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Evernote Changes Pricing and Adds Usage Restrictions

Beginning today, the prices for our Plus and Premium tiers will change for new subscriptions, and access from Evernote Basic accounts will be limited to two devices. Current subscribers and Basic users who are using more than two devices will have some time to adjust before the changes take effect. If you are impacted, look for a message from us in the coming days.

I use Evernote, but to such a small extent that I’ve never seen the advantage of paying for the service. I have a few dozen notes that I access on my different devices. But the new plans limit how many devices you can use to two. Essentially, that’s a computer and a mobile device, though many of us have more than one of each.

Evernote, for me, has always been a solution in search of a problem. I understand how useful it can be for teams, in an enterprise environment, and it looks like the company wants to limit shun casual users like myself and focus more on the team aspect of its service. Fine; I’ll find a replacement. Apple’s Notes is starting to look good; the changes in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra look like that app might be a good candidate. (Note that I’m not averse to paying for a service, but I simply don’t see the need given my use of Evernote.)

However, I don’t trust iCloud, and I would prefer something that syncs via Dropbox, so I can have local copies of my data, backups, etc. Any suggestions?

Source: Changes to Evernote’s Pricing Plans – Evernote Blog

Note: several people have suggested Microsoft OneNote. I find the app’s interface off-putting, but I may try it out. You can get a free OneDrive account to sync your data, and if you use this link to sign up, you can get an extra 500 MB storage (added to the basic 5 GB), and I’ll get extra storage as well.

Thermal imaging cameras will be used to detect mechanical doping at Tour De France — Quartz

There is no room for hidden motors at this year’s annual bike race in France.

When the 103th Tour De France race begins in Normandy on July 2, all bikes will undergo thermal screening, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a press release. UCI authorities expect to conduct up to 4,000 tests by fitting thermal imaging cameras on the roadside or on motorbikes that will follow the race route.

All bikes will also be checked at the start and end of the race with magnetic wave scanning technology deployed by the UCI since the start of 2016. The scanner creates a magnetic field which allows detection of any motor, magnet or solid object such as a battery that could be concealed in a bike frame or components.

“Mechanical doping.” What’ll they think of next?

Source: Thermal imaging cameras will be used to detect mechanical doping at Tour De France — Quartz

The Tranquility of Miles Davis’s Electric Period – The Atlantic

Electric Miles grabs us in three ways: musically, symbolically, and politically. Musically, because Miles was channeling Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and the tearing noise at the edge of a James Brown scream, while sounding nothing like any of them. Symbolically, because the music represented creativity at full tilt, at a pitch of invention almost indistinguishable from the destruction (aesthetic and, as it also turned out, personal) necessary to establish its conditions. And politically, because Miles was a militantly autonomous black artist, a whitey-scorning, Uncle Tom–excoriating, no-shit-taking man of his time—and this music, above all, was his statement.

An interesting overview of the time when Miles Davis discovered electricity. It’s not his most accessible music, and it took me a long time to appreciate, but I could some of the recordings from that period – In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and others – as some of his best work.

Source: The Tranquility of Miles Davis’s Electric Period – The Atlantic

Will Apple Make an iPhone that Can’t Take Pictures at Concerts? Nope.

You know all those people taking photos and shooting videos at concerts? Well, Apple has been granted a patent for a technology that could prevent this.

According to the patent, a camera could detect infrared light, which could be used as a way to jam cameras, preventing them from shooting pictures.

Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect images based on visible light are provided. A system can include a camera and image processing circuitry electrically coupled to the camera. The image processing circuitry can determine whether each image detected by the camera includes an infrared signal with encoded data. If the image processing circuitry determines that an image includes an infrared signal with encoded data, the circuitry may route at least a portion of the image (e.g., the infrared signal) to circuitry operative to decode the encoded data. If the image processing circuitry determines that an image does not include an infrared signal with encoded data, the circuitry may route the image to a display or storage. Images routed to the display or storage can then be used as individual pictures or frames in a video because those images do not include any effects of infrared light communications.

The thing is, there’s no way that Apple will implement this technology.

I think cameras at concerts are a real bummer. They prevent people from paying attention to the music. But the reason Apple won’t ever use this technology has nothing to do with concerts. Imagine if some country were to use an infrared device to prevent people from taking pictures at a demonstration or shooting pictures of events involving police, the military, etc.? This would prevent people from documenting events and exposing excesses. Given the way Apple approaches such thing, I think it’s a safe bet that this technology will never be used. And Apple owns it, so they can prevent others from using it too.

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