. <p>I have confidence that the developer will track down and fix the bug, though. In the relatively short time I&#8217;ve been using the app, the developer has issued three updates, two bug fix-focused releases and one that included a major new feature — offline playback, which I&#8217;ll cover in a moment. I&#8217;ve also been on the Prism beta for a short while and the developer is typically issuing a handful of builds for each version that makes it to the App Store — there’s quite a bit of development activity.</p>
  364. <p>Regarding that major feature release, though, offline playback is one of the most crucial features for the app. It opens the door for use on airplanes, long road trips with questionable cellular coverage, and home network oddities. Without the ability to cache tracks locally, you’re entirely reliant on your home server being able to serve the files. And that&#8217;s assuming you have internet access <em>everywhere</em> you go, which is <em>not</em> the case for my wife. She travels through two cellular dead zones on her daily commute and this app wouldn&#8217;t even be an option if not for the ability to download tracks locally.</p>
  365. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/prism-ipad-2.jpeg" alt="Prism on iPad"></p>
  366. <p>Aside from offline playback, Prism also runs <em>great</em> on the iPad, making excellent use of the additional screen real estate to display both the artist list and the album/track list simultaneously. The developer even refers to the iPad version as “first class” right on the <a href="https://prism-music.app/">app’s homepage</a>, which is quite reassuring to me, given that the iPad is my primary personal computer. I frequently use my iPad as my music playback device while I work, streaming to the AirPort Express-connected speaker on my desk and it makes for a <em>fantastic</em> listening experience.</p>
  367. <p>Prism is a full-scale music player that offers just about everything you could want and more — I haven&#8217;t even covered its support for CarPlay, dark mode, 3D Tough, and multiple icon options. But most importantly, it has the ability to use your Plex library as a music source, which is a feature that simply <em>no one</em> is doing aside from Plex itself. And I think it does a better job in <em>every way</em>.</p>
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  371. <title><![CDATA[An Amazon Team Reviews Recordings From Echo Devices  &#10141;]]></title>
  372. <link><![CDATA[https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio]]></link>
  373. <pubDate>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 03:40:00 +0000</pubDate>
  374. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  375. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  376. <category><![CDATA[Alexa]]></category>
  377. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  378. <category><![CDATA[Bloomberg]]></category>
  379. <category><![CDATA[Echo]]></category>
  380. <category><![CDATA[Giles Turner]]></category>
  381. <category><![CDATA[Matt Day]]></category>
  382. <category><![CDATA[Natalia Drozdiak]]></category>
  383. <category><![CDATA[Privacy]]></category>
  384.  
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  386. <description><![CDATA[Matt Day, Giles Turner, and Natalia Drozdiak, reporting for Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/amazon-echo-recording-reviews/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'An Amazon Team Reviews Recordings From Echo Devices'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  387. ]]></description>
  388. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Matt Day, Giles Turner, and Natalia Drozdiak, reporting for Bloomberg:</p>
  389. <blockquote>
  390. <p>Amazon.com Inc. employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands.</p>
  391. </blockquote>
  392. <p>I’m glad I bought HomePods.</p>
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  397. <title><![CDATA[macOS to Include Standalone Music, Podcasts, and Books Apps  &#10141;]]></title>
  398. <link><![CDATA[https://9to5mac.com/2019/04/10/macos-10-15-itunes-standalone-apps/]]></link>
  399. <pubDate>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:55:00 +0000</pubDate>
  400. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  401. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  402. <category><![CDATA[9 to 5 Mac]]></category>
  403. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  404. <category><![CDATA[Guilherme Rambo]]></category>
  405. <category><![CDATA[macOS]]></category>
  406. <category><![CDATA[Steve Troughton-Smith]]></category>
  407.  
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  409. <description><![CDATA[Guilherme Rambo, reporting for 9 to 5 Mac: Fellow developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently expressed confidence about some evidence found indicating that Apple is working on new Music, Podcasts, and perhaps Books apps for macOS, to join the new TV app. I’ve been able to independently confirm that this is true. On top of that, I’ve [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/macos-stand-alone-media-apps/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'macOS to Include Standalone Music, Podcasts, and Books Apps'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  410. ]]></description>
  411. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Guilherme Rambo, reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:</p>
  412. <blockquote>
  413. <p>Fellow developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently <a href="https://twitter.com/stroughtonsmith/status/1114261872029700098">expressed confidence</a> about some evidence found indicating that Apple is working on new Music, Podcasts, and perhaps Books apps for macOS, to join the new TV app.</p>
  414. <p>I’ve been able to independently confirm that this is true. On top of that, I’ve been able to confirm with sources familiar with the development of the next major version of macOS – likely 10.15 – that the system will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, but it will also include a major redesign of the Books app. We also got an exclusive look at the icons for the new Podcasts and TV apps on macOS.</p>
  415. </blockquote>
  416. <p>If I was still maintaining a collection of MP3 and AAC files in iTunes, I&#8217;d be a bit nervous about this news. <em>Hopefully</em> this new Music app will give you the ability to sync music files to your iOS devices, but if it doesn&#8217;t, anyone that still manages their music in this way will be forced to move to something else.</p>
  417. <p>I&#8217;m just glad I decided to move to Plex a <a href="https://initialcharge.net/2016/11/plex-requiem/">couple of years ago</a> — long before the inevitability of iTunes felt like such a certainty.</p>
  418. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/macos-stand-alone-media-apps/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'macOS to Include Standalone Music, Podcasts, and Books Apps'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  422. <title><![CDATA[Automattic Announces Happy Tools  &#10141;]]></title>
  423. <link><![CDATA[https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/happy-tools-the-future-of-work/]]></link>
  424. <pubDate>Sun, 07 Apr 2019 18:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
  425. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  426. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  427. <category><![CDATA[Automattic]]></category>
  428. <category><![CDATA[Happy Schedule]]></category>
  429. <category><![CDATA[Happy Tools]]></category>
  430.  
