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May 4 · Issue #50 · View online
The Digital Life
Thanks for deciding to read the best-curated tech newsletter around! This month, we’ve got a big announcement. After some behind-the-scenes work, our Common Sense Tech Academy is live! We have two courses available now, with more to follow. If you’re missed our live tech talks and like to learn at your own pace, these courses will be a great fit for you.
As usual, we’ve got a round-up of great articles for you. Read about Apple’s latest announcements and Zoom’s latest features. Then get some tips on selecting a smart speaker and learn how not to get your texts hacked. We’re closing out the issue with a bit of fun and a look back at the first laser printer.
We hope you enjoy this issue and have a great May!

FEATURE - Get schooled with us!
The Common Sense Digital Academy is here! We took a survey early in the year, and the majority of the respondents said they’d take an online course with us. We’ve been working behind the scenes and have two courses ready for your enjoyment. More courses will be added over time.
Based on our popular tech talks, you can walk through these courses at your own pace. The best part is, our school will work in a web browser or on your phone via the Gurucan app!
Take Get Your Inbox to Zero or Manage Your Passwords Like a Boss! for only $29 per course. This includes lifetime course access, access to our curated link list, and special discounts on future services.
We’ll see you in school! 🙂
Lökwest Common Sense Tech Academy
How to access the Academy on your phone
An update on services post-COVID
Thanks to the miracles of modern medicine and logistics, I’m scheduled to receive my second dose of the COVID vaccination on May 9th. I will be starting to schedule select onsite appointments roughly two weeks thereafter. I’m still working out the “new normal”, having shifted a lot of my support to remote, so please bear with me.
I appreciate the loyalty of those who’ve expressed interest in an onsite visit over the past year. You are on my waiting list, and I will be contacting you individually with further details in late May.
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, enjoy the warming weather, and get vaccinated!
In the news...
Zoom’s New Immersive Mode Puts Everyone Together in the Same “Room”
iOS 14.5 is out now with new Face ID mask features and Apple’s App Tracking Transparency
Here's everything Apple just announced: New iPad Pros, colorful iMacs, AirTags and more
ICYMI - Here's how Tim Cook manufactured the new iPad Pro! 🙂
Tips you can use
The best smart speakers you can buy in 2021
A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16
Cool things to try
Hear 'New' Nirvana Song Written, Performed by Artificial Intelligence
Get out of your geographic music bubble
Movie of the Night
50 years ago in '71
The Xerox 9700 ca. 1977
The Xerox 9700 ca. 1977
Xerox PARC physicist Gary Starkweather realizes in 1967 that exposing a copy machine’s light-sensitive drum to a paper original isn’t the only way to create an image. A computer could “write” it with a laser instead. Xerox wasn’t interested. So in 1971, Starkweather transferred to Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), away from corporate oversight. Within a year, he had built the world’s first laser printer, launching a new era in computer printing, generating billions of dollars in revenue for Xerox. The laser printer was used with PARC’s Alto computer and was commercialized as the Xerox 9700. (Source: Computer History Museum)
To install one, you just needed half a room, a half-million dollars, and a full-time Xerox Field Technician on staff. And now, you complain when you have to go and buy a new $89 color inkjet! 🙂
In closing...opinions wanted again
Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
I’d like your opinion! What courses would you like to see added to the Common Sense Technology Academy? We’re focusing on common technology tools or problems, so what do you want to learn?
If your topic is chosen as a course, you’ll get lifetime access to it for free! 🙂🙂
Just reply to this newsletter with your ideas!
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