Aaargh! I don’t know when these features were added — it may have been in WatchOS 9.0, and I had my mind on other things at the time. Adding to that is that I already have my workouts set to what I want — or at least to what I wanted and that Apple gave me a way to set!
It doesn’t matter because I did notice them today, and although I have a minor complaint about the interface, these features are a welcome addition.
Does Automated Shopping Weird You Out or Make You Angry? Anthony Lawrence Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash Amazon has opened or will soon open more cashierless “just walk out” stores in Washington state and California. I heard a podcast mention Washington D.C as well but they may have been confusing that with Washington state. I’ve noticed that several of the local stores we shop at have expanded their self-checkout areas and that human cashiers are becoming harder to find. Before COVID we’ve had iPads handed to us at restaurants to make our selections, summon help, and pay when done. I’ve heard of restaurant checks with QR codes that you scan when ready to pay but I haven’t seen those yet — though again, we aren’t dining out these days. I think it’s all great. My wife doesn’t like any of this. When talking to what’s left of my baby boomer friends (the rest are Trumpers who I avoid entirely), most seem to side with my wife. A lot of it is not outright opposition, but more that t
Beardsley Lawrence left a trail, I followed it Anthony Lawrence (Pcunix) Beardsley Lawrence Senior with his sister Marianna References and citations are at the bottom of this story. Beardsley Lawrence Sr. was my paternal grandfather. I met him only once, when he was dying in a Boston Hospital. I was five years old or younger. I cannot remember much more than my father introducing us. I took his hand and he said something like “Good to meet you, young man.” Was that visit from a dying man’s wish to see his only grandson or simply something my father felt he should do on what may have been his last visit with his father? I do not know. My Aunt Ann told me that when her father was diagnosed with spinal cancer his doctor prescribed a strict vegetarian diet. Although he never recovered, she claimed that he was free of cancer when he died. I do not recall her advocating a vegetarian diet in her own life; my impression was that she was telling me this just as a curious bit of family history
And Apple has been preparing this for a long time Apple recently announced a new “Business Essentials” product for small businesses. It’s available for free as a beta right now, but final pricing will be from $2.99 to $12.99 monthly per user. That pricing doesn’t include AppleCare support, which they say will be available later. So what is it? Basically, it’s an MDM (Mobile Device Management). Apple bought Fleetsmith, an MDM company, in 2020 and it seems that Fleetsmith software is the base of this offering. What’s an MDM? If you have used Screentime for yourself or a child, that is a limited form of MDM. Screentime inherited some of its features from the Parental Controls feature that Apple introduced in 2009, so Apple is no stranger to this technology. Both allow control of a device, limiting the software used, settings changes, and little more. A full MDM extends those features and provides central management. Apple and Business Apple is not unaccustomed to working with businesses,