Weird Al Yankovic and Andy Samberg on Apple Music Carpool Karaoke

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Weird Al Yankovick and Andy Samberg are doing an episode of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke, and the trailer looks like a lot of fun. Andy Samberg is being joined by his The Lonely Island partners, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. I’m guessing just about everyone knows who Weird Al is, and many will be familiar with Andy Samberg, but it was The Lonely Island trio who produced Lazy Sunday, Natalie’s Rap, I’m on a Boat, and many more popular SNL Digital Shorts. This Carpool Karaoke episode looks suitably zany, with a mix of straight songs and parody bits. I’m looking forward to it!

Apple Highlights 18 Top Apps that Support Siri Shortcuts (with Links)

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Apple published a press release touting 18 top apps that support Siri Shortcuts. There’s little specific about each app, but we put together links to each one of them so you can more easily check them out. The apps: The Weather Channel, CARROT, Dark Sky, CitymapperTransit, Evernote, Day One, Fantastical, Trello, Omnifocus 3, ThingsLose It!, Yazio, WaterminderMyTherapyStreaks10% Happier, and Headspace.

Apple Highlights 18 Top Apps that Support Siri Shortcuts (with Links)

Avoid Google Data Collection By Not Using Two Services

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Leonid Bershidsky writes how you can avoid Google data collection by not using the company’s two biggest tools: Search and Chrome.

Ditching Chrome and Search, however, is an easy way to reduce the amount of information Google gets, essentially without users’ informed consent despite its pro forma compliance with European regulations.

Google says it uses the data collection of Chrome and Search to subsidize other products. Well, if the company is willing to charge phone manufacturers for those products, why not end users? Putting a price on the Google apps, against a promise of no data collection, would quickly show which of them are viable.

I really think Google should offer a paid tier for all of its services. And have the paid tier be free of advertising and data collection. Otherwise it’s eventually going to get regulated into the dirt like Microsoft in the 90s.

Flyington Selfie Drone: $69.99

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Flyington Selfie Drone

We have a deal on the Flyington Selfie Drone. It shoots 720p HD photo and video, with real-time camera transmissions to iPhone or Android device. But it’s also built to flip, roll, and slice through the air, and also features one-key auto landing. It’s $69.99 through our deal.

Powering Apple Reminders With Shortcuts

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I came across this article via The Loop. It’s an article written by Matthew Cassinelli, a member of the Shortcuts (née Workflow) team, about how he powers Reminders with Shortcuts.

When it comes down to it, what Reminders provides for Shortcuts (and you) is really a nice, big bucket for text that you can add to with Siri.

Any time you’re lost in thought, you can just Ask Siri to save that one-liner, and then do something useful with it using Shortcuts instead of letting it drift away in the wind.

He also shares seven Shortcuts he uses with Reminders.

How China Rips Off the iPhone and Fragments Android Even More

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Sam Byford writes how China rips off the iPhone and continues to fragment the Android market with new operating systems and knockoffs.

For the unfamiliar, Chinese phone software can be garish, heavy-handed, and quite unlike anything installed on phones that are popular outside of Asia. If there’s anything that’s going to turn you off the brand-new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, for example — unsubstantiated Cold War-esque paranoia aside — it’s likely to be the software.

Back when I used to write for an Android website (I know, shocking!) I had received a Chinese phone to review. It had adware and possibly other malignant stuff built right in, so I won’t gush over Chinese hardware like The Verge does.

Oh, and the aforementioned Cold War-esque paranoia? I assume Mr. Byford refers to the government ban on Huawei and ZTE. But I guess it’s a personal choice if you want to heed the warning or not.

Build Your Own Pop-up Book with LEGO

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I love how LEGO inspires creativity, and I’m always impressed with the amazing new things people create with the bricks. That’s why I’m a so excited about the latest Ideas kit that’s about to be released: the LEGO Ideas Pop-up Book. It was submitted by Grant Davis and Jason Allemann. It lets you recreate the Jack and the Beanstalk or Little Red Riding Hood stories, includes Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother, the Wolf, the Giant minifigures, and a Jack microfigure. It also works just like a real pop-up book because you can open and close it and watch the scene unfold or collapse. The LEGO Ideas Pop-up Book includes 859 bricks and is priced at US$69.99. It’ll be available on November 1st.

Build Your Own Pop-up Book with LEGO

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Says A-series Macs Really Are Coming

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Apple iMac with ARM processor

The clues are all there. Apple has a mind to move its Macs to the A-series CPU. We discussed this at length on our TDO podcast recently. And now, Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities has confirmed it. Mike Wuerthele at AppleInsider reports: “Kuo also predicts that Mac models will adopt Apple’s A-series processor in some form starting 2020 or 2021.” So does that mean the 2019 Mac Pro will remain with Intel CPUs? And then make an abrupt jump in 2020?  The mind boggles.

The World's Largest Apple Collection is For Sale

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An Austrian computer repairman has amassed what is possibly the world’s largest Apple collection, and it’s currently for sale.

Over the years since he began working for a company that repaired Apples in Vienna in the 1980s, Roland Borsky’s collection has grown to roughly 1,100 computers, he says – far more than the 472 items at Prague’s Apple Museum, which says it is the world’s biggest private collection of Apple products.

Now that his income has dried up, Borsky says he cannot afford the rent on his warehouse. He hopes that a benefactor will put his collection on display and pay off his debt of 20,000-30,000 euros ($23,000-35,000).

If someone doesn’t buy the collection it will have to be destroyed.