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(Podcast) Upgrade 317: Upsettings

Has Apple set off an iPhone home screen aesthetics revolution with iOS 14? We talk about our favorite widgets, Widgetsmith’s journey to the top of the App Store charts, home-screen customization, and what this might mean for Apple’s iOS feature priorities. Also, Myke evaluates new watchOS faces, Jason seeks home remedies to fix his terrible Apple Watch...

(Podcast) 20 Macs for 2020 podcast 7: Mac mini (#14)

The popularity of the iPod led Apple to create a Mac designed specifically to tempt people to switch from Windows. It didn’t go as planned, but the result was a Mac model that’s been with us for fifteen years and counting.Go to the podcast page.

20 Macs for 2020: #13 – Mac IIcx and IIci

Thanks to reader David for sending me this IIci earlier this year.The original Macintosh was a squat, cute beige box with a little black-and-white screen and tiny keyboard. For a couple of decades, It was immortalized in the icon, designed by Susan Kare, that appeared when you turned on any Mac. Almost nobody remembers the sequel. But there was one,...

Enabling the Debug menu in Safari 14 on Big Sur and Catalina

With new Apple software updates come new questions, and reader Martin has one related to an old tip of mine: Thanks for the great tip on fixing tab behavior. However, the directions on how to get the debug menu no longer seem to work with Safari 14. Any idea on how to enable nowadays? Great question! The tip in question deals with making...

Roger Angell turns 100 ↦

The best baseball writer ever, Roger Angell, turns 100 today: Above all, Roger Angell is best known as the bard of baseball; he was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, in 2014—alongside his pal and source, Joe Torre. He had a long career in the press box. Around the time the Beatles were still playing the Cavern Club, Roger...

‘The Glorious RBG’ ↦

New York magazine’s Irin Carmon, co-author of the book Notorious R.B.G., on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Two visionary lawyers, the leftist feminist Dorothy Kenyon and the queer Black theorist Pauli Murray, had long argued that gender discrimination violated the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, which had previously only applied...

Relay FM for St. Jude ↦

This month Relay FM is raising money for St. Jude, a remarkable organization that is both a hospital that provides free medical care for kids with cancer, and a research institution that’s committed to finding ways to fight that cancer. Right now as I write this, Myke and Stephen of Relay FM are in the midst of a six-hour podcastathon stream in support...

(Sponsor) Mobi

My thanks to Mobi for sponsoring Six Colors this week. Mobi has been around since 2005 as the regional wireless carrier for Hawaiʻi, but is now bringing its rethought approach to wireless to the mainland U.S. Mobi is app focused, provides customer care through Apple Business Chat in iMessage (as well as the usual channels—phone, email, text, and more),...

6C Podcast: September 18, 2020

Watchers watching watches. Bundlers bundling bundles. Give to St. Jude.… Become a member to listen to our exclusive weekly podcast and get more benefits.

Service Station: An Apple announcement that saves me money (Member Post)

Good news! Apple just announced a service that might actually save you money. Or you could just ignore it, and that’s fine too. It’s AppleOne, the new bundle of a bunch of existing Apple services that can, depending on how you look at it, either save you money or get you an Apple subscription service you’re lukewarm on for cheap or free. Let’s consider...

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