John Voorhees

Managing Editor

Twitter: @johnvoorheesEmail: voorhees@macstories.net

John, MacStories’ Managing Editor, has been writing about Apple and apps since joining the team in 2015. He also co-hosts MacStories’ podcasts, including AppStories, which explores of the world of apps, MacStories Unwind, a weekly recap of everything MacStories and more, and MacStories Unplugged, a behind-the-scenes, anything-goes show exclusively for Club MacStories members.

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A Vinyl Scrobbling Shortcut, The Practical Advantages of the Latest Apple TV, and the Future of the iPad

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A Vinyl Scrobbling Shortcut, The Practical Advantages of the Latest Apple TV, and the Future of the iPad

Here are the highlights from the Club MacStories Discord this week:

Dan created a fantastic Shortcut to make it easy to scrobble vinyl using the Vinyl Scrobbler website.

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App Debuts

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Noteworthy new app releases and updates, handpicked by the MacStories team.

Rewind

Rewind is a new music app that takes you back to the music of a specific year. The app combines Billboard’s singles chart with album spotlights, music videos, artists, genres, and mixtapes in a nostalgia-filled package. I love this concept, but it has one big downside. Rewind only works with Tidal, which is a good service, but a distant competitor to Apple Music and Spotify. However, according to TechCrunch, the developer, who happens to work at Tidal, is considering adding other music streaming services.

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Sonos Move: The Portable Speaker Apple Should Have Made

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Sonos Move: The Portable Speaker Apple Should Have Made

The Sonos Move charging in my office.

At my old house, I had a pair of wired speakers outside, above our patio. It was a setup that pre-dated AirPlay by many years, so it was originally driven by a good, old-fashioned stereo receiver.

Eventually, I disconnected the speakers from the receiver and rewired them to a Griffin 20 amp that connected to an AirPort Express, enabling AirPlay. It was a hacky solution, but it worked perfectly.

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Artificial Intelligence: Hype Versus Reality

Artificial Intelligence: Hype Versus Reality

Many people find the hype cycle of the tech world exhausting and off-putting to the point where they block any mention of the hype-du-jour from their lives. I, however, am drawn to a certain subset of these topics, like a moth to a flame. It’s not the click-bait headlines that attract me. Instead, it’s those trends that are simultaneously billed as the salvation and end of civilization.

The hyperbole of the headlines isn’t what matters. It’s the strong, polarized reactions, which is a tipoff that something interesting lies at the center of the hype. Reality may be far less dramatic than either end of the spectrum of breathless headlines, but that doesn’t mean something important isn’t happening.

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More Fun with Things' New Shortcuts Actions

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More Fun with Things' New Shortcuts Actions

Recurring Tasks and the Produce AppStories task it creates for me every week.

Yesterday, I reviewed the new Shortcuts actions introduced by Things 3.17. It’s a fantastic release that greatly expands the ways you can control the app with Shortcuts.

I shared three shortcuts as part of the review, but I have a couple more to add today:

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Touchscreen Macs, AR/VR, Winter Photography, and 'Reverse Rosetta'

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Touchscreen Macs, AR/VR, Winter Photography, and 'Reverse Rosetta'

Here are the highlights from the Club MacStories Discord this week:

  • I’m really intrigued by this idea of a “reverse Rosetta” to bring AppKit emulation to iPad Pro and allow the platform to access more powerful Mac software without actually running macOS.

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