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Fix It, Shake It Up, Submerge It, Hack It, Tip It. Crash It


March 30 · Issue #21 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Fix It, Shake It Up, Submerge It, Hack It, Tip It. Crash It

Fine with a fix. I’m realizing that for most technology companies, the only way they can acknowledge a bug or bigger issue with their platform is by first telling you everything is fine or you’re using it wrong and then, grudgingly, admitting there might be an issue and, finally, slipping a bug fix into an update and couching a needed service change in a lot of rhetoric about how they always have your best interests at heart. Outright acknowledgement of issues or quick apologies rarely happen. I guess we should just be happy that, with enough complaint and pressure, something gets done. Oh, by the way, there’s an important iOS update for your iPhone. It has a cool ARKit update, new Animoji for iPhone X and, oh yeah, a really important battery management fix.
Apple releases iOS 11.3 software update: battery health tool, new animoji and more
Shake it up. Microsoft made some big changes to its Windows and Devices leadership. it said goodbye to long-time Microsoftie Terry Myerson and elevated Panos Panay to Chief Product Officer. (I’ve interviewed both men, here and here.) Company CEO Satya Nadella said he’s making these and other changes to “accelerate our innovation and better serve the needs of our customers and partners.” It’s unclear right now how these changes will impact future Windows hardware and software. One thing that is clear is that the company will intensify its focus on AI and its profitable cloud business.
Satya Nadella email to employees: Embracing our future: Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge | Stories
Tuff Tech. Two years ago, Serina Tsubakihara lost her expensive DSLR camera while scuba-diving in the waters near Okinawa. She assumed it was gone for good. She was wrong. More miraculously the camera survived its journey intact, mostly thanks to a very good under-water case. 
The incredible journey of a camera lost at sea - BBC News
Breach. Under Armour’s popular fitness app MyFitnessPal got hacked and coughed up the personal data on 150M accounts. Under Armour acknowledged the hack and said, according to Reuters, “the stolen data includes account user names, email addresses and scrambled passwords.” If you use the app, go in and change your password now. If you use that password elsewhere, well, you know what to do.
Under Armour says 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts breached | Reuters
Look up! A now-defunct Chinese Space Station is tumbling toward Earth, set to crash land as early as Easter Sunday. “Where is it going to land?!” you ask? No one, knows, exactly, and no one knows, exactly, how much of it will survive the Earth’s atmosphere. Most likely the pieces that do make it will be relatively small and will land in an ocean. We hope.
Chinese Space Station Is Tumbling Toward an Easter Sunday Crash
Dim the lights. Reading on your iPhone in bed at night? You might want to try Night Shift, it drains the blue light out of the screen, so the display doesn’t keep you awake (honestly the only reason I read in bed is to fall asleep). But that’s not the tip. If you can’t find Night Shift, just hold down your home button and ask Siri, “Siri, turn on Night Shift.” She’ll find it and activate the setting for you.
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