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QuickTime is a victim of the passage of time, but in its day it was a true revolution

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QuickTime Player is a free application to play audio and video files that comes pre-installed on all Macs. An application that is becoming a bit of a victim of the passage of time, but which, like others, was a real revolution in its day. an app still very useful todaybut that has seen its use gradually reduce in favor of streaming and other alternatives.

And why was QuickTime Player a revolution? Well, due to a combination of factors, among which stand out the fact that be free, come standard on all Macs and all the editing options it offers. Options that are not even remotely intended to compete with Final Cut Pro or even with iMovie, but are really useful in more than one situation. Let’s talk a little more about this interesting player.

A true revolution in its day

At a time when almost all of the video we watched was stored locally on our computer—either because we recorded it with our camcorder or iPhone, or because we downloaded it from the Internet—having a player that could open almost any file it was paramount. So much so that QuickTime Player was available for Windows and a version with more tools and possibilities was even marketed.

Fast forward a bit in time and we are in a period, say around 2005, when we still consumed a lot of downloaded content, but there was an amalgamation of the most varied format. Windows pushed its .avi format, open formats were not used as much and compression was essential to be able to place content on the web. Here QuickTime Player had its first big obstacle, that of compatibility with certain codecs.


Surely taking into account the royalties that would have to be paid to be able to reproduce some formats, QuickTime Player saw too many videos could not be opened. This pushed many users to look for alternatives like VLC, for example. It wasn’t a question of design, performance or something was wrong with the built-in player, it was simply the need to open a file without having to convert it first.

To which streaming has removed functionality, although…

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We go back to almost today and we find the videos directly on the web. platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and many more took viewing off our computers. Subsequently, streaming platforms such as Disney+ or Netflix ended up tipping the balance and local playback has become even less common. Yes, obviously there were and there are people who continue to enjoy their video library or who are dedicated to video and use QuickTime Player day in and day out, but it is less common.

So is QuickTime Player still useful? A lot of. For people who are exclusively in the Apple ecosystem, the .mov or .mp4 format and the like is common and we can open it in the application. Also any video that we have recorded with our iPhone. And here comes the interesting: we can join several videos, cut them, reorder fragments and do some basic editing by simply dragging and dropping.

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As I said, a very basic edition, nothing to do with an iMovie, but interesting for when we have several shots that we want to convert into a single file or when we have to remove part of the beginning of a video. Also interesting to do some conversions for, for example, lower the quality and weight of a video file or to convert it to audio only. This without going into the possibility of recording the screen of our Mac, the audio from our microphones or the screen of our iPhone or iPad directly on the computer.

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QuickTime Player reflects the passage of time, yes, also the change in our way of working or enjoying video, but, as the saying goes, who had retained it. In its day it was a real revolution and right now, although its use is much less widespread, we are facing a really useful app in various scenarios. An application that is still going to the movies, if you will allow me the pun.

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Seven little-known shortcuts for the iPhone, but essential in my day to day

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The Shortcuts app is that app on our iPhone —also iPad and Mac— that we never open it until some specific shortcut makes us see its usefulness and then we use it every day too. There are many times that I have seen this story up close and with that in mind today I have compiled seven little-known shortcuts that are essential in my day to day.

I generally try to keep my shortcuts to a minimum, to avoid having to dig through too many options once I’m in the app or on an item’s share sheet, but I use the ones I have very regularly. Some, in fact, are shortcuts of shortcuts, bringing together options with a menu to choose from. In any case, without getting ahead of events, let’s start at the beginning.

An app that always adapts to our needs

The shortcut that I use the most in my day to day is the one that ChatGPT brings to Siri, which we already talked about in another article. A shortcut that allows us talk to OpenAI artificial intelligence using Sirithat is, by voice, and at the same time being able to write directly, just a touch away on the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

My second favorite shortcut is very simple, but really useful. I call it SafariWatch and it allows me browse the internet from the Apple Watch very comfortably. It is true that we can open any website that we receive, for example, in a message, directly on the watch, but what I wanted was faster access to specific sites. When I launch SafariWatch, it asks me if I want to use my bookmarks or enter a URL, and I’m automatically on the site I want to see.

Another shortcut I use a lot is a really simple one. Word Count does exactly that, counting both the words and the characters, with spaces, of the text that is on the clipboard at run time. useful for see if a tweet or toot will fit on your site or if a headline is too long, for example.


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Creating a random and strong password in Safari is very easy, but sometimes we need a password and we are not registering with any specific site. In these cases how do we create a password? Easy with the Password shortcut that with a single execution copies a random password to the clipboard and also saves it in Reminders to prevent us from losing it by copying other elements.

Links is another shortcut that is vital in my day to day. It is quite personal, so I am not going to share it here, but I am going to tell you about its dynamics. It’s about a repository of important links that I have to access regularly. Instead of having to consult a note, for example, I run the shortcut and it presents me with a menu with all the options. A simple tap on the one I need and it’s copied to the clipboard, ready to paste wherever you need it.

Another shortcut that I find really useful deals with place Applesfera watermarks directly on photos which then has to be published. To simplify management as much as possible and make it as compact as possible, it contains the images in Base64 and, before executing the overlay action, decodes them. Then save the resulting images to your desktop, ready to be uploaded to any article.

Finally, my list is completed by a shortcut that we have already talked about in Applesfera. One that allows us to turn Safari into an RSS reader using a shortcut and the reading list. A form of be aware of some publications without having to resort to third-party apps or services and being able to check the news on our iPhone, iPad or Mac very easily.

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Undoubtedly each of us can make this same list and the result will be clearly different. In fact, this is one of the strengths of the Shortcuts app, which adapts to our needs and even evolves with the way we use our devices. An app that enhances any of the ones we already have and that brings our iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch closer to greater efficiency.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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