Adobe Releases Update to ‘Source Han Sans’ Open Source Font

· Andrew Orr · Link

Source Han sans variable

Adobe and Google partnered to create an open source font for East Asian languages called Source Han Sans. Adobe on Thursday released the latest iteration called Source Han Sans Variable.

The existing seven weights of Source Han Sans now come in a single file that encompasses the entire design space. This affords typographers more granular control: rather than seven static weights ranging from ExtraLight to Heavy, weight exists on a continuum and is expressed through minimum and maximum numeric values.

Email Client ‘Twobird’ Adds Support for Microsoft Outlook Addresses

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Ginger Labs’ Twobird email client announced on Thursday support for Microsoft Outlook in its latest update. The inbox enables users to stay on top of their day without switching apps, keeping context top of mind with notes, reminders and calendar all in one inbox interface. Garrett Mitchell, head engineer for Twobird: “Twobird reimagines the inbox experience for everyone, and we’re committed to growing access to our free platform. By expanding beyond Google Mail, we are now able to reach millions of new users.”

Email Client ‘Twobird’ Adds Support for Microsoft Outlook Addresses

Boost Mobile Prepaid 3 Months Unlimited Talk and Text: $45

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Boost Mobile Prepaid 3 Months Unlimited Talk & Text + 5GB LTE Data

We have a deal on three-months of prepaid service with Boost Mobile. It includes unlimited talk and text, and 5GB of LTE data with 99% nationwide coverage. And, mobile hotspot, taxes, and fees are included on all plans. Check the deal listing for more details and links for checking whether your phone number is eligible. This offer is $45 through our deal.

'Hey Spotify' In-App Command Now Available on iOS and Android

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Spotify users on both iOS and Android can now use the phrase ‘Hey Spotify’, GSMArena reported. It activates the audio-streaming app’s built-in voice search when the screen is on and the app itself is open.

A notification was received by the Spotify app. It brought us to a screen that prompted us to turn on “Hey Spotify”. Saying the wake phrase will prompt Spotify’s built-in voice search while the screen is on and the Spotify app is open. This means that the app is continuously listening for the wake phrase. Spotify’s privacy policy for voice data usage states that Spotify says it only holds recordings and transcriptions of the searches that you perform when tapping the voice button or saying the wake phrase. The feature doesn’t really add any function outside of enabling Spotify’s own voice search for hands-free use.

‘A Game of Thrones: The Board Game’ Launches on Mobile

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Developed by Dire Wolf Digital, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game – Digital Edition is an adaptation of Fantasy Flight Games’ top-selling strategy board game, which is based on the deep lore of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The game offers unique story-driven challenges set during the War of the Five Kings, the massive conflict in which the six Great Houses of Westeros must face off against one another to claim the throne. Employing a combination of strategic planning, warfare, betrayal, cooperation, masterful diplomacy and military might, players take control of one of six Houses of Westeros (Lannister, Stark, Greyjoy, Martell, Tyrell or Baratheon) to seize the crown over the span of 10 rounds. App Store: A Game of Thrones: Board Game

Lawmakers Call YouTube Kids ‘Wasteland of Vapid, Consumerist Content’

· Andrew Orr · Link

The US sub-committee on economic and consumer policy sent a letter [PDF] to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki about its app for kids, saying it’s full of “inappropriate… highly commercial content”.

According to the letter, some videos appeared to be “smuggling in hidden marketing and advertising with product placements by children’s influencers”.

The letter claimed that one research team, which it did not name, found only about 4% of videos had a high educational value. Much of the rest was low quality content such as toy unboxing and videos of people playing video games.

Use This Shortcut to Save Book Covers From Apple Books

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Whenever I’m reading a book (which doesn’t happen often enough) I like to save the book cover to add to my reading notes. So, I created a shortcut. It asks you for the name of the book, then you choose which one you want from the list that appears. It then downloads a high-quality book cover that you can save in Files or Photos. I only wish that the covers had the masking added in iOS 12 to make them look like physical books. I’m guessing though that the app itself generates those.

Use This Shortcut to Save Book Covers From Apple Books

iPhone 12 Holds Its Value Better Than Rival Samsung Galaxy S21

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Smartphones in the ‌iPhone 12‌ range have lost value by between 18.1 to 33.7 percent since they launched in October last year, according to data from SellCell (spotted by Macrumors). Meanwhile, devices in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, which only launched in January 2021, have already seen a 44.8 and 57.1 percent drop in value.

We can say with some confidence that the reason the iPhone 12 series has held its value better than the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, is because the demand is still there even after that initial sale. Apple owners looking to upgrade their device will, in the majority, stick to the Apple brand. In that sense, demand is high for pre-owned iPhone 12 handsets, meaning that they keep their value as consumers are happy to pay a premium, even for a refurbished or pre-owned iPhone 12. On the other side, not only do Samsung owners show less loyalty to the brand, but 26% of them are happy to consider jumping ship to an Apple device once they’re done with their Android handset. This has two effects. It decreases demand for Samsung’s handsets, driving the value down, while at the same time increasing Apple demand even further, slowing the rate of iPhone 12 value shrinkage.

No, They're Aren't Really Two Million Shows on Apple Podcasts

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts recently hit a milestone – having two million podcasts available to listeners. However, as Amplifi Media explained, all is not quite as it seemed, with many not getting past show number one.

Out of the two million titles reflected in Apple Podcasts (and similar results from Podcast Index), a remarkable 26% have produced just a single episode. One and done. That suggests many people fired up their creative juices, especially during the pandemic, and stopped after creating one episode. Roughly 1/4th of all podcasts are out of business, or more likely, were never really in it. Sure, there might be some that only planned a single episode but for our x-ray, let’s drop the number of podcasts down by 26% – which means there are roughly 1.5 million (1.48m) podcasts with two or more episodes. That’s a big difference. Let’s go a bit further. Let’s use three or fewer episodes as a mark. That rockets the number up to an astonishing 44% of all podcasts… If a ‘real podcast’ is a series of at least four episodes, that effectively reduces the total of two million podcasts to 880,000.

Watch the Official Trailer for ‘The Mosquito Coast’ on Apple TV+

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has shared the official trailer for “The Mosquito Coast” and revealed the film will be available to watch on April 30. A brilliant rebel (Justin Theroux) and his wife (Melissa George) take their family on the run to protect them, but end up exposing them to more danger than ever. At every turn of their adventure, they encounter increasing threats and intensifying moral choices from which there’s no turning back. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Paul Theroux, Mosquito Coast is executive produced by Neil Cross, Rupert Wyatt, Paul Theroux, Justin Theroux and Edward L. McDonnell.