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  432. <description><![CDATA[Matt Wondra, writing on The WordPress.com Blog: The suite is launching with Happy Schedule, a new take on workforce management. Designed to handle the complexities that come up when business goals are planned around real-world schedules, it helps you treat your employees like humans instead of resources. Using Happy Schedule, Automattic is able to plan [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/happy-tools-announcement/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Automattic Announces Happy Tools'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  433. ]]></description>
  434. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Matt Wondra, writing on The WordPress.com Blog:</p>
  435. <blockquote>
  436. <p>The suite is launching with <strong>Happy Schedule</strong>, a new take on workforce management. Designed to handle the complexities that come up when business goals are planned around real-world schedules, it helps you treat your employees like humans instead of resources. Using Happy Schedule, Automattic is able to plan 24/7 customer support while offering flexible working hours to our 300+ Happiness Engineers spanning many timezones.</p>
  437. </blockquote>
  438. <p>We’ve been using Happy Schedule internally at Automattic for for several months now and it is leaps and bounds better than our previous solution. And it&#8217;s so much <em>nicer</em> than any other scheduling system I&#8217;ve used during my many years in retail.</p>
  439. <p>If you work somewhere with employee scheduling needs, you should <a href="https://happy.tools/#products">give it a look</a>.</p>
  440. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/happy-tools-announcement/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Automattic Announces Happy Tools'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  444. <title><![CDATA[Netflix No Longer Supports AirPlay  &#10141;]]></title>
  445. <link><![CDATA[https://www.macrumors.com/2019/04/05/netflix-app-no-longer-supports-airplay/]]></link>
  446. <pubDate>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 19:49:00 +0000</pubDate>
  447. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  448. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  449. <category><![CDATA[AirPlay]]></category>
  450. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  451. <category><![CDATA[MacRumors]]></category>
  452. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  453. <category><![CDATA[Netflix]]></category>
  454.  
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  456. <description><![CDATA[From a Netflix spokesperson, as published by MacRumors: We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use. With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn&#8217;t a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV vs. what isn&#8217;t) or certify these experiences. [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/netflix-ends-airplay/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Netflix No Longer Supports AirPlay'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  457. ]]></description>
  458. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>From a Netflix spokesperson, as published by MacRumors:</p>
  459. <blockquote>
  460. <p>We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use. With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn&#8217;t a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV vs. what isn&#8217;t) or certify these experiences. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met. Members can continue to access Netflix on the built-in app across Apple TV and other devices.</p>
  461. </blockquote>
  462. <p>Translation: AirPlay coming to non-Apple devices makes it difficult for us to prevent piracy. At least that&#8217;s my interpretation.</p>
  463. <p>But you can just add this to the list of reasons I&#8217;m happy that I canceled Netflix a couple years ago — alongside their decision to <a href="https://9to5mac.com/2017/01/19/tv-app-netflix/">not be included in the TV app</a> and their decision to <a href="https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/28/netflix-permanently-pulls-itunes-billing-for-new-users/">remove in-app subscription purchases</a> from their iOS and Apple TV apps.</p>
  464. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/netflix-ends-airplay/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Netflix No Longer Supports AirPlay'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  468. <title><![CDATA[The Best MacBook Accessory on the Market  &#10141;]]></title>
  469. <link><![CDATA[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FZYT278/?tag=initialcharge-20]]></link>
  470. <pubDate>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 16:57:00 +0000</pubDate>
  471. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  472. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  473. <category><![CDATA[Accessory]]></category>
  474. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  475. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  476. <category><![CDATA[MacBook]]></category>
  477. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Air]]></category>
  478. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Pro]]></category>
  479.  
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  481. <description><![CDATA[There are plenty of accessories from folks like Twelve South, Anker, and even Apple that can be an important part of your daily workflow. But I can&#8217;t imagine owning a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro without at least one of these. I try to keep my desk clear of clutter and store items in [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/best-macbook-accessory/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Best MacBook Accessory on the Market'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  482. ]]></description>
  483. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>There are plenty of accessories from folks like <a href="https://www.twelvesouth.com/">Twelve South</a>, <a href="https://www.anker.com/">Anker</a>, and even <a href="https://www.apple.com/shop/mac/mac-accessories">Apple</a> that can be an important part of your daily workflow. But I can&#8217;t imagine owning a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro without at least one of these. I try to keep my desk clear of clutter and store items in my desk drawers when I’m not using them, but this has become such a crucial part of my Mac experience that it <em>lives</em> on my desk so it&#8217;s <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205662">always at the ready</a>.</p>
  484. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2019/04/best-macbook-accessory/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Best MacBook Accessory on the Market'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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