18 Surprisingly Practical Uses for Apple AirTags

Apple’s new $29 Bluetooth beacons definitely drew some inspiration from Tile’s lineup of trackers. But just because AirTags are designed like existing smart trackers doesn’t mean you can’t find other useful ways to use these little homing tags. via Technology and News Today https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/18-surprisingly-practical-uses-for-apple-airtags-0384571/

Beltane Fire Society casts first female Green Man

EDINBURGH – In a break from tradition, this year Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Society have cast a woman in the role of the Green Man. The actor, Rosamund McCormack, has been a volunteer with the society for many years. She will be playing opposite Rosa McKay, who has been cast as the May Queen. via Technology and News Today https://wildhunt.org/2021/04/beltane-fire-society-casts-first-female-green-man.html

Apple’s privacy battle with Facebook just became all-out war

Apple and Facebook may be two of tech’s biggest companies, but on the surface they seem very different. Apple rang up most of its $274.5 billion in sales last year pushing iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and AirPods headphones. via Technology and News Today https://www.cnet.com/news/apples-privacy-battle-with-facebook-just-became-all-out-war/

Watch the trailer for the final season of Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’

Netflix revealed a couple of weeks ago that the fourth season of Castlevania will also be its last. Now, the streaming giant has released a two-and-a-half minute trailer to give you a glimpse of what you can expect from the show. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/trailer-final-season-netflix-castlevania-090742646.html

Google updates latest Chromecast with more HDR controls and improved Wi-Fi performance

Google is rolling out a new April update for the Chromecast with Google TV that launched last year. It’s a fairly large update for a streaming device — totaling 166MB on my Chromecast — but includes numerous improvements. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/29/22410534/google-chromecast-april-2021-update-hdr-wifi

How Pixar created Luca’s adorable, transforming sea monsters

Luca, the next feature film from Pixar, is a coming-of-age story about a pair of unassuming young boys who carry a big secret, as they’re actually sea monsters. Luca and Alberto appear as human on land, where they explore a quaint Italian seaside village. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/22406133/pixar-luca-sea-monsters-transformation-interview-disney-plus

Apple’s iPhone 12 and Mac sales skyrocket despite ongoing pandemic

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup maintained enormously strong demand from consumers from January through March, according to the company’s fiscal Q2 earnings posted today. Apple reported record March quarter revenue of $89.6 billion, up 54 percent year over year. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/28/22407894/apple-q2-2021-earnings-iphone-ipad-mac

Amazon’s pay raise for over 500,000 workers comes at an interesting time

Amazon has announced that over 500,000 of its workers will get a permanent increase in their hourly wages starting in mid-May, from as low as an additional 50 cents an hour to as much as three extra dollars per hour (via GeekWire). That’s a substantial chunk of its 1. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/28/22408440/amazon-hourly-wage-increase-2021-factory-delivery-workers

iOS 14.5 walkthrough – hands-on with what’s new – 9to5Mac

Yesterday Apple released the final version of iOS iOS 14.5 to the public. If you’ve been following 9to5Mac‘s beta coverage for the past few months, you know that iOS 14.5 is a huge release that’s jam-packed with lots of new features and changes. via Technology and News Today https://9to5mac.com/2021/04/27/ios-14-5-walkthrough-new-emoji-apple-watch-unlock-airtag-support-video/

Apple’s next-gen ‘M2’ Mac processor has reportedly gone into production

Apple’s successor to its M1 Apple Silicon chip could arrive in MacBook computers by the second half of this year, according to a report from Nikkei. Tentatively known as M2, the processor has reportedly gone into production and could start shipping by July 2021. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-m2-mac-processor-production-103824807.html

How to use iOS 14.5’s new app tracking blocker

Privacy is on everyone’s mind these days, and in iOS 14.5, which is starting to roll out to the public today, there are new privacy features that may make you feel happier but are not endearing Apple to some other companies — specifically Facebook. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/22403523/ios-14-5-tracking-consent-app-transparency-how-to

What’s In My Bag: A Travel Photographer’s High End Kit For Landscapes, Astro & More

Andy Luten (@realandyluten) is a proud Texan from Dallas, but he loves leaving home to go see, and photograph, the world. “It makes coming back home more fun!” In 2012 Luten founded a travel blog as a creatve outlet. via Technology and News Today https://alphauniverse.com/stories/whats-in-my-bag-a-travel-photographers-high-end-kit-for-landscapes-astro-and-more/