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∞ The Dalrymple Report: Monoliths, HomePod followup, Discovery+

Monoliths are popping up everywhere, but apparently not in my backyard. I made a mistake when I published my HomePod mini review, so Dave and I took a few minutes to talk about what happened. Discovery Network announced its new streaming service this week—we take a look at the pricing and the channels that are coming on January 4, 2021. Subscribe...

Thunderbolt on the M1 Mac mini

Tim Standing, OWC blog [Via TidBITS]: Each pair of Thunderbolt ports on my Intel Mac is connected to a single bus powered by a dedicated controller chip. Since the two ports in a pair are connected to one bus, they share the Thunderbolt bandwidth. The total throughput of both ports together on a single bus is limited to 2,800 MB/sec. ...

∞ Rene Ritchie and Sebastiaan de With talk iPhone 12 Pro Max camera

[VIDEO] If time is limited, jump to 4:28 to skip over the introduction and convivial conversation and get to the heart of the video (embedded in main Loop post). This video offers a great opportunity to meet and get to know Sebastiaan de With, who is highly regarded for his camera knowledge and fantastic work on the Halide camera app. I love the...

Check out Apple Music top songs, Shazams and most-read lyrics of 2020

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac: Apple Music has added a whole bunch of new playlists in the Browse section. These include the Apple Music top songs of 2020, both globally and for a wide range of countries. Other categories are the most Shazammed songs – the ones people have heard somewhere and wanted to identify – and the most-read lyrics....

∞ Steve Jobs introducing iPod socks

[VIDEO] This is from back in 2004, came across this on Reddit this morning. I love that this is pitched as a “revolutionary new product”. Can’t help but wonder if Steve did this one under protest. This feels so unlike him, to pitch such whimsy. But fun to watch. Starts at about 4:27 in. Video embedded in main Loop post.

UPS places package pickup limits on Gap, Nike, others to manage E-Commerce surge

Wall Street Journal: United Parcel Service Inc. imposed shipping restrictions on some large retailers such as Gap Inc. and Nike Inc. this week, an early sign that the pandemic-fueled online shopping season is stretching delivery networks to their limits. The delivery giant on Cyber Monday notified drivers across the U.S. to stop picking...

iPhone zero-click Wi-Fi exploit is one of the most breathtaking hacks ever

[VIDEO] First things first, this exploit has been patched by Apple. But what I found fascinating about this is the video, showing off the hacker doing their proof of concept thing. As you watch it (video embedded in the main Loop post), imagine being in a hotel room and the hacker being in the room next door. Frightening, no? But also good that...

∞ A video look at virtualizing Windows 10 ARM on an M1 Mac

[VIDEO] I’ve been reading about this for a while now, but it’s nice seeing the process in a video (video embedded in main Loop post). And those Geekbench scores, wow! Keep in mind, all this is done via emulation. Just imagine how fast this would be if it was native, or even done via Rosetta translation. Amazing.

Apple presents App Store Best of 2020 winners

Apple: Apple today presented its App Store Best of 2020 winners, recognizing 15 apps and games that proved to be essential for making life easier, healthier, and more connected this year. Notable for their high quality, creative design, usability, and innovative technology, these apps and games are equally celebrated for their positive cultural...

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to iPhone using NFC

The way I read this, this is a way to more quickly pair and connect non-Apple devices to your iPhone, giving them the same insta-connect feel you are used to with AirPods, say. I’ve not tried this out, but seemed interesting and worth a share. ∞ Read this on The Loop

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