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Thoughts on iPad Pro and MacBook Air

It was a big day for Apple with the announcement of new iPad Pros and a MacBook Air. There’s a lot to like about both products, but I want to start with my favorite announcement of the day, iPad Pro. […]

MLB cancels spring training, delays 2020 season

Following a call with the 30 clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic. This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, clubs and our millions of loyal fans.

MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. As of 4 p.m. ET today, forthcoming Spring Training games have been cancelled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Ariz., have been postponed indefinitely.

Events are falling like Dominos. I still believe this is the most prudent action for everyone.

NHL pauses season due to coronavirus

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman:

“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures. However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.

“We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions — including by self-quarantine, where appropriate. Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”

It’s the best policy right now.

Apple launches “She Creates”

Throughout March, Apple Stores worldwide will host a series of over 5,000 Today at Apple sessions titled “She Creates” to highlight inspiring female creators using photography, design, technology, business, music and film to address tough topics, explore new perspectives and empower their communities. Select stores will host more than 100 sessions led by women across industries and mediums who are empowering those around them through creativity, including co-chair of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour, musicians Meghan Trainor and Victoria Monét, designer Carla Fernández, and many more.

This is a great month long event. Apple also said there will be special sessions by female creators at select stores around the world. You can find out more about those on Apple’s web site.

The Dalrymple Report: NHL goalies, iPhones in movies, and grocery stores

Emergency goalies in the NHL? That’s a thing. Dave and I also look at Amazon’s new grocery stores that have no cashiers or checkout lines, as well as how iPhones are used in movies.

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The Etch a Sketch Revolution lets you draw circles

The Etch a Sketch Revolution is a tad smaller than your typical Etch a Sketch, but it does feature the two signature knobs at the bottom. The main difference is it features a spinning screen that makes drawing circles magnitudes easier. As in, all you have to do is manipulate the knobs on the spinning rim, and that’s it. It’s simple, but pretty neat when you consider just how torturous trying to draw anything circular, rounded, or curvy on a traditional Etch a Sketch is.

Okay, I know there is a certain percentage of you looking at this and saying “WTF!” However, for those of a certain age, this is really cool. I doubt Apple is “doomed” with this the release of this breakthrough technology, but it’s still fun.

Apple and the NTSB

The NTSB said that although Huang was a distracted driver, Tesla’s forward collision warning system did not provide an alert, and its automatic emergency braking system did not activate as his Model X SUV with Autopilot switched on accelerated into a highway barrier.

and

The NTSB also called out Huang’s employer, Apple, for failing to set a strict policy for its employees banning non-emergency use of mobile devices while driving.

That is just ridiculous. How is an Apple policy going to help when people get behind the wheel of a car and decide to game instead of watching the damn road like they supposed to do.

Apple’s response:

“We expect our employees to follow the law.”

Exactly.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Apple appeal in patent fight

The justices rejected Apple’s appeal in the long-running case in which a federal jury in 2016 found that Apple had infringed VirnetX’s patents and awarded $302 million. A judge later increased that amount to $439.7 million including interest and other costs.

Patent cases are always difficult and this one is no different.

BBEdit updated, merch, and in the Mac App Store

Many thanks to BBEdit for sponsoring The Loop this week. Bare Bones Software, makers of BBEdit, is one of my favorite software companies — in fact, I’ve been using BBEdit for more than 20 years. BBEdit has been updated to version 13, and is available in the Mac App Store as a subscription! Same great features. Same user experience. You can subscribe in the Mac App Store or purchase perpetual licenses directly from Bare Bones Software. Also, you can still get great merch, including Classic and Rebus T-shirts, enamel pins, and more in their merch store!

Defining CSS 4

We do seem to agree that this is purely about “the marketing effect.” And for some, that’s a dismissive admission. They see that marketing is not core to defining or implementing technology. Some folks the CSSWG have argued this would take up a lot of time to figure out, and add little value to CSS itself.

On the other hand, if web developers are hesitant to adopt new technology, defining and implementing it is wasted time. How Authors perceive change, and judge when is the best moment to invest time to learn new technology — this has a huge impact on adoption.

BBEdit updated, merch, and in the Mac App Store [Sponsor]

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The Dalrymple Report: Mythic Quest, Essential, and Samsung

Apple TV+ tops the list of topics in today’s podcast as Dave and I talk about the newly released Mythic Quest. We also have some fun with Andy Rubin and Samsung.

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The Dalrymple Report: Neil Young and Apple earnings

I bring the confusion I have over Neil Young slamming the MacBook Pro to the podcast this week. Dave and I also talk about Apple earnings and Mac Pro in the wild.

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Neil Young is wrong about the MacBook Pro

I love Neil Young. I have followed his career for as long as I can remember, and I love his music. However, Neil’s comments today about audio and the MacBook Pro are just completely wrong and nonsensical. […]

Apple reports all-time record revenue and earnings

Apple on Tuesday reported its financial results for the fiscal first quarter of 2020 with quarterly revenue of $91.8 billion. That’s a 9 percent increase over the same quarter last year, and an all-time record according to the company.

The Dalrymple Report: Neil Peart, Peacock, and AirPods

Dave and I talk about Neil Peart, Rush’s drummer who died last week, as well as NBC adding a new streaming service and a bad AirPods Pro update.

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The Dalrymple Report: Gadgets and porch pirates

Dave and I talk about some of the best gadgets over the last decade, Samsung’s inflated numbers, and the scourge the earth—porch pirates.

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Apple Music sued for streaming songs without proper license

Lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by plaintiff Pro Music Rights, the suit focuses on unpaid royalties and ongoing infringement related to 15 registered copyrights covering a clutch of songs.

I have a feeling that there is more to this than meets the eye. Apple is not new to licensing and how the music business works, so it’ll be interesting to see how this progresses.

Is Rock Music dead?

Graham Cochrane, a freelance recording and mix engineer:

Does anyone even care about rock music, or real instruments like drums and guitars anymore?!

It’s a question that’s been asked and talked about for years. I believe Rock is alive and well, but it is going through some changes that make many people uncomfortable. Graham has some interesting thoughts on the issue.