MacVoices #20086: Briefing – The Upgradability of Apple’s Dongles

In this Briefing, Chuck talks about discovering that an Apple dongle can be upgraded to provide additional backward compatibility, and considers that fact in relation to an earlier MacVoices discussion about the obsolescence of our smart home devices.

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MacVoices #20085: Mike Schmitz Teaches You Mind Mapping

Mike Schmitz‘ new course for The Sweet Setup helps organize and develop your ideas and projects. Mastering Mind Maps teaches you how to capture your ideas in a mind map, and then turn them into actionable projects. Mike explains how the course is structured, why it is appropriate for Mac, iPad, and iPhone users, and how it uses one mind mapping app as an example, but can be applied to one of your choice. He also details some of the examples that are included, so you not only learn the mechanics of mind mapping, but some example use cases as well.

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MacVoices #20084: David Ginsburg on His CES Freshman Year and Mac/iOS App Combination Purchasing

David Ginsburg of In Touch With iOS made his first trip to CES this year, and joins us to talk about his experiences, how his expectations lined up with reality, and whether he will be headed back next year. He also comments on the impact iOS 13 and iPhones 11 are making, and the pros and cons of combining Mac and iOS license purchases for both developers and end users.

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MacVoices #20083: Adam Engst on Smart Assistants, The Effect of Advertising, and Issue #1,500 of TidBITS

Adam Engst discusses the state of iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and Catalina, why our smart assistants aren’t smart enough (yet), and why he is so steamed up about your data being sold. From Netflix to subscriptions, paragliding to printing address labels, and after 1,500 issues of TidBITS, Adam has a lot to say.

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MacVoices #20082: Kirk McElhearn On Sonos, Gear Updates, and Obsolescence

Kirk McElhearn and host Chuck Joiner dig into the Sonos smart speaker issue, looking at the past, present, and what we know about the future. They debate the issue of obsolescence in smart home devices and beyond, how manufacturers get paid to keep their tech current, and what you need consider when investing in gear that you plan to use for the indefinite future.

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