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NC #835 Fiddly Sidecar, Logitech 4K Pro Webcam, Backpedaling Wheels, AirTag Games with Bodie, Command Line Screenshots

Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, May 9, 2021, and this is show number 835.

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The Dialogue is Flawless – DTNS 4023 – Daily Tech News Show

This week I got to be on the Daily Tech News Show again with Tom Merritt and Sarah Lane. We discussed a very broad study (430,000) done of 10 to 15-year-olds on the effects of social media and tech in general on these teenagers. The study was compared to the same study that has been conducted since 1991. We explained how TSMC is expanding its chip fab business into the US. Probably the most interesting thing we discussed was a new technology from a company called Flawless which creates realistic audio dubbing of movies by actually modifying the facial motions of the actors. You have to see this one to believe it. Check it out at the link in the shownotes or subscribe to DTNS in your podcatcher of choice and look for the episode from May 4th.

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Speaking of Daily Tech News Show, let’s start with a contribution from none other than Tom Merritt:

Everything is Fiddly – Tom Merritt and Sidecar (no blog post)

Ok, Tom, that makes NO sense! Why wouldn’t the internal display have become the primary screen as soon as it was disconnected? Surely that’s an obvious scenario for which the developers at Apple should have tested? Sheesh.

Logitech 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam

Frank Petrie, also known as @Wheels in the chat room and on Slack, is back with an interesting perspective on Apple’s Spring Loaded event.

Let The Backpedaling Commence – by Frank Petrie

I feel compelled to make a couple of comments. The suggestion by the “wag” that the colors are for the female demographic has me of two minds. On the one hand, I’ve heard several of my male friends say that if they were in the market for this model, it’s the purple they’d go with. Secondly, is there something inherently wrong with appealing to the female demographic? I think it’s safe to say that dark grey and silver would probably not be the first choice of many women, and yet those are the choices we’ve had for the last decade of Apple computers.

It’s interesting that Frank is annoyed they didn’t make this model thicker, thereby allowing them to have the card reader on the side, and yet iMacs haven’t had the card reader on the side in a pretty long time. I agree it would be easier to access on the side, but I don’t see that coming back. I think we’re more likely to see Apple eliminate the card reader, since using a big girl camera or recorder is becoming more and more of a niche audience.

I know there are loud rumors that Apple is going to bring the card reader back to their notebook lineup, but I don’t buy that either. I contend that serious photographers probably use USB Type C hubs when on the road for external storage attachment and for the card reader, and when in the office or at home, I would be most use a dock to enable a large monitor and plenty of ports, and those docks always come with SD card readers.

So yes, they could have made it thicker and accommodate a side card reader, but I don’t think we’ll ever see that again.

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Bodie Entertains His Children with AirTags (no blog post)

Next up we have a delightful contribution from my new friend and fellow podcaster, Bodie Grimm. He’s the host of the Kilowatt podcast, a show all about Tesla and other electric vehicles.

Ok, Bodie, you’re certifiable, but I love it! You must be the funnest dad ever. I’m so glad you recorded for us and hope you do many more contributions! If you’d like to learn a lot about electric vehicle technology advances from Bodie, definitely subscribe to the Kilowatt podcast in your podcatcher of choice.

Let Me Try to Convince You to Take Screenshots from the Command Line in macOS

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, Everything is Fiddly recordings, comments and suggestions by emailing me at allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter @podfeet.  Remember, everything good starts with podfeet.com/. podfeet.com/patreon, podfeet.com/paypal, podfeet.com/facebook, podfeet.com/slack!  And if you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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