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Vivid

My thanks to Vidid for sponsoring this week at DF. The latest MacBook Pros have displays that can reach 1,600 nits of brightness. Out of the box, you only see this brightness when viewing HDR videos or photos. Vivid is a utility that unlocks the full brightness of your screen, system-wide. It works on the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 or M2...

Wayne Ma: ‘Apple Devising Software to Help Anyone Build AR Apps’ Using Siri, Not Code

Wayne Ma, reporting for The Information (MacRumors summary): Apple is developing software to make it easy for users of its upcoming mixed-reality headset to build their own augmented reality apps, according to four people who have worked on the headset. With the software tools, Apple hopes that even people who don’t know computer...

★ The Billions-Dollar VR/AR Headset Question

Matthew Ball wrote a thoughtful, deeply-considered essay worth your attention, “Why VR/AR Gets Farther Away as It Comes Into Focus”: Throughout 2015 and 2016, Mark Zuckerberg repeated his belief that within a decade, “normal-looking” AR glasses might be a part of daily life, replacing the need to bring out a smartphone to take a call,...

1982 TV News Report on Arcade Video Games

This brief report was remarkably well-done. I love everything about it, including their choice of games: Pac-Man and Defender. Includes a great shot of Midway’s Pac-Man factory floor in Chicago, where they were manufacturing 350 cabinets a day.  ★ 

U.S. State Department Is Phasing Out Times New Roman, Adopting Calibri

John Hudson and Annabelle Timsit, reporting last week for The Washington Post: In a cable sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, Secretary of State Antony Blinken directed the department to use a larger sans-serif font in high-level internal documents, and gave the department’s domestic and overseas offices until Feb. 6 to “adopt...

Facebook Reinstates Trump’s Accounts

Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta: Like any other Facebook or Instagram user, Mr. Trump is subject to our Community Standards. In light of his violations, he now also faces heightened penalties for repeat offenses — penalties which will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related...

ChatGPT: The First True Threat to Google Search?

[Sponsor] Double the Brightness of Your MacBook Pro With Vivid

The latest MacBook Pro has a display that can reach 1600 nits of brightness. This brightness could only be reached when watching HDR videos, so we made Vivid! Vivid unlocks the full brightness of your screen, system-wide. It works on the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 or M2 chip, as well as the Pro Display XDR. Try Vivid for free and see...

Twitter(rific) and Accessibility

Speaking of The Iconfactory’s Ged Maheux, Steven Aquino has a brief interview with him regarding Twitterrific’s long-excellent accessibility support, and the whole Twitter shitshow: For his part, Maheux told me in an recent interview conducted over email “accessibility should be important to any developer” but added The Iconfactory’s resolve...

Linea Sketch 4.2

Ged Maheux at The Iconfactory: Organic Ink gives your sketches a rustic and natural appearance that is unlike anything previously offered in Linea. You can even tilt your Apple Pencil as you draw to quickly shade wide areas with texture. Such a cool effect, period, but kind of amazing to see it live, not as a filter applied in...

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