What Works in macOS Mojave. What Doesn't

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macOS Mojave on MacBook Pro

Other World Computing publishes a fantastic blog for customers called Rocket Yard.  Here’s a link to one from December by Tom Nelson that covers what works in macOS Mojave and what still does not. It’s full of technical insights and screenshots.  It is current as of version 10.14.2.

Anker Soundcore Flare Bluetooth Speaker: $59.99

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Anker Soundcore Flare Bluetooth Speaker

We have a deal on the Anker Soundcore Flare Bluetooth Speaker. This speaker features back-to-back drivers with Bluetooth 4.2 support. It also has LED lights at the base for adding atmosphere to your tunes. This device is $59.99 through us.

Get a Cheap iPhone 6 on Straight Talk for $70

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Walmart is currently selling a cheap iPhone 6, 32GB and refurbished, for US$69.99. It comes with a 90-day warranty.

The iPhone 6 remains a fine device even though it lacks the impressive tech of Apple’s latest handsets. If you have kids or an older relative who’d like to have a relatively modern phone but without the advanced capabilities of newer devices, this is a great deal.

How to Use Precise Times in iOS Calendar

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David Murphy shared a cool tip that lets you set more precise times in iOS Calendar. Instead of times that increment by five minutes, go deeper.

Open the Calendar app and pull up an existing event or create a new event. Your pick. Once you’ve confirmed (or entered in) the title and/or location, tap on the start or end time. You’ll see the little section expand that allows you to scroll up and down to set the date, hour, and minute (in five-minute increments), as well as AM or PM. Double-tap anywhere in this section, and the minute increments will change from five minutes to one minute. It’s that easy.

It’s a handy tip, although I’ll never use it because my calendar events don’t need that much precision. But if you’d like yours to have it, then you’ll like this tip.

Gatwick Airport to Trial Valet Parking Robots

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Stan Car Parking Robots

LONDON – Gatwick airport is to trial the use of valet parking robots for three months, starting in August. It is hoped that the French-made devices will make parking before a holiday easier and less stressful. The Evening Standard, London’s evening paper, reported that trials are also taking place in other European airports – Paris, Lyon and Düsseldorf. An earlier 5-month trial at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle was deemed successful.

Under a trial which begins in August, travellers will leave their car in a dedicated drop-off zone and summon a droid, booked by app, on a touch-screen. As the customers are shuttled to the terminal, the battery-powered robot rolls up, slides a forklift-style ramp under the chassis, and uses military-grade GPS to ferry it to a secure bay — all without needing the keys.

When A Grab Ride Nearly Kills You

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In March 2018, Singapore-based Bloomberg journalist Yoolim Lee ordered a lift via ride-hailing service Grab. She was heading to her daughter’s kindergarten. She never made it. There was an accident, and her driver fled the scene, with Ms. Lee trapped in the vehicle. She was freed but severely injured.   After recovering, Ms. Lee looked into services like Grab and even confronted the driver who picked her up that day. She told the moving and eye-opening story in Bloomberg Business Week.

After I returned to work in May, I began digging into the licensing process. Before July 2017, the government had allowed drivers who applied for a new mandatory vocational license a one-year grace period during which they could take the course and pass a written test. But of the 42,900 private-hire car drivers in this category, only 22,000 had managed to get a full license within a year. The implication, to me anyway, is that roughly half of these drivers shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place.

New Update Could Cripple Chrome Ad Blockers

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Google engineers have proposed changes to Chromium that would break Chrome ad blockers.

In a note posted Tuesday to the Chromium bug tracker, Raymond Hill, the developer behind uBlock Origin and uMatrix, said the changes contemplated by the Manifest v3 proposal will ruin his ad and content blocking extensions, and take control of content away from users.

In totally unrelated news Firefox just gained 50 million new users.

New iPhone XS Film - the Story of 'Football Island,' American Samoa

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American Samoa is known as “Football Island.” The small island produces athletes that are 56 times more likely to play in the NFL than other Americans. A stunning new “Shot on iPhone” film tells the story of one of the island’s NFL wannabes, 17-year-old Eddie Siaumau, and a lone palm tree in the ocean. It was shot using iPhone XS with a DJI Osmo Mobile 2, FiLMiC Pro, Joby GripTight PRO Video GP Stand, NiSi Smartphones Filter Kit.

How to Opt Out of Data Sharing From 40+ Companies

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This website is a hub with links for over 40 companies to opt out of data sharing practices they have.

Simple Opt Out is drawing attention to opt-out data sharing and marketing practices that many people aren’t aware of (and most people don’t want), then making it easier to opt out.

At some point I’m definitely going down the list to see which companies I can opt out from.

Expensive Apple Hardware Isn't New. Remember the Lisa?

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The 2018 iPhones were fairly expensive, and this isn’t a new Apple strategy. The company has been down this road before with the Lisa computer.

Named for Saint Steve’s daughter, the Lisa project kicked off in 1978, finally making an appearance on 19 January 1983. It was pitched as a graphical competitor to the tiresome text-based computers dominating the marketplace.

Aside from all the snark the author pumped into the article, it’s a nice blast from the past. As Battlestar Galactica says, “All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.”