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Curious how other micro.blog WordPress users are handling their RSS feeds. Posts that start in micro.blog show up in some RSS readers with “Untitled” as the title.


watchOS 5: A Relatively Modest Proposal →

Matt Birchler, writing at BirchTree:

Beyond calendars, the Siri watch face taps into a bunch of Apple’s own services like Reminders, Apple News, Weather, and more. This is nice, and I find these other apps to work well with the face in general, but I don’t use Apple’s own apps for a bunch of these things. I use Remember the Milk for my task management, not Reminders, so I never see my tasks on the Siri watch face. Likewise, the Weather app does an okay job of showing me the weather when the conditions are about to change, but I’d prefer a third party app to be able to pop up a card on the watch face when it’s about to rain, complete with a graph showing how much and for how long.

Essentially, Apple should be making the Siri watch face the smartest, most useful watch face someone can choose. It already is the smartest, but to be useful to everyone, they need to make the apps people are actually using work with it.

That is but one of several great suggestions for the next version of WatchOS. Some are pie in the sky, but Bircher acknowledges that. Check out the full story for the rest.


First time I’ve seen this iOS bug. One app icon superimposed over another in the dock. Tapping it opens the small icon app (not the one it should).


@manton Not sure of the proper place to report bugs, but when I delete a feed URL in my Account settings, it also wipes out my Twitter cross-posting. Don’t seem to be able to enable Twitter without having a feed.


Toyota and Lexus to Offer CarPlay in Select 2019 Vehicles and Beyond in United States →

Joe Rossignol speaking for MacRumors,

Toyota and Lexus plan to expand CarPlay compatibility to other 2019 model year and beyond vehicles with its Entune 3.0 and Enform 2.0 multimedia systems respectively, according to company spokesperson Brian Lyons. Toyota and Lexus vehicles with CarPlay will initially be sold in the United States only.

Finally. I bought a Lexus in January of 2016, very reluctantly because of the lack of CarPlay. Never again. I never use the car navigation, instead mounting my iPhone on the dash. I assume it is technologically impossible to retrofit the old system to be CarPlay compatible.


So either Case Keenum or Nick Foles will be in the Super Bowl. Which is EXACTLY how I called it back in August. Except I had one of them going up against Bobby Brister.


Any ideas? When I post a linked post on my site (linked post= title links to original author’s post on other site), the post on micro.blog is text only, with no link. Weird Twitter formatting, too. A regular post works fine. See last post at 40tech.com. CC: @manton


Visa Dropping Signature Requirement for Chip Cards and Apple Pay Starting in April →

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors,

Currently, even when using Apple Pay, a signature can be required on occasion for purchases over $25 made with a Visa card in the United States. But with EMV technology and other modern safeguards, Visa is now moving to fully eliminate this requirement, in line with Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to tell a cashier, “you don’t really need my signature.” This has happened to me even with purchases under $25, so I doubt we’ll see this go away entirely.


Linked Posts on 40Tech

I’ve made some subtle changes to the site, all involving linked posts. A linked post is a post where I’m primarily commenting on content that I’ve seen on another site. I’ve always linked to those posts when commenting on them, but not as prominently as I would have liked.

I’ve wanted to configure the post title of linked posts so clicking the title takes you to the post on the other site, but that was beyond my coding ability. You can see this done on other sites, like 512 Pixels and Daring Fireball.

Through force of will, and use of the Daring Fireball-style Linked List Plugin, I now have this working here at 40Tech. If you’re on the home page of the site right now, you can see an example of this in the post directly below this one. The arrow symbol (→) at the end of a title signifies that if you click on the post title, you’ll be taken to the original post at another site. The link or infinity symbol (∞) at the end of those posts on the home page is the 40Tech permalink for the post, and will take you to the post here on 40Tech. If there’s no arrow at the end of a title, clicking the link will keep you here at 40Tech.

I hope this isn’t too confusing. It is the standard, if there is one, around the web as seen on several sites. It also throws light back on the original writer’s post, as it should.


Handing off Phone Calls to Apple Watch →

Jesse Hollington, writing for iLounge:

What you may not know, however, is that you can also send calls in the other direction — transfer an in-progress call from your iPhone over to your Apple Watch.

Click through the link to see how to do this. My initial reaction was, “ooooohhh,” followed by trying to think of a time I might ever do this. Cool nonetheless.