Archive for June 2, 2022

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Twitter Shutting Down TweetDeck for Mac

Joe Rossignol:

Twitter today announced that it will be shutting down TweetDeck for Mac next month to focus on the web-based version of TweetDeck.

This is pretty much what they said a few years ago when discontinuing the Mac version of the regular Twitter client. It then came back as a Catalyst app. That likely won’t happen this time since there’s no longer an iOS version of TweetDeck:

TweetDeck was acquired in 2011 for $40 million by the social media giant. The company launched its HTML5 apps shortly after, available for the browser, Windows and Mac. It was also once available for iOS, Android and Windows. Unfortunately, the iOS and Android versions went offline in 2013, and then three years later, the Windows version went away as well.


Avoiding Swift’s enumerated()

Natalia Panferova (tweet):

The integer value we get with enumerated() shouldn’t be used as index into the collection unless the collection is zero-based and integer-indexed. It’s a counter that always starts from zero.

Ben Cohen:

zip is better in every way… even when you just want numbers

zip(0…, ingredients) is clearer which way around the pair is

zip(1…, ingredients) if you don’t want to keep doing +1 on a zero base

Nick Lockwood:

Another subtlety is:




Thomas Grapperon:

If you’re using swift-algorithms, you can also use .indexed() for a slightly better interface than zip.


Apple Maps in 2022

xkcd (via John Gruber):

Apple Maps is kind of good now

Nick Heer:

To give credit where credit is due, the directions provided by Apple Maps were generally very good. It still tells me to make a u-turn when it is legally prohibited, but I vastly prefer the format and timing of its spoken directions to Google’s.

But — holy crap — do its place listings remain poor. Many of the restaurants, bars, and attractions I searched were listed with incorrect hours, or had other details that were clearly wrong.


However, I use Apple Maps often enough that I want it to be better, so I reported these problems to Apple. Over the past few days, I have received notifications indicating these places have been updated. But when I check, my fixes are not in place and the details I reported are still wrong.

It’s been a while since I used Apple Maps. Maybe it’s time to try it again. I normally have great results with Google Maps, but I recently did some driving in Boston—near Google’s Cambridge offices—and while the maps themselves seemed accurate the suggested routes were absurd. I’ve seen similar problems around Portland, ME. I’m not sure what’s up.

TomTom (via Hacker News):

“Higher levels of automation and the integration of a variety of digital sources will result in fresher and richer maps, with wider coverage,” said Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom. “These better maps will improve our product offerings and allow us to address a broader market, both in the Automotive and Enterprise businesses”.

The improvement in our mapmaking technology will lead to material efficiency gains. Combined with a better map, this will strengthen our competitive position. Regrettably, this will have an intended impact on approximately 500 employees in our Maps unit, equivalent to around 10% of our total global headcount.


LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and Pixel Buds Pro

Dan Barbera:

Sony in February introduced the LinkBuds, a curious set of earphones that have an open design that’s not quite like any other in-ear headphone product on the market. We picked up a set of Sony’s strange LinkBuds to see how they measure up to Apple's third-generation AirPods.

Juli Clover:

Sony earlier this week came out with the WH-1000XM5 headphones, which we already checked out, and the LinkBuds S, a set of noise canceling earbuds that are similar to the AirPods Pro. In our latest YouTube video, we pit the AirPods Pro against the LinkBuds S to see how Sony’s new earbuds offering measures up.

Joe Rossignol:

Pixel Buds Pro are Google’s new premium wireless earbuds with similar features as AirPods Pro, including active noise cancellation, a Transparency mode that lets ambient noise in, hands-free “Hey Google” voice control, automatic switching between previously paired Bluetooth devices, integration with Google’s Find My Device app for tracking their location when misplaced, and spatial audio support starting later this year.

Of course, the best way to connect them to your Mac is with ToothFairy.