Archive for April 16, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

Belkin Car Vent Mount Pro With MagSafe

Nilay Patel:

All of this means I was very excited when Apple added MagSafe charging to the new iPhone 12 line. A series of magnets aligns a wireless charger to the back of the phone, and has enough attachment strength to — yes — hold the phone on a car mount. A dream: you get in the car, seamlessly dink! your phone onto the mount, and drive away, laughing at the suckers fumbling with their cradles and motorized friction arms and other unwieldy ideas.


Unfortunately it has been six months since the iPhone 12 was announced, and there is a pitiful shortage of MagSafe car chargers. In fact, there are no officially-sanctioned MagSafe car chargers. Instead, there is this Belkin Car Vent Mount PRO with MagSafe, which, as the name suggests, allows you to mount a phone to your vents with MagSafe, in, um, a professional way. However, it does not charge your phone.


Kindles Can Finally Display Book Covers on Their Lock Screens

Dan Moren:

I was frankly flabbergasted to see a post on The Verge this morning, reporting that Amazon has—finally!—added the ability to show the cover of whatever you’re currently reading on your Kindle’s lock screen.

Let me tell you: there was much rejoicing. Users have clamored for this feature for a very long time—even those who didn’t have the Special Offers option that shows ads on the lock screen were stuck with the company’s wallpaper options.

Mac Chimes of Death

Stephen Hackett (Hacker News):

We’re all familiar with the Mac’s startup chime. While it has changed over the years, it has greeted users with its friendly tone for decades.

What you may not know is that for years, the Mac also came with a death sound, that would play when the machine was unable to properly boot.

I remember these sounding a lot more menacing in the wild.


RCKit Removed From the App Store

Emmanuel Crouvisier:

This really upsets me. There are/were two apps which use the same unpublished API from RevenueCat. One was clearly better in my eyes, with innovative features which the other didn’t have, yet the one of them was able to get kicked out of the App Store by the other being a bully

Curtis Herbert:

This is 100% the danger with apple getting into judgement calls about copycats. In the end, we’re going to have more sad stories like this than we will actual positive net change on the ecosystem.

Kosta Eleftheriou:

Happy to report that the situation has now been resolved amicably between the developers, and a request to cancel the dispute has been sent to Apple.

So @Apple, please undo this unfair takedown - thank you.