WTF Weekly 3

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Macstories likes the new Apple TV app. The Apple TV app redesign is going to go a long way towards curing my ambivalence about it. While I’ll probably never fall in love with it the way Vic Hudson is, being able to watch everything inside one app is a huge improvement.

Assuming everything besides Netflix that we watch (DirectTV Now, ESPN, Hulu, MLB.TV, YouTube) all show up in the app and work from inside the TV app, I may even use the bloody thing.

David Heinemeier Hansson is convinced Apple’s MacBook keyboard problems are worse than Apple knows. I wonder how much Apple is really glossing this over hoping it will go away and how much they realize they actually do have a problem on their hands (and under everyone else’s).

I’m completely onboard with the notion that Apple has got to fix this with a keyboard redesign. I’m not MAD about it, because I don’t use Apple laptops, but people who do use them should not be happy.

Over 200,000 readers signed up for Apple News+ during its first 48 hours, report says. I changed this headline slightly by swapping in the word “readers” for “users”, both because it’s applicable and because users really is a terrible word.

I wonder how many of these people will stay signed up? I started the trial immediately, but I am not going to stay subscribed.

It’s not that I don’t think News+ is pretty good (it is pretty good, but has some problems), but I had to choose between that or this season’s MLB.TV package, and I went with the latter. Even if I only watch a fraction of the games I want to this season, it’s worth it to me, whereas Wired is the only magazine I feel like I have to have as opposed to it just being nice to have.

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Japan’s name for the new emperor era is causing some concern. The Japanese government claims that the new era name to coincide with a change in emperors is all flowers and unicorns, but a lot of people, including some Japanese, aren’t so sure. Still, many reports claim it’s getting a majority positive response in Japan.

I suspect the truth of the matter is that the new name is a bit of an intentional Rorschach test.

Norway loves the Tesla. 58% of cars sold in Norway in March were zero emission vehicles. That’s pretty impressive. Gradually we’ll get to an electric car future. Right now price and range are still a concern for most people.

I’m going to be really pissed if we wind up with 4 more years of Trump because Biden is an idiot and the cult of Sanders sucks. I don’t know which is worse, the fact that Biden is at best a clueless moron who put himself in a position to be called out for being creepy to women, or that Bernie is somehow again going to be part of the distraction.

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Cloudflare may be about to change the mobile VPN landscape. Cloudflare gave us 1.1.1.1 months ago to shield DNS queries from ISPs. Now they’re going to add true VPN functionality to the service. Personally, I can’t wait to see it in action. It may be time to say bye bye to TunnelBear.

Poor Jeff Bezos. Maybe having a phone is a bad idea for him. Apparently Jeff’s mistress’s terrible brother isn’t the only guy he should worry about peeping at his text messages. The Saudis wanted dirt on him too. I think at this point Bezos should just get an old school pager and call it good.

It turns out Huawei isn’t just potentially evil, it’s also really stupid. The British government scored a major burn on Huawei by claiming the real security threat they pose isn’t due to intentional malware, but gross incompetence. Personally I have to ask if it can’t be both?

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We already knew that Charles Leclerc comprehensively outperformed his 4 time world champion teammate in Bahrain, but he also ignored team orders to stay behind Vettel. What a fascinating team dynamic at Ferrari we have to look forward to this season. Ferrari (at least publicly) wants to support and prioritize their multiple world champion, but I think Leclerc is going to make that difficult by being the faster and less mistake-prone driver of the two.

Today the Braves extended Ronald Acuna Jr’s contract 8 years for $100 million. It’s not Bryce Harper money, but it will hopefully keep him happy for a few years. This should work out well for the Braves.