The new RED iPhone 8 is gorgeous

As MacRumors points out, it’s that new black front panel that makes this new iPhone look so much better than previous red versions. MKBHD’s video just highlights that.

The other big change is the fact that Apple has gone with smart-looking black bezels on the front of the device. That should please users who skipped the (RED) iPhone 7 because they disliked the white bezels that gave the handset a candy cane-style color combination.

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Why everyone loves AirPods

Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge:

As The Verge’s resident headphones obsessive, I’m not supposed to like the AirPods. My initial reaction upon first seeing them many months ago was to pour scorn on Apple’s designers for crafting a pair of expensive and easy-to-lose cigarette butts. The AirPods were the resurrection of the awful Bluetooth headsets of years past, I thought. But this year, I finally got around to testing a pair of the AirPods for myself, and I finally understand why everyone who owns them loves them.

I’ve been very sceptical of the AirPods, especially given my dislike of EarPods. Maybe I need to try these things out for myself.

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Twitter for Mac is no more

While Twitter may be a largely mobile service for most people who live their lives via iOS and Android, those who use a Mac have been able to take advantage of the official Twitter app ever since the social giant bought Tweetie almost eight years ago. Now, it's going away.

We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.

For the full Twitter experience on Mac, visit Twitter on web.

That's bad news for Mac Twitter users and bad news for the Mac in general, but if you need a new Twitter client in the aftermath of this news, you could most certainly do worse than Twitterrific.


Instapaper turns ten years old

I still can’t quite believe that it has been, at this point, over ten years since Instapaper was launched. Over those ten years it has been in and out of my life (it’s back in, currently) but there can be few apps or services that have endured the way Marco’s read-it-later app has done, even if it has changed hands a couple of times since then.

On January 28, 2008, Marco Arment announced a new side project called Instapaper. Ten years and billions of articles later, we’re thrilled to be helping our readers learn, research and experience the Internet removed from the typical distractions. First, we want to thank all of our users. Whether you’ve been around since the Marco days, joined us when betaworks took over the development or signed up after our acquisition by Pinterest, thank you! We wouldn’t be anywhere without you, and we look forward to incorporating your requests into our 2018 updates.

In Internet years a decade is a century. Instapaper predates the App Store, Google Chrome and the entire Android OS, so we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on some of our product and business milestones.

That Tumblr post (ironic, I know) post is well worth a read, if only to check out some of the screenshots from over the years!


A day in the life of HomeKit

Speaking of home automation, if you really want to see what a house of the future can do then this is a great post by Kris Van de Sande, showing how he goes about his day with HomeKit powering his house. There has clearly been some money thrown at this solution, but it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to the future, or plain old magic, without there being cupboards full of rack-mounted switches, patch panels and blinking lights.

Currently we have 40 hue light sources spread around the house. Add that with a dozen more accessories, sensors and triggers, this has been a serious investment over the years. And some might say I have over-done it with seven lights in my small office, or five lights in the bedroom but by spreading out several lights, the technology allows me to set a scene very effectively.

I have four lights so far. I have some catching up to do!