“According to a new study, a little over 70 percent of prescription drugs advertised on television were rated as having "low therapeutic value," meaning they offer little benefit compared with drugs already on the market. The study, appearing in JAMA Open Network, aligns with longstanding skepticism that heavily promoted drugs have high therapeutic value. "One … Continue reading Some new drugs sell themselves with impressive safety and efficacy data. For others, well, there are television commercials.
A shoutout to 7 years of Fastmail the perfect Gmail replacement
Fastmail is a fantastic email provider that consistently delivers high-quality service. From the moment I signed up 7 years ago, I have been impressed with the user-friendly interface and wide range of features available. The customization options allow me to tailor my inbox to my specific needs and the filters make it easy to stay … Continue reading A shoutout to 7 years of Fastmail the perfect Gmail replacement
Apple Weather is no Dark Sky
Before Apple Weather transitioning to WeatherKit, I used both Apple Weather and Dark Sky. I used Apple Weather for long range 10-day forecasts because the Weather Channel (Apple’s weather source) is the most accurate for my area. I used Dark Sky for its hyper-local weather that offered accurate next-hour precipitation warnings, notifications for snow accumulation, … Continue reading Apple Weather is no Dark Sky
🔗 What is the iPad?
Dan Moren: The iPad isn't a big iPhone or a touch-screen Mac-so what is it? When the iPad came out, it felt like a burgeoning third revolution, but a decade-on much of that potential has been squandered. None of this is to say that the iPad hasn’t been a success, but that it hasn’t been … Continue reading 🔗 What is the iPad?
A couple of thoughts on the Netflix ad-supported plan
The Guardian, Netflix to launch cheaper ad-supported subscription tier in November Netflix will reportedly launch a cheaper ad-supported tier for its streaming platform at the start of November as the company tries to stem the loss of more than 1 million subscribers in 2022. […] According to reports, Netflix’s service will launch in the US, … Continue reading A couple of thoughts on the Netflix ad-supported plan
Ads on your iPhone
Apple, the Ad Critic, Now Embraces Ads New York Times Plus, Apple’s campaign to crack down on existing ad methods and sell its own ads opens the company to criticism that it’s acting hypocritical. Yes, it does. but the company wants more ways to earn income to keep growing as sales of smartphones stagnate. Bloomberg … Continue reading Ads on your iPhone
My thoughts on the Fed’s rate increases
As the Federal Reserve continues to raise the federal funds rate, to slow inflation, Americans are feeling the effects: Savers benefit from higher yields, but borrowers pay more. Trump’s pressure on the Fed in 2019, to keep Rates at Zero ‘Or Less’ during his presidency, to stimulate the economy, was no laughing matter for me … Continue reading My thoughts on the Fed’s rate increases
Managing streaming tv services
Years ago when we cut the cable cord there were only a few streaming services to choose from. At the time we subscribed to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Sling. Fast forward to today and an overwhelming number of streaming services are available. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, Paramount+, Disney+, Apple TV+, … Continue reading Managing streaming tv services
Open letter to the developer(s) of Instapaper
Instapaper has long been my favorite read-it-later app. I still use it, but with trepidation. In recent months it has become unreliable and has fallen into disrepair. Recently while working with a small group of articles on my iPad, the app kept locking up. Moreover, sync wasn’t working between my iPad and iPhone. Getting frustrated, … Continue reading Open letter to the developer(s) of Instapaper
The trouble with BBEdit for new users
I’ve had BBEdit / TextWrangler installed on my Mac ever since the day I got my first Mac. I have never used on it consistently because it has never clicked with me. The other day, I was experimenting with it again, thinking that I would like to use it more often. I even downloaded MarsEdit … Continue reading The trouble with BBEdit for new users
Viticci slams non-professional reviewers
Mere Civilian: The value of a non-reviewer’s perspective Sometimes, I hear something and I find the need to consider what my thoughts are on a particular subject. This is one of those times. In the first seven minutes of the episode 242 of the AppStories Podcast. Federico said: “You wouldn’t want to read/or watch a … Continue reading Viticci slams non-professional reviewers