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Apple's New iPad; A Shifting Facebook; Muse 2 Hands On; iOS Update
 

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October 31 · Issue #107 · View online
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Apple’s New iPad; A Shifting Facebook; Muse 2 Hands On; iOS Update

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Apple Hangover. In case you missed it, yesterday was another big Apple day. The company unveiled four new products or rather big upgrades to existing products. There’s the powerful Mac Mini update (good for desktop and server work), the smaller, lighter, and sharper-screened MacBook Air, and the two wholly redesigned Apple iPad Pros. I spent considerable time in the demo room with the new tablets and, especially, the redesigned Apple Pencil. For the most part, I really like what I see, though, to be honest, it wasn’t until much later that I realized Apple had removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPad Pro. We live in a wireless headphone world, so perhaps this won’t be too much of a big deal.
Apple Fixes the iPad Pro’s Biggest Problem – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Apple Fixes the iPad Pro’s Biggest Problem – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Facebook update: In recent months (or is it years?) the social media company has been buffeted by one bad news burger after another. Most recently it reported a security breach that affected millions of users. Yesterday, the chastened company reported earnings which were generally good, but showed some disturbing trends, like revenue growth slowing and the social media giant losing users in Europe and not really growing in the U.S, Now the company says that momentum is shifting to messaging products like Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. If that trend continues, Facebook need to figure out how to properly monetize those products, fast.
Facebook Sketches a Future With a Diminished News Feed | WIRED Facebook Sketches a Future With a Diminished News Feed | WIRED
Take a breath. Hello, I am the world’s worst meditator. I know this because a few weeks ago I test drove Muse 2. It’s a headband that helps you manage your heart, breathing, mind, and body through bio-feedback.
Muse 2, the Head, Heart and Mind-On Experience – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Muse 2, the Head, Heart and Mind-On Experience – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
New iOS disconnect. Apple’s iOS 12.1 arrived yesterday. The good news is we finally got all those new emojis. My personal favorite is the freezing cold one. But it also brings with it some promised updates like group FaceTime and dual SIM support. All of Apple’s newest iPhones (XS, XS Max and XR) offer dual-sim support, which is especially useful for world travelers. Unfortunately, some of the U.S. carriers didn’t get the memo and, even with the update, they’re still not supporting the feature.
Major US carriers don't support dual SIM at launch of iOS 12.1 Major US carriers don't support dual SIM at launch of iOS 12.1
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