U.S. House Committee Approve Big Tech Report

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee formally approved a report that accuses big tech companies, including Apple, of either buying or crushing smaller rivals, Reuters reported. The extensive document offers various options for changing antitrust law.

The more than 400-page staff report will become an official committee report, and the blueprint for legislation to rein in the market power of the likes of Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google, Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and Facebook (FB.O). The report was approved by a 24-17 vote that split along party lines. The companies have denied any wrongdoing. The report first released in October – the first such congressional review of the tech industry – suggested extensive changes to antitrust law and described dozens of instances where it said the companies had misused their power.

Adding Car to HomeKit for In-App Controls and Automation

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Self-confessed “home automation enthusiast” Siobhán Ellis integrated an electric car into her Apple HomeKit setup. In a blogpost (spotted by MacRumors) she explained what she did and how she did it.

After I initially wrote this blog post, I wondered if there was a HomeBridge integration into the Jaguar InControl API. InControl enables a number of things, such as remotely seeing if the car is unlocked, how much it’s charged and if it is charging. It also enables pre-conditioning, which is the warming up of the car before you travel somewhere so the batteries work at peak efficiency. As it happens, there is a plugin, called Jlr Incontrol. Installation was easy, although I must say it came up with a few warnings.

Extra Storage And You – TMO Daily Observations 2021-04-15

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Thursdays with Bob continue as Dr Mac drops by to chat with Kelly about how (and why) to shop for a hard drive, and Bob’s secret for buying them.

Choosing a Hard or Solid-State Disk

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This week Dr. Mac offers tips and hints for buying hard or solid-state disks to use as replacements, additional storage, or backups.

Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Bank Sticks to iPhone 12: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Bank for iPhone 12

We have a deal on a portable battery with a built-in Qi charger that uses magnets to stick right to the back of your iPhone 12 while it’s charging. And it has a built-in ring on the back that you can use to securely hold your iPhone while you’re using it. This device is $39.99 through our deal.

Windows 10 Now Runs on Apple Silicon M1 Macs

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple M1 SoC

Users who so desire now run Windows 10 on an M1 Mac. The latest version of Parallels allows the operating system to run on an Apple Silicon computer, The Verge reported.

The latest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac now allows M1 Mac owners to run Windows 10 on Arm apps or traditional x86 apps side by side with Mac or iOS apps on Big Sur. There will be some app limitations on the Windows 10 on Arm side, thanks to its own app emulation, but Windows 10 on Arm will soon support x64 app emulation, too. Parallels Desktop maker Corel says its latest update also results in some impressive performance and battery improvements over running the software on Intel-based Macs. According to Corel, the 16.5 update uses up to 250 percent less energy on an M1 Mac, compared to an Intel-based MacBook Air. There’s also a promise of up to 60 percent better DirectX 11 performance and up to 30 percent better overall virtual machine performance running the Arm version of Windows 10 on an M1 Mac instead of a Windows 10 VM on an Intel-based MacBook Pro.

UK Tesco Shopper Orders Apples, Gets iPhone SE

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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One happy customer in London, England ordered apples at a supermarket and came away with an iPhone SE. The Mirror reported that customer Nick James found out he’d randomly won the device when he went to pick up a ‘click and collect’ order at a Tesco Extra store.

Mr James was gobsmacked to receive a free iPhone SE in his click and collect order. He told the Mirror: “I was half expecting the surprise to be an Easter egg or something – I was a little bit shocked to say the least.” Tesco Mobile is giving away free Apple iPhones, AirPods and Samsung devices as part of a “super substitutes” promotion this week. Tweeting about his win earlier this week, he said: “A big thanks this week to Tesco and Tesco Mobile. “On Wednesday evening we went to pick up our click and collect order and had a little surprise in there – an Apple iPhone SE.

This Shortcut Called ‘Ebb’ Can Track Your Menstruation

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

I like to share cool shortcuts that I discover and I recently found this one on r/Shortcuts. It’s called “ebb” and the creator says it’s an inclusive period tracker and their first shortcut. Here is their story: “Hi. I created Ebb to track my menstrual cycle, my symptoms (I have an anxiety disorder) and journal about my body in the same space. I also wanted an easy format that I can backup and/or export without having to pay a period app’s subscription service. I mean no disrespect to any of these apps, but a lot of people cannot afford a monthly subscription so I hope this helps! I am a black queer woman and tried to make everything as inclusive as possible but if you see a mistake or faux-pas, please let me know! You can email me at [email protected] or, as of v3.0, you can send feedback through Ebb.”

This Shortcut Called ‘Ebb’ Can Track Your Menstruation

Mac and Services to Provide AAPL Upside

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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AAPL investors can still expect an upside when during Apple’s forthcoming earnings call thanks to Mac and services. That’s according to J.P Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee in a note seen by AppleInsider.

Lead analyst Samik Chatterjee writes that the setup heading into Q1 2021 earnings is “dramatically different than the last one,” since the focus on near-term earnings drivers has moderated after the busy holiday season. Specifically, iPhone builds are slowing down, led primarily by softening smartphone shipments in China and slowing momentum of 5G-equipped iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro sales. Relative to sell-side consensus, Chatterjee believes investors are primed for softer results. However, the analyst still expects modest upside to investor expectations. He cites strong growth in Services and the current momentum in Mac and iPad shipments as the primary driver, despite concerns that work from home trends will wear off. JP Morgan is tracking iPhone revenue in line with expectations.

No mini in 2022 iPhone Lineup, Says Ming-Chi Kuo

· Charlotte Henry · Link

iPhone 12 mini

Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that there will be no iPhone 14 mini, in a new note seen by MacRumors. Despite its relatively poor performance, a smaller model is expected to be in the 2021 lineup.

“We predict that the new 2H22 iPhone will come in four models: the high-end 6.7″ and 6.1″, and the lower-end 6.7″ and 6.1″,” wrote Kuo. If there is no so-called iPhone 14 mini next year, the iPhone SE would regain the title of smallest iPhone with its 4.7-inch display. However, the current iPhone SE is actually slightly larger than the 5.4-inch mini model due to having thicker bezels and a Touch ID home button. The iPhone SE also has only a single-lens rear camera and is equipped with an LCD screen, whereas the iPhone 12 mini has a superior OLED display.

Big Library Read’s Latest Book Club Offering is ‘The Art of Taking it Easy’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Overdrive’s book club called Big Library Read announced its latest entry for readers called “The Art of Taking It Easy” by psychologist and stand-up comedian Dr. Brian King. Through Libby, OverDrive’s one-tap reading app, The Art of Taking It Easy is available for free, simultaneous use access from over 20K libraries and schools worldwide through April 19. Being selected for Big Library Read provides great exposure for King, with hundreds of thousands checkouts per program and the unique opportunity for readers to interact with the author and others in the online discussion.

Big Library Read’s Latest Book Club Offering is ‘The Art of Taking it Easy’