Missing the SD card reader in your MacBook? Don’t buy a dock

I’ve tested every damn dock with an SD Card reader and they all suck, and they get super hot in use. Get this instead, one cable that can go from your camera to your computer, no crappy adaptors or docks in between.

I’ve been using one for over a year, and it’s much better solution. And gosh, some cameras even have USB-C now.

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Modular Mac Pro is a 2019 Product

“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community, so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year.”

In addition to transparency for pro customers, there’s also a larger fiscal reason behind it.“

We know that there’s a lot of customers today that are making purchase decisions on the iMac Pro and whether or not they should wait for the Mac Pro,” says Boger.This is why Apple wants to be as explicit as possible now, so that if institutional buyers or other large customers are waiting to spend budget on, say iMac Pros or other machines, they should pull the trigger without worry that a Mac Pro might appear late in the purchasing year.

Source: Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows | TechCrunch

Steve Jobs on privacy – 8 Years ago

I love Kara Swisher’s little “you here, Mark?” joke at the start of this question…

I really hope Apple can do something about Facebook at the iOS level, but of course, if they piss off Facebook too much, the company can tell it’s 1 Billion users to switch to Android for the best experience.

Introducing Anchor Videos for Web 

Earlier this year we launched Anchor 3.0, the easiest way to make podcast, ever. As part of our mission to democratize audio, we believe it’s important to innovate on how that audio is shared. It’s always been a chore to visualize audio segments for social media, and with our new web tools, it’s easier than ever.

With Anchor 3.0, the company matched everything Soundcloud was doing, but for free. Now they’re overtaking Soundcloud. It really makes me want to cast some pods again.

Source: Introducing Anchor Videos for Web – Anchor – Medium

Samsung AR Emoji are NQR

Looking at the Samsung AR emoji created by a bunch of tech journos, there was something odd about them I just couldn’t put my finger on. Then it dawned on me; it makes everyone thin. Just like Bitmoji before it, Samsung are too worried they’ll offend you by making your avatar chunky, so everyone ends up thinner virtually than they are in real life. Apple sidestepped this by making their Animoji, well, animals. What a  bizarre world we live in.


Apple Is Planning Its First Education-Related Event Since 2012 – Bloomberg

Its last education-related event took place in New York City in 2012. The company said in an invitation Friday that it will share “creative new ideas for teachers and students” at the affair, which will take place at Lane Tech College Prep High School.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-16/apple-to-make-education-related-announcement-on-march-27

This is pretty exciting – we saw some great new classroom features come to the iPad in iOS 11 – I’m hoping to see more of that, and as a Mac Sys admin working at a University right now, a few more tools for the Mac would be welcomed, too. The most intriguing rumours are around Apple’s laptop line – with talk of a possible rev to the education workhorse, the MacBook Air.

Get yourself an e-bike

The Velectrix Urban 2.0. shaved 30 minutes of my commute, and made that commute a much more pleasant experience.

A few things I couldn’t fit into the word count for print:

The experience riding in Melbourne is so much nicer than in Sydney. Not only is the city much flatter, but there are bike paths everywhere! And in Melbourne, motorists seem to acknowledge your existence, and do not wish to see you dead.

Since looking into affordable e-bikes, I’ve found two other options for Victorians. The RACV has an e-bike purchasing program from $70 a month (until the bike is paid off, around three years) that includes road side assistance and insurance. There’s also a Melbourne start up called e-stralian, with a much larger selection of bikes, that offers novated leasing, and if your employer agrees, you can even get the bikes on a salary sacrifice program.

Source: Affordable electric bikes are now a reality